January 25, 2015

Sunday, January 25th , 2:30-5pm
The Majestic – 1027 N
orth Forest Street, Bellingham

This event is entirely funded by donations of you, the attendees, and the support of local food sponsors and seed companies. It is 100% volunteer.

Doors Open to Public 2:30-5pm (setup 1:15pm; clean-up 5pm)


Thank you to the Seed and Feed Donors! Without you this event would not have happened.

Seed Donors Include:
* Baker Creek Heirloom Rare Seeds
* Irish Eyes Seeds
* Uprising Organic Seeds
* Salish Seed Savers Coop
* Center for Local Self-Reliance!

Food Donors Include:
* Cash & Carry
* Community Food Coop
* Terra Organica Natural Foods
* Living Earth Herbs
* Bellingham Flatbread & Bakery
* Great Harvest Bread Co.
* Avenue Bread
* Appel Farms
* Golden Glen Creamery
* Samish Bay Cheese


(Compiled by Shannon Maris/Garden E-News and Jeffrey Westcott)

Open Sesame – The Story of Seeds
Tuesday, January 20th, 6:30pm, The Limelight on Cornwall (map)
Tomorrow night. Seed Swap movie Open Sesame at the Limelight. I will be there, and hope you are too. This movie benefits the Seed Swap (see below). My mantra has always been that you do not necessarily need to save seeds, but you do need to know how to save seeds.

Seventh Annual Seed Swap – January 25th
Sunday, January 25th, 2:30pm, The Majestic 1027 North Forest St. (map)
Sunday is the day. What started as a small swap seven years ago has turned into a little bit bigger event, with better food and the many familiar faces and smiles. Introduce yourself to the person standing next to you. Developing food sovereignty begins here, and you’ll meet wonderful people, nonetheless.

Those with seeds or other things to set up: please show up at one o’clock.

Volunteers: We need volunteers. Please show up at The Majestic Sunday at twelve-thirty. The code word is Cheetah.

Here are some other upcoming events…

Wool Felting
Saturday, January 24th, 10am-2pm, Harmony Fields, Bow
Come out to the farm and make your own mittens, slippers or booties with teacher Elizabeth Moncrief. Use wool from our farm sheep.

Demystifying Food Forests
Saturday, Jan. 24th, 11am-noon,cChristianson’s Nursery,15806 Best Road, Mt. Vernon
Join Certified Sustainable Landscape designer Zsofia Pasztor in how to transform a landscape into beautiful and productive layered perennial food garden. Reservations required. $8 class fee. Info: 360-466-3821

Foothills Community Seed Exchange
Saturday, Jan. 24th, 4pm, Van Zandt Hall, 4106 State Route 9, Deming
Hosted by Local Food Works at the Van Zandt Hall, Exchange starts at, 4pm, a potluck will begin at 5pm Bring seeds, a potluck dish, and gardening knowledge, resources and stories to share.  Another seed swap…yay!

Bellingham Public Library Skill Share Classes: Rain Barrel Construction
Saturday, January 24th, 3:30pm, Bellingham Public Library (map)
Join presenter Brad Walters as he demonstrates and discusses how to prepare, assemble and maintain a rain barrel. For more information, contact Jenni Johnson at jjohnson@cob.org or 360-778-7217.

“The Way I See it” with Temple Grandin
Friday, January 30th, 7pm, Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett
Grandin is an American doctor of animal science, professor at Colorado State University, best-selling author, autism activist, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. Tickets are $25.

Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool
Saturday, Jan. 31st, Stanwood High School, 7400 272nd Street Northwest, Stanwood
More than 185 workshops to choose from focused on skills and practical living. Registration costs $70 for adults and $40 for youth with a discounted rate of $10 for the first 200 youth ages 12-18 needing scholarship help. Registration includes five workshops per person, large trade show to meet with agricultural and business vendors, lunch, and snacks. For more information, call Skagit County Extension at (360) 428-4270.

And some other interesting tidbits of information …

NASA Has Released The Largest Picture Ever Taken And It Will Shake Up Your Universe
Turn the lights out, put your headphones on, and watch this video. And then watch it again. That’s what I just did.

