The Dirt

The Dirt is intended to educate, inform, and WOW people about farming in the Skagit Valley.  It is a modest, monthly message designed to give you a behind-the-scenes, fascinating, who-woulda-thought look at Skagit agriculture.

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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

The Dirt Issue 19 – Skagit Valley Ag Outside the Ag Zone

We’re all familiar with the lush, abundantly-productive farmland of the Skagit Delta. Zoned Ag-NRL (Natural Resource Lands), it is comprised of world-renowned prime farmland. But, you’d be wrong if you thought that was the entirety of Skagit agriculture. There are … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 18 – Slow Flowers

Slow down and savor the difference! Delicious food, freshly harvested and eaten while still in the perfect flush of ripeness, is a taste explosion often worlds away from everyday fare. To achieve it, many people have chosen to buy local … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 17 – Sheep and Goats and Alpacas…Oh My!

Driving around the Skagit Valley, you’re immediately struck by the sheer number and diversity of crops grown. But for a more complete picture of Skagit agriculture, we must include a look at livestock. This issue of The Dirt is focused … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 16 – WSU NWREC

Over the last 70 years, it’s hard to imagine a more valuable, more crucial collaboration in Skagit County agriculture than that between the local farming community and researchers at the WSU Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center (NWREC). Extension services … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 15 – Youth InFARMation Program

Sharing the story of Skagit Valley agriculture is always great fun for us, but it’s especially so when we share that story with curious, enthusiastic kids. SPF’s multi-faceted Youth InFARMation Program is our effort to inform, engage and motivate youth—elementary … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 14 – Organic Agriculture

Now we’re growing! Organic agriculture in the Skagit Valley— In the last few issues of The Dirt, we’ve addressed the subject of sustainability in agriculture. For many people, particularly among certain engaged consumers, sustainable agriculture is synonymous with organic agriculture. … Continue reading