King Conservation District, April 2016
King Conservation District
Seattle Grant Program
Workshops Set for
March 31st & April 4th
     This year approximately $370,000 is available through the KCD-Seattle Community Partnership Grant Program. Letters of Intent are due on Friday, April 29th. 
     Two workshops are set to introduce the grant program, review application procedures, and share tips on how to write effective proposals. Click on the links below to register:
March 31st, Beacon Hill Library, 6:00-7:30 PM, Register Here!

April 4th, Northeast Library, 6:00 - 7:30 PM, Register Here!
King County Celebrates
the Local Food Initiative's
First Year Impacts
     Last year King County Executive Dow Constantine launched the Local Food Initiative to strengthen connections between farmers and consumers, increase access to affordable foods for low-income people, protect farmland, and make our food system more resilient.
     King County's 2015 Local Food Economy Highlights celebrates first-year program accomplishments. The report spotlights King Conservation District contributions to the Local Food Initiative, including the KCD Regional Food System Program and our Agricultural Drainage Program.
     KCD also supported development of Farm King County, a new web portal with a wide range of resources for local farmers and food entrepreneurs. 
Grow More Food
in Your Community
Free Workshop April 2nd 
     The King Conservation District has initiated a new Urban Agriculture Program to support community-based agriculture through education, technical assistance, partner matchmaking, and help in identifying possible funding and other resources.
     In late February twenty-two people attended KCD's first Urban Agriculture Workshop to discussed barriers, opportunities and solutions to increasing local food production. We will host a follow-up workshop on Saturday, April 2nd from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the King County South Treatment Plant near Renton. The workshop is designed for community leaders interested in starting an urban agriculture program in their community. For workshop details and online registration click HERE.
Ben Axt to Assist
Landowners with
Farm Drainage Projects
     Restoration ecologist Ben Axt recently joined our staff to coordinate the KCD Agricultural Drainage Program. He replaces Katie Pencke, who moved with her family to Whatcom County. 
     Ben has a Forest Science B.S degree from the University of Wisconsin. He worked for the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and National Park Service. More recently he served as a restoration ecologist with the Institute for Applied Ecology in Corvallis.
     Ben will facilitate landowner participation in drainage projects in collaboration with the King County Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program (ADAP).
Revitalize Longfellow Creek
Duwamish Alive! April 16th 
     Join us in restoring West Seattle’s Longfellow Creek on Saturday, April 16th as part of Duwamish Alive! See the results of long-term efforts to control invasive species and replant with native trees and shrubs, and help restore healthy wildlife habitat to improve the Duwamish watershed. 
Maximizing Chore
Efficiency Workshop
Hobart, April 23rd 
     Meet us at the foot of Taylor Mountain near Hobart from 10:00 AM to Noon to see a mud-free, chore efficient horse property. See a covered round pen, chore-efficient compost bins, permanent fencing set for rotational grazing, gates for easy in and out, Paso Fino horses... and more!
    Dress warmly as we will be walking the property with KCD experts and the property owner. Be prepared for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and rain jackets. Register for this free event HERE.
King County Offers 
$500,000 in
"Barn Again" Grants
     King County’s “Barn Again” Historic Barn Preservation Program has been revitalized, with $500,000 in grants to be offered in two rounds of funding starting this spring. Grants in the range of $5,000 to $75,000 are available for projects that extend the life of historic barns, including roof repairs, foundations, walls, structural frameworks, and building systems.
     Check out the informative Barn Again video and see King County's website to learn more about the Historic Barn Preservation Program. Grant workshops are set for April 5th on Vashon Island and April 12th in Black Diamond.
Let the World Know
You're a
King County Farmer!
     Suddenly it's farmers market season! If you don't have your "I'm a King County Farmer" T-shirt yet, we'd love to send you one. To request your free T-shirt contact Melissa Tatro, KCD Outreach Coordinator.

