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Tulip time: Beloved blooms return to Skagit County fields

Features

Tulip time: Beloved blooms return to Skagit County fields

Peak bloom later this month; follow the Bloom Map at tulipfestival.org The month of April turns acres of Skagit Valley into blooming tulip fields, enjoyed by visitors from all around the world, and those of us who call this beautiful slice of the northwest corner our home. While some tulips have started hinting at shades
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News

All things goats at Goat University

WHIDBEY – Goat University 2019, a one-day clinic on all things goats, will be held Saturday, April 20 at the Island County Fair Grounds on Whidbey Island. Registration is available for all ages, with a variety of classes offered. Goat University is presented by Four Seasons Farm 4-H Club. For information, contact www.facebook.com/4HfunonWhidbey/ or whidbey.goatuniversity@gmail.com.

The Local Dirt: April 2019

Whatcom Family Farmers published a REAL Environmental Action & Leadership insert placed in the March 31 issue of the Bellingham Herald, sharing the stories of Whatcom County farmers’ environmental leadership. The group has more copies for anyone interested in sharing at your place of business. Local businesses who helped with this project include CHS Northwest,
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Whatcom Food Network Spring Forum set for May 16

BELLINGHAM – The Whatcom Food Network Spring Forum, hosted by Whatcom Food Network, will be Thursday, May 16. Discussion will include what’s happening with local food, what is working when it comes to eating local, and one solution that addresses youth. Action items, tools, and resources will be available for participants. This free forum will
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Bellingham Farmers Market opens for season; Wednesday market coming to Barkley Village

BELLINGHAM – The Bellingham Farmers Market opens for its 27th season Saturday, April 6, kicking off with the traditional Cabbage Toss at 10 a.m. Throughout the season, the downtown Saturday Market hosts over 100 small businesses, including crafters, farms, and food producers from Whatcom and Skagit Counties. Over 20 farms will be on-hand on opening
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Newly formed Whatcom County Food System Committee moving forward

BELLINGHAM – The newly formed Whatcom County Food System Committee started meeting in February. “The purpose of this committee is to draft, implement, provide oversight for, and regularly update a county-wide food system plan to strengthen our local and regional food system.” The committee is comprised of nine members: Margaret Gerard – Local Sales Farming;
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Community

Local growers ready for season’s CSA programs Local growers ready for season’s CSA programs

by Grow Northwest Following are local farms offering CSA produce options this year. Please see their websites or call them directly for availability, pricing, and other details. Additional CSA sources confirmed for the season will be listed on our website at grownorthwest.com. To send your farm’s information, please contact editor@grownorthwest.com.  Local farmers offering Community Supported
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Skills

Composting: Strategies for your farm or garden Composting: Strategies for your farm or garden

Learn about chicken care during spring workshops Want to gain some hands-on composting knowledge? Try these workshops coming up. Join the Whatcom Conservation District and a panel of experts and local landowners to discuss better nutrient cycling to help farmers during “Composting on Your Farm: Nutrient Cycling for Fun & Profit” on Thursday, April 18. As
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Cooking

Bring Spring to your plates with chopped chives Bring Spring to your plates with chopped chives

by Melissa Stewart Chives are a glorious, delicious sign of Spring. Scientifically known as Allium schoenoprasum, chives are closely related to garlic (yum), shallot (delicious), and leek (tasty). It’s a a perennial we look forward to greeting and eating each year. The green foliage has a distinct onion flavor, and makes for good color in
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Growing

Save the dates: Garden club plant sales and more Save the dates: Garden club plant sales and more

Spring time is filled with plant sales, from Master Gardener chapters to local garden groups. Save the dates for some of these beloved sales, this month through May.   The Skagit Conservation District Plant Sale offers a large selection of native plants on Saturday, April 13. Pre-order pick up is Friday, April 12. The sale
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Food

Thanks for dinner: 13 gift ideas for your host Thanks for dinner: 13 gift ideas for your host

Come feast time, thanks are in order for those cooking and hosting. Aside from helping with the clean-up and saying thanks, following are 13 small gift ideas to show your appreciation. Anytime Toffee: Any piece from Anytime Toffee is delicious! This is some of the best toffee we have ever eaten. This family-owned company creates
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Crafts

Woodfest: Celebrate the wonders of woodworking April 27-28 Woodfest: Celebrate the wonders of woodworking April 27-28

by Matthew Zabel SEDRO-WOOLLEY – High school students from across Northwest Washington will show their woodworking and technology skills at WoodFest Timber to Tech, April 27-28 at the Sedro-Woolley High School gym. Admission is free. Guests can see and vote for their favorite wood projects. In addition, the Northwest Corner Woodworkers Association and the Northwest Washington
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