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Scratch and Peck Feeds, itek Energy, and others open doors for Independents Tour

Jul 2nd, 2015 | Category: News

WHATCOM – Several local businesses are opening their doors to the public for tours during the Independent Business Tour this month, sponsored by Sustainable Connections. All are welcome to attend; RSVPs are not necessary. More details are available at The schedule is as follows:

• itek Energy, local manufacturer of solar panels, will show participants how solar panels are made, discuss where the materials come from and how solar works, even in the cloudy Pacific Northwest. The tour takes place Thursday, July 9 at 1 p.m. at itek Energy, 3886 Hammer Drive in Bellingham. For more about the business, see

• Scratch and Peck Feeds, the family-owned and operated mill producing feed for poultry and other animals, will show off its facility and discuss how the feed is milled, mixed and packaged, and where the ingredients come from. The tour takes place Wednesday, July 15 at 5 p.m. at 1645 Jills Court, Suite 105 in Bellingham. Scratch and Peck was the first in North America to be non-GMO certified. For more about the business, see

• Community Food Co-op Connections Building: Take a look at the new facility and hear about the renovation of the existing building from General Manager Jim Ashby on Monday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m.

• texture clothing and Ragfinery: Tour local clothing maker texture clothing and nearby Ragfinery, a non-profit training business and source for fabrics, classes and more, on Wednesday, July 22 at noon at 1425 N State Street in Bellingham.  For more information, see and

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