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Perspective: Growing good eaters, and good people

by Marit Olson On a recent Monday, I stood in awe of the most interested and engaged eighth graders I have ever seen. Working in small groups, student chefs crafted their own stir-frys, from recipe to dish. Starting with a base of brown rice, students then chose a variety of vegetables, and picked a combination
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News

Woodfest celebrating 20th year

SEDRO-WOOLEY – Woodfest 2018: Timber to Tech is coming Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15 in Sedro-Woolley. This is the 20th year of celebrating woodworking and shop programs in Northwest schools. This year, WoodFest has been expanded to include both wood shop and technology program exhibits from local high schools. Admission is free. WoodFest also includes
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Heritage Barns funding available

LA CONNER – Funding for two state grant programs is available for owners of historic barns and for those with stewardship responsibilities over historic cemeteries. The Heritage Barn Initiative established the Heritage Barn Register, a statewide list of historically significant barns. Owners of designated Heritage Barns are eligible to apply for matching grants available to
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Bellingham Farmers Market opens for season Saturday, April 7

BELLINGHAM – Opening day of the Bellingham Farmers Market’s 26th season will be Saturday, April 7. The traditional Cabbage Toss happens at 10 a.m. The downtown Saturday Market hosts over 100 small businesses, including crafters, farms, and food producers from Whatcom and Skagit Counties. Over 30 farms will be on-hand on opening day with a
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Farm machinery safety workshop set

BURLINGTON – The WSU Skagit Extension is offering a farm Machinery Safety Workshop training on Mondays and Wednesday evenings April 16 through May 7 in Burlington, with an optional all-day drive May 11. Instructors are Don McMoran, Dorothy Elsner, and Kate Smith of the WSU Skagit County Extension. Individuals in all counties are eligible to
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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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Community

Whatcom County Youth Fair spans three decades of learning Whatcom County Youth Fair spans three decades of learning

4-H Super Saturday in Skagit County coming up April 21  An experience that lasts a lifetime. For years, local kids have gained experience and discovered skills through the Whatcom County Youth Fair, a beloved 2-day learning fair open to all ages 6-18. Now in its 30th year, the Fair will be held Friday and Saturday,
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Skills

Farm machinery safety workshop set

BURLINGTON – The WSU Skagit Extension is offering a farm Machinery Safety Workshop training on Mondays and Wednesday evenings April 16 through May 7 in Burlington, with an optional all-day drive May 11. Instructors are Don McMoran, Dorothy Elsner, and Kate Smith of the WSU Skagit County Extension. Individuals in all counties are eligible to
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Cooking

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

Spring classes: Dahlias, fruit trees, hydrangeas, and more Spring classes: Dahlias, fruit trees, hydrangeas, and more

April boasts a number of opportunities for learning about plants of all kinds. Check out some of the informational sessions coming up as well as some more super sales of the season! The annual Whatcom County Dahlia Tuber Sale, presented by the Whatcom County Dahlia Society, will be Saturday, April 7. Visitors can explore and
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Food

Skagit Beer Week runs through April 7

SKAGIT – Skagit Beer Week, an annual event celebrating Skagit Valley craft  beer and bounty, runs through April 7. The event includes dinners, tastings, tap takeovers and educational events that occur all over Skagit Valley ending with the grand finale – Skagit Valley Malting Showcase at Farmstrong Brewing. For complete events, see the Facebook page
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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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