King Conservation District, March 2016
King Conservation District
2016 Native Plant Sale
Saturday, March 5th
10:00AM to 4:00PM
     Salute spring this Saturday at the annual KCD Native Plant Sale, 1107 SW Grady Way, Renton. Pick up pre-ordered plants between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
     For plant lovers who didn't have a chance to pre-order (or who want more!), we'll have an additional 10,000 native plants available for walk-up sales. Supplies of some species are limited, so come early for best selection. For details see: KCD Native Bareroot Plant Sale.
Join Us Saturday for the 
Native Plant Community Fair
     When you come to the KCD Sale this Saturday, plan to stay for our Native Plant Community Fair.
     This year's participants include the Washington Native Plant Society, Weed Warriors, Gatherer to Gardener, King County Noxious Weed Control ProgramGarden HotlineSave Habitat & Diversity of Wetlands (SHADOW), City Fruit, Scarecrow's Pride, Stone Soup, Garden Cycles, The Little Red Hen Project, Rent Mason Bees, Nature4All, Go Native Plant Nursery, and Tadpole Haven Native Plants.
     And while you're here, enjoy treats from A Fire Inside Wood Fired Pizza and Hot Revolution Donuts.
     Bring your family and make the most of this unique opportunity to learn about ways to utilize native plants to encourage wildlife while protecting our soil and water. See our Facebook page for photos of last year's Native Plant Sale & Community Fair.
KCD Employment Opportunities
     The King Conservation District is seeking a full-time Executive Director to coordinate all aspects of our wide range of programs and services.
     In addition, we have openings for a Resource Planner, Agricultural Drainage Project Coordinator, and a Project Assistant/Front Desk staff person. For details on these positions, see our Employment Opportunities page.
Pasture & Manure
Management Workshops
March 3rd & 10th
     Learn techniques for improved livestock management at our free Land & Water Stewardship Workshops, March 3rd and 10th at Tahoma High School in Covington. The Thursday evening classes run from 6:30 to 9:00 PM.
     Register online for KCD Land & Water Stewardship workshops.
Dealing with Mud and Drainage for Horse & Livestock Owners
     Susan Heiser of Trinity Ranch near Enumclaw will host a free KCD mud and drainage management workshop on Saturday, March 12th, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
     Learn from experts about how to manage mud and runoff, including paddock footing options, on-farm set-ups for roof runoff, creative ways to keep rain out of stalls and barns—and more!
     For more details and online registration, click HERE.
Celebrate Veterans at
Longfellow Creek
Restoration Event 
     Join KCD and the Veterans Conservation Corps in a restoration event at Longfellow Creek in West Seattle on Saturday, March 19th, from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM.
     Projects will include planting native trees and shrubs, maintaining plantings, and removing invasives along Longfellow Creek.
     Everyone is welcome to volunteer for this outdoor event, including individuals, families and groups. This will be an opportunity for the community to come together, make an impactful difference, and celebrate veterans who have served our country.
     See Veteran Fellows at Longfellow for more details.
Buy Directly from
Snoqualmie Valley Farmers
       With the support of a $10,000 KCD Regional Food System Grant, the Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative was launched last summer to provide growers with access to new markets. The co-op started with a 15-week CSA pilot program at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland.
     Last year the CSA offered thirty patients a variety of fresh, nutrient-dense produce grown by local farms, a weekly newsletter with tips from both farmers and doctors, and monthly cooking classes at the hospital. The pilot was so successful Evergreen Hospital is now opening the CSA to its nearly 4,000 area employees.
     The deadline to purchase a CSA subscription is March 31st. The 2016 season will run from July 7th-October 13th, with delivery locations in Duvall, Kirkland, Monroe, Redmond, and Woodinville. See the Sign Up page on the co-op's website to subscribe.
Expanding Ag Drainage Across King  County
     Planning is underway for the second year of the KCD Agricultural Drainage Program. In 2016 KCD staff will work with the drainage committee of the new Snoqualmie Valley Watershed Improvement District on drain tile replacement, comprehensive mapping and analysis, ditch maintenance, and culvert replacement. 
     Bobbi Lindemulder sent the photo above of her border collie, Keeley, on the precast concrete bridge KCD installed to replace a failed culvert on an access road on her farm near Duvall. For information on culvert replacement and other agricultural drainage support, contact your KCD Conservation Planner and ask about our Landowner Incentive Program.

Calendar of Events

March 3: Pasture Management Workshop, Covington
Meet your livestock forage needs by becoming a grass farmer.
March 5: KCD Native Plant Sale, Renton
Come for our annual sale and Native Plant Community Fair. 
March 10: Manure Management Workshop, Covington
Make manure a valued asset, not a liability.
March 11: Regional Food Policy Council Meeting, Seattle
Strengthening our regional food economy.
March 12: Dealing with Mud & Drainage for Horse & Livestock Owners, Enumclaw
Practical solutions for managing stormwater at Trinity Ranch.
March 14: SnoValley Tilth Meeting, Carnation
Meet neighbors and discuss issues of concern to local farmers.
March 17: Regional Food System Grant Orientation Workshop, Woodinville
Get detailed information on how to write a winning proposal.
March 18: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
March 18-19: Highline College Fruit Tree Show, Des Moines
Introduction to all aspects of fruit tree growing and care.
March 19: Veteran Fellows at Longfellow Creek, West Seattle
Honor military veterans while enhancing the environment.
March 19: Envirothon Wildlife Training, Tacoma
For details contact Emily Carlson at 425-282-1930, or email:   
March 19: Women in Agriculture Conference, Regional
Meet in 31 locations, including Puyallup and Everett
March 21: Farmer-Fisher-Chef Connection, Kenmore
Marketing opportunity for food producers and buyers.
March 26: Totem Lake Habitat Restoration, Kirkland
Restore and maintain this ecologically important area in the heart of Kirkland.
March 26: Invasive Species Training, White Center
For details contact Emily Carlson at 425-282-1930, or email:   
May 4, 11 & 18: Noxious Weed Control Seminars
Three opportunities to learn how to identify and manage invasive plants.
Food System Grant Program
Request for Proposals

