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Published: Friday, March 18, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

Farmers, others planning food processing center in Stanwood

STANWOOD -- Plans are in the works for a cooperative food processing and marketing center to serve the Stanwood and Camano Island area.
The proposed Port Susan Food and Farming Center would be a place where local farmers and food producers could bottle, label, bake, freeze, dehydrate and cure food, and get help with their businesses.
For now, farmers and entrepreneurs, as well as people just thinking about getting involved in local farming or food production, are being asked to take an online survey to assess the potential need for such a facility.
The survey is posted at Deadline to complete the survey is March 28. More information about the center is available at
The Port Susan Food and Farming Center is the dream of a group of people involved in Slow Food Port Susan,; Harvest Jubilee,; Design Stanwood,; and the Northwest Agriculture Business Center,
The mission is to provide long-term economic vitality for food and farming community in the area, said Vivian Henderson of Slow Food Port Susan.
Leaders for the project are Henderson and Donna King, owner of Scandia Coffee House in Stanwood.
The project looks years into the future when people may not be able to afford to commute or transport food great distances, King said.
The Northwest Agriculture Business Center, an agriculture business development organization serving farmers in northwest Washington, is providing technical assistance to help establish the facility, Henderson said.
For more information about the Port Susan Food and Farming Center, contact Henderson at 360-652-2569 or King at 360-629-2362.
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Story tags » Camano IslandSilvanaStanwoodAgriculture & FishingLocal Food

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