(Compiled by Jeffrey Westcott) 

Roving Garden Party! Tuesday, March 31st
Host: Bill Sterling
Address: 2306 North Shore Rd.
Directions: Head out North Shore along Lake Whatcom approximately 3.5 miles past Britton Rd. When you start down the “S” curves and past the Sandstone cliffs we are the next driveway on the left. The house behind the road there are 9 parking spots and you can park on the grass along the driveway if weather cooperates
Requested Items to Bring: I have tools but if someone has a special weeding tool please bring it
Tasks: Will include weeding, moving chips to trails, top dressing with compost and transplanting last year’s cuttings
Food: I’m an Omnivore and I will have options for folks with special food needs or restrictions
Host Info: Bill Sterling    billtubaman@gmail.com    303-4536
North Shore Terrace is an ongoing homestead project and works towards a higher degree of self-reliance thru application of multiple homestead skills. Text me if you want to carpool out there with us: 927-8735. 

Next week’s RGP will be at 1712 Larrabee Avenue in Fairhaven. 

And some other upcoming events…

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.

NSEA Work Party-Lower Landingstrip Creek
Saturday, April 11th, 9am-12noon, Hwy 9 near Acme, Directions below
Join NSEA and the Whatcom Land Trust for another work party along Landingstrip Creek. We’ll be planting native trees and shrubs and spreading mulch. 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.

Antique & Collectibles Evaluation Show 
Saturday April 11, 11am-4pm, Whatcom Council on Aging, 315 Halleck Street, B’ham
It’s happening in April a version of TV’s Antique Roadshow in Bellingham! Events will include a classic car show, live music, food trucks and activities for the entire family on the side.  Entry is free – $6 per item for evaluation services. This is a fundraiser to benefit select programs for seniors at the Whatcom Council on Aging.  Parking is free at 315 Halleck Street, Bellingham  right by the Habitat for Humanities store! Doors open at 11am.  Call for more information 360-733-4030

If you want your event to reach almost a thousand people, submit it here. Hopefully, and if I do not heed if the call of the sea or mountains, I will send it out weekly until the summer.

And here are some other interesting tidbits of information…

Silent Rooftop Wind Turbines
Silent rooftop wind turbines could generate half of a household’s energy needs. A Dutch renewable energy start-up called The Archimedes is working to solve both of those problems in a new class of small-scale wind turbine — one that is almost silent and is far more efficient at converting wind into energy. The company states that the Liam F1 turbine could generate 1,500 kWh of energy per year at wind speeds of 5m/s, enough to cover half of an average household’s energy use. (Remember this is an uber-efficent Dutch household’s energy usage, not U.S. – it theoretically covers about a third of my 800sf home’s energy usage.)

Craigslist Saved 5M Tons of Stuff From Landfills—And 4 Other New Stats on Local Economies
Exactly how much difference do “new economy” organizations make? Economists looked into it, and here are a few of their results.

Depaving Cities, Undamming Rivers—Here’s How We’re Undoing the Damage
I found this other article on the Yes! Magazine that was too good to pass up. 

The Many Health Benefits of Dancing
I have never met anyone who regretted dancing in any form – whether organized or out at the local Bellingham music venues. Make time in your life to dance.  

One Women Takes on Three Acres – A Permaculture Adventure
An example of how an abundant permaculture garden can be created in all conditions – even wet west Ireland. Colette O’Neill shares her experience.

Asparagus Salad with Roasted Chickpeas
Prep time: 1 hour,  2 servings
130g (1/4lb) dried chickpeas
300g (2/3lb) green asparagus
3-4 tbs olive oil
2 tbs za’atar
2 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs apple syrup
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp sumac
1 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp sesame oil

Let the chickpeas soak in water over night, cook 45 minutes in salt water and drain when tender. Spread with 1-2 tbs olive oil, za’atar and mix everything until the chickpeas are coated with the spice mix. Before serving, roast 3-4 minutes in a pan. Don’t let the spices burn. You should take the chickpeas off the stove when the sesame seeds start to pop.

Rinse the asparagus and snap off the ends. Peel the stalks into thin slices. For the dressing, cook the apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, apple syrup and sumac in a small pan. Chop the garlic into small pieces and add it with the remaining ingredients to the stock. Season with sea salt, simmer, take it off the stove and add the asparagus. The asparagus now cooks in the remaining heat of the pan and the warm dressing. Serve with the roasted chickpeas after five minutes.