Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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Thankful for our Farmers: Messages from the community


Thankful for our Farmers: Messages from the community

We invited our readers and community to write in this month and give thanks to their favorite local farms, and acknowledge their hard work, dedication, impacts, and love for local agriculture, in all types. Our northwest corner is full of talented farmers and producers growing and making a huge variety of foods and products. We
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Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting Feb. 21

BELLINGHAM – The Northwest Washington Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting, a one-day conference for food and farming businesses of all kinds to connect, network, and learn, will be held Feb. 21, 2017. The Trade Meeting fosters connections between regional farmers, fishermen, food artisans, restaurants, grocers, and all others interested in sourcing local ingredients or selling local food.
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Country Living Expo: 180 classes in skills and practical living Country Living Expo: 180 classes in skills and practical living

STANWOOD – The Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool will be Saturday, Jan. 28. Check out 180 classes to choose from focused on skills and practical living, including 52 new classes this year. Registration costs $75 for adults and $40 for youth (discounted rate of $10 for youth ages 12-18 needing scholarship help). Registration includes
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WSDA farmer survey available online

STATE – The Washington State Department of Agriculture is asking farmers to participate in their Farm Survey, as part of an ongoing effort to improve outreach and education resources. The survery, conducted every two years, is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/farmer16. This survey is partially funded by a USDA specialty crop block grant targeting Washington farmers growing
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Farm Fund: Application deadline for next round of grants Jan. 20

BELLINGHAM – The Community Food Co-op Farm Fund  is now accepting grant applications with a deadline of Jan. 20, 2017. Grants are directed to projects that meet the greater good of the community and benefit local agriculture at large. The 2017 application form and information will be posted on the Co-op website at www.communityfood.coop.  Since
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Feed the Need collects over $215,000

WHATCOM – The annual Feed the Need food drive effort coordinated by the Industrial Credit Union set a new record this year collecting more than $215,000 and 10,000 pounds of food for Whatcom County food banks. In 2015, Feed the Need collected $113,000 and 75,000 pounds of food. The record this year reflects Industrial Credit
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Ag abroad program: Dr. Carol Miles shares experience in Mozambique Ag abroad program: Dr. Carol Miles shares experience in Mozambique

Volunteers share knowledge through farmer project by Carol Frey Hippos politely plod along established garden paths without damaging the crops. Elephants, on the other hand, do not care about paths. They blunder straight through corn and collards alike, leaving behind a wide swath of broken stalks and trampled leaves. The farmers of Guara Guara, Mozambique,
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Wild About Plants: Hawthorn Wild About Plants: Hawthorn

by Suzanne Jordan Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) is the “hope and faith that everything will be ok” plant. A tall shrub in the rose family, hawthorn grows in open meadows, on roadsides, along streams and forest edges at low to mid elevations. In my area, the conservation district people planted scores of hawthorn trees in wet
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Simply delicious: Late fall recipes Simply delicious: Late fall recipes

by Corina Sahlin Many people associate late fall and the holiday season with eating lots of food, feeling overly stuffed, children hyped up by sugary treats and gaining weight. And there’s the problem of friends and relatives visiting who might eat a gluten free or sugar free diet, and what, pray tell, are you supposed
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Community garden funding available Community garden funding available

BELLINGHAM – Grants are now available through the Community First Garden Project, a WSU Whatcom County Extension Project now in its 8th year. Small community gardens, both new and existing throughout Whatcom County, can apply for funding by Dec. 2. The project has funded items such as deer fencing, lumber for raised beds, drip irrigation,
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Raven Breads participating in nationwide election cake Raven Breads participating in nationwide election cake

Raven Breads is participating in a non-partisan, nationwide collaboration among bakeries to “Make America Cake Again” — specifically, making historical Election Cake. With this project, the bakery is hoping to raise awareness about national culinary heritage and the place of food in political and social life. According to a press release from Raven Breads owner
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Pixie: How to knit this winter hat Pixie: How to knit this winter hat

by Corina Sahlin Since the cold weather, impending holiday season, and shorter days are upon us, it’s time to start knitting – or learn how to.  Whether you want to make gifts for loved ones or provide warm accessories for yourself, this pixie or elfin hat I designed is a perfect and very easy project
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