Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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Local farmers markets: A look at the 2016 season


Local farmers markets: A look at the 2016 season

by Grow Northwest Farmers Market season is officially here, bringing farmers, food producers, crafters and other vendors together in local communities. Large or small, weekday or weekend, new or long-standing, each market offers its own unique take on the many growers and makers who live and work here. Following is a look at some of
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New Downtown Market Walk July 9

BELLINGHAM – Sustainable Connections, in partnership with the Community Food Co-op, Terra Organic and Natural Foods, the Bellingham Farmers Market, and the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, invites the public to attend the Downtown Market Walk on Saturday, July 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Downtown Market Walk is a celebration and exploration of Bellingham’s
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Common Threads celebrates 10 years; festival set for July 17

BELLINGHAM – Common Threads will celebrate 10 years of working with kids in the community during their outdoor summer festival on Sunday, July 17. Founded in 2006 and based in Bellingham, Washington, Common Threads is a non-profit organization that promotes a “seed to table” approach to food production, good nutrition, and environmental stewardship.  Most of
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New veterinary feed directive discussed at Livestock Round Pen July 7

MONROE – The next Livestock Round Pen on Thursday, July 7 invites livestock owners to learn about a new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) starting in January 2017. In order to apply certain medications to food producing animals via food or water, owners must have an established veterinarian-client-patient relationship. This new directive may impact significantly how
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Puget Sound Food Hub: Farmers take ownership as cooperative

In late May, the Puget Sound Food Hub Farmer Advisory Committee determined to form a cooperative and take on the ownership of the Puget Sound Food Hub. The Hub provides a web-based platform and aggregation and distribution services for local farms. This past year more than 60 farms used the Hub and sold to 220
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Tour small grain field trials June 23

MOUNT VERNON – The public will have an opportunity to walk alongside the small grain field trials at WSU Mt. Vernon during the 7th annual Small Grains Field Day on Thursday, June 23. The public can observe variety trials of winter and spring wheat, barley and oats, as well as spring rye, spelt, buckwheat and
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OUR FARM: Baldham Farm OUR FARM: Baldham Farm

Sedro-Woolley farm offers meats, soaps, and more by Miryam Garrote  Never in my whole life would I have thought (dreamed) that I would end up farming. I was born and raised in city center of Madrid (Spain), I loved the country side but was living in a concrete and asphalt jungle in a country where
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Wild About Plants: Eliminating mites, parasites in your flock Wild About Plants: Eliminating mites, parasites in your flock

by Suzanne Jordan Mite infestations in chickens, turkeys, and game birds can run from a nuisance to a health hazard to death, depending on the severity of the infestation. While mites can accumulate due to poor coop and pen management, even the most fastidious poultry keeper may find mites in the hen house. Mites can
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Homemade sausage: How good it is Homemade sausage: How good it is

by Corina Sahlin Maybe it’s the German in me, or maybe it’s the prospect of creating easy, quick, healthy meals for my family… Making and eating sausage is a big feature in our homesteading life. Even if you don’t raise your own pigs, beef or chicken, or if you don’t hunt game, you still can
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Drip Irrigation: Learn the basics and benefits Drip Irrigation: Learn the basics and benefits

by David Pike Last year’s growing season was so hot and dry I remember spending nearly an hour every morning dragging the hose around in my greenhouse to hand water each and every plant. With temperatures quickly climbing into the 90s, it was a challenge to patiently stand in the sun while I sprayed the
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Pizza’zza goes mobile Pizza’zza goes mobile

New 21-foot truck built by TriVan Truck Body, includes WoodStone oven  by Mary Vermillion Will Annett and Erica Lamson, owners of Bellingham’s Pizza’zza, believe in nutritious, locally sourced food. And pizza is their platform. This month, the couple is furthering their reach by launching a community-funded mobile truck. “We’re educating people and introducing them to
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CTA: 6th annual Fabric Sale coming up June 18 CTA: 6th annual Fabric Sale coming up June 18

The Clothing and Textile Advisors (CTA) of Snohomish County in partnership with Washington State University Extension 4H Youth Development want your donations of fabric, notions, trims, patterns, yarn, needlework items and related books and magazines for our 6th Annual Fabric Sale on Saturday, June 18.  The proceeds from this sale support a scholarship of $1,500
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