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King Conservation District, October 2016
Agricultural Drainage
Project Returns More
Farmland to Production
     In early September KCD and King County cleared more than a quarter mile of drainage channels at Goose and Gander Farm in the Snoqualmie Valley. Project photos are available on the KCD Facebook page.
     The project included excavating an estimated 410 cubic yards of accumulated weeds and silt. In addition, a 480 feet long, 12-inch culvert was replaced to improve drainage in a prime farm field.
     The drainage project will return ten acres to production that had been too wet to farm, and will enhance production on an additional ten acres. 
     This was just one of a dozen projects KCD is implementing this year thanks to funding from the King County Flood Control District. In total, the projects will clear more than two miles of drainage channels on farms in the Snoqualmie Valley and Enumclaw Plateau.
     See the Agricultural Drainage page on our website to learn more.
Learn How to Protect 
Salmon and Earn Income,
October 8th, Fall City
     Join us for a free tour to see Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) projects and meet farmers who have restored streamside habitats and earned rental income.
     The tour is set for Saturday, October 8th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on properties near Fall City. Click HERE for tour details and online registration.
     CREP is a voluntary program that protects both farms and fish by compensating agricultural landowners for protecting and enhancing salmon habitat on their property. See our website to learn more about the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
KCD Leads Effort to
Control Knotweed
on Boise Creek
     Originally introduced from Asia as an ornamental, Knotweed has become one of the most tenacious invasive plant species in King County. Knotweed primarily spreads along rivers and streams, blocking out native plants and leaving soil exposed to erosion.
     For the past two years, Sarah Tomt has coordinated the KCD Boise Creek Knotweed Project. Funded by a grant from the Washington State Department of Agriculture, with a long-term goal of extending Knotweed control across the Enumclaw plateau, a survey was done of the Knotweed infestation up to Boise Creek's headwaters to identify and treat infestations.
     Recently, KCD contracted with the City of Enumclaw to eradicate Knotweed along nearly a mile of Boise Creek running through the Enumclaw Golf Course. This work was done in collaboration with a crew from the King County Noxious Weed Control Program.
     Click Here to learn about Knotweed identification and management.
Salmon are Spawning
Across Puget Sound Region
     The annual salmon migration is under way, and Puget Sound area residents have an opportunity to observe one of the Earth's natural wonders.
     King County's Salmon SEEson program identifies more than a dozen viewing sites, including Ballard Locks, Longfellow Creek, Duwamish River, Piper’s Creek, Cedar River, Sammamish River, Issaquah Creek, North Creek, Soos Creek, Bear Creek, Ebright Creek, and Lewis Creek.
     Visit the Salmon SEEson webpage to learn where to spot spawners across King County, and click on the Calendar of Special Events to learn about daily tours and other activities.
Shopping for Horse 
Properties Workshop
Auburn, November 2nd
     Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water will review aspects of purchasing horse properties, plus provide ideas for how to make properties chore-efficient in winter months.
     The free workshop will be from 6:30 to 8:45 PM on Wednesday, November 2nd at the Muckleshoot Library in Auburn. Click Here for details and online registration.
Rain Gardens Beautify &
Protect Properties,
Free Workshop Nov 5th
     Discover how rain gardens and other low impact development practices can be both beautiful and functional.
     Click HERE to register for a free workshop at the Brightwater Center near Woodinville, Saturday, November 5th from 9:00 AM to Noon.
This Sunday KCD Will be at
the Ballard Farmers Market! 
     Throughout the season KCD staff and volunteers have visited with customers at more than a dozen farmers markets across King County.
     We'll wrap up the season at the Ballard Farmers Market,Sunday, October 2nd, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Stop by our booth to learn about KCD programs and services.
Washington Young Farmers
Celebrate at Red Barn Ranch,
Auburn, October 16th 
     Seattle Tilth's Red Barn Ranch near Auburn will host the Washington Young Farmers Coalition's 6th Annual Mixer, on Sunday, October 16th from 3:00 PM until way beyond when the cows come home.
     All farmers, young and young at heart, are welcome to join in the seasonal celebration. It'll be fun!
