Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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The last row: A wish fulfilled: Old book makes its way back

Feb 1st, 2016
The last row: A wish fulfilled: Old book makes its way back

by Carol Kilgore Twenty four years ago, when my husband died suddenly, I was faced with a very important decision. How was I going to support myself and raise my children? He had always been the bread winner and I was a stay-at-home mom not really trained in any particular field. My neighbor, a master
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Healthy hearts: Snacks and cupcakes

Feb 1st, 2016
Healthy hearts: Snacks and cupcakes

by Carol Frey We’re in a season of waiting and preparing. The mud is still deep but seed catalogs are pouring in, chicks and lambs will soon begin to make their appearance, and one day soon I’ll be doing early chores by morning light, rather than predawn darkness. I think it’s rather nice that amid
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Grower events lined up for February, March dates

Feb 1st, 2016

Several local agriculture meetings and large events will be held throughout February and March, including the annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit, Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting in Bellingham, and more.   San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit 2016 The 4th annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13 in Friday Harbor,
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Community donations top $52,000 for South Whidbey garden program

Feb 1st, 2016
Community donations top $52,000 for South Whidbey garden program

by Marian A. Myszkowski In October 2014, Goosefoot, a local non-profit community development organization, announced a challenge grant of $15,000 annually for three years from the Goose Community Grocer in support of the South Whidbey School District Garden Program. In 2014, over $22,000 was raised from the community and the Goose Grocer matched the total
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Winter work: In the fields with Growing Washington

Feb 1st, 2016
Winter work: In the fields with Growing Washington

by Kristi Roberts As the summer months wane and give way to the winter season, there’s a distinctive shift on the farm. Where, just a few short months ago the fields and packing sheds at Growing Washington’s headquarters were bustling with dozens of workers and tons of food, a small 7-person crew now coalesce to keep
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Chuckanut Center: New name, fresh opportunities

Feb 1st, 2016
Chuckanut Center: New name, fresh opportunities

Heirloom Tomato Seed Project under way by Mary Vermillion With seven years of planning and construction behind them, the Chuckanut Center at the historic Fairhaven Rose Garden has come a long way. The non-profit organization’s board recently simplified its name from the Center for Local Self Reliance to the more approachable and geographically appropriate Chuckanut
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Our Farm: McIntyre Family Farm

Feb 1st, 2016
Our Farm: McIntyre Family Farm

by Matt McIntyre My wife Jena and I started McIntyre Family Farm a few years ago when we found a place we fell in love with just east of Sedro-Woolley right on the North Cascades Highway.  Even when I first met Jena, she told me about her dream of someday raising grass-fed beef. Life took
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Make a french rolling pin with simple tools

Feb 1st, 2016
Make a french rolling pin with simple tools

by Bill Pierce If your aesthetic sensibilities are like mine, you’ve probably noticed that the French developed many things that bring life to an art form, especially when it comes to cooking. Woodworkers have long been friends to cooks because we can fabricate beautiful tools and vessels that enhance the culinary experience. Consider the French
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Concrete School District’s Farm to School program growing with added funding

Feb 1st, 2016
Concrete School District’s Farm to School program growing with added funding

Q&A with Program Planner Marjorie Bell: Classroom cooking, gardening, farm field trips and more interview by Grow Northwest The Concrete School District has a long-term goal of implementing year-round Farm to School experiential education for all grade levels. According to Marjorie Bell, a Program Planner with United General’s Community Health Outreach Programs, they are slowly
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Sow on: For the love of seeds

Feb 1st, 2016
Sow on: For the love of seeds

by Brian Campbell, Uprising Seeds Every once in a while around this time of year, we’ll see a friendly acquaintance who knows us as a farming family, and they’ll comment, “This must be a quiet time of year for you.” It’s not! Working with seeds has put us on an interesting and fairly unique pattern
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