Spokane Small Farm Expo to Feature Livestock Workshops by Roots Educators
This year’s Small Farm & Food Expo in Spokane, Washington, is coming up November 5. Choose from dozens of classes.
This full-day conference full day of classes and speakers will have lots of useful information for every small acreage farmer, garden enthusiast, and foodie. There’s even a special youth track.
Roots of Resilience is curating the livestock sessions, including:
Low Stress Livestock Handling
This 2-hour course includes a combination of classroom presentation and practical hands on goat herding. Whether you are a veteran cowpuncher or just getting started in livestock, this hands-on stockmanship class will give you new skills and tools to help you work with your stock’s natural instincts to get them to go where you want them and make them feel like it was their idea!
Introduction to Large Livestock
You’ve mastered chickens, maybe you’ve chased a few goats in your day. Staring down a 2,000 lb bull, however, can feel like a big leap. Learn the basics of care, nutrition, and infrastructure requirements for large livestock.
So You Want to Work With Animals (Youth Track)
Working with animals can be rewarding and fun and sometimes challenging. Here is a chance to learn more about possible career options working with pets, livestock, and other animals—from veterinarian to zoo keeper, from farmer to dog trainer—and more in between.
Should I Call the Vet?
This class provides some guidelines on common farm health issues and tips for deciding when to call the vet or when you can handle it yourself. Learn what constitutes a time sensitive emergency or something beyond the average farmer’s comfort or skill level.
Holistic Grazing Planning
Learn how you can turn your herd or flock into a carbon-sequestering, water-retaining, soil-building, grass-growing machine. By carefully planning when and where your animals will be, you can actually reverse decertification, increase stocking capacity, and have plenty of habitat and feed left over for wildlife. Learn from a team of veterans with decades of experience in Holistic Planned Grazing in this hands-on 2-hour class.
Holistic Land Planning
Too often, farmers are stuck working around crumbling infrastructure. Whether it’s a corral with a poor design, or placement of a production field that isn’t ideal. This class will show you a process to figure out the best possible infrastructure layout for your farm or ranch, and then help you create a path to move from your existing infrastructure layout to the farm of your dreams!
Ecological Land Monitoring
Get scientific and discover ways to monitor ecological factors on your farm or ranch. When you have a baseline, you can monitor changes and improvements based on new techniques you want to try.
Ready to Sign Up?
You can find more info and links to registration at the Expo Home Page.