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Great Island Grown Festival: Month-long celebration of San Juan Islands

Oct 5th, 2012
Great Island Grown Festival: Month-long celebration of San Juan Islands

by Grow Northwest The farms, food and culture of the San Juan Islands are celebrated during the month-long  Great Island Grown Festival in October. Also part of the islands-wide Savor the San Juans Festival, the Island Grown event features farm fests and feasts, parades, cooking classes, barn and hatchery tours, educational workshops and more. Some
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Local dish: New cooking show visits Northwest growers

Oct 1st, 2012
Local dish: New cooking show visits Northwest growers

by Samantha Schuller There’s so much more to a meal than slice, sizzle, and serve. Director Devin Rice is creating a new food “docu-cooking” show, Savvy Chef Northwest, which proves there’s more to a quality meal than just technique. Executive chef Jeff Linscomb of Snohomish, or “Chef Jeff,” as he is known on the show,
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Farm Tours: Whatcom and Whidbey feature diverse stops

Sep 7th, 2012
Farm Tours: Whatcom and Whidbey feature diverse stops

The annual Whatcom and Whidbey Farm Tours are welcoming the public this month, offering residents and visitors a chance to enjoy and learn about local farms, wineries, dairies and more. Whatcom The Whatcom Farm Tour, organized by the Food & Farming Program through Sustainable Connections, takes place Saturday, Sept. 8. This event is a highlight
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Sumas River Farm: From school teacher to farmer

Sep 1st, 2012
Sumas River Farm: From school teacher to farmer

by Jessica Harbert Farmer Helen Solem runs Sumas River Farm, a small farm tucked off the road on the bank of the Sumas River in north Whatcom County. She grows roughly three-quarters of an acre, producing parsnips, onions, beans, zucchini, winter and summer squash, tomatoes, berries, carrots, lettuce, arugula, flowers and potatoes, among others. “I
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Colony Creek

Aug 1st, 2012
Colony Creek

by Jessamyn Tuttle Debbie Clough is a regular sight for visitors to the Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market, her Colony Creek Farm booth set up right next to the entrance. Debbie has been involved with the Mount Vernon market since its early days in Pine Square in downtown Mount Vernon. An avid gardener, she began by
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Bow Hill Blueberry Farm: Graze the days of summer

Jun 30th, 2012
Bow Hill Blueberry Farm: Graze the days of summer

by Samantha Schuller The 65-year-old blueberry bushes at Bow Hill Blueberry Farm tower up to nine feet high, loaded with miniature blueberries on long stems. “These are Rubels,” owner Harley Soltes said, “the original blueberry planted from the wild.” He and his farm cohort, wife Susan, are walking up and down the rows of bushes
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Dona Flora Herbs & Flowers: Three decades of growing

Jun 30th, 2012
Dona Flora Herbs & Flowers: Three decades of growing

by Jessica Harbert Recently relocated to a new plot in La Conner, Beth Hailey has been growing flowers, herbs and vegetables for her company, Dona Flora Herbs & Flowers, since 1981. Now growing on three different plots of land in the area, farming a total of two acres, Hailey said this is the perfect amount.
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Farmers form North Cascade Meats cooperative

Jun 30th, 2012
Farmers form North Cascade Meats cooperative

by Jessica Harbert A collective of local farms is working under North Cascade Meats, a Farmers’ Cooperative, and has started accepting members. The cooperative includes farms from three counties – Skagit, Island and Whatcom – and recently expanded to include Jefferson and Clallam. The organization’s goal is to provide a marketing arm for local, grass-fed pasteurized
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Heritage Lane: Farm’s focus on rare breeds

Jun 6th, 2012
Heritage Lane: Farm’s focus on rare breeds

by Jessica Harbert Tucked minutes from the Canadian border in dairy farm territory, Heritage Lane Farm raises and sells pork products, both fresh and frozen. The farm’s mission is to focus on rare breeds of livestock, raising pigs, sheep, chickens, turkeys and geese. Right now the farm has 50 to 60 pigs at one time,
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Hedlin’s: All in the family

Jun 1st, 2012
Hedlin’s: All in the family

by Jessamyn Tuttle It all started in 1906 when Rasmus Koudal, a cobbler from Denmark, came to La Conner to start a farm. He arrived by way of the Dakotas, says his great-granddaughter Lauren Hedlin, “but we’re glad he didn’t stay there.” He bought land, started farming and gradually added onto his parcel as he
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