Compost for Farmers (WSU workshop)

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, 9am-noon

Great compost — it doesn’t just happen! The benefits of compost are well known; earlywsu-snoco-logo-fat_white agriculturalists learned they could grow more with the addition of well-rotted manure. Today, we have a better understanding of how composted organic matter affects much more than just crop yield. It can alter the water infiltration rate while increasing the volume of available nutrients and the biological communities that make healthy soils. However, making high-quality on-farm compost and using it in a way that maximizes its benefits takes a bit of know-how and planning.

Join us Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, 9am-noon, for a workshop on Compost for Farmers at Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center, 10819 Carnation-Duvall Rd NE, Carnation, WA. You’ll learn what constitutes a high quality compost, how to make and apply it, as well as the lessons learned during WSU Extension’s extensive on-farm compost research trials. In addition, Oxbow Farm will share their experiences making and using compost along with a tour of the farm’s large, three-bin composting system.

Seating is very limited for this event and pre-paid registration is required. Cost is $15 per person or $25 for two from the same farm. Visit to reserve your seat now.

Speakers include:
Tamara Thomas, general manager of Terre-Source LLC of Mt. Vernon. Since 2002, Ms. Thomas has focused on organics recycling and composting, helping farms and businesses start and expand composting facilities around the northwest. A licensed environmental engineer, she has decades of experience on projects ranging from hazardous waste remediation to construction and geotechnical engineering investigation.

For well over a decade, Adam McCurdy has been leading the charge towards the success of Oxbow Farm’s dual mission – ecological responsibility and economic viability. His inherent curiosity and scientist’s knack for the devil in the details have helped the farm develop a cutting-edge approach to nutrient management, crop planning, field preparation, and cultivation.

JB Bennis from the WSU Extension Compost Outreach Project will share the results and lessons learned from the last five years of on-farm compost trials conducted throughout Snohomish and King counties.

For more information on the workshop, visit or contact Kate Ryan,, (425) 357-6024.

Sponsored by WSU King County Extension, King Conservation District, and King County.
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 non-compliance may be reported through your local Extension Office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Kevin Wright at 1000 Oakesdale Ave. SW, Ste. 140, Renton, WA 98057-5207; (206) 263-1919 at least two weeks prior to the event.

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