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Henderson Holly Farm

Love at First Blush: Tending a holly orchard on Whidbey Island

Rob Henderson’s holly orchard brings a little magic to the holidays written by Catie Joyce-Bulay Born and raised on Whidbey Island, Rob Henderson has been working on his family’s holly farm since he was a boy, when, he said, he first fell in love with the orchard. It takes up to sixty years before holly trees are large enough to harvest, said Henderson, whose 800-tree orchard was planted in the 1950s. Henderson bought the farm’s current site from avid amateur horticulturalist Virginia Morrel, who helped design Seattle’s Washington Park Arboretum. The farm has seven types of holly trees, including some…

Scott Allen getting ready for another SUPrents exploit

SUPrents: Stand Up Paddleboard Revolution

Paddleboards. Everybody wants one, but nobody wants to deal with wrestling one from the garage, to the top of the car, onto the water and back. In 2015, Scott Allen, the co-owner of SUPrents, was right there with every other struggling vacationer.

Alchemy Goods

Alchemy Goods in Seattle believes in the power of upcycling­—turning something of lesser value into something of greater value.

Brian Allen lifts the north section of the kelp line.

Gamechangers: Puget Sound Restoration Fund

In 2015, Paul Allen ponied up $1.5 million to investigate kelp cultivation as a potential strategy for mitigating ocean acidification. Dr. Joth Davis, senior scientist for PSRF, said 25 percent of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere are absorbed into the ocean. “The resulting change in seawater chemistry is known as ocean acidification because it increases the acidity of seawater over time and makes calcium carbonate less available to marine species,” Davis said.