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Local growers ready for season’s CSA programs

Updated Saturday, March 21, 2020 Local farmers offering Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are busy preparing for the upcoming season. Most CSA options provide weekly boxes, allowing residents or businesses to subscribe in the early spring for a full season’s worth of produce. The content of the boxes differ by farm, however generally include vegetables
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News

SBA offers disaster assistance to small businesses impacted by COVID-19

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Washington small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the
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Whatcom County Youth Fair entries due March 15 Whatcom County Youth Fair entries due March 15

WHATCOM – The 32nd annual Whatcom County Youth Fair will be held Friday and Saturday, April 10-11. This 2-day learning fair is open to all youth ages 6-18, and is attended by youth in Whatcom and regional counties. Registration is $10 per youth (or $30 per family with 3 or more registrations). Divisions include: Beef,
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Livestock Adviser training begins

BURLINGTON – Are you interested in raising beef, sheep, poultry, goats for meat, milk or fiber? WSU Livestock Advisor training begins a new 10-week series of classes March 3, 2020 at Stanwood High School. From fencing, feeding, housing, breeding to pasture management, learn how to raise high quality livestock sustainably. Network with WSU Livestock Advisors
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The Local Dirt: February 2020

Save Family Farming was presented the “Most Valuable Partner” Award from the Washington State Dairy Federation! Congrats to Save Family Farming.   The Northwest Agriculture Business Center announced registration is open for the Island Grown Farmers Cooperative’s one-day Meat Cutting Workshop on April 6. Now in its 13th year, more than 400 students have been
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Genuine Skagit Valley Program awarded $348,000 USDA grant Genuine Skagit Valley Program awarded $348,000 USDA grant

MOUNT VERNON – The Northwest Agricultural Business Center (NABC) was recently awarded $348,000 in federal funding for the Genuine Skagit Valley program. Through place-based marketing, Genuine Skagit Valley heightens consumer awareness  of, and connection to, local Skagit farms and farm products. The  funding is from the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program, a highly competitive national
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Community

Local growers ready for season’s CSA programs Local growers ready for season’s CSA programs

Updated Saturday, March 21, 2020 Local farmers offering Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are busy preparing for the upcoming season. Most CSA options provide weekly boxes, allowing residents or businesses to subscribe in the early spring for a full season’s worth of produce. The content of the boxes differ by farm, however generally include vegetables
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Skills

WSU Snohomish Extension offers Beginning Beekeeper course

EVERETT – The WSU Snohomish County Extension is sponsoring a session of the Beginning Hobbyist Beekeeper course in the Washington State Beekeepers Association’s Master Beekeeper Program starting Monday, November 18, 2019, 6:30pm to 9:30pm at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 – 128th St SE, Everett. The five-week course is perfect
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Cooking

A tasty take on feta A tasty take on feta

by Marisa Papetti I love cheese. I love everything about cheese. The stories behind cheese caves, specialty bacteria, flipping cheese, washing cheese, eating cheese. It goes on and on. I remember peeking into a stone building where cheesemakers were stirring giant vats of steaming milk with a huge wooden paddle; what kind of magic was this?
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Growing

SEEDS: Local, regional seed companies ready for season SEEDS: Local, regional seed companies ready for season

by Grow Northwest As we’re all deep in seed catalogs this time of year, here’s our annual listing of regional seed companies to consider. See their websites for full listings and catalogs.   Osborne Quality Seeds osborneseed.com, (360) 424-SEED, 2428 Old Hwy 99 South Road, Mount Vernon Growing and testing seeds since 1982, the Mount
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Food

Sweet treats and divine drinks Sweet treats and divine drinks

February. It’s mid-winter, a mix of dark, cold, wet, cozy and warm, with the awareness that our days are slowly getting longer as the time of sunset breaks 5 p.m. Warm meals and delicious drinks are comforting through winter, and this month we are hopeful for the coming Spring; the first official day is in
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Crafts

Ornaments: Make memories with these decorative ideas Ornaments: Make memories with these decorative ideas

Ornaments are one of the most fun crafts to make this time of year. Whether hanging on your tree, being gifted to a friend, or placed in a fun spot around your home, ornaments spark creativity and memories. Check out some of these local classes and sources for festive fun. Enjoy! Holiday Ornaments in Mosaic:
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