Thursday, November 26, 2015

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Shearing to spinning: A look at fiber processing


Shearing to spinning: A look at fiber processing

by Laura Damron People have been harvesting fiber from domesticated animals for thousands of years. Nearly every culture has some version of a wool-based garment; from the Guernsey (or ‘gansey’) fisherman’s sweaters to the colorful woven blankets of Peru, woolen textiles have been an integral part of human existence for ages due to their warmth
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Small Fruit Conference Dec. 2-4

LYNDEN – The Washington Small Fruit Conference and Lynden Ag Show will take place Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 2-4 at the Equine Events Center at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. In this 3-day conference, researchers, farmers and policy-makers will present topics of new research, emerging issues and ideas for your farm and business. This
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Donations sought for 41st annual Sedro-Woolley Thanksgiving Dinner

SEDRO-WOOLLEY – Organizers of the annual Sedro-Woolley Community Thanksgiving Dinner, now in its 41st year, are seeking donations of $2,000 to keep this tradition going and putting the dinner together. About 400 people arrive on Thanksgiving day, and approximately 175 meals are delivered to home bound people on Thanksgiving day. The dinner takes place Thursday,
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New program set for Whatcom, Skagit farmers; loans may be re-paid in food

SKAGIT – Skagit County has been awarded up to $900,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Economic Opportunity funds by the Washington State Department of Commerce, providing farmers with on-farm infrastructure and more food for local food banks. This project represents a partnership between Skagit County government and Community Action of Skagit County, which
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Focus on Farming conference Nov. 19; farmer-author Ben Hewitt keynote speaker

MONROE – The 12th annual Focus on Farming conference “Planting Our Future” will be held Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. The conference, presented by Snohomish County, will feature networking opportunities and 24 agricultural workshop classes in six industry tracks, including business of farming/marketing, hot topics, livestock production, nursery/greenhouse, exporting your
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Local beekeeping course starts Nov. 16; repeats in February

EVERETT – To help rebuild, maintain, and expand local pollinators and honey producers, Washington State University Snohomish County Extension and Beez Neez Apiary Supply team up each year to sponsor two sessions of the popular apprentice level course in the Master Beekeeper Program. The five-week course provides a thorough introduction to beekeeping for novice beekeepers
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Giving garden: Christ the King Ministry Harvest fills need Giving garden: Christ the King Ministry Harvest fills need

by Mary Vermillion The congregation at Christ the King Church wants to feed people in need. The Bellingham church has taken a hands-on approach to this mission with its incredibly productive Harvest Ministry garden on Hannegan Road that this year alone delivered 38,000 pounds of produce to the church’s food bank. In 2007, church member
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Wild About Plants: Cough and cold elixir Wild About Plants: Cough and cold elixir

by Suzanne Jordan Greetings! After a hot long summer, the rains, cooler temperatures, and early nights are here, and in my humble opinion, are very much appreciated. I can’t remember the last time I actually looked forward to a wet rainy winter. We’ll see how it goes this year. The plants had a very interesting
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Fall favorites: Sauerkraut, squash corn soup, and apple butter Fall favorites: Sauerkraut, squash corn soup, and apple butter

by Susy Hymas Fall arrived this week which to some is a welcome relief after our hotter than usual summer.  Some things in the garden were challenged by the heat. At our house the winter squash was ready almost two months early. Personally I love fall and look forward to preserving produce that arrives with
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Master gardener applications available

COUNTY – The Master Gardener programs in local counties are now accepting applications. Participants learn soil science, composting, plant diseases, sustainable gardening techniques and more. Graduates of the program become volunteers in the community and help to educate the public and share information with others. Tuition applies, plus a minimum volunteer commitment for two years
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CiderFest features homebrew competition, brat bar, and more CiderFest features homebrew competition, brat bar, and more

WHATCOM – DIYers and those curious about craft cider will want to head out to BelleWood Acres for CiderFest 2015, which runs from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7. In addition to spirits tasting, cider tasting, and a brat bar, the event will feature a home cider brewing competition from 1-2 p.m., with
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New Commercial Street Night Market Sept. 4 – Oct. 2 New Commercial Street Night Market Sept. 4 – Oct. 2

The new Commercial Street Night Market will take place every Friday night between 6 and 10 p.m. from Sept. 4 through Oct. 2 in the Commercial Street Plaza at 1300 Commercial Street in downtown Bellingham. Over 20 local craftspeople, artists, entertainers and food will give attendees an opportunity to experience Bellingham like they have never seen before. Live music or local
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