(Compiled by Shannon Maris/Garden E-News and Jeffrey Westcott)

June 17 Roving Garden Party – Marine Drive
Where
: 3960 Hoff Road, Bellingham 98225 (Head north on Holly, this will turn into Eldridge.  Continue northwest on Eldridge, this will turn into Marine Drive, pass Alderwood on the right. Continue west on Marine Drive for 1.7 miles.  Turn right onto Hoff Road.  Take the 1st driveway on the right.  Large parking area there.
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/Jm4yi
Requested Items to Bring: Gloves, shovel, rake, a few hand pruners & loppers and an extra wheelbarrow would be awesome.
Tasks
: Build a narrow raised bed around a long trellis (66′ long!), sheet mulch and add soil. Also pruning of the narrow green belt that planted on the perimeter. Planting of some perennials in pots.
Meal
: Vegan/gluten-free meal of: hijiki/carrot/cabbage salad, beet salad, curried mixed grain/lentil salad & sun-tea. Please bring your own bowls, plates & silverware
Host
: Sandie Ledray, 318-6268, sandieledray@comcast.net

June 24th Roving Garden Party – Birchwood
Hosts: Doug Allen and Rae Edwards (Parks Volunteer Coordinator)
Location: Mcleod & W. Maplewood open space (however see below for where to meet)
Date and Time: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 6pm
Food: Since this is a vacant lot it is a pot luck. Please bring utensils, dishes and drink for yourself and a dish to share.
And here is a Roving Garden Party in The Wood Hood: Join other Birchwood Neighbors in efforts to improve access to the City owned green space at southwest corner of McLeod and West Maplewood. Meet at the Cherrywood entrance at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, June 24th. Work will go until 8:00 pm. Wear long pants and, preferably, long sleeves, and leather or other heavy duty gloves. Ray (Parks Volunteer Coordinator) may bring gloves, but I would bring back-up. A hat is a good idea as well. Show our support for making the park something we can all use. Lots of volunteers makes for quick work and great community connections. Hope to see you there!

And here are some other upcoming events …

Community Food Co-op – The Northwest Farm Bill Action Group
Tuesday, June 17th, 6:30-8pm, Downtown Co-op Connection Building, N. Forest Street, B’ham
The Northwest Farm Bill Action Group presents this introductory workshop on the largest piece of US food and farm policy. We’ll cover, the history of the Farm Bill and industrial agriculture, etc. Organized by Kevin Murphy.

Sacred Space Sound & Meditation Circle
Thursday, June 19th, 7:30-9pm. location: see below
Come out and honor your spirit in a sound circle with intent to go deeply into the experience of authentic being. We will take time to create sacred intentions, breathe deeply, and just BE in a meditative state. Location: Please email your intent to attend and the residential location will be emailed to you: soundingsanctuary@gmail.com. Fee: By donation.

Imagine This! Home and Landscape Tour
Saturday, June 21st, 10am through Sunday, June 22nd, 4pm, Various Locations
Whatcom County Do-it-yourselfers will delight in a weekend of exploring innovative, eco-friendly homes during Sustainable Connections’ 12th annual Imagine This! Home and Landscape Tour. 

Plan Your Winter Vegetable Garden, Now!
Saturday, June 21st, 10:30am-Noon, Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Rd, Everson
At the peak of summer is the best time to plan and plant a winter garden. Here in the Northwest, it’s possible to grow and harvest vegetables almost year round. We’ll discuss the types of plants you can grow, special fertility and soil requirements for winter gardening, and the use of cloches and frost blankets to extend the harvest. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside.

York Community Farm Second Annual Solstice Celebration
Saturday, June 21st, 1-6pm, York Farm, 1474 James Street, York Neighborhood
York Community Farm will host its second annual Solstice Celebration with an afternoon of live local music, a b-b-q (with Boundary Bay beer and hot dogs and our specialty- carrot dogs! Yum! Not to be missed!), and tours of our organic urban farm on Saturday, June 21st from 1pm to 6pm. Come learn about our rain water harvesting system, our Hugel kultur project, and our plans for a permaculture forest in our orchard! Then sip an icy beer while you enjoy music by The Catkins, Steven Ray Leslie, Matney Cook, and others! Watch the mystery and excitement of the Portico Belly Dance Troop and snack on our famed carrot dogs. Families welcome! Come celebrate our neighborhood farm!

