June 10, 2012
(Compiled by Shannon Maris/ Garden E-News, Arthur Tenebrae, and Rachel Perry)
This week is Sustainable Bellingham’s last Tuesday Roving Garden Party. Please join us at The Outback on Western’s Campus. We’ve had a great spring working from Lynden to Alger and thank all of the wonderful hosts for inviting us into their homes, as well as the great food and community that we were able to enjoy.
We will be changing gears for the summer. It’s time to work on ourselves through yoga in the beautiful parks throughout Bellingham.Every week Kaleidoscope Yoga will be teaching yoga classes at a different city park, followed by a pot luck. It’s a great time and a wonderful way to spend the summer.
Also, Sustainable Bellingham has one fundraiser a yer. Please support our second annual benefit at Boundary Bay on Saturday, July 28th. This year’s acts include Ashley Douglas, Prozac Mountain Boys, Robert Sarazin Blake and Keaton Collective. Half of the proceeds of this event will benefit the Center for Local Self Reliance and their ongoing rehabilitation of the Caretakers House in Fairhaven. There will be music, raffles, food and fun.
We look forward to seeing you and hope that you enjoy the summer.
Environmental Conservation Book Group: The Wilderness World of John Muir
Monday, June 11th, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Village Books, 1200 11th Street, Fairhaven
Join us for the Village Books/Whatcom Land Trust co-sponsored Environmental Conservation Book Club that meets the second Monday of each month from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the VB Readings Gallery. We discuss contemporary and classic texts on conservation, agriculture, and environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest. Occasionally, we also include fictional literature that inspires a sense of place and attachment to our native landscape. There’s no commitment – come when the book appeals to you! Book selection and discussion moderation will explore a breadth of views for addressing the complex issues of conservation and land use.
Authors DO NOT attend.
Muir’s writing, based on journals he kept throughout his life, gives our generation a picture of America still wild and unsettled only one hundred years ago. In The Wildernesss World of John Muir, Edwin Way Teale has selected the best of Muir’s writing from all of his major works.
SB Roving Garden Party – The Ouback Farm at WWU
** When: Tuesday, June 12th, 6:00 pm -7:30 pm work, 7:30 pm meal.
** Where: The Outback Farm at WWU. Just south of the Fairhaven Dorms on South Campus at WWU. From I-5 take Bill McDonald Pkwy. Right on 25th Street. Take the first 2 left turns, and you’ll wind up in a dead end with The Outback Meeting Area on your left. Parking is available in the Arboretum Lot, on 25th Street, and on Taylor Street just south of Bill McDonald Pkwy. MAP.
** Requested Items to Bring: Gloves – we have all necessary tools.
** Tasks: Weeding, planting starts, mulching pathways. There are always plenty of things to work on, and I’d be happy to give a tour of the whole space. We have gardens, an orchard, honey bees, chickens, an amphitheater, and much more!
** Food: A meal will be provided. A cob oven is available.
** Host: Roby Ventres-Pake, Outback Coordinator, at 360-300-7328 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Outback is a student-run mini farm at Western Washington University. We have a number of unique gardens (including community gardens), we host workshops, we teach students, and we have fun in the dirt. Our website is currently under development, but here is our old site.
** Questions: email Jean at email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Sustainable Bellingham’s 4th annual Roving Garden Party series, where volunteers help their neighbors create an edible garden. These fun events consist of approximately 90 minutes of gardening, followed by a shared meal. Everyone is welcome!
Canning 101 with Susy Hymas
Thursday, June 14th, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Cordata Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Road
Learn how to stretch your food dollars and enjoy seasonal flavors all year long in this three-session demonstration class. Course covers the techniques and equipment you will need to safely can fruit, quick pickles, salsa, jams, pressure canning vegetables, seafood, and meats. Instructor Susy Hymas has been a Certified Master Food Preserver for 14 years. The harvest is coming! The cost is $59 for members and non-members alike. To register, call the WCC at 360-383-3200.
