It's February, the time of the year when the abundant fall harvest has either been eaten or lost to rot. For a local food eater, the months of late winter and early spring are the most challenging. But here at my household at Riverhaven Farm, the residents are fat and happy. Our pantry is stuffed with amazing homegrown, foraged, and locally-raised ingredients. From the organic pastured pork and wild-caught salmon in the freezer to the overloaded shelves of canned foods, to the sauerkraut and root-cellared apples, potatoes, and squash, to the winter greens that survived the January blast of cold, we are smiling. The many jars of beans and grains are certainly a welcome contribution to our winter food supply as well.
I'm busy preparing for the many workshops and presentations I have scheduled for the winter and spring. I am speaking six times on the subject of growing beans and grains. I am also co-teaching a homesteading series that will cover a broad range of topics. The schedule of talks are as follows:
GROW YOUR OWN DRY BEANS AND GRAINS
COMMUNITY EDUCATION WORKSHOPS
*February 7– Bellingham Gluten Intolerance Group support mtg - 7pm
*February 13 – Everson Garden Club meeting (WECU Everson) – 7pm
March 7 – Community Food Co-op Class (Cordata Store) – 6:30pm ($10)March 17 – Deming Library (Local Food Works series) – 10am
*April 9 – Lummi Island Gardener’s Network (Lummi Island)– 6:30pm
April 21 – Cloud Mountain Farm (Everson) – 1:30-3pm
*Non-members please call firstSPRING HOMESTEADING SERIES Location: Riverhaven Farm (Lynden)Sundays from 2-4pm; April 15, 29; May 6, 20; June 3
$85 for the series + $15 registration feeRegister through Whatcom Folk School
Krista is a life-long resident of Whatcom County, Washington State. She has been gardening and farming in the area for over 15 years.