Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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Samish Bay Cheese grows whey bigger

Feb 2nd, 2017
Samish Bay Cheese grows whey bigger

Farm has new 3,000-square-foot production facility, expanded retail space by Mary Vermillion When Suzanne Wechsler first stood outside Samish Bay Cheese as its new owner back in 1996, she had a vision of a welcoming homage to farming and hospitality. Twenty years later, that vision for Suzanne and husband Roger has become a reality with
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The Local Dirt: February 2017

Feb 1st, 2017

The Mt. Baker FFA held a grand opening for its new barn on Jan. 21, according to Todd Rightmire, Ag Instructor/CTE Director/FFA Advisor. The barn is located near the bus garage south of the high school, on the former greenhouse site. t the site of the old greenhouse, and is raising funds to complete the
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Winter conferences focus on workshops, connections

Feb 1st, 2017
Winter conferences focus on workshops, connections

The winter season in our northwest corner lines up several local agriculture conferences and large events, offering connections and workshops, and a time to discuss industry issues. Some events coming up include the annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit, Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting in Bellingham, Skagit Ag Summit, and more.   San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit
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Ag abroad program: Dr. Carol Miles shares experience in Mozambique

Dec 6th, 2016
Ag abroad program: Dr. Carol Miles shares experience in Mozambique

Volunteers share knowledge through farmer project by Carol Frey Hippos politely plod along established garden paths without damaging the crops. Elephants, on the other hand, do not care about paths. They blunder straight through corn and collards alike, leaving behind a wide swath of broken stalks and trampled leaves. The farmers of Guara Guara, Mozambique,
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Boys and Girls Club tree sale under way

Dec 2nd, 2016
Boys and Girls Club tree sale under way

Garden Spot Nursery is again partnering this year with the Boys and Girls Club to sell Christmas trees. This will be the 14th annual fundraiser sale at the Bellingham nursery. Owner Marcy Plattner wrote the following about the Boys and Girls Club when she first visited the club off Kentucky Street. “I arrived at 4:30
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Winter Pantry Program helps Mount Baker elementary students

Dec 2nd, 2016
Winter Pantry Program helps Mount Baker elementary students

Co-op: Fundraiser for Foothills Food Bank The Winter & Spring Pantry Program, organized by the Foothills Food Bank, provides elementary school students in the Mount Baker School District with breakfast and lunch foods that children can prepare for themselves during school break. Organizers say many local children rely on the free/reduced price meal system to
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Sleeping Mat Project: Local group stitches with love

Oct 3rd, 2016
Sleeping Mat Project: Local group stitches with love

by Carol Frey Five women sit around a large conference table, plastic shopping bags and pieces of bags stacked all around. Barbara Jackson’s steady hands flatten and smooth a bag before her scissors slice it into strips. Irene Williams works beside her, cutting, looping the strips into a plastic version of yarn and rolling the
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Bread Lab: King Arthur Flour Co. opens baking classroom

Oct 1st, 2016

The Bread Lab, which recently moved to its new location at the Port of Skagit, will be home to a new baking classroom with King Arthur Flour starting this month. King Arthur Flour, America’s oldest flour company, expanded its baking school this fall from New England to Washington State University’s Bread Lab. The Bread Lab,
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Terra Verde: Planting seeds and pulling weeds since 2007

Sep 3rd, 2016
Terra Verde: Planting seeds and pulling weeds since 2007

by Mary Vermillion On a summer Sunday morning, Amy and Skuter Fontaine of Terra Verde Farm show a visitor their 15 acres of organically grown vegetables near the Nooksack River in Everson. They take turns talking to the guest or holding the hand of their 2-year-old son, Rudy, who – with a parent in tow
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Taste Washington Day seeks farmers, producers

Sep 2nd, 2016
Taste Washington Day seeks farmers, producers

Taste Washington Day is an annual day of celebration of the farms that feed us. Schools around the state serve students locally-sourced lunches.  Washington School Nutrition Association (WSNA) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) Farm to School Program coordinate the annual celebration. This year, Taste Washington Day is Wednesday Oct. 5. How can
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