Fourth Corner Exchange New Member Meeting
Sunday, June 22nd, 4-5pm, Food Coop Connections Building, 1220 N Forest St
Fourth Corner Exchange is one of the most successful alternative currency experiments ever to have been conducted, and it’s right here in Bellingham. Take this opportunity to find out how members use Life Dollars to exchange goods and services with one another within a cooperative economy. Learn how the cooperative economy works and have the opportunity to have your questions answered. Come and join others in creating the New Cooperative Economy in the Pacific Northwest (including Canada).

And here are some other tidbits of information…

B.C. Fishing Industry Changing for the Better
Scott Wallace, senior research scientist at the David Suzuki Foundation, says there’s been a radical shift for the better in the last five to 10 years on B.C.’s West Coast fisheries and in some world pockets. B.C., he says, is a world leader in fisheries monitoring.

A Custom Seed Blend for Pacific Northwest Pollinators
Mt. Baker Beekeepers Association Presents: “Pacific NW Honey Bee Pasture Blend,” a custom seed blend for Pacific Northwest pollinator insects which, of course, includes our favorite pollinators – honeybees! 1 oz. Packet: $3 covers 100 sq. ft 1 lb. Bag: $15 covers 1,000 sq. ft. Excellent prices on larger quantities up to 50 lb. bags, please inquire at beebits@mtbakerbeekeepers.org or 676-9214. The specific contents of this honey bee pasture blend are:
40% Alsike Clover (Trifolium hybridum)
20% White Dutch Clover (Trifolium repens)
20% Yellow Sweet Clover (Melilotus officinalis)
10% Sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia)
Historically an important fodder crop for draft horses and a rich source of nectar for honeybees
5% Lacy Phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia)
5% Bluebells (Phacelia campanularia)”

Food Cures You Can Grow at Home
The garden was our first medicine cabinet, and it’s time we relearn the immense healing potential we have at our fingertips. Lavender and thyme both have powerful antiseptic properties, making them an easy remedy to have on hand. The humble little herb lemon balm is one of the best-smelling insect repellents you’ll find, and common garden sage is an excellent remedy for sore throats at any time of the year. So instead of running to the pharmacy, look to Mother Nature’s remedies to make you feel better.

Recipe: Dilled Zucchini Relish
Use up that never-ending supply of zucchini in the middle of summer! This recipe makes use of zucchini and other flavorful additions to create a tasty topping much like cucumber pickle relish for your favorite grilled meats and salads.

Ingredients:
* 3 medium zucchini, grated
* 1 medium onion, finely diced
* 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
* Handful of fresh dill, minced
* ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
* ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
* 2 tablespoons sea salt
* Oak, grape, or mesquite leaves (optional)

Instructions::
1). Combine all ingredients through sea salt in a medium bowl and gently pound with a Cabbage Crusher or other pounding tool for a few minutes, until a brine begins to form
2). Transfer all ingredients to a quart jar and press down until brine covers vegetables. Leave 1½ inches of headspace at the top of the jar.
3). Place leaves on top of vegetables followed by a weight to keep the vegetables submerged.
4). Place a lid on the jar and ferment 3 to 10 days at room temperature. If not using an airlock, “burp” jar every day for the first few days to allow gases to escape.
5). Transfer to cold storage once it is tangy and bubbly

(Compiled by Jeffrey Westcott)


Although the Tuesday evening Roving Garden Party program will end in June, gardeners are welcome to host their own Garden Parties throughout the summer!  Set a date, invite your friends, post on your social networks and let us know at Sustainable Bellingham.  We would be happy to post your Garden Party in our newsletter!  If so, please email me.  If you are interested in being a host for a Roving Garden Party next spring please email Jean at rgp@sustainablebellingham.org.It’s never too early to plan.

And I’d like to take a moment to thank Jean Kroll for all of her help on organizing the RGPs this year. Without her, they would not have been possible.

