Thursday, June 29, 2017

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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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Hatching eggs: How to use an incubator

Mar 2nd, 2017
Hatching eggs: How to use an incubator

by Corina Sahlin Spring is chick time! Whether you keep chickens for egg production or meat, they all start from eggs and hatch into fluffy chicks. For years, we have mail-ordered day-old chicks from hatcheries, but for the past couple of years we have hatched eggs in a little incubator, and our kids love observing
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How to make your own liquid laundry detergent

Feb 1st, 2017
How to make your own liquid laundry detergent

by Corina Sahlin If you are aiming for a more natural, self-sufficient life, want to save money, and be in charge of your own health, it’s time to start making your own laundry detergent. It’s so easy! And fast! Most store-bought laundry detergent is full of weird ingredients, some of them known cancer causing agents,
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Wild About Plants: Hawthorn

Oct 2nd, 2016
Wild About Plants: Hawthorn

by Suzanne Jordan Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) is the “hope and faith that everything will be ok” plant. A tall shrub in the rose family, hawthorn grows in open meadows, on roadsides, along streams and forest edges at low to mid elevations. In my area, the conservation district people planted scores of hawthorn trees in wet
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Plant medicine made easy: Learn about tinctures, elixers and more

Aug 3rd, 2016
Plant medicine made easy: Learn about tinctures, elixers and more

by Suzanne Jordan While you can find as many ways to make herbal medicine as there are blogs on the internet, the following is a short medicine making tutorial based on my more than 30 years of making herbal remedies. It’s important to know how to make the basics and to have many options to
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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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Canning: Preserve the Taste of Summer Series kicks off

May 2nd, 2016
Canning: Preserve the Taste of Summer Series kicks off

Ripe strawberries, crunchy dill pickles, tree-ripe peaches – nothing tastes better than home-preserved foods. However, safely preserving food at home requires knowledge, time, and a small investment in equipment. Local residents can learn how to preserve fresh foods safely in a series of four Wednesday evening workshops at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Evergreen Room in
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Wild About Plants: At-home tips and recipes for spring cleaning

Apr 4th, 2016
Wild About Plants: At-home tips and recipes for spring cleaning

by Suzanne Jordan Cleaning your home with DIY natural cleaners is not only environmentally and personally friendly, but these cleaners are cheaper than store bought products to boot! Try these cleaners to save money, do your part for the environment, and feel better both physically and emotionally. Vinegar and essential oils: Vinegar retards mold growth
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Wild About Plants: Natural relief for fighting fungus

Mar 4th, 2016
Wild About Plants: Natural relief for fighting fungus

by Suzanne Jordan Nettles are up, wild mustard is flourishing, I’m hearing bird song that I haven’t heard in a long time. Oregon grape has flower buds on it already. As I nibble on plant bits, I can taste their strong medicine, which means sap is flowing. What I can tell you is that it’s
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Country Living Expo adds fiber palooza, more Sunday farm tours

Jan 4th, 2016
Country Living Expo adds fiber palooza, more Sunday farm tours

The annual Country Living Expo returns to Stanwood High School on Saturday, Jan. 30, offering more than 170 classes in practical living and skills. Registration includes five sessions, a prime rib or vegetarian lunch, snacks, and a trade show with agricultural and service businesses and organizations. The Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool is presented
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