Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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Our Farm: Full Bloom Farm


Our Farm: Full Bloom Farm

Peony sale, class coming up by Elisabeth Marshall There once was only low-bitten pasture and an unfinished house where our lush, productive farm now spreads among mature perennial gardens, orchards, hoop houses, woods and rich, no till beds. We were young, idealistic and determined to realize our vision over 30 years ago when we started
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Whatcom County volunteer awarded Master Gardener of the Year for Washington state

BELLINGHAM – Karen Gilliam, a volunteer with the Whatcom County Master Gardeners for over 40 years, was named the WSU Master Gardener of the Year for Washington State during the recent conference in Yakima, WA. Gilliam, who served in the past as secretary, treasurer, and president of the WSU Whatcom County Master Gardener Foundation, also
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New Everett market space offers information session Oct. 20

Everett – Farms & Market, a new, year-round market and retail space in downtown Everett, is reaching out to local farmers and producers ahead of its opening slated for this upcoming winter.  An information and feedback session will be held Friday, Oct. 20, from 7-8:30 p.m. at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th
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Women in Ag set for Nov. 18; Blue Heron Farm owner featured speaker

COUNTY – The 6th annual Women in Agriculture Conference is set for Saturday, Nov. 18. “WE CAN DO IT” is the theme. This interactive event full of learning and networking with other women farmer, is a one-day event held simultaneously in 39 locations throughout Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. This year’s locations include Mount
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Farmland preservation focus of Whatcom Food Network’s Fall Forum

Bellingham – The Whatcom Food Network’s Fall Forum on Thursday, Nov. 9 will focus on the state of farmland both regionally and locally, highlighting the challenges and solutions to farmland loss and accessibility. Hannah Clark, the Executive Director of the Washington Association of Land Trusts, will present information as well as a panel of local
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Regional mushroom groups present annual shows in Bellingham, Everett

COUNTY – The Snohomish County Mycological Society (SCMS) presents their annual wild mushroom show Sunday, Oct. 15. Hosted in cooperation with Everett Parks and Recreation, the show features a display of wild mushrooms collected by SCMS members, mushroom kits, a free class on mushroom identification at 1 p.m., books, videos, and raffle. Participants can bring
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Bread Lab: For the love of local grains Bread Lab: For the love of local grains

by Mary Vermillion Research labs don’t typically draw crowds. But when the subjects are wheat and grains that promise the revival of a piece of Skagit Valley’s agricultural heritage, you’re bound to develop a following. And sooner or later, you’re going to need a bigger lab. Such is the case for Washington State University’s Bread
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Dairy goats: A basic introduction of what you need to know Dairy goats: A basic introduction of what you need to know

by Corina Sahlin I’m a sucker for baby goats.  There’s nothing cuter than a couple of caprine kids headbutting each other, twisting and turning as they jump high into the air, and egging each other on to cause mischief. In 15 years of raising goats, I have attended every single birth of all my goats.
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Berry jubilee: Canning recipes to enjoy this summer Berry jubilee: Canning recipes to enjoy this summer

by Jennifer Bryan-Goforth July is berry season, and canning is a great way to preserve the harvest. Whether you purchase raspberries at a local market or roadside stand, grow blueberries in your backyard, or hunt for wild blackberries, there is a recipe to help you enjoy those delicious flavors all year long. For those new
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Apples: Finding the best variety for you Apples: Finding the best variety for you

by Terry Maczuga When many people think of adding fruit trees to their garden or property, they think first of apple trees. Apples are relatively easy to grow, and there is nothing like picking an apple on a crisp September morning and eating it right then and there. Doing just that was a big part
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Chuckanut Brewery Wins Big at North American Beer Awards Chuckanut Brewery Wins Big at North American Beer Awards

Last year, while Chuckanut Brewery was building its new South Nut facility, they decided to take the year off from sending beers to the North American Beer Awards. Now that South Nut is up and brewing it was decided to enter into the prestigious, long standing beer competition. Chuckanut was richly rewarded with six major
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Call to Artists: Ragfinery’s Sewing Rodeo LIVE Sewing Challenge

Ragfinery has a new event this fall for showcasing creative reuse, offering the Sewing Rodeo during two days in September. In celebration of National Sewing Month in September, Ragfinery will invite six teams of two to enter this friendly 2-day LIVE sewing and design challenge. Teams will be given their design parameters, and have one evening to envision their project, doing a
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