King Conservation District, July 2015
King Conservation District
Meet Us at the Market!
      Adam Jackson, KCD Resource Specialist, talked with shoppers at the West Seattle Farmers Market in late June. Meet KCD staff members, learn about our programs and services, and pick up free packets of pollinator seeds at other King County markets through the season. On July 8th look for Kristen Reichardt, KCD Education Programs Coordinator, at the Pioneer Square Pike Place Market Express, and on July 21st meet Rachel Konrady, KCD Landowner Incentive Program Lead, at the Renton Farmers Market
King County Farmers
Show their Pride
      This summer look for vendors sporting "I'm a King County Farmer"
t-shirts in local markets. Created by Melissa Lang, KCD Outreach Coordinator, the t-shirts are a fun way to honor and celebrate local producers. If you're a King County direct market farmer and would like a free t-shirt, contact Melissa via email:  
Work Set to Begin on 
Ag Drainage Projects 
    One of the major King County Food Local Food Initiative goals is to add 400 net new acres in food production per year for the next 10 years. And one of the most effective strategies for achieving that objective is to improve drainage on farm fields. 
     Katie Pencke, KCD Agricultural Drainage Project Manager, is assisting the King County Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program (ADAP) with implementing an increased number of projects this summer. Fifty landowners have expressed interest in participating in the program, and Katie is scheduling site visits with each of them. Currently one drainage project is scheduled for July, with two more in August and three in September. See our website to learn more about the KCD Agricultural Drainage Program
K-T Cattle Company
Honored as KCD
Conservation Farm of Merit
     Katie & Jim Haack of K-T Cattle Company near Carnation proudly display their KCD Conservation Farm of Merit Sign. Jim was recently elected to serve a three-year term on the KCD Board of Supervisors. 
     The Farm of Merit program recognizes landowners who implement practices to conserve natural resources and protect water quality. See the KCD website to learn about our Farm Management Planning Services.
Grin and Bear it 
in the Snoqualmie Valley
     People and bears are mixing more frequently in the Snoqualmie Valley. In late June, Katie Pencke snapped this photo of a black bear during a site visit at Full Circle Farm near Carnation, and she was told this was their second visitor of the day! 
     In addition to farms, residents of suburban neighborhoods are learning to secure garbage cans and limit other potential feeding sources. The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife provides useful information on living with bears.
Protect Your Home,
Property & Horses from the
Threat of Wildfires
     Firestorms sweeping Eastern Washington are sobering reminders of the threat of wildfires across our region. Link with King County Firewise to learn about strategies to safeguard your home.
     Alayne Blickle posted links to Firewise information for horse owners at Horses for Clean Water.
Seattle Urban Farms
in the Spotlight July 11
     Seattle Tilth's annual Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour is always one of the highlights of the summer. See first-hand how urban farmers raise chickens, miniature goats, ducks, mason bees, honey bees, and rabbits.

Calendar of Events

July 8: Meet KCD at the Pioneer Square Market, Seattle
Stop by our booth to learn about KCD programs and services.
July 8: What’s Bugging Boise Creek?, Enumclaw
Learn about how benthic invertebrates contribute to stream vitality.
July 8: Green/Duwamish Watershed Open House, Maple Valley
Share your priorities for preserving and enhancing the watershed’s air, land and water.

July 10: Puget Sound Regional Food Council Meeting, Seattle
Developing policies and programs to strengthen the local food system.
July 11: Native Plant Nursery, Renton
Volunteer in the KCD Nursery and learn about growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration. 
July 11, Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour, Seattle
Seattle Tilth’s annual tour of backyard farms.
July 11: Matsuda Farm Tour, Vashon Island
Tour the historic Matsuda Farm with the Vashon-Maury Land Trust.
July 13: SnoValley Tilth Meeting & Potluck, Duvall
Meet at Jo's Fleece Fields where they produce fleece from alpacas, llamas, and fiber goats.
July 14: Green/Duwamish Watershed Open House, Kent
Share your priorities for preserving and enhancing the watershed’s air, land and water.  

