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Burk Ridge Farms: Grown here, for here

Jun 4th, 2015
Burk Ridge Farms: Grown here, for here

Mobile slaughter unit available; processing facility coming in 2016 by Becca Schwarz Cole Burke Ridge Farms, of Custer, launched a mobile slaughter unit last year and plans to follow up with an on-site processing facility in 2016 – a project that would complete their full-circle goal of starting, raising, and harvesting meat on-farm. Owned and
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Back To Our Roots exhibit highlights agriculture history

Jun 4th, 2015
Back To Our Roots exhibit highlights agriculture history

Farming equipment, canning and preserving, log cabin, and local accounts on display by Jessamyn Tuttle This summer the Skagit Historical Museum in La Conner will be featuring an exhibit titled “Back to Our Roots: A History of Farm to Table in Skagit County,” which highlights the life of a family of settlers in the upper Skagit Valley
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Gothberg Farms: Goat cheese at its finest

May 4th, 2015
Gothberg Farms: Goat cheese at its finest

by Jessamyn Tuttle When Rhonda Gothberg decided to get a milk goat for her family, she didn’t know what she was getting into. “She was amazing,” Gothberg said. “I thought three more would be good.” One goat led to another, and soon she had a small herd, and more milk than she knew what to
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Project to restore elm trees in honor of WWI vets

Apr 30th, 2015
Project to restore elm trees in honor of WWI vets

by Cathy Mackenzie A living tribute to Skagit County citizens who gave their lives in World War I may soon be visible again, thanks to WSU Skagit County master gardeners and other community volunteers leading the effort to replace a total of 84 elm trees – each representing a fallen local U.S. service member – which
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Student-run farmers market at Glacier Peak High School runs May 7-8

Apr 29th, 2015

SNOHOMISH – Students at Glacier Peak High School are leading a Farmers Market on Friday and Saturday, May 7-8, on school grounds. “The Bounty of this Place” will offer vegetable and flower starts, art, baked goods, soap, candles and bath products, according to teacher Alisa Myers. Students grew the plant starts, using donated soil and
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Farm Q&A: Gretchen Norman Woody, of Spring Frog at the Holistic Homestead

Apr 7th, 2015
Farm Q&A: Gretchen Norman Woody, of Spring Frog at the  Holistic Homestead

This month we profile local farmer Gretchen Norman Woody, of Spring Frog at the Holistic Homestead. Farming several acres in Whatcom County over the last 10 years, Woody grows many types of produce, offers a CSA, u-pick strawberry fields, is a vendor at the Bellingham Farmers Market each Saturday, and more. She shares her farm’s
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BOOKSHELF: Chef presents Mastering Pasta

Apr 2nd, 2015
BOOKSHELF: Chef presents Mastering Pasta

MOUNT VERNON – James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Marc Vetri will share his culinary insights – and a few flavors of his Italian cuisine – at a book signing starting at 7 p.m. April 16 at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Research Center. The event is free and open to the
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MY STORY: Growing Veterans: Dirt therapy brings peace

Apr 2nd, 2015
MY STORY: Growing Veterans: Dirt therapy brings peace

by Mike Hackett  My “Growing Veterans” love affair began about 30 months ago. As a board member of Tilth Producers of Washington, I learned about a documentary “Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farm Fields.” Specifically, Tilth was asked to support this important film by assisting with community “premiere” showings. I volunteered. It changed my life. I
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Tulip time: Skagit Valley fields are filled with color

Apr 1st, 2015
Tulip time: Skagit Valley fields are filled with color

The month of April turns acres of Skagit Valley into a colorful land of blooming tulips, and this year the flowers are especially early due to the mild weather. Visitors come from all over the world to see this beautiful display, and many residents visit the fields as well, finding themelves in equal awe year
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Vermiculture: Skagit County Worm Wrangler talks worm work

Mar 6th, 2015
Vermiculture: Skagit County Worm Wrangler talks worm work

by Jessamyn Tuttle A lifelong gardener, Kim Johnson had a large property that had been used for weddings and photo shoots, but needed to find something quieter. “I saw an article in the Herald about compost worms,” Johnson said. She had sold night crawlers on the side when she was younger, loves animals of all kinds
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