GIG Health and Wellness Conference
Saturday, June 16th, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, DoubleTree Inn by the Hilton Seattle Airport
This one day event will feature over 40 gluten free exhibitors as well as presentations and lectures. The cost for attendance is $15 for adults, $7 for ages 11-17, and free for children 10 and under. Friday June 15th will be a special Gluten Free Awareness Night with the Mariners at Safeco Field.
Guemes Island Garden Tour
Saturday, June16th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Guemes Island Garden, Guemes Island, San Juan Islands
Seize this opportunity to stroll through seven glorious Guemes Gardens. Whether you carpool, bike, or use the ferry shuttle service, you’ll have time to take photographs, chat with each family’s gardener, and thoroughly enjoy Guemes ambience.
Tickets will be sold at the Community Center, 7549 Guemes Island Road. If you wish to reserve shuttle service from the ferry to all gardens, the cost is $5.00 per person. Make a reservation by calling 360-293-4438. Shuttle passengers and bicycle riders pay a lower walk-on ferry fee.
If you live off-island, you’ll need to catch the 9:15 am Guemes Ferry to be the first touring group. Additional ferries run at 10:15, 10:45, and 11:15 am. Afternoon ferries run at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, and 2:45 pm.
Summer Rides: Centennial River Ride
Sunday, June 17th,1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Departs from Centennial Riverwalk Fountain, Main Street, Ferndale
The beautiful Riverwalk Plaza guides us on a brief ride along the Nooksack River to a look at the historic cabins of Pioneer Park. The ride continues to Hovander Park to experience a few trails and wildlife scenes. Then we return to the Centennial Riverwalk Fountain and an optional after ride gathering. Summer Rides are easy social outings, rolling more or less weekly throughout the summer. Roll with friends and meet new friends while discovering backroads and hidden bikeways in Bellingham (and a few in Lynden, Ferndale, and Birch Bay, too). Each Summer Ride has a different theme, with goodies provided along the way. Summer Rides each feature a different fun theme and cover easy routes of around seven miles.
MASTER GARDENER WORKSHOP: REAL DIRT ON COMPOSTING
Sunday, June 17th, 2:00 pm, Hovander Homestead Park, 5299 Neilsen Rd., Ferndale
Learn to create compost for your home garden: what to leave in and what to leave out; moisture, temperature, and maintenance of your compost pile. This event is hosted by Joyce Jimerson and Nancy Bonnickson.
Northwest Picnic Basket with Lisa Dixon
Monday, June 18th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Downtown Food Co-op, 1220 North Forest Street
Liven up your picnic basket with tips and recipes from Lisa Dixon. You’ll enjoy a chilled carrot soup with fresh basil oil; grilled vegetable baguette sandwich with arugula pesto; farmers market farro salad with caramelized onions, roasted tomatoes and lemon; and chocolate cherry hazelnut oatmeal cookies. Lisa is a registered dietitian, cookbook author, and co-owner of NourishRDs, a nutrition communication and consulting company. A wine option, payable at class, is $7. The cost is $35 for members and non-members alike. To register, call the WCC at 360-383-3200.
Make Your Own Cultured Foods with Carol Roberge
Tuesday, June 19th, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Cordata Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Road
Cultured or fermented foods are part of nearly every traditional diet, and are “pro-biotic”, containing living micro-organisms that replenish the friendly bacteria in your digestive track. In this class, we’ll discuss the benefits of eating cultured foods and ways of incorporating more into your diet. You’ll learn the basics of making sauerkraut and kimchi, and Carol will also show how to make a fermented almond cheese that is positively delicious and a great alternative to dairy. All recipes are vegan and gluten-free. The cost is $35 for members and non-members alike. To register, call the WCC at 360-383-3200.
Canning 101 with Susy Hymas
Thursday, June 21st, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Cordata Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Road
Learn how to stretch your food dollars and enjoy seasonal flavors all year long in this three-session demonstration class. Course covers the techniques and equipment you will need to safely can fruit, quick pickles, salsa, jams, pressure canning vegetables, seafood, and meats. Instructor Susy Hymas has been a Certified Master Food Preserver for 14 years. The cost is $59 for members and non-members alike. To register, call the WCC at 360-383-3200.
