Friday, March 27, 2015

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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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Bookshelf: Native trees focus of new book

Mar 6th, 2015
Bookshelf: Native trees focus of new book

If you’ve ever wanted a photographic guide book full of information about native trees in Western Washington, here it is. Written by Kevin Zobrist, WSU Extension Forestry Associate Professor, Native Trees of Western Washington treats the reader to descriptions, uses and facts about 32 species of trees in our northwest corner. We asked him to
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Triple A Cattle Co: Family ranch raises Limousin beef

Jan 31st, 2015
Triple A Cattle Co: Family ranch raises Limousin beef

Triple A Cattle Company is a family-owned ranch producing Limousin beef in Snohomish County. In this month’s Q&A, owner Jim Anderson shares his thoughts about the farm started by his father Marvin, raising cattle, and living in our northwest corner.   How did Triple A Cattle Co get started?  Marvin has been involved in the
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School garden receives over $44,000 from community donors, Goose Community Grocer

Jan 30th, 2015

LANGLEY – In October 2014, Goosefoot, a local non-profit community development organization, offered up a challenge grant of $15,000 from the Goose Community Grocer in support of the South Whidbey School District Garden Program Not only was the grocery store’s challenge met, it raised over $22,000 in donations from the community. And the Goose Grocer
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Ralph’s Greenhouse: An interview with Ray de Vries

Jan 3rd, 2015
Ralph’s Greenhouse: An  interview with Ray de Vries

Growing a legacy of leeks and more by Jessamyn Tuttle It might seem confusing at first that Ralph’s Greenhouse, a large vegetable farm on the Skagit flats outside Mount Vernon, only has one greenhouse and is owned by a guy named Ray, but it all makes sense if you go back a few decades. Ray
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Local farmers awarded at Tilth Producers conference

Dec 3rd, 2014
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
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
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
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
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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