Saturday, July 23, 2016

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New Downtown Market Walk July 9

Jul 6th, 2016

BELLINGHAM – Sustainable Connections, in partnership with the Community Food Co-op, Terra Organic and Natural Foods, the Bellingham Farmers Market, and the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, invites the public to attend the Downtown Market Walk on Saturday, July 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Downtown Market Walk is a celebration and exploration of Bellingham’s
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Common Threads celebrates 10 years; festival set for July 17

Jul 6th, 2016

BELLINGHAM – Common Threads will celebrate 10 years of working with kids in the community during their outdoor summer festival on Sunday, July 17. Founded in 2006 and based in Bellingham, Washington, Common Threads is a non-profit organization that promotes a “seed to table” approach to food production, good nutrition, and environmental stewardship.  Most of
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Drip Irrigation: Learn the basics and benefits

Jul 6th, 2016
Drip Irrigation: Learn the basics and benefits

by David Pike Last year’s growing season was so hot and dry I remember spending nearly an hour every morning dragging the hose around in my greenhouse to hand water each and every plant. With temperatures quickly climbing into the 90s, it was a challenge to patiently stand in the sun while I sprayed the
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Homemade sausage: How good it is

Jul 6th, 2016
Homemade sausage: How good it is

by Corina Sahlin Maybe it’s the German in me, or maybe it’s the prospect of creating easy, quick, healthy meals for my family… Making and eating sausage is a big feature in our homesteading life. Even if you don’t raise your own pigs, beef or chicken, or if you don’t hunt game, you still can
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New veterinary feed directive discussed at Livestock Round Pen July 7

Jul 5th, 2016

MONROE – The next Livestock Round Pen on Thursday, July 7 invites livestock owners to learn about a new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) starting in January 2017. In order to apply certain medications to food producing animals via food or water, owners must have an established veterinarian-client-patient relationship. This new directive may impact significantly how
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CTA: 6th annual Fabric Sale coming up June 18

Jun 1st, 2016
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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EVENTS: June 2016

Jun 1st, 2016

Puget Sound Jr. Livestock show: Thursday, June 2 through Saturday, June 4. Open to all 4-H and FFA members who’d like to exhibit, sell or market swine, goat, sheep or steer. Skagit County Fairgrounds, Mount Vernon. For more information, visit www.pugetsoundjuniorlivestock.org.   Ethiopian Cuisine with Assefa Kebede: Thursday, June 2. Join chef Assefa Kebede as
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Wild About Plants: Eliminating mites, parasites in your flock

Jun 1st, 2016
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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Hardy perennials: Ten flowers to grow

Jun 1st, 2016
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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Tomato Tales: A look at Green Zebra, Brandywine, and Heinz 2653

Jun 1st, 2016
Tomato Tales: A look at Green Zebra, Brandywine, and Heinz 2653

by Celt Schira Nothing compares to the glorious tomatoes of summer, ripe and juicy. The fabulous Green Zebra, with its slightly citrus tang, is seldom found even in farmer’s markets.  The small plants have only a modest yield, which makes them uneconomical for farmers. Green Zebra is green even when ripe, but the stripes turn
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