Saturday, November 1, 2014

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Temple Grandin to speak in Stanwood, Everett in January Temple Grandin to speak in Stanwood, Everett in January

STANWOOD – Mary Temple Grandin, world-famous for using insights gained from her autism to lead dramatic improvements in the livestock industry, will be speaking at two events this winter in Stanwood and Everett. A professor at Colorado State for more than 20 years and speaker who lectures internationally on autism and livestock handling, Grandin will
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Tilth Producers conference Nov. 7-9

WA – The WA Tilth Producers’s Conference, “Re-Imagine Agriculture with the Pacific Northwest,” will be held Nov. 7-9 in Vancouver, WA. Conference keynote and capnote speakers are Raj Patel, food activist, journalist and writer, and Mary Berry, executive director of The Berry Center and daughter of Wendell Berry. A total of 30 workshops covering a
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OTA honors Skagit resident Steve Crider with Member of the Year Award OTA honors Skagit resident Steve Crider with Member of the Year Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Skagit County resident Steve Crider was honored by The Organic Trade Association (OTA) last month by selecting him as the organization’s Member of the Year. Crider, who works for Amy’s Kitchen, based in Petaluma, CA, will be the first individual to receive the award. The award was presented at OTA’s 2014 Annual
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Berries: New pathology team studying gray mold, mummyberry

MOUNT VERNON – Northwest Washington’s small fruit growers may get some help warding off two growing threats to their high-value crops, as a result of the ongoing work of WSU Mount Vernon’s new berry pathology research team. Associate Plant Pathology Professor Tobin Peever, Post-doctoral Research Associate Dalphy Harteveld, and Ph.D student Olga Kozhar are studying
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Super Horse Showdown Oct. 3-5

LYNDEN – The NW WA Super Horse Showdown is coming to the Equine Center at the NW WA Fairgrounds in Lynden Oct. 3-5. The weekend includes clinics with Craig Cameron and Brent Rollins, and competitions such as ranch sorting, barrel racing, cowboy race, pole bending and more. A draft horse pull takes place Friday night,
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Hummingbird Farm and  Nursery joins quilt trail Hummingbird Farm and Nursery joins quilt trail

Farm launching Island-wide campaign OAK HARBOR – Hummingbird Farm and Nursery has joined the American Quilt Trail Movement, being the first farm in northwest Washington State, and forming a steering committee to expand the quilt trail to other Island County farms and barns. Owners Lori and Lee Spear raised a brightly colored Amish Hummingbird Quilt
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Root cellar 101: The dos and don’ts

by Susy Hymas Summer has passed whether we like it or not. I personally love fall. It is the time of such plenty, especially if you are harvesting your vegetable garden or plan to purchase a quantity of produce from one of our local farms. At our house the freezer and the canning shelves are
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Can it: Refrigerator dill pickles, tomato sauce, and blueberry compote Can it: Refrigerator dill pickles, tomato sauce, and blueberry compote

by Susy Hymas Enjoying a fresh peach in my yogurt this summer morning, I am reminded of my grandparent’s garden.  I was fortunate to spend summers wandering there among the fruit trees, berry bushes and flowers. Grandma would serve me fresh peaches with cream for breakfast.  The rest of the year my family ate her
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Mushroom varieties on  display at fall shows, events Mushroom varieties on display at fall shows, events

Visitors can speak with experts, bring samples for identification BELLINGHAM / EVERETT – Mushrooms Our northwest woods are full of them this time of year, and this month will be full of shows about them. Hundreds of mushrooms will be available for viewing at indoor shows, offering residents and visitors a chance to learn more
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Savor the San Juans offers month-long festivities

New Bite of the San Juan Islands Oct. 26 SAN JUAN –  Farmers, winemakers, distillers, brewers and chefs from around the San Juan Islands will come together for a range of offerings including a harvest dinner held in a garden, meet-the-producer farm tours, wine tastings in a vineyard, a harvest happy hour, a chili cook-off
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Handspun Yarns: Home sweet home Handspun Yarns: Home sweet home

by Jessamyn Tuttle BELLINGHAM – If you’re into yarn, then all yarn stores are addictive, but NW Handspun in downtown Bellingham is particularly dangerous. The main floor is stuffed with yarn and notions, while the upstairs loft holds combed fleece, spinning wheels and looms, plus a comfortable sitting circle for knitters. Large windows let in
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