Harborview Hospital Receives Farm Fresh Food

Harborview Medical Center (HMC) in Seattle is offering a Farm Fresh Salad Kit to go in their cafeteria. And it has been an instant hit with their customers.The $6.50 bag offers a selection of organic veggies for the person on the go: to take back to their desk, to enjoy in the summer sunshine, or to take home. Harborview provides the courtesy salad dressing.

The idea was the brainchild of Harborview Chefs RJ Owen and Mike Prince, Registered Dietitian Ben Atkinson and Cloud Mountain Farming Center/Puget Sound Food Hub Cooperative member Cheryl Thornton. Looking for more opportunities to expand their local selections in the cafeteria, they came upon this idea. The portability, affordable price and opportunity to eat/snack on organic local produce seemed worth a try. It compliments current HMC selections beyond their locally sourced special of the day and salad bar.
Future offerings may include specialty varieties of Cloud Mountain Farming Center peaches or apples in a Chef’s Fresh Bag.

“Part of the fun is teaching customers about new varieties as well as selections that are grown in Western Washington,” says Cheryl.

Chef Mike Prince embraces the opportunity to provide “local selections that are the best, most fresh for a given week. Foods that are at the peak of season”

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Whidbey Island Grown Week Begins September 29th

Whidbey Island Grown Week is a 10-day celebration of local products, services, and experiences. The events begin September 29 and conclude October 8, and will showcase all 50 Whidbey Island Grown members that will organize at least one idea, special offering, event or celebration. NABC has been an active sponsor and participant of this group since its founding in 2009.

This collaborative collection is being marketed together to increase their overall impact including promotions on Washington State Ferries.

Events planned include the new Whidbey Island Cider Festival, a honey bee class, local product specials, cooking classes, farm to table dinners and more. Check our website calendar https://whidbeyislandgrown.com/events/ for a complete list of events, experiences, shopping and tasting opportunities.

For more information, go to: www.whidbeyislandgrown.com.

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NABC’s Starting Your Business Workshop – Oct. 24, 2017

There are many critical details involved in starting a business. This class is geared towards providing foundational information to help new farmers and food related businesses to answer key questions such as, “What is required to start a business? Where and how do I get a business license? What are my responsibilities and legal obligations as a business owner? How do I handle hiring and managing of staff, payroll, and taxes?  How do I handle keeping track of and recording sales, expenses, and profits?”

This class will provide a hand-out glossary of business terminology as well as a list of resources and contacts to help you start a new business – the right way.

Presenters include:
Jeff Voltz, Project Manager, NABC
Tuyen Manikhoth, Risk Management Specialist 3, WA Dept. of Labor & Industries
Walt Kulpa, Risk Consultation Services, WA Dept. of Labor & Industries
Nancy Jordan, Director of Development & Public Relations, Lummi CDFI
Melissa Moeller, Owner, Misty Meadows Farm

REGISTER HERE: STARTING YOUR BUSINESS

NABC would like to thank our sponsors:

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Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program

2018 Request for Applications (RFA) Announcement

Western Extension Risk Management Education Center (Western Center)
Washington State University Extension

Serving Farmers and Ranchers Through Targeted Risk Management Education

Proposals are due by 5 PM, PST, Thursday, November 16, 2017
The Western Extension Risk Management Education Center (Western Center), in conjunction with the Northeast, North Central and Southern Center announce a funding opportunity for projects that help farm and ranch families succeed through targeted risk management strategies. The maximum amount of requested funding shall not exceed $50,000 for Education Projects and $2,000 for Exploratory Projects.

Application Information:  Go to the Western Center website and from the “Funding” dropdown menu, select “Apply for Funding”, or click on the Competitive Grants Program from the  Home page. The grants application process is fully explained in the Western Center’s 2018 Request for Applications (RFA).  All applications must be submitted online through the Results Verification System (RVS).  There are links to application resources on the Western Center’s Competitive Grants Program page as well as within the RVS system, to help guide you through the application process.

Eligibility: This announcement seeks applications from eligible organizations with a demonstrated capacity to develop and deliver results/outcome-based risk management education and training programs for agricultural producers and their families. All organizations serving agricultural producers, especially those serving the special emphasis audiences identified on page 3 of the RFA, are strongly encouraged to apply. The Western Center serves Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the U.S. affiliated Pacific Islands.

