Agriculture Archives - Salish Current

Island food hub links farms to customers

July 1, 2024
Nancy DeVaux

Out of COVID, local co-op brings online ordering and local delivery to major islands

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Local flower-farming takes root  in a global economy

May 28, 2024
Adam M. Sowards

Small-scale Skagit farms seek to demonstrate there’s more than a price point to value.

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Keeping wheat’s story — and profits — local

April 15, 2024
Adam M. Sowards

Wheat flour — with flavor, “terroir” and a story — is growing out of broad local, resilient grain system in Skagit County.

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Skagit agritourism controversy is about more than weddings in barns

March 28, 2024
Adam M. Sowards

County commission action falls far short of consensus on the issue of agritourism in the Skagit Valley.

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In touch with the Earth: there’s more than marketing behind ‘organic’ labels

December 20, 2023
Adam M. Sowards

Some local farmers are leaning away from the ubiquitous green-and-white USDA Organic label and into the messages of newer alternatives.

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Finding happily ever after in Skagit’s ag zone

August 11, 2023
Adam M. Sowards

A proposal that would constrain Skagit farms in operating as event venues has prompted discussion on the future of the area’s sense of place.

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Wireworms pester new farmers, puzzle the seasoned

June 16, 2023
Kai Uyehara

Growers who are farming organically on converted pastureland tend to face what amounts to an entry fee in the form of a hard-to-manage pest that bore into the below-ground portions of potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, corn and other crops, killing or stunting the plant.

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Back to the land in the islands — Part 2: Women who farm

March 31, 2023
Kathryn Wheeler

Island farming is an experiment in sustaining a lifestyle — but much more, as young farmers look for ways to support and feed the community.

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Back to the land in the islands — Part 1: Locally growing

March 24, 2023
Kathryn Wheeler

Can there be more than tourism in the San Juan Islands?

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Who will farm to feed the people?

October 28, 2022
Kai Uyehara

Whatcom and Skagit farm centers equip and empower a new generation of farmers. As their predecessors age, farmland prices increase while affordability of land decreases.

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Seed swaps strengthen community — and improve produce

March 18, 2022
Sarah Reeves

Gardening strengthens community ties, along with providing people with access to nutritious, homegrown food. Recently, more and more local gardeners are gravitating to seed swapping to enable access to the best plants for the particular microclimates of this region, yielding the tastiest produce.

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Food security requires connection to land, to each other

March 10, 2022
Sarah Reeves

Feeding communities is particularly challenging now, in the face of systemic upheaval, climate change and uncertainty. San Juan islanders making key connections to build resilience for future food security met recently in an ag summit.

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Community Voices / Nooksack flood, water solutions to protect families, fish and farms will require collaboration

January 5, 2022
Rich Appel

Whatcom farmers are calling for communitywide collaboration in pursuing solutions to flooding and water supply issues in the Nooksack River Basin.

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Whatcom farmers face manure management challenges after flooding

December 22, 2021
Lauren Gallup

Flooding in Whatcom and Skagit counties in November put major stress on local dairies, including lost animals and lost revenues for some. Now there’s another hurdle: With storage lagoons overtopping, where can they store all that manure? Farmers and county and state agencies are stepping up to the challenge, to prevent pollution downstream and restore infrastructure.

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Community Voices / Is time running out? Streamflow trends in the Nooksack watershed

December 15, 2021
Eric Hirst

Given the high volume of rain and flooding during the past few weeks, it may seem strange to talk about water scarcity in the Nooksack River system. Although the watershed has ample water in the winter (often too much water), it holds too little in the summer to support healthy salmon. Complicating the water supply issue are the adverse effects of climate change.

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Small batches, partnerships and goats: family dairies evolve to survive

December 3, 2021
Lauren Gallup

Whatcom County is one of the top milk-producing counties in the state — and nationwide — but the business of dairy has changed, with increasing costs for land, equipment and labor; new technology; and competition from the world market. But family farms remain in the county — and many are surviving changes in the industry by making changes of their own.

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