Sunday, February 18, 2018

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Small Farm Expo offers seminars, vendors

Features

Small Farm Expo offers seminars, vendors

Free event presented by WCD, WCPW The third annual Small Farm Expo will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24th at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event will include indoor and outdoor exhibits demonstrating the latest in agricultural technology, products and services, as well as seminars by
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News

Bread Lab receives $1.5 million to fund grain research, assist farmers

MOUNT VERNON – Washington State University’s Bread Lab in Mount Vernon has received $1.5 million to research growing grains in the Skagit Valley. The endowment, announced Jan. 31, comes from Clif Bar & Company ($850,000), King Arthur Flour Co. ($500,000), and $150,000 from nine individuals and two organizations. According to a press release, this is
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Skagit Ag Summit focuses on water, labor, innovation and more

MOUNT VERNON – The 2018 Skagit Ag Summit will be held Friday, Feb. 16 in Mount Vernon, focusing on water, labor, economic viability, innovation and leadership. Admission is free; lunch is included. Participants’ comments will be packaged into a report sent to local public policy officials. A Local Food and Farm Mixer will follow from
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The Local Dirt: February 2018 The Local Dirt: February 2018

The Whatcom County Cattlemans Association Annual Auction And Banquet will be held Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Deming Logging Show grounds. Fundraising proceeds are used to encourage local youth to be involved in food and fiber production, using college scholarships, FFA and 4-H performance awards, and Youth Fair grants to support local agricultural causes. The
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Annual Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting Feb. 20

BELLINGHAM – The annual Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting, presented by Sustainable Connections, returns this year on Tuesday, Feb, 20, bringing together more than 175 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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Master Gardeners present “Resilient Gardening in Western Washington”

BELLINGHAM – The WSU Master Gardeners present the 22nd annual Whatcom Gardening Conference, “Resilient Gardening in Western Washington,” on Thursday, Feb. 8. This full day garden conference will focus on food gardening, sustainability, community connections, native pollinators and habitat, gardening in small spaces, youth gardening, as well as a community garden panel. Keynote Speaker Gail
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Community

Seed Swaps: Where to go this month Seed Swaps: Where to go this month

Local seed swaps are starting! Following are what is scheduled this month. TF&F 3rd Annual Seed Swap: Sunday, Feb. 4 from 1-3 p.m. at the Anacortes Senior Activity Center.  Everyone is welcome to receive free seeds, bring seeds, or share seeds. Information tables on pollination and alternatives to pesticides will be available, as well as
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Skills

Beekeeping: Two apprentice level courses available Beekeeping: Two apprentice level courses available

The Washington State University Snohomish County Extension is sponsoring sessions of the popular apprentice level course in the Master Beekeeper Program in November and December. Developed and managed by the Washington State Beekeepers Association, the five-week course provides a thorough introduction to beekeeping for novice beekeepers as well as a comprehensive refresher for experienced apiculturists.
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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

Seed Swaps: Where to go this month Seed Swaps: Where to go this month

Local seed swaps are starting! Following are what is scheduled this month. TF&F 3rd Annual Seed Swap: Sunday, Feb. 4 from 1-3 p.m. at the Anacortes Senior Activity Center.  Everyone is welcome to receive free seeds, bring seeds, or share seeds. Information tables on pollination and alternatives to pesticides will be available, as well as
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Food

Chocolate treats for all Chocolate treats for all

The gray of February is the perfect time to sample chocolates. With treats, truffles, fudge and more, local chocolatiers and makers are turning out delicious bites in their shops. Following are some of the makers you can visit in our northwest corner. Enjoy! Forte Chocolates: Based in Mount Vernon, with locations in Bellingham, Karen Neugebauer
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Crafty

Spincycle Yarns evolves with new mill Spincycle Yarns evolves with new mill

by Mary Vermillion Kate Burge and Rachel Price are crafting one of Bellingham’s most colorful businesses, Spincycle Yarns. With the purchase of their own mill, Burge and Price are evolving Spincycle and building a national and international following for their distinctive, hand-dyed yarn. A fiber artist since she was a child, Burge launched Spincycle in
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