King Conservation District, April 2017
King Conservation District
Thanks for Making the
KCD Native Plant Sale
Another Great Success!
     Several hundred hardy souls braved the rains for this year's KCD Native Plant Sale. Our annual rite of spring, this year's sale set new records. 
     A total of 640 people placed pre-orders, and we had another several hundred walk-up sales, for a total of just over 60,000 native plants sold at the event. Jacobus Saperstein, sale coordinator, estimated that customers purchased enough native trees, shrubs and groundcovers to enhance and restore more than ten acres in urban yards and rural landscapes. 
Two Dates Set for
KCD-Seattle Community
Grants Workshops 
      King Conservation District partners with the City of Seattle to provide grants to nonprofit organizations in Seattle for projects that directly enhance the natural environment. A total of $370,000 will be available. This year's funding priorities will include Seattle’s Environment & Equity Agenda.
     Two workshops are set to introduce the KCD-Seattle Community Partnership Grant Program, review application procedures, and share tips on how to write effective proposals:
      April 19: Lake City Library
      April 27: Columbia City Library

Both workshops are scheduled from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. See our website to learn more about the KCD-Seattle Community Partnership Grant Program.
Farm Services Program
Manager Position Open
     KCD is seeking a Farm Services Program Manager to lead our five-member farm technical services team, which provides conservation assistance to farmers and private landowners. This is a full-time position that requires professional training and supervisory experience. See our Employment Opportunities page for the job description and application information.
Urban Shorelines Workshops
Set for Kenmore, Auburn,
Black Diamond & North Bend
      Landowners along streams, lakes, and wetlands are encouraged to participate in our series of free workshops on how to protect and beautify your properties. 
      Workshop topics include minimizing pollution runoff, controlling invasive weeds, utilizing native plants, and environmental regulations impacting your property. For details on each of the workshops click on the links below:
     Thursday, April 6, Kenmore
     Saturday, April 22, Black Diamond
     Thursday, April 27, Auburn
     Thursday, May 11, North Bend
My Culture is 
     Last year KCD initiated a series of events to introduce the concept of Hügelkultur, which is a traditional European method of constructing raised beds on decomposing woody debris. The technique builds soil organic matter and conserves water in compact spaces.
     KCD staff will have a Hügelkultur display at the Museum of History & Industry's Edible City Science Fair on Earth Day, April 22nd.
     This month we will also host two free workshops for people interested in getting hands-on experience with building and planting Hügelkultur beds. See the new Hügelkultur page on our website, and click on the links below for event details.
     April 13: Creating Container Gardens for the Urban Yard, Kent
     April 19: Planting an Overwintered Mound, Renton
Meet Anna Teachman,
King-Pierce County
Dairy Ambassador
     Anna Teachman grew up in SeaTac miles from the nearest farm, but family visits to the Puyallup Fair sparked her love for animals. Feeding a baby calf for the first time introduced her to the world of dairy cows and family farming.
     Anna's parents supported her ambition to be part of the farm community, and last spring she was selected as the King-Pierce Counties Dairy Ambassador.
     For the past year Anna has represented the dairy industry at county fairs, local schools, senior centers, and meeting with both local and state-level elected officials.
     After representing King and Pierce County for the past year, Anna looks forward to competing for the title of Washington State Dairy Ambassador in June. See our Facebook page for photos of Anna's journey from city to country girl.
Flood Control District
Grants Announced
     The King County Flood Control District has $3.06 million in grant funding available for projects that reduce impacts from flooding. The 2017 grant application deadline is May 10th.
     To qualify for funding, projects must provide a flood reduction benefit so that it directly addresses existing or potential flooding. Projects that achieve multiple benefits are encouraged. The Flood Control District is specifically interested in reaching homeowner associations, non-profit organizations, schools, special purpose districts, tribes, cities, towns, and agencies in King County.
     Information about grant criteria, eligibility and application assistance can be found on the Flood Reduction Grants page.
Savor the Abundance of
the Snoqualmie Valley
     Incorporated two years ago, Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative has grown to 21 farms ranging in size from less than one acre to more than 80 acres.
     This summer and fall enjoy fresh produce from the participating farms by subscribing to the coop's 20 week Veggie Box, containing a selection of leafy greens, root crops, and everything in between. Pickup locations include Duvall, Carnation, Snoqualmie, North Bend, Issaquah, Renton, Burien, Wallingford, Greenwood, Kirkland, and Woodinville. Sign up for the Veggie Box HERE.
     Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Coop also sells in bulk to restaurants, school districts, institutional cafeterias, and caterers for special events. Take this opportunity to purchase directly from Snoqualmie Valley farmers!
Volunteer Natualists Wanted
at Oxbow Kids' Farm
     Share your love for the environment as a Volunteer Naturalist at the Oxbow Kids' Farm. Click HERE for details on volunteer opportunities at Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center.
Calendar of Events   
April 1: Shadow Lake Preserve Restoration Work Party, Renton
Restore one of our region's enchanted landscapes.
April 6: Urban Shorelines Workshop, Kenmore
Beautify and care for your streamside property.
April 7: Regional Food System Grant Orientation Workshop, Renton
Learn about submitting a grant application for food system projects.
April 8: Streamside Planting at Oxbow Farm, Carnation
Kick-off for month-long series of Stewardship Partners events.
April 10: SnoValley Tilth Meeting & Potluck, Carnation
Learn about the new poultry coop in the Snoqualmie Valley.
April 12: Local Meat Marketing & USDA Processing Workshop, Enumclaw
Expert information on market opportunities, enterprise budgeting, and tour of mobile processing unit.
