Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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News

Farm Machinery Safety Workshop set

BURLINGTON – A Farm Machinery Safety Workshop is available Tuesday and Thursday evenings, starting April 14 through May 14. This course will train individuals on using farm machinery safety. Individuals in all counties are eligible to attend the training. Last year’s class contained a good mix of middle school, high school and Spanish- and English-speaking
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Over 50 breweries attending annual April Brews Day fundraiser

BELLINGHAM – The annual April Brews Day fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 30. Over 50 local and regional breweries participate in this benefit for the Max Higbee Center, a local non-profit providing recreational activities to teens and adults with disabilities. General admission is 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad
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Farm, ranch license plates available

STATE – According to the Washington Ag Network, a special license plate for farming and ranching will be available at the beginning of next year. Governor Jay Inslee officially signed into law a bill sponsored by 8th District Representative Brad Klippert that will create the special plate with the proceeds going to the Washington FFA
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The Local Dirt: April 2016

WFC (Whatcom Farmers Cooperative) stores officially re-open their garden centers on Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors will be on site at each county location to provide information and help with questions. The schedule includes: Bellingham True Value (Meridian), lawn and garden products; Blaine Ace and Fairhaven True Value (organic fertilizers);
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Local farmer Nate Youngquist named Outstanding Young Farmer

SKAGIT – Local farmer Nate Youngquist, owner of Sky Harvest Produce in Mount Vernon, was honored as a 2016 Outstanding Young Farmer by the Outstanding Farmers of America (OFA) during the group’s ceremony in Cincinnati, OH on Feb. 13. Youngquist was among four winners from across the nation, and is the first Skagit farmer to
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Community

OUR FARM: Oak Meadows Farm OUR FARM: Oak Meadows Farm

by David Whittaker Our family has long had a connection with the land. My great-grandfather was a landscape architect, my grandfather operated a rare fruit nursery in California and traveled the world studying new strains of fruit trees, and my father had an avocado ranch in California and for a time, grew rare fruits here
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Skills

Wild About Plants: At-home tips and recipes for spring cleaning Wild About Plants: At-home tips and recipes for spring cleaning

by Suzanne Jordan Cleaning your home with DIY natural cleaners is not only environmentally and personally friendly, but these cleaners are cheaper than store bought products to boot! Try these cleaners to save money, do your part for the environment, and feel better both physically and emotionally. Vinegar and essential oils: Vinegar retards mold growth
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Cooking

Mozzarella: How to get started at home Mozzarella: How to get started at home

by Kate Ferry The history of cheese is as unique and lengthy as the different varieties to tempt your tastebuds. There is the creamy richness of brie encased in a fermented rind. The pungent and potent flavor of an aged blue cheese. The sharp cutting bite of a solid cheddar. The gooey stretch of a
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Growing

Workshops: Hydrangeas, seed starting, composting, propogation and more Workshops: Hydrangeas, seed starting, composting, propogation and more

by Grow Northwest April is here, and this month sure came in as lovely as a lamb. The forecast is looking to be amazing, buds are blooming, the dirt is being worked, plans are sketched, and as always, there are workshops to explore and learn. Following are some great local classes and events to consider
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Food

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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Crafty

Scholarship fund helps low-income residents learn to sew Scholarship fund helps low-income residents learn to sew

Donations accepted for the Elsie Richards Scholarship Fund The local nonprofit Ragfinery, Bellingham artist Jeni Cottrell, and Cottrell’s mother Lee Cole are teaming up to provide opportunities for low income residents to learn how to sew. The Elsie Richards Scholarship Fund, named in honor of Cottrell’s grandmother and Lee’s mother, allows selected applicants to participate
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