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The Local Dirt: October 2016

Oct 1st, 2016 | Category: News

Whatcom Artists of Clay and Kiln (WACK) is raising money for their new Rancho Corvid Community Wood Kiln Project. The group intends to break ground on a wood-fired kiln in Maple Falls  in late fall 2016. Funds are being raised through Kickstarter, with a deadline date of  Oct. 18 to raise $16,000. Backer receive gifts including mugs, bricks, and more. To donate to the project, visit kickstarter.com and search WACK. the local dirt web

Mama’s Garden is hosting their 10th annual Harvest Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9. Entry is free to their farm at 2600 Valley Highway in Acme. Visitors can take a hay wagon ride, pick out your favorite pumpkin, enjoy kid activities, horse rides, animals, food and more. Sweet treats, homemade pies, breads, baked goods, caramel apples and more will also be available.

Common Threads’ 7th Annual School Garden Harvest Dinner takes place at Whatcom Middle School cafeteria on Thursday, Oct. 20. The meal will be kid-grown and kid-prepared, with produce coming from Common Threads’ 17 partner school gardens. All members of the community are most welcome. The event includes music, games, and garden tours, as well as The Bellingham Community Food Co-op’s fabulous Real Food Show. Tickets are available on eventbrite.com.

The Shakedown at 1212 N. State St. in Bellingham is hosting a pop-up market on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 1-6 p.m. Come celebrate the harvest moon with crafters, artists and more.

The Pickford Film Center hosts its annual Doctober, a month-long celebration of documentaries including a few agricultural showings. For the complete schedule, see http://www.pickfordfilmcenter.org.

Jonasson Farm is hosting the Producer’s Fleece Sale on Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 17543 Peterson Road, Burlington,  Quality, soft fleeces consigned by local producers will be available and will include white and natural colored fine, medium, and long wool sheep as well as white and natural colored mohair from Angora goats.  Also available will be dyed and processed fiber.

Ragfinery is hosting Green Eileen on Saturday, Oct. 15. The pop-up shop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will feature close to 500 garments made by Green Eileen, with 10 percent of the sales donated to Ragfinery. Green Eileen’s recycled clothing program reduces environmental impact and generates income to support programs that improve the lives of women and girls. Learn more about Green Eileen at greeneileen.org.

Viva Farms is hosting a screening of the documentary film Ingredients at the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon on Nov. 17. Described as “a seasonal exploration of the local food movement,” the film was a selection of 12 film festivals across the United States, including the New York United Film Festival, the Washington, DC Environmental Film Festival, and the Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival. The event includes a short documentary on Viva Farms followed by a discussion. Locally produced beer, wine and cider will also be served.   Tickets are available at the Lincoln Theatre Box Office or from the Lincoln Theatre website.

The Whatcom Food Network will host a forum on Nov. 17 at the Whatcom County Public Work Building, 322 N. Commercial Street, Bellingham, from 1-5 p.m. The forum includes a presentation by the Center for Good Food Purchasing as well a towards zero food waste session led by industry expert Mark Peterson. The Whatcom Food Network holds two forums each year. For more information, see http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/foodnetwork/.

Long-time champion pumpkin grower, Joel Holland of Sumner tipped the scales with his 1,458 pound behemoth at Christianson Nursery’s annual Giant Pumpkin Festival on Sept. 24, however he was disqualified because his entry had a hole in the blossom end that went into the cavity. If it wasn’t for the disqualification, Holland’s pumpkin would have been the heaviest pumpkin to ever win this event. Holland did win the Howard Dill award for the “Prettiest Pumpkin.” The first place prize went to Dick Kilburn, from Anacortes who’s pumpkin weighed in at 1,165 pounds. He took home $1,000 first prize. Another local, Harm DeVries from Mount Vernon took home second place and $500 for his 918 pound giant, and Lee Roof from Coupeville placed third at 897.5 pounds. Other locals in the top 10 include: Joan Devries of Mount Vernon , 5th place, 504.5 pounds; Matt Radach of Camano Island, 8th place, 278 pounds; Glenn Snodgrass of Lynden,  9th place, 248.5 pounds; and Mike Radach of Oak Harbor, 10th place, 224 pounds. In addition to giant pumpkins, Bob Risi of Enumclaw brought in a giant beet, marrow, water melon, rutabaga and field pumpkin tipped the scales at over 50 pounds each. Giant tomatoes came in at over four pounds.


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