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May 14th, 2010 | Category: News

Breweries medal at World Beer Cup
STATE – A number of regional breweries placed at the World Beer Cup, an event known as “The Olympics of Beer Competitions,” including Boundary Bay Brewery and Chuckanut Brewery, both of Bellingham. Considered by many to be the most prestigious beer competition in the world, Washington breweries finished with a total of 12 medals – three gold, five silver, and four bronze. Among the winners were: A gold medal for Chuckanut Brewery’s Chuckanut Dunkel, two silver medals for Boundary Bay Brewery’s Dunkles Bock and Imperial IPA, and a bronze medal for Boundary Bay’s Cabin Fever. This year’s competition was held in Chicago, and received entries from 642 breweries from 44 countries and 47 U.S. states. World Beer Cup representatives said this was the largest ever commercial beer competition. A total of 23 breweries from Washington State submitted beer entries.
2010 Eat Local EVERY Week kicks off
WHATCOM – Every Thursday from the end of May through October, a total of 19 Whatcom County restaurants will present a special-of-the-week, featuring new menus that incorporate local and seasonal ingredients, a program sponsored by Sustainable Connections. An Eat Local EVERY Week Kickoff event will take place May 27 at Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen in Bellingham, where Chef Rob Morrell will share his take on buying local, introducing a new ‘Locavore’ menu that will rotate throughout the season. “For thousands of years, people relied on what was locally and seasonally available,” Morrell said. “If we want to preserve our ability to eat good food we have to commit to eating locally and seasonally. From the producers all the way to the restaurants, we are trying to encourage the people around us to enjoy the simple pleasure of food,” he said. The Locavore Special menu showcases a variety of local ingredients including Samish Bay Cheeses with Old Word Deli charcuterie, Barlean’s seafood, seasonal fruits and veggies, and housemade Mallard ice cream sandwiches. Upcoming Eat Local Week specials include: June 3 at the Lettered Streets Coffee House (1001 Dupont St, Bellingham); June 10 at the North Fork Brewery and Beer Shrine  (6186 Mt Baker Hwy, Deming); June 17 at Avenue Bread (1313 Railroad Ave, Bellingham); and June 24 at Pizzazza (1501 12th St, Fairhaven). For more information and upcoming events, visit
San Juan Island: 320 acres transferred
SAN JUAN – Earlier this month, the state Board of Natural Resources approved the transfer of 320 acres of Common School trust forestland to San Juan County for $3.1 million, a move that puts the property in motion to be included in the U. S. National Park Service’s San Juan Island National Historic Park. The 320 acres of state trust land are adjacent to the English Camp unit of the federal historic park and include a 19th Century-era road used by British and American troops who jointly occupied the area until 1872. The property has been managed for the school trust by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The San Juan County Land Bank and The Conservation Fund, a private, non-profit corporation, partnered with DNR and the Park Service to facilitate the transaction.
WCD to host equine workshop, tours
WHATCOM –The Whatcom Conservation District and Horses for Clean Water will present a free horse workshop “Managing Small Acreage Pastures and Horse Health” on May 19. Information will include basic techniques for good pasture management such as how grasses grow, winter paddocks, liming, spreading compost, rotational grazing, managing small grazing areas, weed control, and fencing options.  The workshop will be held from 6 -8:30 p.m. at the Lynden Public Library,  216 4th Street Lynden. In addition, a horse farm tour will be held June 12, from 10 a.m. to noon at Broken Auger Farm in Ferndale. Guest speakers include Kulshan Vet Clinic and Local Ferrier Larry Davis. The tour will highlight good pasture rotation,  adequate acreage, mud and manure management and more. To register, contact the District at (360) 354-2035 ext 3.

Grant provides hoop tunnels for eight local farmers

WHATCOM – The Whatcom Community Foundation awarded $27,400 to purchase hoop tunnels and to evaluate the technology’s effectiveness in extending the growing season in Whatcom County. The grant was made to Sustainable Connections, the project’s fiscal sponsor, from the Foundation’s Sustainable Whatcom Fund. The tunnels are a type of greenhouse made from hooped metal covered with plastic and other insulating materials.
The hoops for the demonstration project were delivered to eight local farmers on Thursday, April 29. Participating farmers will extend the season by growing early and late season vegetables. The group will work together to collect and share data throughout the duration of the project. Participating farms, most of which have Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are: Osprey Hill Farm, Moondance Farm, Holistic Homestead Farm, Growing Washington, Nooksack Nine Farm, Rabbit Field Farm, Cedarville Farm and Terra Verde Farm.
“The high tunnel project is a great example of the community’s interest and support in our local food system and looking at ways in which we can strengthen it,” said project participant Billy Tate of Moondance Farm. “This project should be a great learning experience for farmers and the community alike… The high tunnel project is aimed at growing more food locally by extending our seasons. It will increase the amount of locally grown fruits and vegetables available during a greater portion of the year..”
Whatcom Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $7 million dollars since its inception in 1996. For more information, visit or contact the Foundation at (360) 671-6463.

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