Friday, December 19, 2014

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Local farmers awarded at Tilth Producers conference

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By
Local farmers awarded at Tilth Producers conference

Ray and Becky DeVries of Ralph’s Greenhouse named Farmer of the Year WA – Three Skagit farmers received honors at the Tilth Producers 40th annual conference held Nov. 5-7 in Vancouver. Ray and Becky De Vries of Ralph’s Greenhouse, were named Farmer of the Year. The De Vries have been farming organically for over 30 years.
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Small farms make big impact on food bank

Dec 1st, 2014 | By
Small farms make big impact on food bank

by Lindsay Hilton Residents donate roughly 50,000 pounds from home gardens; Winter Fresh launches This growing season has been busy for the Bellingham Food Bank, thanks in large part to local farmers and individual growers who donated produce as part of one of three programs operated by the Food Bank. This year the programs—Victory Gardens,
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Beekeeping course: Two sessions offered this fall, winter

Nov 7th, 2014 | By
Beekeeping course: Two sessions offered this fall, winter

EVERETT – To help rebuild, maintain, and expand our resource of local pollinators and honey producers, Washington State University Snohomish County Extension and Beez Neez Apiary Supply team up each year to sponsor two sessions of the popular apprentice level course in the Master Beekeeper Program. The five-week course provides a thorough introduction to beekeeping
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Growing Veterans: A burden we share

Nov 6th, 2014 | By
Growing Veterans: A burden we share

by Chris Brown A couple of years ago I was talking with a crusty old Navy SEAL who served in Vietnam. We were talking about transitioning home after being in war and with a combined look of coldness, sadness, and humility, he said “a lot of those guys ended up killing themselves, most of my friends
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Hummingbird Farm and Nursery joins quilt trail

Oct 4th, 2014 | By
Hummingbird Farm and  Nursery joins quilt trail

Farm launching Island-wide campaign OAK HARBOR – Hummingbird Farm and Nursery has joined the American Quilt Trail Movement, being the first farm in northwest Washington State, and forming a steering committee to expand the quilt trail to other Island County farms and barns. Owners Lori and Lee Spear raised a brightly colored Amish Hummingbird Quilt
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Gleaners Pantry: Waste not, want not

Sep 6th, 2014 | By

by Kate Ferry The term gleaner is ancient and loosely defined as someone who picks up the grain left in the field by the harvester. Today, a gleaner is a person who takes advantage of food that would otherwise end up in the compost bin or garbage because it is surplus stock, just passed its
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Woolley Market: New grocer centered on community

Sep 3rd, 2014 | By
Woolley Market: New grocer centered on community

by Cait Auer Nestled in Sedro-Woolley is the new Woolley Market, focused on providing local sources and centered around the community and its history. The store officially opened Saturday, July 26 and is now open daily. Will and Tahlia Honea, the owners and residents that spearheaded the market project, have always had a passion for
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Reefnet Festival celebrates fishing traditions, history

Aug 2nd, 2014 | By
Reefnet Festival celebrates fishing traditions, history

by Cait Auer On Saturday, Aug. 9, witness a centuries’ old salmon fishing tradition while embarking on a family fun-filled day of adventure, concerts, and activities, and feasting on fresh, locally caught fish at this year’s Lummi Island Reefnet Festival. Visitors can learn about the reefnetting process that runs deep within the Lummi culture, with
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Coops and crops tour coming up in Anacortes

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By
Coops and crops tour coming up in Anacortes

Morning poultry workshop offered The annual coop and crop tour in Anacortes takes place Saturday, July 26. This family-friendly event shows visitors the coops and gardens of 11 sites within Anacortes city limits, and offers a morning poultry workshop at the Anacortes Farmers Market. Local resident and organizer Linda Zielinski shared some thoughts with us about
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Old Silvana Creamery keeps it the old-fashioned way

Jun 4th, 2014 | By
Old Silvana Creamery keeps it the old-fashioned way

by Jessamyn Tuttle Jim Sinnema’s family has been in the dairy business longer than he’s been alive. “My dad started the dairy back in 1963,” he said. The family ran a dairy in Duvall when he was born in 1970, then in 1977 moved to a new farm in Silvana in the Stillaguamish river valley.
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