But here are the remaining Roving Garden Parties for 2014:


June 10 Roving Garden Party – Happy Valley
Where: 2408 Mill Ave, Happy Valley. Third house east of 24th.  Park in front of the bamboo hedge or across the street.
Map
: https://goo.gl/maps/FFbqz
When: Tuesday, 6/10, 6:00-9:00pm.
Requested Items to Bring: Gloves, weeding tools, shovels and picks for ditch digging.
Tasks: We will dig a short drainage ditch and build a trellis for hops.  We will murder as many buttercup as we can find.Food: Paleo, gluten free, dairy free.  Soup made with chicken and turkey sausage. Baked salmon. Vegan pizza.
Hosts
: Keith Fredrikson and Laya Shriaberg. Keith is an activist currently gathering signatures for the Move to Amend Initiative 1329.  Laya is a massage therapist with a practice in our home.  Spiral Suns – Body Centered Healing (http://www.spiralsuns.com)

June 17 Roving Garden Party – Marine Drive

Where: 3960 Hoff Road, Bellingham 98225 (Head north on Holly, this will turn into Eldridge.  Continue northwest on Eldridge, this will turn into Marine Drive, pass Alderwood on the right. Continue west on Marine Drive for 1.7 miles.  Turn right onto Hoff Road.  Take the 1st driveway on the right.  Large parking area there.
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/Jm4yi
Requested Items to Bring: Gloves, shovel, rake, a few hand pruners & loppers and an extra wheelbarrow would be awesome.

Tasks: Build a narrow raised bed around a long trellis (66′ long!), sheet mulch and add soil. Also pruning of the narrow green belt that planted on the perimeter. Planting of some perennials in pots.
Meal
: Vegan/gluten-free meal of: hijiki/carrot/cabbage salad, beet salad, curried mixed grain/lentil salad & sun-tea. Please bring your own bowls, plates & silverware

Host
: Sandie Ledray, 318-6268, sandieledray@comcast.net

June 24 Roving Garden Party – Lake Whatcom

Where: 915 Shenandoah Ct, Sedro Woolley, WA  98284
Parking is off of Renee Dr in the gravel parking area or on Shenandoah Ct..
If parking on Shenandoah Ct…PLEASE park as close to fence as possible

Map: http://goo.gl/maps/jr9BS
Requested Items to Bring
: Please bring gloves & weeding tools & knee pads if you want them.

Tasks
: It’s gonna be a bindweed/morning glory weeding party in an area where some trees were taken down to let in more light for the fruit trees.  There’s lot’s of bindweed/morning glory that needs to be weeded out of the recently moved soil.  After that’s done, the area will be covered in black plastic for a season or two to kill out more  bindweed for the next planting party. There’s more weeding, cedar chip mulching pathways, maybe compost turning & other various tasks.

Meal
: A yummy gluten free meal for everyone!!!  Don’t know what it’ll be yet, however you won’t be disappointed.  For sure I know there will be a gluten free fruit crisp for dessert.

Host
: Suki Aufhauser 820-1833

And here is another upcoming series of events…

Sound & Soul Community Drum/Sound Circles
Fridays: June 13 & 27; July 11 & 25, 2014, Food Co-op Connections Building, 1220 N. Forest St. B’ham.

** 12 noon-1pm – Relax Drum Circle – drop in
Just Be You. Come out and relax on a Friday at noon. Let go of tension you don’t need, and absorb some great energy to go into the weekend. Bring your lunch if that works best for your schedule.  Fee: By donation. Parking: Please do not park in the Food Co-op Lot, use street or other parking.

** 1:30-2:30pm – Gentle Baby Sounds – drop in
What happens when we gather to create sweet and gentle sounds with instruments and voice? Will the babies like it? Let’s let them be our teachers as we create a beautiful circle in honor of new life and family life. New babes, their parent or caregiver, other young children who can enjoy the group, and gentle sounders are all welcome.

For both, fee is by donation. Parking: Please do not park in the Food Co-op Lot – use street or other parking.

To add your event to our calendar, click here.

