Ross Quigley, the Opportunity Council Building Performance Center Director, discusses processes that he utilizes to weatherproof and reduce energy costs on low income homes.
Ross Quigley, the Opportunity Council Building Performance Center Director, discusses processes that he utilizes to weatherproof and reduce energy costs on low income homes.
VITAL general manager Kaili Koo watches renovations for VITAL’s new yoga studio. Koo said she’s excited to have a space where climbing chalk isn’t involved.
VITAL general manager Kaili Koo watches renovations for VITAL’s new yoga studio. Koo said she’s excited to have a space where climbing chalk isn’t involved.
Brooke Fotheringham, a former anti-vaxer, has decided to become a pro-vax activist. She recently had to file her first FBI terrorism alert report as a result of threats from her former anti-vax community.
Brooke Fotheringham, a former anti-vaxer, has decided to become a pro-vax activist. She recently had to file her first FBI terrorism alert report as a result of threats from her former anti-vax community.

Celeste Monke is the co-owner and operator of local sustainable flower farm, Free Range Flowers. She runs the farm with her partner Jay Roelof. 

A smoothie is served at Electric Beet Juice Co. in Bellingham, WA. The juicery will be moving locations later this summer.
A smoothie is served at Electric Beet Juice Co. in Bellingham, WA. The juicery will be moving locations later this summer.
An employee at Electric Beet Juice Co. gets ready to prepare a specialty juice for a customer.
An employee at Electric Beet Juice Co. gets ready to prepare a specialty juice for a customer.
Solem pieces apart an onion flower, an edible flower that is popular among her customers. Sumas River Farm is Solem’s third time trying to start a successful farm but she’s encouraged by the strong farming community in Whatcom County and the female-owned farming model.
Solem pieces apart an onion flower, an edible flower that is popular among her customers. Sumas River Farm is Solem’s third time trying to start a successful farm but she’s encouraged by the strong farming community in Whatcom County and the female-owned farming model.
Free Range Flowers, like most of the farms in Whatcom county is currently harvesting tulips but also grows a variety of other flowers.
Free Range Flowers, like most of the farms in Whatcom county is currently harvesting tulips but also grows a variety of other flowers.
Chocolate lace flower begins to grow in a greenhouse located on the farm. Celeste grows only local flowers and utilizes sustainable growing practices like rainwater collection and not using fertilizers.
Chocolate lace flower begins to grow in a greenhouse located on the farm. Celeste grows only local flowers and utilizes sustainable growing practices like rainwater collection and not using fertilizers.
Jake Brunner, an employee at Apse, crafts jewelry in the production studio at the back of the store located in Bellingham, WA.
Jake Brunner, an employee at Apse, crafts jewelry in the production studio at the back of the store located in Bellingham, WA.
Brunner, a goldsmith, spends his days creating new jewelry styles for the local shop.
Brunner, a goldsmith, spends his days creating new jewelry styles for the local shop.

Helen Solem, the owner of Sumas River Farm, started her farm in 2007 and made her first sale at the Bellingham Farmers Market in 2008. Solem is in her 11th year of farming and she currently employs two other women on her farm,  Chrissy Hoefgen and Savanna Pasco. 

Rows of fields wait to be tilled after a winter at Free Range Flowers. The harvest generally begins in early spring and peters out as tulip season progresses.
Rows of fields wait to be tilled after a winter at Free Range Flowers. The harvest generally begins in early spring and peters out as tulip season progresses.
A registered nurse at the Student Health Center on Western’s campus, prepares a measles vaccine for a student on May 1, 2019. Proof of the measles vaccine is necessary for students to be able to register for classes according to the Student Health Center website.
A registered nurse at the Student Health Center on Western’s campus, prepares a measles vaccine for a student on May 1, 2019. Proof of the measles vaccine is necessary for students to be able to register for classes according to the Student Health Center website.

An aerial photo shows the gates building in Seattle, Washington where researchers are currently working on CRISPR-Cas9, a gene drive system that will target disease carrying mosquitoes. The system will aid people in places where diseases like Zika and Malaria run rampant.

Roslyn McNicholl greets regulars at the market on Saturday, June 1, 2019. As for advice for young female farmers just starting out, McNicholl said, “Make sure when you wake up in the morning you love what you do and when you go to bed at night, if you love it as much as you loved it when you woke up in the morning, then it’s good for you. If that keeps happening, then keep going.”
Roslyn McNicholl greets regulars at the market on Saturday, June 1, 2019. As for advice for young female farmers just starting out, McNicholl said, “Make sure when you wake up in the morning you love what you do and when you go to bed at night, if you love it as much as you loved it when you woke up in the morning, then it’s good for you. If that keeps happening, then keep going.”
McNicholl harvests Spring radishes in her fields. “In Whatcom/Skagit County/NW Washington, I think people are definitely not only willing to support as a female and farming but go out of their way and want to support just a little bit of diversity in the industry.” McNicholl shared.
McNicholl harvests Spring radishes in her fields. “In Whatcom/Skagit County/NW Washington, I think people are definitely not only willing to support as a female and farming but go out of their way and want to support just a little bit of diversity in the industry.” McNicholl shared.

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