Area residents who need some ideas for improving operations on your property can learn valuable tips and see strategies that can reduce mud, improve pastures and effectively manage manure while touring Compass Rose Alpaca Farm, a local small acreage property that was recognized by WSU Clark County Extension as a Model Property for showing a commitment to stewardship.
The tour is scheduled for Sat., Nov. 2.
The five-acre farm is home to 16 alpacas and has been managed with stewardship in mind since the landowners completed the Living On the Land course offered each fall by the Small Acreage Program. Participants will have the opportunity to see and discuss fencing, footing materials to reduce mud, manure storage and composting, alpaca care, barn design, pasture management, drainage, controlling runoff and much more.
The Small Acreage Program, co-sponsored by Washington State University Clark County Extension and Clark County Environmental Services Clean Water Program, will lead the tour with the landowners. Land management resources will be available and the tour will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run until 11:30 a.m. with participants meeting at the property in Ridgefield.
Eric Lambert, Small Acreage Program coordinator, said “The landowners of this beautiful property have attended Small Acreage Program workshops and put in a lot of thought and effort implementing management practices that protect natural resources and improve operations. It should be a great event for anyone looking for solutions to challenges common among local small acreage owners and you don’t need to own alpacas to attend.”
Farm tours are guided educational events open to everyone and anyone.
Registration is free, but tour size is limited. To register visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/484266 or call (360) 397-6060, Ext. 0.
WSU Extension programs are available to all without discrimination. Persons requiring special accommodations should call WSU Clark County Extension at (360) 397-6060, Ext. 0 prior to the event.
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