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King Conservation District, February 2017
King Conservation District
Place Orders by
February 28th for the
KCD Native Plant Sale
     Order online for the 2017 KCD Native Plant Sale through Tuesday, February 28th. Select from more than 60 species of trees, shrubs, berries, and groundcovers for home landscapes, hedgerows, and wildlife plantings.
     Pick up pre-ordered plants on Saturday, March 11th, at the KCD offices, 1107 SW Grady Way, Renton.
      In addition to pre-orders, we will have up to 10,000 plants available for walk-up sales.
     When you come to pick up your plants, be sure to visit our Native Plant Community Fair. Participants will include the Washington Native Plant Society, Newcastle Weed Warriors, King County Noxious Weed Control Program, Rent Mason Bees, Shadow Lake Nature Preserve, Stone Soup, Sustainable Renton, Tadpole Haven Native Plants, Tilth Alliance Garden Hotline, Scarecrow's Pride, and the WSU Forestry Program.
Free Landscaping with
Native Plants Workshop
February 9, Kirkland
     Native plants are equally at home in urban yards and rural landscapes. Learn about the many benefits of incorporating native plants in your yard or property from 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 link below for details on our next workshop:
    February 9, Kingsgate Library
Visit the KCD Booth
at the NW Flower & Garden
Show, February 22-26
      King Conservation District staff and volunteers will be in Booth 2816 at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.
     Stop by to see a demonstration Hügelkultur mound, drop off soil samples, receive a coupon for 10% off pre-orders for the KCD Native Plant Sale, and sign up for our daily raffle.
     Opportunities to volunteer are still available! Help cover a shift on the weekend of February 25-26. Receive FREE admission for working a four-hour shift. If you'd like to volunteer, contact Melissa Tatro for details and sign up. 
     Concerned about parking? Take Light Rail to Capitol Hill, then an easy half mile walk down to the Convention Center. 
Beautify & Care for Stream
and Wetland Properties, 
February 23, Woodinville
March 25, Seattle
      King Conservation District will host two free workshops for urban landowners on how to protect and beautify properties along streams, lakes and wetlands.
     Topics will 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:
     February 23, 6:30-8:30 PM, Woodinville Library
     March 25, 10:30 AM-2:00 PM, Boulevard Park Library, Seattle
Register Now for Free
Vashon Island Land & Water
Stewardship Series
     Join us for four free livestock management workshops at the Vashon Library. All classes will be held Thursday evenings 6:00 to 8:45 PM.
     The series kicks off with Living with Livestock near Water, March 2, followed by Mud Management, March 9, Manure Management, March 16, and Pasture Management, March 23.
     Register online for the KCD Land & Water Stewardship workshops.
Join Us at the Enumclaw STEM Expo, February 9th
     The KCD Stream Stewards will have a table again this year at the Enumclaw STEM Expo on Thursday, February 9th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. The free event is open to K-12 students, family members, and the general public.
     Stop by to learn about the Stream Stewards Program and enjoy hands-on activities throughout the Enumclaw Expo Center Exhibition Hall.
Landowners Eligible for
Cost-Share Funding from
King Conservation District
     The KCD Landowner Incentive Program provides property owners with farm or technical assistance plans with 50% to 90% cost-share assistance to implement a wide range of conservation practices.
     To initiate the application process, complete the Request for Assistance form on our website.
Put Your Farm, Market or
Restaurant on the Map!
     The annual Farm Guide is an excellent opportunity to inform 275,000 readers about local farms as well as farmers markets, retailers, restaurants, and specialty food producers. 
     February 20th is the deadline to reserve advertising space in the 2017 Farm Guide. For details click HERE.

