Thursday, May 26, 2016

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International Plowing Match celebrates 75 years


International Plowing Match celebrates 75 years

The International Plowing Match is a favorite event. Between the strength and skill on display, its history and stories, and legacy and future, it is a time-honored annual tradition; an important piece of local agricultural heritage. Started in 1942 as a friendly competition, the event brought out many of the local plowing families over the
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Mount Baker School District raising funds to build new FFA/Ag barn

DEMING – The Mount Baker School District is building a new FFA/Ag barn at the site of the old greenhouse, and is raising funds to complete the work. The current barn has problems with plumbing, electricity, roof, space, and location, and is barely functional during the winter time. Students breed and raise their hogs for
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The Local Dirt: May 2016

Rich Appel, co-owner of Appel Family Dairy in Ferndale, received a Farmer Community Service award at the Mariners’ game on April 29. Congratulations to Rich! Go Mariners! The Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board has Bee-U-Tify seed packets available. To receive your free packet of these non-invasive, pollinator-friendly, easy-to-grow flowers contact  If anyone believes
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Fundraiser: “Raised that Roof Celebration” set for May 15 Fundraiser: “Raised that Roof Celebration” set for May 15

MOUNT VERNON – The Leadership Skagit Class of 2016 Team Blue Diamonds proudly present this event, “Raised That Roof Celebration,” for Growing Veterans at Farmstrong Brewery in Mount Vernon on Sunday, May 15. The event will have a Magic of the Skagit silent auction, music,  complimentary taco and nacho bar, and beverages will be available
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Social media: WHS clarifies adoption policy

BELLINGHAM – Whatcom Humane Society’s Executive Director Laura Clark said there is no truth to recent posts by local residents on social media stating the WHS has a policy excluding members of 4H or FFA from adopting an animal. Following is Clark’s statement to Grow Northwest: “The Whatcom Humane Society does not have any policy
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Brook Brouwer named director of WSU San Juan Extension

SAN JUAN – Dr. Brook Brouwer has been named the new County Director for WSU San Juan County Extension. Brouwer, who grew up on Lopez Island, completed his PhD with WSU in Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences. He was the first recipient of a Seed Matters Fellowship in organic plant breeding, and worked on
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School cafeteria improvement projects under way School cafeteria improvement projects under way

Farm to School: Local districts are changing the face of lunchtime by Mary Vermillion Thanks to the Whatcom Community Foundation’s Farm to School program and local districts, school lunch is beginning to taste and look different. Best known for leading the charge to serve more local produce at cafeterias, Farm to School recently funded $70,000
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Canning: Preserve the Taste of Summer Series kicks off May 25 Canning: Preserve the Taste of Summer Series kicks off May 25

Ripe strawberries, crunchy dill pickles, tree-ripe peaches – nothing tastes better than home-preserved foods. However, safely preserving food at home requires knowledge, time, and a small investment in equipment. Local residents can learn how to preserve fresh foods safely in a series of four Wednesday evening workshops at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Evergreen Room in
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Mozzarella: How to get started at home Mozzarella: How to get started at home

by Kate Ferry The history of cheese is as unique and lengthy as the different varieties to tempt your tastebuds. There is the creamy richness of brie encased in a fermented rind. The pungent and potent flavor of an aged blue cheese. The sharp cutting bite of a solid cheddar. The gooey stretch of a
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A bug’s life: A look at who’s who in the garden A bug’s life: A look at who’s who in the garden

by Kate Ferry A healthy garden is a beautiful system of organisms coexisting in a symbiotic relationship. Each piece of this community depends on the relationships with each other for food, survival, protection and success to create an elaborate infrastructure. The smallest of organisms, using the all encompassing term “bugs” to cover insects and arachnids, can
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Pizza’zza goes mobile Pizza’zza goes mobile

New 21-foot truck built by TriVan Truck Body, includes WoodStone oven  by Mary Vermillion Will Annett and Erica Lamson, owners of Bellingham’s Pizza’zza, believe in nutritious, locally sourced food. And pizza is their platform. This month, the couple is furthering their reach by launching a community-funded mobile truck. “We’re educating people and introducing them to
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Scholarship fund helps low-income residents learn to sew Scholarship fund helps low-income residents learn to sew

Donations accepted for the Elsie Richards Scholarship Fund The local nonprofit Ragfinery, Bellingham artist Jeni Cottrell, and Cottrell’s mother Lee Cole are teaming up to provide opportunities for low income residents to learn how to sew. The Elsie Richards Scholarship Fund, named in honor of Cottrell’s grandmother and Lee’s mother, allows selected applicants to participate
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