Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Delightful Dahlias: Sisters market their flower power


Delightful Dahlias: Sisters market their flower power

by Carol Frey Delightful Dahlias began with a single flower. Linda Jonasson was a high school student visiting the Lynden fair when a dahlia society’s display caught her eye. She liked the flowers so much that she decided to try growing them. She only bought a single tuber because it was all a high-school kid
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Bellingham Farmers Market adding new After Hours Market in September

BELLINGHAM – In response to customer requests, the Bellingham Farmers Market is adding a Thursday market to its popular Wednesday Fairhaven and Saturday Downtown markets. The After Hours Farmers Market will take place 4-7 p.m. every Thursday from Sept. 1-Sept. 29, 2016, at Depot Market Square in downtown Bellingham. “It became clear during our recent strategic
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Livestock Training Series offered by WSU Extension starts Sept. 20

SKAGIT – Are you interested in raising your family’s own meat, milk or fiber? WSU Livestock Advisor training begins a new 11-week series of classes Sept. 20.  From fencing, feeding, housing, breeding to pasture management, learn how to raise high-quality poultry, sheep, beef, swine, or goats sustainably. Participants receive help developing a strategic plan to
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The Local Dirt: August 2016

Ninety Farms is hosting its Northwest Classic Sheepdog Trial on Friday through Sunday, Aug. 12-14. Come out to a working sheep farm for the day and watch handlers communicate to their stockdogs at distances over 400 yards to navigate a group of sheep through an international sheepdog course. Ninety Farms is located at 22912 67th
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New Downtown Market Walk July 9

BELLINGHAM – Sustainable Connections, in partnership with the Community Food Co-op, Terra Organic and Natural Foods, the Bellingham Farmers Market, and the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, invites the public to attend the Downtown Market Walk on Saturday, July 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Downtown Market Walk is a celebration and exploration of Bellingham’s
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Common Threads celebrates 10 years; festival set for July 17

BELLINGHAM – Common Threads will celebrate 10 years of working with kids in the community during their outdoor summer festival on Sunday, July 17. Founded in 2006 and based in Bellingham, Washington, Common Threads is a non-profit organization that promotes a “seed to table” approach to food production, good nutrition, and environmental stewardship.  Most of
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Twin Sisters Farmers Market: A love story Twin Sisters Farmers Market: A love story

by Chris Elder The idea came during the final months of 2014. We could harvest produce from various farms, load it up on rafts, and float it down the Nooksack to offer various river’s edge farmers markets. Whatcom County has several towns and centers along the river like Nugents Corner, Everson, Lynden, and Ferndale, that
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Plant medicine made easy: Learn about tinctures, elixers and more Plant medicine made easy: Learn about tinctures, elixers and more

by Suzanne Jordan While you can find as many ways to make herbal medicine as there are blogs on the internet, the following is a short medicine making tutorial based on my more than 30 years of making herbal remedies. It’s important to know how to make the basics and to have many options to
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Simple summer recipes Simple summer recipes

by Corina Sahlin I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to turn the oven on to bake meals in the summer. It’s already hot enough in the kitchen without adding heat from the oven. So we turn to lighter, fresher meals, which is perfect because healthy summer garden vegetables are abundant. Our family maintains
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Tomato Tales: From behind the Iron Curtain Tomato Tales: From behind the Iron Curtain

by Celt Schira The former Soviet sphere of influence has given us splendid tomatoes. Galina’s Yellow Cherry was smuggled out of the USSR by Bill McDorman of Seeds Trust in 1989. Dr. Galina, last name never mentioned, was an agronomic scientist at the Siberian Institute of Horticulture. She slipped Bill a package of 50 tomato
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Pizza’zza goes mobile Pizza’zza goes mobile

New 21-foot truck built by TriVan Truck Body, includes WoodStone oven  by Mary Vermillion Will Annett and Erica Lamson, owners of Bellingham’s Pizza’zza, believe in nutritious, locally sourced food. And pizza is their platform. This month, the couple is furthering their reach by launching a community-funded mobile truck. “We’re educating people and introducing them to
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Bow Little Market’s Fiber Day set for Aug. 18 Bow Little Market’s Fiber Day set for Aug. 18

The Bow Little Market will hold its annual Fiber Day on Thursday, Aug. 18.  The focus this year will be on weaving demos, but spinning, dyeing, fiber processing, knitting, crocheting and much more will be on display. Fiber farmers and artists can vend for free if they provide a demo of their craft. Family friend activities
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