Determine Eligibility - Are you a low-impact farm operator? Are there ongoing agricultural activities on your farm? Do your operation impact Critical Area Buffers?
Low impact farm is less than 1 animal unit per 1 acre of grazable pasture (includes hay and pasture land)
1 animal unit ranges from 1.2 au for a beef cow or mature horse to .2 au for sheep (AU = 1,000 pounds live weight
Conduct a critical areas assessment.
Create a Farm Plan - Fill out the Standard Farm Checklist (PDF) and create a map, or contact the county Conservation Program on Agriculture Land (CPAL) Coordinator by calling 360-676-6907), a consultant, or the Conservation District to ask about technical assistance.
Plan Approval (PDF) - Submission of the handbook worksheets, site map, and submittal form (PDF) constitutes a complete Farm Plan application. The county’s Technical Administrator will review these materials. If he / she finds the materials are adequate, then the plan will be approved and a copy of the Farm Map and Handbook will be returned to you. The county will collect and hold only summary information contained in the submittal form.
Implementation - Apply best management practices in accordance with the approved farm plan.
Monitoring - Implementation of best management practices according to those described in the approved farm plan will be reviewed once per year.