Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Raising Livestock, Small Farming courses start this month

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By

SKAGIT/WHATCOM – Several multi-week training courses about raising livestock and small farming start this month. The Raising Livestock Workshop Series, offered through the WSU Extension Livestock Advisor program, begins Monday, Sept. 15, offering a 10-week course about raising your own animals. The course covers beef, sheep, goats, poultry, swine and rabbits, as well as feeding,
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Lynden FFA corn maze open weekends

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By

LYNDEN – The annual Lynden FFA corn maze is open every weekend through September, located just south of Lynden on Hannegan Road. The 15-acre maze is the main fundraiser for the FFA group with proceeds going towards the purchase of equipment, transportation expenses to state and national events, scholarships and the group’s annual banquet. Prices
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Granges host Farm Bill discussion

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By

BELLINGHAM – The Northwest Farm Bill Action Group will present a short program “Understanding the Farm Bill” on the current Farm Bill, focusing on how it impacts farmers and residents, during the bi-monthly meeting of the seven Whatcom County granges on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The program will be at the North Bellingham Grange, located at
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Farm Fund Hootenanny Sept. 27

Sep 1st, 2014 | By

BELLINGHAM – The Community Food Co-op’s 2nd annual Farm Fund Hootenanny to benefit food and farming projects in Whatcom and Skagit counties takes place Saturday, Sept. 27. The event includes food, live music and raffles, as well as updates from local farmers. All proceeds directly benefit the Co-op Farm Fund. The event will be held
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Cloud Mountain Farm Center joins PSFH

Sep 1st, 2014 | By

EVERSON – Cloud Mountain Farm Center has partnered with the Puget Sound Food Hub to provide aggregation and distribution services for local farms which sell their products direct to supermarkets, restaurants, and food service providers though the Puget Sound Food Hub’s web-based purchasing platform. THE PSFH currently has 40 participating farms selling directly to 60
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Seeds of Time film, Q&A Sept. 12

Sep 1st, 2014 | By

MOUNT VERNON – A presentation of the documentary “Seeds of Time” will be held Friday, Sept. 12, with independent filmmaker Sandy McLeod and The Global Crop Diversity Trust Director Cary Fowler on hand for an audience Q&A session following the showing. The film shows the efforts of Cary Fowler and his Global Crop Diversity Trust
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Burk Ridge Farms investing in new mobile processing unit

Aug 5th, 2014 | By

CUSTER – Burk Ridge Farms has invested in a new mobile processing unit to slaughter beef and pork. The family farm is owned by Michael and Devin Koenen, along with Devin’s parents, Vern and Joann Dykstra. “Our vision for our farm is providing highest quality possible of beef, pork and chicken to customers, and in
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Farmers Market Week set Aug. 3-9

Aug 2nd, 2014 | By

WA – Governor Jay Inslee declared Aug. 3-9 as “Washington Farmers Market Week.” Farmers markets offer an estimated 1,200 Washington farmers to sell products directly to consumers in rural and urban areas of the state. “Farmers markets across the state reported nearly $42 million in sales in 2013, an increase of more than four percent
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Livestock producers invited to North Cascades Meat Coop event

Aug 1st, 2014 | By

STANWOOD – The North Cascades Meat Producers Cooperative and Del Fox Meats is hosting a BBQ dinner and presentation on Wednesday, Aug. 6, and has invited livestock producers to learn about their plans to bring expanded USDA-inspected meat processing to Snohomish, Island, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. The dinner will be held from 5 to 7:30
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Internship pilot program starts

Aug 1st, 2014 | By

WHATCOM/SKAGIT – The Small Farm Internship Pilot Project (FIP) started July 1, and is open to farms in Skagit and Whatcom counties with annual sales of less than $250,000. Farmers may apply to enroll in a project that allows up to three interns (paid, stipend or unpaid) to work on a farm to learn about farming
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