Skagit farmers plant, plan in face of uncertain COVID climate


THESE FLOWERS GO TO SEED – Skagit Valley farms grow great quantities of a variety of crops whose harvest is their seeds for other farmers around the world. These hybrid cabbage flowered in as May began on Tessa Deyo’s farm off of Dodge Valley Road. – Photo by Nancy Crowell

Will restaurants and breweries open again? What about schools? The export market?

While farmers are still grappling with big questions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, “we have to get farming,” says Eddie Gordon of Gordon Skagit Farms. “The growing season is here.”

That means moving ahead on plans made last winter – or coming up with a creative workaround. Also important to consider: soil health and crop rotation.

Here is what some La Conner-area farmers are getting in the ground right now.

Root crops abound

As John Thulen of Pioneer Potatoes was gearing up to...

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