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Local growers ready for season’s CSA programs

Mar 2nd, 2020
Local growers ready for season’s CSA programs

Updated Saturday, March 21, 2020 Local farmers offering Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are busy preparing for the upcoming season. Most CSA options provide weekly boxes, allowing residents or businesses to subscribe in the early spring for a full season’s worth of produce. The content of the boxes differ by farm, however generally include vegetables
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Genuine Skagit Valley Program awarded $348,000 USDA grant

Jan 31st, 2020
Genuine Skagit Valley Program awarded $348,000 USDA grant

MOUNT VERNON – The Northwest Agricultural Business Center (NABC) was recently awarded $348,000 in federal funding for the Genuine Skagit Valley program. Through place-based marketing, Genuine Skagit Valley heightens consumer awareness  of, and connection to, local Skagit farms and farm products. The  funding is from the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program, a highly competitive national
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Country Living Expo returns Jan. 25; 175 classes available to choose from

Dec 2nd, 2019
Country Living Expo returns Jan. 25; 175 classes available to choose from

STANWOOD – The Country Living Expo & Cattlemen’s Winterschool returns Saturday, Jan. 25 at Stanwood High School. Registration is now open, with 175 classes available, including 30 brand new classes. Participants can choose five sessions, visit with local and regional vendors during the large trade show, enjoy a prime rib or vegetarian lunch, and more.
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Holiday happenings: Enjoy these festive events

Dec 1st, 2019
Holiday happenings: Enjoy these festive events

We all have our favorites of the season – places to see, cookies to eat, people to visit. The following events have all the things we love and more, and we hope you enjoy them. Port of Bellingham Holiday Festival and Gingerbread House Display: Held Friday through Sunday, Dec. 6-8, this annual festival offers the
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Holiday decor: Community wreath making and more

Nov 4th, 2019
Holiday decor: Community wreath making and more

Tis the season for making and decorating! Enjoy these creative offerings from local nurseries and groups. Christianson’s Nursery offers Do It Yourself Wreath Making starting Nov. 18 through Dec. 24. Deck the halls by crafting a freshly made holiday wreath, using a beautiful mix of Christianson’s seasonal greens and berries (sold by the pound) or
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FALL FUN: Local pumpkin patches and festivals

Oct 3rd, 2019
FALL FUN: Local pumpkin patches and festivals

Fall has arrived, and there’s a lot to enjoy in our northwest corner this month. Here’s a look at some seasonal events and farms to visit. Be sure to check online for updates as more pumpkin patches open, and also visit the websites and social media pages for the farms included here. Enjoy! Skagit Valley
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1,548 pounds: Oak Harbor resident wins the Giant Pumpkin Festival

Oct 1st, 2019
1,548 pounds: Oak Harbor resident wins the Giant Pumpkin Festival

Photo by Stephanie Banaszak/Christianson’s Nursery MOUNT VERNON – 1,548 pounds! Congratulations to Lee Roof, of Oak Harbor, for his winning entry at the annual Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival at Christianson’s Nursery. Roof is pictured here (right) with John Christianson, owner of Christianson’s Nursery. Rounding out the top 10 winners are: • Second Place: Joel
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Whatcom Farm Tour returns Sept. 7-8

Aug 28th, 2019
Whatcom Farm Tour returns Sept. 7-8

Whatcom County’s 13th annual Farm Tour returns the second weekend in September. The free, self-guided tour is part of the month-long Eat Local campaign, hosted by Sustainable Connections’ Food and Farming Program. On Saturday and Sunday Sept. 7-8 several farms will open their doors to the public allowing visitors to explore and learn about their
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Farm Pavilion: New ag education building ready at Northwest Washington Fairgrounds

Aug 7th, 2019
Farm Pavilion: New ag education building ready at Northwest Washington Fairgrounds

Next phase includes 10,000 square foot Farming For Life! exhibit by Sarah Eden Wallace Thanks to a $4.6 million community fundraising effort, a big, bright agricultural education building called the Farm Pavilion will welcome the public to the 2019 Northwest Washington Fair. At 24,000 square feet, it replaces the old 4-H and exhibits buildings. Designed
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U-Pick berry farms: Where to go this season

Jul 2nd, 2019
U-Pick berry farms: Where to go this season

by Grow Northwest Local berries are here, and the rest are ripening soon! Following are some of the u-pick family farms in our northwest corner. Keep in mind some locations have not yet opened for u-pick, depending on varieties and weather. Please contact the farm prior to visiting to confirm availability and hours, and follow
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