Saturday, May 28, 2016

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Canning: Preserve the Taste of Summer Series kicks off May 25

May 2nd, 2016
Canning: Preserve the Taste of Summer Series kicks off May 25

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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Wild About Plants: Cough and cold elixir

Nov 2nd, 2015
Wild About Plants: Cough and cold elixir

by Suzanne Jordan Greetings! After a hot long summer, the rains, cooler temperatures, and early nights are here, and in my humble opinion, are very much appreciated. I can’t remember the last time I actually looked forward to a wet rainy winter. We’ll see how it goes this year. The plants had a very interesting
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Adventures in cider making

Sep 3rd, 2015
Adventures in cider making

by Laura Damron Fermentation is one of those things that can really draw a person in, once it’s given a try. For me, it started with a couple of pickles here and there, progressed to making my own sauerkraut, and then it seemed perfectly reasonable to make a big batch of hard apple cider. In
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Quit Buggin’ Me: Relieve the itch

Jun 4th, 2015
Quit Buggin’ Me: Relieve the itch

by Suzanne Jordan It’s that time again, folks! Mosquito, spider, ant, and biting pest season. Sitting outside at a BBQ, camping, and just trying to relax and enjoy the nice weather outside can be a bit frustrating when you become the object of dining for the insects that come around this time of year. The
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Food preservation series, workshops coming up

Jun 3rd, 2015
Food preservation series, workshops coming up

Juicy ripe strawberries, crunchy dill pickles, delicious peaches – nothing tastes better than home-preserved foods. In addition, a well-stocked pantry is a step towards ensuring you always have plenty of food available. However, safely preserving food at home requires a bit of knowledge, time set aside, and a small investment in equipment. Learn how to
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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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Mushrooms: Two DIY workshops offered this month

Apr 1st, 2015
Mushrooms: Two DIY workshops offered this month

BELLINGHAM/SULTAN – Two farmers are offering mushroom growing workshops this month. Cascadia Mushrooms will share mushroom cultivation tips and techniques during an on-farm workshop on Sunday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4771 Aldrich Road in Bellingham. Owner Alex Winstead and crew will show participants how to grow mushrooms at your home,
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