Sound Horsekeeping

Friday, June 2nd
9am-3pm, Location Details upon RSVP

In this all-day workshop for professionals (CD staff, veterinarians, farriers, feed store staff, trainers, boarding facilities, rescue facities etc.) Horses for Clean Water, along with former Snohomish Conservation District farm planner Alan Shank, will discuss  practices that help make horse properties easy to manage and mud-free. Alan will talk about how to encourage horse owners to adopt these techniques. Alayne Blickle, Horses for Clean Water, will present fresh ideas for managing confinement areas and pastures to keep them healthy, mud-free and chore-efficient. Funding provided by the Rose Foundation.

The Sound Horsekeeping program can help you encourage your clients to make positive changes to their operations that will benefit natural resources and make chore time easier. When complete, farm owners with verified practices can receive a sign for their barn or fence in recognition of their efforts. Each participating District will receive three signs to begin their program. Stay tuned — more farm tours, webinars, educational materials and colorful brochures to come!

This is a free event, and lunch will be provided.

To RSVP, contact:

Nora White
(360) 754-3588, ext. 105


Eco-Friendly Ways to Control Mud, Dust, Bugs, & Weeds for Horses and Small Acreage  Livestock Owners

Saturday, June 3rd
3pm – 6pm
Kiperts Korner Feed, 8439 Old Hwy 99 SE Olympia, 98501

Join Thurston Conservation District & Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water for a free workshop promoting healthy livestock, healthy pastures, & clean water.

Do you own horses, sheep, goats ,or other livestock? Would you like to learn innovative, chore-efficient ways for mud management, least toxic pest control, odor management, water conservation, and on-farm recycling? Come learn about ways to put native plants to work on your farm as rain gardens, dust barriers, visual screens, summer shade, or low-cost/low-care native landscaping. We will discuss beneficial ways wildlife can provide natural pest control, environmentally sensitive ways to manage odors, useful water conservation and management tips, and how to build an outdoor wash-rack.

Please RSVP to:

Nora White
(360) 754-3588, ext. 105

Learn more about Horses for Clean Water


Coffee with Your Conservation District

9:30am, Every Third Wednesday of the Month

Thurston Conservation District wants to help you! Meet district staff, learn about free programs and services, ask questions, and find out about free workshops, farm planning assistance, restoration projects and more! Let us know how we can better serve you. Join us for a no-host cup of coffee and informal conversation once a month.

Upcoming dates and locations:

  • May 17th
    Sonja’s Cafe
    202 Binghampton St SW, Rainier, WA 98576
  • June 21st
    Quarry Town Coffee House
    291 Sussex Ave W, Tenino, WA 98589
  • July 19th
    Joe’s Place
    118 N Main St, Bucoda, WA 98530

Questions? Contact:

Sarah Moorehead
(360) 754-3588, ext. 136

Photo from Oyster Bay Farm, taken by Corona Communications.