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Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting Feb. 21

Dec 1st, 2016

BELLINGHAM – The Northwest Washington Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting, a one-day conference for food and farming businesses of all kinds to connect, network, and learn, will be held Feb. 21, 2017. The Trade Meeting fosters connections between regional farmers, fishermen, food artisans, restaurants, grocers, and all others interested in sourcing local ingredients or selling local food.
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Country Living Expo: 180 classes in skills and practical living

Dec 1st, 2016
Country Living Expo: 180 classes in skills and practical living

STANWOOD – The Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool will be Saturday, Jan. 28. Check out 180 classes to choose from focused on skills and practical living, including 52 new classes this year. Registration costs $75 for adults and $40 for youth (discounted rate of $10 for youth ages 12-18 needing scholarship help). Registration includes
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WSDA farmer survey available online

Dec 1st, 2016

STATE – The Washington State Department of Agriculture is asking farmers to participate in their Farm Survey, as part of an ongoing effort to improve outreach and education resources. The survery, conducted every two years, is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/farmer16. This survey is partially funded by a USDA specialty crop block grant targeting Washington farmers growing
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Farm Fund: Application deadline for next round of grants Jan. 20

Dec 1st, 2016

BELLINGHAM – The Community Food Co-op Farm Fund  is now accepting grant applications with a deadline of Jan. 20, 2017. Grants are directed to projects that meet the greater good of the community and benefit local agriculture at large. The 2017 application form and information will be posted on the Co-op website at www.communityfood.coop.  Since
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Feed the Need collects over $215,000

Dec 1st, 2016

WHATCOM – The annual Feed the Need food drive effort coordinated by the Industrial Credit Union set a new record this year collecting more than $215,000 and 10,000 pounds of food for Whatcom County food banks. In 2015, Feed the Need collected $113,000 and 75,000 pounds of food. The record this year reflects Industrial Credit
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Scratch & Peck Feeds moving to larger production facility in Burlington

Nov 2nd, 2016
Scratch & Peck Feeds moving to larger production facility in Burlington

BELLINGHAM – Local feed company Scratch and Peck Feeds announced they are relocating their production facilities from Bellingham to a larger location in Burlington. According to owner and founder Diana Ambauen-Meade, the company is expanding to meet demand and will be relocating in early 2017. The new facility in Skagit County is more than double
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Washington Small Fruit Conference, Lynden Ag Show set Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Nov 2nd, 2016

LYNDEN – The Washington Small Fruit Conference and Lynden Ag Show is set for Wednesday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 2. This 3-day conference offers the latest relevant research information, with topics including Pest Management, Foliar and Fruit Disease Management and Biology, Soilborne Disease Management, Weed Management, Insecticide/Miticide Decline Evaluation, Nutrient Management, Pollination,  Worker Safety
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Center for Good Food Purchasing to present at Whatcom Food Network forum Nov. 17

Nov 1st, 2016

All are invited to attend the Whatcom Food Network’s Fall Forum where the Center for Good Food Purchasing, a national organization for value-centered procurement and food system transformation, will be presenting on Nov. 17. The Whatcom Food Network is composed of various agencies, organizations, and stakeholders interested in working to strengthen the local and regional
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International agricultural volunteering presented at next Brown Bag Seminar

Nov 1st, 2016

MOUNT VERNON – Dr. Carol Miles will discuss International Agricultural Volunteering during a Brown Bag Seminar on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Miles, Horticulturist at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC, just returned from a 2-week assignment in Mozambique where she taught vegetable crop integrated pest management to a village farmer cooperative. Subsistence farmers rely on their crops to
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Wholesale: Application deadline for “Next Step” grants Nov. 17

Oct 28th, 2016

BELLINGHAM – The Co-op’s Farm Fund is accepting proposals for “Next Step” Grants of $1,250 to $5,000, in combination with very low-interest Farm Fund loans, to help qualifying farmers and food businesses successfully overcome the challenges of expansion for wholesale markets. To meet the immediate need for the 2017 growing season, the application deadline is
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