Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Country Living Expo registration open; Temple Grandin to speak, lead workshops

Nov 15th, 2014 | By
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

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 | By
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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Five-week course provides basics in beekeeping

Nov 4th, 2013 | By
Five-week course provides basics in beekeeping

Three sessions available through Master Beekeeper Program WSU Snohomish County Extension and Beez Neez Apiary Supply team up each year to sponsor three sessions of the apprentice level course in the Master Beekeeper Program. The five-week course provides a thorough introduction to beekeeping for novice beekeepers as well as a comprehensive refresher course for experienced
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Extend your growing season with a cold frame

Oct 1st, 2013 | By
Extend your growing season with a cold frame

by Samantha Schuller If you were grumping and muttering under your breath this summer at your unproductive melon vines, short tomato season, and stunted peppers, now is the time to start gloating about our Pacific weather. We here in the Northwest are blessed—that’s right, blessed—with usually mild winters, which means that we get a growable
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Vermicomposting: How to compost household scraps, garbage using red worms

Mar 2nd, 2013 | By
Vermicomposting: How to compost household scraps, garbage using red worms

by Callie Martin Of the many delicious meals cooked from the garden, left behind are delicious food scraps, waiting to return to the soil as compost. Compost is nature’s way of recycling all things that were once living. There are several options for composting food waste at home. One of the most popular is vermicomposting.
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Raising sheep in northwest Washington

Feb 5th, 2013 | By
Raising sheep in northwest Washington

Part 1 of 2 by Jessica Gigot I did not grow up on a farm, but from a young age I was fascinated by sheep. It might be because my last name is French for ‘leg of lamb’ or that I have had a life-long obsession with sweaters, mittens and all things wool, not to
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Apple Cider: A look at how to press your own

Oct 6th, 2012 | By
Apple Cider: A look at how to press your own

by Samantha Schuller Fresh apple cider is a delicious addition to fall menus, and pressing it at home makes for a great family tradition. Kids love pocketing windfall fruit and gathering around the press to watch sweet cider pour from the spout. Any apple that’s tasty to eat will make cider that’s tasty to drink.
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Build a raised bottle bed

Sep 1st, 2012 | By
Build a raised bottle bed

by Samantha Schuller Raised garden beds offer many advantages. One of the most beneficial is that the soil warms early in spring and stays through fall, meaning warm garden beds can be seeded earlier with better germination rates. A twist on a traditional raised bed, developed by Innovative Landscape Technologies in Everett, uses repurposed wine
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How to make feta cheese

Aug 5th, 2012 | By
How to make feta cheese

by Marnie Jones When I was a new dairy goat owner contemplating cheese making for the first time, I went with what seemed like a safe choice: feta. The salty brine in which feta is stored and refrigerated provides a buffer against the ambient organisms that can complicate hard cheese making, and the process of
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