Sunday, December 17, 2017

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The gift of time: Supporting local organizations this season, and throughout the year

Dec 3rd, 2017
The gift of time: Supporting local organizations this season, and throughout the year

by Grow Northwest We can’t do everything, but we can all do a little something. As we look to the holiday season and 2018, consider gifting some time to a local organization. There are hundreds of groups working throughout our northwest corner to help, strengthen and serve the community. Here are a few to consider
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Construction of new Helping Hands Food Bank moving along

Nov 9th, 2017
Construction of new Helping Hands Food Bank moving along

SEDRO-WOOLLEY – Construction of the new Helping Hands Food Bank and resource center is moving along on Fruitdale Road. When complete, the project will offer a new grocery shopping model, additional offices, workshop space, nutritional outreach opportunities, a work study program, and community garden. The Helping Hands Food Bank serves nearly 600 families (representing more
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Bread Lab: For the love of local grains

Sep 3rd, 2017
Bread Lab: For the love of local grains

by Mary Vermillion Research labs don’t typically draw crowds. But when the subjects are wheat and grains that promise the revival of a piece of Skagit Valley’s agricultural heritage, you’re bound to develop a following. And sooner or later, you’re going to need a bigger lab. Such is the case for Washington State University’s Bread
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10th annual Farm Tour expands to full weekend

Sep 2nd, 2017
10th annual Farm Tour expands to full weekend

Whatcom County’s 10th annual Farm Tour returns the second weekend in September, this time offering two days of farm visits. Hosted by Sustainable Connections’ Food and Farming Program, the tour is part of the month-long Eat Local campaign, with support from Whatcom Family Farmers, Whatcom Family Dairy Farmers, and other local farms, businesses and organizations.
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Fair time: Calling all makers for entries, exhibits

Aug 3rd, 2017
Fair time: Calling all makers for entries, exhibits

 by Mary Vermillion There is still time to enter collections and exhibits in this year’s Northwest Washington Fair. And Amanda Stidham, superintendent for baking, canning and sewing, sincerely hopes you will. “Anyone from any age and background can enter,” Stidham said. “We’ve had ages 3 to 101 (participate) and love to see everyone come to
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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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Llama, alpaca educational workshop marks 10 years

Jun 2nd, 2017
Llama, alpaca educational workshop marks 10 years

JNK Llamas hosts owners, professionals by Mary Vermillion For 10 years, JNK Llamas has hosted a free informational day for the benefit of current and interested llama and alpaca owners and their animals. What stemmed from a rescue incident a decade ago, has become a continued community effort that welcomes questions and provides answers from seasoned
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Plant Sales: Where to go this month

May 2nd, 2017
Plant Sales: Where to go this month

Plant Clinic: Master Gardeners available to give good advice Going to a Master Gardener Plant Sale is an annual field trip for any soul that appreciates growing plants, buying plants, listening to plentiful and solid advice, and watching newer growers relish in what’s to come. Usually held in May, the local county Master Gardener groups schedule
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Jason Weston, of Joe’s Gardens, leads Planet Jr. revival

Mar 4th, 2017
Jason Weston, of Joe’s Gardens, leads Planet Jr. revival

by Mary Vermillion Jason Weston, co-owner of Joe’s Gardens, is inspiring farmers and gardeners across the country to scour barns and collectors’ shelves for antique Planet Jr. farm equipment. With Weston sharing online and in-person tips to rebuild and operate the neglected — or simply collected — machinery, Planet Jr. walk-behind tractors are back in
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Get ready for spring at the WCD’s Small Farm Expo

Feb 20th, 2017
Get ready for spring at the WCD’s Small Farm Expo

Forage management, raising pigs, and more coming up The Small Farm Expo, hosted for the first time last year by the Whatcom Conservation District, is back next month and in a larger location. Save the date for Saturday, March 11 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. This open house style event offers both indoor
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