Harvest Celebration offers fun on the farm

17th annual event will be held Sept. 19

Harvest Celebration offers fun on the farm

WSU Clark County Extension and local farms across the county invite the community to this year’s Harvest Celebration Day on Saturday, Sept. 19.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 12 farms will be open for the public to experience Clark County’s diverse agricultural producers and learn about life on the farm.

Allen Creek Farm, a major chestnut producer in Ridgefield, will be joining the tour for the first time, while Heisen House Vineyards and Compass Rose Alpacas will be back again after a couple of years away.

The farms on this year’s Harvest Celebration will offer a wide range of free family-oriented activities.

Yacolt Mountain Farm & Nursery will show off draft horses working the fields, Half Moon Farm will have a Honey Harvest Celebration, White Oak Alpacas will give talks on raising alpacas, and demonstrations on shearing, spinning and skirting, and Botany Bay will offer guided tours and other festivities.

Participants will also have the chance to meet their local farmers; purchase fresh produce, U-pick, cut flowers, and other farm products; see alpacas, draft horses, chickens, goats, and other livestock; tour fruit orchards, vegetable fields and flower gardens.

“This event is fun for the whole family, but it’s also a great way to show support for the hard working farmers that feed our local food system,” said Eric Lambert, Small Acreage Program coordinator. “Most of our small farmers rely on direct marketing, which is largely about building relationships with local consumers focused on trust, appreciation and, of course, the best food, flowers and fibers.”

This year’s event will also feature two local farms that have been recognized by WSU Clark County Extension for showing a commitment to stewardship. Compass Rose Alpacas and Conway Family Farm have been awarded a sign that reads ‘Doing Our Part for Clean Water’, for the implementing practices that protect clean water and natural resources.

“These farms are important as we work to build a culture of stewardship in Clark County and they’re an excellent place to learn about sustainable farming practices,” Lambert said.

Farm descriptions with maps and an events schedule are available online at ext100.wsu.edu/clark/naturalresources/smallacreageprogram/ or at the extension office, 1919 N.E. 78th St., Vancouver.

“This celebration offers residents a great opportunity to meet local farmers in their backyard and connect with local sources for farm products, while also showing their support for Clark County agriculture,” said Doug Stienbarger, WSU Clark County Extension director.