There’s a lot to know about owning and managing land.  We’re all part of a watershed and our actions can affect others. The things that you and your neighbors do can greatly improve the health of the resources we all appreciate about Puget Sound. Below you’ll find links to publications and resources that may be of use. Check our Resources page for additional publications.

Gardening Resources

Livestock & Pasture Management Resources

Whole Farm Management Resources

  • Olympia Farmland Analysis –  This report provides current estimates of agricultural land present within Olympia city boundaries and within Olympia’s Urban Growth Area (UGA).
  • Olympia Urban Agricultural Analysis – This report builds on the Olympia Farmland Analysis and explores the types of urban agricultural resources in Olympia and surrounding areas. In particular, it looks at the accessibility of these resources to city residents in relation to key socioeconomic metrics and investigates opportunities for expanding urban agriculture.
  • South Sound Farmlink Resources – Explore land transfer and successional planning resources
  • Small Farm Management Schedule – This publication is a handy 12-month management schedule for small farms
  • 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.

  • Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches, and Communities – A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development

  • USDA National Organic Farming Handbook – The handbook describes organic
    systems and identifies key resources to guide conservation planning and implementation on organic farms.
  • USDA Program Fact Sheets – (Loan Programs, Financial Assistance Programs, Conservation Programs, etc.)
  • Preventative Controls for Human Foods Rule & Produce Safety Rule –Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)


NRCS Farm & 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 click here. If you would like a hard copy of this landowners guide, please send a message to or call (360)407-7474

Forestry Resources

  • Resources & Programs For Forest Landowners – If you’re a forest landowner in Washington State, there are many programs and resources to help you maintain a healthy forest on your property.
  • Stewarding Your ForestYour woods are part of a network of over 22 million acres of an iconic range of ecosystems. Follow these tips to get to know your forest better.
  • Understanding Your Forest Real Estate – As a way to encourage sound forestry practices and conserve healthy, working forests in Washington State, many counties offer landowners the option to have their land designated as forests. Learn more!
  • Winter Forestry Fact Sheet – Get to know your forest in the winter and what’s important to consider during those months.
  • Forestry Stewardship Calendar – A helpful graphic that illustrates the seasonal tasks for forest management.
  • Forest Bee Pollinators – This publication explains the importance of wild bees in our forests.

TCD staff at the 2022 spring plant festivalInterested in learning more about resources for your farm, garden, or forest land?  Contact us today.