Thursday, January 24, 2019

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Bellingham Farmers Market: Saturdays through Dec. 22. Vendors offering produce, crafts, foods, products, and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Depot Market Square, Bellingham. See   38th annual Holiday Festival of the Arts: Open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 100 artists from the region, live music, and workshops for children on the weekends.
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Whatcom County establishes new Food System Committee; committee members sought

BELLINGHAM – The County Council recently adopted an ordinance establishing a Food System Committee. The Committee will draft a County-wide food plan, building off of the Whatcom Food Network’s Community Food Assessment. The Food System Committee will consider best practices and make recommendations to the County Council, Executive, Health Board, and other appropriate officials regarding
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Farm Fund, Next Step grant application deadline Jan. 18

BELLINGHAM – The Community Food Co-op Farm Fund  is now accepting Next Step grant and Farm Fund grant applications for 2019. Both grants have a deadline of Jan. 18, 2019. Farm Fund grants are directed to projects that benefit the local food system, farmers and sustainable agriculture at large (programs, workshops, trials, multi-farm collaborations etc.). The purpose of the Next Step grants is to
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Labor, challenges focus of Whatcom Food Network’s Fall Forum

BELLINGHAM – The Whatcom Food Network’s Fall Forum, “The People That Make the Food System Work,” will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14. The Forum will look into the world of workers, including a presentation by Michelle Stelovich from the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council. Michelle will discuss current employment and labor data from our region,
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The Local Dirt: November 2018

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 24! Get out and support your favorite local small businesses.  Flo Dahlstedt and Anna Scott, Soroptimist Club members of Burlington, made an Old Barns of Skagit 2019 Calendar and it’s for sale! Each calendar is only $25 each with all of the proceeds going to the service club – Soroptimist
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Focus on Farming: Ag trends, sessions, trade show, and more

MONROE – During this year’s Focus on Farming, titled “Connect, Innovate, Grow,” participants will find a mix of topics, ideas, and speakers focused on helping expand the opportunities, sustainability, and economic viability of the region’s farms and forestlands. The conference will be held Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. The lunchtime
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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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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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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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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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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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The basics of needle felting: Where to get started locally The basics of needle felting: Where to get started locally

by Maggie Swanson You start with the best of intentions. The project picture looks adorable and doable, the materials are lined up, and you’re eager to get started needle felting. You give it a go, but it’s lacking a lot of the simple beauty you were striving for, and it doesn’t compare to the items
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