More than 40 classes for small farmers at Farm & Food Expo

Small-scale farmers around the Spokane area can learn about wide range of topics at the upcoming Farm & Food Expo planned for Nov. 2-3 at Spokane Community College.

The event provides resources for small-acreage farmers, garden enthusiasts and “foodies,” said Hilary Sepulveda, outreach specialist for the Spokane Conservation District.

“It’s pretty unique in terms of the topics and demographic that we go for,” she said.

Keynote speakers are Ben Hartman, author of “The Lean Farm,” about eliminating waste and improving efficiency; Chris Trump, who uses and advocates for Korean Natural Farming; and Brad Lancaster, author of “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond.”

The event has more than 40 classes, Sepulveda said. Topics include backyard chickens, local grain malting, marketing products, rural property management and a vendor fair.

Sepulveda expects 300-400 people during the two-day event.

The Washington State Conservation Commission’s Office of Farmland Preservation is a title sponsor for the event.