Calendar of Events
October is Salmon SEEson
See spawning salmon throughout the month on King County rivers.
October 1:  Washington Native Plant Society Fall Sale, Bellevue
Fall is an excellent time to add native plants to your yard.
October 2: Meet KCD at the Ballard Farmers Market
Stop by our booth to learn about KCD programs and services.
October 2: City Fruit Orchard & Harvest Tour, Seattle
Self-guided tour of Seattle’s urban orchards.
October 5: Taste Washington Day, Statewide
Linking local farms with schools across the state.
October 8: Conservation in Action: CREP Property Tour, Fall City
Learn the benefits of enrolling your property in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).
October 8: Food Lust, Seattle
Seattle Tilth fundraising dinner and auction.
October 10: SnoValley Tilth Meeting Potluck, Carnation
Meet with neighbors and enjoy home-grown cooking.
October 15: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
October 16: An Incredible Feast, Seattle
Fundraising feast to support market farmers.
October 16: Washington Young Farmers Coalition Mixer, Auburn
Celebrate the season with young farmers of all ages.
October 19: Green Gardening Fall Workshop, Seattle
Sustainable landscape maintenance training.  
October 20: Living with Livestock near Water, Carnation
First in a series of KCD Land & Water Stewardship Workshops.
October 20: Soils Workshop with Doug Collins, Vashon
Learn about soils and how to read soil test reports.
October 21: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
October 22: Duwamish Alive!, Seattle
Assist with KCD's long-term restoration of Longfellow Creek.
October 25: Landslide Hazards Workshop, Maple Valley
Review the latest maps of potential landslide areas.
October 27: Mud Management on Farms, Carnation
Second in a series of KCD Land & Water Stewardship Workshops.
October 27: Landslide Hazards Workshop, North Bend
Review the latest maps of potential landslide areas.
October 30: Mary Olson Farm Tour, Kent
See how Mary Olson Farm weaves together themes of history, agriculture, ecology, and education.
November 2: Shopping for Horse Properties, Auburn
Learn how to evaluate potential horse properties.
November 4 & 5: Farm & Garden Plastics Recycling, Puyallup
Recycle plastic pots, trays, bags, twine, and more.
November 5: Rain Gardens & Low Impact Development Workshop, Woodinville
Discover how rain gardens, and other low impact development strategies can improve your property.
November 17: Sustainable Energy in Agriculture, Fall City
Funding sources for alternative energy projects.
Elk Run Farm Grows
to Feed the Hungry
     The South King County Food Coalition established Elk Run Farm in 2015 to supply fresh produce to local food banks. Located on 4-acres of a former golf course in Maple Valley, the farm currently has one acre in production, with expansion plans to include perennial fruit and berries and a greenhouse.
     Elk Run Farm is one of the first projects to receive ongoing technical and networking support from the KCD Urban Agriculture Program. One benefit has been the donation of 10 cubic yards of GroCo compost through KCD's partnership with King County Wastewater Treatment Division.
     Elk Run Farm hosts work parties every Saturday from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM. Learn more about the farm on the KCD Urban Agriculture Program page.
Hugelkultur Beds
Build Soil & Save Water
     "Hugelkultur" is an ancient European technique of creating permanent beds with woody debris and compost to build soil and conserve water. 
     Jarret Griesemer, KCD AmeriCorps VetsWork intern, recently led a workshop at the King County Wastewater Treatment Plant's CitySoil Farm in Renton to demonstrate Hugelkultur as a practical technique for urban agriculture. 
     Check out an excellent video on the workshop by Alison Morrow, KING-5 environmental reporter. 
Landowners Encouraged
to Protect Properties Along 
Urban Streams & Wetlands 
      In mid-September KCD and the City of Burien hosted a workshop for urban homeowners on ways to enhance properties near freshwater aquatic areas.
     The KCD Urban Shorelines Program provides landowners with technical and project assistance to remove invasives and install native plants along streams, lakes and wetlands. The program is currently limited to assisting ten landowners per year, and for the coming year we would like to add one more project in Issaquah, Shoreline or Black Diamond.
