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The Local Dirt: March 2019

Feb 28th, 2019

The 5th annual La Conner Daffodil Festival will be held throughout the month, celebrating the season’s blooming fields of daffodils in the Skagit Valley. Activities and events include: “Pi Day” A La Mode (March 14), La Conner Chamber Fundraiser pie and ice cream social and silent auction; 5th Annual Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride (March 16);
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The Local Dirt: February 2019

Feb 4th, 2019

The Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation have added the trade name NW Fruit and will be using it more often for the organization. According to the group’s Facebook page, “NW Fruit is easier to say and is more meaningful to people who have not heard of us before than WWFRF.” Conservation Practices for Whatcom County
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Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting Feb. 19

Feb 1st, 2019

BELLINGHAM – The annual Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting, presented by Sustainable Connections, returns this year on Tuesday, Feb, 19, bringing together more than 150 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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Raising pigs: Veterinary experts, farmers share techniques, ideas

Jan 30th, 2019

LYNDEN – Conservation Practices for Whatcom County Pig Farms will be held Thursday, Feb. 21. Visit with the Whatcom Conservation District, invited experts from veterinary and agronomy professions, and local farmers, including Alluvial Farms, Bittersweet Farm, and pastured pork researchers from Kwantlen Polytechnic Institute in British Colombia. Discuss techniques to manage deterioration of vegetative ground
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Annual Community Seed Swap includes classes, barter area

Jan 29th, 2019

BELLINGHAM – The annual Community Seed Swap will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth Street in Bellingham. Cascadia Skillshare and Barter Faire present this combined event, offering classes, dinner, barter and skillshare, seed swap and more. Participants bringing seeds should have packages clearly labeled with crop type, variety name,
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Skagit Ag Summit focuses on water, labor, innovation and more

Jan 25th, 2019

MOUNT VERNON – The 2019 Skagit Ag Summit will be held Friday, Feb. 8 in Mount Vernon, focusing on water, labor, economic viability, innovation and leadership. Admission is free; lunch is included. A Local Food and Farm Mixer will follow from 5-6 p.m. The Summit meets at the WSU Northwestern Washington Research & Extension Center,
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Whatcom County establishes new Food System Committee; committee members sought

Dec 4th, 2018

BELLINGHAM – The County Council recently adopted an ordinance establishing a Food System Committee. The Committee will draft a County-wide food plan, building off of the Whatcom Food Network’s Community Food Assessment. The Food System Committee will consider best practices and make recommendations to the County Council, Executive, Health Board, and other appropriate officials regarding
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Farm Fund, Next Step grant application deadline Jan. 18

Dec 4th, 2018

BELLINGHAM – The Community Food Co-op Farm Fund  is now accepting Next Step grant and Farm Fund grant applications for 2019. Both grants have a deadline of Jan. 18, 2019. Farm Fund grants are directed to projects that benefit the local food system, farmers and sustainable agriculture at large (programs, workshops, trials, multi-farm collaborations etc.). The purpose of the Next Step grants is to
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Labor, challenges focus of Whatcom Food Network’s Fall Forum

Nov 3rd, 2018

BELLINGHAM – The Whatcom Food Network’s Fall Forum, “The People That Make the Food System Work,” will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14. The Forum will look into the world of workers, including a presentation by Michelle Stelovich from the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council. Michelle will discuss current employment and labor data from our region,
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The Local Dirt: November 2018

Nov 2nd, 2018

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 24! Get out and support your favorite local small businesses.  Flo Dahlstedt and Anna Scott, Soroptimist Club members of Burlington, made an Old Barns of Skagit 2019 Calendar and it’s for sale! Each calendar is only $25 each with all of the proceeds going to the service club – Soroptimist
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