Monday, December 22, 2014

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Cultivating Success session starting Cultivating Success session starting

SNOHOMISH – In 2012, when Petrina and Jonathan Fisher of Skylight Farms near Snohomish purchased a 20-acre farm on the banks of the Snohomish River they knew it would take more than hard work to grow their new farm. They enrolled in one of the Cultivating Success courses being taught by WSU Snohomish County Extension.
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Farmer Veteran Coalition panel includes Growing Veterans director Farmer Veteran Coalition panel includes Growing Veterans director

The Farmer Veteran Coalition held its Stakeholders Conference in November, including a panel with the director of the Whatcom-based Growing Veterans group, Chris Brown. Brent Elrod (far left), National Program Leader – Community & Rural Development, USDA, led the panel with directors of four leading regional programs. From left to right: Colin Archipley (USMC), Archi’s
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Gingerbread, cookie decorating events offered

A number of local businesses and groups are offering gingerbread and cookie decorating events for kids and families. Check out these options: Gretchens Kitchen in Mount Vernon is offering a Gingerbread House and Cookie Decorating Party on Sunday, Dec. 7. The party will be stocked with sprinkles, candy and icing to create the perfect gingerbread house
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The Local Dirt: December 2014

The Bellingham Farmers Market will host a special Pop Up Gift Market on Friday, Dec. 5 in partnership with Downtown Bellingham Partnership and the City of Bellingham. Over 30 vendors featuring local gift options will be at the Depot Market Square from 5 to 8 p.m. This is the same evening as the City Tree
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Master Gardener deadline Dec. 11

WHATCOM – The WSU Master Gardener Program is accepting applications for 2015. The program offers a 10-week Master Gardener class for beginning and experienced gardeners looking to broaden their knowledge of horticulture and sustainable gardening practices. In return for the training, Master Gardener Community Educators volunteer 60 hours during the same year providing information to
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Community

Local farmers awarded at Tilth Producers conference Local farmers awarded at Tilth Producers conference

Ray and Becky DeVries of Ralph’s Greenhouse named Farmer of the Year WA – Three Skagit farmers received honors at the Tilth Producers 40th annual conference held Nov. 5-7 in Vancouver. Ray and Becky De Vries of Ralph’s Greenhouse, were named Farmer of the Year. The De Vries have been farming organically for over 30 years.
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Skills

Country Living Expo registration open; Temple Grandin to speak, lead workshops Country Living Expo registration open; Temple Grandin to speak, lead workshops

STANWOOD –  The Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool will offer more than 185 workshops focused on skills and practical living on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Stanwood High School, and will feature a trade show with more than 65 vendors. More than 60 of this year’s classes are new.  “Our program has grown to include not
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Cooking

Holiday fun: Bake ornaments and sweet treats Holiday fun: Bake ornaments and sweet treats

Any time is a good time to be with young people in the kitchen. Ask a child to help with baking and the response is usually jumping up and down and smiles. They know baking means some sort of sweet treat, most especially during the holiday season – great memories and fun treats to eat
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Growing

Wreath making at your local nursery Wreath making at your local nursery

Ideas for winter color  This time of year our local nurseries show off holiday decor and winter plants, including materials and guidance for wreath making and other seasonal items. Wreathmaking is available at several nurseries, including Garden Spot Nursery in Bellingham, Christianson’s Nursery in Mount Vernon, and Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville. And for those not
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Food

Zachary Dean’s Italian: Made with love Zachary Dean’s Italian: Made with love

by Jessamyn Tuttle When Kevin Conzo lost his six-year-old son Zachary Dean, killed in a car accident on Chuckanut Drive last spring, he wasn’t sure what to do next. After two months back at work after the tragedy he found himself asking, “What am I going to do with my life?” He left his job
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Crafty

Quiet Light Candles: Hand-poured with care and prayer Quiet Light Candles: Hand-poured with care and prayer

by Jessamyn Tuttle After a pleasant drive through the countryside outside Stanwood and down a gravel driveway, it’s an amazing experience to walk through a door into a warm space permeated with the scent of beeswax, glowing with candlelight and full of rich patterns from pottery, glass and polished stone. This magical space is the
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