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Plant of the Week- March 3

Plant of the Week- March 3

A feature we hope to run through the year- Plant of the Week. We want to introduce you to some interesting plants that are excellent for our Northwest gardens and landscapes. This week: Azara microphylla Boxleaf azara is a broadleaf evergreen that is uncommon in local...

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What a winter it has been!

What a winter it has been!

It is now the last week of February, and throughout Whatcom County, we are seeing early plums in bloom, buds on cherries and peaches swelling, and even pears showing signs of waking up. Should we be worried? Here at Cloud Mountain Our greatest fear is that the skies...

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Peppers! By Celeste Monke

Peppers! By Celeste Monke

‘Tis the season. Temperatures are high and the hothouse fruits are fruiting. This furry fellow still has some days to go, but should turn into a spicy 2” beast with a heat level somewhere between Serranos and Cayenne. A furry pepper you ask? Yes. It’s a Rocoto pepper,...

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Participatory Pollinators by Eli

Participatory Pollinators by Eli

My initial idea for an intern project for the year was to keep mason bees in home-made nests and try to overwinter them on the farm.  If it was successful the farm could possibly reduce or eliminate the honeybee hives we pay to bring in each spring, thereby...

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The Compost Post by Michael Deitering

The Compost Post by Michael Deitering

Here at Cloud Mountain, many hours have been dedicated to discussing how to improve the soils, and what improvement even means. By organic standards, the goal is to “manage plant and animal materials to maintain or improve soil organic matter content in a manner that...

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Orchard Groundcover Project, By Janaki Kilgore

Orchard Groundcover Project, By Janaki Kilgore

As an intern at Cloud Mountain Farm Center I have the privilege to consider the big picture of dynamic food systems, sustainability and community. The focus on long-term well-being of the farm and the watershed it inhabits must consider soil health as the backbone of...

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Internship Go!

Internship Go!

Our 2014 interns have arrived, and we’re already through the first two weeks of the thirty-five exciting weeks of education!  The interns engage in one full day of education each week while doing correlating work on the farm the other four days. In these first few...

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An old fruit most people have never tried: Quince

An old fruit most people have never tried: Quince

As autumn deepens, we're all enjoying the fall harvest; apples and pears, winter squash, cider and quince...  What the heck is quince??? Quince is a very old fruit, closely related to pears.  It is native to Southeast Asia, mainly Turkey and Iran, but has been grown...

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Intern Projects: Working towards Sustainability, #4

Intern Projects: Working towards Sustainability, #4

Intern Profile: Chris Henderson Chris broke from an eight-year career as a wind energy engineer in Seattle to come to Cloud Mountain as a full-time farming intern. During his undergraduate years studying engineering at Michigan State University, Chris became active in...

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It’s Fruit Festival Time!

It’s Fruit Festival Time!

Come join us for our 29th Annual Fruit Festival. Fruit Sampling Live Music Events for the Kids Julia's Pumpkin Patch Special Nursery Pricing October 6,10-5 pm October 7, 11-4 pm Admission is $5.00 per person, or $10.00 per carload. Bring the family (but please leave...

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Intern Projects: Working towards Sustainability, #3

Intern Projects: Working towards Sustainability, #3

Intern Profile: Lily Morgan Lily is a student at Fairhaven College at Western Washington University.  So she could commit to 40 hours a week for eight months, Lily took spring and fall quarters off from school in order to participate in Cloud Mountain’s internship...

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Intern Projects: Working for Sustainability, #2

Intern Projects: Working for Sustainability, #2

Intern Profile: Hilary Graham  Hilary grew up in the suburbs of San Francisco and attended college at the University of CA, Santa Cruz getting her degree in American Studies. After college she worked for a Bay Area municipality's waste reduction program but realized...

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