An applicant webinar will be conducted on Thursday October 12th at 10:00AM PDT. No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to participate. Details will be posted on the Western Center’s website. Additionally, an email announcement will be sent prior to the meeting.

Questions or comments regarding the RFA may be directed to Jo Ann Warner, 509-477-2168, warnerj@wsu.edu or Shannon Neibergs, 509-335-6360, sneibergs@wsu.edu.

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A Few Spots Still Open in Upcoming CINA Cider Workshops – Register Today!

Space is still available in these three upcoming cider classes:

CINA Cider Foundation Class
October 9-13, 2017
WSU NW Research Center
Mt. Vernon, WA
Brianna Ewing, Instructor
Online registration: http://cider.wsu.edu/event/cider-perry-production-a-foundation

CINA Cider Foundation Class
November 13-17, 2017
South Puget Sound Community College
Olympia, WA
Andrew Byers, Instructor
Online registration: https://spscc.edu/cce/cider-perry

CINA Cider & Perry Science & Production (Advanced class)
November 27-Dec 1, 2017
WSU NW Research Center
Mt. Vernon, WA
Peter Mitchell, Instructor
Online application: http://www.agbizcenter.org/business-services/classes-and-workshops/event/154/CINA-s-Cider-&-Perry-Production—Science-&-Practice

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NWIRC Angel Investment Fund Bootcamp Oct 21, 2017

The NW Innovation Center is hosting a bootcamp for applicants who might be interested in angel investing.  It is targeted to startups that are putting together their presentation materials or about ready to do that.  Details of the bootcamp are on http://nwirc.com/boot-camp/

For more details also see: Press Release – NWIRC Angel Bootcamp 2017 Bootcamp 2017

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New MPPU Processing Equipment Soon To Go Into Service

NABC has just taken delivery of a brand new piece of equipment for the Mobile Poultry Processing Unit – a lung and organ vacuum!  Once assembled, it will be installed on the MPPU and the crew will be trained on use and cleaning. This handy tool helps to remove the unwanted organs and other material from poultry carcasses during processing.  The extra-wide nozzle will work for both chickens and turkeys.

It’s a bit of an investment, but Supervisor Miguel Martinez believes this new equipment can improve efficiency on the truck and reduce processing time.  He’ll give it a road test on our next processing service date.

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Upcoming NABC Workshops on Poultry & Produce

The next two NABC events are coming up very soon: the Prepping Your Produce For the Market tour on June 28th, and Hands-On Poultry Processing on July 12th.

Prepping Your Produce is a Skagit Valley-based tour where  post-harvest activity and logistics will be observed in action.  The three site, self-driven tour includes stops at the Puget Sound Food Hub warehouse, Ralph’s Greenhouse, and Skagit Flats Farm. See how the pros prep vegetables on-farm for wholesale customers, and learn tips for working smoothly with a distribution warehouse.

Hands On Poultry will be hosted at the Organic Farm School on Whidbey Island.  Students will learn about poultry processing technique from start to finish on board NABC’s Mobile Poultry Processing Unit, food safety strategies, and regulatory considerations for those intending to sell raw poultry.  Open to both commercial and non-commercial producers.

With just a few attendees spaces remaining in each event, register soon so you don’t miss out!

Hands On Processing Workshop

Wholesale Farm Success: Prepping Your Produce For the Market Tour

See the NABC Classes and Workshops page for our current schedule – classes are posted throughout the year.

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Ranching for Resilience—A Field Day for Producers and Consumers

Sandra Matheson, DVM and her 1-2 yr old cattle

Learn how a Holistic approach to livestock grazing and ranch management is healthier for the land and the climate, and better for producers and consumers, too.  For more information and registration, please see: http://pnchm.org/educational-opportunities/ranching-for-resilience-bellingham-field-day/ 

 

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Business and Production Classes for Island Farmers

Three of the region’s farm education organizations have formed a partnership to support beginning farmers and ranchers in San Juan and Island counties. The Northwest Agriculture Business Center, the Organic Farm School, and WSU-Extension will host classroom and practicum workshops throughout the next three years in such key farm business development topics as marketing, financial management, processing, and production.

The next class, “Hands-On Poultry Processing,” is scheduled for July 12th and will be hosted at OFS.  To learn more or register, please see please see this LINK to registration, or contact the NABC office at sera@agbizcenter.org or 360-336-3727.

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