Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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Hands-on learning focus of Livestock Advisors


Hands-on learning focus of Livestock Advisors

Program graduates volunteer, expand community network by Carol Frey Many people have livestock dreams. Some dream small, maybe getting a few chickens in order to have high quality eggs. Some have bigger dreams, like opening a sheep dairy. Others may considering raising a different type of livestock. The WSU Livestock Advisor program is a unique
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Mushroom shows teach about the local fungus among us Mushroom shows teach about the local fungus among us

Fall in the Northwest is a busy time in the mushroom world. Two favorite local shows will show off many varieties and take your questions on Sunday, Oct. 16. • Bellingham’s Wild Mushroom Show: Pacific Northwest forests and fields are filled with thousands of different kinds of mushrooms and you can experience hundreds of them
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Focus on Farming set for Nov. 3

MONROE – The 13th annual Focus on Farming conference will be held Nov. 3  at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. This year’s conference will feature topics and speakers including a track on the new Food Safety Modernization Act with Cornell University’s Don Stockel to prepare farmers for the new regulations, as well as raising
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Concrete raising funds for district-wide cafeteria project

CONCRETE – Concrete Elementary School’s Environment Club is aiming to rid the cafeteria of styrofoam and plastic waste through a donation project that has already received matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The donation project, posted through the public classroom funding site, was launched by the students to find lunchroom alternatives. 
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Bread Lab: King Arthur Flour Co. opens baking classroom

The Bread Lab, which recently moved to its new location at the Port of Skagit, will be home to a new baking classroom with King Arthur Flour starting this month. King Arthur Flour, America’s oldest flour company, expanded its baking school this fall from New England to Washington State University’s Bread Lab. The Bread Lab,
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The Local Dirt: October 2016

Whatcom Artists of Clay and Kiln (WACK) is raising money for their new Rancho Corvid Community Wood Kiln Project. The group intends to break ground on a wood-fired kiln in Maple Falls  in late fall 2016. Funds are being raised through Kickstarter, with a deadline date of  Oct. 18 to raise $16,000. Backer receive gifts
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Sleeping Mat Project: Local group stitches with love Sleeping Mat Project: Local group stitches with love

by Carol Frey Five women sit around a large conference table, plastic shopping bags and pieces of bags stacked all around. Barbara Jackson’s steady hands flatten and smooth a bag before her scissors slice it into strips. Irene Williams works beside her, cutting, looping the strips into a plastic version of yarn and rolling the
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Wild About Plants: Hawthorn Wild About Plants: Hawthorn

by Suzanne Jordan Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) is the “hope and faith that everything will be ok” plant. A tall shrub in the rose family, hawthorn grows in open meadows, on roadsides, along streams and forest edges at low to mid elevations. In my area, the conservation district people planted scores of hawthorn trees in wet
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Canning summer’s end: Peaches and beets with honey Canning summer’s end: Peaches and beets with honey

by Corina Sahlin One of my favorite ways to preserve summer’s bounty is canning peaches and beets with honey. These jars will be like liquid gold in winter, when the soil is bare and home-grown fruits and vegetables are a distant memory. We preserve peaches and beets by canning them with honey, which is healthier
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Harvest is upon us: Picking, storing apples and pears Harvest is upon us: Picking, storing apples and pears

by Cloud Mountain Farm Center With the warm, dry summer we’ve had, fruit is ripening up to three weeks ahead of “normal”. Both last year and this year, our accumulated heat units are well above average. Since many fruits ripen when they’ve experienced the right amount of heat, it is to be expected that they
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Bellingham Beer Week Sept. 9-16 Bellingham Beer Week Sept. 9-16

Bellingham Beer Week is a 10-day celebration of craft beer in Bellingham. The mission of Bellingham Beer Week is to celebrate and promote craft beer in Bellingham, Washington, and beyond, and to recognize our local craft beer producers, retailers, distributors and consumers who positively impact this community in so many ways. Bellingham Beer Week is a collaborative
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Lynden Craft and Antique Show, Fiber Fusion coming up Lynden Craft and Antique Show, Fiber Fusion coming up

The 27th Annual Craft & Antique Show is coming to the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, Oct. 13-15, featuring over 100 artisan booths. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. General admission is $6 and senior admission  is $5. Kids 12 and under are
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