Saturday, May 25, 2019

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Farmers Markets: What’s happening in your area


Farmers Markets: What’s happening in your area

Connect weekly with farmers and producers  by Grow Northwest Farmers Market season is officially here, bringing farmers, food producers, crafters and other vendors together in local communities. Large or small, weekday or weekend, new or long-standing, each market offers its own unique take on the many growers and makers who live and work in our
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The Local Dirt: May 2019

The Puget Sound Jr. Livestock show is coming up Thursday, May 30 through Saturday, June 1 at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon. This is open to all 4-H and FFA members who’d like to exhibit, sell or market swine, goat, sheep or steer. All are welcome to buy. For more information, visit Laurel Farm
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Experience agricultural history at International Plowing Match

LYNDEN – Come and experience agricultural history at the 78th annual International Plowing Match on Saturday, May 18. The public is invited to watch draft horses and animals guided by skilled plowmen and women plowing a field as was done in the past. Admission and parking are free (enter at the north end of Berthusen
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San Juan County: Agricultural groups connecting new farmers to farmland

SAN JUAN – Through a new USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Grant, several local and regional organizations are partnering to bring attention to the issues of aging farmers, rising land prices, and meeting the needs for new farmers in San Juan County.The goal of the program, Farmers to Farmland, is to connect new farmers to
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Lopez Lamb, Wool & Goat Festival coming up May 11

LOPEZ – The annual Lopez Lamb, Wool & Goat Festival will be Saturday, May 11. This free, family-friendly event is a chance for the public to learn about sheep and goats, and experience activities and products. Learn about spinning, weaving, dyeing and felting, and visit with vendors of local crafts, food, and farm products. Watch
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Registration open for annual Llama/Alpaca Information and Education Day

BELLINGHAM – The 12th annual Llama/Alpaca Information & Education Day will be Saturday, June 22, offering a day of workshops and education about alpacas and llamas. This event is free and open to anyone that currently owns or is interested in owning llamas or alpacas. A group of caring owners and speakers will discuss care,
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Lydia’s Flock: The joys of raising sheep Lydia’s Flock: The joys of raising sheep

Squalicum Valley Farm offers products, classes by Lydia Strand Lydia’s Flock began in 2010. An avid knitter, the decision to raise my own fiber (sheep) for knitting stemmed from a desire to take an active role in the production of my yarn, feeling a sense of responsibility to see the process through from sheep to
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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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Watermelon: Helpful tips and varieties to try at home Watermelon: Helpful tips and varieties to try at home

by Grow Northwest Crisp, sweet, delicious watermelon. The different varieties available – from large to mini, round to oblong, red to yellow flesh, solid to striped rind – provide something for every grower’s space and preferred taste, even here in our northwest corner. We’ve been growing them in our home garden for years. Starting under
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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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