It's official: SPRING IS HERE!! All around us there are signs of a new season of growth. Fields are turning green and gardens are sprouting seedlings. Some of our local producers already have spring greens to sell.
The CADC itself is experiencing some of the same. Building on the strong foundation set by previous boards, our 2014 CADC Board of Directors has been implementing some new ideas and developing others.
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Our CADC website(http://communityagcenter.org) will soon have a new look. We are also making use of all of today's networking possibilities to reach more people and cover more demographics.
Kickoff Meeting for New Local Farmers Cooperative Group, LINC Farmers Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 5-8 pm - Chattaroy
After many months of hard work, a new local farmers cooperative group, LINC Farmers, is being launched. The kickoff dinner will take place at Chuck Faulkinberry's farm in Chattaroy and will be fully catered and hosted by Gonzaga Dining Services.
Producers’ Roundtable on GAP/GHP and On-Farm Food Safety Planning Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 5:30-7:30 pm - Spokane
Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)’s food safety and regulatory guidance can help your farm move to the next level of good agricultural practices and marketplace success! Join the WSDA on May 7 to learn more about:
Market requirements for food safety planning and documentation
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) planning and certification
What GAP/GHPs could look like on your farm
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and your farm
Who should attend: Fruit and vegetable producers & producer/processors who are interested in on-farm food safety, GAP certification, and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
What the Roundtable offers: WSDA GAP auditors will present an overview of the USDA GAP certification program, and answer questions to guide you in identifying low-cost strategies for implementing Good Agricultural Practices on your farm, whether or not you plan to be audited. You’ll hear from regional wholesale buyers about requirements for food safety planning, documentation, and third party audits.
The first 10 registrants (one per farm) will receive “Wholesale Success,” a 300+ page, full-color farmers’ guide to food safety, selling, post-harvest handling, and packing produce ($80 value)
NE Washington Farm to School Tour & Workshop Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 8:30 am-4:15 pm - Colville
Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) would like to invite you to participate in a day of Farm to School tours, workshops and discussion to work together toward local strategies to increase use of locally-grown foods in schools. Our local partners are Colville School District, WSU Stevens County Extension, Community Agriculture Development Center (CADC), and Northport School District
School foodservice staff will tour farms and attend a hands-on kitchen workshop. Farmers will visit a school kitchen and sample a seasonal locally-grown school lunch. All attendees will join with local food systems supporters to discuss opportunities for aggregation, processing and distribution of locally-produced foods for school meals.
Farm to School breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided! All will be examples of school meals made with locally grown food
Tour will begin and discussions/workshops will be at Colville High School: 154 Hwy 20 East, Colville. Groups will visit Front Porch Farm, Riverview Orchard, and the kitchen at Colville High School
Who is invited?
Farmers, school nutrition directors, and local food partners in Stevens, Ferry, Pend Oreille Counties. Nutrition directors, please feel free to invite up to 2 kitchen managers.
NRCS EQIP CONSERVATION GRANTS May 16, 2014 due date for new applications
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that provides assistance to landowners and agricultural producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals.
Through EQIP, farmers and ranchers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land. EQIP is re-authorized through the 2008 Farm Bill.
Some of our local producers have received EQIP grants for projects including high tunnels, organic production, forest health, energy & water conservation.
You’ve heard the phrase “vote with your fork“ when it comes to supporting local farmers and choosing organic and locally processed foods. But until now there really hasn’t been a statewide organization for consumers who are concerned about local food systems.
Raise Your Fork Washington! is a new, statewide, non-profit, membership organization open to everyone who cares about local foods.
There is an information-rich, interactive website plus info on educational programs, local foods enterprise development, youth entrepreneurship programs, and kitchens to process more WA-grown produce.
Raise Your Fork Washington! will be standing up for consumers' rights to choose the foods they think are best for them. Together, we will help preserve farmland and revitalize local food systems throughout the state.
NEW FARM MICROLOAN PUBLICATION now available Farmers' Guide to the Farm Service Agency Microloan Program was written to help farmers understand the new category of operating loans, called microloans, now being offered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA). The guide is available for free download at www.flaginc.org.
The CADC owns two local processing units: a USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) -approved large animal unit and a WSDA (Washington State Department of Agriculture) -approved mobile poultry/rabbit processing unit. Both units are very busy during prime livestock processing periods of summer and fall. Schedule your livestock processing ahead of time to avoid conflicts.
At our stationery large animal USDA-approved slaughter unit in Chewelah, S&K Meats slaughters beef, pork, lamb, and goats. Washington State law requires USDA-approved slaughter in order to sell meat by the cut or package. For carcass custom sales, USDA is not involved and on-farm slaughter is an acceptable and normal practice. Sale of live animals does not require approval. To schedule a slaughter date with S&K Meats, call Shane Nelson at 509-675-6071.
As a local producer you can haul our WSDA-approved mobile poultry processing unit to your farm to process and package your poultry or rabbits for your own use or for sale. Washington State law requires WSDA-approved processing in order to sell whole or cut up processed poultry or rabbits. Sale of live animals does not require WSDA approval. Training is required prior to use of the mobile unit for personal or commercial use. For info about mobile unit usage, training session dates, and reservations, contact Pete Thompson at 509-935-8141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.