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and the environment since 1997
Are you new to horse keeping, or do you have a family member who would like to own a horse? Are you interested in learning what’s involved, the potential costs, how to care for a horse—as well as for the pastures and land?
It's time to get pastures ready for the upcoming wet, cold and dark months. Want to learn how to keep your horses out of the mud, make your life chore-efficient and get your pastures in better shape for next summer?
A King Conservation District native plant expert will present solutions and guidance to improve habitat and manage livestock near water. Learn ways to minimize the impact of livestock living close to water, and improve habitat near streams and wetlands.
A Horses for Clean Water presenter will provide techniques to reduce mud and improve drainage. Learn ways to manage mud and implement drainage solutions to keep your livestock on dry ground year 'round.
Join us at Two Horse Ranch to see how these landowners care for horses, as well as their salmon spawning stream, Bear Creek. See healthy horse shelters with great ventilation, large mud-free turnouts with sand piles for rolling in, shaping of land for drainage, fencing to protect trees, people pass-throughs, a horse urinal with wood chips, composting in small compost barrels, winter horse pasture management—and more!
Alayne Blickle will present the latest options on managing manure. Learn how to manage manure so it is a benefit to both you and the environment. No more Mt. Manure!
Plastics have become an insidious part of our everyday lives, they are in our oceans and waterways. Compounds from them end up in our food chain. They are something we cannot get away from and can’t avoid—or can we?
Join us for a tour at the mud-free Meadow Ridge Farm and take away ideas on how to make your place free of mud this winter and more!
Becoming a grass farmer. Session will include a presenter from the King County Noxious Weed Program to help ID weeds and discuss control methods.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart – you’re helping me make my dream and vision of how I want this place to be come to life!" —Debbie, Maple Valley, WA.
“I’ve always enjoyed your seminar events through the years. You’re an excellent resource for us out here on the farm.” —Bill, Bellevue, WA
"I just hope that YOU are keeping a journal. In the short time that I have known you, you have improved the lives of many horses, their humans and their wild 'pasture mates.'" —Ginger, Seattle, WA
"As always, I learned something. I love these farm tours. It’s great to see a lot of new faces and know that Alayne’s good work is helping more people and horses and the environment all the time." —Leslie
"I wanted to let you know how much my husband and I enjoyed your Spring into Pastures & Paddocks workshop on Saturday. We have been working on our 40 acres in North Central Washington since 1995, and picked up some really good NEW pointers to try out. We both appreciated how the materials were presented and your style. I was particularly interested in the Track Paddock concept." —Gretchen, Leavenworth, WA
"That's exciting Alayne !!! Just look at the inpact you have had on the general horse keeping in all counties !!!!!! Congratulations, keep up the great work, and thank you for sharing in a DVD." —Jennifer, Snohomish County
"I tell everyone I meet about HCW because you do such an amazing job. I have had several people get back to me with praises for your website so I know they look you up." —Julie, Penrose, CO
"Thank you for the informative farm tour. My wife and I are genuinely grateful to you and your team for presenting the learning experiences. We saved thousands of dollars with the tips we learned today." —Ken, Auburn, WA
"You know, finding you, your workshops and newsletter has been the most important 'reservoir' of responsible horse ownership information I have ever come across. The entire horse ownership world you have touched, is indebted to you for your work and leadership." —Kent, Clatskanie, OR
"Yes, Alayne - I'm the 4-H agent for Grays Harbor County. I think we talked a bit at the Safergrass workshop. I wish that I could get our 4-H members out to great clinics like yours, but for now I'll just have to carry the message!" —Joan, Elma, WA
"We have been building out our farm and using much of what we learned from the HCW articles and your farm tour. We have focused the last 9 months on pasture drainage, grading, soil testing/amending, and seeding. We have an area we’ve designated for all weather paddocks and have it ready to go except for some hog fuel we want to add to about 2/3 of each paddock – leaving the area by the gates and loafing sheds with the 5/8ths minus. My question is what sort of hog fuel do you use, where do you get it? Any advice on it?" —Cathy
"I have received the tip sheets and read all of them. They are a great help and have given me lots of info for my planning process." —Reg, Fairview, OR
"I was in your workshop this weekend and just wanted to let you know how incredibly useful it was! I am new to the world of conservation districts and we work so much with horse owners that face challenging obstacles in living in harmony with their horses and the land. I got so much from your workshop that I can apply on the ground here in Columbia County. Thank you for taking the time on such a glorious day to come sit inside and share your knowledge with us." —Kendra, Yakima, WA