Released March 16th
     This year the King Conservation District Regional Food System Program will invest up to $900,000 in grants and strategic initiatives. 
     The 2016 Request for Proposals will be released March 16th, followed by a KCD Regional Food System Grant Orientation Workshop on March 17.
     KCD Regional Food System Grants support projects that contribute to the economic viability of local farmers, encourage more new farmers, expand acreage in food production, improve food access, and increase demand for King County farm products.
     In 2015 KCD awarded $663,878 in Regional Food System Grants. For the full list click HERE.
KCD Staff & Supervisors
Meet with State Legislators
      On February 22nd & 23rd KCD staff and board members traveled to Olympia for a whirlwind series of meetings with 30 State Senators and Representatives as part of Washington Association of Conservation Districts Legislative Days
     Participants included KCD Supervisors Max Prinsen, Bill Knutsen and Dick Ryon, plus staff members Deirdre Grace and Brandy Reed. The meetings provided an opportunity to thank the legislators for their support and inform them about KCD's expanded programs and services. We also invited Senators and Representatives to visit KCD project sites following this year's legislative session. 
2016 Urban
Forest Health 
RFP Announced 
     Last year the King Conservation District initiated a new Urban Forest Health Management Program to assist member jurisdictions with enhancing the green canopy across King County. As part of the program, KCD will invest up to $150,000 annually to support regional and collaborative urban forestry initiatives that bridge stewardship across private and public lands.
     The 2016 Urban Forest Health Management Request for Proposals (RFP) has been announced. We invite member jurisdictions to submit a Letter of Interest to partner with KCD on urban forest stewardship projects. For details about the Letter submittal and the RFP process, go to Urban Forestry. The submittal deadline is April 29th.
     Communities are encouraged to contact us any time before submitting a Letter to discuss their ideas in order to determine the best course of action, whether it is technical assistance or project implementation. Send emails to:
Navy Veteran Coordinates 
New KCD Forestry Program


Join us in welcoming Navy veteran Jarret Griesemer as our first Forestry Project Coordinator. Jarret came to us via the Mt Adams Institute's VetsWork Program, an eleven month AmeriCorps internship for military veterans.
     Jarret will assist with implementing the new KCD Forest Health Management Program through community outreach, educational events, street tree planting, forest health assessments, and management planning, with the goal of enhancing forest  ecosystem functions and values.
     A native of rural Pennsylvania, Jarret earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University and served for five years in the US Navy, including three years on the USS Connecticut, a nuclear submarine based in Bremerton. An avid outdoorsman, Jarret said, “I hope to learn and experience as much as possible at KCD and set myself up for a rewarding future in the field of natural resources.”

Take Advantage of KCD's
Free Soil Testing Service
and Learn about
Lead in Urban Gardens
     The King Conservation 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.
     Increased interest in urban agriculture has many people concerned about lead in soil. UW researcher Sally Brown found enriching soils with compost can significantly reduce concerns about heavy metals in garden produce. A link to Dr Brown's study is available HERE
Thanks for Stopping by the KCD Booth at the NW
Flower & Garden Show
      More than 1,600 people talked with KCD staff and volunteers at this year's Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Visitors to our booth were especially interested in learning about our Free Soil Tests and the KCD Native Plant Sale
     This was our second year at the Flower & Garden Show and we were encouraged by the increased public awareness of KCD and our neighboring Conservation Districts. We look forward to seeing you at next year's show!
KCD Loans Tools to Help
Get Tough Jobs Done
     See the Equipment Loan Services links on our website for information about borrowing the District's manure spreader, lime spreader, hay probe, and recently added poultry processing equipment.
     We also have a Weed Wrench to help you eradicate Scotch Broom and other tenacious woody invasives. To schedule use of the Weed Wrench email

Envirothon Prep Events March 19th & 26th

     Emily Carlson, KCD Education Coordinator, has planned two more events to help high school students and teachers prepare for the 2016 Envirothon
    First is a Wildlife Training, March 19th at Slater Museum of Natural History in Tacoma, followed by an Invasive Species Training with Sasha Shaw, March 26th at the White Center Public Library.
     To learn more about Envirothon events, contact Emily Carlson at 425-282-1930, or email:
Planning to Increase
Urban Food Production
      On February 25th KCD brought together more than twenty government and community leaders for a hands-on workshop on expanding urban agriculture projects in King County. 
     Kristen McIvor, Director of Pierce Conservation District's highly successful program, Harvest Pierce County, outlined the process they used to cultivate more than 70 community food projects. As a follow-up, KCD will facilitate a series of workshops on establishing local urban agriculture programs. For additional information contact Cari Simson via email:
Volunteer with the
King Conservation District
     In March KCD will host the following volunteer events:
    Native Plant Nursery: March 18
    Longfellow Creek: March 19
    Totem Lake: March 26
See our website for details on KCD volunteer opportunities:
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