King Conservation District, January 2017
Place Orders Now for
2017 Native Plant Sale!
     The KCD Native Plant Sale features more than 60 different trees, shrubs and groundcovers for home landscapes, hedgerows, and habitat restoration. They are available as bareroot, plugs and potted plants. 
     Order plants now for pickup on March 11th at the 2017 KCD Native Plant Sale adjacent to our offices at 1107 SW Grady Way in Renton.
Landscaping with Native
Plants Workshops
January 12, Algona-Pacific
January 26, Seattle
February 9, Kirkland
     Native plants are as at home in urban yards as in rural areas. Learn about the many benefits of incorporating native plants in your yard or property from Emily Carlson, KCD Educator, and Jacobus Saperstein, coordinator of the KCD Native Plant Sale. 
     Participants in the free workshop receive a 10% discount on Native Plant Sale orders. Click on the links below for details on each workshop:
    January 12, Algona-Pacific Library
    January 26, Seattle
    February 9, Kingsgate Library
Planting with Children at
Cedar River Montessori
     Students at Cedar River Montessori School worked with KCD's Washington Conservation Corps crew in early December to install dozens of native plants alongside a stream running through the property. The planting was one of a series of conservation measures implemented by the school last year. For photos and more details click on the KCD Facebook page
Newaukum Creek 
Landowners Encouraged to
Protect Riparian Habitat
     The King Conservation District is participating in a program to assist landowners along Newaukum Creek to improve water quality and fish habitat by protecting the riparian buffer area along the stream.
     Funding is available through the King County Dept of Natural Resources & Parks to compensate landowners for preserving their streamside property either through ownership transfer or a conservation easement for the buffer area. For details on the program click Here.
Join the KCD Volunteer Outreach Team
     Last winter Chauncey and Nancy greeted visitors at the KCD booth at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. You can help spread the word about our programs and services by volunteering for the KCD Outreach Team.
     See the Outreach Volunteer page on our website for details. To join the team contact Nikki Marschke, KCD Volunteer Programs Coordinator, at 425-282-1909; email:
WSU Cultivating Success
Course Starts January 9th
     Cultivating Success Agricultural Entrepreneurship is a seven-week course that covers business planning, legal and management issues, marketing strategies, budgeting, financial statements, and how to cultivate capital resources. Whether you are just exploring the opportunities available or already have an existing operation, you'll learn what it takes to create, sustain, and grow a viable small farm enterprise.
     Cultivating Success meets at Carnation Farm on Monday evenings, 5:30 - 8:00 PM from January 9th through March 20th, plus all day two Saturdays, February 25th and March 4th. The registration fee is $300 per farm/family (up to three people).
     For more details and online registration click Here.
KCD Hosts Special Martin
Luther King Day of Service
Event at Longfellow Creek
     Join the King Conservation District for a day of community environmental restoration along Longfellow Creek in the West Seattle neighborhood. We will be removing invasive English Ivy and installing native plants such as Western Red Cedar and Salmonberry.
     Event details and online registration are available HERE.
Military Veterans Restore
Longfellow Creek, 
Saturday, January 28th
     Jacob de Guzman, KCD Restoration Project Coordinator, is collaborating with veterans organizations on a series of volunteer events for military veterans and their families. First up is a habitat restoration event at Longfellow Creek in West Seattle from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on January 28th. See our Eventbrite page for details.
Calendar of Events
January 6-7: Cascadia Grains Conference, Olympia
Learn about growing grains for brewing, distilling and baking.
January 9: SnoValley Tilth Meeting, Carnation
Special presentation on financing your farm.
January 9: WSU Agricultural Entrepreneurship, Carnation
First class in Cultivating Success course.
January 10: USDA Value Added Producer Grant Boot Camp, Everett
In-depth presentation on USDA grant program for agricultural producers.
January 12: Landscaping with Native Plants, Algona-Pacific
Introduction to using native plants in urban and rural landscapes. Workshop participants receive a 10% discount on orders through the KCD Native Plant Sale.
January 14: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
January 16: MLK Day of Service at Longfellow Creek, Seattle
Participate in KCD’s long-term restoration at Longfellow Creek.
January 16: Martin Luther King Day of Service Events
United Way provides links to dozens of MLK events across King County.
January 18: The Future of Agriculture Technology, Seattle
Networking, pitches and panel discussions.
January 19: Replacing Irrigation with Permaculture, Woodinville
Free workshop with Paul Wheaton at 21 Acres.
January 21: Urban Forest Restoration: Longfellow Creek, Seattle
Assist with habitat restoration at Longfellow Creek.
January 26: Landscaping with Native Plants, Seattle
Introduction to using native plants in urban and rural landscapes. Workshop participants receive a 10% discount on orders through the KCD Native Plant Sale.
January 27: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
January 28: Veterans Urban Forest Restoration, Seattle
Family-friendly volunteer event at Longfellow Creek.
January 28: Country Living Expo, Stanwood
Select from dozens of workshops for gardeners and small farmers.
January 31: Seeds for Diversity, Woodinville
Free workshop on selecting and storing garden seeds.
February 1: Manure Management Training, Enumclaw
Current rules, regulations and techniques for managing livestock manure.
February 7: KCD Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner, Renton
Join us for good food and lively conversation at our annual celebration.
