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U-pick berries: Where to go this season

Features

U-pick berries: Where to go this season

A favorite time of year! The berries have started, with raspberries and blueberries coming on quickly! Following are some u-pick family farms available locally. Keep in mind some locations have not yet opened for u-pick; blueberries may start mid to late July, depending on varieties and Mother Nature. Please contact the farm prior to visiting to
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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

Meals on Wheels’ Rocks the Farm benefits senior nutrition Meals on Wheels’ Rocks the Farm benefits senior nutrition

Home-delivered meals, clients increasing  Photo by Mary Vermillion For Meals and Wheels and More, meeting the nutritional needs of seniors is serious business. But, the organization’s July 28 Meals on Wheels Rocks the Farm event at Bellingham Country Gardens is pure fun. More than 200 people attended last year’s inaugural farm event, which was the
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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

Celebrate summer with favas, fennel Celebrate summer with favas, fennel

by Rio Thomas Summer is officially here, and along with it comes an abundance of fresh local produce to celebrate with. The parade of berries continues this month with raspberries and blueberries joining the mix, and other long awaited summer favorites make their appearance. In our garden, the favas are ripe, so I pull out
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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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