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

Come support us tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 6pm at the Limelight Theatre on Cornwall. This is the one showing in Bellingham between YERT’s stops in Vancouver and Seattle. The YERT team will be present at this event!

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 and Sustainable Bellingham.
Sponsored by Sustainable Bellingham, Whole Energy Fuels and The Pickford Film Center.

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?
Stunningly refreshing, unaffected and informed, Your Environmental Road Trip makes a critical leap beyond all of the climate change and dirty energy catastrophe film masterpieces in circulation — most notably, of course, Al Gore’s Oscar-winning epic, An Inconvenient Truth — by presenting climate destabilization issues through the down-home visions and ordinary efforts of unabashedly optimistic and incorrigibly determined innovators and sustainable community endeavors.”
Jeff Biggers, Huffington Post, 2/16/2011
 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 (continue through June).

Participate: in Citizen Involved Agriculture: C.I.A.
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 the C.I.A.: Citizen Involved Agriculture at Inspiration Farm. We are designing this project to give newish gardeners and farmers some hands-on experience working with a knowledgeable farmer – Brian Kerkvliet – at his farm just north of Bellingham. In addition to what you learn directly from working at the farm, there will be time to ask your specific gardening questions. And as crops become ready to harvest, participants will get a share of it.


There is no charge for participating in this project. But we would like a group of people who are enthusiastic and can commit to coming to most of the weekly work sessions from March through September. That’s just one 2.5 hour work session per week. (It’s possible to make special arrangements for those who are serious about participating but can’t make all the weekly sessions.) For our farmer, it is best to have a group of motivated workers whom he can rely on to show up at the scheduled time and give some good energy to the farm. If you would like to ask questions or sign up to participate call Angela MacLeod at 733-3541. Begins March 7th!


Winter Field Day

The Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation is holding its Winter Field Day THIS Saturday, March 3rd. Mt. Vernon Research Station Classes, scion/rootstock sales/grafting, tour of rsearch orchard, and lots more! From 8:30 am to 2:30There will be rootstock and scionwood sales and lots of workshops and lectures on pruning and grafting.


Saturday, March 10th – Whidbey Island Master Gardeners’ Workshop

Click Here for more information and a schedule of events


A Realistic Look at Farming Today

Check out the 30 sec clip and the two minute clip…it’s about farm resilience and the clips spotlight local farmers.  This was created by Handcrank Films for the Resilience Institute Huxley College…Gigi Berardi is the PI on this grant from the USDA.


Is Your Shovel Sexist?

A retired nurse and public health administrator as well as 10 yr + market gardeners – redesign the shovel! Even the most avid women gardeners can find their enthusiasm flagging thanks to heavy, awkward tools. Gardening tools, like many seemingly unisex objects, are actually designed for men. The founders of Green Heron Tools explain why this matters and what they are doing to change the way women garden.


Herb Study ~ Intern Opportunity ~ Spring & Fall 2012

** Spring Session will run April 30 through June 22, 2012 (application deadline April 15th) The Spring Session will be split into two 4-week sessions. You can apply for the first 4-week session or the second 4-week session or the full 8-weeks.

** Fall Session: Fall session will run for 6-weeks, from September 3 through October 12, 2012 (application deadline August 1st)


Hard Working? Motivated to learn about medicinal plants? Want an opportunity to live and work on United Plant Savers’ 360-acre Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Ohio? Interns work 30 hours/week doing a variety of medicinal plant conservation and cultivation projects. Click here for more info.


Crazy Nature Fact:

Frozen, 30,000-Year-Old Seeds Bloom Into Flowers – Scientists resurrect seeds buried by ancient squirrels and frozen in permafrost since the Upper Pleistocene.


Mark your Summer Calendar…

Essential Cob

Instructor: Carrie Lewis * Location: Bellingham * Tuition: $315 * When: July 22 through July 26, 2012. This 5 day workshop includes mixing, building, and shaping with cob, as well as foundation work and plaster finishing techniques. Open to all ages. LET’S GET MUDDY!

Cob: Short and Sweet

Instructor: Carrie Lewis * Location: Bellingham * Tuition: $105 * When: July 7-8, 2012

Learn the basics of cob ingredients, mixing, and tools. Get dirty this weekend perfecting your cob techniques and making friends. Open to all ages.