Growskagit |

The state Department of Agriculture is offering COVID-19 relief grants to small-scale meat processors to help them cover costs of boosting capacity during the pandemic.

MOUNT VERNON — There wasn’t a tulip in sight Saturday morning — the bulbs aren’t even in the ground yet — but there was still a buzz of activity at Tulip Town.

Local nonprofits teamed up this week to purchase $5,000 of produce from four Latino-owned farms in Skagit County and distribute it to farmworker families.

Since the early 2000s, the Island Grown Farmers Cooperative has provided federally inspected animal slaughter and processing to farms across the region, opening new opportunities for farmers to sell their meats in packages and in a retail setting.

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