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Watertower in George, WA was partially funded through USDA Rural Development.

Addressing Water Access Challenges Through USDA Rural Development’s Commitment to Rural Communities

Water is the life source for everything living on this earth. For human survival, we require clean and reliable water through sustainable infrastructure. While most people in US communities are blessed with water resources that don't even need to be thought about when the… [Read More]
A USDA grant for $2.6 million was awarded to Perfect Blend LLC, an organic fertilizer company in Washington, facilitated infrastructure improvements, including the replacement of a giant stainless-steel dryer drum used to produce organic fertilizer at the company's plant in Othello in rural Adam's County. USDA Photo by Tim O’Connell.

Washington State Company Exemplifies Spirit of National Biobased Product Day Through USDA Grant Funding To Increase Organic Fertilizer Production

With fertilizer prices soaring due to global factors, relief comes to support local businesses, rural communities, strengthen the domestic supply chain in Washington State, providing more stable prices for farmers thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fertilizer Product… [Read More]
The Village

USDA Helps Mustard Seed Village Cultivate Change: A Greenhouse Model Blossoming with Community Engagement and Elder Care Innovations

Rural seniors often desire to age in their communities, surrounded by familiar faces and places. However, with fewer healthcare providers, professional caregivers, and young people compared to urban areas, rural communities face challenges in caring for their aging residents.… [Read More]
finnriver coowners photo by james curtis. Three people smiling in front of fermenting equipment and bottles.

Sustainability at the Core

For many, apples are a sweet addition to a balanced diet. For Eric Jorgensen, one of the founders of Finnriver Farm & Cidery, apples are a way of life. Jorgensen and his partners started their small organic fruit and vegetable farm in Chimacum, Washington, on the state’s… [Read More]
Owner of Fable Farms preparing wine

Building Small Rural Businesses

Small businesses are the center of rural communities and ensuring they have the tools needed to be successful is important for their sustainability. Fable Farms, a wine company in Washington, felt the strain during COVID-19 in 2020. Finding supplies for the business and getting… [Read More]
Joni Evans with her partner, Gunnar Grip

Dog Saves His Human From Fire in Forks

Joni Evans of Forks, WA lost her home to a fire in June 2014.  She narrowly escaped with her life thanks to her dog, Gunnar Grip.  Gunnar woke Joni up by barking and knocking her out of her chair, with only moments to spare before the house was fully engulfed.… [Read More]
Sewer in the Yard

No Family Should Have Raw Sewage in Their Yard

As a low-income senior citizen who lost her partner and lives solely on Social Security, Ellen is at the center of a multi-generational home where resources are pooled. Ellen called the Kitsap Public Health District in the summer of 2019 to report her failing septic system.… [Read More]
Shawn and Mariah Butenschoen’s willingness to adapt has helped their business and their community. Photo courtesy of Dean Koepfler.

Whatcom County Couple Boosts Their Business, Serves Their Community

One of the benefits of owning your own small business is the ability to be nimble and make quick financial and operational decisions when the need arises. Shawn and Mariah Butenschoen are proof of this. The Butenschoens own a five-acre organic blueberry farm in Elverson, a… [Read More]
solar panels in Olympia

Solar Power Reduces Vender Energy Costs at Olympia Farmers Market

The Farmers Market in Washington State’s Capital City of Olympia attracts some 500,000 visitors during its nine-month run and generates about $5 million in sales. As the City of Olympia’s liaison to the Farmers Market, the Parks, Arts and Recreation Department was approached by… [Read More]