WSU Stevens County Extension E-News

March 2019

Gardening News

Sowing Seeds, March 30

We are excited to bring back this one-day gardening workshop. The workshop will be held at the Spokane Community College, Colville Branch. There are 4 sessions, each with 4 class offerings, for a total of 16 class options. Classes include waterwise gardening, preservation topics, native pollinators, gardening on a dime, hops, wine grapes, composting, backyard poultry, soil testing and Firewise landscaping. This yearon-line registration is being offered. Sign up early to get the discounted price of $20 and ensure you get the classes you want. For more information contact Adenea Thompson, Master Gardener Coordinator or 509.684.2588.

Community News

Opioid Response Conference, Pathways to Prevention March 15 9-Noon

The Opioid Response Conference is a free conference that takes place at the same time, over multiple sites across the region. This is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to address the opioid epidemic by taking action to increase awareness and prevention. Share your ideas. Be part of the solution. Seating is limited, please register here if you wish to attend. For more information contact Debra Hansen at or 509.684.2588.

Boards in Gear, April 5 8:30am- 12:30pm

This workshop is designed for board members and the people who work with them, namely executive directors and program staff. It offers ideas for new board members and those who have served for a long time. It is appropriate for organizations of all sizes, whether they have staff or not. For more information contact Adenea Thompson at or 509.684.2588.

4-H News

Not too late to join 4-H

Have you seen this story? 4-H does make a difference 4-H’ERS FOUND SAFE AFTER 2 DAYS IN CALIFORNIA WOODS In local news we just held our annual Sensational Saturday program. Youth chose 5 classes from 25 offered. One was on flowers and foraging where participants had a chance to learn plant id in the woods and determine what is safe to eat. Up next in our 4-H year are public presentation contests giving youth practice on another important life skill—public speaking. Contact Shannon at if you are interested in starting a club in your area, joining a club, or volunteering to teach life skills to youth.

Forestry News

Loggers Workshop, March 29

Loggers play a vital role in the health and well-being of forests and timber communities and require special knowledge and skills to provide and protect wood, wildlife, water, and recreational opportunities. The annual Loggers Workshop provides an educational opportunity to interact with other forestry professionals and industry leaders to discuss topics of emerging significance, so that forests continue to be a source of goods and benefits to the owner and to society.

Date: March 29, 2019 Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Northeast Washington Fairgrounds Agriculture & Trade Center

317 West Astor Ave. Colville, WA 99114

Cost: $20 per person (includes 1 lunch).

Eight Master Logger and Certified Forester continuing education units (CEUs) available. Contact Andy Perleberg for more information at 509.630.4217 or

Agriculture News

Farm to Food Pantry Program Kickoff Meeting, April 11

At this meeting, the F2FP program will be introduced, the 2019 farmer pricelist explained, and new growers can sign up for the season. If you plan on attending please RSVP by phone or email, 509.684.2588.