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The Dirt Issue 13 – Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Energy

This is the third article in a series on sustainable agriculture.  Let’s consider energy. For those who go all out to embrace sustainability, sustainable agriculture and sustainable energy are really two sides of the same coin. Energy to power the … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 12 – Sustainability in a Petroleum World

The last issue of The Dirt dealt with sustainable agriculture, specifically as it relates to soil health. In this edition of The Dirt we explore the topic further.   Sustainability–preserving what we now have in order to pass it along to future … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 11 – Sustainable Agriculture—Nothing New, or Is It?

There’s a lot of talk these days about sustainable agriculture. Many of the practices recognized as sustainable are based on older, if not ancient, farming methods now gaining favor through scientific analysis and proven performance. What constitutes “Sustainable Agriculture?” Delve … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 10 – Building with Nature

Building with Nature If you’ve lived in the Skagit Valley for any length of time, you’ve no doubt heard talk and seen reports on Chinook salmon recovery efforts. A lot of committed, caring people representing many different points of view, … Continue reading

Celebrate Skagit in Seattle!

2016 Harvest Dinner & Auction: Thank you!

Wow! We are still in awe of the overflowing love for Skagit Valley farmland witnessed at SPF’s 18th Annual Harvest Dinner & Auction on Saturday, September 17, 2016. If we were lucky to have you as a guest, thank you … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 9 – To Be A Farmer

Ever wonder what it takes to be a farmer? After all, it’s an uncertain way to make a living. Few other vocations are so dependent on factors that simply cannot be controlled. Weather alone has an impact that can run … Continue reading

Skagit County Hearing Examiner Decision

On Wednesday, September 21st, the Skagit County Hearing Examiner affirmed the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Determination and the grading and floodplain permits for a proposed 54,939 square foot agricultural processing facility to be built on 5 acres of prime … Continue reading

The Dirt Issue 8 – 4H

  4-H: Head, Heart, Hands and Health  What do animal husbandry, science and engineering technology, performing arts, photography, vegetable gardening and archery have in common? These and many other pursuits are all learning opportunities through 4-H. The Skagit County Fair-along … Continue reading