Roots of Resilience

Explore a Smorgasbord of Farming Classes at Spokane Farm & Food Expo

Photograph of monitoring workshops attendess and instructor in the field making observations and taking notes.

Learn how to determine the health of your pastures without complicated scientific measurements in Beth Robinette’s class Reading the Pasture: Four Ecosystems Processes.

Multi-Species Grazing and More at the Spokane Farm & Food Expo

Two Days of Farm & Food Fun and Learning
November 3 & 4, 2017
Spokane Community College
Spokane, WA

Come to the Spokane Farm & Food Expo and choose from a smorgasbord of classes on everything from livestock to grains to bees to fruit growing. Choose up to 6 classes from dozens of choices. Visit with vendors, network, and make new friends.

Find Classes for Beginning Farmers, Experienced Farmers, Homesteaders, Young Farmers, Gardeners, Cooks, Crafters, & More

From bread baking to bee keeping to beetles, you’ll find expert advice on just about any farm, food, gardening, and DIY topic at Spokane’s famous Farm & Food Expo. The Expo just gets better every year.

Register early to get the best rates.

Check out the full schedule to find your favorite classes among the smorgasbord of choices.

Learn How Multispecies Grazing Can Improve Forage Utilization

Roots own Beth Robinette is teaming up with Matthew Cox of Green Bow Farm and Phil Blankenship of Lazy B Ranch to teach Multispecies Grazing. Learn the intricacies of grazing multiple species of animals (broilers, sheep, goats, cattle, and pigs) together to improve pasture health and forage utilization. Check out this class at 10:30 am to 11:30 am on Saturday.

Learn How to Read the Land So You Can Manage It Better

Beth will also be teaching Reading the Pasture: Four Ecosystems Processes. Learn how to determine the health of your pastures without complicated scientific measurements. Understanding what functional ecosystems processes (Energy Cycle, Water Cycle, Energy Flow, and Community Dynamics) and their indicators look like will help you learn to read the land and make good management decisions to improve fertility and productivity. Check out this class at 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm on Saturday.

Learn How to Control Weeds with Goats

Roots educator Craig Madsen will teach Healing Hooves: Vegetation Management with Goats. Craig and his herd of 250 goats have traveled throughout the Northwest grazing public utilities, private land, and even housing developments to control noxious weeds and reduce ladder fuels in forest land. See how Craig and his goats are providing an natural alternative to costly chemical treatments. Check out this class at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Saturday.

Register Early for the Best Rates

Early registration starts at $75 for adult registration ($50 Veteran/Student rate; $25 Jr. Farmer rate). Sign up now for the best rate.

Get the complete schedule and register at the Spokane Conservation District Farm & Food Expo web page.