Education & Outreach
Thurston Conservation District strongly believes in providing quality natural resources education to the community. In addition to using conservation planning to get conservation practices on the ground, we offer a variety of workshops, publications and educational programs to teach the community even more ways to manage their natural resources.
For more information on any of Thurston CD’s education programs, contact:
Education and Outreach Coordinator
(360)754-3588, ext. 136
Resources & Information
2016 South Sound Direct Sales Farm Map – Re-created annually by South of the Sound Community Farmland Trust, this map is a great resource to find farms throughout South Sound that are directly marketing an incredible variety of products.
2014 Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture Report – The U.S. Global Change Research Program has released the Third National Climate Assessment. According to the online report, climate disruptions to agriculture have increased. Many regions will experience declines in crop and livestock production from increased stress due to weeds, diseases, insect pests, and other climate-change-induced stresses. The link provided is very well done, user-friendly, and interactive.
2014 Farm Bill Program Fact Sheet – This website is a great place to start for an abbreviated outline of the agriculture-based programs and support available through the new Farm Bill.
2014 Farm Bill Conservation Programs Diagram – This handout shows the changes (names & categories) of conservation programs, under the 2014 Farm Bill.
Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches, and Communities – A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development
Drought Resources for Landowners – Compiled by the Washington State Conservation Commission
Encyclopedia of Puget Sound – A cornucopia of physical, natural, and social science research on the Puget Sound!
FSA’s “Hay Net” – USDA’s Farm Service Agency created this online tool to aid farmers in locating hay and grazing acres. The site is both a resource for agricultural producers to list when they need hay or have hay available, and a resource to list a need for grazing acres or to list acres available for grazing.
Local Resource List – Thurston Conservation District offers this list as a service to residents of Thurston and neighboring counties. Thurston Conservation District does not accept responsibility for transactions between operators on this list and their customers. Thurston Conservation District does not promote/endorse the services/businesses on this list. You can also find a list of local consulting foresters at Washington State Universities webpage.
Grow Smart, Grow Safe App – This app provides reliable, science-based information for consumers throughout the Pacific Northwest to choose lawn and garden products that are safer for people, pets and the environment. Products sold in area stores are rated low, medium or high hazard to help shoppers make smart choices. Take this tool to the store or out to the garage and find out how your favorite lawn and garden products rate. The app also offers tips on gardening without pesticides. The information can also be accessed at www.GrowSmartGrowSafe.org as well as strategies for controlling noxious weeds at Thurston County’s Environmental Health Webpage.
Puget Sound Fresh – Find farms, markets, and events that support local, fresh food – throughout the Puget Sound!
USDA Program Fact Sheets (Loan Programs, Financial Assistance Programs, Conservation Programs, etc.)
NRCS Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program (FRPP)
FRPP Landowners Guide 2nd Edition (PDF Document)
This Landowner’s guide to applying for an agricultural conservation easement through the federal Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program is intended to assist landowners interested in applying for funding. This guide does not replace the official application process.
For the full application, go to: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/wa/programs/easements/farmranch/
If you would like a hard copy of this landowners guide, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360)407-7474.