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Llama, alpaca educational workshop marks 10 years

Features

Llama, alpaca educational workshop marks 10 years

JNK Llamas hosts owners, professionals by Mary Vermillion For 10 years, JNK Llamas has hosted a free informational day for the benefit of current and interested llama and alpaca owners and their animals. What stemmed from a rescue incident a decade ago, has become a continued community effort that welcomes questions and provides answers from seasoned
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News

Strawberry festivals: 80th annual Berry Dairy Days and more this month Strawberry festivals: 80th annual Berry Dairy Days and more this month

COUNTY – The strawberries are getting ready, and local communities are prepping for their annual celebrations. The following events are taking place this month: • The Marysville Strawberry Festival will be Saturday, June 10-17. Activities and entertainment include rides, children’s activities, arts, crafts, parades, a car show, live entertainment, Berry Fun Run, talent show, strawberries
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Vivian Smallwood: Honored for 35 years of service Vivian Smallwood: Honored for 35 years of service

MOUNT VERNON – A “35 Years of Service” Celebration was held in honor of Vivian Smallwood on May 23 at the WSU Skagit County Extension. Smallwood,  a WSU Skagit County Food Safety and Preservation Advisor, joined the Master Food Preserver team back in 1982 as a volunteer, then a few years later became a WSU
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Pilot project: Skagit retailers offering Farm Fresh Food boxes Pilot project: Skagit retailers offering Farm Fresh Food boxes

In an effort to make healthy, affordable food available in underserved areas, the WSU Skagit Extension is piloting a new project connecting farmers, retailers, and consumers. The Farm Fresh Food Box (FFFB) project is pairing farmers and small retailers in Marblemount, Burlington and Conway to provide a weekly box of fresh produce at designated retail
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Biological control workshop June 14-15

MOUNT VERNON – A workshop and educational tour/demonstration to learn approaches to manage common pests on nursery plants will be held June 14-15.  This workshop and tour will train field and greenhouse growers in methods of biological control. Topics include critical thinking for using biocontrol, new research, attracting beneficial insects, biocontrol application methods and timing,
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The Local Dirt: June 2017

Over 68,000 pounds of food were donated by local residents and picked up by local mail carriers during Stamp Out Hunger on May 13, according to the Bellingham Food Bank. This was the 25th year of the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, and this year’s pick-up was a record. In Skagit County, more than 34,000 pounds
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Community

Our Farm: Goodin Family Farm Our Farm: Goodin Family Farm

by Cassie Goodin Farm life is the life I always wanted but didnt know I needed. I used to ask my parents, “Can’t we just buy a farm!?” like it was that easy. My husband, did grow up doing things like raising and butchering meat birds, going to 4-H as a family, bucking hay, the
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Skills

Dairy goats: A basic introduction of what you need to know Dairy goats: A basic introduction of what you need to know

by Corina Sahlin I’m a sucker for baby goats.  There’s nothing cuter than a couple of caprine kids headbutting each other, twisting and turning as they jump high into the air, and egging each other on to cause mischief. In 15 years of raising goats, I have attended every single birth of all my goats.
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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

Apples: Finding the best variety for you Apples: Finding the best variety for you

by Terry Maczuga When many people think of adding fruit trees to their garden or property, they think first of apple trees. Apples are relatively easy to grow, and there is nothing like picking an apple on a crisp September morning and eating it right then and there. Doing just that was a big part
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Food

Chuckanut Brewery Wins Big at North American Beer Awards Chuckanut Brewery Wins Big at North American Beer Awards

Last year, while Chuckanut Brewery was building its new South Nut facility, they decided to take the year off from sending beers to the North American Beer Awards. Now that South Nut is up and brewing it was decided to enter into the prestigious, long standing beer competition. Chuckanut was richly rewarded with six major
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Crafty

Calendula: How to make infused olive oil and salve Calendula: How to make infused olive oil and salve

by Corina Sahlin Calendula is a cheerful annual flower known for its beauty and medicinal qualities. I use it in my garden, for medicine and soap making. Cheesemakers and cooks used to add the petals to butter, cheese and custards to make them look more golden. Either grow the plants from seed and collect the
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