Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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Ag abroad program: Dr. Carol Miles shares experience in Mozambique

Dec 6th, 2016
Ag abroad program: Dr. Carol Miles shares experience in Mozambique

Volunteers share knowledge through farmer project by Carol Frey Hippos politely plod along established garden paths without damaging the crops. Elephants, on the other hand, do not care about paths. They blunder straight through corn and collards alike, leaving behind a wide swath of broken stalks and trampled leaves. The farmers of Guara Guara, Mozambique,
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Boys and Girls Club tree sale under way

Dec 2nd, 2016
Boys and Girls Club tree sale under way

Garden Spot Nursery is again partnering this year with the Boys and Girls Club to sell Christmas trees. This will be the 14th annual fundraiser sale at the Bellingham nursery. Owner Marcy Plattner wrote the following about the Boys and Girls Club when she first visited the club off Kentucky Street. “I arrived at 4:30
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Winter Pantry Program helps Mount Baker elementary students

Dec 2nd, 2016
Winter Pantry Program helps Mount Baker elementary students

Co-op: Fundraiser for Foothills Food Bank The Winter & Spring Pantry Program, organized by the Foothills Food Bank, provides elementary school students in the Mount Baker School District with breakfast and lunch foods that children can prepare for themselves during school break. Organizers say many local children rely on the free/reduced price meal system to
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Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting Feb. 21

Dec 1st, 2016

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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Pixie: How to knit this winter hat

Dec 1st, 2016
Pixie: How to knit this winter hat

by Corina Sahlin Since the cold weather, impending holiday season, and shorter days are upon us, it’s time to start knitting – or learn how to.  Whether you want to make gifts for loved ones or provide warm accessories for yourself, this pixie or elfin hat I designed is a perfect and very easy project
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Country Living Expo: 180 classes in skills and practical living

Dec 1st, 2016
Country Living Expo: 180 classes in skills and practical living

STANWOOD – The Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool will be Saturday, Jan. 28. Check out 180 classes to choose from focused on skills and practical living, including 52 new classes this year. Registration costs $75 for adults and $40 for youth (discounted rate of $10 for youth ages 12-18 needing scholarship help). Registration includes
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WSDA farmer survey available online

Dec 1st, 2016

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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/farmer16. This survey is partially funded by a USDA specialty crop block grant targeting Washington farmers growing
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Farm Fund: Application deadline for next round of grants Jan. 20

Dec 1st, 2016

BELLINGHAM – The Community Food Co-op Farm Fund  is now accepting grant applications with a deadline of Jan. 20, 2017. Grants are directed to projects that meet the greater good of the community and benefit local agriculture at large. The 2017 application form and information will be posted on the Co-op website at www.communityfood.coop.  Since
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Feed the Need collects over $215,000

Dec 1st, 2016

WHATCOM – The annual Feed the Need food drive effort coordinated by the Industrial Credit Union set a new record this year collecting more than $215,000 and 10,000 pounds of food for Whatcom County food banks. In 2015, Feed the Need collected $113,000 and 75,000 pounds of food. The record this year reflects Industrial Credit
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Thankful for our Farmers: Messages from the community

Nov 3rd, 2016
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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