Here are some other interesting tidbits of information…

New Processing Center Brings More Local Produce to Whatcom County Schools
The Bellingham School District has gotten some local produce in the past – apples from Bellewood Acres are always popular – but getting vegetables had been challenging in the volume needed to provide the district’s 5,000 lunches per day, food services director Mark Dalton said. Not anymore. Cloud Mountain Farm Center in Everson recently completed a new processing center, which will provide prepared local produce for the Bellingham and Nooksack Valley school districts and Western Washington University starting this fall.

New Silent Wind Turbine Could Generate Half of a Home’s Electric Needs
A Dutch company cased The Archimedes has developed a small, highly efficient, and silent rooftop wind energy generator called the Liam1, which it claims could generate half the power a typical house would need, and which they say would be ideal for combining with solar rooftop PV panels.

Study: Protected Bike Lanes Really Do Increase Biking
Safety is usually the biggest reason why more people don’t bike. True, biking isn’t all that dangerous compared to being a pedestrian, but it seems much more dangerous — especially to people who haven’t ridden in traffic or been on a bike much since childhood. So there are few protected bike lanes in Bellingham (not counting the trails), but at least we see the addition of new bike lanes all over town.

9 Epiphanies You May Never Have Thought About.
David Cain from Raptitude shared some insights that made significant improvements in his life. Maybe you’ve had some of these insights before. Or maybe you’re about to…

Top 10 Ways to Cook Beets
Beets are an extremely nutritious food source for your family. They also happen to be really tasty and delicious. Beets are packed with vitamins and minerals: vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C, choline, folic acid, iodine, manganese, organic sodium, potassium, iron, calcium, copper and phosphorus.

Recipe: Beet Smoothies
Yield: Serves 4
Ingredients:
* 10 oz milk
* 10 oz fresh squeezed orange juice

* 1 cup peeled and shredded raw beets
* 1 fresh mango, cut into chunks

* 1 cup frozen raspberries

* 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks

* 1 cup fresh sliced strawberries

* 2 frozen bananas

* 1 avocado

* 2 tsp vanilla

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth and serve.

(Compiled by Jeffrey Westcott) 

It is heartening to see so many bikes on the streets and paths of Bellingham. We are blessed to have the terrain and resources to make bicycling a viable, healthy and inexpensive way to get around our town. Bike cautiously and courteously. If you ride your bike in Bellingham, you and your actions on two wheels reflect upon our cycling community. Stay safe and happy on two wheels (see article below).

This Tuesday’s Roving Garden Party takes us to Hoag’s Pond to help out Dana Lyons at his place. We are in the final stretch of RGPs and it has been a wonderful spring. Many thanks to those of you that participated in and hosted these.

Roving Garden Party in South Neighborhood
Where: 2520 Broad Street (by Hoag’s Pond)
Map: http://tinyurl.com/n47fvw2
When: Tuesday, June 3rd, 6-9pm
Requested Items to Bring: Gloves, shovels, weeding tools, pruning shears
Tasks: turning soil, flipping compost, moving compost to garden beds, weeding, planting
Food: Vegan stir fry, salmon barbeque, rice, salad
Hosts: Dana Lyons is a musician who tours for numerous environmental issues.  www.cowswithguns.com


And then on June 10th…

Roving Garden Party in Happy Valley
Where: 2408 Mill Ave, Happy Valley. Third house east of 24th.  Park in front of the bamboo hedge or across the street.
Maphttps://goo.gl/maps/FFbqz
When: Tuesday, 6/10, 6:00-9:00pm.
Requested Items to Bring: Gloves, shovels, weeding tools.
Tasks: We will dig a short drainage ditch and build a trellis for hops.  We will murder as many buttercup as we can find.
Food: Paleo, gluten free, dairy free.  Soup made with chicken and turkey sausage. Baked salmon. Vegan pizza.0
Hosts: Keith Fredrikson and Laya Shriaberg.

