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

 Sustainable Bellingham, Whole Energy Fuels and The Pickford Film Center sponsor YERT – Your Environmental Road Trip. Come support us and YERT’s West Coast Tour. This award-winning film is an inspirational and positive view on the challenges that we face in our efforts to live sustainably.
When: Wednesday, February 29th at 6:00pm
Where: Limelight on 1416 Cornwall (the old Pickford)
Map: http://tinyurl.com/7hz52bw
What: A movie (see description below) followed by a discussion with members of the YERT Road Trip, Whole Energy ans Sustainable Bellingham.

YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip) is an adventure and a celebration of the American spirit in the face of adversity – a thought-provoking, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious, documentary about the courageous and creative individuals, groups, businesses and leaders of this country who are tackling the greatest environmental threats in history. Called into action by the ever increasing threats of planetary catastrophe (from climate change to toxic pollution, from water scarcity to habitat destruction), the three of us – Mark Dixon, Ben Evans, and Julie Dingman Evans – upended our lives, pooled our collective life-savings, and set off on a first-of-its-kind, 50-state, year-long journey of discovery to personalize sustainability and to answer a critical question: Are we doomed?
We hope to see you at this event. Contact us as info@sustainablebellingham.org with any questions.

Upcoming Sustainable Bellingham Events:
** Saturday, March 31st
– 5th Annual Spring Bike Tour – Happy Valley Gardens
** Tuesday, April 3rd – Tuesday Roving Garden Parties Begin (through June).

You Work 3.84 Minutes per Day to Pay for Your Bicycle, 2 Hours for Your Car
‘Nuff Said. (And that’s assuming a new $1,500 commuter bike. I paid $150 for my last commuter bike from Craig’s List.)

Backyard Poultry Workshop – Hosted by Bellingham Flying Chickens 4H Club
Saturday, March 17th 1-4pm at the Caretaker’s house in Fairhaven Park
**(Please park at Fairhaven Park lot and walk north to the Caretaker’s house via sidewalk.)**
Come and learn everything you need to know to successfully raise chickens in the city!
4H members will share their expertise in: basic poultry care, raising chicks, housing chickens, preventing and treating problems, and ensuring good laying. City of Bellingham rules and regulations will also be covered. Pullets and coops will be available to order for delivery in early summer. Admission is $5 for a family.  Please register at 820-3323 or email:  bhamflyingchickens4h@hotmail.com

“Reel” Food Film Fest – Good Food (The Movie) 72 mins
** Tues. March 6 –
Bellingham Central Library – Community Room, 7pm
Speakers: Gretchen Hoyt, Jay Dennison, Clayton Burrows
Host: Sara Southerland, Sustainable Connections Eat Local First campaign
** Tues. March 13
– Deming Public Library, 7pm
Speakers: Farmers Geoff & Anna Martin, Osprey Hill Farm, Margie Bell, Local Food Works
** Sat. April 14
– Ferndale Public Library, 2pm
Host: Sustainable Connections
**Tues. May 15 – North Fork Public Library, 7pm
Speakers: Katie Chugg, Kendall School Garden, and Nori Zukerman, Tom Wampler and Shannon Robertson from the Maple Falls Community Garden/ Cobb Oven group.
Host: Margie Bell, Local Food Works!

Citizen Involved Agriculture at Inspiration Farm
Are you a gardener with questions about gardening? Do you enjoy learning by doing hands-on work alongside someone who is knowledgeable rather than using a book? Consider participating in the CIA at Inspiration Farm. If you know Brian Kerkvliet, you will understand how great this experience will be.

More and more of us are growing concerned about food security and local resilience. According to organizations like Fiesta, the Post Carbon Institute, and the Transition Network, we need many more people to be growing food. We also want to appreciate and support those that currently are providing our local food supply – our farmers.  And our local farmers want to share both their crops and their knowledge.

If  you are wanting to be part of a small, committed team that is willing to show up every Wednesday from 9am to Noon, starting March 2nd and continuing until September 28th, Call Angela MacLeod to register. 733-3541. Please Note: You must pre-register by calling Angela.

Why Farms Want Cold Winters

On the ClockTapping in to your garden’s Circadian Rhythms reveals the secret to knowing the best times to plant.

Nation’s Largest Public Food Forest Takes Root on Seattle’s Beacon Hill
After nearly three years of planning, Beacon Hill residents are breaking ground on what will be the nation’s largest public food forest. This spring, the land that has only ever known the whirring steel of city mowers will begin a complete transformation into seven acres of edible landscape and community park space known as the Beacon Food Forest.

Designing a Kitchen without a Fridge
Saving food from the refridgerator: It will taste better, may even last longer, and reduce your energy bills

A Crazy Nature Fact: Flies Drink Alcohol to Medicate Themselves Against Wasp Infections
Some people drink alcohol to drown their sorrows. So does the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster: It drinks to kill wasps that have hatched inside its body, and would otherwise eat it alive.

Property with Garden Still for Rent
Gardeners will love this property. Permaculture enthusiasts are encouraged to apply. Bright, sunny, 3-bedroom house with wood floors and separate new-construction studio apartment.
* Gardens with fruit trees and beds * Close to downtown and buses * Well-insulated walls, roof and new windows * Washer, dryer, storage room * New paint throughout * New dishwasher
** $1,300 per month, with lease, damage deposit and last month’s rent.
** Available immediately. Call Keith at 734-1596 or 927-2933.

 

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