Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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Jason Weston, of Joe’s Gardens, leads Planet Jr. revival

Features

Jason Weston, of Joe’s Gardens, leads Planet Jr. revival

by Mary Vermillion Jason Weston, co-owner of Joe’s Gardens, is inspiring farmers and gardeners across the country to scour barns and collectors’ shelves for antique Planet Jr. farm equipment. With Weston sharing online and in-person tips to rebuild and operate the neglected — or simply collected — machinery, Planet Jr. walk-behind tractors are back in
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News

WCD Supervisor election March 14

LYNDEN – An election for one seat on the Whatcom Conservation District Board will be held on Tuesday, March 14 at the District’s office at 6975 Hannegan Road, Lynden. Candidates are Heather Christianson, Roderic Perry, and Suzzi (Suzanne) Snydar. Specific candidate information is available on the website at www.whatcomcd.org/board-elections. All registered voters in Whatcom County
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Succession planning workshop set

EVERETT – A two-part succession planning workshop will be held Wednesday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 21 from 5-9 p.m. The focus is on helping landowners large and small start their own succession plan discussion using the Ties to the Land curriculum. Dinner will be provided both evenings. The location is WSU Snohomish County Extension’s
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Whatcom County Dairy Women accepting scholarship applications

WHATCOM – Whatcom County Dairy Women are now accepting applications for their 2017 Scholarship in memory of Judy Scholten. This $1,000 award is available if you meet at least one of the following qualifications: A son or daughter of an active dues paying member of the Whatcom County Dairy Women and/or Whatcom County Dairy Federation;
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Master Composter Recycler Course: Application deadline March 15

BELINGHAM – The WSU Whatcom County Extension Master Composter Recycler Course is now accepting applications for the program running April 20 through May 25. The six-week training program is for community members who wish to enhance their home composting skills and help others in the community by volunteering to teaching workshops, visiting schools, and creating
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Bow Hill Blueberries receives Good Food Award

BOW – On Jan. 21, 2017 Bow Hill Blueberries was granted a 2017 Good Food Award for their Organic Heirloom Pickled Blueberries. For the 2017 awards, there were 2,059 entries in various divisions. Bow Hill Blueberries was 1 of 193 producers to receive an award. Their product, in the pickled category, first had to pass
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Community

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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Skills

Hatching eggs: How to use an incubator Hatching eggs: How to use an incubator

by Corina Sahlin Spring is chick time! Whether you keep chickens for egg production or meat, they all start from eggs and hatch into fluffy chicks. For years, we have mail-ordered day-old chicks from hatcheries, but for the past couple of years we have hatched eggs in a little incubator, and our kids love observing
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Cooking

Delicious dish: Pot stickers, corned beef casserole Delicious dish: Pot stickers, corned beef casserole

by Michael Hansen One of my favorite meals is homemade pot stickers. They’re a little difficult to put together, but always taste like heaven. You’ll start by chopping up the cabbage in a food processor, then combine it with the pork and other ingredients. Take the mixture out of the processor, then get your hands
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Growing

Spring countdown: Plant sales, events to get you started Spring countdown: Plant sales, events to get you started

Spring is on the minds of many; we’re eager for longer days, growing spring plants, seeing color popping, starting projects, and warming weather. With snow falling on the last day of February, and March’s forecast off to a wet and cold start, here’s look at some of the colorful, creative and community events happening this
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Food

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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Crafty

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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