And here are some other upcoming events …

Primary Practical Permaculture
Sunday, June 1st, 10am4pm, Inspiration Farm, 619 E Laurel Rd, just west of Hannegan
A hands on approach to applying Permaculture principals. Ethics, Zones, Sectors, mapping, compost and guilds. This fun information packed day will provide practical ways to design your environment into an integrated system of abundance and productivity. Using design strategies we will explore ways of stacking elements within a system to be more productive and self-regulating. The morning will be presentations and discussion, the afternoon will be a site tour and hands on session working with guilds, sheet mulch, keyhole beds and integrated composting. Class includes: Presentation-discussion, A tour of Inspiration Farm explaining the systems employed, and hands on activities. If you attend this class and then decide you want to take the whole Permacultue Design Certificate course we are offering in August we will credit this class fee towards the PDC. Cost: $40

Green Schools Summit
Tuesday, June 3rd, 5:30-7pm, Broadway Hall, 1300 Broadway B’ham
What if our children’s classrooms were teaching tools?  What if our school buildings inspired learning, fed creativity and sustained the environment? Join us for an evening of exploring what’s possible. Discover what’s happening regionally for creating the most sustainable schools in the world and the steps being taken right here in Bellingham. Whether you’re a teacher, parent or building industry professional, this event will educate, inspire and give you tools to help support the sustainable schools movement in Whatcom County. Suggested donation is five dollars.

Remembering Gunther: Bellingham Music Photography
Friday, June 6th, 6-10pm (Art Walk), Make.Shift Art Space, 306 Flora St. B’ham
Gunther Jose Frank was a photographer in Bellingham between 1996 and 2009. During those years, he photographed performances by hundreds of musicians and bands. The subjects and settings varied widely, but they all contained a sense of spontaneity, excitement, and raw emotion. This show will feature Gunther’s photographs of live music in Bellingham. This is a chance for people who miss Gunther to remember him together, and a chance for musicians, photographers, and those who didn’t know Gunther to be inspired by his photography. Performance by Phillip Earle

To add your event to our calendar, click 
here.

Here are some other interesting tidbits of information…


Make Garden Faerie Houses, Pixie Towers, and Toad Homes from Reclaimed Materials

Our climate here on the western side of the Cascades offers perfect faerie habitat with our mosses, ferns and temperate rain forests. Now is the time to build and place faerie houses before the fall rains come. Here are some neat ideas, as well as lots of pictures for more ideas here.

How Does Your Garden Grow?
In Whatcom County, there are approximately 50 community food gardens in all corners of our county, from Birch Bay to Kendall. These gardens come in many shapes and sizes and each is as unique as the gardeners who collectively share space, tools, ideas, seeds, starts, water and, of course, fresh grown produce.

What Mode of Transportation Makes You Happiest?
For those of us in the know, this is a no-brainer.

What Mode of Transportation Makes You Least Happy?
Oil and Coal Trains are the scourge of Bellingham. Here is a quick way to identify if those tank cars passing by you at the rail crossing are filled with oil. I try to keep it positive here, but this piqued my interest a few months ago and I found the link today. 

2014 Best Planting Dates
This nifty all-seasons gardening calendar stretches from spring through fall planting. It tells you when to sow indoors, plant in the ground and when to harvest.

Recipe: Beetroot & Feta Burger
This burger is something a little different to show how versatile a burger can be. Balancing out the earthy flavors with something a bit sweeter (feta) with a twist, so chickpeas are used instead of my usual beans and some curry paste added. Makes 4 burgers:

Ingredients:

* 150g (1/3 lb) Chickpeas
* 145g Beetroot (120g or 1/4 lb when peeled)
* 80g (3 oz) Breadcrumbs
* 1 Egg
* 1/2 Red Onion finely chopped
* 1 tablespoon Curry Paste (I used Rogan Josh paste)
65g (2 ½ oz) Feta Cheese

Directions:
Mash the chickpeas in a bowl until broken down but don’t mash them until smooth! Grate the beetroot into the bowl (this is a messy part as fingers and worktops begin to turn pink!) and add the finely sliced red onion, the breadcrumbs, the egg and the curry paste. Stir all these ingredients together to combine.

Crumble the feta into the bowl in quite large chunks and gently fold the cheese into the mixture. 
Mold the mixture into 4 patties and then put them on a plate in the fridge for at least 20-30 minutes. This will firm them up before cooking.


