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King Conservation District, May 2016
King Conservation District
KCD-Seattle Community
Grant Program Update
     For more than 20 years, King Conservation District has partnered with the City of Seattle to provide grants for projects that support our shared priorities for natural resource enhancement. 
     This year $370,000 is available through the KCD-Seattle Community Partnership Grant Program. 
     In late March and early April, more than 50 people attended two workshops to learn about the grant application process. Letters of Intent were due on Friday, April 29th. Selected projects will be invited to submit full proposals by June 17th, with final award recipients announced this fall. 
Rep. Noel Frame Tours
KCD Projects in the
36th Legislative District 
     In mid-April KCD hosted Representative Noel Frame on a whirlwind tour of urban agriculture and habitat restoration projects in the 36th District, which includes Seattle's Greenwood, Ballard, Queen Anne, and Magnolia neighborhoods. 
     The tour included stops at Linden Orchard Park, Lawton Park, Salmon Bay Natural Area, and the Hiram M Chittenden Locks. Representatives from community groups and public agencies met with Rep. Frame at each stop to inform her about projects her district. 
     See the KCD Facebook page for a set of photos of the tour. We look forward to on-going collaboration with Rep. Frame and other elected officials in King County.
Rep. Joe Fitzbibbon Joins KCD Staff & Volunteers for 2016 Duwamish Alive!
     As part of 2016 Duwamish Alive!, 34th District Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon participated in KCD's urban forest along Longfellow Creek in West Seattle.
     In his event kickoff, Rep. Fitzgibbon spoke about the importance of natural urban areas, habitat restoration and community.
     Chauncey Foster, KCD AmeriCorps Habitat Restoration Projects Coordinator, posted photos of the event on our Facebook page. Check them out Here.
High School Students
Demonstrate Environmental Knowledge at Regional Envirothon 
     The King Conservation District hosted the 2016 Northwest Washington Envirothon at the Brightwater Center in Woodinville.
     Two teams from Mercer Slough Environmental Center and two teams from Stanwood High School participated in this year's event, demonstrating their knowledge in Soils, Forestry, Aquatic Ecology, Wildlife, and Invasive Species. 
    The winning teams from Mercer Slough and Stanwood will compete in the Washington State Envirothon, May 18th & 19th at Fields Spring State Park near Asotin. 
    See Kristen Reichardt's colorful Envirothon photos to learn more about this year's event.
Learn about Benefits of
Bugs and Butterflies
from the Xerces Society
     The King Conservation District is partnering with The Xerces Society​ and Horses For Clean Water​ on a series of  workshops on the benefits native insects and pollinators provide farmers and gardeners. Each class will include field demonstrations.
     Below are links for details and online registration on each event: 
June 3: Beneficial Bugs on the Farm, Enumclaw
June 4: Farming with Native Pollinators, Woodinville
Don't Miss the
Vashon Island
Sheepdog Classic 
     KCD is proud to be the Educational Sponsor of the 7th Annual Vashon Island Sheepdog Classic set for June 9-12 at Misty Isle Farm.
     The Sheepdog Classic draws dogs and their trainers from across the country, as well as thousands of spectators from Seattle, Tacoma, and beyond. In addition to the dog trials, tents featuring local food and fiber arts abound, there are plenty of activities for kids, adults can relax in the spirits garden, and everyone is welcome to picnic on the grass or rest in provided seating.
     Check out the schedule of events and find more information at: 
www.vashonsheepdogclassic.com
May is Wildfire
Awareness Month
     Don't let the Puget Sound region's lush landscapes fool you. Wildfires are increasing across the state.
     Linda VaneKing County Firewise Program Coordinator, will offer a free Firewise & Emergency Preparedness Workshop the evening of Wednesday, May 4th, at the Shadow Lake Nature Preserve in Renton. For details click HERE
Will You Be Our
Next KCD AmeriCorps
Restoration Coordinator?
     For the past seven months, Chauncey Foster has provided tremendous service to KCD, planning and implementing a wide range of habitat projects as our AmeriCorps Restoration Coordinator.
     Chauncey's 10½ month term ends this summer, and we are seeking an equally dedicated young person, 18-25 years old, to serve as our AmeriCorps Restoration Coordinator, starting October 1st and running through mid-August, 2017.
     See the application on the KCD Employment Opportunities page for details on this AmeriCorps position.
Military Veterans
Get Growing at
Rainier Beach Urban Farm
      KCD is collaborating with Growing Veterans and Seattle Tilth to host work parties on May 6th and June 3rd at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetland. The event will provide an opportunity for military veterans to get hands-on experience with wetlands restoration and sustainable agriculture.
     To register contact Lizzy Stone at 206-633-0451 X 102, or email: lizzystone@seattletilth.org.
Meet Us at the Market
      This spring and summer, KCD staff members will have an information booth at farmers markets across King County. Stop by to learn about our programs and services, and pick up free pollinator seeds. Here's our May schedule:
May 11, Wallingford Farmers Market
May 18, Sammamish Farmers Market
May 25, Columbia City Farmers Market

