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Whatcom, Whidbey farm tours welcome visitors

Features

Whatcom, Whidbey farm tours welcome visitors

Local food, local farms, local fun by Grow Northwest The annual farm tours in our northwest corner provide a day for local residents to explore numerous small farms and other locations, and learn about what is produced and methods used. Whatcom The Whatcom Farm Tour will be held Saturday, Sept. 13. Complete information is available
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News

Raising Livestock, Small Farming courses start this month

SKAGIT/WHATCOM – Several multi-week training courses about raising livestock and small farming start this month. The Raising Livestock Workshop Series, offered through the WSU Extension Livestock Advisor program, begins Monday, Sept. 15, offering a 10-week course about raising your own animals. The course covers beef, sheep, goats, poultry, swine and rabbits, as well as feeding,
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Lynden FFA corn maze open weekends

LYNDEN – The annual Lynden FFA corn maze is open every weekend through September, located just south of Lynden on Hannegan Road. The 15-acre maze is the main fundraiser for the FFA group with proceeds going towards the purchase of equipment, transportation expenses to state and national events, scholarships and the group’s annual banquet. Prices
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Granges host Farm Bill discussion

BELLINGHAM – The Northwest Farm Bill Action Group will present a short program “Understanding the Farm Bill” on the current Farm Bill, focusing on how it impacts farmers and residents, during the bi-monthly meeting of the seven Whatcom County granges on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The program will be at the North Bellingham Grange, located at
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Farm Fund Hootenanny Sept. 27

BELLINGHAM – The Community Food Co-op’s 2nd annual Farm Fund Hootenanny to benefit food and farming projects in Whatcom and Skagit counties takes place Saturday, Sept. 27. The event includes food, live music and raffles, as well as updates from local farmers. All proceeds directly benefit the Co-op Farm Fund. The event will be held
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Cloud Mountain Farm Center joins PSFH

EVERSON – Cloud Mountain Farm Center has partnered with the Puget Sound Food Hub to provide aggregation and distribution services for local farms which sell their products direct to supermarkets, restaurants, and food service providers though the Puget Sound Food Hub’s web-based purchasing platform. THE PSFH currently has 40 participating farms selling directly to 60
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Community

Conway Feed: Keeping it in the family Conway Feed: Keeping it in the family

by Jessamyn Tuttle Conway Feed’s owners, Scott and Kelly McKnight, have only been running the business for six years, but have a personal history with the nearly 100-year-old feed mill. Kelly, who also manages the office at her family’s farm, Pioneer Potatoes, grew up in the Skagit farming community. “I used to deliver grain here
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Skills

Wild About Plants: Chives, sage, wild raspberry and more Wild About Plants: Chives, sage, wild raspberry and more

How to make herb salt and vinegar at home by Suzanne Jordan The lushness of late spring and early summer is breathtaking here in the Pacific Northwest. The leaves of our plants are completely unfurled and full grown, flowers abound, and rapid plant growth is astounding. Where there was once dead sticks, leaves, and dirt,
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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

Local youths explore summer farm camps Local youths explore summer farm camps

Common Threads is in the middle of its summer program, including Farm Camp and its special Pizza Camp and Camp Pasta. The group is a Bellingham-based non-profit focused on hands-on, seed-to-table educational experiences. The Farm Camp will hold two more sessions in August, including Aug. 11-14 and Aug. 18-21 from 9 a.m. to noon each
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Food

Dad’s Diner a must-go Dad’s Diner a must-go

by Brent Cole Tucked away in Anacortes is a food truck and diner with some of the best food in Western Washington – so good governor Jay Inslee declared their buttermilk pancakes the best in the state. Dad’s Diner A Go Go (food truck) and Dad’s Diner (restaurant) are the perfect example of what happens
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Crafty

Northwest Garden Bling: Detailed designs Northwest Garden Bling: Detailed designs

by Jessamyn Tuttle A few years ago Athena Hornsby was looking for a new occupation, preferably in the arts. After trying a variety of activities, including quilting, baking and gardening, she took a class in mosaic through Bellingham Parks and Recreation. She liked it so much she took another in stained glass. Completely hooked, she soon
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