Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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Bread Lab: For the love of local grains

Features

Bread Lab: For the love of local grains

by Mary Vermillion Research labs don’t typically draw crowds. But when the subjects are wheat and grains that promise the revival of a piece of Skagit Valley’s agricultural heritage, you’re bound to develop a following. And sooner or later, you’re going to need a bigger lab. Such is the case for Washington State University’s Bread
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News

Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival returns Sept. 30

MOUNT VERNON – Christianson’s Nursery is partnering with Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers (PNWGPG) to host the 7th Annual Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Sept. 30. Entries of giant pumpkins, and giant fruit and vegetables for the weigh off will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon. The weigh off will start at
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Cultivating Success program coming up

COUNTY – The WSU Cultivating Success Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching courses are scheduled to kick off later this month, in Whatcom, Skagit and Island counties. The Cultivating Success course provides beginning and existing farmers with the decision making tools, production strategies and support to develop a small acreage farm. Learn about farm design and
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Zucchinis needed at the Burlington Harvest Festival

BURLINGTON – Do you have extra zucchini to share? Burlington Parks and Recreation is collecting zucchinis for the upcoming Burlington Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Pitch scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thousands of gourds and Zucchinis are needed to supply the Zucchini Car Race activity booth. Drop your zucchinis off
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Taste Washington Day set for Oct. 4

STATE – Taste Washington Day is a day for school districts around the state celebrate Farm to School and local agriculture. On Oct. 4, or a day in October they choose, nutrition services, school gardeners, teachers, administrators, and volunteers all over Washington serve school meals with local ingredients and do activities to learn about the
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Mud management: Farm Speaker Series offers tips Sept. 21

WHATCOM – The Whatcom Conservation District’s Farm Speaker Series will offer “Discover Mud Management And Help To Winterize Your Farm” on Thursday, Sept.  21. Dr. Michael Anderson of Kulshan Veterinary Hospital and a panel of livestock producers will discuss livestock health, production and nutrition issues that arise due to  mud and the cold, wet season.
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Community

Seafood, maritime education focus of celebration at annual Bellingham SeaFeast Seafood, maritime education focus of celebration at annual Bellingham SeaFeast

by Mary Vermillion Bellingham SeaFeast, a celebration of local seafood and the maritime industry, marks its second year Friday, Sept. 22 and Saturday, Sept. 23 at locations downtown and along the working waterfront. The biggest change from last year? More opportunities to slurp oysters, crack crab and savor salmon. “We surveyed over 250 people (last
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Skills

Dairy goats: A basic introduction of what you need to know Dairy goats: A basic introduction of what you need to know

by Corina Sahlin I’m a sucker for baby goats.  There’s nothing cuter than a couple of caprine kids headbutting each other, twisting and turning as they jump high into the air, and egging each other on to cause mischief. In 15 years of raising goats, I have attended every single birth of all my goats.
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Cooking

Berry jubilee: Canning recipes to enjoy this summer Berry jubilee: Canning recipes to enjoy this summer

by Jennifer Bryan-Goforth July is berry season, and canning is a great way to preserve the harvest. Whether you purchase raspberries at a local market or roadside stand, grow blueberries in your backyard, or hunt for wild blackberries, there is a recipe to help you enjoy those delicious flavors all year long. For those new
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Growing

Apples: Finding the best variety for you Apples: Finding the best variety for you

by Terry Maczuga When many people think of adding fruit trees to their garden or property, they think first of apple trees. Apples are relatively easy to grow, and there is nothing like picking an apple on a crisp September morning and eating it right then and there. Doing just that was a big part
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Food

Chuckanut Brewery Wins Big at North American Beer Awards Chuckanut Brewery Wins Big at North American Beer Awards

Last year, while Chuckanut Brewery was building its new South Nut facility, they decided to take the year off from sending beers to the North American Beer Awards. Now that South Nut is up and brewing it was decided to enter into the prestigious, long standing beer competition. Chuckanut was richly rewarded with six major
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Crafty

Call to Artists: Ragfinery’s Sewing Rodeo LIVE Sewing Challenge

Ragfinery has a new event this fall for showcasing creative reuse, offering the Sewing Rodeo during two days in September. In celebration of National Sewing Month in September, Ragfinery will invite six teams of two to enter this friendly 2-day LIVE sewing and design challenge. Teams will be given their design parameters, and have one evening to envision their project, doing a
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