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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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Historic barn funding available; local workshop in Mount Vernon

Sep 6th, 2019

MOUNT VERNON – In partnership with the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), the Washington Trust announced that funding is available for two statewide grant programs: Heritage Barn Grants and Historic Cemetery Grants. This will be the seventh round of grant funding available for owners of historic barns and the second round of grant
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Farmers wanted for Taste Washington Day coming up Oct. 2

Sep 5th, 2019

STATE – Taste Washington Day is a day for school districts around the state to celebrate Farm to School and local agriculture. On Wednesday, Oct. 2, or another day in October, nutrition services staff, school gardeners, teachers, administrators, and volunteers all over Washington serve school meals with local ingredients, and do activities to help children
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Master Gardener training available to Snohomish County residents

Aug 6th, 2019

SNOHOMISH – Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Master Gardener training class, which starts in January. Join over 350 Snohomish County Master Gardeners in sharing good gardening and environmental stewardship practices with county residents by becoming a WSU Snohomish County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Community Educator. Training focuses on familiarization and learning how
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