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Coming up: Summer Harvest Day, Thoughtful Food barn raising, Whatcom Skillshare Faire

Aug 1st, 2015 | Category: Community

The public is invited to several events this month, highlighting seasonal work on the farm, practical skills and community.


Summer Harvest Day

On Saturday, Aug. 1 Cloud Mountain Farm Center hosts an  ‘open farm’ day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to show visitors what’s growing and happening at their Everson farm. Freshly harvested fruits and vegetables will be available for tasting, including varieties of melons, tomatoes, peaches, plums, and berries. Folks can see how they propagate nursery plants, set up rain gardens, tour the orchards, and learn about education programs and food hubs. The El Tapatio food truck will also be on site, serving Mexican food (for purchase). Admission is free and all are welcome.

Cloud Mountain is a non-profit education farm center located at  6906 Goodwin Road in Everson. For more information, call (360) 966-5859 or visit


4th Annual Bike to Farms Tour

The Skagit Valley Co-op staff has organized their 4th annual Bike to Farms Tour on Saturday, Aug. 1, giving riders the option of an 8- or 20-mile roundtrip tour. The 8-mile roundtrip tour includes three Mount Vernon farms – Skagit Flats Farm, Living Rain Farm, and Ralph’s Greenhouse. Bikers wanting to continue on for the 20-mile trip can visit Hedlin Family Farms in La Conner.

This is a free event for participants. Helmets are required, and “fat tire” bikes are recommended as they’ll be traveling on gravel and dirt roads. All riders should be 8 years and older. Participants should pre-register by calling (360) 336-5087, ext. 139.


Thoughtful Food barn raising

Thoughtful Food in Bow is hosting a party on Saturday, Aug. 8 to put the finishing touches on their new barn. Owners Jeff Richardson and Jeniffer Tobon lost their barn in a fire several months ago and have been rebuilding and reworking the farm since. They will be putting up the siding and hanging the doors. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Participants can bring a dish to share, as well as additional drills, ladders, shovels, saws, and rakes for the work party. Games will also be available for the family; all ages welcome. For more information, contact (206) 778-4290 or


Whatcom Skillshare Faire

Basic carpentry demonstration at last year’s Whatcom Skillshare Faire. COURTESY PHOTO

Basic carpentry demonstration at last year’s Whatcom Skillshare Faire. COURTESY PHOTO

The 4th annual Whatcom Skillshare Faire takes place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29-30. This weekend event includes two days of teaching and learning various practical skills, including fiber arts, beekeeping, building, raising animals, survival skills, crafts, gardening, fermentation, brewing, and much more. The new location this year is the Center for Local Self-Reliance in Fairhaven (see Daily or weekend admission applies (adults and youth $5-$25), and kids under 9 and ‘Big Kids’ over 70 walk in for free. Volunteers and presenters are wanted. There is no camping available this year, and no dogs are allowed. For more information, see or call (360) 303-4536.


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