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Upcoming Events

September 23, 2014 – December 9, 2014

Sustainable Small-Scale Farming & Ranching 12-week course

During the course, participants are guided in developing a business plan they can use to help finance and guide a new enterprise or expand an existing farm-based business.

Start: September 23, 2014 6:00 pm
End: December 9, 2014 9:00 pm
Venue: WSU Snohomish County Extension Cougar Auditorium
Phone: (425) 338-2400
600 – 128th St SE, Everett, WA, 98208, United States
Cost: 275.00

October 5, 2014

Michael McPhaden – El Niño: World Weather

Michael_J_McPhadenSunday, October 5, 2014

Fort Worden Room 204

$10 admission ($5 PTMSC members)

Michael McPhaden
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab
The changing rhythm of the seasons brings warm sunny summers and cool, wet winters to the Pacific Northwest. But nature’s script changes from one year to the next so that no two winters or summers are exactly alike. Sometimes these year-to-year differences simply reflect the chaotic nature of the atmosphere. But variations in the climate system, the most prominent of which is El Niño, can also influence seasonal weather patterns in the Northwest and elsewhere.El Niño was first described over a hundred years ago as a warm southward flowing current along the west coast of South America. Peruvian fisherman gave this current the name “El Niño” after the Christ child because it first appeared around Christmastime.
We now know that El Niño’s unusually warm waters extend across nearly the entire tropical Pacific basin and that feedbacks from the ocean to the overlying atmosphere can produce dramatic changes in weather patterns around the world. Together with its companion La Niña, characterized by periods of unusually cold tropical Pacific waters, these two phenomena comprise the strongest year-to-year fluctuation of the climate system on the planet. This presentation will describe what causes El Niño and La Niña, how they affect our weather, how we measure and predict them, and how they may change in the futuregas concentrations in the atmosphere.
Michael McPhaden is the driving force behind the world’s largest scientific detector, the “TAO” array of deep-sea instrument moorings that span ¼ of the Earth’s circumference, across the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The TAO array has illuminated global climate, through the dramatic and readily felt impact el Niño phenomenon, which is an oscillation of tropical ocean and atmosphere working intimately together. Warm and cold episodes of the tropical Pacific are transmitted across the globe in an atmospheric ‘bridge’; they rapidly alter temperature, rainfall as far away as North America, Africa, Antarctica and Greenland.  el Niño signals its activity in the Pacific Northwest through both atmosphere and ocean pathways, and with related climate variations like the ‘Pacific Decadal Oscillation’ lead to dislocation of fisheries as well as weather. McPhaden has found evidence that el Niño activity is increasing with global warming.
McPhaden is Senior Scientist at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, and an Affiliate Professor at University of Washington. He is an author of some 300 scientific papers, and has mentored many successful graduate Ph.D. students.  He also recently served as President of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), a 62,000 member body which represents many facets of oceanography and earth sciences. Among a long list of honors, he has received the Fridjof Nansen Award of the European Geophysical Society, the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Federal Service, AGU’s Sverdrup Lecturer Award and American Meteorological Society’s Walter Orr Roberts Lecturer Award and has been elected Fellow of many of these organizations.
Start: October 5, 2014 4:00 pm
End: October 5, 2014 6:00 pm
Venue: Fort Worden Room 204
200 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA, 98368, United States

October 7, 2014

Ocean Health Community Forum

Header BW HandsOctober 7, 2014 - Ocean Health Forum. 6:30pm-8:00pm, Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend, WA. Free public event. Sponsored by the Northwest Straits Commission and the Jefferson MRC.

Start: October 7, 2014 6:30 pm
End: October 7, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: Northwest Maritime Center
431 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA, 98368, United States

October 10, 2014

Master Gardener David Deardorff Plant Diagnosics

Save the Date!

David Deardorff is coming to Skagit County for a Master Gardener Advanced Diagnostics workshop, Friday, October 10, 2014, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at WSU-NWREC, Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 Washington 536, Mt Vernon WA 98273. For more information, a place to ask questions about the event, and to order tickets,, What’s Wrong With My Plant.

Start: October 10, 2014 8:30 am
End: October 10, 2014 4:30 pm
16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon, WA, 98273, United States

October 11, 2014

Home Hard Cider Making Class

Introduction to Home Hard Cider Makingcider

This workshop provides a history and overview of hard cider styles and production, and instruction in basic principles of apple selection, pressing, fermentation, aging and bottling. Aside from getting a “behind the scenes” glimpse into Finnriver Farm’s cider making facility, students will press apples and take home a 1 gallon jug of fermenting hard cider at the end of the day.  Students are welcome to bring their own apples (15 pounds minimum) or purchase from Finnriver. Students must be 21 years and older to participate.

