FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 6, 2022

MEDIA CONTACT:
Molly Burke
Whatcom County Public Works Department
mburke@co.whatcom.wa.us
(360) 778-6267
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whatcom-farm-expo-tickets-237766284357

The Whatcom Farm Expo on April 23: There's Something for Everyone in Agriculture

The sixth annual FREE Whatcom Farm Expo will be held on Saturday, April 23, at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Whether you already operate a farm and are looking for new ideas or markets, are thinking of starting a small farm, or are making the transition from hobby to business, this event offers something for everyone.

This event is designed to be an informal meet-and-greet and networking opportunity. Visitors will find opportunities to engage with successful farm owners, market resources for local growers, community and farming advocacy groups, and much more.  Discover new resources to improve and expand productivity, animal and stream health, pasture quality, and homesteading happiness. The Expo will also offer information on funding opportunities through grants, rebates, and financial assistance programs. 

Over 40 different organizations will be represented. There will be presentations throughout the day and a special keynote panel at Noon. Additionally, the new Farming for Life Experience will be open during the event. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this award-winning exhibit and learn about the past, present, and future of agriculture in Whatcom County. The Farming for Life Experience has something for all ages so be sure to check out this award-winning exhibit. Refreshments and lunch can be purchased from food trucks on-site during the event.

Keynote:  Starting and Nurturing a Successful Farm Business 
Facilitated Panel Discussion Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Are you thinking about starting a farm business or wondering how to make your current business flourish? Our speakers will have experience and resources to help you and your farming goals. There will be an opportunity for audience questions following speaker presentations. 

2022 Keynote Panel Presentations and Members:

Farming challenges and success in Western Washington.
Marie Hegarty, Co-Owner, Fair Cow’s Path Farm

Planning your farm for production and longevity.
Elizabeth Hayes, Director, Cloud Mountain Farm Center

Acquiring land and funding your farm goals.
Katie Pencke, Co-Owner, Alluvial Farms

Finding your dream farm property.
Allison Trimble & Blake Westhoff, Owners & Managing Brokers, Coastal Realty

Hosted by Whatcom Conservation District and Whatcom County Public Works, the event is free and open to the public, however registration is recommended. You can get tickets and event updates at eventbrite.com using the following link: www.eventbrite.com/e/whatcom-farm-expo-tickets-237766284357
 
Check the website www.whatcomcd.org/whatcom-farm-expo for more details, including the list of speakers and talks that will happen throughout the day. Special thanks to our Barn Raiser Sponsors: Coastal RealtySkagit Farmers Supply, and the Whatcom County Farm Bureau.

FREE tarps and FREE soil tests will be available to qualifying farmers, while supplies last.
 
For more information, visit www.whatcomcd.org/small-farm-expo or contact Aneka Sweeney at 360-526-2381 x103, asweeney@whatcomcd.org.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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