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Genuine Skagit Valley

From the first commercial crop of cultivated potatoes in 1853, the Skagit Delta has been supplying the region, state, and world with nearly every crop imaginable. The Valley produces almost 95% of U.S. table beet seed (50% of the world supply), 75% of U.S. spinach seed, 25% of global cabbage seed stocks, and more tulip, daffodil, and iris bulbs that any other U.S. county.

Lost in the Valley

I felt like I was exactly where I should be, and by taking some time to focus on the richness of my environment and the relationships important to me, I felt refreshed and ready to tackle my projects with a new sense of enthusiasm, and with some new ideas. Sometimes taking “time off” is more like refilling the tank so you can drive another 1000 miles. Essential.

Seasonal Changes on the Confluence: A Year in the North Cascades

This article was written by North Cascades Institute M. Ed Alumni Brendan McGarry recording the seasonal changes he experienced during his year in residency in the North Cascades. Far up the Skagit River, the Confluence property, a plot of land …

Spring Fever in the Valley

I don’t know about you, but “Spring Fever” is no joke in my world. And if you live in the Skagit Valley, opportunities for indulging those rampant post-winter-doldrum impulses are numerous and varied. A mere glimpse of vegetable starts on …

Skagit Valley is Fast Becoming a Destination For Craft Beer

When looking at a community’s craft beer scene, the home brewer is the heart of where it all begins.  Skagit Valley has a thriving home brewer scene which includes the Skagit Farm to Pint Home Brewers annual competition.  Three home …

An Afternoon Birding in Skagit Valley

Not for the first time, I recently wondered why it is that residents in any given tourist destination often haven’t indulged in the many offerings their locale features. I’m as guilty as the next when it comes to this phenomenon …

Bowman Bay – The Quieter Side of Deception Pass

Picnic, rent kayaks and paddle boards, and hike along the north and south sides of the bay.   Brad Solomon, of Skagit County Explorer, created this video for you.  Skagit County Explorer is your guide to the unique and different in …

Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms 2018 – October 6-7

You can have a hands-on-experience learning what it takes to run a farm, from growing crops to feeding animals at the Festival of Family Farms on October 6-7, 2018. It is an opportunity to talk to your farmers and follow …

June is Orca Month

It’s almost officially summer, but we’re already in the heat of the 2018 whale season. It’s been a record year for the number of transient (or Bigg’s) orca whales. In fact, we’ve seen killer whales on over 64 tours in this young season.

Know Your Beer Farmer

I had the opportunity to ride along with Dave Hedlin, third generation farmer, of Hedlin’s Family Farm in La Conner, WA on his first day of planting organic Skagit Copeland Barley.

Road Trip – From Mountains to Coast

The Pacific Northwest is filled with natural wonders, and Washington State, where I live, is a particularly amazing place.

Burlington Summer Nights Concerts

Burlington Summer Nights will offer the community a weekly market and free live entertainment! Just as local veggies and fruits start to peek through the soil, Burlington will blossom with its own market.

Skagit Farm to Pint FEST Focuses on Local: Grain, Farmers, Maltsters, Brewers and Restaurants

Representing all eleven Skagit Valley breweries, the first ever Skagit Farm to Pint FEST is truly a brewer’s festival designed by the brewers themselves.  Presented by the Port of Skagit, held at Skagit Valley Malting and organized by Skagit Farm …

La Conner Birding Showcase

The La Conner Birding Showcase is slated for January 27, 2018 – January 28, 2018, 11am – 3pm on Saturday and 11am – 4pm on Sunday.  Anacortes Telescope & Wild Birds Unlimited will be on hand to demonstrate a variety …

Guided Birdwatching Tours

Skagit Guided Adventures offers birdwatching tours from the Salish Sea to the North Cascades, Fall and Winter, when birding is at its best in Magic Skagit! SKAGIT VALLEY GEESE & SWANS ECO TOUR (mid-October through March) This 3-hour Eco Tour takes …