Friends of Pierce County


Marketing Your Farm Business Online

The Pierce County Agriculture Program, along with its Farm Forum partners, is pleased to announce that we are hosting a new series of workshops! 

Please save the date for the first in this series “Marketing Your Farm Business Online”


Looking for all Pierce County wetlands

In Washington, the existing statewide wetland maps (National Wetlands Inventory [NWI] maps) are out of date and inaccurate in many locations. They are based on imagery and data from the 1980s and do not reflect current wetland location and extent.

Additionally, wetlands are missing from the NWI maps. These errors of omission have been recorded to be as high as 50% in some areas, and may be as high as 90% in some forested areas. Inaccuracies and errors of omission are due in part to the difficulty of photo-interpreting certain land cover types. Also, many wetlands on agricultural lands were not mapped.

The NWI classified wetlands to identify wetland habitat types. It lacks abiotic information such as landscape position, landform, and water flow path, which can be used to predict functions and, in combination with land uses, wetland condition. To complete this project, the University of Washington will use remote sensing data sources, such as LiDAR, high-resolution aerial imagery, Landsat imagery, digital elevation data, hydrography, and updated soil maps provide an opportunity to address these known shortcomings. Moreover, recent developments in automated remote sensing technologies allow for more efficient coverage of large areas.

An improved, statewide map of wetland location and type is critical to the ability of local governments to protect wetlands. Under the Growth Management and Shoreline Management Acts, local governments play a critical role in wetland protection and management. They do this through comprehensive planning, zoning, and permit review. Planners and permit reviewers rely on existing NWI maps for these processes. A few local jurisdictions have conducted their own wetland inventories and improved their maps, but these are limited due to lack of resources, and none have predicted functions and conditions of wetlands. This leaves many local governments with inadequate maps and information on local wetlands, and the state with uneven coverage.

This project will improve the ability to more efficiently and accurately identify the location, size, and type of wetland resource. available as a publicly accessible, web-based map. Information about the maps, and any analyses using the data, will be disseminated through articles and presentations to state and federal agencies, and local governments and planners.


Counting Farmlands – from American Farmland Trust

Every five years, the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts the Census of Agriculture.  The Census is the most comprehensive source of information about the nation’s farms and ranches. The Census helps us understand trends, identify issues, and make the case for policies and programs that support producers and protect agricultural land.

The NASS encourages producers to respond online at to take advantage of new time-saving features, such as automatic calculations, and the convenience of being accessible on mobile and desktop devices.

American Farmland Trust used data from the most recent 2012 Census of Agriculture, which was released in 2014, to:

  • Understand the extent of agriculture and how much land supports the current level of production. Nationwide, 2.1 million farms cover 914,527,657 acres. Farmers and ranchers manage 40.5 percent of the U.S. total land area.
  • Provide information about the economic health of farm and ranch operations. In 2012, farms and ranches generated more than $394.6 billion in agricultural sales, up 32.8 percent from 2007. Farm production expenses also increased by about $88 billion. Overall, U.S. farms still realized a $92 billion increase in net cash income, which was up 29.3 percent from 2007. 
  • Track information about farm operator age and the amount of land they own. The average age of operators is now 58.3. There are nearly six times as many operators 65 and older as 34 and younger. Older operators farm 32 percent of U.S. agricultural land and own 73 percent of these acres.
  • Give us data about the next generation of farmers. The number and percentage of beginning farmers has reached a 30-year low. Just between 2007 and 2012, the number of beginners dropped 20 percent to 469,098.

Policymakers, service providers and advocates use the data garnered from the Census to help us understand trends, identify issues, and make the case for policies and programs that support producers and protect agricultural land.

If you are a farmer or rancher, please take time to fill in your census questionnaire by February 5, 2018. NASS encourages producers to respond online at to take advantage of new time-saving features, such as automatic calculations, and the convenience of being accessible on mobile and desktop devices.

More information about the Census of Agriculture is available at

Go to:

Be counted. Respond to the Census of Agriculture today.  

Register & Represent South Sound Sustainability

Represent your organization, services and eco-expertise at Tacoma’s South Sound Sustainability Expo on Saturday, April 14th, 2018!

