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The Dirt Issue 37 – All About Potatoes

Skagit County’s #1 Crop By far the most popular vegetable grown in the U.S., potatoes have been grown in Skagit County from the earliest days of European settlement. The first recorded crop of cultivated potatoes was planted on March Point … Continue reading

You did it!  (Developers Withdraw Application)

You Did it!  Thank You! With an average of 20 phone calls and emails a day over the last three weeks, your voices let the proponents of the proposed Avalon development and the Board of Skagit County Commissioners know that … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 36 – Do Farmers Get Spring Fever?

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. These words from an old proverb have a certain poignancy when faced with another dreary, dark, and deeply cold day, but all of us relish the first hint of … Continue reading

Call to Action! SPF Needs Your Help!

We need your help!  E-mail the Skagit County Board of Commissioners by Tuesday, February 19th!   The Board of Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland does not do this often, so know that when we ask for your help it is important. … Continue reading

SPF’s Public Comments on the Proposed Avalon Development

Click here to view our comments submitted to Skagit County.

From Allen’s Desk Issue 2 – February 2019

Welcome to our semi-annual update “From Allen’s Desk”—a look at what’s happening in the world of Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland.  SPF’s mission of preserving farmland, while simply stated, is complex to carry out on a daily basis.  Not only are … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 35 – Surface Drainage

Surface Drainage Explained Anyone driving past Skagit Valley farmland has seen them, V-shaped ditches snaking through a field to empty into a field-bordering, usually roadside ditch. Their purpose is to slowly, with low velocity, drain the field of standing water … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 34 – Farm Succession

Transferring the farm Many factors contribute to a successful agricultural industry, but one you may not have thought of is farm succession. Currently, families operate 99 percent of U.S. farms. The farm business may be set up in any number of ways from sole … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 33 – Composting

The Practice and Remarkable Benefits of Composting Any good cropping system starts with the condition of the soil: its structure, its pH, its nutritional balance and how available those nutrients are when needed. All are critical for a successful yield. … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 32 – Collaborating to Preserve Farmland

Working Together to Preserve Farmland In 1989, an attempt was made to have a nearly 400-acre tract of prime agricultural land alongside I-5 rezoned for an amusement park. On the face of it, it may not have seemed such a … Continue reading