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Strawberry festivals: 80th annual Berry Dairy Days and more this month

Jun 6th, 2017
Strawberry festivals: 80th annual Berry Dairy Days and more this month

COUNTY – The strawberries are getting ready, and local communities are prepping for their annual celebrations. The following events are taking place this month: • The Marysville Strawberry Festival will be Saturday, June 10-17. Activities and entertainment include rides, children’s activities, arts, crafts, parades, a car show, live entertainment, Berry Fun Run, talent show, strawberries
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Vivian Smallwood: Honored for 35 years of service

Jun 6th, 2017
Vivian Smallwood: Honored for 35 years of service

MOUNT VERNON – A “35 Years of Service” Celebration was held in honor of Vivian Smallwood on May 23 at the WSU Skagit County Extension. Smallwood,  a WSU Skagit County Food Safety and Preservation Advisor, joined the Master Food Preserver team back in 1982 as a volunteer, then a few years later became a WSU
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Pilot project: Skagit retailers offering Farm Fresh Food boxes

Jun 5th, 2017
Pilot project: Skagit retailers offering Farm Fresh Food boxes

In an effort to make healthy, affordable food available in underserved areas, the WSU Skagit Extension is piloting a new project connecting farmers, retailers, and consumers. The Farm Fresh Food Box (FFFB) project is pairing farmers and small retailers in Marblemount, Burlington and Conway to provide a weekly box of fresh produce at designated retail
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Biological control workshop June 14-15

Jun 3rd, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – A workshop and educational tour/demonstration to learn approaches to manage common pests on nursery plants will be held June 14-15.  This workshop and tour will train field and greenhouse growers in methods of biological control. Topics include critical thinking for using biocontrol, new research, attracting beneficial insects, biocontrol application methods and timing,
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The Local Dirt: June 2017

Jun 3rd, 2017

Over 68,000 pounds of food were donated by local residents and picked up by local mail carriers during Stamp Out Hunger on May 13, according to the Bellingham Food Bank. This was the 25th year of the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, and this year’s pick-up was a record. In Skagit County, more than 34,000 pounds
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Agriculture Census under way

May 9th, 2017

NATIONAL – The Census of Agriculture, conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), will be mailed at the end of this year. The census is a count of all participating U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them. Producers who are new to farming or did
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Lopez Lamb, Wool & Goat Festival offers demonstrations, activities

May 5th, 2017

Lopez – The annual Lopez Lamb, Wool & Goat Festival will be held Saturday, May 13 at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts in Lopez Village. The sheep dog demonstration at a local farm will be from 9-10 a.m., followed by indoor and outdoor events at the Community Center from 10 a.m. to
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WFN Spring Forum rescheduled

May 3rd, 2017

BELLINGHAM – The Whatcom Food Network has rescheduled its Spring Forum to Thursday, May 25 from 1-4 p.m. at the Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 N Harbor Loop Dr., Bellingham. The forum will include current changes, challenges, and collaborations happening in the local dairy industry. The Whatcom Food Network holds two forums each year to create a
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The Local Dirt: May 2017

May 3rd, 2017

Burk Ridge Farms, of Custer, has announced they decided to downsize to their original homesteading beginning and will no longer be offering USDA processing and commercial operations. The farm grew over the last four years, offering USDA processing and more. The family farm is collecting one last order (1/4, 1/2 or a whole) discounted to
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Safety workshops offered this month

May 2nd, 2017

BURLINGTON – The WSU Skagit Extension is offering a one-day farm Machinery Safety Workshop on Friday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 11768 Westar Lane, Suite A in Burlington. (The workshop was originally going to run as a 5-week course, however it did not have enough registrants and needed to be changed.)
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