Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Handspun Yarns: Home sweet home

Oct 17th, 2014 | By
Handspun Yarns: Home sweet home

by Jessamyn Tuttle BELLINGHAM – If you’re into yarn, then all yarn stores are addictive, but NW Handspun in downtown Bellingham is particularly dangerous. The main floor is stuffed with yarn and notions, while the upstairs loft holds combed fleece, spinning wheels and looms, plus a comfortable sitting circle for knitters. Large windows let in
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Classes, producers fill Fiber Fusion weekend

Oct 17th, 2014 | By
Classes, producers fill Fiber Fusion weekend

MONROE – If you have ever wanted to walk in free of charge to a huge space filled with fiber products, service and classes, and visit with a number of local artists, farmers and processors – many of them from our area – you’ll have your chance during the annual Fiber Fusion event this month.
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Step by step in photos: Whole bird butchering and processing at Osprey Hill Butchery

Oct 16th, 2014 | By
Step by step in photos: Whole bird butchering and processing at Osprey Hill Butchery

Following is a step by step in photos of the butchering process recorded at Osprey Hill Farm’s sister business and new butchering unit, Osprey Hill Butchery, in Acme. This information accompanied the poultry processing article published in our October 2014 issue.  The link to that article is available at: http://www.grownorthwest.com/2014/10/poultry-processing-new-butchering-options-available-to-farmers-and-home-growers-through-osprey-hill-butchery-northwest-agriculture-business-center-and-oak-meadows-farm/. This specific unit is 500
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Poultry processing: New butchering options available to farmers and home growers

Oct 16th, 2014 | By
Poultry processing: New butchering options available to farmers and home growers

Osprey Hill Butchery, Northwest Agriculture Business Center, and Oak Meadows Farm offer services by Becca Schwarz Cole Local poultry producers can now use the services of two new butchering units, with a third option launching this winter. Each facility has different funding methods behind their units, but all seek the support and use of local
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Mushroom varieties on display at fall shows, events

Oct 4th, 2014 | By
Mushroom varieties on  display at fall shows, events

Visitors can speak with experts, bring samples for identification BELLINGHAM / EVERETT – Mushrooms Our northwest woods are full of them this time of year, and this month will be full of shows about them. Hundreds of mushrooms will be available for viewing at indoor shows, offering residents and visitors a chance to learn more
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Big winners at Giant Pumpkin Festival

Oct 4th, 2014 | By
Big winners at Giant Pumpkin Festival

MOUNT VERNON – State Champion giant pumpkin grower, Joel Holland of Sumner, broke his own record Saturday, Sept. 27 with a pumpkin weighing in at 1,450.5 pounds at the Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival held at Christianson’s Nursery in Mount Vernon. In addition to maintaining the State Championship for the largest Atlantic Giant pumpkin, Holland
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Hummingbird Farm and Nursery joins quilt trail

Oct 4th, 2014 | By
Hummingbird Farm and  Nursery joins quilt trail

Farm launching Island-wide campaign OAK HARBOR – Hummingbird Farm and Nursery has joined the American Quilt Trail Movement, being the first farm in northwest Washington State, and forming a steering committee to expand the quilt trail to other Island County farms and barns. Owners Lori and Lee Spear raised a brightly colored Amish Hummingbird Quilt
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Root cellar 101: The dos and don’ts

Oct 4th, 2014 | By

by Susy Hymas Summer has passed whether we like it or not. I personally love fall. It is the time of such plenty, especially if you are harvesting your vegetable garden or plan to purchase a quantity of produce from one of our local farms. At our house the freezer and the canning shelves are
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Savor the San Juans offers month-long festivities

Oct 4th, 2014 | By

New Bite of the San Juan Islands Oct. 26 SAN JUAN –  Farmers, winemakers, distillers, brewers and chefs from around the San Juan Islands will come together for a range of offerings including a harvest dinner held in a garden, meet-the-producer farm tours, wine tastings in a vineyard, a harvest happy hour, a chili cook-off
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Temple Grandin to speak in Stanwood, Everett in January

Oct 4th, 2014 | By
Temple Grandin to speak in Stanwood, Everett in January

STANWOOD – Mary Temple Grandin, world-famous for using insights gained from her autism to lead dramatic improvements in the livestock industry, will be speaking at two events this winter in Stanwood and Everett. A professor at Colorado State for more than 20 years and speaker who lectures internationally on autism and livestock handling, Grandin will
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