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Mushroom shows display hundreds of species, offer identification help

Oct 1st, 2018

BELLINGHAM/EVERETT – The annual mushroom shows presented by local organizations are coming up this month, offering visitors the chance to have their questions answered, mushrooms identified, and learn about the hundreds of species that grow here. The 29th Annual Wild Mushroom Show, presented by the Northwest Mushroomers Association, will be Sunday, Oct. 21 at Bloedel
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Food preservation series starts this month

May 2nd, 2018
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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Farm machinery safety workshop set

Mar 30th, 2018

BURLINGTON – The WSU Skagit Extension is offering a farm Machinery Safety Workshop training on Mondays and Wednesday evenings April 16 through May 7 in Burlington, with an optional all-day drive May 11. Instructors are Don McMoran, Dorothy Elsner, and Kate Smith of the WSU Skagit County Extension. Individuals in all counties are eligible to
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Beekeeping: Two apprentice level courses available

Nov 4th, 2017
Beekeeping: Two apprentice level courses available

The Washington State University Snohomish County Extension is sponsoring sessions of the popular apprentice level course in the Master Beekeeper Program in November and December. Developed and managed by the Washington State Beekeepers Association, the five-week course provides a thorough introduction to beekeeping for novice beekeepers as well as a comprehensive refresher for experienced apiculturists.
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Dairy goats: A basic introduction of what you need to know

Jun 3rd, 2017
Dairy goats: A basic introduction of what you need to know

by Corina Sahlin I’m a sucker for baby goats.  There’s nothing cuter than a couple of caprine kids headbutting each other, twisting and turning as they jump high into the air, and egging each other on to cause mischief. In 15 years of raising goats, I have attended every single birth of all my goats.
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Hatching eggs: How to use an incubator

Mar 2nd, 2017
Hatching eggs: How to use an incubator

by Corina Sahlin Spring is chick time! Whether you keep chickens for egg production or meat, they all start from eggs and hatch into fluffy chicks. For years, we have mail-ordered day-old chicks from hatcheries, but for the past couple of years we have hatched eggs in a little incubator, and our kids love observing
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How to make your own liquid laundry detergent

Feb 1st, 2017
How to make your own liquid laundry detergent

by Corina Sahlin If you are aiming for a more natural, self-sufficient life, want to save money, and be in charge of your own health, it’s time to start making your own laundry detergent. It’s so easy! And fast! Most store-bought laundry detergent is full of weird ingredients, some of them known cancer causing agents,
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Wild About Plants: Hawthorn

Oct 2nd, 2016
Wild About Plants: Hawthorn

by Suzanne Jordan Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) is the “hope and faith that everything will be ok” plant. A tall shrub in the rose family, hawthorn grows in open meadows, on roadsides, along streams and forest edges at low to mid elevations. In my area, the conservation district people planted scores of hawthorn trees in wet
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Plant medicine made easy: Learn about tinctures, elixers and more

Aug 3rd, 2016
Plant medicine made easy: Learn about tinctures, elixers and more

by Suzanne Jordan While you can find as many ways to make herbal medicine as there are blogs on the internet, the following is a short medicine making tutorial based on my more than 30 years of making herbal remedies. It’s important to know how to make the basics and to have many options to
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Wild About Plants: Eliminating mites, parasites in your flock

Jun 1st, 2016
Wild About Plants: Eliminating mites, parasites in your flock

by Suzanne Jordan Mite infestations in chickens, turkeys, and game birds can run from a nuisance to a health hazard to death, depending on the severity of the infestation. While mites can accumulate due to poor coop and pen management, even the most fastidious poultry keeper may find mites in the hen house. Mites can
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