Washington farming http://www.kplu.org en Seattle councilman wants you to eat more locally-grown food http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-councilman-wants-you-eat-more-locally-grown-food <p>Locally grown foods are better for the environment; it takes fewer resources and produces fewer greenhouse gases to get them from farm to table.</p><p>And<a href="http://www.farmland.org/documents/AFTPlantingTheSeedsF.pdf"> a new report</a> indicates that people in western Washington could pretty easily more than double their consumption of local foods.</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7447 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle councilman wants you to eat more locally-grown food Much Of Wash. Apple Crop In Danger Of Going Unpicked http://www.kplu.org/post/much-washingtons-apple-crop-danger-going-unpicked PRESCOTT, Wash. -- Washington state apple farmers have the second largest crop in history but too few pickers to get it all in this harvest. A worker shortage means there won’t be enough people to get the fruit off the trees quickly enough.<p>Broetje Orchards in southeast Washington is one of the largest fruit growers in the world. Owners there put a plea out for more workers -- they're short 800 people.<p>Roger Bairstow is a manager at Broetje. Sat, 08 Sep 2012 15:03:12 +0000 6255 at http://www.kplu.org Much Of Wash. Apple Crop In Danger Of Going Unpicked Depleting water levels could mean death of Wash. family farms http://www.kplu.org/post/depleting-water-levels-could-mean-death-wash-family-farms <p>Spokane, Wash. &ndash; Thursday&rsquo;s Washington Supreme Court holding that large livestock operations need not have permits for the water they pump could spell ruin for small farmers.</p><p>Depleting water levels could mean the death of family farms in Eastern Washington.</p><p> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 17:51:18 +0000 Paige Browning 3557 at http://www.kplu.org