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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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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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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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Mushroom shows teach about the local fungus among us

Oct 3rd, 2016
Mushroom shows teach about the local fungus among us

Fall in the Northwest is a busy time in the mushroom world. Two favorite local shows will show off many varieties and take your questions on Sunday, Oct. 16. • Bellingham’s Wild Mushroom Show: Pacific Northwest forests and fields are filled with thousands of different kinds of mushrooms and you can experience hundreds of them
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Focus on Farming set for Nov. 3

Oct 3rd, 2016

MONROE – The 13th annual Focus on Farming conference will be held Nov. 3  at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. This year’s conference will feature topics and speakers including a track on the new Food Safety Modernization Act with Cornell University’s Don Stockel to prepare farmers for the new regulations, as well as raising
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Concrete raising funds for district-wide cafeteria project

Oct 3rd, 2016

CONCRETE – Concrete Elementary School’s Environment Club is aiming to rid the cafeteria of styrofoam and plastic waste through a donation project that has already received matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The donation project, posted through the public classroom funding site DonorsChoose.org, was launched by the students to find lunchroom alternatives. 
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