Sustainable Community Builds Kitchen Bus

By Kyle Spurr / For The Chronicle On six acres north of Centralia, a 10-person community tends to their gardens, cleans their living areas and works to live a more sustainable lifestyle. “If we all work together, we all don’t have to work as hard,” Coffee Creek Community and Gardens resident and property owner Mokey Skinner said. “It’s like a little bees’ nest. There are things happening all around and everyone is doing something.” The Coffee Creek Community’s latest project

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Birds of a Feather Make Delightful Pets and Provide Food

By Victoria Stewart / For The Chronicle Chickens continue to grow in popularity both for small farms to provide fresh meat and eggs, and as backyard pets for children and adults. “They are small enough they are easy to keep in the backyard, and they have interesting personalities just like dogs or cats,” said Pam Watson, of WSU Extension service, who shared her poultry expertise recently during a winter farm event at Centralia College. “Anybody young or old finds chickens easy

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Onalaska Farmer: From Garden to Market

By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle Yet another spring has proved challenging for local gardeners in Lewis County, but Onalaska farmer Linda Clark, a retired United States Army Master Sergeant, remains undaunted. “It’s definitely a challenge to get in an early garden in Lewis County,” said Clark. Especially at her place. “When you see snow up on the hills above Onalaska, and you notice the first snows or the last snows of the season,” Clark said, “that’s where I am,

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Chehalis Businessman Passes Company Down to His Son

By Amy Nile / For The Chronicle An 85-year-old Chehalis company that produces goat’s milk nutritional supplements has a new president and CEO. Frank Stout recently passed down the reins of Mt. Capra Products to his son, Joseph Stout. Joseph, 28, was teaching nutrition in Spokane but is relocating to Chehalis to take over the company. His father will attend Bastyr University in Seattle to study for a doctorate in naturopathic medicine to further the company’s mission. The company started

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Tenino Takes the Lead in Composting

By Bianca Fortis / For The Chronicle TENINO – Katie Snyder and Chloe Regan didn’t actually expect President Barack Obama to write back to them. But he did. “I was kind of surprised he wrote back since he’s so busy,” Regan, 9, said. “But I was really happy that he did.” In October, the two fourth graders wrote a letter to the president telling him about Food to Flowers, a food composting program used in schools throughout Thurston County. Snyder,

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‘Mormon Funeral Potatoes’: Versatile, Comforting and Delicious

By Victoria Stewart / For The Chronicle Yep, you read it right: “Mormon funeral potatoes” are a popular dish, served originally by the Latter-day Saints Relief Societies in Utah to grieving families after a loved one’s funeral. Now, this dish that was born among the families of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made its way on to tables everywhere. This tasty comfort food is so versatile, the meal can be enjoyed anywhere and anytime – for breakfast,

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Farmers Markets: Food For the Body, Grown in Your Neighborhood

By The Chronicle It’s spring and time to get outside, get some fresh air and take advantage of the longer days. It’s also a good time to start thinking about where your fresh vegetables come from. Consumers who don’t grow their own vegetables have three basic shopping choices: a chain supermarket, purchasing a share in a community-supported agriculture program, or a local farmers market. Which to choose? More and more people are choosing the latter. Farmers markets all are about

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Grow Your Garden in a Bale

By Sara Welsh / For The Chronicle Are you renting or can’t imagine digging in the rocks that you call the soil in your yard? “Straw-bale gardening uses the sun and water to create compost inside the bales which continue to absorb the heat and the water to grow the garden of your choice,” said Brown, 57, of Toledo. “It’s easy to be as creative as you want to be.” Straw-bale gardening is a form of gardening using dried hay or

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Eat Local, Eat Well

By Sara Welsh / For The Chronicle ROCHESTER – When two women met more than 20 years ago and decided to start a farm and sell their produce through a program called community-supported agriculture, they could not have imagined how that farm and they themselves would grow. “When we first started nobody had really heard of community-supported agriculture – we barely knew what it was all about ourselves,” said Anna Salafsky, co-owner of Helsing Junction farm about two miles southwest of

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