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Dairy goats: A basic introduction of what you need to know

Jun 3rd, 2017
Dairy goats: A basic introduction of what you need to know

by Corina Sahlin I’m a sucker for baby goats.  There’s nothing cuter than a couple of caprine kids headbutting each other, twisting and turning as they jump high into the air, and egging each other on to cause mischief. In 15 years of raising goats, I have attended every single birth of all my goats.
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Shearing to spinning: A look at fiber processing

Oct 6th, 2015
Shearing to spinning: A look at fiber processing

by Laura Damron People have been harvesting fiber from domesticated animals for thousands of years. Nearly every culture has some version of a wool-based garment; from the Guernsey (or ‘gansey’) fisherman’s sweaters to the colorful woven blankets of Peru, woolen textiles have been an integral part of human existence for ages due to their warmth
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Demos, resources at alpaca, llama day

Apr 30th, 2015

BELLINGHAM – JNK Llamas will hold their 8th annual on-farm workshop for current and future owners of alpacas and llamas on June 13. The day of workshops and education is free, and includes classes on care and basic information presented by local owners, farmers and professionals in the hope this information will help educate owners
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Breeds, demos, crafts, and more at Lamb, Goat and Wool Festival

Apr 30th, 2015
Breeds, demos, crafts, and more at Lamb, Goat and Wool Festival

Sheep Shearing School coming up May 30 The Lopez Lamb, Wool & Goat Festival returns Saturday, May 9, at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts on Lopez Island from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Started in 2011 as a celebration of island agriculture, the festival will feature various sheep and goat breeds, cheese
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Spinners Eden event offers fiber products from Whatcom, Skagit farms

Apr 3rd, 2015

BELLINGHAM – Spinners Eden Farm will hold its annual Wonderful Woolies Fiber Sale featuring fleeces and fiber from farms located in Skagit and Whatcom counties on Saturday, April 11. All ages are welcome and visitors can purchase items and see the sheep. Spinners Eden raises award winning registered Romeldale/CVM sheep, and along with breeding stock,
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Bee basics: On pollination

Apr 1st, 2015
Bee basics: On pollination

How it works and why it’s necessary by Bruce Vilders The youngest, and by far the smallest, of the young girls sitting in the class looked only slightly intimidated. She had been ‘snuck in’ by her older, and larger friends, in the hopes of getting past the stated age requirements. Stella was young but bright-eyed and
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Free poultry events

Jan 31st, 2015
Free poultry events

Two events are available this month for anyone interested in learning about raising poultry. Tales from the Coop: Inspiration and Advice for Raising Backyard Poultry on Monday, Feb. 9: Four local poultry enthusiasts (all either current or former employees of the Mount Vernon Library) will share practical advice and alternative ideas about keeping chickens, ducks,
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Step by step in photos: Whole bird butchering and processing at Osprey Hill Butchery

Oct 16th, 2014
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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Coops and crops tour coming up in Anacortes

Jul 3rd, 2014
Coops and crops tour coming up in Anacortes

Morning poultry workshop offered The annual coop and crop tour in Anacortes takes place Saturday, July 26. This family-friendly event shows visitors the coops and gardens of 11 sites within Anacortes city limits, and offers a morning poultry workshop at the Anacortes Farmers Market. Local resident and organizer Linda Zielinski shared some thoughts with us about
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Milk Makers Fest: Students learn about local dairy

Apr 3rd, 2014
Milk Makers Fest: Students learn about local dairy

Adult-only session offered April 22 by Grow Northwest Each April, the annual Milk Makers Fest brings 1st grade students to the dairy farm. The Whatcom County Dairy Women hold the event for both public and homeschooled students to learn about the milking process and daily life on a dairy farm, including care, feed, irrigation, fertilizing crops,
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