- Written by Liberty Davidson, Junior Account Executive, Higginson Strategy
WASHINGTON-BASED organic farm Diamondback Acres is taking strides to cut plastic pollution by moving to compostable packaging.
Diamondback Acres in Lake Chelan, Washington, has been farming organic produce since 1991. Bill and Angell Clark, the farm’s owners, have put sustainability at the heart of the business for more than 30 years. They distribute produce direct to consumers online at chelanbeauty.com to minimise emissions through transport.
The Clarks focus on quality over quantity, and the farm is set in 200 acres of land producing the highest quality organic apples, cherries, and blueberries on the market.
In a bid to combat plastic waste, Diamondback Acres has partnered with TIPA Compostable Packaging to package its organic cherries in TIPA’s certified home-compostable zipper bags.
By moving to compostable zipper bags the farm has reduced its use of plastic by 3000 pounds in the first year.
TIPA’s compostable zipper bags perform like conventional plastic but can be disposed of using existing composting infrastructure including home compost bins, leaving no waste behind.
Not only does compostable packaging reduce plastic pollution, it also helps maintain farm-to-table freshness and is proven to increase the shelf-life of fresh produce by up to two times. This helps to minimise food waste – a major contributor to carbon emissions.
Washington state has committed to reducing its plastic footprint, banning single-use plastic bags effective on October 1 2021. The state signed the 2021 Plastics Law in May this year to be phased in over the coming decade aimed at reducing single-use plastic.
Bill and Angell Clark say their goal is to set an example for grocery giants to follow in their eco-friendly footsteps.
Bill Clark, Diamondback Acres owner said: “For almost 30 years we have worked hard to produce the finest organic produce, passionately believing in the practice for the environment, the soil, our workers and ultimately the consumer.”
“We’re extremely excited to be working with TIPA to supply our cherries in its compostable zipper bags, allowing us to help reduce plastic and food waste. We strongly believe that if smaller companies make these small changes, we can make huge strides to protect the planet and encourage the bigger producers to do the same.”
Michael Waas, Vice President of North America at TIPA, said: “We are delighted to be helping Diamondback Acres continue their drive for sustainability by supplying them with compostable bags for their cherries. The farm is an example of a small business showing how to lead on sustainability, and we are excited to help them take this further with our packaging solutions.”
Inspired by nature, TIPA®'s compostable packaging solutions are designed to break down within months under compost conditions just like any organic matter.
TIPA® packaging provides solutions for the food and fashion industries, and is built to fit existing machinery and supply chains.
The company’s packaging solutions are currently being implemented worldwide by leading global brands in Europe, Australia, and the US.
For more Information: www.tipa-corp.com
About Diamondback Acres
Bill and Angell Clark started their farm in 1991.
The family later launched Chelan Beauty®, a farmer-owned company and brand name for their farm and store.
Diamondback Acres believes that organic farming should come before popularity or profitability. The farm cultivates organic produce such as apples, cherries and blueberries.
For more information: https://chelanbeauty.com/
- Written by Norm Manly, Post Service Officer
- Written by Ted Huetter, Museum of Flight
STEM program for high school Juniors earns college credits
SEATTLE, Sept. 20, 2021—Applications are being accepted through Oct. 17 for the 2021-2022 class in the Museum’s Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) program. This STEM program is open to Washington state high school juniors, and participants have the option to earn five science credits from the University of Washington. WAS provides lessons in Earth and Space Science and NASA history, and offers interaction with STEM industry professionals, hands-on engineering activities, and a national alumni network that tracks student progress from high school until after college graduation.
Over 70 percent of the 1791 college-aged WAS alumni are currently involved in a STEM college or career pathway.
Phase 1 of WAS is offered online for free, enabling students throughout Washington state to participate. During the Phase 2 summer program participants have a six-day residency at The Museum of Flight, where they work in teams to plan a human mission to Mars. Students also tour local aerospace companies including Boeing and Blue Origin.
“WAS has allowed me to join and add to a community unlike any other that I’ve previously been exposed to,” said one WAS graduate, “I’ve gained leadership experience, communication skills, and a renewed appreciation for engineering, innovation, and space research.”
Applications for the 2021-22 WAS class are available now at www.museumofflight.org/WAS
- Written by Herb Sargo
- Written by Herb Sargo
As former Seahawk coach, Chuck Knox, and others have said, ""All you can do is play the hand you're dealt."
HARVEST FEST 2021 SCHEDULEVALLEY MUSICFriday EveningOctober 1Agnes on Fire will play outdoors, either at the packing shed or the school, weather permitting. 7 PM, site to be determinedPOETRY NIGHTSunday EveningCancelled - Poetry Night usually hosts 25-30 people crowded in a small space in a private home, with people from anywhere.HARVEST FEST LITESaturday 10 AM at the OrchardSaturday October 2Picking and pressing continue, with social distancing highly encouraged, both by the layout of tables, presses, signage, etc. and with masks suggested for everyone in spaces where social distancing is hard to maintain.Picnics, not potluck. It is suggested families and small groups bring their own food and picnic on the lawns or in the orchard under the shade of a just-picked apple tree, enjoying the fall beauty of the Orchard and the Stehekin Valley.Additionally, materials for cleaning and sanitation to help ensure a pandemic-safe environment for the picking and pressing, will be provided, not only for Harvest Fest, but throughout the picking and pressing season.Saturday's happenings, as well as Friday night's are subject to sudden cancellation or alteration, depending on county, state, and federal rules that may be instituted between now and October 1.
Visitors are encouraged to keep their plans to be in Stehekin that weekend, no matter what form Harvest Fest may take, or even if subsequently cancelled.We thank you for your understanding and, again, encourage you to be here in Stehekin this fall! Its a beautiful time of the year!
- Written by Kari Sorensen, Blueberry Hills Farms
Manson Community Council
September 21, 2021 Agenda
ZOOM @ 6:00 pm Meeting ID: 895 6602 3031
Flag Salute: Gordon Lester
• Treasurer’s Report
• Approval of July 20, 2021 Minutes
#1 Sheriff Brian Burnett
• Short Term Rental Compliance & Updates
• Sheriff’s Community Updates
#2 David Kieninger, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
• Discussion regarding MCC’s concern regarding significant increase in traffic to our area. We are requesting a Traffic Impact Study be done during the highest peak time in the valley; end of July 2022.
• How much traffic can Highway 150 handle and where we’re at now in that volume?
• What recent Traffic Impact Studies have been done?
• Any suggestions to remedy our current traffic issues?
• How to appropriately deal with vehicles, boats and trailers parked alongside Highway 150.
#3 Manson School Board Candidates
Each candidate will be allotted 5 minutes
• District 4 At Large Catherine Willard | Susie (Miller) Fox • District 5 At Large: Greg Neff | Janel Lyman
Next Meeting: October 19, 2021 @ 6 PM ZOOM Meeting ID: 895 6602 3031
- Written by Kevin Morris, Douglas County Sheriff
On April 19, 2020 at about 2:13 PM, Douglas County Deputies were dispatched to a report of human remains found by an individual picking asparagus.
The remains were located in the trees and brush on the hillside in the 2700 block of Tacoma Avenue, Bridgeport.
The scene was investigated and the remains were removed.
Although confirmation cannot be made as to the identity of the remains until further DNA testing, investigators believe this to be Roy L. Groeneveld. Mr. Groeneveld was reported missing from a nearby residence in 2010 and was never located.
- Written by Jessica Peterson, Executive Assistant, CCSO
- Written by Herb Sargo