Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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SEEDS: Local, regional seed companies ready for season

Features

SEEDS: Local, regional seed companies ready for season

by Grow Northwest As we’re all deep in seed catalogs this time of year, here’s our annual listing of regional seed companies to consider. See their websites for full listings and catalogs.   Osborne Quality Seeds osborneseed.com, (360) 424-SEED, 2428 Old Hwy 99 South Road, Mount Vernon Growing and testing seeds since 1982, the Mount
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News

The Local Dirt: February 2020

Save Family Farming was presented the “Most Valuable Partner” Award from the Washington State Dairy Federation! Congrats to Save Family Farming.   The Northwest Agriculture Business Center announced registration is open for the Island Grown Farmers Cooperative’s one-day Meat Cutting Workshop on April 6. Now in its 13th year, more than 400 students have been
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Genuine Skagit Valley Program awarded $348,000 USDA grant Genuine Skagit Valley Program awarded $348,000 USDA grant

MOUNT VERNON – The Northwest Agricultural Business Center (NABC) was recently awarded $348,000 in federal funding for the Genuine Skagit Valley program. Through place-based marketing, Genuine Skagit Valley heightens consumer awareness  of, and connection to, local Skagit farms and farm products. The  funding is from the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program, a highly competitive national
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Home and Garden Shows coming up

COUNTY – The 2020 Whatcom County Home and Garden Show will be Friday through Sunday, March 6-8, sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County. More than 200 vendors will be on site at the NW Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden to offer ideas for home improvement and projects. Weekend highlights include Ladies Night (Friday),
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Beginning beekeeping course starts

EVERETT – The WSU Snohomish County Extension is sponsoring a session of the Beginning Hobbyist Beekeeper course in the Washington State Beekeepers Association’s Master Beekeeper Program starting Monday, Feb. 24,  6:30-9:30 p.m. at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 – 128th St SE, Everett. The five-week course is designed to build
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San Juan Islands Ag Summit coming up

ORCAS ISLAND – The San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit, hosted by WSU San Juan County Extension Office, will be Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7-8. This year Orcas Island will host the annual summit at Camp Orkila, including more than 150 local farmers, food producers, businesses, and advocates gathered for a weekend of education, inspiration and
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Community

FoodWISE: Gigi Berardi’s new book examines food choices FoodWISE: Gigi Berardi’s new book examines food choices

interview by Grow Northwest Food. We all eat, need, and want it, but how much do we really think about our food choices, or even try? Gigi Berardi, long-time resident and professor at Western Washington University, hopes you do, and has released a new book guiding this very subject. FoodWISE (standing for whole, informed, sustainable and
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Skills

WSU Snohomish Extension offers Beginning Beekeeper course

EVERETT – The WSU Snohomish County Extension is sponsoring a session of the Beginning Hobbyist Beekeeper course in the Washington State Beekeepers Association’s Master Beekeeper Program starting Monday, November 18, 2019, 6:30pm to 9:30pm at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 – 128th St SE, Everett. The five-week course is perfect
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Cooking

A tasty take on feta A tasty take on feta

by Marisa Papetti I love cheese. I love everything about cheese. The stories behind cheese caves, specialty bacteria, flipping cheese, washing cheese, eating cheese. It goes on and on. I remember peeking into a stone building where cheesemakers were stirring giant vats of steaming milk with a huge wooden paddle; what kind of magic was this?
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Growing

Districts prep for Native Plant Sales Districts prep for Native Plant Sales

by Grow Northwest Erosion control, ground cover, shrubs, deciduous trees, conifers, pollinators, fall colors, winter berries, and more! Plenty of choices await you at the local Conservation District Native Plant Sales. Perfect for early spring planting, these plants are Puget Sound and/or Western Washington natives. Here’s a look at what’s coming up, and when you
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Food

Sweet treats and divine drinks Sweet treats and divine drinks

February. It’s mid-winter, a mix of dark, cold, wet, cozy and warm, with the awareness that our days are slowly getting longer as the time of sunset breaks 5 p.m. Warm meals and delicious drinks are comforting through winter, and this month we are hopeful for the coming Spring; the first official day is in
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Crafts

Ornaments: Make memories with these decorative ideas Ornaments: Make memories with these decorative ideas

Ornaments are one of the most fun crafts to make this time of year. Whether hanging on your tree, being gifted to a friend, or placed in a fun spot around your home, ornaments spark creativity and memories. Check out some of these local classes and sources for festive fun. Enjoy! Holiday Ornaments in Mosaic:
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