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Old Silvana Creamery keeps it the old-fashioned way

Jun 4th, 2014 | By
Old Silvana Creamery keeps it the old-fashioned way

by Jessamyn Tuttle Jim Sinnema’s family has been in the dairy business longer than he’s been alive. “My dad started the dairy back in 1963,” he said. The family ran a dairy in Duvall when he was born in 1970, then in 1977 moved to a new farm in Silvana in the Stillaguamish river valley.
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Lynden’s Vander Haak Dairy awarded

Jun 1st, 2014 | By

LYNDEN – A Lynden dairy farm has received national recognition for its anaerobic digestion system, the first of its kind in Washington state. Vander Haak was awarded the “Outstanding Achievement in Renewable Energy” award during the 3rd annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards sponsored by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. The system turns manure into
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Milk Makers Fest: Students learn about local dairy

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By
Milk Makers Fest: Students learn about local dairy

Adult-only session offered April 22 by Grow Northwest Each April, the annual Milk Makers Fest brings 1st grade students to the dairy farm. The Whatcom County Dairy Women hold the event for both public and homeschooled students to learn about the milking process and daily life on a dairy farm, including care, feed, irrigation, fertilizing crops,
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Wonderful Woolies fiber sale and open house April 12

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By

Spinners Eden Farm will host its annual fiber sale and open house on Saturday, April 12, featuring a number of northwest Washington farms. Spinners Eden Farm raises award-winning registered CVM (California Variegated Mutant)/Romeldale sheep. Along with breeding stock, they sell raw fleece, roving, and other wool products.  The annual event is also an open house,
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Snohomish County growers sought for on-farm compost trials

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By

SNOHOMISH – The WSU Compost Outreach Project is conducting on-farm trials to study the effects of compost application on crops and provide local growers an opportunity to try commercially-produced compost. Specialty Crop Block Grant funding from the WSDA has directed the focus towards specialty crop trials. The Project is also seeking Non-Specialty crop growers including
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Cascadia Mushrooms offers tour

Nov 6th, 2013 | By

BELLINGHAM – Cascadia Mushrooms Tour is offering a tour of its growing facility on Sunday, Nov. 10. Participants can meet the farmers and get a hands-on education in growing Shiitake mushrooms at home. The crew will guide workshop “students” through the mushroom houses and give a behind-the-scenes look at how specialty mushrooms are grown and
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Farm Tours: Family-friendly fun in your county

Sep 10th, 2013 | By
Farm Tours: Family-friendly fun in your county

On the cusp of fall, a number of local farms open their doors to the public each year, inviting visitors to see and learn about local agriculture and life on the farm. Family-friendly and self-guided, these free events provide a hands-on experience for all ages. See what’s happening in your county this season. Port Susan
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Spring Jubilee tour features 11 farms, nurseries

May 2nd, 2013 | By

STANWOOD – Presented by the Port Susan Food & Farming Center, Spring Jubilee Farm Tour on May 11-12 is a self-guided tour of nurseries and farms in Silvana, Stanwood and on Camano Island. The public is invited to meet the community’s food producers, tour their family-owned farms, learn about sustainable growing practices, and taste farm-fresh
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CSAs: What’s available in your county this season

Apr 19th, 2013 | By
CSAs: What’s available in your county this season

A number of local farms offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, in which residents or businesses can subscribe for a season’s worth of produce. Most CSA options provide weekly boxes, with shares purchased up front or on an agreed payment plan. The content of the boxes differ from farmer to farmer, but generally include vegetables and
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Sakuma Brothers Farms seeks perfect cup of tea

Jan 9th, 2013 | By
Sakuma Brothers Farms seeks perfect cup of tea

Tea samples, research at Jan. 12 presentation by Samantha Schuller Sakuma Brothers Farms has been growing berries in the Northwest since 1915. Home to acres and acres of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, as well as apples, the Burlington farm is also growing tea plants, Camellia sinensis. The hardy evergreen tea shrub is, just as it
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