Monday, May 22, 2017

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Plant Sales: Where to go this month

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Plant Sales: Where to go this month

Plant Clinic: Master Gardeners available to give good advice Going to a Master Gardener Plant Sale is an annual field trip for any soul that appreciates growing plants, buying plants, listening to plentiful and solid advice, and watching newer growers relish in what’s to come. Usually held in May, the local county Master Gardener groups schedule
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News

Lopez Lamb, Wool & Goat Festival offers demonstrations, activities

Lopez – The annual Lopez Lamb, Wool & Goat Festival will be held Saturday, May 13 at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts in Lopez Village. The sheep dog demonstration at a local farm will be from 9-10 a.m., followed by indoor and outdoor events at the Community Center from 10 a.m. to
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Agriculture Census under way

NATIONAL – The Census of Agriculture, conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), will be mailed at the end of this year. The census is a count of all participating U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them. Producers who are new to farming or did
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WFN Spring Forum rescheduled

BELLINGHAM – The Whatcom Food Network has rescheduled its Spring Forum to Thursday, May 25 from 1-4 p.m. at the Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 N Harbor Loop Dr., Bellingham. The forum will include current changes, challenges, and collaborations happening in the local dairy industry. The Whatcom Food Network holds two forums each year to create a
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The Local Dirt: May 2017

Burk Ridge Farms, of Custer, has announced they decided to downsize to their original homesteading beginning and will no longer be offering USDA processing and commercial operations. The farm grew over the last four years, offering USDA processing and more. The family farm is collecting one last order (1/4, 1/2 or a whole) discounted to
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Safety workshops offered this month

BURLINGTON – The WSU Skagit Extension is offering a one-day farm Machinery Safety Workshop on Friday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 11768 Westar Lane, Suite A in Burlington. (The workshop was originally going to run as a 5-week course, however it did not have enough registrants and needed to be changed.)
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Community

Slanted Sun Farm: Focus on peppers and potential Slanted Sun Farm: Focus on peppers and potential

by Mary Vermillion Anna Morris and Jared Danilson of Slanted Sun Farm are growing vegetables and helping to build community from two acres of land at the base of the foothills near Everson. In just their third season, the couple is making their mark with uncommon, value-added products and a commitment to county farmers markets
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Skills

Hatching eggs: How to use an incubator Hatching eggs: How to use an incubator

by Corina Sahlin Spring is chick time! Whether you keep chickens for egg production or meat, they all start from eggs and hatch into fluffy chicks. For years, we have mail-ordered day-old chicks from hatcheries, but for the past couple of years we have hatched eggs in a little incubator, and our kids love observing
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Cooking

Rhubarb: Tart take on the cake Rhubarb: Tart take on the cake

by Brian Taylor The delicious rhubarb always makes its way into our kitchens this time of year. Rhubarb is often prepared in as a fruit; it’s truly tart taste is eased with sugar, and baked into pies, cookies and other desserts. It can also be dehydrated or pickled, and made into a jam, compote, wine
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Growing

Plant Sales: Where to go this month Plant Sales: Where to go this month

Plant Clinic: Master Gardeners available to give good advice Going to a Master Gardener Plant Sale is an annual field trip for any soul that appreciates growing plants, buying plants, listening to plentiful and solid advice, and watching newer growers relish in what’s to come. Usually held in May, the local county Master Gardener groups schedule
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Food

We Love Bow Cheese Tour April 22

Go for the love of local cheese. Skagit Maid Creamery, Gothberg Farms, and Samish Bay Cheese have partnered for a We Love Bow Cheese Tour on Saturday, April 22 from 1-4 p.m. The tour starts at Skagit Maid Creamery (4890 Mercer Road, Samish Island), followed by Gothberg Farms (15203 Sunset Road, Bow) and Samish Bay
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Crafty

Cirque du Couture: Ragfinery rolls out annual Runway Challenge fundraiser

Local job-training and creative-reuse textile nonprofit Ragfinery (ragfinery.com) is hosting its 3rd annual Upcycle Runway Challenge Fundraiser. This year’s theme, Cirque du Couture, invites contestants to draw inspiration from the popular performance ensemble Cirque du Soleil, creating runway-ready creations out of anything they can find at Ragfinery. Contestants will walk the runway and showcase their
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