Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Fair time: Calling all makers for entries, exhibits


Fair time: Calling all makers for entries, exhibits

 by Mary Vermillion There is still time to enter collections and exhibits in this year’s Northwest Washington Fair. And Amanda Stidham, superintendent for baking, canning and sewing, sincerely hopes you will. “Anyone from any age and background can enter,” Stidham said. “We’ve had ages 3 to 101 (participate) and love to see everyone come to
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Over 400 attend grand opening of Bread Lab

BURLINGTON – More than 400 people attended the grand opening of the Bread Lab on Wednesday, July 26, presented by Washington State University and the Port of Skagit. The new 12,000-square-foot facility located at the Port of Skagit includes the research lab, milling room, commercial kitchen, and King Arthur Flour baking classes. The Bread Lab
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WBA, Whatcom Family Farmers offer agribusiness study, farm tour Aug. 24

WHATCOM – The Whatcom Business Alliance, in collaboration with Whatcom Family Farmers, will host a Whatcom County agri-business economic impact study, lunch and a chartered farm tour on Thursday, Aug. 24. Hart Hodges, of WWU Business and Economic Development Center, will present current economic data related to local agri-business, including berry, dairy, produce and other
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Livestock Training offered this fall

SKAGIT – The WSU Livestock Advisor program begins a 10-week series of classes Sept. 12 at the Burlington WSU Skagit County Extension office. Livestock covered includes sheep, goats, beef, swine, rabbits, poultry, and livestock guardian dogs. Topics range from housing needs, feeding, breeding, and fencing to raising livestock sustainably, mud and manure management, and weed
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Community First garden tour Aug. 10

WHATCOM – The WSU Whatcom County Extension’s Community First Garden Project is offering a summer garden and project tour on Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 4-6 p.m. The tour is free and open to the public, and includes five gardens starting at the City of Bellingham’s Happy Valley Community Garden and ending at Ferndale Friendship Garden.
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Farm internship program expands

STATE – The Farm Internship Project, which started as a pilot project offered in northwest counties of Washington State in 2010, now includes 16 counties following the signing of HB 1906 by the State Legislature. Effective July 23, the project added Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, and Walla Walla counties, and extends through Dec. 31, 2019. Farms
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Our Farm: Goodin Family Farm Our Farm: Goodin Family Farm

by Cassie Goodin Farm life is the life I always wanted but didnt know I needed. I used to ask my parents, “Can’t we just buy a farm!?” like it was that easy. My husband, did grow up doing things like raising and butchering meat birds, going to 4-H as a family, bucking hay, the
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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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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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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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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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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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