Is your middle-schooler interested in horses? Sign them up for our ½ day horsemanship camp at Sweet Pepper Ranch & swimming afterwards at the Nampa Rec Center. Fun horsey games and hands-on activities included! This program for youth provides a brief introduction to horses and horse care using the ranch horses.
Join Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water, and Teri Herrera of Windermere Real Estate, to learn how evaluating soils, drainage, footing, building codes, water supply and other aspects of a potential horse property can save you frustrations, heartache, and money.
Join Alayne Blickle from Horses for Clean Water for this workshop to learn how to naturally control weeds, insects, odors and more while reducing chemical use and utilizing natural solutions to make your property healthier for you, your horses, your community and wildlife.
This 34-acre farm has a lot of wetlands, something many livestock owners struggle with.
See how the Mirro farm has embraced their wetlands and learned to live in harmony with both wetlands and native wildlife; and learn about raising pigs, chickens, cattle, goats as well.
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 wait! Maybe we can?
Tour this peaceful, small-acreage horse property to see how being eco-sensitive doesn’t have to be grandiose, nor require large-scale budgets. Learn about chore-efficient mud, manure, and pasture management in a real-life, workable situation. BONUS: At the end of the tour a special guest speaker will lead us in some hands-on activities, such as making paper nest tubes for Mason Bees.
If you own horse or livestock property then you need small farm equipment. Join us in this on-farm class to learn about different types of equipment and their uses, as well as operation and maintenance tips. Workshop includes a farm walk to look at how Trinity Ranch, a rehab facility for horses, uses equipment to manage their property.
Winterizing your horse property is how to beat the mud & become chore efficient at the time of year when all that counts the most! Hear about great tips and techniques for getting a jump on winter.
WORKSHOP: Eco-Friendly Ways to Control Mud, Dust, Bugs & Weeds—For Horse & Small Acreage Livestock Owners
Do you own horses, sheep, goats, or other livestock? Learn innovative, chore-efficient, eco-sensitive ways for mud management, least toxic pest control, managing odors, water conservation, and on-farm recycling, as well as ways to put native plants to work on your farm.
Mark your calendar! Fresh ideas for managing confinement areas and pastures to keep them healthy, mud-free, and chore-efficient will be covered at this all day workshop for professionals (agency staff, veterinarians, farriers, feed store staff). Workshop will be both indoors and out, so dress for the weather.
Join us on this exciting, innovative farm tour to learn how an eco-sensitive equestrian property can help you make money with your small acreage. This private, 10 acre equestrian event center includes a Hunt Club banquet hall that accommodates 100 people, outdoor riding arena, mud-free paddocks, manure compost bins, pasture areas, managed stewardship forest, professionally landscaped estate, stunning views of Mt Si, and a Laotian pagoda surrounded by meditation ponds.
At this workshop we will cover heavy use site design: fencing and footing options, feeders, choosing the right shelter—as well as dealing with drainage and reducing mud. Enrichment opportunities for the horse—ways to make his surroundings less static and more stimulating—will be at the heart of this event.
Plastics are something we cannot get away from and can’t avoid - or wait! Maybe we can? Get FIVE EASY take-home tips to start making changes in your household today! This family-friendly class will be upbeat and fun - meet the Bag Monster and have fun making change happen!
At this workshop we will cover site design, fencing and footing options, feeders, choosing the right shelter—as well as dealing with drainage and reducing mud. Enrichment opportunities for the horse—ways to make his surroundings less static and more stimulating—will be at the heart of this event.
WORKSHOP: Sustainable Horse Keeping - Practices to Protect Your Horse & Property from Climate Change
We will cover basics of growing and sustaining pastures, managing weeds, renovating pastures, and fencing pastures so they are more productive and your horse is healthy. In addition, we will cover horse health issues related to pasture management and discuss emerging trends related to climate change.
