A farm and garden store has returned to Hinotes Corner.
John and Leah York opened Sustainable Living Farm & Garden on Monday, Feb. 17, at 6931 Hannegan Road, in the former Hannegan Farm & Home building.
The new store will have some similarities to the old, selling items for urban farmers and new homesteaders, John York said. That includes chickens, a garden center, beekeeping supplies, beer home-brewing kits, cheese-making products and equipment for canning and food dehydration.
The store also will hold classes, with the focus on teaching people about living sustainably while creating and maintaining their own stable food system.
One difference is that the new store will have more of a horticulture focus, an area where the Yorks have an extensive background. John York also has experience in business management, having previously managed Northern Lights Gardening.
Although the store has been open less than two weeks, York said they've already had a lot of local people drop in, happy to see a similar business occupy the building.
Before opening the business, the Yorks talked to the previous owner about why that business closed in November. It turned out the business had a good following, but the owner, Matthew Aamot, had trouble filling all the inventory orders needed to stock this type of store. That's an issue they plan to avoid, York said.
One focus of the store is local, organic products. This week the store is expected to carry product from Bellingham's Scratch & Peck Feeds, which offers certified organic and non-genetically modified feed for poultry. The store also offers feed from Skagit County's Conway Feeds.
"Whatcom County is great. It's becoming a hub for organic products," York said.
Later this spring the Yorks plan to have two greenhouses in place, providing demonstrations on growing different plants. They also plan to bring in a variety of tropical flowers not seen in this area, for customers interested in growing them indoors or in a greenhouse.
The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. Details can be found on its Facebook page or by calling 360-366-8170.
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