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

We are having our website redesigned. Bear with us a few more weeks. We will also have a new calendar for you to submit events.

Upcoming Sustainable Bellingham Events:
Saturday, March 31st –
5th Annual Spring Bike Tour – Happy Valley/Fairhaven Gardens. Meet at Firehouse Café for an 11am departure. End at the Fairhaven Plant Sale around 2pm .
Tuesday, April 3rd – Tuesday Roving Garden Parties Begin (through June).Come support urban gardening. Locations to be listed soon.

Philippines Police to Plant 10 Million Trees in One Year
Weapons of Mass Construction
Police officers in the Philippines are trading their guns and billy clubs for weapons of mass construction: shovels, watering cans, and gardening gloves. That’s because they’re partnering with the country’s Department of Environmental and Natural Resources to combat climate change and deforestation. Their Green Ops mission? Plant 10 million trees in one year.

Reskilling and Barter Faire Meeting
Thursday, March 15th, 6-7:30pm, Food Co-op Connections Bldg, 1220 North Forest
Some Transition Whatcom folks and others are having a meeting to assess the idea of doing a bang-up, humdinger of a Reskilling and Barter Faire in our area next September.  If you or someone you know is excited about either of those events…please join us!

Backyard Poultry Workshop
Saturday, March 17th, 1-4pm , March 17 at the caretaker’s house at Fairhaven Park
The Bellingham Flying Chickens 4H Club will host workshop this Saturday covering all topics related to raising healthy laying hens in your urban setting. Bellingham City regulations will also be covered. Registration is optional but encouraged. Call 820-3323 or email bhamflyingchickens4h@hotmail.com to register. Coops and pullets will be available to pre-order for late spring.

“Reel” Food Film Fest – Coming to a Library Near You

The Reel Film Seatival continues throughout Whatcom County. Click on the link above to find out more information.

** Good Food(72 minutes, NR) filmed in Northwest Washington.

  • Sat. March 31, Lynden Public Library, 1pm, Host: Community Food Co-op
  • Sat. April 14, Ferndale Public Library, 2pm, Host: Sustainable Connections
  • Tues. May 15, North Fork Public Library, 7pm, Host: Community Food Co-op

** Food Stamped – (63 minutes, NR) an informative and humorous documentary film.

  • Wed. March 28, Blaine Public Library, 6:30pm, Host: Community Food Co-op
  • Tues. April 17, North Fork Public Library, 7pm, Host: Community Food Co-op

** Forks Over Knives – (90 minutes, PG) examines how diet profoundly affect health.
All but one Reel Food Film Fest showing is free, and includes discussion and refreshments. The exception is the culminating show at the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, which will cost the regular price of a movie ticket and will be followed by a panel and special reception.

** Culminating Celebration Film(s): TBA, Thurs. April 19, Pickford Film Center, 6-9pm
(Culminating event with all 5 organizations, a panel following the films and an edible reception with local chefs)

Calling all food buyers and producers –NW Farm to Table Trade Event, March 15
Whatcom County, WA – Registration is now open for the 2012 Northwest Washington Farm to Table Trade Meeting, set for Thursday, March 15 at the Peace Health Community Education Center in Bellingham. Covering Skagit, Island, San Juan and Whatcom Counties, the trade meeting fosters direct connections for local farmers, fishers, food producers and regional buyers, and others interested in sourcing local ingredients – all in one place.
2012 Northwest WA Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting
Thursday, March 15, 2012; 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Saint Joseph Peace Health Hospital Conference Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway
Who Should Attend:
Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan farmers, fishers and ranchers, chefs, distributors, restaurateurs, processors, caterers, and grocers.
$15 per person at Brown Paper Tickets and includes a light lunch and snacks. $35 for a trade table (space is limited).

Workshop Series: The Savvy Urban Gardener
March and April – Various Dates, The RE Store (upstairs, in the Sustainable Living Center), 2309 Meridian St, Bellingham
** All About Soil, Tuesday, March 27th, 6–8pm
** Seedling Troubleshooting & Transplanting, Tuesday, April 3rd, 6–8pm
** Building Garden Containers and Beds – RE Store Style, Saturday, April 7th 1–4pm
** Composting, Even on Your Balcony, Tuesday, April 10th 6–8pm
** Rainbarrel Construction & Installation, Saturday, April 21st, 1–3:30pm