Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Cultivating Success series starts Jan. 8

STANWOOD – WSU Snohomish and King County Extension in partnership with King & Snohomish Conservation Districts will offer Cultivating Success: Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning to help new and current farmers gain skills in business planning and direct marketing. The course runs in Stanwood on Monday evenings Jan. 8, through March 12, 5:30 p.m.
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Farm Fund general grants available

BELLINGHAM – The Community Food Co-op Farm Fund  is now accepting general grant applications with a deadline of Jan. 19, 2018. Farm Fund general grants are directed to projects that meet the greater good of the community and benefit local agriculture at large. The 2018 application form and information will be available on the Co-op
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Blue Heron Farm’s Anne Schwartz featured speaker at Women in Ag

COUNTY – The 6th annual Women in Agriculture Conference is set for Saturday, Nov. 18. “WE CAN DO IT” is the theme. This interactive event is a one-day event held simultaneously in 39 locations throughout Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Locally, conferences will be held in Mount Vernon, Everett, and Coupeville. Featured speakers are
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Discussion, panel on food access in Whatcom County

BELLINGHAM – The Bellingham City Club will discuss food access in certain parts of Whatcom County and impacts on population, and the factors at play driving the grocery industry on Wednesday, Nov. 15. “Wandering the Food Deserts of Whatcom County” is open to the public at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham, WA.  Doors open
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Small Fruit Conference set

LYNDEN – The Washington Small Fruit Conference will be held Wednesday through Friday, Nov 29-30 and Dec. 1 at the NW Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. This three-day conference will share the latest relevant research information delivered by the scientists performing the research. Lunches each day are provided. This conference is presented in association with the
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Carne: New location, spirit for local butcher shop Carne: New location, spirit for local butcher shop

by Brent Cole Four years after bringing a butcher shop to Bellingham, Carne has gone through its fair share of changes, now operating at a new location under one owner. Focused on serving Northwest meats and products, Carne started looking for a new home in 2015 when owner Shaun Almassy and former business partner Chad
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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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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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Skagit Master Gardeners accepting applications; Whatcom not offering training in 2018

The WSU Skagit County Extension Master Gardener Program is accepting applications for their 2018 Master Gardener Annual Training. The application deadline has been extended this month. Master Gardener volunteer educators will receive WSU computer-based course work along with 12 weeks of classes for hands-on activities in home horticulture, integrated pest management, and plant problem diagnosis
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Chuckanut Brewery Wins Big at North American Beer Awards Chuckanut Brewery Wins Big at North American Beer Awards

Last year, while Chuckanut Brewery was building its new South Nut facility, they decided to take the year off from sending beers to the North American Beer Awards. Now that South Nut is up and brewing it was decided to enter into the prestigious, long standing beer competition. Chuckanut was richly rewarded with six major
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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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