Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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Local growers ready for season’s CSA programs

Features

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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News

The Local Dirt: February 2019

The Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation have added the trade name NW Fruit and will be using it more often for the organization. According to the group’s Facebook page, “NW Fruit is easier to say and is more meaningful to people who have not heard of us before than WWFRF.” Conservation Practices for Whatcom County
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Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting Feb. 19

BELLINGHAM – The annual Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting, presented by Sustainable Connections, returns this year on Tuesday, Feb, 19, bringing together more than 150 farmers, fishermen, food artisans, restaurants, grocers, and others interested in sourcing local ingredients or selling local food. The event includes networking, one-on-one consultations for food buyers and sellers, educational workshops, expo, a
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Raising pigs: Veterinary experts, farmers share techniques, ideas

LYNDEN – Conservation Practices for Whatcom County Pig Farms will be held Thursday, Feb. 21. Visit with the Whatcom Conservation District, invited experts from veterinary and agronomy professions, and local farmers, including Alluvial Farms, Bittersweet Farm, and pastured pork researchers from Kwantlen Polytechnic Institute in British Colombia. Discuss techniques to manage deterioration of vegetative ground
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Annual Community Seed Swap includes classes, barter area

BELLINGHAM – The annual Community Seed Swap will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth Street in Bellingham. Cascadia Skillshare and Barter Faire present this combined event, offering classes, dinner, barter and skillshare, seed swap and more. Participants bringing seeds should have packages clearly labeled with crop type, variety name,
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Skagit Ag Summit focuses on water, labor, innovation and more

MOUNT VERNON – The 2019 Skagit Ag Summit will be held Friday, Feb. 8 in Mount Vernon, focusing on water, labor, economic viability, innovation and leadership. Admission is free; lunch is included. A Local Food and Farm Mixer will follow from 5-6 p.m. The Summit meets at the WSU Northwestern Washington Research & Extension Center,
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Community

Farmers share experiences, food with local students Farmers share experiences, food with local students

BELLINGHAM –Thanks to the coordination of community partner Whatcom-Farm-to-School, local farmers have visited elementary schools to share their experiences of growing food. This is part of a broader effort on food education in schools and cafeterias, sharing where food comes from, how it is grown and how it is prepared to eat. In late October,
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Skills

Annual Community Seed Swap includes classes, barter area

BELLINGHAM – The annual Community Seed Swap will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth Street in Bellingham. Cascadia Skillshare and Barter Faire present this combined event, offering classes, dinner, barter and skillshare, seed swap and more. Participants bringing seeds should have packages clearly labeled with crop type, variety name,
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Cooking

February favorites: Soups and treats

by Melissa Stewart The crockpot and soup pots are out in full force this time of year. These warm, hearty meals are fulfilling and nourishing. The mushroom soup and tortellini sausage are two of our favorite recipes, and pair perfectly with a salad and crusty bread. The dinners are easy enough to prepare, and the
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Growing

Seasonal classes: Get inspired this month Seasonal classes: Get inspired this month

The season may be mostly cold and quiet for some, but for those who enjoy dreaming and planning the time has come. The focus turns to sharpening our minds, our tools, and our plans for spring. The pages of the seed catalogs have been turned and marked, the list is outlined (and probably becoming longer),
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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

Adventure ahead: Great Northwest Glass Quest returns Adventure ahead: Great Northwest Glass Quest returns

Making an adventure is a good attitude any time of year, but especially in the cold and gray winter. And this month, we see the return of the Great Northwest Glass Quest 2019.  Hosted by the Camano Island Chamber of Commerce and The Great NW Glass Quest, this event provides fun for all as residents
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