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Published: Friday, January 27, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Stanwood expo offers classes in country living

  • People participating in the Country Living Expo Saturday at Stanwood High School can learn how to can fruit and vegetables.

    Photo courtesy WSU Extension

    People participating in the Country Living Expo Saturday at Stanwood High School can learn how to can fruit and vegetables.

STANWOOD -- It's not too late to register for Saturday's Country Living Expo and Cattlemen's Winter School. In fact, people can show up at the door and take part in a full day of education.
Stanwood High School FFA students are the hosts of this year's expo, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the high school, 7400 272nd St. NW. The educational event is presented by Washington State University Extension office, WSU Livestock Master Foundation and the Cattlemen's Association.
According to program coordinator Joan DeVries, the expo is a festival of agriculture information not just for farmers and ranchers, but also for gardeners, foodies, locavores and fans of urban homesteading.
"We want to impact lives and offer a wonderful day of learning," DeVries said.
Cost is $60, or $10 for middle school and high school students. Admission includes five classes, breakfast, lunch and a trade show.
DeVries advises those who have not registered to show up at the Stanwood gym by 8 a.m. to get their classes and a breakfast made by Stanwood home economics students. Lunch on Saturday includes smoked prime rib.
Among the 175 classes offered are beekeeping, fruit tree maintenance, home cheese making, processing poultry, beginner's guide to goats, raising meat rabbits, smoking fish and preserving tomatoes for salsa.
For more information and to register, go to skagit.wsu.edu/CountryLivingExpo/.
Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.
Story tags » StanwoodAgriculture & FishingStanwood High School

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