This Just In

Farming Locally, Thinking Globally

“The Skagit Valley hooked me”   Anne Schwartz is a self-described rabble-rouser. The 66-year-old blueberry and raspberry farmer has dedicated her life to growing organic food, fighting all the way to the international level for organic food standards and better … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue #53 – Washington Farm Bureau

2020 is the centennial year of Washington Farm Bureau (WFB). Founded just one year after its national organization, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the WFB today consists of 25 County Farm Bureaus. Skagit County Farm Bureau was among the earliest … Continue reading

From Ski Bum to Regenerative Farmer

“First you grow the soil. . . This is the right way that I wanted to farm.” Matt Steinman didn’t plan to become a farmer. The 38-year-old self-described former “ski bum” spent his 20s working as a ski patroller, with … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue #52 – The Skagit Instream Flow Rule

Water belongs to everybody. No one person or group owns it. That’s simple enough. How water is used and by whom is another matter entirely. That can be very complicated indeed. In the 1990s a series of studies were conducted … Continue reading

Skagitonians DO Preserve Farmland!

Earlier this year, a concerted 3-year effort culminated in the permanent protection of just over 45-acres of prime farmland west of Burlington along State Route 20, a major east/west commercial highway corridor. The property, now owned by Viva Farms, is … Continue reading

Celebrating the 2020 Our Valley Our Future Award Winners

Shauna Flores – SPF’s Future Achievement in Agriculture Scholarship Award Shauna Flores fell in love with agriculture when she was a third grader, showing her rabbits at the Skagit County Fair with her 4-H club.  And since that time, agriculture … Continue reading

Digging out a Destiny : Love Well Farms

“Farming just kind of found us..” Often, farming can be summed up as simply trial and error: trying not to repeat past mistakes and leaving plenty of space for new ones to happen—and learn from. Three years ago Wayne and … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue #51 – Crop Trends – Deciding What to Grow

In the 1930s, in an average cited by the USDA, an American farmer was said to produce enough food to feed four people for a year. By the 1970s the number fed had grown to 73. Today, according to the … Continue reading

A life changing adventure: Skagit Sun Farms

“I just fell in love with the Valley.” Don Kruse has called the Skagit Valley home for the past 42 years, operating Skagit Sun Farms for much of that time. Farming a variety of strawberries found at local retailers and … Continue reading

New Farmland Protection Report from American Farmland Trust

On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, American Farmland Trust will release its groundbreaking report: “Farms Under Threat: The State of the States.” Among other things, it finds that between 2001 and 2016, 11 million acres of farmland and ranchland were converted … Continue reading