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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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Culinary garden connects Skagit Valley College campus

Sep 4th, 2015
Culinary garden connects Skagit Valley College campus

Students, staff, and community learn and bond through project by Jessamyn Tuttle In the middle of Skagit Valley College’s Mount Vernon campus, three small triangles of land tucked between sidewalks are home to a riot of flowers, grasses, herbs and an amazing number of vegetables. Tomatoes and potatoes grow in a happy jumble next to
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The Local Dirt: September 2015

Sep 4th, 2015

Got extra zucchinis? Burlington Parks and Recreation is collecting zucchinis of all shapes and sizes for the upcoming Burlington Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Pitch on Saturday, Sept. 26. Thousands of gourds and zucchinis are needed to supply the Zucchini Car Race activity booth, a popular activity with the kids! You can drop your zucchinis off
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Coming up: Summer Harvest Day, Thoughtful Food barn raising, Whatcom Skillshare Faire

Aug 1st, 2015
Coming up: Summer Harvest Day, Thoughtful Food barn raising, Whatcom Skillshare Faire

The public is invited to several events this month, highlighting seasonal work on the farm, practical skills and community.   Summer Harvest Day On Saturday, Aug. 1 Cloud Mountain Farm Center hosts an  ‘open farm’ day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to show visitors what’s growing and happening at their Everson farm. Freshly harvested
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Twin Sisters Creamery opening in Ferndale

Jul 5th, 2015
Twin Sisters Creamery opening in Ferndale

by Mary Vermillion The new Twin Sisters Creamery will open this month near Ferndale, offering customers a variety of cheeses and cheese making classes. Owners Lindsay and Jeff Slevin named the creamery in honor of their 6-year-old twin daughters as well as Whatcom County’s iconic mountain siblings. Their dream to operate a family-owned business is
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