Small Farm Incentives

Whatcom Conservation District Small Grants Program

The Whatcom Conservation District and Whatcom County Public Works have partnered together to bring a funding opportunity to manure producers in priority water quality watersheds of Whatcom County. Small grants up to $3000 are available for eligible Best Management Practices on farms who have completed a site assessment and have developed a Farm Plan with WCD farm planning staff.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact us. 360-526-2381

Borrow our Manure Spreader!manure spreader

WCD has a 2.5 cubic yard compost spreader available for loan to landowners in the District's service area. The spreader is currently available for no charge thanks to a grant from the Rose Foundation. To be eligible to use the spreader, you must have a farm plan with the Whatcom Conservation District, or a nutrient management consultation and soil test prior to the use of the spreader. We are currently in the rollout phase and while we are working on scheduling please contact our farm planners to discuss a potential loan time. We drop off and pick up the spreader either for a few weekdays or a weekend loan period.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Corina or Katie. 360-526-2381

Soil Testing for Pastures, Haylands and Croplands

Get a jumpstart on your nutrient management and learn more about your soil. Soil testing is a great way to find out how last years nutient application lined up with what the crop needed to grow. A fall soil test can also help the planning process for what to apply next growing season. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us. 360-526-2381

Tarps to Cover Manure Piles

If you have farm animals, manure happens. Covering your manure pile can increase the internal temperature speeding up the break down process of the material, killing parasites and retain your nutrients in the pile instead of the rains transporting them away. If you are interested in a free tarp to cover your manure pile, please contact us. 360-526-2381

Sound HorsekeepingSound Horsekeeping Sign

Whether horses are you passion or your business, you no doubt want to keep them healthy and happy! The Sound Horsekeeping program launched in Summer 2018 and recognizes horse owners in Whatcom County who have taken actions to improve pastures, reduce mud, manage manure and provide wildlife habitat on their property. If you're managing your property in a way that protects horse health and the environment , you are probably eligible to earn our Sound Horsekeeping sign. Please review this checklist and give us a call to review your eligibility. 360-526-2381

Whatcom County Public Works Small Farm Improvements Rebate Program

Starting June 2018! Attend one of our Farm Speaker Series workshops to start the eligibility process for this rebate program. Visit their website for more information: www.whatcomcounty.us/2909/Small-Farm-Improvement-Rebates

Below is the list of upcoming workshops:

Farm Grant Opportunities and Proposal Writing
Thursday October 18th, 2018 6-8pm

Whatcom County Goat Farmers workshop
                                              Thursday November 15, 2018 6-8 pm

 

 

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