Monday, April 24, 2017

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Jason Weston, of Joe’s Gardens, leads Planet Jr. revival

Features

Jason Weston, of Joe’s Gardens, leads Planet Jr. revival

by Mary Vermillion Jason Weston, co-owner of Joe’s Gardens, is inspiring farmers and gardeners across the country to scour barns and collectors’ shelves for antique Planet Jr. farm equipment. With Weston sharing online and in-person tips to rebuild and operate the neglected — or simply collected — machinery, Planet Jr. walk-behind tractors are back in
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News

Farm Safety course starts April 18

BURLINGTON – The 2017 Farm Safety course, featuring tractor driving labs, is open for registration through the WSU Skagit County Extension. Participants of all ages can sign up for the 2-hour classroom course and driving lab twice a week for five weeks, April 18 through May 18. Participants will meet at WSU Skagit County Extension from 6-8 p.m. for
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Growing forward: Community raising funds to help Smith family rebuild after fire destroys barn, equipment

COUPEVILLE – Fire destroyed the historic Smith Farm barn, an iconic landmark of the Ebey Prairie, at Willowood Farm last month. Georgie Smith, a fourth-generation farmer, was at a meeting with other farmers when she learned her family’s barn – built in the 1880s – was burning. Fundraising efforts are under way to help with
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The Local Dirt: April 2017

The Bow Little Market is now called the Bow Farmers Market, and is moving its location from the Belfast Feed Store (held there the last 8 years) to Samish Bay Cheese on Bow Hill Road. Market organizers hope this move will bring them closer to the Bow/Edison center, and able to reach those in the community
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Season opener: Bellingham Farmers Market celebrates 25 years

BELLINGHAM – The Bellingham Farmers Market, celebrating 25 years, will open for the regular season on Saturday, April 1. The opening cabbage toss ceremony starts at 9:45 a.m. A number of farmers, food producers, makers, and more vendors will be on site, as well as free cake, a non-profit fair on Railroad Avenue, and historic
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SCD considers new rate proposal; public meetings slated

SNOHOMISH – The Snohomish Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors plans to file a new rate proposal with the Snohomish County Council. This proposal will transition the District from an “assessment” to a “rate” structure, and increase the maximum per parcel amount from $5/parcel to $10/parcel, and from $0.05/acre to $0.10/acre. SCD officials said the move
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Community

Field trip: Spring ideas  for fun family learning Field trip: Spring ideas for fun family learning

4-H Super Saturday, Veggie Patrol, Dirtfest and more  by Grow Northwest April is here, and with it comes a lot of spring fun and engaging opportunities for local youth and families. From plants and bugs to dirt and animals, following are some of the events we’re highlighting that get kids exploring an enjoying the natural
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Skills

Hatching eggs: How to use an incubator Hatching eggs: How to use an incubator

by Corina Sahlin Spring is chick time! Whether you keep chickens for egg production or meat, they all start from eggs and hatch into fluffy chicks. For years, we have mail-ordered day-old chicks from hatcheries, but for the past couple of years we have hatched eggs in a little incubator, and our kids love observing
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Cooking

Delicious dish: Pot stickers, corned beef casserole Delicious dish: Pot stickers, corned beef casserole

by Michael Hansen One of my favorite meals is homemade pot stickers. They’re a little difficult to put together, but always taste like heaven. You’ll start by chopping up the cabbage in a food processor, then combine it with the pork and other ingredients. Take the mixture out of the processor, then get your hands
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Growing

Go, know, and grow: Advice, stories to get you started Go, know, and grow: Advice, stories to get you started

Tis the season to get started. Tis the season to smell like dirt. Are you looking for more instruction and direction as you get growing? Do you want to get together with some like-minded folks after a long winter? Whether you are experienced, new, or halfway, April’s calendar offers ample opportunities at local nurseries. We
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Food

We Love Bow Cheese Tour April 22

Go for the love of local cheese. Skagit Maid Creamery, Gothberg Farms, and Samish Bay Cheese have partnered for a We Love Bow Cheese Tour on Saturday, April 22 from 1-4 p.m. The tour starts at Skagit Maid Creamery (4890 Mercer Road, Samish Island), followed by Gothberg Farms (15203 Sunset Road, Bow) and Samish Bay
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Crafty

Dyeing eggs with a leafy look Dyeing eggs with a leafy look

by Corina Sahlin Dyeing Easter eggs is an ancient tradition, and there are many methods of dying them. We all know the process of submerging eggs into synthetic easter egg dyes, but have you ever considered dyeing easter eggs naturally? My family has fallen in love with a technique involving red cabbage, vinegar, pantyhose and
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