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Northwest Flower and Garden Show Seattle

Need a speaker at your next garden club meeting, science class, Grange event or nursery promo?  The most important task of any farmer, gardener or earth steward is to aid and protect the delicate balance of nutrients and organisms that make up soil.  KCD offers the following two SOIL TALKS that can be tailored to your specific audience:

INTERPRETING YOUR KCD SOIL TEST RESULTS - KCD Staff will present a 45-minute PowerPoint discussion on interpreting soil test results including how to take and submit a soil sample, reading and interpreting the lab analysis, and determining what steps to take next to amend for optimal soil fertility.   This talk can be coordinated with an actual soil test and results.

SOIL HEALTH 101– KCD Staff will present a 45-minute PowerPoint discussion on the physical, biological and chemical indicators of soil health including the role of:  soil structure, soil organisms, plant essential nutrients and pH. Discussion will also include management factors that impact soil health and actions that can be taken to promote soil health in the target audience’s setting.

If interested, please complete the Soil Talk Request Form and send it to:  Melissa.Tatro@kingcd.org


Northwest Flower and Garden Show Seattle

Year of the Pollinator!

At KCD, 2018 is the Year of the Pollinator!  Recently KCD staff and volunteers were at the NW Flower & Garden Festival talking to visitors about how to support native pollinators and beneficial insects in urban backyards.  With the help of interactive displays, over 1,000 visitors learned 5 Simple Ways to Support Native Pollinators & Beneficial Insects including re-thinking chemical use and tillage, planting native plants, leaving the leaves and planting cover crops.  Throughout the year, KCD will be offering workshops through Xerces Society and educational opportunities to learn more about supporting native pollinators.  If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Emily Carlson.


King Conversation District Community Agriculture

King Conservation District announces the launch of its Community Agriculture online map!

Through funding from the National Association of Conservation Districts, KCD developed an interactive responsive web page designed to encourage people to learn, explore, and get involved with local food access projects near them. Site visitors can learn about soil health, food security, conservation of natural resources,  and how to volunteer or connect in other ways. The Community Agriculture Map will be growing in 2018 so stay tuned! Check out the site HERE.


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LET’S GO ON A HUGEL HUNT!

KCD has prepared a self-guided tour map of Hügelkultur sites across King County. Now the Hugel-curious can see different forms of Hugelkultur (from urban to rural, from in-ground to raised containers). For details click HERE.


Historic Farm Fish Flood Agreement Signed

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Josh Monaghan, King Conservation District Director of Food and Farm Programs, had good reason to smile when he attended the recent Fish, Farm, Flood Agreement signing in Carnation. Josh actively participated in the more than three-year planning process, and coordinated a KCD outreach team that met with Snoqualmie Valley farmers and community members to help achieve consensus on the final agreement.
Read more about the agreement process HERE.
See photos of the signing ceremony HERE.


KCD to Provide Expanded Services for Rural Landowners

The King Conservation District was recently awarded funding to implement four conservation programs to benefit King County rural landowners and working lands over the next three years. The new and expanded programs include enhanced agricultural drainage and forest management services, “Discovery Farms” citizen science research, and development of a King County agriculture strategic plan.
For additional details click HERE.


KCD Initiates New Regional Food System Metrics Project

Regional Food System Metrics Project

The KCD Board of Supervisors approved $125,000 in funding for the KCD Regional Food System Program to establish a benchmark and tracking system to measure progress toward achieving goals of the King County Local Food Initiative. In collaboration with King County and partner organizations, the Food System Program Metrics Project will catalog available farm-related food system data, develop a data mapping portal, support a local food system metrics dashboard, identify data gaps, and support baseline data collection to fill key data gaps. The Metrics Project is one of a series of KCD initiatives that contribute to the economic viability of local farmers, encourage more new farmers, expand acreage in food production, improve food access, and increase demand for local farm products. See our website to learn more about the KCD Regional Food System Program.


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New Program Helps Restore Urban Forests

King Conservation District initiated a new Urban Forest Health Management Program to assist local communities with stewarding street trees, urban backyards, and forested open spaces. Cities participating in the program's first year include Bothell, Lake Forest Park, Medina, and Shoreline, plus four cities participating in the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration: Burien, Normandy Park Sammamish, and Snoqualmie. See our website to learn more about the program: www.kingcd.org/programs-urban-forest.htm.


Veterans Give Back

KCD Washington Conservation Corps Crews Featured on KING-5 News

The King Conservation District currently employs two Washington Conservation Corps crews with a total of 12 young people assisting with resource conservation projects across the county. Environmental reporter Alison Morrow highlighted the assistance WCC crewmembers provide private landowners in a KING-5 newscast.


King Conservation District Annual Meeting Report

KCD LIFT Program

The Local Institutional Food Team (LIFT) is here to help you source local food for your institution! We are a network of resource providers and industry experts that provide technical assistance to purchasers looking for local farm products and those wanting to start or participate in existing projects and programs that support local agriculture.
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King Conservation District Annual Meeting Report

Poultry Processing Equipment

King Conservation District provides low-cost rental of equipment for small-scale producers to safely process poultry for home consumption, or to slaughter poultry for direct marketing with a WSDA permit. At this time no other poultry processing equipment is available for rent in King County. The KCD project helps producers fill the demand for locally-grown chicken, turkey, and other poultry.
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KCD Volunteers

Infrastructure Mapping Tool

In collaboration with King County and the Cascade Harvest Coalition, the King Conservation District has developed an easy-to-use online tool that farmers, cottage industry business owners, facility owners, and policy makers can access to expand opportunities for local food production in King County.
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KCD Volunteers

Volunteer

A total of 772 volunteers contributed 2,872 service hours on KCD sponsored habitat restoration projects totaling $66,515.52 (based on Washington state compensation rate for matching purposes).  Connect with your community and local environment to discover how you can be a better steward of the natural resources around you.  Discover volunteer opportunities at www.kingcd.org/volunteer.


New Video Highlights Agricultural Drainage Program

 



At the KCD annual meeting King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert presented the premier screening of a new video about the about the Agricultural Drainage Program. Funded with support from the King County Flood Control District, the program enables participating farmers to return improve field drainage and return land to full production.


KCD Introduces New Urban Forest Program

The King Conservation District’s new Urban Forest Health Management Program will invest up to $150,000 annually for the next five years to help communities steward street trees, urban backyards, and forested open spaces. For details click here.


Employment Opportunities


Administrative Assistant
King Conservation District (KCD) has an opening for an Administrative Assistant. This role requires superior attention to detail, the ability to meet tight deadlines, great organizational skills, and the ability to handle multiple requests. The individual in this position must have demonstrated the ability to maintain confidentiality, display a professional demeanor, be able to adapt to competing demands, and to use sound judgment in an everchanging work environment while giving the utmost of customer service both internal and external. This individual must show an enthusiasm and high level of motivation, versatility and pride in the work required. The Administrative Assistant will report to the Chief Operating Officer.
Position Announcement

Program Manager – Conservation Education
King Conservation District (KCD) has an opening for a Conservation Education Programs Manager. This position reports to the Executive Director and serves as a senior-level member of a team of conservation professionals in a growing, county wide, natural resource management special purpose district. This position involves multi-faceted duties that require leadership, collaboration, problem solving and versatility. Position details and instructions on submitting a resume and letter of interest are included in the
Position Announcement