Equipment Share Program
The Whatcom Conservation District is dedicated to helping Whatcom County farmers to overcome barriers and support local agriculture. As part of this goal we have launched an equipment share program and it currently includes a manure spreader and poultry processing equipment.
Rent the Manure Spreader (March 1 to October 15), $50 per use
WCD has a 2.5 cubic yard, ground driven solids spreader available for rent to residents in the District's service area. The spreader is delivered by WCD staff for a loan period of either Monday to Thursday, or Thursday or Monday. To be eligible to use the spreader, you must have a farm plan with the Whatcom Conservation District, or a field assessment and recommended soil test prior to the use of the spreader.
Pick up is Monday and Thursday's at 9am and drop off is approximately 10am, depending on the distance between farms. The use fee of $50, includes delivery.
Before using the manure spreader you are required to fill out the Manure Application Risk Management (ARM) worksheet. Save the completed worksheet to show to your farm planner. Please consult with your farm planner if you receive a medium-high or high risk result after completing the ARM worksheet. The worksheet can be found online at www.whatcomcd.org/msa.
To borrow the manure spreader, please look at the calendar below for available dates then contact Corina Cheever to schedule a rental. 360-526-2381 x104 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rent Poultry Processing Equipment (year around)
Whatcom Conservation District provides low-cost rental of equipment for small-scale producers to safely process poultry for home consumption, or to slaughter poultry for direct marketing with a WSDA permit. This equipment is for loan to residents in Whatcom County. WCD poultry processing equipment is available for a rental fee of $20/day, $40/weekend with a $50 refundable cleaning deposit. Please bring a separate check for the cleaning deposit made out to WCD.
Poultry Processing Equipment is available for pick up and drop off at the WCD office Monday through Friday. Pick up and drop off can be done between 7:30am to 10am and between 2pm to 4:30pm. Our office closes at 4:30pm, you need to pick up or return prior to close. At this time staff can not assist you with loading the equipment, please be prepared to have 2 people at pick up and drop off and wear a mask.
Review the calendar below to find the date you would like to sign up for then fill out this Google Form to request a reservation, and select pick up/return times during our office hours.
Poultry Equipment Reservation Form: https://forms.gle/4HhabWNsPoM3zK2f6
*If you would like to rent the equipment with less than 24 hour notice please call 360-815-5358 before filling out this form.*
Processing Equipment Includes
Holding Crates (3)
Stainless Steel Kill Cones (2 turkey, 5 chicken)
Featherman Scalder and Thermometer
Featherman Electric Plucker
Stainless Steel Processing Table
You Provide: Electric cords, propane to heat scalder, hoses, knives, chill tanks and scrubbing brushes for clean up. For a video of washing the equipment, please scroll to the bottom of this page.
See the Featherman YouTube channel for excellent videos of the poultry processing equipment in operation.
How to start the Scalder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhHojM2IeIE