In a pan heat some oil (use spray oil if being healthy) and then fry the burgers for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Serve with a burger bun and salad…and even some chips yum!

(Compiled by Jeffrey Westcott)

First off, if you have an event that you would like added to our newsletter, please add it here. It will take a few hours to be approved and will appear on our calendar and newsletter.

May is on the wane and we are in the final stretch of Roving Garden Parties for 2014. Consider coming out to lend a hand and meet your neighbors.

And stay tuned for the Yoga-In-The-Parks for the summer months. They will be held in July and August. Practice yoga for an hour, and eat some yummy food afterwards. Right now it looks like they will be held at Boulevard Park every week.

This Week: Roving Garden Party in Laurel
Tuesday, May 27th, 6-9pm, 1092 Laurel Road (directions below)
Bring: Shovels, rakes, a post hole digger, any good de-sodding tools, gloves, hand pruners, and buckets.  There are some shovels, rakes, pruners, gloves and other tools available.
Tasks: We will be planting a vegetable garden, removing sod, fertilizing, putting up deer protection and plant supports, burying soaker hoses and planting some seeds and a few plants. If anyone has any plants to contribute they would be appreciated, I’m also looking for some fruit tree seedlings, maybe a plum, apple, cherry. Call and let us know what you may have or just bring it.
Food:  Vegetarian lentil soup, lentil soup with grass fed beef, Non GMO/gluten free cornbread, salad, and ice tea and water. There will be a campfire afterwards for socializing and somores.
Host: Leslie Grace, 360-223-1624
Where:  1092 Laurel Road
Directions: From Bellingham near Bellis Fair take the Guide Meridian north past the stop lights at Smith Rd, go past the Axton, the next road is the Laurel, take a right, go about 2.5 miles go across at the Hannegan Rd, *drive .6 miles to a small white house on the left with trees in front.  The mailbox reads 1087.  Pull into the driveway past the house and park, if that’s full just park in the driveway.

And on June 3rd: Roving Garden Party in South Neighborhood
Where: 2520 Broad Street (by Hoag’s Pond).
When: Tuesday, 6/3, 6:00-9:00pm.
Requested Items to Bring: Gloves, shovels, weeding tools, pruning shears
Tasks: turning soil, flipping compost, moving compost to garden beds, weeding, planting
Food: Vegan stir fry, salmon barbeque, rice, salad
Hosts: Dana Lyons is a musician who tours for numerous environmental issues.  www.cowswithguns.com

And here are some other upcoming events …

Fourth Corner Exchange New Member Meeting
Sunday, May 25th, 4-5pm, Food Coop Connections Building, N. Forest Street, B’ham
Fourth Corner Exchange is one of the most successful alternative currency experiments ever to have been conducted, and it’s right here in Bellingham WA. Our members have exchanged over $1.4 million dollars worth of goods and services over the last ten years, completely outside the traditional money system. Take this opportunity to find out how our members use Life Dollars to exchange goods and services with one another within a cooperative economy. You will learn how our cooperative economy works and have the opportunity to have your questions answered.

Downtown Plants
Thursday, May 29th, 6pm-dusk, Maritime Heritage Park, Downtown B’ham
Enjoy an evening walk investigating native plants in the urban environment. We will follow the Native Plant Teaching Trail in Maritime Heritage Park along Whatcom Creek and learn about the plants, their names, and uses in native Salish tradition. The walk will be led by anthropologist Allan Richardson, co-author of Nooksack Place Names. Meet at the Environmental Learning Center on West Holly Street at Maritime Heritage Park in downtown Bellingham.

Charitable Feast: Benefit Dinner for Growing Veterans
Saturday, May 31, 5-7:45pm, (Contact information below for event location)
This will be a multi-course, vegetarian dinner made with fresh, local and organic (when possible) ingredients, and (subject to change) will include: snap pea & white bean salad, tomato soup, Spring greens, pasta primavera, chocolate strawberry-rhubarb cake, coffee/tea. BYOB — we’ll supply the glassware and corkscrew. Growing Veterans provides a place where veterans can get together … in an informal peer-support setting, while also encouraging them to use skills gained in the military or school to support the broader community. Growing Veterans works to harness the skills, energy and passions of military veterans to support and strengthen the sustainable agriculture movement. We believe that our nation’s military veterans are key to changing [the food] system, literally from the ground up.
Two sittings: 5:00 pm and 7:45 pm. $50 donation. Reservations/questions: mail@CharitableFeast.org or 360-715-3453. All proceeds go to Growing Veterans.

