Hop aboard a chartered bus for a tour of the scenic Skagit Valley. Experience the wonder of Skagit agriculture first-hand on a day-long excursion to select Skagit farms.
Tour Check-In & Breakfast │ South Mount Vernon Park & Ride │ 8:00—8:30 a.m. Park, check-in, and enjoy a continental breakfast at South Mount Vernon Park & Ride. 1699 E Hickox Rd, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
The tour begins and bus departs promptly at 8:30.
Stop #1 │ Fir Island Farms This 225-acre managed agricultural land was purchased in 1995 to create an upland snow goose reserve. The management of this site occurs through a lease agreement with a local farmer who plants a commercial agricultural crop that is harvested, and an over-wintered cover crop of winter wheat for snow goose forage.
Stop #2 │ Ralph’s Greenhouse The DeVries family moved from the Netherlands in the 1950s and settled in Skagit Valley. Ralph DeVries planted a big garden when he retired, never using chemical pesticides or fertilizers because, as he said, “We didn’t use them in the old country!” Now Ralph’s Greenhouse – the farm’s name comes from an actual house painted green and not from a hothouse – grows a variety of certified organic vegetables.
Stop #3 │ Jello Mold Farm Diane Szukovathy and Dennis Westphall started their flower farm from scratch on seven acres in the heart of the Skagit Valley. They grow over 80 different kinds of flowers and foliages and supply many of the Puget Sound area’s top floral designers. They are also founding members of the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, a farmer-owned cooperative.
Lunch | Washington Bulb Co. Enjoy a catered lunch in the lunchroom prior to touring Washington Bulb Co.
Stop #4 │ Washington Bulb Co. William Roozen emigrated from Holland in 1947 with years of experience in the bulb industry. Roozen started a bulb farm on five acres of land, holding meetings in a garage and toiling long hours beside a few hired hands. Today, Roozen’s small company has grown to be the largest tulip-bulb grower in the country and one of the largest employers in the Skagit Valley.
Stop #5 │ Urban Forest Nursery Urban Forest Nursery, Inc. is a wholesale tree nursery. The company specializes in high quality street and landscape trees; primarily selling to city planners, landscape contractors, and housing developers. Owners Jim and Annie Barborinas began growing trees in 1995, starting with a small rented field just a few miles from the current nursery. There are now 30 planted acres with over 200 varieties!
Tour Concludes | South Mount Vernon Park & Ride | 3:00 p.m.
Ticket price includes continental breakfast, snacks, and lunch.
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