October 11th :: Finnriver Farm near Port Townsend :: 9 am- 4 pm :: Ages- Adults only :: $130 + 15 material fee :: Instructor Andrew Byers 


Start: October 11, 2014 9:00 am
End: October 11, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Phone: 732-4337
62 Barnswallow Road, Chimacum, WA, 98325, United States
Cost: 145

Family Forested Lands Lunch

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North Olympic Tree School: Stewardship of Family Forested Lands
Come join your team of local and state natural resource specialists for a day of fun and learning about your forest!
Where:  The Gardiner Community Center 980 Old Gardiner Road Sequim 98382
When: October 11th 2014
Time: 9 am to 3 pm
Cost: $10 dollars per family.
Food:  Bring your lunch.  Drinks will be provided.
Who should attend?
Individuals and families that manage/own lands with trees as major plant species for any of a number of goals to include: wildlife, non-timber forest products, timber products, family recreation, natural resources protection/enhancement.
 Do you know what natural plant products may be marketable from your woodlands? How about knowing some of the common birds and critters that live in your woods? Come join us to learn about this and other valuable information on how you can manage your forest.
For more information, or to register contact: Clea Rome county director for WSU Extension Clallam county extension office at 360-417-2398 or
Start: October 11, 2014 9:00 am
End: October 11, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: Gardiner Community Center
980 Old Gardiner Road, Sequim, WA, 98382, United States
Cost: 10

October 25, 2014

Backyard Seed Saving

Autumn Backyard Seed Saving

Autumn Backyard Seed Saving

In this class students will winnow, clean, sort and package their own seed! Two generations ago gardeners saved and swapped all of their own seed.  Turns out, crops do better when they evolve to your backyard through saving your own seed.  This class we cover fundamentals of breeding and selection, isolation for trickier seeds, simple genetics, cleaning and storage techniques.  In the Spring we offer a class on plant selection and planning your garden for seed saving.

October 25th :: Oatsplanter Farm near Port Townsend :: 9 am- 4 pm :: Ages-Adult :: $95 material fee :: Instructor Jadyne Reichner 


Start: October 25, 2014 9:00 am
End: October 25, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: Oatsplanter Farm
Phone: 385-2135
6131 Cape George Rd, Port Townsend, WA, 98368, United States
Cost: 95

October 28, 2014

Saving Nature and Improving Agriculture: Where does Nature’s Wisdom Lie?


3:30 pm, viewing of CSANR BioAg posters

4:10 pm, Speakers:

Panel discussion

WSU BioAg program poster session, with refreshments during a break

Start: October 28, 2014 3:30 pm
End: October 28, 2014 7:30 pm
Venue: WSU Pullman, CUB Jr. Ballroom
Pullman, WA, United States
Cost: Free

November 2, 2014

Parker McCready: Tides & Eddies

11/2/14 - Tides and Eddies in Puget Sound
Parker McCready,
University of Washington

$10 per lecture ($5 PTMSC members)

Start: November 2, 2014 6:00 pm
End: November 2, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: Fort Worden Room 204
200 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA, 98368, United States

November 6, 2014

Grape Fieldman’s Breakfast

Join us the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 a.m.
Café Villa ~ 602  7th Street ~ Prosser, WA

Grape Fieldman’s Breakfast: A gathering of growers, consultants, and scientists to share information and ideas.

2014 Schedule

March 6, 2014

Enrique Proano, a graduate student with Dr. Joan Davenport, will discuss if soil is the root of Concord replant disorder.

April 3, 2014

Hemant Gohil, Viticulture Tech Transfer Specialist at WSU-IAREC, will discuss how soil moisture or lack of will affect bud break and early season growth.

May 1, 2014

Brittany Komm, a WSU graduate student with Dr. Michelle Moyer, will present research results testing the impact of early season leaf removal upon diseases and canopy.

June 5, 2014

Hemant Gohil, a technology transfer specialist at WSU-IAREC, will discuss the evaluation of machine-applied heat to ‘Syrah’ and ‘Merlot’.

July 3, 2014


August 7, 2014

Dr. Michelle Moyer and Jensena Newhouse with WSU-IAREC will discuss the efficacy of biopesticide trials to control grapevine powdery mildew.

September 4, 2014

Lynn Mills with WSU-IAREC will discuss if crop load affects cold hardiness and the WSU cold hardiness program.



November 6, 2014

Katie Buckley, a WSU graduate student with Dr. David James, will discuss methods for native habitat restoration to attract beneficial insects into vineyards.



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Anyone attending this program that requires auxiliary aids or other services,  please contact Gwen Hoheisel at 509-786-5609 or by email at .Cooperating agencies:  Washington State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Benton County

Start: November 6, 2014 7:30 am
End: November 6, 2014 9:00 am
Venue: Cafe Villa
602 7th Street, Prosser, 99350, United States
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