Greenbank Farm Training Program grows farmers

The Greenbank Farm Training Program is starting a class this week designed to help beginning farmers, apprentices and aspiring farmers living on Whidbey Island. “Now in our third year, we will be offering weekly classes for 23 weeks on the production and business aspects of starting and managing a successful small farm,” training program director Maryon Attwood said in a news release.

  • Apr 6, 2011

Businesses expose themselves at Oak Harbor Elks Lodge

From beautiful textiles to tasty treats by some of Whidbey Island’s best restaurants, this year’s Spring Business Expo in Oak Harbor will have it all. Kicking off Thursday, March 31, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Oak Harbor, the fourth installment of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s annual event will host about 30 individual business, according to membership and administrative coordinator Tammi Petty.

Pooch Motel: New pet resort opens in Oak Harbor

A new resort opened in Oak Harbor last month. Its white vaulted ceilings boast exposed beams and expansive windows which allow warm natural light to fill the space. Designed to resemble a classic red barn, the two-story building’s exterior creates a sense of home while maintaing a chic and modern feel indoors. In a word, the Dogwood embodies luxury.

  • Mar 25, 2011

Port dreams of food processing at Greenbank Farm

A food packing and bottling facility on Central Whidbey could provide a boost to small farms by giving them a place to package their products.

Navy reaches out to small business

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest will hold a Small Business Outreach event beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Elks Club in Oak Harbor.

  • Mar 18, 2011

Greenbank Farm fires director; mission changes

After releasing its former executive director, the Greenbank Farm Management Group is still months away from finding a replacement to run day-to-day operations of the historic, publicly owned facility.

Oak Harbor’s gem of a store turns 20

Before Jeff Mack was 10 years old, he could break down and clean a mantle clock. By 13, he could completely disassemble and service a pocket watch. By his senior year in high school, he could size rings and was dabbling in jewelry fabrication. Thirty-five years later, the man’s skill is really limited only by your imagination.

Lavender grower infuses workshop with good scents

Lavender brings to mind the sunny landscapes of the south of France. But thanks to lavender lovers like Sarah Richards, the beautiful plant has gained a foothold and a following on Whidbey Island. Richards will elucidate the mysteries of growing this plant of many uses in two classes at the Whidbey Gardening Workshop Saturday, March 19 at Coupeville High School.

  • Mar 4, 2011

Tidal power’s effects on Whidbey

What are the opportunities for tidal power? And what might be the unintended side effects? How might the answers matter to us on Whidbey Island? Find out some of the answers to this exploration of a new type of renewable power Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, off Highway 525 north of Freeland.

  • Feb 14, 2011

Realtor gambles on downtown Oak Harbor

Success in business can be a gamble and for one well known Oak Harbor businessman, 2011 is a time for throwing in all his chips. On Jan. 3, Gerry Oliver decided to overlook a stubborn housing market and months of construction ahead on SE Pioneer Way – a factor that’s driven more than one business to new locales – to open his very first real estate office right smack dab in the middle of downtown.

Oak Harbor funeral director breaks out on his own

With more than 45 years of experience under his belt, there aren’t many people who know the funeral industry like Gary Wallin.

Greenbank Farm’s agriculture training group resurrected

Thanks to donations from residents and a tuition hike, the Community Supported Agriculture program at the Greenbank Farm will continue. After being cut by the Northwest Agriculture Business Center several weeks ago as a way to resolve state funding cuts, the Greenbank Farm Management Group decided it would continue to support the farmer training program.

Wined and dined big-city style

Whidbey Island’s biggest appeal may be its rolling hills and peaceful views, but after seeing field after field, tree after tree, day after day, sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than a luxurious night in the big city. Thanks to Oak Harbor resident Brian Montana, islanders are now able to soak in all the glitz and glam of a sultry downtown watering hole without fighting rush hour traffic.

  • Jan 14, 2011

Coupeville’s County Deli goes out of business

After 20 years of filling the sandwich needs of the hungry residents of Coupeville, a popular restaurant closed at the end of the year. The County Deli, which has been operating out of its North Main location since 1989, closed when the current owners, the Hummel family, decided to sell the venerable restaurant.

Whidbey farmers offered environmental programs

The Whidbey Island Conservation District’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program, including a new organic program, is available for farmers, ranchers, and forest owners.

  • Dec 30, 2010

Whidbey farmers offered environmental programs

The Whidbey Island Conservation District’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program, including a new organic program, is available for farmers, ranchers, and forest owners.

  • Dec 30, 2010

Oak Harbor marketing plan under construction

Despite the demands of downtown merchants and the urging of Oak Harbor’s mayor, the City Council may be hard pressed to sign off on a plan to spend up to $170,000 on marketing for downtown businesses during the SE Pioneer Way Improvement Project.

EDC leader resigns, plans ‘grandma’ role

After 10 years at the helm, Sharon Hart, executive director of the Island County Economic Development Council, is stepping down effective Jan. 1.

Oak Harbor bakery boasts slightly sinful and creative concoctions

Bakery owner Marti Krotz claims her frosting is to die for. She has her granddaughter Jessica Brown scoop some onto a spoon and offers up a taste. The fluffy white mixture hasn’t even been flavored yet, but Marti Krotz is still right.

  • Nov 23, 2010

Angelo’s Caffe repeats with Green Business Award

The judges have made their decision and the top three Green Businesses in Oak Harbor this year are Angelo’s Caffe, The BBQ Joint and Whidbey Island Naturopathic.

  • Nov 18, 2010