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Tis the season: Master Gardener plant sales and more


Tis the season: Master Gardener plant sales and more

Welcome May! This month brings a variety of plant sales, including the much-loved events from the Master Gardener groups. Have a look at what’s coming up, and all enjoy all the plants!   Birchwood Garden Club’s 26th Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, May 5. Annuals, perennials, indoor plants, veggie starts, pots, books and choice selections from
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International Plowing Match May 19

LYNDEN – The 77th annual International Plowing Match will be held Saturday, May 19 at the north end of Berthusen Park in Lynden. Come on out and watch competitors step back in time and plow the land with a team of draft horses just as our ancestors did when they homesteaded the land. Entry is
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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive May 12

BELLINGHAM – The Stamp Out Hunger Food drive is coming up Saturday, May 12, when letter carriers collect donated food for food banks and hunger relief organizations. This is the nation’s largest all-volunteer one-day food collection effort, held annually on the second Saturday in May and is a community outreach effort of the National Association
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Skagit Up River Farmers Market starting; open Friday through Sunday

CONCRETE – Starting Memorial Day weekend, Concrete will have a Farmers Market, located at the existing Swap Meet site. Local farmers including children will be selling their produce. SNAP/EBT, WIC/Senior FMNP (pending), and Fresh Bucks will be accepted. Farmers who cannot attend the market because they are the only one working their businesses/farms can take
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Biodegradable mulch workshop set

WHATCOM –Learn about the use of biodegradable plastic mulches for your farming operation during a workship on May 8  at Boxx Berry Farm. Discuss the different materials available, their use, how to properly lay them, and demonstrate laying various mulches using a flatbed mulch layer. Participants will be able to interact with the different materials
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Fishing sector focus of Whatcom Food Network’s Spring Forum

BELLINGHAM – The Whatcom Food Network invites all interested organizations and individuals to their Spring Forum on Thursday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Squalicum Boathouse. This spring, the Forum will focus on Whatcom’s fishing sector, which creates 1,781 direct jobs, generates $320 million in revenue from purchases by the fishing fleet
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Barbara Jean Hicks: Veggie-inspired stories for kids Barbara Jean Hicks: Veggie-inspired stories for kids

by Mary Vermillion Author Barbara Jean Hicks can close her eyes and still see her father sitting with a child on his lap, reading aloud one of her books. A quiet man who spent much of his time tending his vegetable garden at the family home in Ferndale, Irby Hicks loved to make children laugh
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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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Savor the season: Spring recipes Savor the season: Spring recipes

by Rio Thomas April was a wild ride of unpredictable weather for gardeners and farmers who have no choice but to play the hand that we are dealt as we strive to nurture the seeds we’ve sown with faith that the days will lengthen, sunny breaks will happen, urged along by visions of delicious things
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Spring classes: Dahlias, fruit trees, hydrangeas, and more Spring classes: Dahlias, fruit trees, hydrangeas, and more

April boasts a number of opportunities for learning about plants of all kinds. Check out some of the informational sessions coming up as well as some more super sales of the season! The annual Whatcom County Dahlia Tuber Sale, presented by the Whatcom County Dahlia Society, will be Saturday, April 7. Visitors can explore and
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Avenue Bread: Love of the loaf Avenue Bread: Love of the loaf

Local grains: Flour from Skagit Valley’s Cairnspring Mills by Mary Vermillion There is something new baking at Bellingham’s venerable Avenue Bread. Launched just last year, its Avenue Craft line features breads made with flour from Cairnspring Mills, a mill in the Skagit Valley that turns grains grown by local farmers into flavorful and nutritious baking
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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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