April 2021 Newsletter
Class 41 Graduation is next Friday!
Please join us to celebrate the 41st class to graduate from the AgForestry Leadership Program. This class was originally scheduled to graduate more than a year ago and we are happy to finally launch them on their leadership journey as AgForestry Alumni. Tickets include a link to the celebration, an entry in the drawings for door prizes (pictured below) and the presentation by the Peterson Farm Brothers.
Peterson Farm Brothers
The Peterson Farm Brothers produce entertaining and educational videos on YouTube and social media. Greg Peterson will talk about their journey as ag-vocates and the importance of telling your story.
Get your bids in! New items added today!
The Graduation Auction is open and these new items were added today!

  • 14 Hands Reserve Wines
  • Tasting at Bledsoe Winery
  • White and Rose Sampler from itä wines
  • Magnolia Gift Basket
  • Spring Blossom Collection from Rootwood Cider
  • Sagebrush Smoked Sausage with Cougar Gold Cheese and Cougar Wine
  • A Wine and Tasting Experience in Walla Walla
  • AgForestry Yeti Tumbler
  • The Walla Walla Organics Tour is now good for up to 10 guests!

The auction will close at noon on Wednesday, April 14!
Early Birdie Pricing through April 19
Registration is open for both AgForestry Golf Tournaments. Early Birdie Pricing will remain in effect through the weekend of graduation, so register early! You do not need to have your entire team together at the time of registration, and we are happy to invoice you. The earlier you secure your sponsorship, the more recognition your business receives.
East Tournament
Wine Valley Golf Club
Walla Walla
June 11, 1:30 p.m.
West Tournament
The Home Course
DuPont (Olympia area)
July 30, 11 a.m.
Online Learning
Michael Kern, Director of The William D. Ruckelshaus Center, kicked off our Collaboration webinar series yesterday with an introduction to Collaborative Governance. If you missed the presentation, you can watch the recording here, then sign up and join us next Wednesday at noon.
April 14: Collaborative Competencies
What are the concrete skills needed to initiate and participate in collaborative approaches to public issues? Michael will introduce you to the University Network for Collaborative Governance’s Guide to Collaborative Competencies.
April 21: Situation Assessments
Amanda Murphy, Senior Facilitator for Projects and Programs at the Ruckelshaus Center will explore the first phase of the collaborative governance process, the situation assessment.
April 28: Collaboration in Action
Paul Ward (Class 29), from the Yakama Nation and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, and Urban Eberhart, a farmer and Manager of the Kittitas Reclamation District will share their stories, insights, and leadership lessons in how to move from controversy to collaboration.
Friends of AgForestry
Charlie Walkinshaw is a great friend of AgForestry and advocate for agriculture. As the founder of Experience International, Charlie has led the charge to achieve his mission to “promote leadership development, capacity building, and technical and cultural exchange in fields related to agriculture, forestry, fisheries, natural resource management and conservation.”
Since its founding, Experience International has facilitated over 3,000 trainings and cultural exchanges at U.S. farms, ranches and businesses for individuals from across the globe, as well as outbound programs for U.S. students and young farmers to work abroad. Over the years, numerous AgForestry graduates have hosted and provided practical work experience to trainees and interns! Experience International also takes U.S. citizens on tours abroad. In fact, Charlie was Class 40’s guide for their International Seminar in Ecuador.
We asked Charlie about his most important realization about these exchanges . . . Head to our website to see what he had to say, and to learn about how Experience International launched an exciting new business, Bike Northwest, when the pandemic “shook up” business as usual. Then check out the Class 41 Graduation auction and bid on Edible Everson, a Farm to Table Bike Tour. The tour was donated by Charlie and Bike Northwest. Among other stops you’ll visit Cloud Mountain Farm Center, which was started by Tom (Class 9) and Cheryl (Class 18) Thornton.
March Donors
Bill (3) & Anita Boyum
Dan (4) & Darci Coyne
Phil Howard (6)
Alex (6) & Linda McGregor
Orlin (7) & Paula Knutson
Tom (11) & Bonnie Westergreen
Ed (14) & Heather Zurcher
Jeff (15) & Michel Pitts
Frank (19) & Kathi Hendrix
Court (21) & Kelly Stanley
Ken (22) & Bonnie Miller
Allen (22) & Kelly (25) Bush
Andrea Howell (23)
Kelly (25) & Allen Bush
Ken (27) & Carie McNamee
Michelle (32) & Erik Metcalf
Jennifer Molesworth (32) & Paul Salladay
Mike (37) & Cara Broeckel
Emily Bautista-Herdt (38) & Tim Herdt
Jean (39) & Alan Frost
Balcom & Moe Inc
Hop Growers of Washington
Port Blakely
Gates Foundation Triple Match

In memory of Dennis Fiess
Frances (15) & Larry Goodrow
In memory of Dan Hille
Stanley Haemmelmann
Douglas & Sandra Hille
Joel Hoffer