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Hands-on learning focus of Livestock Advisors

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Hands-on learning focus of Livestock Advisors

Program graduates volunteer, expand community network by Carol Frey Many people have livestock dreams. Some dream small, maybe getting a few chickens in order to have high quality eggs. Some have bigger dreams, like opening a sheep dairy. Others may considering raising a different type of livestock. The WSU Livestock Advisor program is a unique
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News

Apple and Pear Harvest Field Day moved up two weeks due to weather

MOUNT VERNON – The annual Apple and Pear Harvest Field Day, presented by the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation at WSU Washington Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon, has been moved up to Saturday, Sept. 24. The event was originally slated for Oct. 8, but was moved due to the warm weather and fruit
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Christianson Nursery’s annual Giant Pumpkin Festival set for Sept. 24

MOUNT VERNON – The 5th annual Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 24 at Christianson’s Nursery in Mount Vernon. Visitors are welcome to come for a day of viewing giant pumpkins, face painting, toad races, carnival games, harvest food, music, a bat presentation, and more. All are welcome to bring and show
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Heritage Barn nominations due

STATE – The Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative, a program of the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, is accepting barn nominations. Owners of historic barns over 50 years old that retain a significant degree of historic integrity can nominate their barn to be designated as a Heritage Barn and be included in the
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New Bellingham SeaFeast celebrates local fishing industry

BELLINGHAM – A  new celebration of local fishing and food will be held on the Bellingham waterfront Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Presented by Bornstein Foods, the event includes food, music, demonstrations, salmon BBQ contest, food court, family fun, boat tours, and more. Admission is free. For a complete schedule of events,
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Hundreds of varieties on display at Whatcom County Dahlia Show

BELLINGHAM – The Whatcom County Dahlia will host their Annual Dahlia Flower Show on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11. Hundreds of varieties will be shown from the lil’ Pompons to the giant Dinner Plates. Experienced growers will be available to answer questions. New members are welcome. The show runs noon to  p.m. on Saturday and
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Community

Terra Verde: Planting seeds and pulling weeds since 2007 Terra Verde: Planting seeds and pulling weeds since 2007

by Mary Vermillion On a summer Sunday morning, Amy and Skuter Fontaine of Terra Verde Farm show a visitor their 15 acres of organically grown vegetables near the Nooksack River in Everson. They take turns talking to the guest or holding the hand of their 2-year-old son, Rudy, who – with a parent in tow
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Skills

Plant medicine made easy: Learn about tinctures, elixers and more Plant medicine made easy: Learn about tinctures, elixers and more

by Suzanne Jordan While you can find as many ways to make herbal medicine as there are blogs on the internet, the following is a short medicine making tutorial based on my more than 30 years of making herbal remedies. It’s important to know how to make the basics and to have many options to
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Cooking

Canning summer’s end: Peaches and beets with honey Canning summer’s end: Peaches and beets with honey

by Corina Sahlin One of my favorite ways to preserve summer’s bounty is canning peaches and beets with honey. These jars will be like liquid gold in winter, when the soil is bare and home-grown fruits and vegetables are a distant memory. We preserve peaches and beets by canning them with honey, which is healthier
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Growing

Harvest is upon us: Picking, storing apples and pears Harvest is upon us: Picking, storing apples and pears

by Cloud Mountain Farm Center With the warm, dry summer we’ve had, fruit is ripening up to three weeks ahead of “normal”. Both last year and this year, our accumulated heat units are well above average. Since many fruits ripen when they’ve experienced the right amount of heat, it is to be expected that they
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Food

Bellingham Beer Week Sept. 9-16 Bellingham Beer Week Sept. 9-16

Bellingham Beer Week is a 10-day celebration of craft beer in Bellingham. The mission of Bellingham Beer Week is to celebrate and promote craft beer in Bellingham, Washington, and beyond, and to recognize our local craft beer producers, retailers, distributors and consumers who positively impact this community in so many ways. Bellingham Beer Week is a collaborative
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Crafty

Bow Little Market’s Fiber Day set for Aug. 18 Bow Little Market’s Fiber Day set for Aug. 18

The Bow Little Market will hold its annual Fiber Day on Thursday, Aug. 18.  The focus this year will be on weaving demos, but spinning, dyeing, fiber processing, knitting, crocheting and much more will be on display. Fiber farmers and artists can vend for free if they provide a demo of their craft. Family friend activities
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