Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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Whatcom Farm Tour returns Sept. 7-8


Whatcom Farm Tour returns Sept. 7-8

Whatcom County’s 13th annual Farm Tour returns the second weekend in September. The free, self-guided tour is part of the month-long Eat Local campaign, hosted by Sustainable Connections’ Food and Farming Program. On Saturday and Sunday Sept. 7-8 several farms will open their doors to the public allowing visitors to explore and learn about their
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Historic barn funding available; local workshop in Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON – In partnership with the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), the Washington Trust announced that funding is available for two statewide grant programs: Heritage Barn Grants and Historic Cemetery Grants. This will be the seventh round of grant funding available for owners of historic barns and the second round of grant
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Farmers wanted for Taste Washington Day coming up Oct. 2

STATE – Taste Washington Day is a day for school districts around the state to celebrate Farm to School and local agriculture. On Wednesday, Oct. 2, or another day in October, nutrition services staff, school gardeners, teachers, administrators, and volunteers all over Washington serve school meals with local ingredients, and do activities to help children
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Master Gardener training available to Snohomish County residents

SNOHOMISH – Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Master Gardener training class, which starts in January. Join over 350 Snohomish County Master Gardeners in sharing good gardening and environmental stewardship practices with county residents by becoming a WSU Snohomish County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Community Educator. Training focuses on familiarization and learning how
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Meet berry growers during Farm Walk at Viva Farms on Aug. 12

BURLINGTON – Berry farmers at the Viva Farms Incubator welcome the public to the WSU Tilth Farm Walk “Innovations in Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackberry Production” on Monday, Aug. 12. Meet the farmers from Arado Farm, Silva Family Farm, Regino’s Farm, Pure Nelida, Farias Farm, and Cabrera Farms, who grow at the Viva Farms Incubator site
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It’s fair time!

Local fairs are in full swing this month, with residents and visitors enjoying agriculture, entertainment, exhibits, rides, delicious food, community, and more. Check out the 4-H and FFA youth showing their animals, as well as vegetables, blooms, preserved food items, crafts, collections and more in each fair’s exhibit areas. The Stanwood-Camano Community Fair runs Aug.
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Take the kids: Fun and learning at local gardens, events this month Take the kids: Fun and learning at local gardens, events this month

Take the kids for a day of learning and exploring at local gardens and events this month. Children’s Story Garden and Gardening Day: The Children’s Story Garden is now in its 10th year at Hovander Homestead Park, a national historic site. Hovander Homestead Park includes a turn-of-the-century farmhouse, barn, demonstration gardens, greenhouse, and one mile
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Managing weeds: A little homework goes a long way Managing weeds: A little homework goes a long way

Learn to identify, handle invasive weeds by Laurel Baldwin At this time of year our gardens are growing gangbusters – and so are those weeds. But if you’re watching out for them and you do a little homework first, you can intervene early and spare yourself some expense and a sore back. It’s important to
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May the flavors be with you May the flavors be with you

by Melissa Stewart Let’s start with dessert. I know, I know, it’s usually dinner before dessert, but this coconut cream pie is so good you may consider serving this pie for every meal, or before and also after. It’s that good. And when May brings the beauty of warmer days and nights, and more time
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Hundreds of dahlias on display Hundreds of dahlias on display

by Grow Northwest The dahlias are on full display this month, and several events this month will welcome the community to come enjoy the beauty and learn more about them. The Whatcom County Dahlia Society’s Annual Flower Show will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8. Hundreds of dahlias and many arrangements of all different types,
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Hummingbirds: How to attract them with nectar, plants Hummingbirds: How to attract them with nectar, plants

by Grow Northwest Hummingbirds are a beautiful little sight to behold. They can fly 25 to 30 miles per hour, dive up to 60 miles per hour, and flap their wings approximately 70 times per second. When diving, they can reach 200 times per second! Hummingbirds eat nectar, as well as small insects, larvae, insect
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Local Yarn Shop Tour lines up five days of fiber fun Local Yarn Shop Tour lines up five days of fiber fun

by Grow Northwest Local yarn lovers rejoice! The annual Puget Sound Local Yarn Shop Tour returns May 15-19, and includes 24 member shops across western Washington who worked together to plan five days of fiber fun to help customers learn, grow, and become successful crafting with yarn. Shops participating locally are Northwest Yarns (Bellingham), Apple
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