Photo taken at Golden Glen Creamery / Jensen & Son Dairy in Bow, WA

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

DSHS has announced additional funding to help more WA State farmers markets accept EBT/SNAP benefit cards

Fewer than 1/4 of Farmers Markets nationwide are set up to accept EBT-SNAP cards so people who rely on EBT (formerly food stamps) aren't able to make purchases of healthy farm fresh foods directly from these farmers. Recent USDA funding will be used to provide electronic technology so that Farmers Markets can accept EBT cards. It's a win-win that will provide access to healthy farm fresh foods and increase the customer base of farmers across the U.S.

Here is the USDA Food and Nutrition Service SNAP Retail Locator to find Farmers Markets (and other retailers) that currently welcome EBT customers.


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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Video: Anne Schwartz of Blue Heron Farm


In the Summer of 2011 I spent half a day with Anne Schwartz of Blue Heron Farm in Rockport, WA. Anne's video is in 2 parts. I was also able to speak with 2011 intern Hailey Michel-Evleth and that's part 3.

I met Anne at the land she organically farms at the foothills of the North Cascades. Late morning July temps were beginning to rise. She was late because she had to answer an EMT call. Such is life up river where residents are both self-sufficient AND reliant on each other (the nearest hospital is over 30 miles away, the fire department is volunteer driven). When she hopped out of her pickup I was pretty surprised. Farm Talk of Anne is large and strong so I didn’t expect to be greeted by a cute, petite lady with an enviably long ponytail and nurturing smile. 

The more I listened to Anne, the clearer it became: this woman is living her heart. Anne's become one of the most respected farmers and agricultural activists in our area. I think you'll really enjoy her stories.

Anne offers a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) which you can buy shares of. She’s a North Cascades Institute Foodshed Partner. And she's involved with the WSU Major in Organic Agriculture Systems which is the first program of its kind to be offered in the U.S. Currently, Anne's planting tomatoes and peppers and warm loving veg in the greenhouse and planting greens, radishes, cilantro, brassicas, peas, squash, corn, beans, carrots and just about everything the weather is allowing.

If you’d like to volunteer at the farm during summers or purchase a CSA subscription give Anne a call (info below). 


PART 1

PART 2

PART 3




CONTACT INFORMATION
12179 State Route 530
Rockport WA 98283
Telephone (360) 853-8449

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All of my videos of Skagit Valley farmers are posted in this blog as well as on my YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/denicer. 


Buy Something and support your local farmers. 


Grow Something wherever you live. Even if it's just a flower or herb in the windowsill. 
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