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The Local Dirt: February 2018

Feb 2nd, 2018 | Category: News

The Whatcom County Cattlemans Association Annual Auction And Banquet will be held Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Deming Logging Show grounds. Fundraising proceeds are used to encourage local youth to be involved in food and fiber production, using college scholarships, FFA and 4-H performance awards, and Youth Fair grants to support local agricultural causes. The live and silent auctions will feature items from local businesses that support food and fiber production in Whatcom County. The dinner will be 4:30-10 p.m. at the Deming Logging Show, 3295 Cedarville Road, Bellingham. See the  Facebook page for more details.

Cloud Mountain Farm Center will host two workshops on “Raising Poultry for Meat” and “Raising Pigs” on Saturday, Feb 24. Participants can learn about housing and fencing, pasture management, feed and nutrition, health concerns and care, and processing and butchering options, as well as breeds and where to source. The cost is $10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, per workshop. Registration is recommended. The poultry workshop starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by the pigs workshop at 1:30 p.m. Contact Cloud Mountain Farm Center, of Everson, at 360-966-5859 or cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

Edison’s Annual Chicken Parade will be held Sunday, Feb. 25, starting at noon in downtown Edison. Watch the fun and eat some good food from local businesses. For more information, see the Facebook page.

Atwood Ales Farm Brewery, of Blaine, recently received a Good Food Award. Congratulations! Started in 2016, ithe brewery is located in a 100-year-old barn on a family-owned and operated farm. COURTESY PHOTO

Atwood Ales Farm Brewery, of Blaine, recently received a Good Food Award. Congratulations! Started in 2016, ithe brewery is located in a 100-year-old barn on a family-owned and operated farm. COURTESY PHOTO

Atwood Ales’ Rhubarb Sour Ale won a Good Food Award! Two members of Atwood Ales Farm Brewery in Blaine were in attendance at the 8th annual Good Food Awards in San Francisco where the brewery was selected as a Good Food Awards Winner for their rhubarb sour ale, Rhuty. Atwood (pictured at right) was one of just 15 breweries from around the United States, recognized for their efforts towards supporting sustainability and social good through their production and business practices. “With over 2,000 entries submitted, it’s a great honor for us to be selected among the 199 winners,” said Monica Smith, director of sales and marketing for Atwood Ales Farm Brewery. For more information about Atwood Ales, visit www.atwoodales.com.

The WSU Whatcom County Extension Master Composter/Recycler Training will be Thursdays, March 1 through April 5. The volunteer training will cover waste-related topics and offer home-based solutions such as backyard and worm bin composting, zero waste lifestyles, food waste prevention, and other home sustainability practices. The six-week class includes a hands-on hot compost pile workshop and guest lectures by waste system experts and soil scientists. Students will also tour local waste processing facilities such as Green Earth Technologies, Disposal of Toxics, and Northwest Recycling. Following the training, Master Composter/Recycler volunteers are invited to educate in classrooms, community gardens, and at special events to share their knowledge with the greater Whatcom community. Applications are available at whatcom.wsu.edu. Email mcr.whatcom@wsu.edu or call (360) 778-5814.

Transition Fidalgo & Friends presents a Seventh Generation Supper: Skagit County’s Clean Tech Sector on Tuesday, Feb. 27. “Exploring Trends and Opportunities, by Sean Connell” will discuss what’s happening in Skagit County. Sean is Director of Business Development and Global Competitiveness at the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC) in Mount Vernon. All welcome. Suggested supper donation (catered by Gere-a-Deli): $5/adult; $3/10 and under. Bring your own place settings, or join in around 7 p.m. for the presentation. The dinner starts at 5:45 p.m. at the Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St. the local dirt web

Bellingham Cocktail Week runs through Feb. 8, offering patrons  at local bars, restaurants, distilleries and other businesses a special look at cocktails with a focus on locally produced ingredients. The week includes drink specials, information, and ART of the Cocktail, a spirited competition between three local bartenders. See the Facebook page for more details.

The annual Penn Cove MusselFest, Coupeville’s March tradition, will be Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4.  “Bold, briny and blue,” the world famous mussels will be the centerpiece of two days of festivities, including chowder tasting and mussel eating competitions, farm tours and activities for all ages featuring locally-flavored fun. For more information, see www.thepenncovemusselsfestival.com.

The Skagit Valley Co-op is hosting Movie Night at the Co-op during three Wednesdays this month starting at 6:30 p.m. “More Than Honey,” with special guest Bruce Vilders will be Feb. 7; “Unbroken Ground” will be Feb. 21; and “Before the Flood” on Feb. 28. All welcome to the free film series.

The Northwest Flower and Garden Show returns Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 7-11, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. See full scale themed gardens covering over 1 acre of the show floor, and visit over 300 exhibitors. For details, see www.gardenshow.com.

Delightful Dahlias has been growing dahlias for years and have collected a large number of varieties. They will be selling tubers on Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Burlington Senior Center, 1011 Greenleaf Avenue, Burlington. Most tubers are $4 each and every package has a picture of its dahlia, so you’ll go home with a picture of every dahlia that you buy. Their selection of dahlias includes over 600 named varieties, with giant and large blooms, dark foliage, recent introductions, low growing and hard to find dahlias.

–Grow Northwest

 

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