Updates From The Farm

Codling Moth Tracking Tool

The past two summers have been hard ones for the home orchardist. Both codling moth and apple maggot pressures were high. The warm temperatures allowed both pests to have several generations. Controlling these two insects take attention to weather to get the timing...

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Salad Greens Production

by Matthew McDermott, production manager, and Rob Jordan, post harvest manager For many people, mixed baby greens are a popular salad choice all year round.  As part of the CMFC food production, mixed baby greens are grown for the local wholesale and retail outlets...

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Managing Your UFO Cherries

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYO3PQR3a2w In an earlier post we described the fundamentals of growing and training cherry trees to the UFO system. This training system is easy to understand and simple to execute...

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My Role as a Second-Year Intern

By Chrissy Hoefgen Cloud Mountain Farm Center is a very diversified organization; growing a number of perennial and annual fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals requires many helping hands. In addition to the twelve full time staff members on site, CMFC also hosts seven...

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Grape Grafting at Cloud Mountain Farm Center

As the rain pours down outside and the wind howls off the mountain through this cold and dreary spring, a crew of diligent grafters works away in the little propagation house behind the nursery.  They are grafting grape vines, literally building the plants that will...

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Seeking an Executive Director to Join Our Team

We are looking for a dynamic leader who is passionate about agricultural research, empowerment, and the economic sustainability of diversified agriculture in Northwestern Washington. The Executive Director will be responsible for setting and managing a yearly budget,...

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Native Plants for Your Landscape

By Layla Dunlap, CMFC Nursery Manager   As I look out over Cloud Mountain Farm Center’s Nursery from our office window, I see brilliant colors starting to pop-up as spring slowly arrives. It gets me excited about warmer weather, hiking season, and botanizing....

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Spring Soil Preparation

These last weeks of March, as winter begins to loosen its heavy grip, many of us get excited to get early ground turned in preparation for peas, oats, and anything else we thing we might get to survive the remaining spring awakening in the still cold, 42°F soils....

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Anticipating Transition at the Center

A New Executive Director At Cloud Mountain, we are used to change. Much of agriculture is about being attuned to the seasonal changes of plants, weather, and ecosystems. One might go so far as to argue that success in agriculture depends on the ability to anticipate...

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Timing Delayed Dormant Sprays

Fruit trees are interesting plants to grow. Humans have been selecting for better fruit for centuries, and in the process, some of the natural resistance to pests and diseases have been lost. A further challenge is our mild rainy climate, which is perfect for fungal...

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Renovating an Older Apple Tree

There are many century old apple orchards scattered around Puget Sound. The San Juan Islands had over 10,000 acres in tree fruits in 1900. Whatcom County had somewhere around 5000 acres that were apples, some pie cherries and plums. There were two packing plants, the...

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Winter Continues

It has been 8 years or more since we've seen a winter like the one we're having now. Here in the Pacific Northwest, long extended cold periods and snow are rare. And it doesn't look like we're going to warm up anytime soon, according to the Climate Prediction Center....

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