Monday, November 11, 2019

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“Jump Start Your Pasture” class series starts Oct. 30

BURLINGTON – WSU County Extension and the Skagit Conservation District will be offering a free 3-week class series on ways to “Jump Start Your Pasture.” Learn more about pasture management, electric fencing, and renovation techniques. The class will be held on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. at the WSU Skagit County Extension office located in the Port
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Focus on Farming returns Nov. 7

MONROE – The annual Focus on Farming and Focus on Forestry Conference will be held this year Thursday, Nov. 7. The day includes 24 workshop classes in six industry tracks, with local and national farmers, researchers and experts sharing ideas. Topics include Agritourism, Business of Farming, Flower Farming, Industrial Hemp Production, Livestock, and Youth and
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Farm funding opportunities focus of next Farmer Speaker Series

FERNDALE – Farm funding opportunities will be the subject of the next Farmer Speaker Series on Tuesday, Oct. 15, organized by the Whatcom Conservation District. In an effort to make farmers aware of resources available for financial support, this networking event will provide direct connections with funding agencies and offer a panel of successful grant
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The Local Dirt: October 2019

For the book lovers out there, take note! The 50th anniversary edition of The Encyclopedia of Country Living, The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself by Carla Emery, will be released Dec. 3 by Sasquatch Books. Ciscoe Morris, gardening expert of the Pacific Northwest, brings us his book Oh, La
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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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1,548 pounds: Oak Harbor resident wins the Giant Pumpkin Festival 1,548 pounds: Oak Harbor resident wins the Giant Pumpkin Festival

Photo by Stephanie Banaszak/Christianson’s Nursery MOUNT VERNON – 1,548 pounds! Congratulations to Lee Roof, of Oak Harbor, for his winning entry at the annual Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival at Christianson’s Nursery. Roof is pictured here (right) with John Christianson, owner of Christianson’s Nursery. Rounding out the top 10 winners are: • Second Place: Joel
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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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Farmers share favorite fall recipes Farmers share favorite fall recipes

Oh, Fall. How we love you. This year, we asked several farmers to share their favorite recipes using some of their own ingredients. Beef and barley soup, cheddar pumpkin rolls, crockpot apples and onions pork, and more. Yum. Many thanks to those sharing this month: • Ruth Appel, of Appel Family Dairy and Appel Cheese
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Mushrooms species on display at local shows Mushrooms species on display at local shows

Experts available for identification help; samples welcome The annual mushroom shows presented by local mycological organizations are coming up this month, offering visitors the chance to have their questions answered, mushrooms indentified, and learn about the hundreds of species that grow in the Northwest. The 30th Annual Wild Mushroom Show, presented by the Northwest Mushroomers
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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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All things fiber at Fiber Fusion All things fiber at Fiber Fusion

*Please note our print issue contained a big error. There is NO FAMILY NIGHT at the Lynden Craft and Antique Show this year. We are very sorry for this error.* Lynden Craft and Antique Show in its 30th year Fall crafting is a special time. The weather is changing, creativity turns towards autumn and winter themes, and things get
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