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KAMIAH — Helping a new generation of farmers take root is the goal of a University of Idaho Extension workshop series, “Starting Your Sustainable Small Farm in Idaho.”

The workshop series will begin with an introductory webinar Jan. 8, 6-7 p.m., followed by three all-day in-class sessions, a wrap-up event and two farm tours.

The all-day Saturday sessions are scheduled for Jan. 13, Feb. 3 and March 3, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., at the Wa-A‘Yas Center in Kamiah. The wrap-up event will be March 29. The farm tours will be scheduled with participants for April/May.

“The workshop series will help those aspiring to operate small farms and ranches take a realistic look at their goals and resources.” said Iris Mayes, U of I Extension Latah County small farms and horticulture educator in Moscow.

“The goal is that at each site we build this community,” she said. “That’s very different from just watching a webinar.”

Jan. 6 is the registration deadline for the workshop series. Students will learn about:

• Assessing goals and resources

• Evaluating crop and livestock options

Completing a whole-farm plan

• Exploring farming and ranching systems

• Consulting with experienced farmers

The course fee is $115 for one registrant, $35 for additional adult registrations and $5 for additional youth registrants. Some partial scholarships are available. Lunch is included for the all-day sessions and the wrap-up event.

Contact the Lewis County Extension Office: 208-937-2311, khart@uidaho.edu .

Information and registration instructions online at www.cultivatingsuccess.org/syssf.

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