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Seed Sowing for Supper

Posted by solacefarmfiber on February 28, 2014 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

March 22, 2014

Sowing Seeds Gardening for Fun

Held at the Community College in Colville

Session Two: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Pruning Fruit Trees... Learn the art of pruning

fruit trees, how to improve fruit production

and quality, and help your trees live up to their

full potential. What will you do with all those

apples and pears? Instructor Jim McGinty is a

WSU Master Gardener Veteran.

Introduction on to Drip Irrigation… Come learn

about the basic principles of drip irrigation: how

drip works, why you might consider using drip,

where drip works best, and how to make drip

work for you. We’ll discuss the physics of drip,

how to plan and install your system, and how

to keep it running. Instructor Jeremy Cowan,

Regional Extension Horticulture Specialist with

WSU Extension.

Hypertufa Planter… Make a small planter out

of cement and peat moss. Learn the art of

transplanting. Participants will get two pots.

One you make and one previously made that

you will transplant plants into. Instructor,

Mary Sety, WSU Master Gardener. This class

has a material fee of $10. Limited to sixteen

par�� cipants.

Harvest Baskets... Come ready to work. Make

your own harvest basket. This basket can be

used for gathering and washing produce from

your garden. Instructor Sandi Everson, a WSU

Master Gardener. This class has a material fee

of $10. Limited to sixteen participants.

Session One: 9:05 am - 10:30 am

Edible Forest Gardens … explore how

integrating perennials of all sizes into gardens

expands and diversifi es productivity, beauty and

habitats. Principles of agro-forestry, ecosystem

relationships and permaculture design will

boost your ability to create your own edible

forest garden at any scale! Instructor Gloria

Flora, Executive Director, Sustainable Obtainable


Spraying your Fruit and Ornamental Trees...

Learn when and how to spray your fruit trees

and other ornamental trees. Will discuss IPM

strategies, timing and products to use on trees.

Also will discuss calibration and how to read and

understand pesticide labels. Pesticide Credits

applied for. Instructor, Aaron Brown, WSDA

Pesticide Specialist.

Hugelkultur and Other Water Wise Gardening

Techniques... This presentation on will explore

hugelkulture (woody beds) and other gardening

practices to limit your use of water. Some topics

covered will be the way water works in our

landscapes, the use of swales, keyline design,

and irrigation  on techniques. If you are interested

in lowering the amount of water that you use

in your garden, this class is for you! Instructor,

Amber Jimenez, WSU Master Gardener.

Harvest Baskets... Come ready to work. Make

your own harvest basket. This basket can be

used for gathering and washing produce from

your garden. Instructor Sandi Everson, WSU

Master Gardener. This class has a material fee

of $10. Limited to sixteen participants.

Persons with a disability requiring special accommodation while

participating in this program may call WSU Stevens County

Extension, 509-684-2588. If accommodation is not requested in

advance, we cannot guarantee the availability of accommodation

on site. Extension programs and policies are consistent with

federal and state laws and regulations on nondiscrimination

regarding race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age,

disability, and sexual orientation. Evidence of noncompliance may

be reported through your local Extension office.

Soil Testing for Farmers March 25

Posted by solacefarmfiber on February 28, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

March 25 – Soil Testing for Farmers – don’t guess, soil test! This two-part class will introduce farmers and ag producers to basic soil science, teach correct soil sampling procedure and assist in the analysis of the lab results to develop a nutrient management plan. The first class will be held at the WSU Extension office, 986 S Main. Cost is $10 per farm, which includes a soil test valued at $35.



Brooklyn Gossard Benefit Dinner

Posted by solacefarmfiber on February 24, 2014 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Brooklyn Gossard Benefit Dinner 

All Proceeds Help Fund Her Transverse Myelitis Treatments

Wednesday, March 5th

5pm to 7pm

Old European

7640 N Division


Adults ………$10.00

10 and under $5.00

Brookie has come such a long way from where she was at 15 months old, September 11, 2012. She is now 2 and a half! Back then, she was laying in a hospital bed and couldn't move from the neck down. We were scared for her life and didn't know what was wrong. She was diagnosed with Acute Idiopathic Transverse Myelitis.

