Small Acreage Program
Upcoming Small Acreage Program Events:
Raising Poultry for Meat – 2/13
Learn about raising meat chickens for small farm operations. Topics include selecting breeds, nutrition and feeding, shelter requirements and more. Register and see additional details here.
Well & Septic Inspection Certification and Maintenance for Homeowners – 2/23
Get certified to inspect your own septic system and learn how to properly maintain your well and septic systems. Register and see additional details here.
Now Scheduling Model Property Assessment Visits
Want a ‘Doing Our Part for Clean Water’ sign for your property? If you score 2.5 or higher on our Water Quality Self-Assessment Guide for Small Acreages, you’re a great candidate. Contact email@example.com to set up a visit!
For information on the Small Acreage Program or Living on the Land curriculum, contact:
Doug Stienbarger, Extension Director
(360) 397-6060 ext. 5742
For information about upcoming workshops and classes, contact:
Eric Lambert, Program Coordinator
(360) 397-6060 ext. 5729
The Small Acreage program, funded by the Clean Water Program in partnership with WSU Extension – Clark County provides educational workshops and other outreach to residents on how to manage issues such as mud and manure management, fencing and pasture management, and other water quality topics unique to rural properties.
The goal of the Small Acreage program is to reduce pollution entering storm and surface water coming from residential and agricultural properties by giving residents the knowledge and skills necessary to manage their land and animals in a way that will help keep water clean.
Publications and Videos
- Small Acreage Landowner Services Directory (715 KB PDF)
- Soil, Water, Forage Testing Labs in the Pacific Northwest (PDF)
- Keeping Clean Water Clean and Reducing Mud: Improving Drainage (335 KB PDF)
- Keeping Clean Water Clean and Reducing Mud: Managing Roof Runoff (227 KB PDF)
- Reduce Mud and Keep Water Clean: Sacrifice Areas (852 KB PDF)
- Simple Steps to Protect Your Surface and Well Water (150 KB PDF)
- Reducing Mud on Small Acreages (video clip)
Wells and Septic Systems
- Don’t Let Your Dollar$ Go Down the Drain! Septic Tank Additives (818 KB PDF)
- Protect Your Drinking Water: Simple Tips for Well Maintenance (1 MB PDF)
- Protecting Your Inve$tment: Inspecting Your Septic System (303 KB PDF)
- Save Time and Money – Properly Landscape Your Septic System (972 KB PDF)
- Water Quality Self Assessment Guide for Small Acreages (2.6 MB PDF)
- Constructing Ponds and Water Features: What Does it Take? (517 KB PDF)
- Current Use Taxation (545 KB PDF)
- Information on Small Acreage Management; A Resource List (604 KB PDF)
- Management Practices for Small Acreages: Keeping Water Clean (548 KB PDF)
- Natural Insect Control for Small Acreages (PDF – 580K)
- What Can You Do On Your Land? FAQs (652 KB PDF)
- Natural Insect Control For Small Farms (Slide show & narrative)
Stream Buffers for Agricultural Lands
- Riparian Buffers for Western Washington Agriculture (PDF)
- Establishing Riparian Buffers Adjacent to Agricultural Lands (PDF)
Pasture and Grazing Management
Workshops and Training
The Small Acreage program offers workshops throughout the year on issues of interest to rural landowners. Topics include mud and manure management, pasture management, wells and septic maintenance, and fencing for livestock.
For those who wish more in-depth information, the program also offers a 12-week series, Living on the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages. Graduates of this training come away with a workable plan for their property that they created themselves based on what they learned in class. For the next class, check the calendar (http://clark.wsu.edu/calendar/index.asp) or call 360-397-6060 x5729.
Small Farm Tours
The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is often true. Tours of farms and properties that follow clean water management practices, such as guttering to reduce mud, fencing to keep animals from eroding streams, composting of manure, and siting of outbuildings to improve efficiency, help participants see what is possible on their own property.
Small Acreage Recognition Program
The Small Acreage Program, supported by Clark County’s Clean Water Program, wishes to publicly recognize residents who are implementing clean water management practices on their acreage. If you or someone you know are doing good things on their small farms or rural property to protect our water, please let us know. Call the Small Acreage Program Coordinator at (360) 397-6060 ext. 5729.
Annual Report & Impacts
Small Acreage Program 2014 Annual Report (7.9 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2013 Annual Report (6.5 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2012 Annual Report (5.5 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2011 Annual Report (3.7 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2010 Annual Report (1.8 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2009 Annual Report (467 KB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2008 Annual Report (516 KB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2008 Annual Report: Appendices (2.7 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2007 Annual Report (792 KB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2007 Annual Report: Appendices (7 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2006 Annual Report (572 KB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2006 Annual Report: Appendices (6.4 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2005 Annual Report (570 KB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2005 Annual Report: Appendices (6.6 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2004 Annual Report (400 KB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2004 Annual Report: Appendix A (6.8 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2003 Annual Report (1.9 MB PDF)