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The Local Dirt: November 2018

Nov 2nd, 2018 | Category: News

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 24! Get out and support your favorite local small businesses. the local dirt web

Flo Dahlstedt and Anna Scott, Soroptimist Club members of Burlington, made an Old Barns of Skagit 2019 Calendar and it’s for sale! Each calendar is only $25 each with all of the proceeds going to the service club – Soroptimist International of Burlington, WA.  If you’d like to buy one, see the Facebook page or stop in at Melody’s Flowers, Recycled Maggie’s and Stowe’s in old town Burlington, Tulip Valley Winery and Embellish in downtown Mount Vernon. .

The Whatcom Farmer Rally 2018 will be Thursday, Nov. 8 from 4:30-9 p.m. at the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center, 1775 Front St, Lynden. Hosted by Save Family Farming and Whatcom Family Farmers. Help keep up the fight for farming’s future. Enjoy the Fastest Farmer competition, dinner from Double Barrel BBQ, beer from Kulshan Brewing Co. , refreshments, and door prizes. The evening includes a presentation by US Navy Captain (Retired) Doug Kunzman, who served 18 tours of duty around the globe, and is now a locally-based consultant. For more information, see the Facebook event page.

The Sedro-Woolley Community Thanksgiving Dinner, hosted by Helping Hands Food Bank, will be Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22 from 12:30-3 p.m. All are welcome to come to the new Helping Hands Solution Center for a community thanksgiving meal. Volunteers and sponsors are needed. Please contact Miranda at 360-856-2211 if you would like to help. Helping Hands Food Bank is located at 9386 Fruitdale Road in Sedro-Woolley.

Dr. Temple Grandin is returning to our northwest corner in January for the Country Living Expo and will have two speaking engagements. She will  be speaking on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Everett Civic Auditorium in Everett at 7p.m. To purchase tickets, please go to: She speak the following day at the Country Living Expo on Saturday, Jan. 26. Registration for the Expo – which includes 5 learning sessions, a lunch, trade show and more – will be posted at

The Community Food Co-op said goodbye to Jim Ashby, who last month retired from his job as the Co-op’s general manager. He was the Co-op’s first GM and started in 1985. All the best to Jim in his retirement. The new manager, Adrienne Renz, was the co-op’s outreach manager since 2012.

Tis the season. Van Wingerden’s Nursery in Blaine is growing thousands of their annual poinsettias. See their Facebook page for beautiful photos, and sign up for their Nov. 10 event to view the greenhouses.

The Farmer Chef Meet & Greet is Wednesday, Nov. 7, 6-8 p.m. at Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Farmers, chefs, fishermen, grocery professionals, and food artisans are invited for an evening of facilitated networking, good food and drink, and getting more connected. RSVP to

USDA Value Added Producer Grant Boot Camp will be Thursday, Nov. 15 at Skagit Farmers Supply in Burlington. Participants will learn about the USDA Value Added Producer Grant program. Brandon Hoffman, Business and Loan Specialist for the USDA will make an in-depth presentation of the entire program, how it works, and how to prepare an application. Jeff Voltz, Project Manager for NABC will present how to prepare a feasibility study based on USDA guidelines, and a business plan model that will support your preparation of a grant application. A panel discussion with local producers include Melissa Moeller, Owner, Misty Meadows Farm, Susan Soltes, Owner, Bow Hill Blueberries, and Dorcas Young, Owner, Lesedi Farm. Registration is $25 per person. Sign up at

Looking for holiday cooking classes? Try the Community Food Co-op and the King Arthur Flour Baking School at the Bread Lab. Classes include soups and squash, cookies and pie crusts. Enjoy!

Bow Hill Blueberries enjoyed being featured in O Magazine.  Congrats!

For those wanting to save the date for the 2019 Whatcom County Small Farm Expo, mark down Saturday, March 9 at the Northwest Washington Fairground in Lynden. The event is free and includes presentations and a trade show.

–Grow Northwest

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