Washington farming

Environment
5:01 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Seattle councilman wants you to eat more locally-grown food

More senes like this one, of chidren harvesting kale, would help the Northwest sustain itself into the future, says Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin.
woodleywonderworks photo Flickr

Locally grown foods are better for the environment; it takes fewer resources and produces fewer greenhouse gases to get them from farm to table.

And a new report indicates that people in western Washington could pretty easily more than double their consumption of local foods.

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Food
8:03 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Much Of Wash. Apple Crop In Danger Of Going Unpicked

Washington apple farmers may have a difficult time getting all of their fruit picked. File photo courtesy of the Washington Apple Commission

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 5:21 pm

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.

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.

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Water battles
9:51 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Depleting water levels could mean death of Wash. family farms

Spokane, Wash. – Thursday’s Washington Supreme Court holding that large livestock operations need not have permits for the water they pump could spell ruin for small farmers.

Depleting water levels could mean the death of family farms in Eastern Washington.

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