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Local youths explore summer farm camps

Aug 4th, 2014 | By
Local youths explore summer farm camps

Common Threads is in the middle of its summer program, including Farm Camp and its special Pizza Camp and Camp Pasta. The group is a Bellingham-based non-profit focused on hands-on, seed-to-table educational experiences. The Farm Camp will hold two more sessions in August, including Aug. 11-14 and Aug. 18-21 from 9 a.m. to noon each
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Can it: Refrigerator dill pickles, tomato sauce, and blueberry compote

Aug 2nd, 2014 | By
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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Reefnet Festival celebrates fishing traditions, history

Aug 2nd, 2014 | By
Reefnet Festival celebrates fishing traditions, history

by Cait Auer On Saturday, Aug. 9, witness a centuries’ old salmon fishing tradition while embarking on a family fun-filled day of adventure, concerts, and activities, and feasting on fresh, locally caught fish at this year’s Lummi Island Reefnet Festival. Visitors can learn about the reefnetting process that runs deep within the Lummi culture, with
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Farmers Market Week set Aug. 3-9

Aug 2nd, 2014 | By

WA – Governor Jay Inslee declared Aug. 3-9 as “Washington Farmers Market Week.” Farmers markets offer an estimated 1,200 Washington farmers to sell products directly to consumers in rural and urban areas of the state. “Farmers markets across the state reported nearly $42 million in sales in 2013, an increase of more than four percent
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Marblemount Homestead: One family’s story of enjoying and sharing in the labors of life

Aug 2nd, 2014 | By
Marblemount Homestead: One family’s story of enjoying and sharing in the labors of life

Cheesemaking, wilderness classes and more Close to the North Cascades National Park, Corina and Steve Sahlin’s 5-acre Marblemount Homestead is a place of beauty. This piece of land is their home sweet home, nurtured and made with 12 years of hard work and creativity. Corina shares some of their story here, and invites others to
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Campfire cooking with kids: Sweet summer times

Aug 1st, 2014 | By

by Jen Sawyer Some of the best nights of summer are spent around a campfire. It’s relaxing, warm, the night sky looks wondrous, stories are being shared, and something tasty is likely cooking. Traditionally, smores are the choice of campfire treats, and rightly so since they are perfectly delicious. The melt-in-your-mouth combination hits the spot
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Pick a pepper: Some like it hot, some like it hotter

Aug 1st, 2014 | By
Pick a pepper: Some like it hot, some like it hotter

by Mary Ellen Carter Some like it hot, some like it sweet, some like it even hotter. Whatever it is, there is a pepper out there with your name on it. What makes a pepper hot, or hotter? Peppers contain various amounts of capsaicin (an active component of chili peppers), which is measured by Scoville
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Livestock producers invited to North Cascades Meat Coop event

Aug 1st, 2014 | By

STANWOOD – The North Cascades Meat Producers Cooperative and Del Fox Meats is hosting a BBQ dinner and presentation on Wednesday, Aug. 6, and has invited livestock producers to learn about their plans to bring expanded USDA-inspected meat processing to Snohomish, Island, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. The dinner will be held from 5 to 7:30
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Burk Ridge Farms investing in new mobile processing unit

Aug 1st, 2014 | By

CUSTER – Burk Ridge Farms has invested in a new mobile processing unit to slaughter beef and pork. The family farm is owned by Michael and Devin Koenen, along with Devin’s parents, Vern and Joann Dykstra. “Our vision for our farm is providing highest quality possible of beef, pork and chicken to customers, and in
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Internship pilot program starts

Aug 1st, 2014 | By

WHATCOM/SKAGIT – The Small Farm Internship Pilot Project (FIP) started July 1, and is open to farms in Skagit and Whatcom counties with annual sales of less than $250,000. Farmers may apply to enroll in a project that allows up to three interns (paid, stipend or unpaid) to work on a farm to learn about farming
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