(Compiled by Jeffrey Westcott)

Roving Garden Party! Tuesday, March 24th
Where: 5463 Noon Rd ~ just a few driveways north of Smith Rd ~ Watch for parking signs!! Parking will be in property next to me, watch for signs!!
Requested Items to Bring: PLEASE bring wheel barrows (there will be some here), trench shovels (I have one), Shovels (I have 3), clippers (I have a couple) and heavy gloves if you have them,
Tasks:
* Putting in two rain barrels, all supplies will be ready to go and a Rain-barrel buddy friend will lead! Brad Walters
* Moving chips (not bark) onto various berry bushes……..with wheel barrows and flat headed shovels….
* Baby Blackberry Patrol ~ Going through the property in a systematic way scouting out rogue small blackberry plant starts and digging them deeply and easily due to moist ground and small Blackberries to keep atop of irradication people could take home any of these for starts if they want.
Food: Chili feed, Cornbread and salad, passion apple cider.
(Gluten free – omnivore/vegetarian/vegan, wine, beer and any other legal substances welcome!)
Host: Jamie Jean Lima Bean Queen
mobile ~ 360-746-4270, please call or text with any questions
Next Week’s RGP will be at Bill Sterling’s place out on Lake Whatcom at 2306 North Shore Rd. See you there! 

And some other upcoming events…

Come Spend a Day on the Farm!
Tuesdays, ongoing, 10am, Inspiration Farms, East Laurel Road
Inspiration Farms would like to announce a free weekly, experiential hands-on opportunity at Inspiration Farm every Tuesday at 10am. They will provide people a way to visit the farm and get involved with events of the day. Come learn aspects of what it takes to set up and run a productive permaculture and biodynamic farm. Feel free to share this with your friends. See you then!

PechaKucha Presents KAPOW Finalists
Wednesday, March 25th, 6-9pm, Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N Commercial St, B’ham
Join us at the 6th annual PechaKucha event where 10 finalists from the KAPOW placemaking competition will present their ideas for building a stronger, healthier and more vibrant downtown. Three ideas will be chosen for implementation (one mayor’s award, one jury selected award, and one people’s choice award). Participate in live voting, enjoy local beer & music, dress up like a superhero and be the first to find out what projects will be implemented in Downtown Bellingham. All proceeds from the event go to the winners for implementation!

NSEA Work Party-Upper Landingstrip Creek
Saturday, March 28th, 9am-12noon, Directions below
Join Whatcom Land Trust and NSEA in planting native trees and shrubs and removing invasive plants around this new site. From Bellingham, head east on WA-542 E/Mt Baker Hwy for about 15 miles, then turn right onto Hwy 9 just outside of Deming. Drive along this road for about 7 miles then turn right on Turkington Rd. Parking is available at Acme Elementary School. Look for the NSEA signs and shuttle. We’ll bring the tools and gloves-all you have to do is wear sturdy shoes, long pants and weather appropriate clothing. No need to sign up in advance-just sign in at the blue NSEA tent.

22nd Annual Native Plant Sale and Expo
Saturday, March 28th, 9am-2pm, Whatcom Community College, Roe Studio, 237 W. Kellogg Rd, B’ham
Come and join us in our celebration of spring by purchasing low cost native plants at Whatcom Conservation District’s Annual Plant Sale and Expo! This year there will be 40 different species of native, bareroot trees and shrubs along with a variety of potted perennials. Some of this year’s species include yellow and western red cedars, Puget Sound juniper, western larch, garry oak, red elderberry, red flowering currant, beaked hazelnut, and more! Once again, several local nursery vendors and environmental organizations will be there to provide even more plant purchasing options. The festivities include a variety of fun, earth-friendly educational opportunities, entertainment, and food.

Fairhaven Neighbors 27th Annual Plant & Tree Sale
Saturday, March 28th, 10am-3pm, Hillcrest Chapel parking lot (corner of 14th & Old Fairhaven Pkwy)
Plan to attend this annual event to shop local vendors of native and specialty plants—from bedding plants to trees— to get an early start on your 2015 gardening. Along with expert advice from participating vendors, gardeners may find perennials, ornamentals, trees, native plants, herbs, vegetable starts, blueberries, bamboo, garden décor, and much more.