Upcoming MASTER GARDENER’S WEBINARS
“SPOTTED WING DROSOPHILA “POTTED WING DROSOPHILIA”
recorded webinar by Todd Murray, WSU Entomologist and Skamania County Director. Use in a MG class or distribute the url in your county newsletter. It is archived on the MG Program website under pest alerts.
“WESTERN CHERRY FUIT FLY”
recorded webinar produced last year by Paula Dinius, WSU Chelan County Urban Horticulturist. Now is the appropriate time in most counties for MGs to review.
SPOTTED WING DROSOPHILA UPDATE
Tim Smith reports that new trap catches are showing up in central and eastern Washington communities. This pest is of concern to commercial growers as well as home gardeners. It’s likely we will soon have sustained catch in most areas, since the captures range from the far north to the far southeast. You can wait until your region has a positive catch, but you may also consider protecting your cherries as soon as they reach what we suspect is the susceptible stage: FIRST PINK.
USABLIGHT: A NATIONAL PROJECT ON LATE BLIGHT OF TOMATOES AND POTATOES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
USABLIGHT is a new national website that will act as an information portal on late blight. You can report disease occurrences, submit a sample online, observe disease occurrence maps, and sign up for text disease alerts. There are also useful links to a decision support system, and information about identification and management of the disease.
PROMOTING ENV. STEWARDSHIP IN HIGH SCHOOLS THROUGH RAIN GARDENS
This detailed account provides step-by-step instructions for designing, installing, and maintaining a rain garden. Additional content provided to use this as a high school activity.
FOOD FIGHT: THE CITIZEN’S GUIDE TO THE NEXT FOOD & FARM BILL by Daniel Imhoff
If you are interested in reforming America’s food system, we highly recommend this new Guide. Informed input from concerned citizens is the only thing that will counter the powerful vested interests and bring us a fresh food/farm policy that serves public health, job creation, land stewardship and even national security.
Every five years, the U.S. Congress passes complex legislation called the Farm Bill. Primarily accountable for setting the budgets and work plans for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Farm Bill is the essential economic and policy engine that drives our food and farming system and provides nutritional assistance to tens of millions of Americans—many of them children. In recent years, more and more citizens are realizing just how much is at stake in this political chess game.
Originally published in 2007, Food Fight is Daniel Imhoff’s highly acclaimed primer on the complex issues contained within the Farm Bill. Now in a newly updated and expanded edition, Imhoff looks ahead at this important issue, as the debate for 2012 is already underway. With the legislation due to be reauthorized in late 2012, Food Fight offers a critical resource that can help concerned citizens deconstruct this challenging bill, organize in their communities and press their elected representatives to serve the public good, rather than vested interests.
HOW TO GROW THE TASTIES TOMATO? ONE SECRET’S IN THE SOIL
Scientists still don’t know exactly what growing conditions are responsible for the most flavorful tomatoes. But they have a few ideas that are worth keeping in mind as you try to coax sweetness and tartness from your garden seedlings.
TREES LINKED TO LESS CRIME
A new study looking across Baltimore City and Baltimore County has found that with few exceptions, the frequency of crimes reported in a particular block or neighborhood goes down as the tree cover gets thicker. Just a 10 percent increase in leaf canopy was associated with a 12 percent drop in crime, it concluded.
MICROBES BEAM ELECTRONS TO EACH OTHER VIA MINERAL “WIRES”
Bacteria can use minerals in soil as electrical grids, which helps the microbes generate chemicals they need to survive, a new study says.
CORAL REKINDLING VENUS
Art and oceans. Science and music. Solar systems and sustainability. They all join forces in a new art film showcasing coral reefs and rare marine life most threatened by climate change.
DNEWS NUGGETS: WHY RAIN DOESN’T PHASE MOSQUITOES
How is it that in a downpour, tiny mosquitoes are still able to fly around and bite you?