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Master Gardeners, schools and groups hold plant sales


Master Gardeners, schools and groups hold plant sales

The month of May means a large number of popular plant sales, including annual events from Master Gardeners, local schools, and organizations. Following are just some of the events coming up. Enjoy! Mt. Baker Plant Sale: Friday and Saturday, May 1-2. Horticulture students will be selling flowering annual plants, large tomato plants, herbs, vegetable starts
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International Plowing Match May 16 International Plowing Match May 16

LYNDEN – The International Plowing Match will be held Saturday, May 16 at Berthusen Park in Lynden. The International Plowing Association puts on this historic event, and is an active group of volunteers consisting of multi-generational plowing families and people interested in preserving the tradition of the Plowing Match. According to Northwest Washington Fairground’s history
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Celebration of Food Festival May 17 Celebration of Food Festival May 17

LYNNWOOD— Food Revolution Snohomish County, a movement aimed at encouraging growing, cooking, and eating real food, brings the 4th annual Celebration of Food Festival to Lynnwood on Sunday, May 17. The festival is a free, family event where participants can taste, explore, and experience real food from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lynnwood Convention
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Local food in schools, garden curriculum focus of free workshops

MOUNT VERNON – A free interactive workshop for School Food Service Directors, Kitchen Managers, and other interested in school food service will be held Tuesday, May 19, to discuss new opportunities and resources to use local food. The workshop is open to food service staff and others in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and San Juan Counties,
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Health department investigates E.coli link after several students sickened

LYNDEN – The Whatcom County Department of Health informed the organizers of the Milk Makers Fest on April 27 that several children who may have attended the recent educational event have become ill, possibly with E.coli. The following day, the Health Department sent a letter to parents of children in Whatcom County schools that states
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Breeds, demos, crafts, and more at Lamb, Goat and Wool Festival Breeds, demos, crafts, and more at Lamb, Goat and Wool Festival

Sheep Shearing School coming up May 30 The Lopez Lamb, Wool & Goat Festival returns Saturday, May 9, at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts on Lopez Island from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Started in 2011 as a celebration of island agriculture, the festival will feature various sheep and goat breeds, cheese
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Gothberg Farms: Goat cheese at its finest Gothberg Farms: Goat cheese at its finest

by Jessamyn Tuttle When Rhonda Gothberg decided to get a milk goat for her family, she didn’t know what she was getting into. “She was amazing,” Gothberg said. “I thought three more would be good.” One goat led to another, and soon she had a small herd, and more milk than she knew what to
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Bee basics: On pollination Bee basics: On pollination

How it works and why it’s necessary by Bruce Vilders The youngest, and by far the smallest, of the young girls sitting in the class looked only slightly intimidated. She had been ‘snuck in’ by her older, and larger friends, in the hopes of getting past the stated age requirements. Stella was young but bright-eyed and
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Yogurt: How to make it at home Yogurt: How to make it at home

by Kate Ferry Yogurt is a popular part of most diets and a good source for numerous health benefits. Making yogurt a part of your regular diet is a great way to get the abundance of probiotics, “friendly bacteria”, that help keep digestive tracts healthy. This tasty treat is loaded with calcium and, if made
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Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds: What to plant and how to attract them Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds: What to plant and how to attract them

by David Pike The presence of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds incites a gentle joy. Bees are also responsible for pollinating up to 70 percent of the world’s food crops, our chances of survival without them is highly debatable. Hummingbirds, besides being sugar and nectar addicts, are also very efficient mosquito eaters.  Butterflies, well, what sort
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Random Acts of Food offers a rotating menu of comfort food Random Acts of Food offers a rotating menu of comfort food

by Jessamyn Tuttle When Tessa Mcleod opens her business, Random Acts of Food, for the day, she often puts up a sign that says “Real food sold here.” The food truck, which pops up around La Conner and at local festivals and other events, doesn’t offer the usual cheap street grub like tacos or corn
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Fabric donations sought for sale to benefit Camp Stitch-A-Lot

EVERETT – The Clothing and Textile Advisors (CTA) of Snohomish County in partnership with Washington State University Extension 4H Youth Development are seeking your donations of fabric, notions, trims, patterns, yarn, needlework items and related books and magazines for their 5th Annual Fabric Sale on Saturday, June 13. The proceeds from this sale go to
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