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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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Farm machinery safety workshop set

Mar 30th, 2015

BURLINGTON – A Farm Machinery Safety Workshop is available to residents on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m., starting April 14 through May 14. Individuals in all counties are eligible to attend the training with instructor Don McMoran, director of the Washington State University Skagit County Extension. Certification can be obtained for students 13 years
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Community Skills Fair March 21

Mar 2nd, 2015

EVERETT – The Community Skills Fair, a full day of hands-on practice to learn or improve skills, will be held Saturday, March 21. There will be workshops, as well as panel discussions and kids activities. Topics will include gardening, fermenting, cooking, crafty skills, bike repair, car repair and more. Additionally, there will be fun art
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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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Country Living Expo registration open; Temple Grandin to speak, lead workshops

Dec 15th, 2014
Country Living Expo registration open; Temple Grandin to speak, lead workshops

STANWOOD –  The Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool will offer more than 185 workshops focused on skills and practical living on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Stanwood High School, and will feature a trade show with more than 65 vendors. More than 60 of this year’s classes are new.  “Our program has grown to include not
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Root cellar 101: The dos and don’ts

Oct 4th, 2014

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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Wild About Plants: Chives, sage, wild raspberry and more

Jun 3rd, 2014
Wild About Plants: Chives, sage, wild raspberry and more

How to make herb salt and vinegar at home by Suzanne Jordan The lushness of late spring and early summer is breathtaking here in the Pacific Northwest. The leaves of our plants are completely unfurled and full grown, flowers abound, and rapid plant growth is astounding. Where there was once dead sticks, leaves, and dirt,
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