Saturday, November 18, 2017

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Construction of new Helping Hands Food Bank moving along


Construction of new Helping Hands Food Bank moving along

SEDRO-WOOLLEY – Construction of the new Helping Hands Food Bank and resource center is moving along on Fruitdale Road. When complete, the project will offer a new grocery shopping model, additional offices, workshop space, nutritional outreach opportunities, a work study program, and community garden. The Helping Hands Food Bank serves nearly 600 families (representing more
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Blue Heron Farm’s Anne Schwartz featured speaker at Women in Ag

COUNTY – The 6th annual Women in Agriculture Conference is set for Saturday, Nov. 18. “WE CAN DO IT” is the theme. This interactive event is a one-day event held simultaneously in 39 locations throughout Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Locally, conferences will be held in Mount Vernon, Everett, and Coupeville. Featured speakers are
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Discussion, panel on food access in Whatcom County

BELLINGHAM – The Bellingham City Club will discuss food access in certain parts of Whatcom County and impacts on population, and the factors at play driving the grocery industry on Wednesday, Nov. 15. “Wandering the Food Deserts of Whatcom County” is open to the public at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham, WA.  Doors open
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Small Fruit Conference set

LYNDEN – The Washington Small Fruit Conference will be held Wednesday through Friday, Nov 29-30 and Dec. 1 at the NW Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. This three-day conference will share the latest relevant research information delivered by the scientists performing the research. Lunches each day are provided. This conference is presented in association with the
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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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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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Holiday heart: Locals show creativity, crafts Holiday heart: Locals show creativity, crafts

Tis the season to start crafting and visiting holiday markets. Following are a few favorites this month! The Holiday Port Gingerbread House Contest: Many make a tradition out of entering the annual gingerbread contest at the Port of Bellingham’s Holiday Festival, and ribbons are awarded for 1st – 3rd place in each of the contest
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Beekeeping: Two apprentice level courses available Beekeeping: Two apprentice level courses available

The Washington State University Snohomish County Extension is sponsoring sessions of the popular apprentice level course in the Master Beekeeper Program in November and December. Developed and managed by the Washington State Beekeepers Association, the five-week course provides a thorough introduction to beekeeping for novice beekeepers as well as a comprehensive refresher for experienced apiculturists.
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Cranberry: Count the ways Cranberry: Count the ways

by Melanie Collins Cranberry is delicious in all its ways and can accompany baked goods, main meals, sides, desserts and even drinks. I have listed a few of my favorite recipes here (I love them all!), and also want to mention a couple others. Green beans served with cranberries, walnuts and feta makes for a
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Skagit Master Gardeners accepting applications; Whatcom not offering training in 2018

The WSU Skagit County Extension Master Gardener Program is accepting applications for their 2018 Master Gardener Annual Training. The application deadline has been extended this month. Master Gardener volunteer educators will receive WSU computer-based course work along with 12 weeks of classes for hands-on activities in home horticulture, integrated pest management, and plant problem diagnosis
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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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Pixie: How to knit this winter hat Pixie: How to knit this winter hat

by Corina Sahlin Since the cold weather, impending holiday season, and shorter days are upon us, it’s time to start knitting – or learn how to.  Whether you want to make gifts for loved ones or provide warm accessories for yourself, this pixie or elfin hat I designed is a perfect and very easy project
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