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The Dirt Issue 28 – The Bread Lab

A Mighty Driver in a Thriving Local Economy It’s been said that plant breeding operates at the intersection of production, processing and consumption. Here in the Skagit Valley is a revolutionary model of just how well that intersection works—the WSU … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 27 – Agricultural Support Businesses

Last month The Dirt explored the meaning and importance of fully functioning agriculture. This month we want to delve more deeply into agricultural support businesses and their vital role in Skagit Valley agriculture.   In a practical sense we’re talking about a … Continue reading

Spring/Summer News Bulletin

Check out our Spring/Summer News Bulletin here:  Spring-Summer 2018 News Bulletin

The Dirt Issue 26 – Fully Functioning Agriculture

Ask any farmer in the Skagit Valley what makes this area so special that it’s known as the Magic Skagit and you’ll hear answers like the soil…the climate…the topography…and, very probably, the farmers. All of that is true. What’s also … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 25 – Voluntary Stewardship Program

Farmland preservation is a complicated issue. It’s more than removing development threats so farmland can keep functioning as farmland; it’s also the necessary measures required to keep farming viable. Viable means profitable, of course, and that means getting the most … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 24 – The Case for Conventional Farming… and Organic… and Sustainable…

Conventional, organic, sustainable—these are just three of the many terms used to characterize twenty- first century agriculture. Each has its champions, but what is becoming increasingly evident is a trend toward adopting practices from each growing system as best suits … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 23 – Farming & Flooding in the Skagit Valley

It’s hard to imagine a livelihood more governed by the effects of weather than farming. For a farmer, the weather dictates when a crop can be planted, where it can be planted, and whether successive crops can be planted in … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 22 – Farming in December

A Different Kind of Busy: Farming in December As day length dwindles and all the winter prep appears to be done, you might be led to believe everything is “easy going” for a farmer in winter, but not so.  It … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 21 – Northwest Agricultural Research Foundation

Agricultural Research from the Ground Up From its earliest days as a World War II-era response to severely falling cabbage seed production, the then Northwest Seed and Truck Crop Laboratory, Inc. has been a pivotal and utterly essential contributor to … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 20 – Food Hubs

It’s what we all want, and here’s one way we get it In the last few years, there has been a market-changing shift in what consumers want to eat. The interest in food, its source and how it’s grown have … Continue reading

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