WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. – The Lynden Plant is what Darigold, a northwest dairy farming cooperative, calls their ingredient plant. Using milk shipped in from dairy farmers across Whatcom County, they produce milk powder that supplies food processing facilities all over the world.
Yet this isn’t the only “ingredient” that Darigold contributes...READ MORE
LYNDEN, WA – Whatcom County berry farmers are turning to a surprising method of protecting their crops from a damaging pest…without the use of pesticides or lethal means.
The European Starling can eat up to 15% of a fruit crop and cause even more in damage and spread of disease. Pest control for deterring starlings comes in many forms. For Enfield Farms, a berry grower in Whatcom County....READ MORE
EVERSON, Wash. – “When it comes to buffers, there’s not really a one-size-fits-all” says Gavin Willis, Ag Water Board of Whatcom County. On Alluvial Farms, Katie Pencke and Matthew McDermott established a 180 foot buffer at their first-generation hog and hemp farm located on a tributary stream of the Nooksack watershed.
According to Willis, “A buffer is a section of riparian zone plantings in between the creek and....READ MORE
Imagine an opportunity presented to you that is both beneficial financially and ecologically — a program that helps you restore your livelihood and promotes a beautiful place to live.
The Conservation Easement Program is a voluntary program created to protect working lands in important ecological areas. Whatcom County compensates landowners for the value of their land...READ MORE
Kamm Creek flows through the northern parts of Whatcom County, starting near the Canadian border, meandering through farmland and eventually flowing into the mainstem of the Nooksack River.
MESA, Wash. -- Coulee Flats Dairy, in Mesa, Wash., uses leftover human food to feed their dairy cows.
“Cattle are the ultimate upcyclers for the byproducts out of the northwest,” said Luke Dynes.
EVERSON, Wash. -- When Mariah and Shawn Butenschoen, owners of Breckenridge Blueberries and Probably Shouldn’t Distillery, tossed around the idea of using solar energy, they followed two philosophies that they have adopted in their time as farmers.
Over the years, the Butenschoens were told they probably shouldn’t do a lot of things. “We were told we probably shouldn’t open a blueberry farm...and then we were going to go organic ... READ MORE
SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. -- Skagit farmers are working together to protect the soil.
Jason VanderKooy with Harmony Dairy says animal waste, particularly from dairy cows, plays a big role in soil health.
“Cow manure is the complete package for nutrients ... READ MORE
FERNDALE, Wash. -- A Ferndale farm has gone above and beyond to assist the Bellingham Food Bank for years. Boxx Berry Farms donates acres of their property to the food bank’s gleaning project, allowing the food bank access to fresh produce.
“Bellingham Food Bank's agricultural programs really got started about 10 years ago when we inherited ... READ MORE
SUNNYSIDE, Wash. -- J&K Dairy in Sunnyside, Wash. is using worms to help clean and recycle their waste on their farm.
They have brought in the Biofiltro system to their farm to help with cleaning their waste and creating clean water.
“The Biofiltro beta system takes anaerobic ... READ MORE
WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash -- Constant moisture is important to the health and growth of potatoes. Ebe Farms in Whatcom County has tested out several types of irrigation systems to find the most efficient way to keep their potatoes hydrated while conserving water.
Greg Ebe, the manager at Ebe Farms, says his ... READ MORE
Washington's family farmers have been showing strong leadership in environmental performance for years:
It’s time that farmers let you know what we’ve been doing to keep this the best place possible to live by providing real environmental action and leadership.
It’s not just empty talk. It’s REAL: Real Environmental Action and Leadership.
REAL Environmental Action & Leadership is an effort by Whatcom Family Farmers - Education to help the greater Washington community work together to continually improve environmental practices, and for increased awareness of the family farming community’s Real Environmental Action and Leadership. Whatcom Family Farmers - Education is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.