Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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Get ready for spring at the WCD’s Small Farm Expo

Feb 20th, 2017
Get ready for spring at the WCD’s Small Farm Expo

Forage management, raising pigs, and more coming up The Small Farm Expo, hosted for the first time last year by the Whatcom Conservation District, is back next month and in a larger location. Save the date for Saturday, March 11 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. This open house style event offers both indoor
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Samish Bay Cheese grows whey bigger

Feb 2nd, 2017
Samish Bay Cheese grows whey bigger

Farm has new 3,000-square-foot production facility, expanded retail space by Mary Vermillion When Suzanne Wechsler first stood outside Samish Bay Cheese as its new owner back in 1996, she had a vision of a welcoming homage to farming and hospitality. Twenty years later, that vision for Suzanne and husband Roger has become a reality with
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Five-week beekeeping course starts Feb. 27

Feb 2nd, 2017

EVERETT – The Washington State University Snohomish County Extension sponsors sessions of the popular apprentice level course in the Master Beekeeper Program, to help rebuild, maintain, and expand local pollinators and honey producers. Developed and managed by the Washington State Beekeepers Association, the five-week course provides a thorough introduction to beekeeping for novice beekeepers as
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WaterTalks: Workshop focuses on summer irrigation

Feb 2nd, 2017

LYNDEN – Irrigation is essential for agriculture in western Washington during the dry summer months. Groundwater is a common source of irrigation requiring that landowners understand the mechanics of a well, pumps, and meters. In its fourth year, WaterTalks is a workshop that focuses on water issues in western Washington geared towards agriculture producers, policymakers,
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Growing Veterans certified for ‘Home Grown by Heroes’ label

Feb 2nd, 2017

CONWAY – Growing Veterans is now certified to carry the ‘Home Grown by Heroes’ label on their produce and some value added products. This label serves to inform customers, buyers and retailers that the product they are purchasing, selling, or featuring on their menu was produced by a veteran farmer. This label is supported by
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Pears focus of Winter Field Day

Feb 2nd, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation (WWFRF) presents its Winter Field Day on Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the WSU Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon. Hosted in cooperation with WSU-NWREC, this year’s event will include information about Organic Spotted Wing Drosophila Control and Status of
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Concrete Farm to School Program receives community grants

Feb 2nd, 2017

CONCRETE – As Concrete Farm to School (F2S) enters its fourth year, the program continues to grow with the engagement and support of community partners. Northwest Farm Credit Services recently provided F2S with a Rural Communities Grant of $2,000 to improve the F2S Classroom/Kitchen, making it a more efficient place for students to learn and
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How to make your own liquid laundry detergent

Feb 1st, 2017
How to make your own liquid laundry detergent

by Corina Sahlin If you are aiming for a more natural, self-sufficient life, want to save money, and be in charge of your own health, it’s time to start making your own laundry detergent. It’s so easy! And fast! Most store-bought laundry detergent is full of weird ingredients, some of them known cancer causing agents,
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The Local Dirt: February 2017

Feb 1st, 2017

The Mt. Baker FFA held a grand opening for its new barn on Jan. 21, according to Todd Rightmire, Ag Instructor/CTE Director/FFA Advisor. The barn is located near the bus garage south of the high school, on the former greenhouse site. t the site of the old greenhouse, and is raising funds to complete the
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Local Lovers Valentine’s Day Tour set

Feb 1st, 2017

BELLINGHAM – Sustainable Connections announces a Local Lovers Tour for Valentine’s Day! On Monday, Feb. 13, participants will spend time getting to know some of Bellingham’s businesses including tGathered Confections, Pozie by Natalie, Ragfinery, and Veritas Massage. Everyone will leave with treats and tips for the big day: decorated heart cookies, a terrarium made with
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