Votes sought to help Langley biz with grant contest

Two Langley merchants are looking for the public's help in securing a $100,000 grant. David and Kimberly Tiller, owners of Whidbey Island Natural, are competing in Chase Bank's Mission Main Street contest. The business must receive 250 online votes before June 19 to be considered for the grant.

Two Langley merchants are looking for the public’s help in securing a $100,000 grant.

David and Kimberly Tiller, owners of Whidbey Island Natural, are competing in Chase Bank’s Mission Main Street contest. The business must receive 250 online votes before June 19 to be considered for the grant.

According to a recent news release, winning will enable the Tillers to extend their outreach to the island’s farming community by contracting with local, organic farmers to grow many of the seed oil crops and herbs used in their natural skincare products.

September will find the Tillers working with Whidbey Island Winery, Blooms, and Spoiled Dog wineries. They’ll be cleaning, drying, then pressing grapeseed oil, which will be incorporated into their line of skincare products, the release said. Also, Seed cake, a by-product of the oil press, is a nutritious livestock feed and will be used to feed the farm animals at Spoiled Dog Winery.

Organic Seed Alliance, out of Port Townsend, is assisting with an organic seed trial. They’ll be growing selected varieties of Crambe abyssinica, an uncommon oil with properties for healing the skin. The trials will determine which varieties of Crambe grow well on Whidbey and produce the highest quality of oil for skincare.

With the grant, the Tillers hope to realize their dream of developing Whidbey Island Natural Permaculture farm (WINP). Their 10-acre farm is located directly off Highway 525 in Greenbank. It will be organically certified and demonstrate permaculture design principles, the release said.

To vote, visit www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/vote. Participants must have Facebook account.

More in Business

Healing Circles offers sanctuary and support

The people sitting in a circle of comfortable chairs may talk about… Continue reading

Training slated at mussel rafts

Penn Cove Shellfish employees will participate in oil spill training Friday near… Continue reading

SICBA holds home tour

Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association will hold its 12th annual SICBA Home Tour… Continue reading

Gemkow now McClure Custom Homes

Gemkow Construction has changed its name to McClure Custom Homes, LLC nearly… Continue reading

Photographer wins Whidbey Telecom’s cover art contest

Whidbey Telecom has announced the winner of its 2018-19 Directory Cover Art… Continue reading

Freeland sculpture park open to public Aug. 25, 26

‘Liberating the image within’ sparks Hank Nelson’s creative vision

Mother-daughter duo bringing corners of the world to Whidbey

Fiona and Francesca Coenen-Winer sell pieces from near and far

Island Senior Resources aims to raise $10k Aug. 1

Growing demand for essential services strains nonprofit agency

Habitat taking over Saratoga Community Housing

After witnessing Saratoga Community Housing’s declining effectiveness, Habitat for Humanity of Island… Continue reading

Celebrate everything rabbit-related during Bunny Daze, March 26-31

Spring has sprung, and so have the bunnies. Celebrate the furry creatures… Continue reading

Schools foundation holding Dine Out Wednesdays

The South Whidbey Schools Foundation is holding its March Dine Out Wednesdays… Continue reading

Langley chocolatier Mona Newbauer offers a wide variety of gourmet chocolates in her shop, Sweet Mona’s. Some of those chocolates will make their way to Coupeville Saturday for the annual Chocolate Walk. Photo by Megan Hansen/Whidbey News-Times
Chocolate Walk tickets selling quickly

A handful of tickets remain available for Saturday’s Coupeville Chocolate Walk. For… Continue reading