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Llama, alpaca educational workshop marks 10 years

Jun 5th, 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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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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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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Winter conferences focus on workshops, connections

Feb 1st, 2017
Winter conferences focus on workshops, connections

The winter season in our northwest corner lines up several local agriculture conferences and large events, offering connections and workshops, and a time to discuss industry issues. Some events coming up include the annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit, Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting in Bellingham, Skagit Ag Summit, and more.   San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit
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Thankful for our Farmers: Messages from the community

Nov 3rd, 2016
Thankful for our Farmers: Messages from the community

We invited our readers and community to write in this month and give thanks to their favorite local farms, and acknowledge their hard work, dedication, impacts, and love for local agriculture, in all types. Our northwest corner is full of talented farmers and producers growing and making a huge variety of foods and products. We
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Hands-on learning focus of Livestock Advisors

Sep 3rd, 2016
Hands-on learning focus of Livestock Advisors

Program graduates volunteer, expand community network by Carol Frey Many people have livestock dreams. Some dream small, maybe getting a few chickens in order to have high quality eggs. Some have bigger dreams, like opening a sheep dairy. Others may considering raising a different type of livestock. The WSU Livestock Advisor program is a unique
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Farm tour, Thursday market highlight Eat Local Month

Sep 2nd, 2016
Farm tour, Thursday market highlight Eat Local Month

Bellingham Farmers Market adds Thursday market in September The month of September becomes Eat Local Month, a community celebration of local farms and food, organized by Sustainable Connections. Let’s take a look at some of the events coming up! New Thursday market In response to customer requests, the Bellingham Farmers Market is adding a Thursday
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Delightful Dahlias: Sisters market their flower power

Aug 5th, 2016
Delightful Dahlias: Sisters market their flower power

by Carol Frey Delightful Dahlias began with a single flower. Linda Jonasson was a high school student visiting the Lynden fair when a dahlia society’s display caught her eye. She liked the flowers so much that she decided to try growing them. She only bought a single tuber because it was all a high-school kid
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