Monday, December 5, 2016

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Thankful for our Farmers: Messages from the community


Thankful for our Farmers: Messages from the community

We invited our readers and community to write in this month and give thanks to their favorite local farms, and acknowledge their hard work, dedication, impacts, and love for local agriculture, in all types. Our northwest corner is full of talented farmers and producers growing and making a huge variety of foods and products. We
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Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting Feb. 21

BELLINGHAM – The Northwest Washington Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting, a one-day conference for food and farming businesses of all kinds to connect, network, and learn, will be held Feb. 21, 2017. The Trade Meeting fosters connections between regional farmers, fishermen, food artisans, restaurants, grocers, and all others interested in sourcing local ingredients or selling local food.
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WSDA farmer survey available online

STATE – The Washington State Department of Agriculture is asking farmers to participate in their Farm Survey, as part of an ongoing effort to improve outreach and education resources. The survery, conducted every two years, is available at This survey is partially funded by a USDA specialty crop block grant targeting Washington farmers growing
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Scratch & Peck Feeds moving to larger production facility in Burlington Scratch & Peck Feeds moving to larger production facility in Burlington

BELLINGHAM – Local feed company Scratch and Peck Feeds announced they are relocating their production facilities from Bellingham to a larger location in Burlington. According to owner and founder Diana Ambauen-Meade, the company is expanding to meet demand and will be relocating in early 2017. The new facility in Skagit County is more than double
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Washington Small Fruit Conference, Lynden Ag Show set Nov. 30-Dec. 2

LYNDEN – The Washington Small Fruit Conference and Lynden Ag Show is set for Wednesday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 2. This 3-day conference offers the latest relevant research information, with topics including Pest Management, Foliar and Fruit Disease Management and Biology, Soilborne Disease Management, Weed Management, Insecticide/Miticide Decline Evaluation, Nutrient Management, Pollination,  Worker Safety
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Center for Good Food Purchasing to present at Whatcom Food Network forum Nov. 17

All are invited to attend the Whatcom Food Network’s Fall Forum where the Center for Good Food Purchasing, a national organization for value-centered procurement and food system transformation, will be presenting on Nov. 17. The Whatcom Food Network is composed of various agencies, organizations, and stakeholders interested in working to strengthen the local and regional
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Sleeping Mat Project: Local group stitches with love Sleeping Mat Project: Local group stitches with love

by Carol Frey Five women sit around a large conference table, plastic shopping bags and pieces of bags stacked all around. Barbara Jackson’s steady hands flatten and smooth a bag before her scissors slice it into strips. Irene Williams works beside her, cutting, looping the strips into a plastic version of yarn and rolling the
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Wild About Plants: Hawthorn Wild About Plants: Hawthorn

by Suzanne Jordan Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) is the “hope and faith that everything will be ok” plant. A tall shrub in the rose family, hawthorn grows in open meadows, on roadsides, along streams and forest edges at low to mid elevations. In my area, the conservation district people planted scores of hawthorn trees in wet
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Simply delicious: Late fall recipes Simply delicious: Late fall recipes

by Corina Sahlin Many people associate late fall and the holiday season with eating lots of food, feeling overly stuffed, children hyped up by sugary treats and gaining weight. And there’s the problem of friends and relatives visiting who might eat a gluten free or sugar free diet, and what, pray tell, are you supposed
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Community garden funding available Community garden funding available

BELLINGHAM – Grants are now available through the Community First Garden Project, a WSU Whatcom County Extension Project now in its 8th year. Small community gardens, both new and existing throughout Whatcom County, can apply for funding by Dec. 2. The project has funded items such as deer fencing, lumber for raised beds, drip irrigation,
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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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Gingerbread entries due Nov. 29 Gingerbread entries due Nov. 29

BELLINGHAM – The deadline for submitting entry forms for the gingerbread house contest during the Port of Bellingham’s Holiday Port Festival is Tuesday, Nov. 29. A number of categories are available for entry including youth, family, business, organization and others. Edible structures must be delivered on Wednesday, Nov. 30. All gingerbread houses will be auctioned
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