July 16: Tour Laughing Horse Farm, Issaquah
Alayne Blickle shows how to make the most out of a small horse property. 
July 16-19, King County Fair, Enumclaw
Bring the whole family to the 153rd annual King County Fair!
July 17: Native Plant Nursery, Renton
Volunteer in the KCD Nursery and learn about growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration. 
July 18: Longfellow Creek Urban Forest Restoration, Seattle
Join KCD and the Green Seattle Partnership in restoring habitat on Longfellow Creek in West Seattle.
July 18, Caring for Your Rural Septic System & Wellheads, Woodinville
Learn from experts about caring for your septic system and protecting your well from pollution.
July 18: Native Pollinators Citizen Science Initiative, Woodinville
Join other citizen scientists in monitoring native pollinator populations.
July 18, SnoValley Tilth Summer Dinner Series, Carnation
Dinner at Camp Korey with Chef Matt Dillon.
July 20: KCD Food System Presentations, White Center
Presentations by applicants for the KCD Regional Food System Grant Program.
July 21: Meet KCD at the Market, Renton
Stop by our booth to learn about KCD programs and services.
July 25, Taste of the Snoqualmie Valley, Carnation
Celebrate local food and support the Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance
July 26, Forest Owners Field Day, Vashon
Special field day for Vashon forest landowners. 
King Conservation District 
Launches Regional Food 
System Grant Program
    More than 60 people attended the kick-off presentation for KCD's new Regional Food System Program. As part of our 2015 work plan, the District established  a $650,000 grant fund to support projects that contribute to the economic vitality of King County agriculture. By our July 1st deadline we received 38 Letters of Intent for projects totaling approximately $2.5 million.
 July 10th applicants submitting the highest rated Letters of Intent will be invited to give "TED Talks" on their proposed projects at a Community Presentation Workshop on July 20th at Bethaday Community Learning Space in White Center. The event will be free and open to the public. See our website for details on the KCD Regional Food System Grant Program.
Early Action Projects
Strengthen Our
Local Food Economy
     The King Conservation District earmarked $250,000 in this year's budget for a series of "Early Action Projects" to help achieve King County's ambitious local food economy goals. Initial projects include support for the new Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative, mentoring for farmers market managers, and expanding the Auburn Good Food Bag program. More details are on our Regional Food System Program page.
Learning about Living on 
the Edge of Puget Sound 
     In June a total of nearly 100 people attended KCD Marine Shoreline Workshops on Vashon Island and at Discovery Park to learn about ecological, geological and vegetation management issues associated with owning bluff and shoreline properties along Puget Sound. For a set of photos and additional information about the workshops click Here.
Snoqualmie Tribe
Restores Sammamish River
Riparian Habitat
      The King Conservation District awarded a $20,000 grant to the Snoqualmie Tribe in partnership with the WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council to restore 1.1 acres of riparian habitat along the Sammamish River Trail just south of Woodinville. Implemented by the Snoqualmie Tribe Environmental and Natural Resources Program, the project included removing invasives and installing hundreds of native plants. See our Facebook page for photos and more details on the project.
Learn What's
Bugging Boise Creek,
Enumclaw, July 8
     The KCD Stream Steward Program will host Jo Wilhelm, King County Senior Ecologist, for a free presentation on the contribution of benthic macro-invertebrates to water quality and wildlife habitat. Stream Stewards will be on hand to answer questions about the program. See details at What's Bugging Boise Creek?
Tour Laughing Horse Farm,
Issaquah, July 16
     Join Alayne Blickle for an informative early-evening tour of Laughing Horse Farm to learn creative strategies for making the most of small acreage. The property features a track paddock sacrifice area and a gorgeous trail course which doubles as a landscaping feature by combining stumps, rocks and beautiful plantings. Click HERE for details on the free tour and online registration. 
Caring for Your Septic
System & Wellhead,
Woodinville, July 18
     Learn from experts about maintaining your rural septic system and protecting your wellhead and drinking water. Don’t let your septic system contaminate groundwater and contribute to surface water pollution. For details on the free Saturday morning workshop click Here.
Vashon Forest Owners
Field Day Set for July 26
     KCD provided WSU Extension Forestry with funding for expanded services to forest landowners in King County. People with forest properties on Vashon Island are invited to a special field day July 26th to learn about forest health, thinning, pruning, tree planting, invasive weed control, fire risk reduction, and growing edible mushrooms. For details and a link to online registration click Here
Use KCD Hay Probe to
Test Nutrient Quality
     Liz Clark, KCD Boise Creek Outreach Assistant, demonstrated a hay probe on a tour of her farm. The probe is used to extract forage samples to send to a lab for analysis. 
     KCD makes a hay probe available at no charge. For details see our Hay Probe Equipment Loan page or contact Liz:
Register for June
King Conservation District
Volunteer Events
     The King Conservation District hosts monthly volunteer events at our Native Plant Nursery in Renton and Longfellow Creek in West Seattle. Here is this month's schedule:
    Native Plant Nursery: July 11 & 17
    Longfellow Creek: July 18
See our website for more details:
Like Us on Facebook!
Link with our Facebook page to keep up with the latest news from the King Conservation District. We look forward to connecting with you there!
Copyright © 2015 King Conservation District
If you would like to subscribe to the King Conservation District Newsletter, email To be removed from our newsletter list, please click the "Unsubscribe" link below. To change your email address, click on "Update Subscription Preferences."
Our mailing address is:
King Conservation District
1107 SW Grady Way, Suite 130
Renton, WA 98057