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Grower events lined up for February, March dates

Feb 1st, 2016

Several local agriculture meetings and large events will be held throughout February and March, including the annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit, Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting in Bellingham, and more.   San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit 2016 The 4th annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13 in Friday Harbor,
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Foothills’ Cheryl Thompson awarded Volunteer with Heart

Jan 30th, 2016
Foothills’ Cheryl Thompson awarded Volunteer with Heart

EAST WHATCOM – Dave Finet, retired Executive Director of the Opportunity Council, presented Foothills Food Bank Board President and community volunteer Cheryl Thompson with the The Volunteer Center of Whatcom County’s Volunteer with Heart award in January. Nominated by Finet, he wrote, “The Opportunity Council and East Whatcom Regional Resource Center (EWRRC) staff nominate Cheryl
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County baking contest open to all

Jan 30th, 2016

WHATCOM – The 2016 Annual Grange sponsored County-wide Baking Contest is coming Tuesday, Feb. 16. In addition to the cakes, cookies, breads, brownies and bar cookies, competition also includes fruit pies, cupcakes, decorated cakes, and gluten-free options. The contest is open to all in Whatcom County (Grange members and non-members), as well as all ages.
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Cherries focus of Winter Field Day

Jan 30th, 2016

MOUNT VERNON – The Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation (WWFRF) presents its Winter Field Day on Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon. Hosted in cooperation with WSU-NWREC, this year’s event will include presentations on Historic Orchard Preservation and Orchard Stabilization
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Women in Ag Conference set for March 19

Jan 30th, 2016

REGION – “Power Up Your Farm” is the theme for the fifth annual Women in Agriculture Conference on Saturday, March 19. This conference is a one-day event held simultaneously in 31 locations throughout Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Regional locations include Coupeville, Everett and Mount Vernon, among others. Visit the website for more information
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Wholesale grant applications due

Jan 30th, 2016

BELLINGHAM – The Co-op’s Farm Fund is now accepting proposals for “Next Step” Grants of $1,250 to $5,000, in combination with very low-interest loans, to help qualifying farmers and food businesses successfully overcome the challenges of expansion for wholesale markets. To meet the immediate need for the 2016 growing season, applications will be accepted through
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Community Seed Swap Jan. 31

Jan 7th, 2016

BELLINGHAM – The 8th Annual Heirloom Seed Swap will be held Sunday, Jan. 31 at The Majestic, 1027 N. Forest Street in Bellingham. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the event runs until 6 p.m. Amateur and professional seed savers welcome to bring open-source seeds to share, as well as seed potatoes and edible tubers.
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Monthly winter farmers markets set for Bellingham, Anacortes

Jan 7th, 2016

COUNTY – The Bellingham and Anacortes farmers markets will continue with monthly winter markets. The Bellingham Farmers Market will hold the Winter Saturday Market the third Saturday of each month: Jan. 16, Feb. 20, and March 19. The market meets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Square, with over 100 vendors. In
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Annual Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting coming up

Jan 7th, 2016

BELLINGHAM – The 2016 Farm-To-Table Trade Meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 22. More than 150 farmers, fishers, chefs, grocery buyers, food producers, distributors, and others are expected to meet for a day of connections and education about local resources and opportunities, sponsored by Sustainable Connections. Registration is $40 ($35 early bird) and includes lunch.
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Commerce grant: Woodland products meetings in Kendall, Concrete

Jan 6th, 2016

KENDALL/CONCRETE – A 2015 grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce promoting foothills woodlands’ enterprise development will start with two community meetings in Kendall and Concrete. The grant, totaling $30,000, “will support efforts that connect and organize woodland owners with woodland workers who produce woodland products in the eastern foothills of Skagit County and
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