     If you would like to enroll your property in the program, contact Adam Jackson, KCD Resource Specialist, at 425-282-1908, or email: adam.jackson@kingcd.org
Land & Water Stewardship
Series Comes to Carnation
     The King Conservation District Land & Water Stewardship Series will include four free workshops for livestock owners at the Carnation Library. All classes will be held Thursday evenings from 6:15 to 8:45 PM.
     The workshop series kicks off with Living with Livestock Near Water, October 20, followed by Mud Management, October 27, Manure Management, November 3, and Pasture Management, November 10.
     Register online for the free KCD Land Water Stewardship Workshop Series.
Help Restore Salmon Habitat,
Duwamish Alive! Oct 22nd
     Everyone is welcome to participate in Duwamish Alive!, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, Saturday, October 22nd.
     Join KCD's long-term project to restore 12 acres of forest habitat along Longfellow Creek, a tributary to the Duwamish River.
     Activities will include planting native species, removing invasive plants, and improving the trail. All tools, gloves and training are provided. No experience necessary! To register click HERE.
KCD Supports Hands-on
Learning at
Mary Olson Farm
     Each year up to 2,500 school children visit Mary Olson Farm, a historic homestead restored and lovingly maintained by the White River Valley Museum.
     Over the past six years the King Conservation District has supported Mary Olson Farm with more than $100,000 in grants to restore Olson Creek, sponsor field trips, demonstrate sustainable farming practices, and provide educational opportunities. 
     This year KCD supported the purchase of Stinger and Pip, two miniature donkeys that add to the delight of children participating in the farm's Living History Summer Camp.
Bring your Family for a
Free Tour of Mary Olson
Farm, October 30th
     KCD and Horses for Clean Water will host a free tour of historic Mary Olson Farm from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 30th.
     See the farm's cleverly-designed, mud-free confinement areas for miniature donkeys, a cow, chickens, compost bins, salmon stream restoration, small acreage hay field management, and a century-old orchard. Click Here for details and online registration.
October 5th is Taste Washington Day
      Taste Washington Day is an annual celebration of local food in schools. King County school districts participating in 2016 Taste Washington Day include Auburn, Enumclaw, Highline, Issaquah, Mercer Island, and Riverview School District.
     The SnoValley Farm to School Project links farms in the Snoqualmie Valley with Riverview and Monroe School District. On October 5th Riverview Schools will serve fresh vegetables from Oxbow Farm, Full Circle Farm, Goose & Gander Farm, Local Roots Farm, Tractor Farm, and the Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative, plus Jersey Jack cheese from Cherry Valley Dairy.
Register Your
High School Team for the
2017 Envirothon!
    High school students throughout King County are encouraged to form teams to participate in next year's Northwest Regional Envirothon, March 29, 2017.
     The Envirothon is a hands-on, outdoor environmental science competition. High school student teams work together to demonstrate their knowledge in Forestry, Soils/Land Use, Wildlife, and Aquatic Ecology.
     Learn about the program and see photos from last year's event via the Envirothon page on our website.
Fall is an Excellent
Time to Test Your Soil
     King Conservation District provides up to five free soil tests for all residents in our service area. This is a good time of year to get a "report card" on your fertilization practices. See our Soil Testing Program page for details on how to submit a soil sample and links for additional information.
Learn the Latest on
Landslide Hazards in a Series
of King County Workshops
     Following the tragic Snohomish County landslide in 2014, King County utilized Light Detection and Radar (LiDAR) imagery to create new maps of potential landslide hazards. The maps will be available for public review in a series of four evening workshops on October 25 in Maple Valley, October 27 in North Bend, November 1 in Auburn, and November 3 in Carnation. See the King County Water & Land Services website for details.
Volunteer with the
King Conservation District
 This month KCD hosts the following volunteer events:
   Native Plant Nursery: Oct 15 & 21
   Longfellow Creek, October 22
See our website for details on KCD volunteer opportunities:
www.kingcd.org/volunteer
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Libby the Jersey cow welcomes children to Mary Olson Farm, and we welcome you to visit our Facebook page for the latest news about King Conservation District programs and projects.
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