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San Juan Islands Ag Summit coming up

Dec 3rd, 2019

ORCAS ISLAND – The San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit, hosted by WSU San Juan County Extension Office, will be Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7-8. This year Orcas Island will host the annual summit at Camp Orkila, including more than 150 local farmers, food producers, businesses, and advocates gathered for a weekend of education, inspiration and
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The Local Dirt: December 2019

Dec 2nd, 2019

Thanks to the King Arthur Flour “Bake for Good” team for all their work with local elementary school students and teachers! This team has visited several local schools in Whatcom County over the last month, including showing 4th and 5th graders how to bake. The students went home with their own baking kits and excited
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Thanks and giving: Bake For Good and Turkey Trot

Nov 5th, 2019

This month is a special time for giving in the community. Check out these three ways to help while having fun! Thanksgiving Bake for Good: Join the Bread Lab and King Arthur Flour to bake for a cause, as they offer two free classes this month. First, the Bake For Good: Kids! edition is for
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Small Fruit Conference set Dec. 4-6

Nov 5th, 2019

LYNDEN – The Washington Small Fruit Conference and Lynden Ag Show will be held Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 4-6 at the NW Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. This three-day conference  will share the latest relevant research and information for small fruit growers in WA, OR, and B.C. Lunch is provided each day. This conference is presented
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The Local Dirt: November 2019

Nov 4th, 2019

It’s time to celebrate Small Business Saturday on Saturday, Nov. 30! Head to your favorite businesses and support them on this day.  Do you want to reserve a local turkey? Osprey Hill Farm, of Acme, and Oak Meadows Farm, of Ferndale, have some available, but act fast because reservations are filling. Contact them through their
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Food processing, Millworks project focus of WFN Fall Forum

Nov 3rd, 2019

BELLINGHAM – The Whatcom Food Network invites organizations and individuals connected to our local food system to attend the Fall Forum on Food Processing in Our Region: History, Trends, and Upcoming Innovations. The forum will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 8:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center in Ferndale.
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“Jump Start Your Pasture” class series starts Oct. 30

Oct 24th, 2019

BURLINGTON – WSU County Extension and the Skagit Conservation District will be offering a free 3-week class series on ways to “Jump Start Your Pasture.” Learn more about pasture management, electric fencing, and renovation techniques. The class will be held on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. at the WSU Skagit County Extension office located in the Port
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Focus on Farming returns Nov. 7

Oct 3rd, 2019

MONROE – The annual Focus on Farming and Focus on Forestry Conference will be held this year Thursday, Nov. 7. The day includes 24 workshop classes in six industry tracks, with local and national farmers, researchers and experts sharing ideas. Topics include Agritourism, Business of Farming, Flower Farming, Industrial Hemp Production, Livestock, and Youth and
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Farm funding opportunities focus of next Farmer Speaker Series

Oct 3rd, 2019

FERNDALE – Farm funding opportunities will be the subject of the next Farmer Speaker Series on Tuesday, Oct. 15, organized by the Whatcom Conservation District. In an effort to make farmers aware of resources available for financial support, this networking event will provide direct connections with funding agencies and offer a panel of successful grant
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The Local Dirt: October 2019

Oct 2nd, 2019

For the book lovers out there, take note! The 50th anniversary edition of The Encyclopedia of Country Living, The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself by Carla Emery, will be released Dec. 3 by Sasquatch Books. Ciscoe Morris, gardening expert of the Pacific Northwest, brings us his book Oh, La
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