Calendar of Events

April 30: Central Puget Sound Native Plant Sale, Bellevue
Washington Native Plant Society annual spring sale.
April 30: Save the Frogs Day, Renton
SHADOW Eco-Fest with Steamboat Studio and Woodland Park Zoo.
May 2: Re-Imagining Local Grains, Seattle
Special presentation by WSU researcher Dr Stephen Jones.
May 4: Firewise & Emergency Preparedness Workshop, Renton
Learn easy tips to protect your home and loved ones from natural disasters.
May 5, 11 & 26: Knotweed Control Workshops
Three opportunities to learn how to identify and manage invasive plants.
May 6: Growing Veterans in Rainier Beach
KCD partners with Growing Veterans & Seattle Tilth for special work parties.
May 9: SnoValley Tilth Meeting, Carnation
Good food and conversation with neighbors.
May 13: Puget Sound Regional Food Policy Council Meeting, Seattle
Collaborating on strategies to strengthen our local food system.
May 14: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
May 14: Backyard Wildlife Festival, Tukwila
Celebrate wildlife, nature, and gardening.
May 20: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
May 21: Urban Forest Restoration, Seattle
Join in KCD's long-term efforts to restore Longfellow Creek.
May 21: Sno-Valley Tilth Friends of the Fields Dinner, Redmond
Support the Carnation Farmers Market and farmer education programs.
June 3: Growing Veterans in Rainier Beach
KCD partners with Growing Veterans & Seattle Tilth for special work parties.
June 3: Beneficial Bugs on the Farm, Enumclaw
Integrate beneficial insects for natural pest control.
June 4: Farming with Native Pollinators, Woodinville
Learn how to attract native pollinators to fields, farms, and orchards.

 
Regional Food System Grant
Pre-Proposals Under Review
     Thirty-three organizations submitted pre-proposals for 2016 KCD Regional Food System Grants. Requests totaled more than $2.5 million for up to $900,000 in available funds.
     Proposed projects range from farmer education and farm incubators, to value-added processing, infrastructure improvements, marketing support for local food, healthy food access, institutional purchasing, urban and rural food hub development, and much more.
     Finalists will be notified on May 11th, with full proposals due June 9th.
"LIFT" Partnership Increases 
Institutional Food Access
     In 2014, KCD conducted more than 60 interviews of food sector practitioners and policymakers to identify needs that can be addressed by our new Regional Food System Program. Multiple discussions identified a lag in institutional purchasing as a major barrier to expanding the local agricultural economy.
     This spring we partnered with a wide range of organizations to form the Local Institutional Food Team (LIFT) to increase the amount of local food served in King County schools, hospitals, colleges, and other institutions.
     LIFT’s first product is a web portal to resources available to help institutions buy local agricultural products. To see the wide range of available resources visit the LIFT webpages HERE.
New One Stop Resource
for Local Farmers
 
