FOOD AND FARMING BUSINESS CONFERENCE: The NW Washington Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Bellingham Technical College.

The event brings together 180-plus farmers, fishermen, food artisans, restaurants, grocers, and others interested in sourcing local ingredients or selling local food.

Cost: $45 for Sustainable Connections members, $55 for nonmembers. General admission: $60 for Sustainable Connections members, $70 for nonmembers.

POLLINATORS AND HOW WE CAN SUPPORT THEM: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 N. East Camano Drive, Camano Island. Dr. Jennifer Short, a veterinarian, will discuss the current challenges for bees, forage support, and toxin control. Free.


GROW YOUR GROCERIES: Join a 12-part series on all aspects of home gardening for food production at WSU Skagit County Extension, 11768 Westar Lane, Burlington. Classes are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through April 30. $15 per class.

AT CHRISTIANSON’S: Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon, hosts numerous activities. RSVP: 360-466-3821, 800-585-8200 or at the nursery.

n Pruning Fruit Trees: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. $8.

n Bonsai — Extraordinary Rituals: 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. $8.

n Growing Giant Vegetables: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. $8.

n Pruning for Aesthetics: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9. $8.

n Growing Great Roses: 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9. $8.

n Designing a Four-Season Hummingbird Garden: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16. $8.

n Starting, Planting and Staking Dahlias Made Easy: 1 a.m. Saturday, March 23. $8.

n Perfect Peonies: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30. $8.

— Submit home and garden information in the Events Calendar at or to or call 360-416-2155.

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