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School cafeteria improvement projects under way

May 4th, 2016
School cafeteria improvement projects under way

Farm to School: Local districts are changing the face of lunchtime by Mary Vermillion Thanks to the Whatcom Community Foundation’s Farm to School program and local districts, school lunch is beginning to taste and look different. Best known for leading the charge to serve more local produce at cafeterias, Farm to School recently funded $70,000
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OUR FARM: Oak Meadows Farm

Apr 4th, 2016
OUR FARM: Oak Meadows Farm

by David Whittaker Our family has long had a connection with the land. My great-grandfather was a landscape architect, my grandfather operated a rare fruit nursery in California and traveled the world studying new strains of fruit trees, and my father had an avocado ranch in California and for a time, grew rare fruits here
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Soils and Manure Tour Field Day coming up

Apr 4th, 2016
Soils and Manure Tour Field Day coming up

Forage quality focus of April 13 workshop Soil and manure will be the talk of the day during the “Discover Soils and Manure Tour Field Day” coming up Tuesday, April 26. Hosted by the Whatcom Conservation District and taking place at James Dairy in Custer, the public is invited to learn, tour, and receive free
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We Grow Garden: Northwest Youth Services seeking help with tools

Mar 6th, 2016
We Grow Garden: Northwest Youth Services seeking help with tools

BELLINGHAM – Northwest Youth Services’ We Grow Garden is getting ready to open, and as they gear up for the 2016 season, tool and item donations are needed and welcomed for working and cleaning up the garden. Do you have any of the following items, or would you be able to donate gift cards to
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Winter work: In the fields with Growing Washington

Feb 1st, 2016
Winter work: In the fields with Growing Washington

by Kristi Roberts As the summer months wane and give way to the winter season, there’s a distinctive shift on the farm. Where, just a few short months ago the fields and packing sheds at Growing Washington’s headquarters were bustling with dozens of workers and tons of food, a small 7-person crew now coalesce to keep
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Chuckanut Center: New name, fresh opportunities

Feb 1st, 2016
Chuckanut Center: New name, fresh opportunities

Heirloom Tomato Seed Project under way by Mary Vermillion With seven years of planning and construction behind them, the Chuckanut Center at the historic Fairhaven Rose Garden has come a long way. The non-profit organization’s board recently simplified its name from the Center for Local Self Reliance to the more approachable and geographically appropriate Chuckanut
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Our Farm: McIntyre Family Farm

Feb 1st, 2016
Our Farm: McIntyre Family Farm

by Matt McIntyre My wife Jena and I started McIntyre Family Farm a few years ago when we found a place we fell in love with just east of Sedro-Woolley right on the North Cascades Highway.  Even when I first met Jena, she told me about her dream of someday raising grass-fed beef. Life took
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Ring of Trees Farm: Couple turns dream into reality

Jan 4th, 2016
Ring of Trees Farm: Couple turns dream into reality

by Mary Vermillion A lot has changed in four years for Cheri and Fred Gustafson, who married, then launched from scratch Whatcom County’s only sheep dairy, Ring of Trees Farm. A micro-dairy and creamery on 7.5 acres outside of Bellingham, today they successfully produce cheese, yogurt and milk, are quickly gaining a community following. For Fred,
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Meals on Wheels and More: Delivering meals, kinship to homebound seniors

Dec 2nd, 2015
Meals on Wheels and More: Delivering meals, kinship to homebound seniors

by Kate Ferry Meal on Wheels and More, part of the Whatcom Council on Aging, offers home-delivered meals to homebound senior citizens. Formerly titled the “Senior Nutrition Program,” the non-profit organization delivered a total of 60,879 meals in 2014 to Whatcom and San Juan counties, visiting 150-175 homebound seniors each week. According to Julie Meyers,
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Giving garden: Christ the King Ministry Harvest fills need

Nov 3rd, 2015
Giving garden: Christ the King Ministry Harvest fills need

by Mary Vermillion The congregation at Christ the King Church wants to feed people in need. The Bellingham church has taken a hands-on approach to this mission with its incredibly productive Harvest Ministry garden on Hannegan Road that this year alone delivered 38,000 pounds of produce to the church’s food bank. In 2007, church member
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