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Time for the fair: Rooted in agriculture

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Time for the fair: Rooted in agriculture

by Sarah Eden Wallace We all love the dizzy and delicious fun of the demolition derby and deep-fried Oreos, the midway and Moo-Wiches, concerts and curly fries. But a remarkable amount of learning will also take place at the Northwest Washington Fair Aug. 13-18 in Lynden. Just walking through the barns you’ll discover fascinating facts.
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News

Antique Tractor and Machinery Gas and Steam Show coming up

LYNDEN – The annual Puget Sound Antique Tractor and Machinery Gas and Steam Show is coming up Aug. 1-4. Visitors can see displays of cars, trucks, tractors, and engines, and learn how equipment was used in farming and logging. Activities will be available for kids of all ages, including threshing demonstrations, daily parades, steam powered
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Skagit child nutrition fundraiser set

SKAGIT – 1095 Skagit, a child nutrition coalition that raises awareness for three meals a day for 365 days a year, presents a “Fun & Awareness Fundraiser At The Farm” on Saturday, Aug. 4-7 p.m.  The family-friendly event offers something for everyone, including food, music, games for kids and adults, and a planetarium. The “Galloping
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Annual Field Day July 12

MOUNT VERNON – The WSU Mount Vernon NWREC Annual Field Day will be July 12 and is a free event open to the public at 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. Beginning at 3 p.m., faculty and graduate students will host a walking tour of some of the nearly 150 acres of active research plots
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Squatch Food Waste campaign launches Squatch Food Waste campaign launches

BELLINGHAM – Sustainable Connections announces the new Squatch Food Waste campaign which will help individuals and businesses “squatch” their food waste, and rescue 30,000 pounds of prepared foods in order to re-route it to Whatcom families in need. Thanks to a grant from the Department of Ecology, Sustainable Connections is expanding their Toward Zero Waste
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San Juan offers new farmer support

SAN JUAN – Are you a “new farmer” with 2-10 years of farming experience?  Are you looking for an opportunity to establish a farm?  With ample farmland, a retiring farmer population and a strong local food economy, the San Juan Island archipelago offers many opportunities for new farmers. Through funding from a USDA Beginning Farmer
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Community

Volunteer Chore Program: Neighbors helping neighbors Volunteer Chore Program: Neighbors helping neighbors

by Mary Vermillion The Volunteer Chore Program is a simple concept that is making a big difference in the lives of low-income seniors and people with disabilities. A service of the Opportunity Council’s Whatcom Volunteer Center, the program pairs volunteers with clients who need help completing everyday tasks, so they can continue living independently in
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Skills

Food preservation series starts this month Food preservation series starts this month

Rich, red strawberry jam, crunchy dill pickles, homemade salsa – nothing tastes better than home-preserved foods. In addition, a well-stocked pantry is a big step towards ensuring your family always has plenty of healthy food available. However, safely preserving food at home requires a bit of knowledge, time set aside, and a small investment in
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Cooking

Tiny Onion Cooking School: Kids in the kitchen Tiny Onion Cooking School: Kids in the kitchen

by Mary Vermillion Annalee Dunn’s mom was not a great cook. A single mother raising four girls, she didn’t give much thought to what was for dinner. “A lot of beans and rice,” Dunn recalled. “There was not much variety; it was just not her thing.” Growing up in Ithaca, NY, Dunn and her sisters
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Growing

Get Going: Lavender fields, cider and mead, and more Get Going: Lavender fields, cider and mead, and more

The San Juan Island Lavender Festival is the place to be for lavender lovers on Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22. At Pelindaba Lavender Farm, on San Juan Island, visitors can take tours and see exhibits and demonstrations showing the entire lavender process – from field to finished product. The Cutting Field is open for visitors
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Food

Avenue Bread: Love of the loaf Avenue Bread: Love of the loaf

Local grains: Flour from Skagit Valley’s Cairnspring Mills by Mary Vermillion There is something new baking at Bellingham’s venerable Avenue Bread. Launched just last year, its Avenue Craft line features breads made with flour from Cairnspring Mills, a mill in the Skagit Valley that turns grains grown by local farmers into flavorful and nutritious baking
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Crafty

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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