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Focus on Farming offers ag sessions, trade show

Features

Focus on Farming offers ag sessions, trade show

The annual Focus on Farming conference returns Thursday, Nov. 20, highlighting agriculture education and information. The day includes 24 workshops across six industry tracks, a 17,000 square foot indoor trade show, and a lunch prepared with local ingredients. This year’s conference goes “back to the farm” thanks to a partnership with the Evergreen State Fairgrounds
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News

Beekeeping course: Two sessions offered this fall, winter Beekeeping course: Two sessions offered this fall, winter

EVERETT – To help rebuild, maintain, and expand our resource of local pollinators and honey producers, Washington State University Snohomish County Extension and Beez Neez Apiary Supply team up each year to sponsor two sessions of the popular apprentice level course in the Master Beekeeper Program. The five-week course provides a thorough introduction to beekeeping
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Skagit Heritage Barn map updated

SKAGIT – The Skagit County Historical Museum has released an updated version of their award-winning Heritage Barn map.  These barns represent agricultural history, and have been designated “Heritage Barns” by the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation. A new feature on the Barn Map is the OnCell mobile tour.  Dial a phone number
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Temple Grandin to speak in Stanwood, Everett in January Temple Grandin to speak in Stanwood, Everett in January

STANWOOD – Mary Temple Grandin, world-famous for using insights gained from her autism to lead dramatic improvements in the livestock industry, will be speaking at two events this winter in Stanwood and Everett. A professor at Colorado State for more than 20 years and speaker who lectures internationally on autism and livestock handling, Grandin will
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Record amount donated to Food Drive

BELLINGHAM – The annual Feed the Need Community Food Drive in Whatcom County collected 315,493 total pounds of food for area food banks this year, passing the previous record of 312,000 pounds set in 2012. The food drive supports the food banks of Whatcom County and is the largest food drive in the area. The
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Free SkillShare workshops set

BELLINGHAM – People with skills to share are invited to apply to partner with the Bellingham Public Library to schedule an activity, demonstration or presentation through its free SkillShare workshop program. SkillShare hosts present their skills on a voluntary basis, and all programs are free of charge and open to the public. “We created flexible
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Community

Growing Veterans: A burden we share Growing Veterans: A burden we share

by Chris Brown A couple of years ago I was talking with a crusty old Navy SEAL who served in Vietnam. We were talking about transitioning home after being in war and with a combined look of coldness, sadness, and humility, he said “a lot of those guys ended up killing themselves, most of my friends
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Skills

Root cellar 101: The dos and don’ts

by Susy Hymas Summer has passed whether we like it or not. I personally love fall. It is the time of such plenty, especially if you are harvesting your vegetable garden or plan to purchase a quantity of produce from one of our local farms. At our house the freezer and the canning shelves are
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Cooking

Can it: Refrigerator dill pickles, tomato sauce, and blueberry compote Can it: Refrigerator dill pickles, tomato sauce, and blueberry compote

by Susy Hymas Enjoying a fresh peach in my yogurt this summer morning, I am reminded of my grandparent’s garden.  I was fortunate to spend summers wandering there among the fruit trees, berry bushes and flowers. Grandma would serve me fresh peaches with cream for breakfast.  The rest of the year my family ate her
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Growing

Mushroom varieties on  display at fall shows, events Mushroom varieties on display at fall shows, events

Visitors can speak with experts, bring samples for identification BELLINGHAM / EVERETT – Mushrooms Our northwest woods are full of them this time of year, and this month will be full of shows about them. Hundreds of mushrooms will be available for viewing at indoor shows, offering residents and visitors a chance to learn more
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Food

Savor the San Juans offers month-long festivities

New Bite of the San Juan Islands Oct. 26 SAN JUAN –  Farmers, winemakers, distillers, brewers and chefs from around the San Juan Islands will come together for a range of offerings including a harvest dinner held in a garden, meet-the-producer farm tours, wine tastings in a vineyard, a harvest happy hour, a chili cook-off
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Crafty

Handspun Yarns: Home sweet home Handspun Yarns: Home sweet home

by Jessamyn Tuttle BELLINGHAM – If you’re into yarn, then all yarn stores are addictive, but NW Handspun in downtown Bellingham is particularly dangerous. The main floor is stuffed with yarn and notions, while the upstairs loft holds combed fleece, spinning wheels and looms, plus a comfortable sitting circle for knitters. Large windows let in
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