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Local farmers markets: A look at the 2016 season

Features

Local farmers markets: A look at the 2016 season

by Grow Northwest Farmers Market season is officially here, bringing farmers, food producers, crafters and other vendors together in local communities. Large or small, weekday or weekend, new or long-standing, each market offers its own unique take on the many growers and makers who live and work here. Following is a look at some of
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News

Puget Sound Food Hub: Farmers take ownership as cooperative

In late May, the Puget Sound Food Hub Farmer Advisory Committee determined to form a cooperative and take on the ownership of the Puget Sound Food Hub. The Hub provides a web-based platform and aggregation and distribution services for local farms. This past year more than 60 farms used the Hub and sold to 220
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Tour small grain field trials June 23

MOUNT VERNON – The public will have an opportunity to walk alongside the small grain field trials at WSU Mt. Vernon during the 7th annual Small Grains Field Day on Thursday, June 23. The public can observe variety trials of winter and spring wheat, barley and oats, as well as spring rye, spelt, buckwheat and
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Poop power: Learn about anaerobic digestion systems during Field Day

LYNDEN – WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources presents a day-long event Thursday, June 9 to learn about anaerobic digestion and nutrient recovery. Participating dairy farms during this field day are Edaleen Dairy and Honcoop Farms. Together with WSU researchers, they will discuss anaerobic digestion and nutrient recovery, and the lessons they’ve learned
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FISMA: Small farm rules discussion coming up

EVERSON – “FISMA Rules as it Relates to Small Farms” will be the subject of Cloud Mountain Farm Center’s monthly speaker series on Thursday, June 23. Karen Ullman from the Washington State Department of Agriculture will be leading a discussion and information session on the new FISMA rules as it relates to small farms. This
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Annual Llama, Alpaca Information and Education Day set for June 11

BELLINGHAM – The 9th annual Llama/Alpaca Information & Education Day, organized by JNK Llama Farm in Bellingham, will be held Saturday, June 11. This free day of workshops and education is about alpacas and llamas, and open to anyone that currently owns or is interested in becoming an owner. A group of llama/alpaca owners and
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Community

OUR FARM: Baldham Farm OUR FARM: Baldham Farm

Sedro-Woolley farm offers meats, soaps, and more by Miryam Garrote  Never in my whole life would I have thought (dreamed) that I would end up farming. I was born and raised in city center of Madrid (Spain), I loved the country side but was living in a concrete and asphalt jungle in a country where
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Skills

Wild About Plants: Eliminating mites, parasites in your flock Wild About Plants: Eliminating mites, parasites in your flock

by Suzanne Jordan Mite infestations in chickens, turkeys, and game birds can run from a nuisance to a health hazard to death, depending on the severity of the infestation. While mites can accumulate due to poor coop and pen management, even the most fastidious poultry keeper may find mites in the hen house. Mites can
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Cooking

Lard: How to render at home in a crockpot Lard: How to render at home in a crockpot

by Corina Sahlin The right kind of fat plays a very important role in your health. Saturated fats are beneficial to the body, because they insulate myelin in the brain, which helps with memory, mood stability and alertness, and they strengthen the immune system and help regulate hormones. That’s why I love lard! Compared to
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Growing

Hardy perennials: Ten flowers to grow Hardy perennials: Ten flowers to grow

by David Pike The following is a list of 10 of the hardiest, showiest, and most bee, butterfly, and hummingbird friendly perennial flowers you can grow in your Northwest garden. Note that this list does not include trees and shrubs, or bulbs and vines. I have attempted to arrange these by flower time, from early
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Food

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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Crafty

CTA: 6th annual Fabric Sale coming up June 18 CTA: 6th annual Fabric Sale coming up June 18

The Clothing and Textile Advisors (CTA) of Snohomish County in partnership with Washington State University Extension 4H Youth Development want your donations of fabric, notions, trims, patterns, yarn, needlework items and related books and magazines for our 6th Annual Fabric Sale on Saturday, June 18.  The proceeds from this sale support a scholarship of $1,500
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