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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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Lard: How to render at home in a crockpot

Jun 1st, 2016
Lard: How to render at home in a crockpot

by Corina Sahlin The right kind of fat plays a very important role in your health. Saturated fats are beneficial to the body, because they insulate myelin in the brain, which helps with memory, mood stability and alertness, and they strengthen the immune system and help regulate hormones. That’s why I love lard! Compared to
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Chestnut project provides young trees to growers

Jun 1st, 2016
Chestnut project provides young trees to growers

Orcas Island couple leads project, seeks recipients for 2017  In an effort to promote chestnuts on the West Coast, the Chestnut Proliferation Project is distributing young chestnut trees to farmers and ranchers interested in diversifying their land with chestnuts as a long lived, drought tolerant tree crop. Supported by a grant from Nutiva, these trees
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OUR FARM: Baldham Farm

Jun 1st, 2016
OUR FARM: Baldham Farm

Sedro-Woolley farm offers meats, soaps, and more by Miryam Garrote  Never in my whole life would I have thought (dreamed) that I would end up farming. I was born and raised in city center of Madrid (Spain), I loved the country side but was living in a concrete and asphalt jungle in a country where
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Pure Peonies: A family business of beautiful blooms

Jun 1st, 2016
Pure Peonies: A family business of beautiful blooms

190 varieties grown at farm near Everson by Mary Vermillion Renel Anderson promised her mother she would always have a garden. She doubled-down on that pledge when in 2010 she and husband Jim Wright planted thousands of tubers and opened Pure Peonies, their 7½ acre peony farm near Everson. Six years later, the fields are a
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Local baker building wood-fired oven, community

Jun 1st, 2016
Local baker building wood-fired oven, community

Project located in the Alley District of Bellingham by Sophie Williams Cooking with fire is an old magic. I’ve been dreaming of building a wood-fired oven for years, drawn, in part, by the romance of fire, in part by the inspiring reality of today’s wood-fired baking culture. The deliberate inefficiencies I embrace in my baking business—natural
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