Sustainable Agriculture and Education Grant

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2002: $19,500.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2005
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $10,500.00
Region: Western
State: Washington
Principal Investigator:
Judy Janett
Washington Ag in the Classroom
John Brugger
USDA Rural Business Cooperative Service
Shirz Vira
Cheryl Dehaan
Whatcom Farm Friends
Diane Gasaway
Northwest Cooperative Development Center

Annual Reports


  • Fruits: berries (other), berries (strawberries)
  • Additional Plants: ornamentals
  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Education and Training: demonstration, mentoring
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, community-supported agriculture, cooperatives, marketing management
  • Sustainable Communities: public participation


    Small forest landowners and agency professionals were brought together for a three-part collaborative workshop series. This nine-month project was an extremely powerful tool for individuals in the beginning stage of exploring the formation of a forestry co-op or local association. Attendees were exposed to case studies and to experienced and knowledgeable co-op and industry professionals who were available to provide assistance to their specific projects.

    The cooperative development training workshops were tailored to professionals interested in promoting small-scale sustainable forestry co-ops and non-industrial private forest landowners. The approach used was to promote small forest landowner cooperatives that can provide sustainable forest management services, management plans, value-added processing and niche marketing of forest products.

    Project objectives:

    • Address the challenges facing small forest landowners in the Northwest through the creation of landowner co-ops
      Provide a high quality intensive workshop, which would take place over nine months
      Implement a train-the-trainer approach to offer skills to potential co-op project leaders
      Develop a comprehensive workshop template focused on co-op development for future projects that could be transferred to other industries in which the Center operates
      Increase the chances that forestry co-ops would form in the Northwest
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.