Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Farmers Market Week set Aug. 3-9

Aug 2nd, 2014 | By

WA – Governor Jay Inslee declared Aug. 3-9 as “Washington Farmers Market Week.” Farmers markets offer an estimated 1,200 Washington farmers to sell products directly to consumers in rural and urban areas of the state. “Farmers markets across the state reported nearly $42 million in sales in 2013, an increase of more than four percent
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Livestock producers invited to North Cascades Meat Coop event

Aug 1st, 2014 | By

STANWOOD – The North Cascades Meat Producers Cooperative and Del Fox Meats is hosting a BBQ dinner and presentation on Wednesday, Aug. 6, and has invited livestock producers to learn about their plans to bring expanded USDA-inspected meat processing to Snohomish, Island, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. The dinner will be held from 5 to 7:30
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Burk Ridge Farms investing in new mobile processing unit

Aug 1st, 2014 | By

CUSTER – Burk Ridge Farms has invested in a new mobile processing unit to slaughter beef and pork. The family farm is owned by Michael and Devin Koenen, along with Devin’s parents, Vern and Joann Dykstra. “Our vision for our farm is providing highest quality possible of beef, pork and chicken to customers, and in
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Internship pilot program starts

Aug 1st, 2014 | By

WHATCOM/SKAGIT – The Small Farm Internship Pilot Project (FIP) started July 1, and is open to farms in Skagit and Whatcom counties with annual sales of less than $250,000. Farmers may apply to enroll in a project that allows up to three interns (paid, stipend or unpaid) to work on a farm to learn about farming
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Lummi garden tour, workshop Aug. 16

Aug 1st, 2014 | By

LUMMI – The 6th Annual Lummi Island Edible Garden Tour & Workshops will be held Saturday, Aug. 16. Two morning workshops are planned, followed by a tour of edible gardens of Lummi Island from 1 to 5 p.m. The workshops feature Kelle A. Rankin-Sunter, Mason Bees & Alternative Pollinators, Blaine CORE Community Orchards for Resources
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New how-to videos for horse owners and homeowners available

Jul 31st, 2014 | By

SNOHOMISH – Snohomish Conservation District has created ‘how-to’ videos which are available on their new Better Ground website to help homeowners with projects. The 17 new videos are available at http://www.betterground.org/resources-2/videos/. The goal is to assist people who want to make changes around their homes and horse properties. For homeowners, there are three videos geared
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Food preservation courses available

Jul 4th, 2014 | By

Washington State University Extension is offering an eight-lesson, online program for anyone wishing to learn about food preservation. Designed for beginners as well as veteran canners who want to update their knowledge and recipes, Preserve the Taste of Summer provides the most current USDA-approved food preservation recommendations. The online lessons can be viewed at any
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Growing Veterans starts Thursday stand at Seattle VA Hospital

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By
Growing Veterans starts Thursday stand at Seattle VA Hospital

Growing Veterans is now a vendor on Thursdays at the VA Hospital in Seattle. The group brings their produce, grown on a few acres outside of Lynden, as well as items from their partner organization, Growing Washington, based in Everson. Laura Merritt, of VA Puget Sound Health Care System, worked with Growing Veterans to bring
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Yes We Can canned beer fest, Whatcom Wine and Spirits event set

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By

BELLINGHAM – A new Yes We Can canned beer festival will be held in Bellingham on July 4 at Elizabeth Station from 6 to 10 p.m. A total of 30 northwest breweries will be represented at the first canned craft beer festival, as well as food vendors, yard games (for kids and adults), and more.
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New location for Bite of Skagit

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By

ANACORTES – The annual Bite of Skagit event will be held at a new location this year this year due to ongoing construction in downtown Mount Vernon. The event moves to the Waterfront Park at Swinomish Casino and Lodge in Anacortes, held on Saturday, July 26 from noon to 4 p.m. This annual fundraiser sponsored
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