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Barbara Jean Hicks: Veggie-inspired stories for kids

May 2nd, 2018
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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Whatcom County Youth Fair spans three decades of learning

Apr 2nd, 2018
Whatcom County Youth Fair spans three decades of learning

4-H Super Saturday in Skagit County coming up April 21  An experience that lasts a lifetime. For years, local kids have gained experience and discovered skills through the Whatcom County Youth Fair, a beloved 2-day learning fair open to all ages 6-18. Now in its 30th year, the Fair will be held Friday and Saturday,
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Atwood Ales: On-farm brewery celebrates the land

Apr 1st, 2018
Atwood Ales: On-farm brewery celebrates the land

Hops, rhubarb, and more grown on site by Mary Vermillion In a 100-year-old barn on their 5-acre farm near the Canadian border in Blaine, the Smith family is crafting French and Belgian-style farmhouse ales with raw ingredients they harvest from the fields that surround them. Their Old-World style stands apart in the IPA-centric beer scene
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Busy beekeeper: Michael Jaross shares experiences, healthy hive tips

Mar 4th, 2018
Busy beekeeper: Michael Jaross shares experiences, healthy hive tips

by Mary Vermillion Michael Jaross loves bees with all the charming earnestness the statement implies. His love affair with the industrious insects began when he was a teenager, yet he didn’t get his first beehives until he was in his 50s. That’s a long time to carry a torch, and Jaross is making up for
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Lessons from the family farm inspire Aaron Furrer in New Zealand

Mar 3rd, 2018
Lessons from the family farm inspire Aaron Furrer in New Zealand

Life in the Sky Valley leads to career abroad by Chelsi Riordan  At the first sign of light, Aaron Furrer and his family hustled to complete morning chores. The sun rose as the dew began to burn off the grass on their picturesque farm nestled at the foot of the Cascade Mountains along Highway 2.
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Seed Swaps: Where to go this month

Feb 2nd, 2018
Seed Swaps: Where to go this month

Local seed swaps are starting! Following are what is scheduled this month. TF&F 3rd Annual Seed Swap: Sunday, Feb. 4 from 1-3 p.m. at the Anacortes Senior Activity Center.  Everyone is welcome to receive free seeds, bring seeds, or share seeds. Information tables on pollination and alternatives to pesticides will be available, as well as
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Carne: New location, spirit for local butcher shop

Dec 8th, 2017
Carne: New location, spirit for local butcher shop

by Brent Cole Four years after bringing a butcher shop to Bellingham, Carne has gone through its fair share of changes, now operating at a new location under one owner. Focused on serving Northwest meats and products, Carne started looking for a new home in 2015 when owner Shaun Almassy and former business partner Chad
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Winter conferences offer resources, connections

Dec 4th, 2017
Winter conferences offer resources, connections

Winter conferences have been scheduled, offering a chance for the public to learn skills and resources, and connect with community. The 2018 Cattlemen’s Winterschool and Country Living Expo is coming up Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at Stanwood High School. Participants will have 180 classes to choose from focused on skills and practical living, all taught
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The gift of time: Supporting local organizations this season, and throughout the year

Dec 3rd, 2017
The gift of time: Supporting local organizations this season, and throughout the year

by Grow Northwest We can’t do everything, but we can all do a little something. As we look to the holiday season and 2018, consider gifting some time to a local organization. There are hundreds of groups working throughout our northwest corner to help, strengthen and serve the community. Here are a few to consider
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Holiday heart: Locals show creativity, crafts

Nov 3rd, 2017
Holiday heart: Locals show creativity, crafts

Tis the season to start crafting and visiting holiday markets. Following are a few favorites this month! The Holiday Port Gingerbread House Contest: Many make a tradition out of entering the annual gingerbread contest at the Port of Bellingham’s Holiday Festival, and ribbons are awarded for 1st – 3rd place in each of the contest
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