February has been a busy month at Farm Power, especially in our relations with the wider community. During December and January, our only real visibility came from a mention in the newspaper and brief testimony at a hearing on closing a rural railroad crossing. However, at the end of January we took an interest in the legislative session and rallied our many supporters to contact our lawmakers. We won't know the results for another week, but the support from the Skagit County Commissioners, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland, Skagit State Bank, Western Washington Agricultural Association, and others was very gracious and much appreciated.
In the middle of the month, we received great exposure at the annual dinner put on by the Economic Development Agency of Skagit County. Despite still being in the development phase, we were featured on a poster and in the president's presentation alongside successful local businesses. We made some new connections and linked up again with other leaders in our community.
The visibility continues in March. We will be talking about Farm Power on Thursday, March 27, at 7pm in the Rexville Grange. The grange is located just behind the Rexville Grocery, just south of our partner farmers (who are in turn just south of Skagit Valley's major tulip growing areas). We invite our readers to come meet us. Make it an evening outing by touring the fields of West Mount Vernon beforehand. We hope to see you there!