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The Local Dirt: April 2017

Mar 31st, 2017 | Category: News

The the local dirt webBow Little Market is now called the Bow Farmers Market, and is moving its location from the Belfast Feed Store (held there the last 8 years) to Samish Bay Cheese on Bow Hill Road. Market organizers hope this move will bring them closer to the Bow/Edison center, and able to reach those in the community who need the assistance of their EBT double bucks program. For more information, see

MyShan Dairy recently gained Non-GMO Project Verified status, a process that took two years. The dairy offers Guernsey whole milk from their herd north of Lynden, selling more than 25,000 gallons annually. Their milk is available at Green Barn, Haggen stores, the Community Food Co-op and other locations. MyShan is now one of a small number of dairy farms in Washington with this verification. For more information, follow their Facebook page or visit

Overflow Taps, a local beer and wine house in Lynden, is opening a second location in Barkley Village, Bellingham. A portion of every item sold at Overflow is given back to impactful charities, especially clean drinking water. Follow their Facebook page or website ( for more information.

Scratch and Peck Feed officially moved their production facility from the Irongate district of Bellingham to Burlington, last month. The new facility in Skagit County is 40,000 square feet; more than double in square footage and production work area, and the space includes the addition of seven indoor and outdoor silos for grain and ingredient storage. The move also brings increased automation for milling feed and bagging all products. For more information about the company, see or visit their Facebook page.

Westlyn Feed’s huge snow pile finally melted. The company had offered a Facebook contest taking guesses as to the date the snow would officially be gone. They posted on March 28 that the snow pile was no more. Westlyn offers various feed and hay offerings, all locally milled, for both small and large farms. The farm is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. For more information, see or their Facebook page.

WSU Skagit County Extension will be proctoring the WSDA Private Applicator Pesticide Licensing exam at their office, 11768 Westar Lane, Suite A, Burlington on Friday, April 7 at 9:30 a.m. Participants can take the exam in either English or Spanish. Participants can reserve a spot by calling Valerie at (360) 428-4270, ext. 221. The Private Applicator licensing fee is $33 plus a $25 testing fee, payable by check or money order only to WSDA on the day of the exam. For more information about licensing, visit

Viva Farms announced the farming group are the new owners of 45 acres of nearby prime farmland in Skagit County. They thanked the community and supporters who helped with the land purchase through their Generosity campaign, including PCC Farmland Trust, New Belgium Family Foundation, RSF Social Finance, and private contributors.  Viva, a bilingual Farm Incubator, will begin renting the new acreage to farmers in 2018. They are also undergoing plans for an upgraded washing and packing station and processing services for frozen berries and fruits. Check them out online at or through their Facebook page.

In other Viva Farms news, their Practicum Course begins Tuesday, April 4. This hands-on practical course shows farmers how to grow and sell certified organic produce. Spanish interpretation is provided by WSU Skagit County Extension. Skagit Valley College credit is available for this course, too. For more details, see

Grow Whidbey, a joint project between the Good Cheer Food Bank Fresh Food on the Table Program and the South Whidbey School District Farm and Garden Program, is seeking a farm production apprentice to work at the school gardens, including the new high school garden. The School District Farm and Garden Program was started in 2013 and now teaches garden-based curriculum to over 750 students in the Elementary and Middle Schools. For more information, see

Meals on Wheels’ Irish fundraiser collected over $24,000 for the organization.  More than 70 local businesses contributed to the 2nd annual event, with all proceeds supporting the group’s work to provide meals to homebound seniors, helping with meals at community senior centers, and more. To contribute, or for more information, contact director Julie Meyes or see

Cascadian Farm is looking for a full-time, year-round manager for their roadside farm stand in Rockport. The Farm Stand is open May through October and sells farm grown produce, homemade ice cream, espresso, and snacks, with approximately 50,000 annual visitors. For more details, visit

The Clothing and Textile Advisors (CTA) of Snohomish County in partnership with Washington State University Extension 4H Youth Development are seeking donations of fabric, notions, trims, patterns, yarn, needlework items and related books for their 7th Annual Fabric Sale on Saturday, June 17. 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.

3cs Farms is hosting a Plant & Craft Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 22-23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 20 vendors will have an assortment of items available, including locally made crafts, bird houses, wood carvings, plant starts, flowers, trees, garden supplies, coffee, snacks, essential oils, and more. Kids can enjoy the fun “boat sand box.” 3cs Farms is located at 6222 Mt Baker Highway in Deming. See the Facebook event page for more information.

Bellingham Food Bank’s GARDEN PROJECT still has openings for this growing season. The Garden Project is looking for community members interested in being garden recipients,  Each year they build 25 raised bed home gardens for Bellingham residents on a limited income, free of charge. In addition to the garden, program participants receive free resources for 2 years, which includes educational workshops, organic seeds and starts, tools, growing guides, access to a garden mentor, and more. Contact Julia, Garden Project Coordinator, at (360) 393-2838 or for an application.

Bellingham Food Bank is seeking a temporary, full-time coordinator for the Small Potatoes Gleaning Project and the Food Bank Fresh farm purchasing program. Interested individuals should contact Mike Cohen, Executive Director at (360) 676-0392 or Electronic applications will be accepted until April 7 and must include a resume and cover letter.

The Bread Lab’s 2017 Grain Gathering has sold out. If you would like to receive notifications about the Grain Gathering and other events and workshops, sign up for emails at

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, in partnership with Ecotech Solar and Itek Energy, launched a “Washington Goes Solar!” campaign through April 30 to help residents learn about state and federal incentives to install solar arrays on their homes or businesses. Workshops with industry experts and a free site assessment from solar panel installers will be held Thursday, April 13 at 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 26 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 360-733-8307 ext. 206, or visit

–Grow Northwest


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