Monday, December 22, 2014

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Junior Growers: December 2014

Dec 5th, 2014 | By
Junior Growers: December 2014


Cultivating Success session starting

Dec 4th, 2014 | By
Cultivating Success session starting

SNOHOMISH – In 2012, when Petrina and Jonathan Fisher of Skylight Farms near Snohomish purchased a 20-acre farm on the banks of the Snohomish River they knew it would take more than hard work to grow their new farm. They enrolled in one of the Cultivating Success courses being taught by WSU Snohomish County Extension.
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Farmer Veteran Coalition panel includes Growing Veterans director

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By
Farmer Veteran Coalition panel includes Growing Veterans director

The Farmer Veteran Coalition held its Stakeholders Conference in November, including a panel with the director of the Whatcom-based Growing Veterans group, Chris Brown. Brent Elrod (far left), National Program Leader – Community & Rural Development, USDA, led the panel with directors of four leading regional programs. From left to right: Colin Archipley (USMC), Archi’s
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Local farmers awarded at Tilth Producers conference

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By
Local farmers awarded at Tilth Producers conference

Ray and Becky DeVries of Ralph’s Greenhouse named Farmer of the Year WA – Three Skagit farmers received honors at the Tilth Producers 40th annual conference held Nov. 5-7 in Vancouver. Ray and Becky De Vries of Ralph’s Greenhouse, were named Farmer of the Year. The De Vries have been farming organically for over 30 years.
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Tis the season for a Christmas tree trek

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By
Tis the season for a Christmas tree trek

Douglas fir, Balsam Fir, Canaan Fir, Fraser Fir, White spruce, Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, and more. There are many varieties of Christmas trees available from local tree farms – now open for the season. Following are some of the tree farms in our area, and most are open through Dec. 23 or Christmas Eve. Some
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Zachary Dean’s Italian: Made with love

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By
Zachary Dean’s Italian: Made with love

by Jessamyn Tuttle When Kevin Conzo lost his six-year-old son Zachary Dean, killed in a car accident on Chuckanut Drive last spring, he wasn’t sure what to do next. After two months back at work after the tragedy he found himself asking, “What am I going to do with my life?” He left his job
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Quiet Light Candles: Hand-poured with care and prayer

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By
Quiet Light Candles: Hand-poured with care and prayer

by Jessamyn Tuttle After a pleasant drive through the countryside outside Stanwood and down a gravel driveway, it’s an amazing experience to walk through a door into a warm space permeated with the scent of beeswax, glowing with candlelight and full of rich patterns from pottery, glass and polished stone. This magical space is the
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Wreath making at your local nursery

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By
Wreath making at your local nursery

Ideas for winter color  This time of year our local nurseries show off holiday decor and winter plants, including materials and guidance for wreath making and other seasonal items. Wreathmaking is available at several nurseries, including Garden Spot Nursery in Bellingham, Christianson’s Nursery in Mount Vernon, and Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville. And for those not
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Poinsettias: 75,000 plants growing at Van Wingerden Greenhouse

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By
Poinsettias: 75,000 plants growing at Van Wingerden Greenhouse

by Kate Ferry Poinsettias are a hallmark of the holiday season with the vivid red petals and dark green leaves framing the flowers. They are a traditional gift and beautiful decoration through December and into the new year.  Van Wingerden Greenhouse in Blaine has been growing this seasonal plant in abundance for almost 20 years
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Gingerbread, cookie decorating events offered

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By

A number of local businesses and groups are offering gingerbread and cookie decorating events for kids and families. Check out these options: Gretchens Kitchen in Mount Vernon is offering a Gingerbread House and Cookie Decorating Party on Sunday, Dec. 7. The party will be stocked with sprinkles, candy and icing to create the perfect gingerbread house
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