Friday, December 19, 2014

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Cultivating Success session starting

Dec 4th, 2014 | By
Cultivating Success session starting

SNOHOMISH – In 2012, when Petrina and Jonathan Fisher of Skylight Farms near Snohomish purchased a 20-acre farm on the banks of the Snohomish River they knew it would take more than hard work to grow their new farm. They enrolled in one of the Cultivating Success courses being taught by WSU Snohomish County Extension.
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Farmer Veteran Coalition panel includes Growing Veterans director

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By
Farmer Veteran Coalition panel includes Growing Veterans director

The Farmer Veteran Coalition held its Stakeholders Conference in November, including a panel with the director of the Whatcom-based Growing Veterans group, Chris Brown. Brent Elrod (far left), National Program Leader – Community & Rural Development, USDA, led the panel with directors of four leading regional programs. From left to right: Colin Archipley (USMC), Archi’s
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Gingerbread, cookie decorating events offered

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By

A number of local businesses and groups are offering gingerbread and cookie decorating events for kids and families. Check out these options: Gretchens Kitchen in Mount Vernon is offering a Gingerbread House and Cookie Decorating Party on Sunday, Dec. 7. The party will be stocked with sprinkles, candy and icing to create the perfect gingerbread house
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The Local Dirt: December 2014

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By

The Bellingham Farmers Market will host a special Pop Up Gift Market on Friday, Dec. 5 in partnership with Downtown Bellingham Partnership and the City of Bellingham. Over 30 vendors featuring local gift options will be at the Depot Market Square from 5 to 8 p.m. This is the same evening as the City Tree
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Master Gardener deadline Dec. 11

Nov 25th, 2014 | By

WHATCOM – The WSU Master Gardener Program is accepting applications for 2015. The program offers a 10-week Master Gardener class for beginning and experienced gardeners looking to broaden their knowledge of horticulture and sustainable gardening practices. In return for the training, Master Gardener Community Educators volunteer 60 hours during the same year providing information to
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Rita Ordonez awarded “Flash of Silver”

Nov 25th, 2014 | By

MOUNT VERNON – Community Action of Skagit County’s Community Food Access Manager, Rita Ordonez, won the “Flash of Silver” award Nov. 4 at the Lincoln Theatre. The award is given each year to a person whose qualities help to nourish children and families in Skagit. The award certificate described Rita’s work as follows: “Rita exhibits essential
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Small Fruit Conference Dec. 4-5

Nov 25th, 2014 | By

LYNDEN – The Washington Small Fruit Conference and Lynden Ag Show will be held Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4-5 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. Researchers, farmers and policy-makers will present topics of new research, emerging issues and ideas for farm and business. Topics include: water issues, spray technology, precision agriculture, pest management, fertility
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Skagit Heritage Barn map updated

Nov 6th, 2014 | By

SKAGIT – The Skagit County Historical Museum has released an updated version of their award-winning Heritage Barn map.  These barns represent agricultural history, and have been designated “Heritage Barns” by the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation. A new feature on the Barn Map is the OnCell mobile tour.  Dial a phone number
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Record amount donated to Food Drive

Nov 5th, 2014 | By

BELLINGHAM – The annual Feed the Need Community Food Drive in Whatcom County collected 315,493 total pounds of food for area food banks this year, passing the previous record of 312,000 pounds set in 2012. The food drive supports the food banks of Whatcom County and is the largest food drive in the area. The
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Free SkillShare workshops set

Nov 4th, 2014 | By

BELLINGHAM – People with skills to share are invited to apply to partner with the Bellingham Public Library to schedule an activity, demonstration or presentation through its free SkillShare workshop program. SkillShare hosts present their skills on a voluntary basis, and all programs are free of charge and open to the public. “We created flexible
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