This Just In

SPF Office Closed

To comply with our Governor’s Stay at Home directive, the SPF office is closed and staff is working remotely. Given this, please be patient and understanding with our response times. The best way to contact SPF staff is by email … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue #49 – Genuine Skagit Valley

For those of us who enthusiastically support Skagit agriculture, it’s hard to believe the following statement, “In general, consumers in the state of Washington are relatively unaware of the Skagit Valley Agricultural Region’s products beyond tulips.” This startling assertion comes … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue #48 – Current Use Tax

Farmland preservation is the stated rationale for the existence of Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland; it’s even in our name. But, we’d be the first to acknowledge that the cause isn’t ours alone. We share it with the voters of Washington … Continue reading

The best-laid plans: Lohman Farms

“I told him he was the bravest man I’d ever known, to marry a woman with two dogs and 100 cows!” It was here at Skagit Valley College that three future farmers, just kids then, found each other and formed … Continue reading

Digging In On A Dream: Mossy Gate Flower Farm

“It didn’t matter how stressed or unhappy I was, every evening I was taking care of my flowers….” As we all know, the journey of life has its ups and downs; its peaks of joy and its deep valleys of … Continue reading

The art of farming: Waxwing Farm

“….being able to witness what’s happening on a piece of land throughout the year has all kinds of artful magic to it, that for sure makes the hard days better.” Meet Arielle Luckmann and Taylor Barker, Pacific Northwest natives and … Continue reading

The tale of two veterinarians (and two farmers): Lass & Lad Farms

“Perfect hay is exactly like a perfect marriage. You may not ever find it but there’s a lot of fun in trying to create it.” Scott and Jackie Waltner both started their lives as farm kids. He on a row … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 47 – Nutrient Management and Soil Health

Soil health has become a mainstream issue as it is increasingly evident that we cannot expect to produce the food, fiber, and even energy we need now and in the future without sound management of soil. In 2019, Washington State … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 46 – Skagit Drainage and Irrigation Districts Consortium

In Skagit County, water—how it’s used and how it’s managed—is a defining issue for many constituencies. With so many claims made on the water supply, the subject of this issue of The Dirt is of paramount importance to the viability … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue – 45 Ag Landlords

As members of Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland, you have joined with us in protecting farmland, as farmland, far into the future. So, too, have the subject of this issue of The Dirt—Ag Landlords. Land is the primary input in farming. … Continue reading