Monday, May 22, 2017

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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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Agriculture Census under way

May 5th, 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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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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International Plowing Match May 20

May 2nd, 2017

LYNDEN – The 76th annual International Plowing Match will be held Saturday, May 20 at the north end of Berthusen Park in Lynden. Come on out and watch competitors step back in time and plow the land with a team of draft horses just as our ancestors did when they homesteaded the land. Sign the
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Big Hunger forum set for May 5

Apr 25th, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – An upcoming food system forum in Skagit County, Big Hunger, will be held May 5. The keynote speaker Andy Fisher, one of the founders of the community food security movement in the U.S. will share perspectives from his new book that explores the nexus of anti-hunger efforts and longer term solutions to
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Farm Safety course starts April 18

Apr 12th, 2017

BURLINGTON – The 2017 Farm Safety course, featuring tractor driving labs, is open for registration through the WSU Skagit County Extension. Participants of all ages can sign up for the 2-hour classroom course and driving lab twice a week for five weeks, April 18 through May 18. Participants will meet at WSU Skagit County Extension from 6-8 p.m. for
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Growing forward: Community raising funds to help Smith family rebuild after fire destroys barn, equipment

Mar 31st, 2017

COUPEVILLE – Fire destroyed the historic Smith Farm barn, an iconic landmark of the Ebey Prairie, at Willowood Farm last month. Georgie Smith, a fourth-generation farmer, was at a meeting with other farmers when she learned her family’s barn – built in the 1880s – was burning. Fundraising efforts are under way to help with
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The Local Dirt: April 2017

Mar 31st, 2017

The Bow Little Market is now called the Bow Farmers Market, and is moving its location from the Belfast Feed Store (held there the last 8 years) to Samish Bay Cheese on Bow Hill Road. Market organizers hope this move will bring them closer to the Bow/Edison center, and able to reach those in the community
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