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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.                 … 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

The centerpiece of her life: Jenn Smith

“…the best thing we can do is to continue to make sure our products are still up to the highest standards.” Surrounded by farming her entire life, Jenn Smith has found more than one way to be a part of … Continue reading

Creating something special: Bow Hill Blueberries

“I feel lucky to be in Skagit Valley, and on a farm…”   Bow Hill Blueberries is one of the oldest blueberry farms in Skagit County: Stanley, Rubel, and Jersey varieties have been rooted in the Valley’s soil since 1947. … Continue reading

How You Can Support Skagit Valley Farmers

It’s springtime and Skagit Valley farmers are busy planting crops, milking cows, and tending livestock.  This month’s issue of The Dirt shows how you can support local farms, farm stands, and Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. See the links below. … Continue reading