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Whatcom County Farm Tour: Two days of fun Sept. 8-9


Whatcom County Farm Tour: Two days of fun Sept. 8-9

Whatcom County’s 11th 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, with support from local organizations, businesses, and farms. On Saturday, Sept. 8, several farms will open their doors to the public allowing visitors
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WSU Livestock Advisor program begins training series Sept. 17

BURLINGTON – WSU Livestock Advisor training begins a new 10-week series of classes Sept. 17. From fencing, feeding, housing, breeding to pasture management, learn how to raise high-quality poultry, sheep, beef, swine, or goats sustainably. WSU Livestock Advisors share experiences and several local farm tours are also included in training. Participants are asked to return
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Clean water from cow waste: Coldstream Farms granted Regenis system

The Washington State Conservation Commission (WSCC) recently awarded a $930,305 grant to install and operate a clean water membrane technology system provided by Regenis, an agricultural waste solutions company based in Ferndale, to be located at Coldstream Farms in Deming. This state-of-the-art system will generate 12,000 gallons of clean water daily from the 22,000 gallons
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Celebrate the sea at Bellingham SeaFeast

BELLINGHAM – Bellingham SeaFeast, a celebration of local seafood and the maritime industry, marks its third year Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22 at locations downtown and along the working waterfront. Visitors can meet fishermen, tour boats, and try knot-tying and net-mending, as well as harbor boat rides and industry tours and an introductory
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The Local Dirt: September 2018

Burlington Parks and Recreation is collecting zucchinis for the upcoming Burlington Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Pitch scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thousands of gourds and zucchinis are needed to supply the Zucchini Car Race activity booth. Drop your zucchinis off at 900 E. Fairhaven Ave, the Burlington Parks and
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Taste Washington Day set for Oct. 3

STATE – Taste Washington Day is a day for school districts around the state celebrate Farm to School and local agriculture. On Oct. 4, or a day in October they choose, nutrition services, school gardeners, teachers, administrators, and volunteers all over Washington serve school meals with local ingredients and do activities to learn about the
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Bread Lab! kids book explores the science of bread Bread Lab! kids book explores the science of bread

Breadfarm will join Sept. 15 book event by Mary Vermillion What better way to celebrate Food Literacy Month in September than with a launch party for Bread Lab!, a picture book that reveals the science – and magic – of bread written by Kim Binczewski and Bethany Econopouly of Washington State University’s Bread Lab in
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Food preservation series starts this month Food preservation series starts this month

Rich, red strawberry jam, crunchy dill pickles, homemade salsa – nothing tastes better than home-preserved foods. In addition, a well-stocked pantry is a big step towards ensuring your family always has plenty of healthy food available. However, safely preserving food at home requires a bit of knowledge, time set aside, and a small investment in
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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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Get Going: Lavender fields, cider and mead, and more Get Going: Lavender fields, cider and mead, and more

The San Juan Island Lavender Festival is the place to be for lavender lovers on Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22. At Pelindaba Lavender Farm, on San Juan Island, visitors can take tours and see exhibits and demonstrations showing the entire lavender process – from field to finished product. The Cutting Field is open for visitors
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8 events to devour this month 8 events to devour this month

September is Eat Local Month. And while each month has delicious locally grown and made products, these next 30 days are filled with lots of goodness. Here are 8 delicious happenings to devour this month. Enjoy! HOSA Pop-Up Shop and Scoundrels Release: Saturday, Sept. 1. HOSAco is releasing their first Harvest Series sauce, a limited
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Tile by tile: Debbie Dickinson builds community with mosaics Tile by tile: Debbie Dickinson builds community with mosaics

by Mary Vermillion The RE Store gets tile donations. A lot of tile. To be exact, in 2017, the Bellingham reclaimed and used building materials store sold 41,244 pounds of tile. The year before, it was nearly 55,000 pounds. When you have that much tile, you need a partner to help move through it all.
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