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Cultivating Success program coming up

Sep 1st, 2017

COUNTY – The WSU Cultivating Success Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching courses are scheduled to kick off later this month, in Whatcom, Skagit and Island counties. The Cultivating Success course provides beginning and existing farmers with the decision making tools, production strategies and support to develop a small acreage farm. Learn about farm design and
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Zucchinis needed at the Burlington Harvest Festival

Sep 1st, 2017

BURLINGTON – Do you have extra zucchini to share? Burlington Parks and Recreation is collecting zucchinis for the upcoming Burlington Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Pitch scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thousands of gourds and Zucchinis are needed to supply the Zucchini Car Race activity booth. Drop your zucchinis off
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Taste Washington Day set for Oct. 4

Sep 1st, 2017

STATE – Taste Washington Day is a day for school districts around the state celebrate Farm to School and local agriculture. On Oct. 4, or a day in October they choose, nutrition services, school gardeners, teachers, administrators, and volunteers all over Washington serve school meals with local ingredients and do activities to learn about the
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Mud management: Farm Speaker Series offers tips Sept. 21

Sep 1st, 2017

WHATCOM – The Whatcom Conservation District’s Farm Speaker Series will offer “Discover Mud Management And Help To Winterize Your Farm” on Thursday, Sept.  21. Dr. Michael Anderson of Kulshan Veterinary Hospital and a panel of livestock producers will discuss livestock health, production and nutrition issues that arise due to  mud and the cold, wet season.
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Over 400 attend grand opening of Bread Lab

Aug 2nd, 2017

BURLINGTON – More than 400 people attended the grand opening of the Bread Lab on Wednesday, July 26, presented by Washington State University and the Port of Skagit. The new 12,000-square-foot facility located at the Port of Skagit includes the research lab, milling room, commercial kitchen, and King Arthur Flour baking classes. The Bread Lab
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WBA, Whatcom Family Farmers offer agribusiness study, farm tour Aug. 24

Aug 2nd, 2017

WHATCOM – The Whatcom Business Alliance, in collaboration with Whatcom Family Farmers, will host a Whatcom County agri-business economic impact study, lunch and a chartered farm tour on Thursday, Aug. 24. Hart Hodges, of WWU Business and Economic Development Center, will present current economic data related to local agri-business, including berry, dairy, produce and other
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Livestock Training offered this fall

Aug 1st, 2017

SKAGIT – The WSU Livestock Advisor program begins a 10-week series of classes Sept. 12 at the Burlington WSU Skagit County Extension office. Livestock covered includes sheep, goats, beef, swine, rabbits, poultry, and livestock guardian dogs. Topics range from housing needs, feeding, breeding, and fencing to raising livestock sustainably, mud and manure management, and weed
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Community First garden tour Aug. 10

Aug 1st, 2017

WHATCOM – The WSU Whatcom County Extension’s Community First Garden Project is offering a summer garden and project tour on Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 4-6 p.m. The tour is free and open to the public, and includes five gardens starting at the City of Bellingham’s Happy Valley Community Garden and ending at Ferndale Friendship Garden.
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Farm internship program expands

Jul 31st, 2017

STATE – The Farm Internship Project, which started as a pilot project offered in northwest counties of Washington State in 2010, now includes 16 counties following the signing of HB 1906 by the State Legislature. Effective July 23, the project added Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, and Walla Walla counties, and extends through Dec. 31, 2019. Farms
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New state law passes protections for agritourism operators; signs necessary

Jul 31st, 2017

STATE – The State Legislature passed a new law, effective July 23, providing additional liability protections for agritourism business operators. According to Senate Bill 5808, an agritourism professional is not liable for unintentional injury, loss, damage, or death resulting exclusively from the inherent risks of an agritourism activity, with certain exceptions. To benefit from this
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