Calendar of Events

February 4: Snoqualmie Valley Seed Exchange, Duvall
Community gathering to exchange garden seeds and knowledge.
February 8: Pike Place Market Small Business Resource Fair, Seattle
Network with service providers to improve your farm or business.
February 9: STEM Expo, Enumclaw
Stop by the KCD booth to learn how staff and volunteers use "Mad Science" across King County.
February 11: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
February 13: SnoValley Tilth Meeting, Carnation
Meet neighbors and discuss issues of concern to local farmers.
February 13: Historic Barn Preservation Workshop, Black Diamond
Learn about funding available through the Historic Barn Preservation Program.
February 16: Green Infrastructure Summit, Seattle
Share strategies for preventing stormwater pollution.
February 17: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Learn about growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
February 18: Urban Forest Restoration: Longfellow Creek, Seattle
Assist with habitat restoration at Longfellow Creek.
February 22: Historic Barn Preservation Workshop, Vashon
Learn about funding available through the Historic Barn Preservation Program.
February 22, Pierce County Farm Forum, Puyallup
Educational and networking opportunities for farmers.
February 22-26: Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Seattle
Meet KCD staff and learn about our programs and services.
February 23: Beautify & Care for Your Streamside Property, Woodinville
Protect properties near streams, lakes and wetlands.
February 27: Green-Duwamish Watershed Workshop, Tukwila
Fostering partnerships and sharing knowledge.
February 28: KCD Native Plant Sale Order Deadline
Select from more than 60 different native trees, shrubs and groundcovers.
March 2: Living with Livestock Near Water, Vashon
First in the four-part series of free Land & Water Stewardship Workshops on Vashon Island.
March 3: Historic Barn Preservation Workshop, Carnation
Learn about funding available through the Historic Barn Preservation Program.
March 11: KCD Native Plant Sale & Community Fair, Renton
Pick up pre-ordered plants, purchase additional plants, and network with participants in the Native Plant Community Fair.
Join in Our
Annual Celebration of
Resource Conservation 
     The KCD Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner is Tuesday, February 7th at Maplewood Greens, 4050 Maple Valley Hwy, Renton, WA 98058.
     The event starts with a silent auction from 4:00-5:00 PM, and the full celebration from 5:15-10:00 PM. A complimentary dinner will be served, with a vegetarian option available.
     If you have questions about the event, call 425-282-1900. 
     We'd love for you to join us for our free annual celebration. RSVP HERE.
Dick Ryon to Continue
Serving on KCD Board
     Originally elected to the King Conservation District Board of Supervisors in 2014, Dick Ryon was unopposed for re-election and will serve a second three-year term.
     Mr Ryon has devoted uncounted hours in service to KCD and our constituent communities. His professional background in forestry has contributed to the District's expansion of both rural and urban forest programs.
     See our website to learn more about Mr Ryon and other members of the KCD Board of Supervisors.
AmeriCorps Environmental
Outreach Position Open
     We are recruiting an Environmental Outreach AmeriCorps Member through the Washington Service Corps. The Outreach Specialist will provide education about various environmental topics related to soil health, water quality, and best management practices.
     In addition, the Outreach Specialist will participate in KCD events. The application deadline is February 8th. For more details and a link to the online application click HERE.
High School Students
Get Hands-On Experience
with Resource Conservation
     High school students and teachers are encouraged to register for the 2017 Northwest Washington Envirothon, set for March 29th at the Brightwater Center near Woodinville.
     Stacie Powers & Emily Carlson are planning a series of events to help high school students and teachers prepare for this year's Envirothon.
    First up on Saturday, February 18, is a session on Forestry Tools & How to Use Them at Mercer Slough Nature Park. Wildlife Training is February 25 at the Slater Museum in Tacoma. And Soils will be the topic March 18 at the Brightwater Center. 
      Contact Stacie Powers to sign up and learn more about Envirothon-related trainings. Call 425-282-1930, or email: educationIP@kingcd.org.
Preserving the History &
Enhancing the Future of
Matsuda Farm
       In 1957 the King Conservation District honored Yoneichi Matsuda as Conservationist Farmer of the Year, and today KCD continues to support Matsuda Farm through two major projects with the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust.
     In 2016 the KCD Regional Food System Program awarded a $50,000 grant to the Land Trust to support redevelopment of Matsuda Farm, with the goal of establishing a farm-to-school program with the Vashon School District. 
     Last fall the KCD Landowner Incentive Program provided funding and a Washington Conservation Corps crew to plant more than 2,000 native trees and shrubs in a 35-foot buffer around the farm's irrigation pond.
     See the KCD Facebook page for a set of photos and more information about the history and restoration of Matsuda Farm.
Community Members Unite 
to Expand Sonju Park
Community Garden
     

Last September a group of Nordstrom employees devoted their United Way Day of Caring to the Daisy Sonju Community Garden & Pea Patch in Des Moines. This was just one example of community-wide efforts to expand the gardens for low income, refugee and immigrant populations.
     The King Conservation District is helping leverage KCD Regional Food System Program grant funding to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Highline College to increase gardening space at Sonju Park.
     The garden already includes raised beds, a greenhouse, compost bins, garden murals, and hopefully soon, bees! The expansion will provide additional garden beds for the community and for Highline students to use as part of their education and community engagement.
     Participants in the planning process include City of Des Moines Parks, Recreation & Senior Services, Friends of Sonju Park, Highline College, StartZone, and the IRC New Roots program.

Mobile Poultry
Processing Equipment
Available for Rent
     As part of KCD's expanded food system services, last spring we purchased a Mobile Poultry Unit to enable small-scale producers to process chickens and other poultry for home consumption or on-farm sales. The equipment is available to rent for 48 hours for just $25 plus tax.
     Northwest Agriculture Business Center manages scheduling and Grange Supply in Issaquah serves as the equipment pick-up and drop-off location.
     See our website for details on renting the Mobile Poultry Processing Equipment.
King County Helps Bring
Historic Barns Back to Life
   
     King County recently announced the second round of its Historic Barn Preservation Program, providing up to $250,000 in funds for stabilization and rehabilitation of historic barns and agriculture-related structures.
     Grant workshops are scheduled for February 13, Black Diamond, February 22, Vashon, and March 3, Carnation.
     The grant application deadline is April 21.
     Grant program details are available at: www.kingcounty.gov/barnagain
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.
     You can mail or personally deliver soil samples to our offices in Renton. Or save time and postage by bringing your samples to the KCD booth at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, February 22-26 at the Washington State Convention Center.
Volunteer with the
King Conservation District
         Last year 773 volunteers donated a total of 2,611 hours of service to KCD projects, including our Native Plant Nursery, Longfellow Creek Forest Restoration, Conservation Projects, Stream Stewards, and outreach at farmers markets and the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.
    See the Volunteer Opportunities page on our website to learn about upcoming events and to join the KCD Outreach Team.
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