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The Local Dirt: February 2019

Feb 4th, 2019 | Category: News

The Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation have added the trade name NW Fruit and will be using it more often for the organization. According to the group’s Facebook page, “NW Fruit is easier to say and is more meaningful to people who have not heard of us before than WWFRF.”the local dirt web

Conservation Practices for Whatcom County Pig Farms will be held Thursday, Feb. 21. Visit with the Whatcom Conservation District, invited experts from veterinary and agronomy professions, and local farmers, including Alluvial Farms, Bittersweet Farm, and pastured pork researchers from Kwantlen Polytechnic Institute in British Colombia. Discuss techniques to manage deterioration of vegetative ground cover, soil compaction, high nutrient input, irregular nutrient distribution and nutrient losses to ground water and to the atmosphere. It starts at 6 p.m. at the  Ten Mile Grange, Lynden. RSVP (encouraged) to Corina Cheever, or 360-526-2381 ext. 104.

Plantas nativa is now open in their new location at 315 E. Champion Street in Bellingham. See their website at or call (360) 715-9655.

The Northwest Flower and Garden Show: Gardens of the World will be Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 20-24 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Participants can enjoy 20 fully landscaped display gardens, 100 free world-class seminars, and thousands of treasures in the garden and vintage marketplaces. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For tickets and more information, see Several local nurseries are hosting trips to the Show, including the Garden Spot Nursery in Bellingham. They are offering a trip with owner Marcy and friends from The Garden Spot, arriving early to avoid the crowds. After the  show, participants can enjoy a drink and food on the bus.  The fee of $89 includes early entry ticket to the show, transportation, drinks, snacks and a special Garden Spot shoulder bag full of goodies.  Call (360) 676-5480 for more information.

The Puget Sound Food Hub is seeking a General Manager. For more information about the Puget Sound Food Hub Cooperative and the General Manager position, visit Send inquiries about the position to

SHOEIN SHOP is now open at Laurel Farm And Western Supply. Haul your horses to a clean safe environment where Larry Davis and Matt Eldridge offer a full service Farrier shop. Contact Matt at 360-815-1047 or Larry at 360-319-1981 to make an appointment.

Brown Bag seminar: A vision for AgWeatherNet, west of the Cascades will be held Monday, Feb. 4. How does the role and purpose of AgWeatherNet evolve at a time when weather sensors and data are widely available? Dr. David Brown, Director of WSU AgWeatherNet and Associate Professor of Crop and Soil Sciences, Washington State University, will present information at noon. Sakuma Auditorium located at WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center. Call 360-848-6120 with questions.

Northwest Garden Bling’s annual Mosaic Challenge will begin Feb. 1. Entrants have until April 30 to complete the challenge. The entries will then be judged and displayed throughout our Annual “Spring Fling”.  Stop by the shop any time in Concrete to enter or ask questions. Call  (360) 708-3279 for more information.

The Snohomish County Clothing & Textiles Advisors are offering $7,000 in grants and scholarships this year. CTAs are trained volunteers who provide clothing, textile and needle arts education to the general public. Two scholarships of $2,500 each are available for deserving fabric design students at Seattle Central College’s (SCC) School of Apparel Design and Development for the 2019-2020 school year. In addition, $2,000 in grants are available for organizations that support clothing and textile education or that sew for charitable purposes. The primary source for scholarship and grant money is the annual Snohomish County CTA Fabric Sale. This year’s sale will be held June 15 at the Valley View Bible Church in Everett. The fabric sale is made possible through donations from the community. For more information about the grants, donations, or being a member contact

The Skagit Valley Food Co-op presents Movie Night at the Co-op, a free film series every Wednesday night in February. The movies are: Feb. 6: A Plastic Ocean; Feb. 13: Seeds of Time; Feb. 20: Vanishing of the Bees; and Feb. 27: Sustainable Food Film. Movies take place on the 3rd floor of the Co-op Building, in room 309. The movies start at 7 p.m. Snacks and light refreshments provided.

Registration is now open for Spring Break camps through Common Threads. Camps include Farm Camp, Camp Honey, and Preschool in the Garden. Camps will be running at The Outback again this year, and include different age groups starting at age 3 up to older elementary school. View information about camps, registration, or scholarships at

Tide to Table: A Valentine’s Salish Feast, hosted by Whatcom Working Waterfront Coalition, will be Saturday, Feb. 16 from 5-9:30 p.m. at Bellingham Yacht Club’s Marina Room overlooking Squalicum Harbor, 2625 S Harbor Loop Dr, Bellingham. The evening includes an oyster bar hosted by Drayton Harbor Oyster Company, a seafood main course grilled by Jay Bornstein of Bornstein Seafoods, dishes catered by Blanchard Mountain Catering, a dessert dash, silent auction, and a full-service bar. Tickets are available through

Goods Nursery and Produce has teamed up with @bellinghamhandmade to host a weekly Sunday Market.  They are seeking local artists, artisans and other vendors are to fill slots. For more information, see

Ferndale High School FFA students, with FFA Advisors Tony Torretta and Mitch Davis, visited Edaleen Dairy and its farm anaerobic digester facility in January. The group shared on their Facebook page, “The digester, built by Regenis, an Andgar company, converts methane gas from cow manure into biogas for electricity which is then sent back to the power grid where it provides power for 400 homes. Regenis employees Craig Frear and Mike Apol led the students through the facility, tracking the path of the manure as it is treated. The Edaleen dairy farm is home to 1,800 cows that provide 75,000 gallons of waste each day. The digester allows the farm to convert manure into energy, remove it from the waste stream and turn it into usable energy and other safe byproducts. Students learned about anaerobic bacteria, cellular respiration and other scientific concepts behind the process of converting waste to energy.”

La Conner is preparing for its annual Daffodil Festival in March. The blooms are coming soon! Stay up to date with the bloom map at

–Grow Northwest


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