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Concrete School District’s Farm to School program growing with added funding

Features

Concrete School District’s Farm to School program growing with added funding

Q&A with Program Planner Marjorie Bell: Classroom cooking, gardening, farm field trips and more interview by Grow Northwest The Concrete School District has a long-term goal of implementing year-round Farm to School experiential education for all grade levels. According to Marjorie Bell, a Program Planner with United General’s Community Health Outreach Programs, they are slowly
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News

Grower events lined up for February, March dates

Several local agriculture meetings and large events will be held throughout February and March, including the annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit, Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting in Bellingham, and more.   San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit 2016 The 4th annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13 in Friday Harbor,
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Foothills’ Cheryl Thompson awarded Volunteer with Heart Foothills’ Cheryl Thompson awarded Volunteer with Heart

EAST WHATCOM – Dave Finet, retired Executive Director of the Opportunity Council, presented Foothills Food Bank Board President and community volunteer Cheryl Thompson with the The Volunteer Center of Whatcom County’s Volunteer with Heart award in January. Nominated by Finet, he wrote, “The Opportunity Council and East Whatcom Regional Resource Center (EWRRC) staff nominate Cheryl
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County baking contest open to all

WHATCOM – The 2016 Annual Grange sponsored County-wide Baking Contest is coming Tuesday, Feb. 16. In addition to the cakes, cookies, breads, brownies and bar cookies, competition also includes fruit pies, cupcakes, decorated cakes, and gluten-free options. The contest is open to all in Whatcom County (Grange members and non-members), as well as all ages.
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Cherries focus of Winter Field Day

MOUNT VERNON – The Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation (WWFRF) presents its Winter Field Day on Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon. Hosted in cooperation with WSU-NWREC, this year’s event will include presentations on Historic Orchard Preservation and Orchard Stabilization
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Women in Ag Conference set for March 19

REGION – “Power Up Your Farm” is the theme for the fifth annual Women in Agriculture Conference on Saturday, March 19. This conference is a one-day event held simultaneously in 31 locations throughout Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Regional locations include Coupeville, Everett and Mount Vernon, among others. Visit the website for more information
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Community

Winter work: In the fields with Growing Washington Winter work: In the fields with Growing Washington

by Kristi Roberts As the summer months wane and give way to the winter season, there’s a distinctive shift on the farm. Where, just a few short months ago the fields and packing sheds at Growing Washington’s headquarters were bustling with dozens of workers and tons of food, a small 7-person crew now coalesce to keep
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Skills

Country Living Expo adds fiber palooza, more Sunday farm tours Country Living Expo adds fiber palooza, more Sunday farm tours

The annual Country Living Expo returns to Stanwood High School on Saturday, Jan. 30, offering more than 170 classes in practical living and skills. Registration includes five sessions, a prime rib or vegetarian lunch, snacks, and a trade show with agricultural and service businesses and organizations. The Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool is presented
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Cooking

Healthy hearts: Snacks and cupcakes Healthy hearts: Snacks and cupcakes

by Carol Frey We’re in a season of waiting and preparing. The mud is still deep but seed catalogs are pouring in, chicks and lambs will soon begin to make their appearance, and one day soon I’ll be doing early chores by morning light, rather than predawn darkness. I think it’s rather nice that amid
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Growing

The last row: A wish fulfilled: Old book makes its way back The last row: A wish fulfilled: Old book makes its way back

by Carol Kilgore Twenty four years ago, when my husband died suddenly, I was faced with a very important decision. How was I going to support myself and raise my children? He had always been the bread winner and I was a stay-at-home mom not really trained in any particular field. My neighbor, a master
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Food

Cheese please

by Grow Northwest Melt some delicious gooey cheese on sandwiches, add in or top off a warm winter soup or vegetable, or make a cheese plate with wine and fruit. However you eat it, January cheese is delightful. What’s even better? Braving the wet and cold January by taking a weekend adventure to buy directly
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Crafty

Make a french rolling pin with simple tools Make a french rolling pin with simple tools

by Bill Pierce If your aesthetic sensibilities are like mine, you’ve probably noticed that the French developed many things that bring life to an art form, especially when it comes to cooking. Woodworkers have long been friends to cooks because we can fabricate beautiful tools and vessels that enhance the culinary experience. Consider the French
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