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U-Pick berry farms: Where to go this season

Features

U-Pick berry farms: Where to go this season

by Grow Northwest Local berries are here, and the rest are ripening soon! Following are some of the u-pick family farms in our northwest corner. Keep in mind some locations have not yet opened for u-pick, depending on varieties and weather. Please contact the farm prior to visiting to confirm availability and hours, and follow
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News

21st annual Whatcom Senior Day in the Park coming up

WHATCOM – The the 21st Annual Whatcom Senior Day in the Park will be Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hovander Homestead Park. Learn about resources available to seniors in Whatcom County and stay for a delicious barbecue. The Resource Fair includes information about health and wellness, housing options, and recreation.
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Eat Island Grown launches new blog

SAN JUAN COUNTY – Eat Island Grown has launched a new blog featuring the history and stories of San Juan Islands Agriculture. In celebration of the islands’ rich agricultural history, and toward connecting consumers with producers, the Eat Island Grown campaign is a collaborative countywide initiative administered by the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild and
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Annual Field Day coming up July 11

MOUNT VERNON –The WSU Mount Vernon NWREC Annual Field Day will be held July 11. Faculty and graduate students will host a walking tour of some of the nearly 150 acres of active research plots at the Center. The event is free to the public, and starts at 3 p.m. Two tractor-driven wagons will be
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The Local Dirt: June 2019

Whatcom Family Farmers were honored as the grand marshal in the Lynden Farmers Day Parade on Saturday, June 1. Congrats! The Skagit Valley Co-op’s June Summer Garden Party will be Saturday, June 15 at 11 a.m. Come meet with some favorite local farmers and producers to share the delights of the season. Enjoy fun in
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The Local Dirt: May 2019

The Puget Sound Jr. Livestock show is coming up Thursday, May 30 through Saturday, June 1 at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon. This is open to all 4-H and FFA members who’d like to exhibit, sell or market swine, goat, sheep or steer. All are welcome to buy. For more information, visit www.pugetsoundjuniorlivestock.org. Laurel Farm
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Community

Take the kids: Fun and learning at local gardens, events this month Take the kids: Fun and learning at local gardens, events this month

Take the kids for a day of learning and exploring at local gardens and events this month. Children’s Story Garden and Gardening Day: The Children’s Story Garden is now in its 10th year at Hovander Homestead Park, a national historic site. Hovander Homestead Park includes a turn-of-the-century farmhouse, barn, demonstration gardens, greenhouse, and one mile
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Skills

Managing weeds: A little homework goes a long way Managing weeds: A little homework goes a long way

Learn to identify, handle invasive weeds by Laurel Baldwin At this time of year our gardens are growing gangbusters – and so are those weeds. But if you’re watching out for them and you do a little homework first, you can intervene early and spare yourself some expense and a sore back. It’s important to
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Cooking

May the flavors be with you May the flavors be with you

by Melissa Stewart Let’s start with dessert. I know, I know, it’s usually dinner before dessert, but this coconut cream pie is so good you may consider serving this pie for every meal, or before and also after. It’s that good. And when May brings the beauty of warmer days and nights, and more time
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Growing

Watermelon: Helpful tips and varieties to try at home Watermelon: Helpful tips and varieties to try at home

by Grow Northwest Crisp, sweet, delicious watermelon. The different varieties available – from large to mini, round to oblong, red to yellow flesh, solid to striped rind – provide something for every grower’s space and preferred taste, even here in our northwest corner. We’ve been growing them in our home garden for years. Starting under
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Food

Hummingbirds: How to attract them with nectar, plants Hummingbirds: How to attract them with nectar, plants

by Grow Northwest Hummingbirds are a beautiful little sight to behold. They can fly 25 to 30 miles per hour, dive up to 60 miles per hour, and flap their wings approximately 70 times per second. When diving, they can reach 200 times per second! Hummingbirds eat nectar, as well as small insects, larvae, insect
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Crafts

Local Yarn Shop Tour lines up five days of fiber fun Local Yarn Shop Tour lines up five days of fiber fun

by Grow Northwest Local yarn lovers rejoice! The annual Puget Sound Local Yarn Shop Tour returns May 15-19, and includes 24 member shops across western Washington who worked together to plan five days of fiber fun to help customers learn, grow, and become successful crafting with yarn. Shops participating locally are Northwest Yarns (Bellingham), Apple
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