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All about Autumn: Fun farms to visit this fall

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All about Autumn: Fun farms to visit this fall

Fall has arrived, and there’s a lot to enjoy in our northwest corner this month. Here’s a look at some seasonal events and farms to visit. Please contact the farm(s) with any questions you may have. Enjoy! Editor’s Note: Farms wanting to share their information for this listing should contact editor@grownorthwest.com. Thanks! Cloud Mountain’s Annual Fall
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News

Focus On Farming conference set; keynote addresses next 20 years in Ag

SNOHOMISH – The 15th annual Focus on Farming conference “Connect, Innovate, Grow,” is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. The conference includes sessions in farming and forestry, trade show, featured speaker, lunch, and more. Keynote speaker Mike Pearson, host of Public Television’s Market to Market, will discuss the way
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Coldstream Farms awarded; tour of new system slated for Nov. 10

WHATCOM –  Coldstream Farms, of Acme, will be awarded the Bob Keller Business Conservation Leadership Award during the Whatcom Land Trust’s annual breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 10 in Bellingham. The focus of this year’s breakfast, according to WLT, is the intersection of a healthy business community with agricultural sustainability and land conservation. Coldstream Farms, started
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Giant pumpkin festival winner tops 1,300 pounds Giant pumpkin festival winner tops 1,300 pounds

MOUNT VERNON – The Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival 2018 was a hit a Christianson’s Nursery on Sept. 22 with nearly 3,000 visitors taking in the weigh-off and activities.  The winning giant weighed in at 1,322.5-pounds, grown by Gerry and Dani Gadberry (Team Gadberry), of Battleground, WA. The complete Winner’s Circle for 2018 includes: Second
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Mushroom shows display hundreds of species, offer identification help

BELLINGHAM/EVERETT – The annual mushroom shows presented by local organizations are coming up this month, offering visitors the chance to have their questions answered, mushrooms identified, and learn about the hundreds of species that grow here. The 29th Annual Wild Mushroom Show, presented by the Northwest Mushroomers Association, will be Sunday, Oct. 21 at Bloedel
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WSU Livestock Advisor program begins training series Sept. 17

BURLINGTON – WSU Livestock Advisor training begins a new 10-week series of classes Sept. 17. From fencing, feeding, housing, breeding to pasture management, learn how to raise high-quality poultry, sheep, beef, swine, or goats sustainably. WSU Livestock Advisors share experiences and several local farm tours are also included in training. Participants are asked to return
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Community

MyShan Dairy: Small farm, big on quality MyShan Dairy: Small farm, big on quality

by Mary Vermillion Shannon Smith tells visitors that MyShan Dairy is a 4-H project that got out of hand. What started as a hobby for her daughter has grown into a family dairy business with 50 Guernsey cows producing up to 800 gallons of milk a week. And Shannon and husband Mylon Smith are not
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Skills

Mushroom shows display hundreds of species, offer identification help

BELLINGHAM/EVERETT – The annual mushroom shows presented by local organizations are coming up this month, offering visitors the chance to have their questions answered, mushrooms identified, and learn about the hundreds of species that grow here. The 29th Annual Wild Mushroom Show, presented by the Northwest Mushroomers Association, will be Sunday, Oct. 21 at Bloedel
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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

Master Gardener program seeks volunteer educators Master Gardener program seeks volunteer educators

The local Master Gardener Programs are accepting applications for the Master Gardener Certification program. If you love gardening, want to advance your education, and share your knowledge with the community then this is the perfect program for you. The WSU Master Gardener program grew out of the need for Washington State University County Extension agents
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Food

8 events to devour this month 8 events to devour this month

September is Eat Local Month. And while each month has delicious locally grown and made products, these next 30 days are filled with lots of goodness. Here are 8 delicious happenings to devour this month. Enjoy! HOSA Pop-Up Shop and Scoundrels Release: Saturday, Sept. 1. HOSAco is releasing their first Harvest Series sauce, a limited
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Crafty

Fiber arts and fall crafts

It’s time for fall crafting. Looking for inspiration and upcoming events? Try these!   Fibers & Beyond Conference, and  Show and Sale The Fibers & Beyond Conference includes fiber workshops and a show sale starting Oct. 10 at the Jansen Art Center in Lynden. The keynote address, Warping the Fabric of Time, will be presented
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