Every year the Expo reaches more people and gains greater popularity, and that would not be the case without your involvement and support. Your participation in past years has made the Expo an exciting and highly anticipated event. We hope you will join us again this Spring.

Vendor registration is free for non-profits and community groups. For-profits pay a $30 registration fee. 

Register by visiting

Email, and visit for more information.

Become a Sponsor!

Be featured in the Expo’s promotional materials and website, and receive preferential booth location through sponsorship.  Your dollars will help keep this event FREE for attendees by offsetting Convention Center fees, printing, advertising and promotion.

Sponsor the 2018 South Sound Sustainability Expo by contacting Kristi Lynett at (253) 591-5571 or

     2018 Winter Workshop Schedule


Free Workshops - Advance registration required - or call (253) 573-2426


Please register for the wait list if a session is full.

You’ll be notified if there’s a cancellation or repeat session.


JANUARY – 2018

1/27, Sat. 10:30/1:30  Green Building Workshops to be rescheduled


2/03, Sat. 10:30 am    Pruning and Care of Fruit Trees (FULL – may add pruning to 1:30)

2/03, Sat.   1:30 pm    Organic Fruit Tree Selection and Care

2/10, Sat. 10:30 am    Early Gardens, Raised Beds, Plants, Berries (FULL; possible repeat)

2/17, Sat. 10:30 am    Mason Bees: So Easy, So Productive (FULL – see repeat)

2/17, Sat.   1:30 pm    Mason Bees: So Easy, So Productive

2/24, Sat. 10:30 am    Pruning and Care of Landscape Trees

MARCH – 2018

3/03, Sat, 10:30 am    Solatube Natural Daylight with DIY Install Demo

3/10, Sat. 10:30 am    Yard Waste & Worm Bin Composting

3/17, Sat. 10:30 am    Heat Pump Know-How: Home Heating (whole

                                    house and ductless), Water Heaters & More

3/18, Sun.  1:30 pm     Rain Barrels: How to Make and Maintain

3/18, Sun.  3:00 pm     Rain Barrels: How to Make and Maintain (FULL – see repeat)

3/24, Sat. 10:30 am    Backyard Chickens: Getting Started

3/24, Sat.   1:30 pm    Chickens: Build a Secure Coop and Run

3/31, Sat. 10:30 am    Smart Energy Home and Efficient Appliances 


Workshop Location: City of Tacoma EnviroHouse 
Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center (former Landfill) 
3510 S. Mullen St., 98409 (directions on EnviroHouse website)

EnviroHouse Public Hours: Wed.-Fri. 10-5; Sat.-Sun. 11-5

Search YouTube EnviroHouse HowTo Playlist for more tips

From Pierce County: 

The Regulation Roadmap for Agriculture is now posted on the Pierce County Farming website:  The Regulation Roadmap was developed to assist producers to identify possible permits and licenses needed to produce and sell farm products.  It also identifies the primary regulatory agencies dealing with farm products.



The Regulation Roadmap for Agriculture project is a partnership with the Agriculture Community of Interest, Pierce County Agriculture Program and Tacoma Pierce Health Department.



Diane Marcus-Jones  | Senior Planner | Pierce County Planning and Public Works| (253)798-2616 |

2401 South 35th Street, Room 175, Tacoma, WA, 98409-7490 |  |

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November 2, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT: Cathy Cochrane, 360.790.7958, 

Friends of Pierce County  would like you to support
Used Car for Bud (FPC President)
by making a donation and helping spread the word.
Friends of Pierce County President, Bud Rehberg, has been involved in volunteering for numerous communities throughout Pierce County for over 25 years. He has done it all on his time and has made sure that Pierce County has made better decisions to protect the environment and save farmland. 
Over the past year, Bud has not been able to get to public meetings and board meetings because his 1964 car broke down and he cannot repair it. We are asking folks to help Bud - trying to raise funds so that he can buy a used car. The goal is $7,000. If you have a used car you can donate, please let us know. Please help Bud so he can continue to work for citizens of Pierce County. Thank you!
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