Garden Party – Peter James’ Place in Glenhaven
Saturday, May 31st, 4pm-??, 755 Top Pl, Glenhaven (map below)
Peter James knows how to throw a party and have been a perennial favorite on the RGP circuit. This year he will have a Garden Party starting at 4:00 with a meal served at 6:00 and a full on music jam and bonfire chill out from 7:00-12:00! Projects will include clean-up of newly cleared out native habitat, spreading of bark on pathways in new area to control weeds, moving topsoil, weeding, and inoculating logs with mushrooms.   We could use a couple extra shovels and buckets with handles. The meal will be a hearty stew.  One vegan and one with meat.  Beer and drinks will be provided. Our address is 755 Top Pl 98284 (map:  https://goo.gl/maps/pSZcm)

Primary Practical Permaculture
Sunday, June 1st, 10am4pm, Inspiration Farm, 619 E Laurel Rd, just west of Hannegan
A hands on approach to applying Permaculture principals. Ethics, Zones, Sectors, mapping, compost and guilds. This fun information packed day will provide practical ways to design your environment into an integrated system of abundance and productivity. Using design strategies we will explore ways of stacking elements within a system to be more productive and self regulating. The morning will be presentations and discussion, the afternoon will be a site tour and hands on session working with guilds, sheet mulch, keyhole beds and integrated composting. Class includes: Presentation-discussion, A tour of Inspiration Farm explaining the systems employed, and hands on activities. If you attend this class and then decide you want to take the whole Permacultue Design Certificate course we are offering in August we will credit this class fee towards the PDC. Cost: $40

Here are some other interesting tidbits of information…

Call for Volunteers: Growing Veterans
And speaking of Growing Veterans, they can use some help: They have recently received 8 cubic yards of mulch and 8 cubic yards of garden mix soil. Almost half of the mulch in place. They need help moving the remainder mulch, and all the soil to the proper places. Also, help is needed digging holes and placing the 4×4′s which have now been donated. Please contact: Gen Manion, 360.656.6892, The Veteran Garden Project

A Cat’s Cradle for Tomatoes
Now is the time to get tomatoes in the ground. Here is an interesting and inexpensive way to train them. (Note to self: Add tomato plants to my co-op grocery list today.)

New Organic Fertilizer Less Smelly, More Popular With Farm Workers
This organic fertilizer developed here in the Northwest is easier on farm workers. Until now, “your options basically are, manure-based products, or fish or feather meal, or some sort of animal byproduct,” explains Schreiber. “And none of them smell particularly good.” Some currently available product smell so bad that it’s been known to make farm workers gag.

The 3-Minute Video That Will Make Any Problem You Have Seem Astonishingly Trivial
This video, narrated by astronomer Carl Sagan, definitely puts into perspective how tiny we are in relation to the whole universe. However, it also reminds me that despite the enormity and vastness of space, Earth is the only home we have; the only place life ever being recorded.

Recipe: The Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Milk Recipe

I’ve read of the wonders of turmeric and regularly add it to smoothies and yogurt.
This recipe helps in removing body aches, pains, and can even help with arthritis.
Ingredients:
* 4 cups almond milk
* 1&1/4 cup freshly juiced turmeric (will be about 2&1/2 cups of the root)
* 2 tsp. cinnamon
* 1 tsp. ground cardamom
* 3 tsp. honey

(Compiled by Jeffrey Westcott)

Thanks for all those coming and helping at the Roving Garden Parties. Fun times, wonderful fellowship, and it is nice to make quite a difference on in the garden in a short amount of time.

