Latah squash recipes
Latah squash is a Kirkland family treasure. The heirloom variety has been passed down for several generations.
Now, thanks to the efforts of Brad Jaeckel, manager of Eggert Family Organic Farm at Washington State University Pullman, seeds of the beloved cucurbit are available to gardening enthusiasts and farmers through a regional cooperative. Or, if you’re lucky enough to live on or near the Palouse, buy the whole fruit in person at Eggert Family Organic Farm or Affinity Farm in Moscow, Idaho, which also cultivates the rich, dense squash with bright orange as well as its seeds.
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Keeping it green
A burning issue
Video: Slow Burn
A silent slow burn consumes thousands of acres of Washington State every year and the tribal lands are no exception to this burn. This burn isn’t caused by a wildfire and doesn’t produce any visible smoke. It’s the encroachment of invasive species as they slowly consume native and beneficial vegetation.
Tribes in the Pacific Northwest rely heavily upon natural resources for income generation and sustaining a way of life. There are significant wildlife, agriculture, and rangeland impacts to the Tribal lands.
(The video below was produced by Nathan Moses-Gonzales, M3 Consulting Group.)
Read about Native prescribed fire practices.
Tips on keeping animals safe during wildfires
Wildfires affect many aspects of a community beyond the charred and devastated landscape. During a major blaze, residents must deal with smoke, fire retardants, evacuations, power outages, disrupted supply chains, and more.
Often forgotten in the equation are the damaging effects wildfire has on domestic animals. Smoke-induced respiratory problems, exposure to firefighting chemicals, and injuries from running through barbed-wire fences are common.
Linda McLean, WSU Extension director for the Colville Reservation helps residents prepare for wildfire season through public workshops and a variety of fire-related resources. She urges all pet and livestock owners to create an emergency evacuation plan for the safe transportation and shelter … » More …
Put sweet and succulent Pacific Northwest strawberries—especially Washington State University-developed varieties—on your table this summer.
Here are some ways to use them from Jamie Callison, executive chef at WSU’s School of Hospitality Business Management at Carson College of Business, and Linda Burner Augustine (’83 Home Econ., Honors), author of the A Year at the Table food blog. Both also authored 2013’s The Crimson Spoon cookbook from WSU Press.
From Jamie Callison
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In the strawberry fields of Skagit Valley…
Photos by Ingrid Barrentine
Read “The best berries“