In its fifth year, Farm-A-Palouse-A is an annual education event hosted by the Spokane Conservation District (SCD) to bring together small-acreage growers in the Inland Northwest (including the fertile Palouse region). This year, SCD and Tilth Producers are partnering to offer this event to farmers across the state. Farm-A-Palouse-A sessions include three unique workshop tracks:
- Vets on the Farm will highlight SCD’s new veteran focused program along with workshops about tool adaptations, veteran farmer funding opportunities, and two documentary screenings.
- For the Farm workshops include presentations on pollinators on the farm, chicken production, and season extension tools and methods.
- Managing Your Rural Property includes informative sessions for landowners on how they can develop their properties, from bee keeping to infrastructure to community gardening.
The full program schedule and workshop descriptions are available here.
The Spokane Conservation District has a limited number of scholarships for post- 9/11 Veterans to attend Farm-A-Palouse-A. For questions about Vets on the Farm or to apply for scholarships, contact SCD Director Vicki Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can learn more about past Farm-A-Palouse-A events and the SCD Small Acreage Program here.
Beyond Farm to Table Tour: Creative Connections between Small Farmers, Buyers, and Brewers
In the past few years, local producers in the Spokane area have captured the attention of local restaurants and institutions, forging relationships that have built up a quality-based food system, most recently through the creation of a Local Inland Northwest Cooperative(LINC). Join us on a three stop tour with a lunch and discussion with chefs and brewers. The tour will include Casa Cano Farms (produce,chickens, eggs, pork and a “not CSA” distribution model), Heron Pond Farms (goat dairy and heritage hogs, artisanal cheeses), Steam Plant Restaurant and Brewery for lunch and discussion (libations available at additional cost), and conclude with an additional unique brewery stop. At this stop, LINC will be sharing more about LINC Malt – their new enterprise, malting local barley and other grain and selling to regional breweries. Throughout the tour, participants will discover LINC’s role in the emerging small farm market of the Inland Northwest that allows small farms to connect to big buyers including local restaurants, Gonzaga University, and other schools. you can find more information here.
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) will host the Organic Grain Growers Stakeholder Meeting. The U.S. Organic Grain Collaboration is seeking input from farmers on a strategic plan to increase market opportunities and investments that will help to support the expansion of organic grain production. This session is an opportunity for farmers, seed dealers, buyers, processors, and organic grain customers to ask questions about the project and share insights about where additional investment is most needed. Nate Lewis, Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist, will lead the session, and can be contacted at