This Just In

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

The Dirt Issue # 50 – Support Local Farmers (in the era of COVID-19)

While living under COVID-19 protocols, we’ve all made adjustments in order to cope. We’re taking care of our families, ourselves, and looking beyond to the greater community. There’s been a lot of creativity coming up with ways to help, but … Continue reading

Puget Sound Food Hub: Working together to make a difference

“…growing for their community and region is more than a job, it’s a lifestyle” For the past decade, the Puget Sound Food Hub Cooperative (Food Hub) has worked as guiding hands for several of our local farmers to bring fresh … Continue reading

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