Since that diagnosis God has been working mira-cles. Brookie has gained back full movement from mid stomach up. She has been going to therapy between 3 and 5 days a week since October 2012 and seen countless numbers of doctors and specialists. Unfortunately, we still have a long road ahead of us. Brookie still has very little movement in her legs, her lower body cannot regulate temperature, she deals with constant muscle tightness, her blood pressure is very inconsistent, she has trouble knowing if her lower body has been injured (i.e. scrapes, burns, bruises, etc.) and she has little to no control over her bowel and bladder function. We have not seen any drastic improvement in months and have been told by many doctors that this is about as good as she is going to get. We are not ready to settle for "as good as it will get!” We feel like there are more options out there for our daughter to try and are ready to start pursuing those options. It is becoming difficult to take on these costs on our own and we are ready to reach out to you for help. Your donations would help us alleviate the added stress of the high costs of Brookie's current medical care as well as give us the opportunity to look into treatments we have not yet tried due to the high cost.

Even if you can't help financially if you could be praying that God keeps working miracles in Brookie's healing we would be so grateful. She has come a long way since her initial diagnosis but she still has a long way to go.

What TM is.... Transverse Myelitis (TM) is a rare inflammatory disease causing injury to the spinal cord with varying degrees of weakness, sensory alterations, and autonomic dysfunction (the part of the nervous system that controls involuntary activity, such as the heart, breathing, the digestive system, and reflexes.

To learn more about Transverse Myelitis and Brooklyn please visit:


Access to Farmland 2014 Symposium

Posted by solacefarmfiber on February 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Access to farmland for the next generation of farmers looks like it's lining up to be the most pivotal issue facing agriculture today. Consider this question: "How can young farmers, almost universally cash-poor and yet who have such energy and vision for a re-invented, sustainable and localized food and farm system in the U.S. even get started when land costs are rising, the resource base of arable land is shrinking and start-up costs are steep?" This upcoming symposium has the promise of being a gathering where some real, practical and paradigm-shifting solutions to questions like this will be identified and described.

I say this because of who is behind the organizing effort, namely, The Schumacher Center for a New Economics which is the organizational and philosophical heir of the E. F. Schumacher Society that was based in Great Barrington, MA.

E.F Schumacher was the visionary economist who wrote the book "Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered " way back in 1973 because he saw the train wreck coming and had the economics chops to describe an alternative track. Sadly, not enough people heeded his warning or embraced his proposals. But some folks did. The E.F. Schumacher Society was instrumental is not only developing the concepts for local currencies, community land trusts, and micro-lending program, they assisted communities to implement them.

Now, in its new incarnation as the Schumacher Center for New Economics, you can bet the concepts and proposals that will be discussed at this symposium will be the ones to pay attention to. Since most of us won't be able to attend, they will be uploading podcasts of the proceedings (see below).

Agrarian Trust, a program of the Schumacher Center for New Economics, is pleased to announce the schedule for our 2014 Symposium:

OUR LAND: a Symposium on Farmland Access in the 21st Century.

April 26 + 27, Wheeler Hall (UC Berkeley) and the David Brower Center

In the next 20 years, an estimated 400 million acres of farmland will change hands as 70% of current farmland owners retire. Meanwhile, entering farmers struggle to compete with non-farming landowners for access to prime farmland, particularly in peri-urban areas. This dilemma of farmland succession is shared by Greyhairs and Greenhorns alike, who all hope for a more sustainable and resilient farming future.

We will examine this imminent inflection point from historical, ecological and political economy perspectives, and address both practical and philosophical approaches to transition. With both national and international speakers joining to reflect on this topic, we expect a full room and a lively convening of stakeholders.

Please join us on April 26 + 27 for a conversation about farmland access and transition.

This event is presented in partnership with Chelsea Green Publishing, The David Brower Center, Berkeley Food Institute, California FarmLink and Roots of Change.

All lectures will be recorded as podcasts for farmers and others who cannot make it in person. To get the lectures please join our email list.

Please read up on the event details and reserve your ticket today at:

Symposium Press Page

Thank you for sharing this announcement widely.


Factors that could increase the risk of vaginal prolapses in ewes

Posted by solacefarmfiber on February 20, 2014 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Genetics appears sometimes involved as some breeds can be more susceptible, and also some individual breeding lines can seem at particular risk.

by Suzanna Bell, Veterinary Investigation Officer, AHVLA Aberystwyth

Vaginal prolapses can occur in ewes up to 55 days before lambing, but more commonly in the last four weeks of pregnancy, or shortly after lambing. An incidence of one per cent in flocks is common with some flocks experiencing rates of more than two per cent.

