EDC offers agriculture management workshops

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present two two-hour workshops for small agriculture businesses and entrepreneurs on San Juan Island.

The workshops will be presented by Bruce Gregory, resource planner at the San Juan Islands Conservation District and local farm operator.

The first workshop, presented on Dec. 2 from 9 to 11 a.m., will cover “Holistic Land Management.” Holistic land management is a decision-making process that results in a rich return of sustainable economic,environmental and social benefits.

The second workshop, presented on Dec. 9 from 9 to 11 a.m., will focus on Nutrient Management for farms.

Attendees will learn how to manage the amount, placement and timing of soil and plant nutrients to obtain optimal yields and minimize risks. Pasture assessment will also be covered, which evaluates biological functions to determine biological activity of pasture soils and practical tips on improving the usefulness of typical soil and plant samples.

Both workshops will be held at Skagit Valley College’s community room, downstairs, 221 Weber Way, Friday Harbor. Participants in the workshops will leave with a better understanding of sustainable farming.

The cost for each workshop is $10 to cover materials; advance registration recommended. Sponsored by the San Juan County Economic Development Council and hosted by Skagit Valley College. Call 378-2906 or email info@sanjuansedc.org to reserve your space.