February 9: Landscaping with Native Plants, Kirkland
Introduction to using native plants in urban and rural landscapes. Workshop participants receive a 10% discount on orders through the KCD Native Plant Sale.
Feb 22-26: Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Seattle
Learn about KCD programs and services.
KCD to Provide
Expanded Services
for Rural Landowners
     In early December the King Conservation District was awarded approximately $1.4 million to expand programs and services for rural landowners. Projects will include enhanced agricultural drainage and forest management services, “Discovery Farms” citizen science research, and development of a King County agriculture strategic plan. Funds for the expanded services comes from a lawsuit settlement. Additional details are available on the KCD website.
Join Us for the 2017 KCD
Annual Meeting & Dinner
February 7th, Renton 
     The KCD Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner is set for Tuesday, February 7th at Maplewood Greens, 4050 Maple Valley Hwy, Renton, WA 98058. The event will start with a silent auction from 4:00-5:00 PM, and the full celebration from 5:15-10:00 PM. A compleimentary light dinner will be served, with a vegetarian option available.
     If you have questions about the event, or have products/services you would like to donate to our silent auction, please call 425-282-1900 and ask for Ava or Ann. 
     We'd love for you to join us for our free annual celebration. RSVP HERE.
Envirothon Teams Forming, 
Register Now!
      High school students and teachers are encouraged to participate in the 2017 Envirothon.
     The Envirothon gives students a chance to learn from professionals, develop teamwork, and explore resource management first-hand. See our website to learn more about the Envirothon. The Northwest Washington competition is set for March 29th at the Brightwater Center in Woodinville.
     Contact Stacie Powers at the King Conservation District to sign up and learn more about Envirothon-related trainings. Call 425-282-1930, or email:
Learn about Riparian Buffers
at the Newaukum Grange
Wednesday, January 18th
     Join us for a free presentation on the diverse ecosystems along the ditches, creeks and rivers in southeast King County, and options for preserving riparian buffers. Included will be details on financial compensation for Newaukum Creek streamside buffers.
     The presentation will be January 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Newaukum Grange. For details contact Erin Ericson, KCD Senior Resource Specialist, 425-282-1911; or email:
Growing Community
in Tukwila
     In early December friends and neighbors turned out to winterize the community garden at the Church by the Side of the Road in Tukwila. In just four hours the volunteers tilled, composted, and burlapped nearly 10,000 sq ft of garden beds for overwintering.
     The garden is part of an International Rescue Committee program to empower refugees to be more self-sufficient. To see photos and learn more about the garden click HERE.
Cost-Sharing Available for Cover Crop Seeds
     Cover crops are now eligible for cost-sharing through the KCD Landowner Incentive Program. Farmers can be reimbursed for 90% of the cost of cover crop seeds for up to $150 per acre per year for three years. See our website for details on the Landowner Incentive Program, and click on our new cover crops fact sheet Here.
Snoqualmie Valley
Landowners Encouraged to
Lease Water Rights 
     The Snoqualmie Valley Watershed Improvement District was formed in 2015 to assist landowners with agricultural drainage and water rights. 
     This month the District is holding a first-of-its-kind auction for irrigation water. The voluntary auction is open to both farmers who want to lease water and water right holders who wish to lease water to farmers for the 2017 irrigation season. 
     If you are interested in participating in the auction, contact Cynthia Krass by January 6th at 425-922-5725, or email:
Meet Matt Maria, New
KCD Grants Coordinator
     Local food and agriculture advocate Matt Maria joined us in late December as the first KCD Grants Coordinator. He will support staff in seeking additional funds to expand services for King County landowners.
     Matt graduated from the UW with a bachelor’s in Political Science focusing on communications and the environment, and earned a Master of Science degree from the UW School of Environmental & Forest Sciences. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer supporting sustainable agriculture and community-based resource management in Tanzania and Gambia.
     Matt has been active in the Bradner P-Patch and serves as a board member at City Fruit. He also worked with the Regional Food Policy Council subcommittee on food access, informed work on urban agriculture policy for the City of Seattle, and led both policy and restoration teams with People for Puget Sound.
Mark Musick Joins KCD as
Communications Coordinator
     On January 1st Mark Musick joined the KCD staff as Communications Coordinator. Mark grew up on the shores of Puget Sound and was one of the founders of the regional Tilth movement. He farmed in Snohomish County for ten years and served as the farm program coordinator for the Pike Place Market.
     Mark provided communications services for KCD as a consultant for several years, and will continue administering the District's online media, legislative outreach, and editing the monthly KCD newsletter.
Help Wildlife & Become
a Habitat Steward
     National Wildlife Federation is offering a Habitat Steward training to teach you how to help others create and restore wildlife habitat in backyards, schoolyards, and other private and public areas.
      Expert speakers will present on topics such as: rain gardens, gardening for wildlife, native plants, noxious weeds, habitat restoration, pollinators, and much more!
     Classes will be held every Thursday evening in February from 6:00-9:00 PM at the King County libraries, with two field trips on February 11th and 25th. 
     Click HERE for more details and online registration.
We Look Forward to Seeing
You at the Northwest
Flower & Garden Show,
February 22-26
     KCD staff will share a booth with neighboring conservation districts at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, February 22-26 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Stop by for information on our programs and services, drop off soil samples, and learn how to read the results of your soil tests. See you there!
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