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The Local Dirt: December 2019

Dec 2nd, 2019 | Category: News

Thanks to the King Arthur Flour “Bake for Good” team for all their work with local elementary school students and teachers! This team has visited several local schools in Whatcom County over the last month, including showing 4th and 5th graders how to bake. The students went home with their own baking kits and excited to make items including bread, rolls, cinnamon rolls and pizza. They also baked items to donate to food banks and community meal programs. What a great program!the local dirt web

The 3rd annual Whatcom Creamery Crawl is Saturday, Dec. 7. Twin Sisters Creamery, Appel Farms, Ferndale Farmstead, and Pleasant Valley have teamed up to bring drawings for prizes, samples, giveaways, complimentary food and beverages, great discounts, and shopping made easy and delicious. Stop by Appel Farms Cheese (6605 Northwest Driver, Ferndale) between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy!

The Washington Small Fruit Conference and Lynden Ag Show runs Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 4-6 at the NW Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. This three-day conference  will share the latest relevant research and information for small fruit growers in WA, OR, and B.C. Lunch is provided each day. This conference is presented in association with the Lynden Ag Show, a trade show featuring vendors serving the small fruit community. For more information, see

Friends of the Anacortes Library Art Committee is Calling for Artists for an exhibit in the Community Room of the Anacortes Public Library. Artists residing in the 98221 zip code may submit digital photos of their two dimensional art for consideration by December 5, 2019. The exhibit will be January through March, 2020. An Artists’ Reception will be in the Community Room on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2020, from 1-2:30 p.m. The public will be invited to meet the artists and to view their work. Request an application at

Robert Koch has a photo exhibit at the Old Town Cafe in Bellingham. The exhibit will be on display Dec. and Jan. It is titled “Resting The Mind.”

The 2019 Greenbooks from the Washington State Department of Agriculture are in. Each county received an limited amount of these updated handbooks in print, outlining regulations and strategies for small farmers. The online version will soon be available here:

Whidbey Island Grown is hosting a celebration at Orchard Kitchen on Dec. 3. This year end meeting and celebration includes potluck appetizers and desserts. See for more information.

Sustainable Connections is hosting a shindig on Wednesday, Dec. 18 to celebrate local farmers and the farmer training programs through Sustainable Connections and Cloud Mountain Farm Center. All are welcome. They meet at the Rome Grange, 2821 Mount Baker Highway, Bellingham from 5-8 p.m.

Lydia’s Flock presents their first ever lambing basics course on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This course is for those who are preparing for their first lambing season or would like to refresh their lambing knowledge. Registration is $80. Contact for more information or see the farm’s website at

The Eat Local First Campaign by Sustainable Connections has expanded to partner with Seattle-based nonprofit Tilth Alliance and the Local Food Trust of the Olympic Peninsula. Eat Local First is a collective marketing campaign that promotes locally grown, raised, harvested and made products. The campaign was started in 2011 and currently includes more than 130 businesses in Whatcom and Skagit counties. To get involved or learn more, visit

In partnership with HumanLinks Foundation, Tilth Alliance is accepting applications for 2020 Grants from the WA State Organic and Sustainable Farming Fund. The goal of this grant program is to enhance the operations of farmers practicing responsible and progressive methods, with priority given to small operations with approximately 40 acres or less in production. View the criteria and more information in the grant information packet at Applications must be postmarked or received electronically no later than Jan. 18, 2020.

–Grow Northwest

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