April 13: Hügelkultur: Creating Container Gardens for the Urban Garden, Kent
Hands-on workshop at Hillside Church.
April 15: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
April 19: Hügelkultur: Planting an Overwintered Mound, Renton
Plant an established Hügelkultur bed at CitySoil Farm.
April 21: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
April 22: Duwamish Alive!, West Seattle
Join KCD in restoring riparian habitat on Longfellow Creek.
April 22: Edible City Science Fair, Seattle
See the latest innovations in food production, including our KCD Hügelkultur display.
April 22: Earth Day Work Party at Nathan Hale Urban Farm, Seattle
Plant perennial edibles and pollinators.
April 22: Local Meat Marketing & USDA Processing Workshop, Carnation
Expert information on market opportunities, enterprise budgeting, and tour of mobile processing unit. 
2017 Regional Food System
Grant Program Announced 
     Mary Embleton, KCD Regional Food System Program Manager, announced this year's round of grants to fund projects that strengthen and advance our local food economy. Pre-proposal deadline is April 24th. The maximum grant request is $100,000.
     The purpose of the Regional Food System Grant Program is to bridge the gap between producers and consumers, and to serve as a catalyst in making local food production both environmentally and economically sustainable.
     For more details and a link to the Pre-Proposal Form, see the KCD Regional Food System Grant page.
2017 Regional Food System
Grant Orientation Workshop,
April 7, Renton
     To learn about the application process for KCD Regional Food System Grants, join us for a free workshop on Friday, April 7th, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the South King County Wastewater Treatment Plant, Renton.
     In the workshop we will discuss what we learned from our first two years of grant projects and the King County Local Food Initiative. Participants will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one about their grant ideas and how to craft an effective pre-proposal. The workshop will provide an excellent opportunity to network and explore potential partnerships with other grant applicants.
     For workshop details and online registration click HERE.
KCD Agricultural Drainage Program Honored with Livable Communities Award
     On March 2nd Futurewise, one of our state's leading environmental planning organizations, presented Bea Covington, KCD Executive Director, with their annual Livable Cities Award for the success of our Agricultural Drainage Program.
     Initiated in 2015, the program assists farmers with recovering from the impacts of winter flooding. Working in collaboration with King County, projects over the past two years have cleared more than five miles of blocked drainage channels and returned more than 100 acres back to production that had been too wet to farm.
     We were in good company for the award. Other recipients were Kittitas County, City of Bellevue, Beacon Food Forest, Roosevelt Neighborhood Association, and Yesler Community Collaborative. For a full write-up about the event see the article in The Urbanist.
King County Releases Local Food Initiative Report  
     The King County Local Food Initiative is strengthening our local food system. Click HERE for a copy of the 2016 Annual Report and a new video showcasing progress being made to implement the Local Food Initiative's ambitious goals. 
Forest Management Classes Coming to Enumclaw
     Starting April 25th, WSU Extension Forestry will initiate a seven-week Forest Stewardship Coached Planning course for King County landowners. Topics will include forest health, soils, wildlife and weed management, wildfire protection, thinning, and timber marketing.
     The early registration discount deadline is April 11th. Details and online registration are available at WSU Extension Forestry.
Trilogy Community
Reduces Wildfire Threat
       In mid-March, KCD’s Jarret Griesemer coordinated the installation of a wildfire risk reduction project with the Trilogy at Redmond Ridge community. Members of Trilogy’s Forest Stewardship Committee, alongside Olson Outdoor Improvements crew, helped remove dead brush from a stretch of forest close behind a row of homes along the edge of the community.
     This was the first of several projects planned with communities in King County that will lower the amount of wildfire fuels in forests surrounding homes. These projects help to increase the likelihood that homes will survive a wildfire, should one occur.
     To learn how KCD can assist your community, see our Wildfire Prevention Services page.
Seven High School Teams
Participated in Northwest
Regional Envirothon
     KCD hosted this year's Northwest Regional Envirothon, which attracted seven teams of high school students from King and Snohomish County. The regional winners will compete at the Washington State Envirothon at Camp Waskowitz in May. See our Facebook page for photos and more details on the Envirothon.
Duwamish Alive!
Help Restore Longfellow
Creek on Earth Day
     Celebrate Earth Day at

 Duwamish Alive!, Saturday, April 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.

Stewardship Partners Hosts
"Earth Month" Events
Restoring Snoqualmie River
     Celebrate Earth Day all month long by volunteering for a series of habitat restoration events with Stewardship Partners. Locations will include Oxbow Farm, Aronica Farms, Full Circle Farm, and Sinnema Farms.
     Get your hands dirty, make new friends, and help restore the Snoqualmie Valley! See Stewardship Partners Volunteer Opportunities for dates and locations.   
Make the Most of Manure
with the KCD Spreader
     The King Conservation District has a two-yard manure spreader for rent to landowners in our service area.
     The spreader is ground driven and can be towed by a small tractor or pick-up truck. The spreader is available for a $30/day or $80/weekend  to cover the cost of insurance and maintenance. Pick up the spreader at our offices in Renton, or we can deliver it for an additional mileage fee.
     For details and a link to our online reservation form see the KCD Manure Spreader Loan Program.
Take Advantage of KCD's
Free Soil Testing Service
     The King Conservation District provides up to five free soil tests for all properties in our service area. See our Soil Testing Program page for details.
Volunteer with the
King Conservation District
       See the Volunteer Opportunities page on our website to learn about upcoming events and to join the KCD Outreach Team.
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