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Skagit Ag Summit focuses on water, labor, innovation and more

Feb 4th, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – The 2018 Skagit Ag Summit will be held Friday, Feb. 16 in Mount Vernon, focusing on water, labor, economic viability, innovation and leadership. Admission is free; lunch is included. Participants’ comments will be packaged into a report sent to local public policy officials. A Local Food and Farm Mixer will follow from
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The Local Dirt: February 2018

Feb 2nd, 2018
The Local Dirt: February 2018

The Whatcom County Cattlemans Association Annual Auction And Banquet will be held Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Deming Logging Show grounds. Fundraising proceeds are used to encourage local youth to be involved in food and fiber production, using college scholarships, FFA and 4-H performance awards, and Youth Fair grants to support local agricultural causes. The
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Annual Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting Feb. 20

Feb 1st, 2018

BELLINGHAM – The annual Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting, presented by Sustainable Connections, returns this year on Tuesday, Feb, 20, bringing together more than 175 farmers, fishermen, food artisans, restaurants, grocers, and others interested in sourcing local ingredients or selling local food. The event includes networking, one-on-one consultations for food buyers and sellers, educational workshops, expo, a
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Master Gardeners present “Resilient Gardening in Western Washington”

Feb 1st, 2018

BELLINGHAM – The WSU Master Gardeners present the 22nd annual Whatcom Gardening Conference, “Resilient Gardening in Western Washington,” on Thursday, Feb. 8. This full day garden conference will focus on food gardening, sustainability, community connections, native pollinators and habitat, gardening in small spaces, youth gardening, as well as a community garden panel. Keynote Speaker Gail
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Cultivating Success series starts Jan. 8

Dec 7th, 2017

STANWOOD – WSU Snohomish and King County Extension in partnership with King & Snohomish Conservation Districts will offer Cultivating Success: Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning to help new and current farmers gain skills in business planning and direct marketing. The course runs in Stanwood on Monday evenings Jan. 8, through March 12, 5:30 p.m.
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Farm Fund general grants available

Dec 7th, 2017

BELLINGHAM – The Community Food Co-op Farm Fund  is now accepting general grant applications with a deadline of Jan. 19, 2018. Farm Fund general grants are directed to projects that meet the greater good of the community and benefit local agriculture at large. The 2018 application form and information will be available on the Co-op
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Blue Heron Farm’s Anne Schwartz featured speaker at Women in Ag

Nov 6th, 2017

COUNTY – The 6th annual Women in Agriculture Conference is set for Saturday, Nov. 18. “WE CAN DO IT” is the theme. This interactive event is a one-day event held simultaneously in 39 locations throughout Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Locally, conferences will be held in Mount Vernon, Everett, and Coupeville. Featured speakers are
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Discussion, panel on food access in Whatcom County

Nov 5th, 2017

BELLINGHAM – The Bellingham City Club will discuss food access in certain parts of Whatcom County and impacts on population, and the factors at play driving the grocery industry on Wednesday, Nov. 15. “Wandering the Food Deserts of Whatcom County” is open to the public at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham, WA.  Doors open
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Small Fruit Conference set

Nov 4th, 2017

LYNDEN – The Washington Small Fruit Conference will be held Wednesday through Friday, Nov 29-30 and Dec. 1 at the NW Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. This three-day conference will share the latest relevant research information delivered by the scientists performing the research. Lunches each day are provided. This conference is presented in association with the
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Farmland preservation focus of Whatcom Food Network’s Fall Forum

Oct 8th, 2017

Bellingham – The Whatcom Food Network’s Fall Forum on Thursday, Nov. 9 will focus on the state of farmland both regionally and locally, highlighting the challenges and solutions to farmland loss and accessibility. Hannah Clark, the Executive Director of the Washington Association of Land Trusts, will present information as well as a panel of local
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