This week’s will take us out to the North Shore of Lake Whatcom:
** Where: 2834 Northshore Rd, above Lake Whatcom. We are located one mile past the “Fork” restaurant. We are on the left, the first driveway past Sheridan Trail. Drive past the green house in the field and go up behind the house. You will see a flat roof garage and two houses.
MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/hPcdh
** Carpool: Meet at Public Market at 5:30pm
** When: Tuesday, 5/20, 6:00-9:00pm.
** Requested Items to Bring: Bring your own favorite tools (clippers, gloves). We have rakes, shovels, trash cans, gloves, buckets etc.
** Tasks: Weeding, weeding and more weeding. Pruning back some plants and picking up debris. Thinning bamboo. Planting vegetable starters. Maybe putting out fertile mulch and turning a few beds. Spreading chips on pathways.
** Food: Please let me know if you are a vegetarian or are on a gluten-free diet. I will provide wine, beer and lemonade. I will provide quiche (vegetarian with eggs & cheese) and a bacon/broccoli quiche. I will also provide salad and fresh fruit.
** Host: Ann Rushing and Karl Kuntz
** Questions: email rgp@sustainablebellingham.org or click here for more information.

And here are some other upcoming events …

Future of Business People Planet Profit Speaker Series Part 1
Thursday, May 22nd, 4-7pm, Broadway Hall, 1300 Broadway, B’ham
The Future of Business Speaker Series focuses on how businesses can integrate the much referenced Triple Bottom Line business practices into everyday operations. This first session will focus on one of the integral parts of the triple bottom line: PEOPLE. Join Keynote Speaker, Toby Barazzuol of Eclipse Awards, as he showcases how his business focuses on PEOPLE in relation to his Triple Bottom Line. Keynote to be followed by Panel Discussion featuring local business owners. Cost: SC Members $40, General $55

DamNation Film Premiere and Pre-Show Reception
Thursday, May 22nd, 6-9pm, Mt. Baker Theatre, B’ham
DamNation, a powerful new award-winning film about dam removal and river restoration. Pre-show reception at 6:00pm; film begins at 7:00pm followed by a Q&A session. Tickets are $10 for the film or $20 for the reception and the film. WWU students with valid ID get free attendance to the film only. Tickets are available at Village Books located at 1200 11th Street in Bellingham, online at www.mountbakertheatre.com or by calling (360) 734-6080.

Fourth Corner Exchange – Introduction to Life Dollars
Sunday, May 25th, 4-5pm, Food Coop Connections Building, 1220 North Forest St, B’ham
Take this opportunity to find out how FCE members use Life Dollars to exchange goods and services with one another within a cooperative economy. You will learn how our cooperative economy works and have the opportunity to ask questions. You will be able to join Fourth Corner Exchange during the meeting.

Here are some other interesting tidbits of information…

Outback Farm Seeking Delivery Cyclists for Its Harvest
For the past few years, the Outback Farm has donated a large portion of the harvests from the farm to the Bellingham Food Bank. Over 2,000 pounds were donated last season! This season, they are working on making as many deliveries as possible by bike. They are looking for ways to outreach and find more folks with cargo bikes/bike trailers who would be interested in volunteering their time to assist in delivering food produced by the Outback to the BFB. Contact Sara, the Outback Farm Coordinator at AS.Outback@wwu.edu if you have access to a bike trailer and can volunteer some of your time.

23 Photos Of People From All Over The World Next To How Much Food They Eat Per Day
Photographers Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, who also happen to be married, traveled around the world and met people from all walks of life. During their time with these people, they asked them to pose for photographs with their daily diets in front of them. The craziest part about the entire project is the caloric intake difference between people of different walks of life.

9 Mind-Blowing Facts About Wind Energy
Although wind has its share of detractors, it is certainly nicer than the culm banks and other scars of coal mining that I still witness on my visits back home in Northeastern Pennsylvania (from where I currently write this).

6 Things You Don’t Need in Order to Start Biking
Want to start bicycling for transportation, but think you need x, y, and z first? Think again—you probably have everything you need right now.

10-minute Recipe: No-Bake Energy Bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: About 3 dozen

Ingredients:
*   1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
*   2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
*   1/2 cup peanut butter
*   1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
*   1/2 cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
*   1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
*   1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
*   1 tsp. vanilla extract

Method:
1). Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
2). Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1″ in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Makes about 20-25 balls.