Vaginal prolapses increase the risk of ewe death but can also result in abortion/stillbirths, difficulty with lambing (dystocia) and new-born lamb deaths. The timing of cases seems to coincide with the relaxation and softening of the soft tissues and bones of the birth canal, initiated by hormone changes during late pregnancy.

Genetics appears sometimes involved as some breeds can be more susceptible, and also some individual breeding lines can seem at particular risk.

Suspected factors that could increase the risk of vaginal prolapse in ewes:

1.Fat deposits in the birth canal further slackening the soft tissues: both genetics and over-feeding could influence.

2.Hormone imbalance: thought to be genetically influenced in some cases. Mouldy feed might in some cases affect the hormone balance due to the presence of toxins that are similar in action to hormones.

3.Possibly hypocalcaemia (low calcium): although many cases have normal calcium levels.

4.A short docked tail: this may weaken the muscles/ligaments attaching to the tail bones. Legally tail docking must allow a tail length that will at least cover or is longer than the vulva of the ewe.

5.Lambing difficulties in the previous pregnancy.

6.Previous vaginal prolapse: 40 per cent of ewes will prolapse again in subsequent pregnancies.

Increased abdominal pressure is also believed to be a major causal factor in combination with one or some of the above factors:

1.Large pregnant uterus (womb): multiple foetuses within the uterus is associated with a much increased risk, suggested as a five times increased risk for twins and even up to eleven/twelve times the risk for triplet bearing ewes.

2.Large amounts of intra-abdominal fat: over-conditioned, over fed ewes. Particularly if the condition score is greater than four.

3.Rumen distension: from feeding bulky feeds, an excess of dietary fibre or gas build up secondary to acidosis/grain over-load.

Other suggested predisposing factors in some flocks include:Lack of exercise: prolapses occur more commonly in housed than outdoor flocks, longer periods lying down may also influence.

Poor body condition: condition score of less than 2.

Lying on steep slopes: sheep tend to lie with the head uphill and gravity may encourage a prolapse in some cases.

Develop a plan with your veterinary surgeon to reduce the risk of vaginal prolapse to the minimum.


Tubing a Lamb or kid

Posted by solacefarmfiber on February 18, 2014 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

One of the most important skills for a shepherd to master is tubing. Dr. Susan Kerr has written an excellent fact sheet on tubing neonatal small ruminants. You can download the full Fact sheet here:




Winter Lambing Tipi

Posted by solacefarmfiber on February 13, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Lambing Tipi

We have these in our lambing jugs during January and February lambing:


Materials List

 I sheet of 3/8 or ½ inch plywood

 4 8 foot long 2x2

 75 1 ½ inch deck screws

 2 lightweight 1 ½ inch hinges with screws

 10 3 to 4 inch deck screws

Cutting Pattern as shown in Diagram:


Always remember to put the screws in from the plywood side through to the 2x2 framing.

1. Measure the long sides of the two triangles and cut 4 pieces of 2x2 to fit that length. Screw the 2x2 in place flush with the edges of the plywood pieces.

2. Measure the length between these 2x2s along the bottom and top edge of the plywood. Cut 2x2 to fit those spaces and screw into place.

3. Place the “front sections” on the floor right side up and attach the access door at the center seam with the two hinges.

4. Hold the solid back section and the two sides sections up in place and measure the distance between the framing at the top and again at the bottom. Cut 2 pieces of 2x2 to fit each space. Center one piece that you just cut at the top and another at the bottom back and secure the extra set to your front section.

5. Secure the “Back” wall to the side walls by screwing plywood to the framing of the side walls. At this point you have a 32 sided structure. Place the front section in place and screw to the framing as you did the back. Take one long deck screw and screw into the framing at top and bottom at each joint. Your Lamb Tipi is complete.

6. You can place a safety heat lamb on the top of the tipi to provide extra warmth on those cold winters, early spring nights.  Print Instructions

Pasture Management Workshop 3/22/2014

Posted by solacefarmfiber on February 12, 2014 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The Art of Butchery

Posted by solacefarmfiber on February 11, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Are you interested in a Farmer CoOp in Spokane

Posted by solacefarmfiber on February 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Below is a link to a very short survey about forming an Inland Northwest Growers’ Cooperative to help strengthen small farms, increase their market power, facilitate useful collaboration, and give them access to larger local markets for their products such as universities, hospitals and school districts. Please forward this survey link to as many area farmers as you can so that we can all determine from the feedback if there is an interest in forming a growers’ cooperative for these purposes or not." target="_blank">