Friday, March 6, 2015

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Coming up: San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit, Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting, and Women in Ag

Three conferences are available this month to farmers, business owners, community advocates, and interested members of the public to further connections and spread information about local resources.   Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting The annual NW Washington Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting takes place Monday, Feb. 9 at St. Luke’s Education Center in Bellingham from 8:30 a.m. to 4
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Avian flu: Prevention workshop for poultry owners Feb. 5

MONROE – A free workshop about Avian Flu Prevention will take place Monday, Feb. 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Longhouse at Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Available for poultry owners, the workshop is sponsored by Snohomish County, Snohomish Conservation District, WSU Snohomish County Extension, and Evergreen State Fairgrounds. Poultry owners will learn
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Grange hosts annual Baking Contest and Auction; open to all

BELLINGHAM – The Grange is hosting their annual Baking Contest and Auction on Tuesday, Feb. 17, and public submissions and bids are welcome. The long-time favorite categories of breads, cakes, cookies and brownies are available, as well as new categories for pies, gluten free items, and decorated items. Entry in the contest is open to
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Alpaca expo, show coming up at Evergreen State Fairgrounds

MONROE – The annual Alpaca Amore Affaire Auction, Expo and Show takes place Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Visitors can view and buy alpaca products, learn about the alpaca industry and attend seminars. The event is produced by Act Event Group which specializes in the marketing and selling
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Bread Lab expanding into larger space

MOUNT VERNON – The Bread Lab at the Washington State University-Mount Vernon Research Center is expanding into a 12,000-square-foot building at the Port of Skagit County, and raising $300,000 for the relocation, renovation and equipment. The lab, currently housed in a 600-square-foot space at the Research Center, studies the diversity of locally grown grains to
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Vermiculture: Skagit County Worm Wrangler talks worm work Vermiculture: Skagit County Worm Wrangler talks worm work

by Jessamyn Tuttle A lifelong gardener, Kim Johnson had a large property that had been used for weddings and photo shoots, but needed to find something quieter. “I saw an article in the Herald about compost worms,” Johnson said. She had sold night crawlers on the side when she was younger, loves animals of all kinds
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Free poultry events Free poultry events

Two events are available this month for anyone interested in learning about raising poultry. Tales from the Coop: Inspiration and Advice for Raising Backyard Poultry on Monday, Feb. 9: Four local poultry enthusiasts (all either current or former employees of the Mount Vernon Library) will share practical advice and alternative ideas about keeping chickens, ducks,
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Kids in the Kitchen: Making muffins for a healthy breakfast on the go Kids in the Kitchen: Making muffins for a healthy breakfast on the go

by Samantha Brown On weekends my family comes running when the muffins are done. Like fresh baked bread, these little goodies are delicious served warm with a cut of butter or drizzle of syrup and once out of the oven, and the little and big hands of the household go for the grab. These little
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Native plant, tree sales coming up Native plant, tree sales coming up

Bunchberry, Pacific Ninebark, Red Flowering Currant, Oregon Grape, Red Osier Dogwood, Indian Plum, Blue Elderberry, Nootka Rose, Hardhack, Salal, Kinnikinnick, Serviceberry, Vine Maple, Snowberry, the list of native plants and trees goes on. They are hardy and drought tolerant and can help with your yard and property’s landscaping from erosion control to attracting wildlife and
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Leaf & Ladle: Sandwiches, soups and salads for the soul Leaf & Ladle: Sandwiches, soups and salads for the soul

by Scot Casey Right off the bat, I will tell you that I love Leaf & Ladle. Owner Linda Melim’s soups, salads and sandwiches taste like home on a winter afternoon or a beautiful picnic by the lake in the summer. The soups are always hearty and full of rich flavor. The sandwiches are balanced
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Lots of options, materials for making January projects Lots of options, materials for making January projects

The holidays are through and January is here, and for many folks, this means working on winter crafts and projects. Want to paint pottery? Work with wool? Knit, crochet, quilt, spin? There are lots of options in our northwest corner. Here are just a few. Creativitea is always a fun place to visit, especially in
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