Friday, May 27, 2016

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International Plowing Match celebrates 75 years

May 10th, 2016
International Plowing Match celebrates 75 years

The International Plowing Match is a favorite event. Between the strength and skill on display, its history and stories, and legacy and future, it is a time-honored annual tradition; an important piece of local agricultural heritage. Started in 1942 as a friendly competition, the event brought out many of the local plowing families over the
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Mount Baker School District raising funds to build new FFA/Ag barn

May 4th, 2016

DEMING – The Mount Baker School District is building a new FFA/Ag barn at the site of the old greenhouse, and is raising funds to complete the work. The current barn has problems with plumbing, electricity, roof, space, and location, and is barely functional during the winter time. Students breed and raise their hogs for
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School cafeteria improvement projects under way

May 4th, 2016
School cafeteria improvement projects under way

Farm to School: Local districts are changing the face of lunchtime by Mary Vermillion Thanks to the Whatcom Community Foundation’s Farm to School program and local districts, school lunch is beginning to taste and look different. Best known for leading the charge to serve more local produce at cafeterias, Farm to School recently funded $70,000
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A bug’s life: A look at who’s who in the garden

May 4th, 2016
A bug’s life: A look at who’s who in the garden

by Kate Ferry A healthy garden is a beautiful system of organisms coexisting in a symbiotic relationship. Each piece of this community depends on the relationships with each other for food, survival, protection and success to create an elaborate infrastructure. The smallest of organisms, using the all encompassing term “bugs” to cover insects and arachnids, can
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May the plant sales be with you

May 4th, 2016
May the plant sales be with you

Coming up: Master Gardeners, Chuckanut Center, Cascades Cuts, and more  Thousands of vegetable, flower, herb starts and more will be available this month at various annual fundraisers. The local chapters of the Master Gardener groups, as well as the annual Cascades Cuts sale and heirloom tomato sale at Chuckanut Center will all be filled with
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The Local Dirt: May 2016

May 4th, 2016

Rich Appel, co-owner of Appel Family Dairy in Ferndale, received a Farmer Community Service award at the Mariners’ game on April 29. Congratulations to Rich! Go Mariners! The Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board has Bee-U-Tify seed packets available. To receive your free packet of these non-invasive, pollinator-friendly, easy-to-grow flowers contact noxiousweeds@agr.wa.gov.  If anyone believes
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Fundraiser: “Raised that Roof Celebration” set for May 15

May 3rd, 2016
Fundraiser: “Raised that Roof Celebration” set for May 15

MOUNT VERNON – The Leadership Skagit Class of 2016 Team Blue Diamonds proudly present this event, “Raised That Roof Celebration,” for Growing Veterans at Farmstrong Brewery in Mount Vernon on Sunday, May 15. The event will have a Magic of the Skagit silent auction, music,  complimentary taco and nacho bar, and beverages will be available
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Social media: WHS clarifies adoption policy

May 3rd, 2016

BELLINGHAM – Whatcom Humane Society’s Executive Director Laura Clark said there is no truth to recent posts by local residents on social media stating the WHS has a policy excluding members of 4H or FFA from adopting an animal. Following is Clark’s statement to Grow Northwest: “The Whatcom Humane Society does not have any policy
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Brook Brouwer named director of WSU San Juan Extension

May 3rd, 2016

SAN JUAN – Dr. Brook Brouwer has been named the new County Director for WSU San Juan County Extension. Brouwer, who grew up on Lopez Island, completed his PhD with WSU in Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences. He was the first recipient of a Seed Matters Fellowship in organic plant breeding, and worked on
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CTA hosting Camp Stitch-A-Lot for youth; registration closes May 31

May 2nd, 2016

EVERETT – The Snohomish County Clothing & Textile Advisors (CTA) are once again hosting Camp Stitch A Lot (CSAL) for youth ages 8-17.  CSAL offers week-long, half-day sessions in sewing, knitting and crochet. Each class starts with the fundamentals of the craft and finishes with the creation of an item. Classes will be offered June
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