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The Local Dirt: June 2017

Jun 3rd, 2017 | Category: News

Over 68,000 pounds of food were donated by local residents and picked up by local mail carriers during Stamp Out Hunger on May 13, according to the Bellingham Food Bank. This was the 25th year of the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, and this year’s pick-up was a record. In Skagit County, more than 34,000 pounds of food were collected to benefit all the food banks in the County. the local dirt web

Farmer Roundtable: Small Farm Cultivation, hosted by Cloud Mountain Farm Center, will be held Wednesday, June 21 from 3-5 p.m. at Joe’s Gardens in Bellingham. This workshop presents Jason Weston, co-owner of Joe’s Gardens, who will share his experience rehabilitating Planet Jr. walking tractors. Weston will have his collection on hand to demonstrate and share how their size and versatility have improved his systems. Farmers are encouraged to share about their own systems and challenges as well for what should prove to be an inspiring discussion of weed destruction. The workshop is free to attend, made possible by a generous grant from the Lucky Seven Foundation. Please RSVP to or at (360) 966-5859 ext. 1300. Include your farm name and any specific questions you would like addressed.

Ferndale Friendship Community Garden (FFCG) is seeking a volunteer community garden manager-coordinator. The garden, started in 2008, is located near Pioneer Park and has 25 beds available to rent, a large Giving Garden dedicated to growing food for the Ferndale Food Bank, grape vines, apple trees, an herb garden, a hoop house and areas for growing crops such as corn and squashes. The garden has tools, seeds and gardeners.  The coordinator/manager would be responsible for keeping the garden on track throughout the year, and interact with the community. For more details, contact current Coordinator Gloria J. Perez at or (360) 223-3836.

The Washington State Food Truck Association partnered with the City of Everett to start the first food truck pilot program on a Wetmore Avenue lot each Friday. Visitors can check out the trucks 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To see which trucks will participate, access the schedule via Twitter @wafoodtrucklots or on Facebook: .

A new company called Fresh Plate  is fundraising. According to owner Todd McGiverin, Fresh Plate “is a local version of meal kit delivery services like Blue Apron.” If you are interested in learning more or donating, see his project on Kickstarter.

Anyone interested in guides to bees and insects will enjoy “A Citizen Science Guild to Wild Bees and Floral Visitors in Western Washington.” Part of the Home Garden Series, you can check out this new guide at

Marblemount Homestead offers homesteading and wilderness retreats and camps at their Skagit County property. For more information and to see what is available, check out

Pizza’zza Fairhaven has announced after five months of renovations, the expansion is complete. It includes two Wood Stone Ovens, 18 taps, a craft bottle shop and seating for 74. Join the grand opening on Saturday, June 10, with live music, and of course pizza!

Common Threads Farm is offering a mix of summer camps for local youth. Some scholarships are available if needed. For more information, see Common Threads Farms’ facebook page.

The berry farms are hiring for the season! See their Facebook pages and websites for more information.

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