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Farm Safety course starts April 18

Apr 12th, 2017

BURLINGTON – The 2017 Farm Safety course, featuring tractor driving labs, is open for registration through the WSU Skagit County Extension. Participants of all ages can sign up for the 2-hour classroom course and driving lab twice a week for five weeks, April 18 through May 18. Participants will meet at WSU Skagit County Extension from 6-8 p.m. for
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We Love Bow Cheese Tour April 22

Mar 31st, 2017

Go for the love of local cheese. Skagit Maid Creamery, Gothberg Farms, and Samish Bay Cheese have partnered for a We Love Bow Cheese Tour on Saturday, April 22 from 1-4 p.m. The tour starts at Skagit Maid Creamery (4890 Mercer Road, Samish Island), followed by Gothberg Farms (15203 Sunset Road, Bow) and Samish Bay
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Go, know, and grow: Advice, stories to get you started

Mar 31st, 2017
Go, know, and grow: Advice, stories to get you started

Tis the season to get started. Tis the season to smell like dirt. Are you looking for more instruction and direction as you get growing? Do you want to get together with some like-minded folks after a long winter? Whether you are experienced, new, or halfway, April’s calendar offers ample opportunities at local nurseries. We
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Dyeing eggs with a leafy look

Mar 31st, 2017
Dyeing eggs with a leafy look

by Corina Sahlin Dyeing Easter eggs is an ancient tradition, and there are many methods of dying them. We all know the process of submerging eggs into synthetic easter egg dyes, but have you ever considered dyeing easter eggs naturally? My family has fallen in love with a technique involving red cabbage, vinegar, pantyhose and
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Growing forward: Community raising funds to help Smith family rebuild after fire destroys barn, equipment

Mar 31st, 2017

COUPEVILLE – Fire destroyed the historic Smith Farm barn, an iconic landmark of the Ebey Prairie, at Willowood Farm last month. Georgie Smith, a fourth-generation farmer, was at a meeting with other farmers when she learned her family’s barn – built in the 1880s – was burning. Fundraising efforts are under way to help with
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Field trip: Spring ideas for fun family learning

Mar 31st, 2017
Field trip: Spring ideas  for fun family learning

4-H Super Saturday, Veggie Patrol, Dirtfest and more  by Grow Northwest April is here, and with it comes a lot of spring fun and engaging opportunities for local youth and families. From plants and bugs to dirt and animals, following are some of the events we’re highlighting that get kids exploring an enjoying the natural
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The Local Dirt: April 2017

Mar 31st, 2017

The Bow Little Market is now called the Bow Farmers Market, and is moving its location from the Belfast Feed Store (held there the last 8 years) to Samish Bay Cheese on Bow Hill Road. Market organizers hope this move will bring them closer to the Bow/Edison center, and able to reach those in the community
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Season opener: Bellingham Farmers Market celebrates 25 years

Mar 31st, 2017

BELLINGHAM – The Bellingham Farmers Market, celebrating 25 years, will open for the regular season on Saturday, April 1. The opening cabbage toss ceremony starts at 9:45 a.m. A number of farmers, food producers, makers, and more vendors will be on site, as well as free cake, a non-profit fair on Railroad Avenue, and historic
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SCD considers new rate proposal; public meetings slated

Mar 31st, 2017

SNOHOMISH – The Snohomish Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors plans to file a new rate proposal with the Snohomish County Council. This proposal will transition the District from an “assessment” to a “rate” structure, and increase the maximum per parcel amount from $5/parcel to $10/parcel, and from $0.05/acre to $0.10/acre. SCD officials said the move
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Transplants focus of roundtable

Mar 31st, 2017

EVERSON – A roundtable workshop and discussion about high quality transplant production will be held Wednesday, April 5 from 3-5 p.m. at Cloud Mountain Farm Center in Everson. The bilingual workshop will also give growers the opportunity to share their own experiences managing and growing transplants and ask questions regarding specific conditions and management techniques.
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