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The Local Dirt: May 2016

May 4th, 2016 | Category: News

Rich Appel, co-owner of Appel Family Dairy in Ferndale, received a Farmer Community Service award at the Mariners’ game on April 29. Congratulations to Rich! Go Mariners!

The Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board has Bee-U-Tify seed packets available. To receive your free packet of these non-invasive, pollinator-friendly, easy-to-grow flowers contact noxiousweeds@agr.wa.gov. the local dirt web

If anyone believes they’ve seen a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (newly invasive species), capture it and call your local WSU Extension office to have the bug identified. The BMSB, native to the far east, is beginning to be found in the Puget Sound area, including Snohomish County.

Laurel Farm & Western Supply will hold their Annual Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday May, 7. Bring out the whole family!

Acme Farms + Kitchen is offering a new Local Flower Subscription, delivering 5 or 10 bouquets to the recipient starting on Mother’s Day. The flowers are grown by local farms Floret Flower Farm (Mount Vernon), Foothills Flowers Farm (Deming), Spring Time Farm (Everson), and Triple Wren Farms (Ferndale).

McIntyre Family Farm, of Sedro-Woolley, received a Co-op Farm Fund grant to purchase sheep shearing equipment for multi-farm use. The machine is an overhead motor shearing system with a flexible shaft. The motor runs off a 12v battery, and the shearing machine comes with a stand for the motor. The equipment is available to check out at no charge. To make a reservation, or for more information, contact McIntyrefamilyfarm@gmail.com.

The WSU Skagit County Extension Master Gardeners’ volunteer-run demonstration garden will be 20 years old this year. Mark your calendars as they plan to have a birthday party to celebrate July 22-24. A schedule of events will be released soon. The Discovery Garden is located at the WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center 16650 State Route 536 Mount Vernon, WA and is open to the public from dawn to dusk seven days a week. You are welcome to stroll through and enjoy the plants while you get inspiration for your own garden. For more details see http://ext100.wsu.edu/skagit/mg/discovery-garden/.

Bellewood Acres, of Lynden, has been put on the market. After 20 years, owners Dorie and John Belisle announced the sale of their 62-acre apple farm and business, stating they are looking for the right fit to take over as they prepare for retirement. The listed price is $5.5 million, and includes the distillery, restaurant, and gift shop. They opened the current 14,000-square-foot space on Guide Meridian in 2012.

The new Whole Foods store in Bellingham is opening May 11. Occupying the former Markets store at 1030 Lakeway Drive, Whole Foods stated they will carry food and items from 30 new local vendors from Whatcom and Skagit Counties, as well as over 300 regional vendors already carried by Whole Foods Market stores. The Grand Opening Ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. on May 11. Doors will offically open at 9 a.m.

Empty Bowls, a hunger awareness fundraiser presented by Whatcom Artists of Clay & Kiln (WACK), will be held May 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. A $15 entry fee includes soup, bread and a handmade bowl by a local artist. All proceeds benefit Bellingham Food Bank and Maple Alley Inn. The soup is by La Fiamma, Galley Fare, and Book Fare Cafe, with pretzels from Ralf’s Pretzels. Beer is available for purchase from Boundary Bay Brewery. There will also be a silent auction of platters by local ceramic artists and live music. The fundraiser is held at the The Beer Garden at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Avenue in Bellingham. For more information, see www.whatcomartistsofclayandkiln.org.

Dine Out for Maple Alley Inn is a one-day event that raises money and community support for Maple Alley Inn, a program of Opportunity Council that provides hot, healthy meals to anyone who is hungry. Folks are encouraged to “Dine Out” at participating restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Tuesday, May 3. For a list of participating restaurants visit: http://www.oppco.org/event/dine-out-for-maple-alley-inn-2016.

The Clothing and Textile Advisors (CTA) of Snohomish County in partnership with Washington State University Extension 4H Youth Development want your donations of fabric, notions, trims, patterns, yarn, needlework items and related books and magazines for their 6th Annual Fabric Sale on Saturday, June 18. The proceeds from this sale support a scholarship of $1,500 to a student in the Apparel Design and Development at Seattle Central College, Camp Stitch-a-Lot (for youth) and other community sewing programs. If you have items you’d like to donate, please contact Arlene at 425-743-0118 or Julie at 425-835-0391.

A local couple in Everson, Jennifer and Jeff Bergman, were in a horrible accident in mid-February and are fundraising for a wheelchair accessible van. The person responsible for the accident fled the scene. The couple, both with pre-existing physical disabilities, are now in an even more challenging situation. To help make a donation, see https://www.gofundme.com/jbergman-van.

Longneckers Alpacas and Fiber, of Lake Stevens, is holding a 2 day Farm & Fiber Event May 21-22. This event is educaton for guests specifically women and those interested in gardening, farming, homesteading or crafting with fiber to get education and build connections. Both days include meals, 12 seminars and two hands-on workshops, with a farm to table dinner May 21. Several vendors will also be on site. For more information, call (425) 773-8860 or visit http://www.longneckersalpacas.com.

The La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum are accepting entries for the 2016 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival. Artists are invited to enter one or more pieces for consideration in this year’s Festival: quilting, weaving, felting, knitting, paper — all types of fiber art is welcome. Deadline for entries is June 30, 2016. For more information, see the Call for Enty page at http://www.laconnerquilts.org/2016-quilt–fiber-arts-festival.html.

Snohomish County is recruiting for its Agriculture Advisory Board, which has one position available in each of the following categories: 1) Nursery Industry; 2) Commodity Crops; 3) Diking, Drainage, and Flood Control District in the Snohomish River Basin; 4) Diking, Drainage, and Flood Control District in the Stillaguamish River Basin; 5) Equine; and 6) Stillaguamish River Basin. For an application and more information, call (425) 388-3311 x2490 or visit http://snohomishcountywa.gov/130/Agricultural-Advisory-Board.

Red Wagon Diaper Service, of Bellingham, is celebrating its fifth year in business. They have worked so far with over 500 local families.

Prairie Mountain Honey Company will be teaching a Basics of Beekeeping class this summer at Skagit Valley College. Classes will start July 8. See the company’s facebook page for updates or contact SVC for class information.

The Everett Makers Market is holding a monthly pop-up market in downtown Everett featuring the work of local artists and producers. For more information, or to be considered as a vendor, see their Faceook page or email everettmakersmarket@gmail.com. The group has also planned a block party on June 18 from noon to 6 p.m. in front of the Sno-Isle Natural Foods Cooperative.

Barn2Door, opened in July 2015,  is a web-based store available to farmers, ranchers, fishers and producers to sell their food and items. The first 30 days are free, thereafter it is $10 per month or $96 per year. B2D states there is no margin or markup on farmers’ food sales.​ ​For more information, see the website at barn2door.com or email email hello@barn2door.com.

Northwest Garden Bling in Concrete invites you to join the fun at the annual “Spring Fling” through May 8.  Open 10 to 5, but closed Wednesday and Thursday. See their Facebook page for more information.

—Becca Schwarz Cole


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