Planning and Planting a Permaculture Paradise
Saturday, March 28th, 10am-5pm, The Cedar Tree House, 1733 Mt. Baker Highway
Hands-on learning: Food Forests, Plant Guilds, Landscaping, “Hugelkultur” Yard Debris Berms, Passive Irrigation, Instant Garden Beds, and a Special Biodynamic Barrel Compost Land Blessing! With Certified Permaculture Teacher and Eco-Landscaper Bruce Horowitz. $40 Pre-registration, $50 Day of event.

NSEA Work Party-Padden Creek
Saturday, April 4th, 9am-12noon, Near Harris and 6th, Directions below.
Come join Bellingham Parks and NSEA at this water front location! We will be planting natives and removing invasive plants along Padden Creek. Park on Harris Ave., near the intersection of Harris and 6th St. Look for signs to trail head. We’ll bring the tools and gloves-all you have to do is wear sturdy shoes, long pants and weather appropriate clothing. No need to sign up in advance-just sign in at the blue NSEA tent.

If you want your event to reach almost a thousand people, submit it here. I will begin sending these newsletters out weekly through the summer. Well that’s the plan, at least.

And here are some other interesting tidbits of information…

570-Pound Man Commits to Finishing a 5K Per Month in 2015
I am not a runner, and this subject is not really within the lines of the Sustainable Bellingham’s mission or objectives, but I still teared up when I read it. 
Derek Mitchell stayed focused on his goal of completing 3.1 miles at the Big 12 Run in Kansas City, Missouri, where he lives. At 570 pounds, it didn’t matter what the clock read at the finish. “I decided that, starting in March, I would do at least on 5K each month for the rest of the year,” Mitchell, 34, told Runner’s World Newswire.

20 Insanely Clever Gardening Tips And Ideas
Whether you like to get your hands dirty in the garden or not, it’s nice to have a few gardening tips and ideas up your sleeve. Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks for your yard that I hadn’t heard of before. I thought they were all pretty clever, but then again, I’m still a rookie at this soil and seed stuff!

Natural Alternatives to Roundup are Quite Easy to Make
Gleaned from Facebook. I just use vinegar and water, and am not so sure about increasing the salt content my soil. Read it and decide what you think. 

They Brought Wolves To Yellowstone, But They Had No Idea This Would Be The Result
Pretty fascinating stuff to see…when nature reestablishes balance.  

Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs
Given the sheer density of research performed on this remarkable spice, it is no wonder that a growing number of studies have concluded that it compares favorably to a variety of conventional medications. And it’s a nice addition to anything from smoothies to stir-fries. 

Khoresh Rivas – Persian Rhubarb Stew
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:
8 stalks of rhubarb–washed, dried and cut into small bite-sized pieces
1 1/2 pounds of meat (lamb or beef), washed and cubed
1 large onion– peeled, finely chopped
1 bunch of parsley– remove the thick stems, wash and chop (makes about 2 cups, packed)
1 bunch of mint, leaves only, wash and chop (makes about 1 cup, packed)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
Salt and pepper to taste
2-3 tablespoons sugar or to taste
Vegetable oil/olive oil
Water

Method:
– In a pan, heat 2-3 tablespoons of oil and sauté chopped onions until translucent. Add turmeric, stir, add the meat and brown on all sides. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour enough water to cover the meat. Cover and cook for an hour on medium to low heat.
– In a medium-sized frying pan, sauté the chopped parsley and mint together in 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat.
– Combine the parsley and mint mixture with the meat sauce half way through the cooking. Add water if necessary.
– Lightly sauté sliced rhubarbs in 2 tablespoons of olive oil for 2-3 minutes on medium heat. Add the rhubarb to the pot, lower the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
– Taste and add 2-3 tablespoons of sugar or to taste, gently stir and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
– Serve warm with basmati rice.