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The Local Dirt: August 2016

Aug 3rd, 2016 | Category: News

the local dirt webNinety Farms is hosting its Northwest Classic Sheepdog Trial on Friday through Sunday, Aug. 12-14. Come out to a working sheep farm for the day and watch handlers communicate to their stockdogs at distances over 400 yards to navigate a group of sheep through an international sheepdog course. Ninety Farms is located at 22912 67th Ave NE in Arlington.

San Juan Island fine artist Annie Adams is creating a mural on a large wall in Friday Harbor depicting the farming history of the islands. Annie, who previously created two historic murals, is seeking interesting historic photos. The mural will be created on the Blair Street Wall, between the Post Office and Spring Street. If you have photos you’d like to share, contact Annie Adams at funkon@rockisland.com or 378-2638.

Local resident Matt Aamot is raising money for his sheep dairy startup. Aamot, a veteran and former owner of the Hannegan Farm and Home store, is in the early stages purchasing the initial foundation herd animals and completing fencing. He hopes to buy East Fresian sheep from Ring of Trees Farm. For more information or to make a donation, see https://www.gofundme.com/2fccnmve.

Fiber Day is coming to the Bow Little Market on Aug. 18. Fiber farmers and artists are encouraged to vend for free if they demo their fiber craft. Family-friendly activities will be available, allowing kids to explore and learn about fiber. The focus this year will be on weaving demos, but spinning, dyeing, fiber processing, knitting, crocheting and much more will be on display. Fleece, yarn and other products will be available from local vendors as well. See bowlittlemarket.com.

Growing Washington has immediate openings for part-time delivery drivers for routes from their Everson farm to Seattle markets. Full-time positions also available for the right candidates. Applicants must have a clean driving record. For more information, contact kristi@growingwashington.org.

Appel Family Dairy is taking a poll via its Facebook page to learn more about consumers’ feelings about large ag and dairy farms, specifically the general public’s perception of “factory” farms verses “small” farms in regards to dairy farms. See their page to take the survey.

The Mount Vernon Farmers Market will hold its FARM FOOD FEUD event on Saturday, Aug. 20. This competition for local chefs uses a “mystery basket” full of market produce to prepare a delicious recipe in a timed competition. The dishes will be tasted and judged by three qualified judges and the winner will be awarded a $100 prize. See mountvernonfarmersmarket.org.

The Skagit Valley Food Co-op is hosting its annual Bike to Farm Tour on Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will be visiting four local farms: Skagit Flats Farm, Living Rain Farm, Ralph’s Greenhouse, and Hedlin Family Farms. Co-op staff will be leading the tour, offering a meet up with farmers from each farm. The event is free and open to riders 8 years and older. Register at http://www.skagitfoodcoop.com/event/annual-bike-farm-tour/.

The annual Whatcom Skillshare Faire has turned into the 5th annual Cascadia Skillshare and Barter Faire, set for Sept. 16-18 at the Circus Arts Quarry Land in Alger. The move in name and location allows for the event to resume camping and other activities. The annual festival offers a place to learn and teach all kinds of useful, handy, and practical skills. Anyone interested in volunteering or participating should contact Terri Wilde at (510) 926-0468.

The Anacortes Food Co-Op Woven Dream is open and are seeking more local vendors. Email wovendreamscoop@gmail.com, stop by the store at 818 Commercial Ave., or call (360) 333-7777.

Twin Sisters Creamery is celebrating their one year anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 6 with an Open House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Twin Sisters is located at 6202 Portal Way in Ferndale and can be reached at (360) 656-5240.

 

Published in the August 2016 issue of Grow Northwest

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