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Posted March 27th, 2017

  In recent years, concerns have been mounting over the environmental impacts of the decline in pollinators. This concern has given rise to a focused conservation of people who want to take an active role in protecting, enhancing, and fostering agricultural pollination through beekeeping. Mason Bees, also known as Orchard or Blue Orchard Bees, are… Read More »

Posted March 24th, 2017

“Fire took down an iconic Coupeville barn on March 7, turning the historic structure into a twisted heap of metal and charred Timber.  Within 20 minutes the entire structure collapsed.  The Smith barn was an integral part of Willowood Farm.  It has been in the family for more than a century and was one of… Read More »

Posted March 22nd, 2017

Bees are often one of the most underappreciated insects on our planet and yet they are some of the hardest working. Their laborious efforts play an important role in the production of many of the foods we consume from vegetables to fruits, and often impacting the food eaten by other animals. Not only must be… Read More »

Posted December 20th, 2016

Just as we prepare our homes for the winter, we must also prepare our honey bees.  To successfully keep honey bees alive, you must remember the three M’s; Mites, Moisture and a Meal. Mites – If you have honey bees, you are also growing various mites.  Varroa Mites live and reproduce with our bees and… Read More »

Posted December 20th, 2016

Cozy Cattle by Skagit Farmers Supply Rural Living Consultant Bailie Welton Winter is the time of year where we love to bundle up, sit by the fire, and enjoy a warm beverage. We know to add a heat lamp to our chicken coops, throw a blanket over our horse, have even invested in a warming… Read More »

Posted September 10th, 2014

Although summer is coming to an end, there is still work to be done in the garden. A few hours spent planting bulbs this fall will ensure brilliant display of flowers come spring. The best time to plant fall bulbs is after the first few frosts of the season and at least six weeks before… Read More »

Posted August 29th, 2014

Pets are more popular than ever. The Human Society of the United States estimates that approximately 62 percent of all US households include at least one pet. With the popularity of pets at an all time high, it is important for potential pet owners to take care in choosing the right one. Choosing the right… Read More »

Posted August 12th, 2014

As summer turns the corner toward fall, it is time to start considering how to preserve this year’s harvest. Canning is a popular way to preserve everything from berries and jams to vegetables and meats. Canning preserves food that would otherwise spoil on the shelf. While canning may seem intimidating for a first timer, a… Read More »

Posted August 4th, 2014

Starting a compost pile at home may sound intimidating. In reality, starting a compost pile is not only easy; it’s beneficial to you and the environment. Still not convinced? Here are a few big benefits of composting: • Compost is compatible with organic gardening. This is especially important if are growing crops for food, or… Read More »

Posted July 8th, 2014

Summer is in full swing and the thermometer is rising. When things heat up, nothing feels better than a cool dip in an icy river or the refreshing chill of homemade ice cream. Unfortunately, cooling off in the summer heat isn’t as easy for animals. Every summer animals die from preventable heat stroke. Here are… Read More »