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The Local Dirt: October 2019

Oct 2nd, 2019 | Category: News

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 La! Homegrown Stories, Helpful Tips, and Garden Wisdom. He shares stories, advice, information and wisdom from his 45-year career. This book will not be released until Jan. 21, 2020, so save the date!the local dirt web

Congrats to Mama’s Garden, winners of the Twin Sisters Brewing’s grant contest, receiving $1,000 to use towards their farm. Mama’s Garden, operated by three moms in the South Fork Valley, will host their annual Harvest Fest on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6. There will be lots of pumpkins, wagon rides, crafts, and more, plus a bake sale to benefit the Mount Baker FFA.

The WSU Whatcom County Extension offers a 4-week course on Master Composter Training, with a focus on household waste solutions and community education. The course meets Tuesday evening Oct. 22 through Nov. 12. The fee is $54 and includes class materials, tours of local facilities, and hands-on workshops. WSU Master Composter/Recycler volunteers are committed to sharing research-based knowledge throughout the community. For more information, contact Beth Chisholm at beth.chisholm@wsu.edu or (360) 778-5811.

Interested in learning about solar?  A 2019 Solar Open House will be held at several locations on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including homes in Deming, Burlington, Sedro-Woolley, and Edmonds. The Banner Power Solutions office in Burlington will be open for the tour Oct. 5-6. See solar panels up close, ask questions about how solar works, and connect with other people who use solar energy. This event is free and open to the public. See the Facebook event page or RSVP through the website at https://www.nationalsolartour.org/open-houses/ and click on Find Events Near You. Other open house locations are also listed through the website.

A Beginning Hobbyist Beekeeper course will be offered through the WSU Snohomish County Extension on Mondays, Nov. 18 through Dec. 16. The five-week course is perfect for anyone with no previous beekeeping experience and anyone wanting more information about beekeeping before making the decision to acquire a hive. Each session is taught by local Journeyman Beekeeper and  WSU Snohomish County Extension entomologist Dave Pehling. The course runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. at McCollum Park at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th ST SE, Everett. The cost is $120 per person. Register online at BeeBeginner.eventbrite.com. For registration information, contact Kate Ryan, kate.ryan@wsu.edu, (425) 357-6024.

Interested in baking classes at the King Arthur Flour Baking School at The Bread Lab in Burlington. For a full schedule, see https://classes.kingarthurflour.com.

Lydia’s Flock is seeking shearing volunteers. Fall shearing of their Icelandic sheep flock will be Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks and asked to commit to 4 hours minimum. To RSVP or ask questions, contact  lydiasflock@gmail.com. In addition, their final Beginning Shepherd Course of 2019 will be held Saturday, Oct. 5. This class is designed for new and aspiring shepherds who have a desire to raise their sheep flock using regenerative, managed grazing methods. Participants will have a full-day, hands-on educational opportunity from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.lydiasflock.com/on-farm-education for details or to register.

Sustainable Connections’ Food and Farming Program is accepting applications for their two beginning farmer programs, Food to Bank On and The Incubator. The Food to Bank On program focuses on business training for new farmers and includes eight workshops in the spring and pairing farmers with experienced mentors, while also providing market support through Sustainable Connections’ Food and Farming Program. Applicants should have at least one year of farming experience and either currently have a business plan or be ready to create one. The Incubator program through Cloud Mountain Farm Center provides access to land, infrastructure, and equipment to farmers looking to start their farm enterprise. This program works in conjunction with the Food to Bank On program to help farmers create a sustainable farm business operation. Applications are due Oct. 15. See www.sustainableconnections.org or call (360) 647-7093 x111.

The annual Tilth Conference will be held this year Nov. 8-10 in Yakima. Over three days, farmers, food system professionals, researchers and educators have the opportunity to learn from one another and share best practices, catch up with old friends, and make new connections. Covering a range of scales, experience levels, and interests, knowledgeable presenters speak on topics such as crop and livestock production, pest and weed management, marketing, certifications, land access, and opportunities and challenges in sustainable and organic agriculture. An industry trade show takes place throughout the weekend as well as a farm tour, keynote speeches and social events providing attendees with numerous networking opportunities. For more information, see http://www.tilthalliance.org/special_events/tilth-conference-registration.

My Garden Nursery is hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Annual pie baking contest starts at 2 p.m. and pies should arrive by 1 p.m. Activities include corn stalk dolls, pumpkin painting, carnival type games, tattoos, apple tasting, popcorn, drawings, and more. Celebrate Mr. Dilly Pickles’ 3rd birthday with cookies and pickles. My Garden Nursery is located at 929 East Bakerview Road in Bellingham. Please RSVP to 360-366-8406.

Applications are still being accepted for the 2020 Master Gardener training class in Snohomish County, which starts in January. Training focuses on familiarization and learning how to use resources to research, educate, mentor, and answer horticulture questions for the public. Training involves approximately 80 hours of classroom and workshop instruction held once a week on Thursdays, Jan. 9 through March 26. Tuition for this extensive training program is $295 plus a volunteer commitment of 40 hours each year for two years, learning and having fun with other like-minded volunteers on a variety of horticultural and environmental educational projects. Without the volunteer commitment, tuition is $795. For more information and an application, visit the Extension website at http://tinyurl.com/y8srkp2y or call the Extension Office at 425-338-2400.

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