     In support of the King County Local Food Initiative, KCD partnered in launching Farm King County, a new, web-based directory of resources and a network of technical experts available to answer questions, assist in navigating the directory, or connecting users to organizations and support services.
Free Workshops for Marine Shoreline Landowners
     Owners and managers of properties along King County bluffs and shorelines are encouraged to attend one of KCD's free workshops on the ecological, geological, and vegetation management issues associated with owning property "Where the Water Begins."
     The workshops will include presentations by local experts and optional field trips. Learn ways to stabilize slopes while maintaining beautiful views of Puget Sound. Here's the schedule:
     June 4th, Vashon Island
     June 18th, Seattle
     June 25th, Federal Way


     See our Where the Water Begins page or workshop details and registration information.
Welcome Dave & Ann
to the KCD Staff

     Welcome Dave Clelland, Accountant, and Ann Horner, Project Assistant, to the KCD staff.
     Dave has wide-ranging experience in the arts, financial management, and exploring the natural world.
     Prior to joining KCD, Ann served as a Conservation Corps volunteer in Washington, Minnesota and Iowa, and is currently enrolled in the UW Wetland Science and Management Program.
     Both Dave and Ann are valuable additions to the dynamic KCD team.

This is a Good Time
to Test Your Soil
     Ann Horner, our new KCD Project Assistant, processes dozens of soil samples from across King County. The District provides up to five free soil tests for all residents in our service area. Tests for heavy metals or other soil properties are available for an additional charge. See our Soil Testing page for details.
A Match Made in Heaven
     The KCD Manure Match Program links livestock owners who have surplus manure with neighbors seeking free sources of soil amendments, compost or mulch. See our Manure Match page to find manure sources and details on how to add your farm to the list.
Van Erem Family Puts
KCD Poultry Processing
Equipment to Use
      In early April, the Van Erem Family rented KCD's new mobile poultry equipment to process Cornish Cross chickens on their Maple Valley Farm. Utilizing the equipment enabled them to process a year's worth of chickens, freeing time and space to raise a flock of heritage turkeys.
     Get details on renting our Poultry Processing Equipment via the KCD website. The rental fee is just $25 for a 48 hour period.
Building Good Fences
     In late April fence building expert Warwick Bryant demonstrated techniques for properly fencing livestock in a sold-out workshop hosted by Farm Planner Jay Mirro.
     Emily Carlson, KCD Education Program Coordinator, posted an informative photo essay on the workshop, with tips on good fencing practices by Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water. Link to the photos Here
Learn How to Control
Japanese Knotweed
      Japanese Knotweed is one of the toughest invasive plants in King County, and fighting it requires effective methods and tools. Learn how you can control knotweed in classes hosted by the King County Noxious Weed Control Program on May 5th in Maple Valley, May 11th in Duvall, May 26th in Tukwila, June 2nd on Mercer Island, and August 18 in North Bend.
      See the Noxious Weed Control Program website to learn more about the 2016 Invasive Knotweed Control Workshops.
2016 Farm Guides
Hot Off the Press
     The annual Farm Guide includes listings for more than 225 farms and farmers markets in twelve counties in Northwest Washington. Free copies are available at more than 600 locations in the Puget Sound area, and the guide can also be found online at Puget Sound Fresh.
Join Rachel & Jacobus on
the KCD Bike to Work Team!
      May is Bike Everywhere Month, and KCD staff members are challenging each other to commute by bike throughout the month.
     In 2015, the KCD team made 230 bike trips totaling 1,260 miles, burning 61,718 calories, and cutting CO2 emissions by the equivalent of 1,108 pounds.
     If you'd like to find or start a team, go to the Bike Everywhere Month Challenge.
Volunteer with the
King Conservation District
     This month KCD hosts the following volunteer events:
    Native Plant Nursery: May 14 & 20
    Longfellow Creek: May 21
See our website for details on KCD volunteer opportunities:
www.kingcd.org/volunteer
Like Us on Facebook!
The KCD team continues to grow. Link with our Facebook  page to keep up with the latest news about King Conservation District programs and projets.
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