Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Plant, tree sales on the way


Plant, tree sales on the way

by Grow Northwest Spring is here and the annual plant and tree sales are ready for you! Whatcom Farm Forestry Tree Sale: Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. A variety of trees are available for $1 each, including: Mugho Pine, Fraser Fir, Sitka Spruce, Deodar Cedar,
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La Conner Daffodil Festival kicks off

LA CONNER – The 4th annual La Conner Daffodil Festival will be held throughout the month, celebrating the season’s blooming fields of daffodils in the Skagit Valley. Activities and events include Grapes of Daff (March 10), the Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride (March 10), and photo contest. For a schedule and map with locations of fields
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Whatcom Youth Fair celebrates 30 years; entries due March 14

LYNDEN – The 30th annual Whatcom County Youth Fair will be held Friday and Saturday, April 6-7. This 2-day learning fair is open to all youth ages 6-18. Categories include animals, country crafts, horticulture, dairy, photography, and many more. Online entries are available at https://whatcomcountyyouthfair.org and paper entries are at local feed stores. Entries need
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The Local Dirt: March 2018

Spring is on the way! Daylight Savings Time will be early morning, Sunday, March 11. Remember to turn those clocks an hour forward, and let’s spring into longer days. Pi Day is March 14, be sure to have yourself a delicious slice of pie at your favorite local spot. And of course, the first day
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San Juan Ag Summit March 16-17

LOPEZ ISLAND – The 6th annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit will be held Friday and Saturday, March 16-17. More than 150 local farmers, food producers, businesses, and food advocates will gather on Lopez Island for two days of events, education and connections. Friday’s hands-on workshops include: Tractor Maintenance and “Right-Sizing” Machinery to Your Farm;
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Spring Break camps available through Common Threads Farm Spring Break camps available through Common Threads Farm

BELLINGHAM – Common Threads Farm is offering several spring break camp options for local youth, April 2-6. The camps connect kids to healthy food, taking place at the The Outback at the Western Washington University campus. Camp options include: Preschool in the Garden (for kids not yet in Kindergarten); Farm Camp (for Kindergarten-2nd grade of the
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Busy beekeeper: Michael Jaross shares experiences, healthy hive tips Busy beekeeper: Michael Jaross shares experiences, healthy hive tips

by Mary Vermillion Michael Jaross loves bees with all the charming earnestness the statement implies. His love affair with the industrious insects began when he was a teenager, yet he didn’t get his first beehives until he was in his 50s. That’s a long time to carry a torch, and Jaross is making up for
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Beekeeping: Two apprentice level courses available Beekeeping: Two apprentice level courses available

The Washington State University Snohomish County Extension is sponsoring sessions of the popular apprentice level course in the Master Beekeeper Program in November and December. Developed and managed by the Washington State Beekeepers Association, the five-week course provides a thorough introduction to beekeeping for novice beekeepers as well as a comprehensive refresher for experienced apiculturists.
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Cranberry: Count the ways Cranberry: Count the ways

by Melanie Collins Cranberry is delicious in all its ways and can accompany baked goods, main meals, sides, desserts and even drinks. I have listed a few of my favorite recipes here (I love them all!), and also want to mention a couple others. Green beans served with cranberries, walnuts and feta makes for a
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Growing potatoes: The eyes of March Growing potatoes: The eyes of March

by Corina Sahlin Why grow your own potatoes? They’re very easy to grow in a backyard garden or even containers, and you can pick from a huge variety, with different skin color, flesh color, texture, flavor and use. Rose Finn Apple, Desiree, French Fingerling, German Butterball, Russian Banana, Austrian Crescent, Red Bliss All Blue, Purple
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Chocolate treats for all Chocolate treats for all

The gray of February is the perfect time to sample chocolates. With treats, truffles, fudge and more, local chocolatiers and makers are turning out delicious bites in their shops. Following are some of the makers you can visit in our northwest corner. Enjoy! Forte Chocolates: Based in Mount Vernon, with locations in Bellingham, Karen Neugebauer
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Tile by tile: Debbie Dickinson builds community with mosaics Tile by tile: Debbie Dickinson builds community with mosaics

by Mary Vermillion The RE Store gets tile donations. A lot of tile. To be exact, in 2017, the Bellingham reclaimed and used building materials store sold 41,244 pounds of tile. The year before, it was nearly 55,000 pounds. When you have that much tile, you need a partner to help move through it all.
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