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Our farm: Thoughtful Food rebuilds

Jan 4th, 2016
Our farm: Thoughtful Food rebuilds

by Jeff Richardson This year has been a rollercoaster ride for our farm, Thoughtful Food, as we recovered from a devastating barn fire in February. The cause of the fire was never determined, but the result was destruction of the housing for our pigs and cattle, the loss of all our equipment, and the death
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Highwater Farm hosts seed symposium

Sep 3rd, 2015

MOUNT VERNON – Highwater Farm will host a seed symposium on Saturday, Oct. 3, bringing together seed industry colleagues, policy advocates, and farmers for a speakers’ roundtable, as well as an Open House with a mini workshop about seed identification, harvest and threshing techniques, and more. Door open at 11 a.m. The speakers’ roundtable will
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Old Silvana Creamery keeps it the old-fashioned way

Jun 4th, 2014
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

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
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

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

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

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
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

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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