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The Local Dirt: February 2020

Feb 1st, 2020

Save Family Farming was presented the “Most Valuable Partner” Award from the Washington State Dairy Federation! Congrats to Save Family Farming.   The Northwest Agriculture Business Center announced registration is open for the Island Grown Farmers Cooperative’s one-day Meat Cutting Workshop on April 6. Now in its 13th year, more than 400 students have been
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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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Home and Garden Shows coming up

Jan 31st, 2020

COUNTY – The 2020 Whatcom County Home and Garden Show will be Friday through Sunday, March 6-8, sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County. More than 200 vendors will be on site at the NW Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden to offer ideas for home improvement and projects. Weekend highlights include Ladies Night (Friday),
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Beginning beekeeping course starts

Jan 31st, 2020

EVERETT – The WSU Snohomish County Extension is sponsoring a session of the Beginning Hobbyist Beekeeper course in the Washington State Beekeepers Association’s Master Beekeeper Program starting Monday, Feb. 24,  6:30-9:30 p.m. at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 – 128th St SE, Everett. The five-week course is designed to build
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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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