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Wednesday evening farm tours, 7/16 & 7/30

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  • Alayne Blickle
    This month Horses for Clean Water features TWO special farms which we will be touring. Join HCW and your horsey peers on a summer evening to discuss horses,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 11, 2008
      This month Horses for Clean Water features TWO special farms which we will
      be touring. Join HCW and your horsey peers on a summer evening to discuss
      horses, livestock, pasture management, chore efficiency – and much more!





      OLYMPIA, WA

      Wednesday, July 16th, 6:30 – 9 pm

      FARM TOUR: Managing small acreage pastures to increase production and
      reduce weeds



      Join HCW at this suburban farm in Olympia, WA to learn how to make your
      place healthier for your animals, with more productive pastures and less
      weeds & nuisance insects!



      Find out about:

      Ø A small-scale, grass-fed beef cattle business

      Ø Composting with a static aerated process & ecology block bin design
      with a roof

      Ø Sacrifice areas for cattle with sand footing

      Ø Protection on downspouts to avoid smashed pipes from itchy cattle

      Ø Rotational grazing which improves forage production

      Ø Using native birds for insect control

      Ø Wildlife enhancement

      Ø Mason bees (native bees) for pollinating fruit trees

      Ø Naturescaping with native plants along borders

      Ø Happy gardens made productive with composted manure



      This special farm tour will be held at an award-winning, chore-efficient
      urban farm that boasts excellent pasture and manure management techniques.
      Come learn from a landowner with exceptional expertise! Wednesday, July
      16th, 6:30 – 9 pm. FREE! To register and receive directions contact the
      Thurston Conservation District at 360-754-3588 ext.136 or
      kbauman@....







      RAVENSDALE, WA

      Wednesday, July 30th, 6:30 – 9 pm.

      FARM TOUR: Irrigating droughty pastures, outdoor washracks & other fun
      innovations for small acreage horse properties



      This exciting horse property is 3 acres of dynamic horse happenings! This
      property owner has the “internet bug,” having researched & come up with
      many, many innovative designs for chore efficiency and farm productivity.
      Meet the owners of these reiners and cow horses.



      Join this tour to see:

      Ø Self-coiling sprinkling systems

      Ø Three-season (mudless!) outdoor wash rack with an on-demand portable
      water heater and boom for overhead hose

      Ø A low-cost, drivable dump cart for ease of stall cleaning

      Ø New, ecology block compost bins, cost-shared by King County

      Ø Great ways to organize a small-space (mouse-free!) tack room

      Ø An indoor arena with unique safety ties (& a mechanical cow
      machine!)

      Ø Large sacrifice areas for each horse

      Ø Geogrid products used for high traffic areas



      See many more fun ideas for horse’n around! Join HCW on a cool summer
      evening to discuss great ideas to manage your farm, water pastures, pick up
      manure, set up run-in sheds, protect downspouts – and much more! Wednesday,
      July 30th, 6:30 – 9 pm. FREE! To register and receive directions contact
      the King Conservation District at 425-277-5581 ext. 122, or
      paul.borne@....









      Alayne Renee Blickle
      Program Director
      Horses for Clean Water
      www.horsesforcleanwater.com
      alayne@...
      425-432-6116



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