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NW Washington Farm to Table Trade meeting Feb. 22

Feb 1st, 2013 | Category: News

WHATCOM – The Northwest Washington Farm to Table Trade Meeting will be held Friday, Feb. 22.  Covering Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan, Island counties and beyond, the trade meeting fosters direct connections for local farmers, fishers, food producers and regional buyers, and others interested in sourcing local ingredients and selling their food products. Topics and information presented includes agritourism, workplace CSA best practices for producers, local distribution and what it means for retailers and restaurants, value-added and shoulder season trends, sourcing locally, and more. Speakers include Jacqueline Cartier, of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism, with a keynote address by Hank Manriquez, Cascade Foothills Farmland Association. A round table discussion will be held at lunch, as well as one-on-one consultations with grocery, institutional, and distribution buyers, plus tabling with agriculture support professionals. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Luke’s Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway in Bellingham. Registration is $20 per person and includes a light lunch and snacks. See www.brownpapertickets.com/event/308333. A trade table is $45. For a complete agenda and details, visit www.sustainableconnections.org. The meeting is hosted by Sustainable Connections, co-sponsored by Cascade Harvest Coalition and the Northwest Agriculture Business Center with support from WSDA Specialty Crops Block Grant and the Whatcom Community Foundation.

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