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The Local Dirt: November 2019

Nov 4th, 2019 | Category: News

It’s time to celebrate Small Business Saturday on Saturday, Nov. 30! Head to your favorite businesses and support them on this day. the local dirt web

Do you want to reserve a local turkey? Osprey Hill Farm, of Acme, and Oak Meadows Farm, of Ferndale, have some available, but act fast because reservations are filling. Contact them through their websites below: Osprey Hill Farm:; Oak Meadows Farm:

Whatcom Family Farmers hosts their annual Farmer Rally, an evening of celebration and supporting farming’s future in Whatcom County, on Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Northwest Washington Fair Expo Building. The annual membership meeting starts at 4:30 p.m., followed by a social hour with appetizers and drinks at 5 p.m., dinner from Double Barrel BBQ at 6 p.m., followed by the Fastest Farmer Contest, a look back at what was accomplished this year, and a preview of what’s to come in 2020! Follow their Facebook page for more information.

The Whatcom Conservation District presents Winter Mud Management, in its next installment of the Farm Speaker Series on Thursday, Nov. 14. Mud happens. Are you knee deep? WCD can help! Join them for a free workshop to learn about resources available locally to help farmers prepare for the rainy season including rebates for barn gutters and heavy use area footing, pasture soil testing, tarps for manure piles, small farm grants, and more. The event runs 6-8 p.m. at the Everson Auction Barn in Everson. RSVP is suggested to Katie Pencke, or 360-526-2381 x105.

Are you interested in creating a gingerbread house entry at the Port of Bellingham’s annual Holiday Festival? The gingerbread house contest is free and open to bakers of all abilities and ages. The Entry Form Deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 27. The structures are due on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 and will be on display  Friday  through Sunday, Dec. 6-8, 2019. The optional themed category is “Movies” or you may choose to enter another category. Ribbons are awarded for the top three in each category: Business/nonprofit: Professional baker/caterer; Adult; Senior citizen (65 years and older); Family; Youth grades 9-12; Youth grades 4-8; Youth grades and K-3; and Youth five years and under. Many of the gingerbread house contest entries are donated to a silent auction that runs throughout the three-day festival. For full information, see

The Mt. Baker Beekeepers Association (MBBA) meets monthly on the third Wednesday evening at Gateway Center Suites (usually the third floor meeting room) at 1313 E. Maple Street in Bellingham (across from Boomer’s Drive-In). Meetings are free and open to the public.  Right now, as Fall is upon us and Winter approaches, the topics, information and issues for discussion concern getting your hives ready to ride out Winter and be ready to thrive when Spring comes. For more information, see

Save the date! The 2020 Cattlemen’s Winterschool and Country Living Expo will be Saturday, Jan. 25! Check out 175+ classes to choose from focused on skills and practical living, with a lunch and trade show, and more. The class schedule is still being finalized, so that information as well as the featured keynote speaker will be shared soon. Included in this annual event is the Chicken and Duck Egg Weigh Off sponsored by Conway Feed, as well as the Fiber Palooza, with awards given in all fiber categories. Registration costs $75 (early bird special $70) for adults and $40 for youth (discounted rate of $10 for youth ages 12-18 needing scholarship help). Registration includes six workshops per person, large trade show to meet with local and regional agricultural and business vendors, prime rib or vegetarian lunch, and snacks. The Expo is hosted by Stanwood FFA, and presented by WSU Livestock Master Foundation, WSU Extension and the Cattlemen’s Association. To register and view classes, visit For more information, call Skagit County Extension at (360) 428-4270 ext 0.

The Drayton Harbor Shellebration will be Friday, Dec. 13, hosted by Whatcom Conservation District and Whatcom County Public Works. Join your community and celebrate the three-year anniversary of lifted shellfish harvesting restrictions in Drayton Harbor, as well as additional lifted restrictions that went into place in October. This free event will include refreshments, oyster samples courtesy of the Drayton Harbor Oyster Company, and the presentation of community awards. Community awards ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. This event will be outdoors so please dress to stay warm and dry. The event runs 4-6 p.m. at H Street Plaza located in downtown Blaine. See the Facebook event page for more information.

The San Juan WSU Extension presents a Vet Skills Workshop – Poultry Health and First Aid on Saturday, Dec. 14. Laura Chen, DVM, WSU Avian Health Lab, will discuss how to spot and manage common diseases and parasites, as well as basic first aid, biosecurity and safe handling, anatomy and physiology, and diagnostic lab submission information. Time TBD, at the Eastsound Fire Hall, 45 Lavender Lane in Eastsound on Orcas Island. For more information, contact 360-370-7664.

The Skagit Valley Food Co-op Board of Directors has named Tony White as the new General Manager, starting in January 2020. Todd Wood, their General Manager of over 40 years, will be retiring in February. Tony has over 20 years of management experience at Hanover Co-op in New Hampshire, where he served as the Director of Operations, overseeing four stores, a commissary kitchen, and two co-op owned auto service stations. For the last three years, Tony worked as a consultant for National Cooperative Grocers to help strengthen other co-ops across the country. Best wishes and many thanks to Tony as he retires, and congrats to Todd!

Sedro-Whoolleyville presents the Magic of Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 3-8 p.m. Join us for our annual holiday Whobilation as Sedro-Whoolleyville presents the Magic of Christmas!  Enjoy the Ugly Sweater Dash, caroling and artwork from Mary Purcell Elementary students, face painting, train rides, pony rides, balloon artists, crafts, parade, tree lighting and a meet and greet with Santa!  Watch out for our green friend, The Grinch! See the Facebook page for more information.


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