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County fairs highlight local agriculture

Features

County fairs highlight local agriculture

Farming exhibits, animals, and contests August is here and that means county fairs. Fun times and tasty food, and always a good place to learn about local agriculture and explore what’s growing around you. Each fair features an agriculture area as well as contests, so let’s check them out. Stanwood-Camano Community Fair: Through Sunday, Aug. 2.
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News

Raising Livestock workshop series offered this fall

BURLINGTON – The WSU Livestock Advisor program is offering a 10-week series of classes about raising livestock, starting Sept. 14. From choosing smaller low line beef to larger framed cows, pastured poultry to milking goats, sheep or the family cow, meat rabbits or swine, these classes will give you a broad overview of livestock selection, nutrition,
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Tractor Supply opening Aug. 1

LYNDEN – Tractor Supply Company will officially open the doors of the new Lynden store on Saturday, Aug. 1, offering products for farm, ranch, and home. The store is located at 1898 Front St. (the building formerly housed a Cost Cutter). A grand opening celebration is currently set for Aug. 15. This is the 26th
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Farmers Market week Aug. 2-8

STATE – The week of Aug. 2-8 is Washington State Farmers Market Week, coinciding with the National Farmers Market week. The Governor’s Office declared the week as a time “for people to enjoy fresh selections of fruits and vegetables, as well as baked goods and artisan products, while strolling through small and large markets across
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We Grow stand open weekly We Grow stand open weekly

We Grow, a collaboration between Northwest Youth Services and WSU Extension Program, is a seed-to-market vocational readiness program for at-risk and homeless youth. We Grow participants work as a team in planting, growing, and harvesting food that they sell on-site and to local restaurants. The market stand is open every Monday from 2-4 p.m. throughout
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Field to Flame fundraiser: Seven chefs, seven courses, over a dozen farmers

Bellingham – Sustainable Connections and the Northwest Washington Chefs Collaborative present their first-ever Field to Flame Brunch, a seven-course fundraiser featuring seven local chefs and over a dozen local farmers in the beautiful park setting at Boxx Weddings in Ferndale. Local farmers and fishers will be providing the freshest and the best ingredients. This fundraiser
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Community

Coming up: Summer Harvest Day, Thoughtful Food barn raising, Whatcom Skillshare Faire Coming up: Summer Harvest Day, Thoughtful Food barn raising, Whatcom Skillshare Faire

The public is invited to several events this month, highlighting seasonal work on the farm, practical skills and community.   Summer Harvest Day On Saturday, Aug. 1 Cloud Mountain Farm Center hosts an  ‘open farm’ day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to show visitors what’s growing and happening at their Everson farm. Freshly harvested
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Skills

Quit Buggin’ Me: Relieve the itch Quit Buggin’ Me: Relieve the itch

by Suzanne Jordan It’s that time again, folks! Mosquito, spider, ant, and biting pest season. Sitting outside at a BBQ, camping, and just trying to relax and enjoy the nice weather outside can be a bit frustrating when you become the object of dining for the insects that come around this time of year. The
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Cooking

Warm weather and good friends: Grilling summer vegetables Warm weather and good friends: Grilling summer vegetables

by Carol Frey “So…what are you doing on this lovely day?” the elderly store clerk asked my son. “Building a trebuchet,” was the reply. The clerk smiled quizzically. “Like a catapult.We’re going to throw pumpkins really far!” “Oh,” the gentleman brightened. “That sounds like fun! Can I come too?” He winked as he handed us
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Growing

Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds: What to plant and how to attract them Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds: What to plant and how to attract them

by David Pike The presence of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds incites a gentle joy. Bees are also responsible for pollinating up to 70 percent of the world’s food crops, our chances of survival without them is highly debatable. Hummingbirds, besides being sugar and nectar addicts, are also very efficient mosquito eaters.  Butterflies, well, what sort
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Food

Honey Moon releases first run of CiderHead cans Honey Moon releases first run of CiderHead cans

by Brent Cole Located in downtown Bellingham, Honey Moon has been creating different varieties of mead, wine and cider for a decade, just celebrating their 10th anniversary last month. Owners Murphy and Anna Evans are now taking the next step with their products, canning and selling their award-winning Ciderhead hard cider. Murphy’s love of home
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Crafty

Upcycled art contest culminates in Downtown Throwdown Upcycled art contest culminates in Downtown Throwdown

For two months, more than 20 artists have sewed, glued, spackled and glittered recycled and donated fabric, clothing and household goods to create their original art submission for The Downtown Upcycle ThrowDown, an art and sustainability challenge event created by Ragfinery and Wise Buys Community Thrift Store of Lydia Place. This creative and original art contest,
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