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Farm Safety course starts April 18

Apr 12th, 2017

BURLINGTON – The 2017 Farm Safety course, featuring tractor driving labs, is open for registration through the WSU Skagit County Extension. Participants of all ages can sign up for the 2-hour classroom course and driving lab twice a week for five weeks, April 18 through May 18. Participants will meet at WSU Skagit County Extension from 6-8 p.m. for
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Growing forward: Community raising funds to help Smith family rebuild after fire destroys barn, equipment

Mar 31st, 2017

COUPEVILLE – Fire destroyed the historic Smith Farm barn, an iconic landmark of the Ebey Prairie, at Willowood Farm last month. Georgie Smith, a fourth-generation farmer, was at a meeting with other farmers when she learned her family’s barn – built in the 1880s – was burning. Fundraising efforts are under way to help with
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The Local Dirt: April 2017

Mar 31st, 2017

The Bow Little Market is now called the Bow Farmers Market, and is moving its location from the Belfast Feed Store (held there the last 8 years) to Samish Bay Cheese on Bow Hill Road. Market organizers hope this move will bring them closer to the Bow/Edison center, and able to reach those in the community
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Season opener: Bellingham Farmers Market celebrates 25 years

Mar 31st, 2017

BELLINGHAM – The Bellingham Farmers Market, celebrating 25 years, will open for the regular season on Saturday, April 1. The opening cabbage toss ceremony starts at 9:45 a.m. A number of farmers, food producers, makers, and more vendors will be on site, as well as free cake, a non-profit fair on Railroad Avenue, and historic
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SCD considers new rate proposal; public meetings slated

Mar 31st, 2017

SNOHOMISH – The Snohomish Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors plans to file a new rate proposal with the Snohomish County Council. This proposal will transition the District from an “assessment” to a “rate” structure, and increase the maximum per parcel amount from $5/parcel to $10/parcel, and from $0.05/acre to $0.10/acre. SCD officials said the move
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Transplants focus of roundtable

Mar 31st, 2017

EVERSON – A roundtable workshop and discussion about high quality transplant production will be held Wednesday, April 5 from 3-5 p.m. at Cloud Mountain Farm Center in Everson. The bilingual workshop will also give growers the opportunity to share their own experiences managing and growing transplants and ask questions regarding specific conditions and management techniques.
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New dates for Bellingham Beer Week; April Brews Day fundraiser April 29

Mar 30th, 2017

BELLINGHAM – The 2017 Bellingham Beer Week has moved to a new week. Now hosted by Tap Trail, the week will be held this year April 21-28, a time of year that best fits the beer producers. BBW will showcase local and regional beer producers. For more information, see www.taptrail.com. In addition, the 16th annual
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Christianson’s awarded Best Plant Market Overall at Northwest show

Mar 30th, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – Christianson’s Nursery & Greenhouse received the Best Plant Market Overall Award at Seattle’s 2017 Northwest Flower and Garden Show last month. Determination of the award is judged by marketing and advertising representatives and is based on the variety, quality and presentation of plant material in the vendor’s display. Linda Knudsen, NWFGS Exhibits
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WCD Supervisor election March 14

Mar 2nd, 2017

LYNDEN – An election for one seat on the Whatcom Conservation District Board will be held on Tuesday, March 14 at the District’s office at 6975 Hannegan Road, Lynden. Candidates are Heather Christianson, Roderic Perry, and Suzzi (Suzanne) Snydar. Specific candidate information is available on the website at www.whatcomcd.org/board-elections. All registered voters in Whatcom County
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Succession planning workshop set

Mar 2nd, 2017

EVERETT – A two-part succession planning workshop will be held Wednesday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 21 from 5-9 p.m. The focus is on helping landowners large and small start their own succession plan discussion using the Ties to the Land curriculum. Dinner will be provided both evenings. The location is WSU Snohomish County Extension’s
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