Monday, February 27, 2017

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Get ready for spring at the WCD’s Small Farm Expo


Get ready for spring at the WCD’s Small Farm Expo

Forage management, raising pigs, and more coming up The Small Farm Expo, hosted for the first time last year by the Whatcom Conservation District, is back next month and in a larger location. Save the date for Saturday, March 11 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. This open house style event offers both indoor
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Five-week beekeeping course starts Feb. 27

EVERETT – The Washington State University Snohomish County Extension sponsors sessions of the popular apprentice level course in the Master Beekeeper Program, to help rebuild, maintain, and expand local pollinators and honey producers. Developed and managed by the Washington State Beekeepers Association, the five-week course provides a thorough introduction to beekeeping for novice beekeepers as
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WaterTalks: Workshop focuses on summer irrigation

LYNDEN – Irrigation is essential for agriculture in western Washington during the dry summer months. Groundwater is a common source of irrigation requiring that landowners understand the mechanics of a well, pumps, and meters. In its fourth year, WaterTalks is a workshop that focuses on water issues in western Washington geared towards agriculture producers, policymakers,
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Growing Veterans certified for ‘Home Grown by Heroes’ label

CONWAY – Growing Veterans is now certified to carry the ‘Home Grown by Heroes’ label on their produce and some value added products. This label serves to inform customers, buyers and retailers that the product they are purchasing, selling, or featuring on their menu was produced by a veteran farmer. This label is supported by
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Pears focus of Winter Field Day

MOUNT VERNON – The Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation (WWFRF) presents its Winter Field Day on Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the WSU Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon. Hosted in cooperation with WSU-NWREC, this year’s event will include information about Organic Spotted Wing Drosophila Control and Status of
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Concrete Farm to School Program receives community grants

CONCRETE – As Concrete Farm to School (F2S) enters its fourth year, the program continues to grow with the engagement and support of community partners. Northwest Farm Credit Services recently provided F2S with a Rural Communities Grant of $2,000 to improve the F2S Classroom/Kitchen, making it a more efficient place for students to learn and
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Samish Bay Cheese grows whey bigger Samish Bay Cheese grows whey bigger

Farm has new 3,000-square-foot production facility, expanded retail space by Mary Vermillion When Suzanne Wechsler first stood outside Samish Bay Cheese as its new owner back in 1996, she had a vision of a welcoming homage to farming and hospitality. Twenty years later, that vision for Suzanne and husband Roger has become a reality with
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How to make your own liquid laundry detergent How to make your own liquid laundry detergent

by Corina Sahlin If you are aiming for a more natural, self-sufficient life, want to save money, and be in charge of your own health, it’s time to start making your own laundry detergent. It’s so easy! And fast! Most store-bought laundry detergent is full of weird ingredients, some of them known cancer causing agents,
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Winter baking: Muffin mixes Winter baking: Muffin mixes

by Marla Anderson February is a big baking month in our household. It’s the middle of winter, spring is on the way, and Feb. 20 is National Muffin Day. So let’s celebrate with some recipes. All of these are healthier and flavorful, and allow for decent replacer ingredients if needed for your household. Just give
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Winter windowsill: The beauty of late season growth

by Claire Davis Depending on where you live, chances are it’s been cold, and snow (in some form or another) has been on the ground at some point. But while it’s freezing outside, and most of us are staring out the window at our iced-over gardens longing for the day we can get out there
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Raven Breads participating in nationwide election cake Raven Breads participating in nationwide election cake

Raven Breads is participating in a non-partisan, nationwide collaboration among bakeries to “Make America Cake Again” — specifically, making historical Election Cake. With this project, the bakery is hoping to raise awareness about national culinary heritage and the place of food in political and social life. According to a press release from Raven Breads owner
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Pixie: How to knit this winter hat Pixie: How to knit this winter hat

by Corina Sahlin Since the cold weather, impending holiday season, and shorter days are upon us, it’s time to start knitting – or learn how to.  Whether you want to make gifts for loved ones or provide warm accessories for yourself, this pixie or elfin hat I designed is a perfect and very easy project
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