Workshop: Dealing with Mud, Paddocks and Drainage on Horse Properties and Great Ideas for Manure Management
Spend the day with Alayne Blickle, a life-long equestrian and creator/director of Horses for Clean Water to learn fun, down-to-earth approaches to horse and land care. Create a horse property you can be proud of!
Is your middle-schooler interested in horses? Sign them up for our ½ day horsemanship camp at Sweet Pepper Ranch & swimming afterwards at the Nampa Rec Center. Fun horsey games and hands-on activities included!
Free! Pasture Management: Becoming a Grass Farmer. Learn techniques to manage pastures to be productive and provide maximum forage; get solutions to weed problems and ideas for rotational grazing. Light dinner provided.
Start the grazing season out right by finding out how you can make your pastures more productive and control weeds with a least toxic approach. Learn more about: types of pasture grasses to plant for horses, rotational grazing methods, small farm equipment, spreading compost, creating sacrifice areas, and effective irrigation.
Enrichment opportunities for the horse - ways to make his surroundings less static and more stimulating - will be at the heart of this workshop. BONUS: presentation and discussion about Mustangs at the end. Learn about America’s wild horses!
Join Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water to learn about paddock footing options, manure management, geo grid footing products, French drains, dry wells, grassy swales and rain gardens as well as the basics for setting up horse paddocks.
Free! Manure Management: Got Livestock? Got Manure! Learn how to manage manure so it is a benefit to both you and the environment. No more Mt. Manure! Light dinner provided.
Tour this small-scale horse property and see how being eco-sensitive doesn’t have to be grandiose nor require large scale budgets. Learn about chore-efficient mud, manure, and pasture management techniques in a real-life, workable situation.
Free! Mud Management for Livestock Owners. Learn ways to manage mud and drainage issues to keep livestock on dry ground year 'round. Light dinner provided.
Join Alayne Blickle for this all day horse and land management workshop at Shone Farm in Sonoma, CA. Also, on Sunday March 5th, individual farm owner consultations are available - a great opportunity to fine-tune your horse keeping practices and problem solve issues you have.
Free! Learn ways to minimize the impact of livestock living close to water, and improve habitat near streams and wetlands. Light dinner provided.
Are you new to horse keeping or do you have a family member who would like to own a horse? Learn about potential costs, how to care for a horse—as well as for pastures and land in this informative presentation by Alayne Blickle.
Learn techniques to manage pastures so they are productive and provide maximum forage; get solutions to your weed problems and also ideas for rotational grazing.
Discover how rain gardens, green roofs, and other low impact development strategies can improve your rural property while helping to make a cleaner environment.
In this all-day workshop for professionals (agency staff, veterinarians, farriers, feed store staff) Horses for Clean Water and the Snohomish Conservation District, along with farm owners Alan and Mary Shank, will discuss practices that help make horse properties easy to manage and mud-free. Workshop will be held at From The Mother Farm.
Learn how to manage manure so it is a benefit to both you and the environment. No more Mt. Manure!
Join Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water to learn how evaluating soils, vegetation, drainage and other aspects of a potential horse property can save you frustrations, heartache, and money.
Tour this fully restored HISTORIC subsistence farm; see cleverly-designed mud-free confinement areas for miniature donkeys, a cow, and chickens, compost bins for manure management, salmon spawning stream restoration, small acreage hay field management, and a 100+ year old orchard. Use ideas generated from the eco-friendly, chore-efficient components of this historic farm to help guide you in the management of your modern-day small acreage livestock property.
One Day, Three Great Events!
1. Certificate class for 4-H youth, open to everyone. Easy tips for reducing mud, options for managing manure and simple ways to help even the smallest pasture grow great grass.
2. Tips for taking care of small acreage farms including: manure management, pasture improvement, reducing mud and dust, and more.
3. Winter pasture management; what to do now to have great pastures next spring.
In this dynamic visual presentation by Alayne Blickle, you will learn ways to make life easier for horses and people in cold, winter weather, and also learn how to be prepared for wildfire season next summer.
Learn ways to manage mud and drainage issues to keep livestock on dry ground all winter long.