Calendar of Events

March 31: Seattle Community Grant Workshop, Beacon Hill
Learn about 2016 KCD-Seattle Community Partnership Grant Program.
April 2: Stream Steward Training, Enumclaw
Join with neighbors to monitor the health of Newaukum and Boise Creek.
April 2: Community Agriculture Workshop, Renton
Planning for urban agriculture projects.
April 4: Seattle Community Grant Workshop, Northeast Seattle
Learn about 2016 KCD-Seattle Community Partnership Grant Program.
April 9: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
April 11: SnoValley Tilth Meeting, Carnation
Progress report on the Fish Farm Flood planning process.
April 15: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
April 16: Duwamish Alive!, Longfellow Creek, West Seattle
Community-wide restoration event.
April 22: Fence Construction Workshop, Renton
This workshop is full, but you can request to be added to the waiting list.
April 23: Totem Lake Habitat Restoration, Kirkland
Restore and maintain this ecologically important area in the heart of Kirkland.
April 23: Maximizing Chore Efficiency, Hobart
Practical information for efficient horse and livestock care.
April 23: Garden Ground-Breaking at Shadow Lake Bog, Renton
Join Tahoma High School's Green Team and SHADOW for an Earth Day native plant garden work party. 
April 23: Newcastle Earth Day, Newcastle
Major annual community environmental celebration. 
April 28: Soil Discovery Field Day, Enumclaw
Learn about measuring and maintaining soil fertility.
April 29: Earth Day Fair, Des Moines
Eighth annual Earth Day Fair at Saltwater State Park. 
April 30: Save the Frogs Day, Renton
SHADOW Eco-Fest with Steamboat Studio and Woodland Park Zoo.
May 4, 11 & 18: Noxious Weed Control Seminars
Three opportunities to learn how to identify and manage invasive plants.
Regional Food System Grant
Pre-Proposals Due April 14th
     Mary Embleton, KCD Regional Food System Manager, recently announced the 2016 funding round for the KCD Regional Food System Grant ProgramThe pre-proposal submittal deadline is Thursday, April 14th.
     This year KCD will invest up to $900,000 in Regional Food System Grants and Strategic Initiatives to 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.
     See our Facebook page for photos of the 2016 Regional Food System Grant Program Workshop.
Local Food System
Infrastructure Mapping
Tool Introduced
      As one of our first strategic initiatives, KCD collaborated with King County and the Cascade Harvest Coalition to develop an online Infrastructure Mapping Tool to provide farmers, food businesses, and policy makers with access to information about more than 400 food system facilities in King County. 
     Development of the Mapping Tool was funded by a grant from the USDA's Local Food Promotion Program.
     Designed to serve food producers, processors and policy makers, the new KCD Infrastructure Mapping Tool will facilitate increased growth of our local food economy. 
Free Stream Steward
Training April 2nd,
Mahler Park, Enumclaw 
     Our next Stream Steward Training is Saturday, April 2nd, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Newaukum Creek at Mahler Park.
     Help your community by volunteering to test water quality parameters on creeks and tributaries on Newaukum or Boise Creek on the Enumclaw Plateau. Learn about stream safety, E. coli testing, and habitat assessment.
     Additional information and online registration for the free training is available HERE.
Improving Water Quality on
the Enumclaw Plateau

     The King Conservation District is partnering with American Farmland Trust on the Newaukum Creek Precision Conservation Project to improve water quality by reducing stream temperatures and the amount of nutrients and fecal coliform in the stream to create a healthier environment for salmon.
     The program will provide significant cost-share/financial assistance to landowners and farmers in the Newaukum Creek watershed wanting to implement conservation and agricultural Best Management Practices.
     See our website for details on the on the Newaukum Creek Project and special EQIP application deadlines for landowners in the Newaukum Creek Watershed.

Soil Discovery Field Day
April 28th, Enumclaw
     Thomasson Family Farm near Enumclaw will host a Soil Discovery Field Day, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Thursday, April 28th.
     The free event is for all landowners who want to understand more about their soils and discover the nutrients hidden inside. We hope to see all manure users out there from dairy, beef, horse, small ruminants, berry, crop, custom operators, consultants, and more! Learn how to take soil samples and interpret test reports, see demonstrations of different soil types, and get tips on how to apply manure based on your soil type.
Spring is a Great Time
to Test Your Soil
     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.
Put the KCD Manure
Spreader to Work
on Your Farm
     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. We charge a $50 rental fee to cover the costs of delivery, insurance and maintenance. For details and a link to our online reservation form see the KCD Manure Spreader Loan Program.
Poultry Processing Equipment
Available for Rent
      KCD recently initiated a new program to provide low-cost rental of  a full set of equipment for small-scale producers to process chickens and other poultry for home consumption or on-farm sales.
     Producers in the KCD service area can rent the trailer-mounted processing equipment for just $25 for 48 hours.
     The Northwest Agriculture Business Center manages online scheduling, and Grange Supply in Issaquah serves as the equipment pick-up and drop-off location.
     Get details on renting our Poultry Processing Equipment via the KCD website.
Show Your Country Pride
at the King County Fair
Enumclaw, July 14-17
      The King Conservation District is sponsoring an educational tent at the King County Fair, July 14-17. To help us prepare, please let us know what speakers and topics you'd like to hear via our Online Survey.
     Also, we'd love for you to join the KCD Outreach Team and volunteer to help at the King County Fair. Outreach staff will set up a training before the event to get you acquainted with the KCD services we will be highlighting, and you will receive free admission to the fair. If you are interested, email Nikki Marschke.
Volunteer with the
King Conservation District
     This month KCD hosts the following volunteer events:
    Native Plant Nursery: April 9 & 15
    Longfellow Creek: April 16
    Totem Lake: April 23
See our website for details on KCD volunteer opportunities:
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