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The Local Dirt: March 2019

Feb 28th, 2019 | Category: News

The 5th annual La Conner Daffodil Festival will be held throughout the month, celebrating the season’s blooming fields of daffodils in the Skagit Valley. Activities and events include: “Pi Day” A La Mode (March 14), La Conner Chamber Fundraiser pie and ice cream social and silent auction; 5th Annual Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride (March 16); Youth Jazz Concert at Maple Hall (March 23); Time Capsule 2019: Skagit County Historical Museum (March 28); and Skagit Farm to Pint Fest (March 30). Check out the photo contest and entries, too. For a schedule and map with locations of fields in bloom, stop by the La Conner Visitor Information Center or visit the local dirt web

Goat University 2019, a one-day clinic on all things goats, will be held Saturday, April 20 at the Island County Fair Grounds on Whidbey Island. Registration will be available for all ages, with a variety of classes offered. Goat University is presented by Four Seasons Farm 4-H Club. Details are still being finalized. For more information, contact or

Registration is now open for Lydia’s Flock 2019 Beginning Shepherding course. They will be offering classes in June and August and have added a couple of need based scholarship spaces to each date. Course and registration information and a link to the scholarship application can be found online at

Alluvial Farms, owned and operated by Katie Pencke and Matthew McDermott in Everson, are hosting butcher and chef Kristina Glinoga for a workshop on Tuesday, April 11. She will demonstrate basic butchery techniques on a whole carcass. Participants will meet the farmers, learn about animal husbandry and welfare, workers’ rights (from farmers to meat packers to chefs), and how to utilize every bit of an animal to maximize deliciousness and value. The event will take place at Bellingham Technical College, in partnership with School of Culinary Arts. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and a round of beverages will be provided. Each participants will also take home two pounds of fresh, housemade sausage, featuring Alluvial Farms’ well-raised local pork. The workshop will be 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Bellingham Technical College Culinary School, 3028 Lindbergh Ave, Bellingham (Building G, Room 105). To register, see the farm’s website.

Snohomish County Clothing Textile Advisors are preparing for their 9th Annual Fabric Sale to be held June 15, 2019 in Everett. Now they are collecting donations of fabric, notions, needlework, yarn, related supplies and equipment. Proceeds will go to local scholarships, grants and sewing classes. Call Arlene, 425-743-0118 or Julie, 425-835-0391 for additional details. The 2019 sale will provide limited early shopping admission.  For more information about early admission contact:

It’s time for Chick Days at CHS Northwest. Starting Friday, March 1, and running through Sunday, March 10, CHS Northwest are celebrating everything chick related. From March 1 through March 10, when you buy two chicks you will get one free at CHS locations in Whatcom County.

Skagit Valley Food Co-op’s 2019 Wellness Fair & Sale will be Saturday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s a free day of fun and hands-on learning at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op. Experience hands-on classes, get free samples, and get one-on-one advice from local wellness experts. All Wellness Department items will be 25 percent off. This day’s workshops include in Room 309 include: 11:30 a.m. – Wellness with Essential Oils | Michelle Mahlerl 12:30 p.m. – Curious About Keto? | Ancient Nutrition; 1:30 p.m. – Nourishment with Fermentation, Jennie Bryan-Goforth. Workshops in Room 310 include: 11:30 a.m. – Stress & Digestion | Isabel Castro; and 12:30 p.m. – The Happiness Principle | Regina Zwilling.

Wellness experts on the 3rd floor include: Jennie Bryan-Goforth, WSU Consumer Food Safety & Preservation’s Healthy Living Coordinator; Regina Zwilling, Zwilling Health; Michelle Mahler, Circle of Healing Essential Oils; Joan Barlow, Native Springs Spa Boutique; Kelly Nickerson, Bloom Apothecary; Karl Mincin, Nutritionist;  Susan Pole, Love Your Light; Valerie Rose, Vera Wellness Center; Isabel Castro, Ayurvedic Health Center; and others.

Bellingham Food Bank’s Garden Project is recruiting for garden recipients and volunteers.  This community building program installs free home gardens for Bellingham residents on a limited income and provides all that is needed  to successfully grow one’s own produce. Organic seed and vegetable starts, tools, educational resources and mentors are provided.  Every year 25 new households join the program, and participants receive two years of support. If you are interested in becoming a garden recipient or volunteering as a garden mentor, garden builder or Spanish interpreter, please call soon. Spaces are limited. For more information or to request an application call Julia Raider at (360) 393-2838 or email

Maple Rock Farm is hosting a Cultivation and Weed Control Workshop on March 8. Presentation by Chris Benedict of WSU Extension and cultivation equipment demonstration by John Steward of Maple Rock Farm, of Orcas Island. Learn about principles and practical aspects of managing weeds efficiently and economically in vegetable crop production. Lunch provided if you RSVP by March 6. RSVP or questions to 360-370-7667.

Mount Vernon Farmers Market is seeking vendors for the 2019 season. Interested farmers, growers, producers, artisans and food vendors can review policies and fill out a vendor application at

Viva Farms’ 2019 Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture, a hands-on, land-based bilingual course, will begin April 9 and run through November. Information and applications are available online at

A free PSA Grower Training will be held Mount Vernon on March 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at WSU Northwest Research and Education Center. The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course. There is no cost for attendance thanks to funding from the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Register at—Mount-Vernon.

–Grow Northwest

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