Sunday, April 26, 2015

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MY STORY: Growing Veterans: Dirt therapy brings peace


MY STORY: Growing Veterans: Dirt therapy brings peace

by Mike Hackett  My “Growing Veterans” love affair began about 30 months ago. As a board member of Tilth Producers of Washington, I learned about a documentary “Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farm Fields.” Specifically, Tilth was asked to support this important film by assisting with community “premiere” showings. I volunteered. It changed my life. I
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Skagit County Historical Society seeks input for “Back to Our Roots” exhibit

LA CONNER – The Skagit County Historical Society is seeking input from local residents for their upcoming exhibit “Back To Our Roots: A History of Farm to Table in Skagit County” on display June 11 to Oct. 11. The exhibit will celebrate the culture of hunting, gathering, growing and preparing our own food from the
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Lopez Island’s Lamb, Wool and Goat Festival returns May 9

LOPEZ ISLAND – 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 making and meat cutting
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Anaerobic Digestion Field Day set: Mobile unit digests food and animal waste

MONROE – A free Anaerobic Digestion Bioenergy Field Day will be held April 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Willie Green’s Organic Farm, 19501 Tualco Road in Monroe. A small-scale, portable anaerobic digestion (AD) unit will be on display. The unit’s features include: gross energy output of up to 360,000 BTU per day;
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Spinners Eden event offers fiber products from Whatcom, Skagit farms

BELLINGHAM – Spinners Eden Farm will hold its annual Wonderful Woolies Fiber Sale featuring fleeces and fiber from farms located in Skagit and Whatcom counties on Saturday, April 11. All ages are welcome and visitors can purchase items and see the sheep. Spinners Eden raises award winning registered Romeldale/CVM sheep, and along with breeding stock,
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Bellingham Farmers Market opens April 4

BELLINGHAM – The Bellingham Farmers Market opens for the 23rd season on Saturday, April 4. Mayor Kelli Linville will toss the traditional cabbage to open the market at 10 a.m., followed by the ringing of the Depot Market Square bell. The market will be held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Dec.
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Farm Q&A: Gretchen Norman Woody, of Spring Frog at the  Holistic Homestead Farm Q&A: Gretchen Norman Woody, of Spring Frog at the Holistic Homestead

This month we profile local farmer Gretchen Norman Woody, of Spring Frog at the Holistic Homestead. Farming several acres in Whatcom County over the last 10 years, Woody grows many types of produce, offers a CSA, u-pick strawberry fields, is a vendor at the Bellingham Farmers Market each Saturday, and more. She shares her farm’s
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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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Kids in the Kitchen: Making muffins for a healthy breakfast on the go Kids in the Kitchen: Making muffins for a healthy breakfast on the go

by Samantha Brown On weekends my family comes running when the muffins are done. Like fresh baked bread, these little goodies are delicious served warm with a cut of butter or drizzle of syrup and once out of the oven, and the little and big hands of the household go for the grab. These little
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Growing grapes in the Northwest Growing grapes in the Northwest

by David Pike Imagine grapes on the vine and you might conjure a pastoral scene in France or perhaps the sun drenched fields of California, but few would imagine grapes thriving in their own backyard. Unlikely though it may seem, there are many varieties of grapes which grow very well even in our cool maritime
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Good to Go Meat Pies opens new location in Lynden Good to Go Meat Pies opens new location in Lynden

Good to Go Meat Pies has opened in downtown Lynden, marking a second location for the Everson-based business that specializes in pasties. Owner Holly Bevan-Bumford, who has been serving the community her signature comfort food (pronounced pass-tee) for three years, decided it was time to think about expanding. “We participated in the Lynden Farmers Market
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Celebrate woodworking and local art this month Celebrate woodworking and local art this month

Woodworking skills will be on display this month during the annual Woodfest event in Sedro-Woolley and a special showing of turned bowls at Artwood Gallery in Fairhaven. Other local events that should not be missed include the Art in the Schoolhouse at Christianson’s Nursery and Art in a Pickle Barn at Azusa Farm and Garden,
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