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We All Eat: ULI Food Forum

We All Eat: ULI Food Forum

From the Greatest Generation to Generation Z and the Baby Boomers and Millenials in between, we are all connected by one simple necessity–We All Eat! Some of us are Feeders–just putting food in our mouths to combat hunger, some of us are Eaters–being... Read more...
Another Look at Food & Bridges

Another Look at Food & Bridges

Just after the I-5 Skagit River bridge collapsed 2-1/2 years ago, I wrote a blog entitled Food & Bridges on how food and bridges are vital to a highly functioning society and neither gets the respect they deserve. We take the basic necessities of daily living,... Read more...
Malting in the Skagit

Malting in the Skagit

Malting! As a kid, it meant malted milkshakes and Whoppers–malted milk covered in chocolate. Ugh! Whoppers were the rage in my Trick or Treat bag, but they tasted awful. Now I savor a malted drink–Hefeweizen–the German malted wheat beer of my... Read more...
Two Commercial-Scale Produce Hubs

Two Commercial-Scale Produce Hubs

Visualize fresh produce. Where do you see it? At the grocery store? On your plate? At your farmers market? At your local restaurant? At the farm? How do fresh fruits and vegetables leave the farm and show up on your plate? Food travels on average 1,500 miles from farm... Read more...
The Land That Feeds Us: Skagit Valley

The Land That Feeds Us: Skagit Valley

The answers are 91, 57, 7, 2, and less than 1. The questions are: What is the distance needed between seed crops? What percentage of the U.S. population are farmers? What is the average age of U.S. farmers? What percentage of U.S. production of fruits, nuts, and... Read more...
Food & Bridges

Food & Bridges

C-  is the report card grade for Washington State bridges given by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Seattle Section in the 2013 Report Card for Washington’s Infrastructure. Bridge vulnerability was confirmed on May 23, 2013 with Interstate 5... Read more...