In 10 Years, No One In Helsinki Will Even Want to Own a Car: 3 Simple Ideas That Are Making Cities Sustainable
An app that combines the affordability of ride sharing with the reliability of taxis. Playgrounds built as sponges for reusable greywater. From Finland to California, the cities of the future are here.

5 Of The Best Thirty Second Relaxation Practices
Value your time, by appreciating the huge potential your next 30 seconds has.  I regularly add thirty second breaks into my day to stop, breath, soften my body and adjust my thinking.  It’s a very simple way to add lots of little healthy  relaxation practices into the day.

Video: We Are All Seeds
In her inspiring New Year’s message, Vandana Shiva explains that while we face many crises—the crises of war and violence, of hunger and destruction, and of the destruction of our democracy—we also hold the solution to all of these crises.

The solutions, she says, can be found in the seed and in the soil. And in us, because we are all seeds. And we are on the verge of fulfilling our collective potential. Where will those solutions not be found?

Hearty Vegetable Stew
A classic vegan slow cooker stew filled with delicious root vegetables such as yams, potatoes, turnips and carrots is just what you need on those cold, drizzly days. This recipe makes great leftovers for a healthy lunch and is perfect for serving at a winter potluck.

(Compiled by Shannon Maris/Garden E-News and Jeffrey Westcott)

The Seed Swap is scheduled for January 25th this year, the last Sunday in January. If you are interested in helping out – from planning to whole thing, to just showing up for a few hours on the day of the event – let me know and I will pass your name on to the volunteer coordinator.

There is an evolving movement regarding hemp production in Whatcom County. If you know anything about the benefits of hemp (its fibers, oils, other attributes…) then you will understand that it has tremendous upside potential when ultimately adopted by industry and agriculture.

Sustainable Bellingham would like to organize some form of consortium here to assess the resources and viability of stimulating hemp production in the region. We would like to hold an informal meeting of the prospects hemp-related agricultural activity in Whatcom County and beyond. More information is forthcoming, but an early December informal meeting will be held (drinks, snacks, etc.) be informal meeting, while a subsequent meeting will be scheduled at a later date allowing those to speak that have any interest in hemp production.

If you know anyone interest in hemp, please have them contact us atinfo@sustainablebellingham.org. This may evolve into something interesting. Or not. Stay tuned.

And here are some other upcoming events …

20th Annual Master Gardener Advanced training
Friday, October 31st8:30am-3:30pm, St. Luke’s Community Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, B’ham This full day training is geared toward Master Gardeners of Whatcom & Skagit county and is open to the public. Regional experts will cover advanced education topics such as; backyard bees, composting, rain gardens, watershed protection, healthy gardening practices for people & environment, plant pathology, natives, beans & youth education.

NSEA Work Party-Squalicum Creek
Saturday, November 1st, 9am-12 noon, Meet at Cornwall Park, off Meridian St. 
Join NSEA and Woodway Senior Living for a day of native tree planting, mulching and invasive plant removal along Squalicum Creek. Look for NSEA signs and shuttle.

Filming for Verite – Workshop at The Documentary Center
Saturday, November 1st12 noon-2pmThe Documentary Center at The Makeshift, 306 Flora St, B’ham
Verite is a French word meaning truth. Verite style filming for documentary captures life as it is actually unfolding in front of the camera. In this workshop we will be looking at examples of documentary verite and learning how to capture these moments in real time.

2 PacNW Authors, 2 Different Books & One Book Reading: EXODUS 2022 and PARADISE ROT
Saturday, November 1st4-5pmVillage Books, 11th Street, Fairhaven
Two Bainbridge Island authors, Kenneth G. Bennett and Larry Weiner, will be at a reading event at Village Books in Bellingham, WA on Sat., Nov. 1 at 4pm in the Readings Gallery.
Kirkus Reviews said of this eco, scifi speculative fiction set in the Pacific NW, EXODUS 2022, “Bennett, after a neat Dean Koontz-style curtain raiser, keeps raising the stakes… Deft storytelling and a riptide of action propel this cataclysmic narrative.”
Larry Weiner is the self-published author of Paradise Rot and Once Again with Blood (satirical zombie speculative fiction that opens in Seattle)

Joel Salatin, Rock Star Farmer – Coming to Langley, BC
Saturday, Nov 8th, starts at 8:30am, Langley Events Centre, Langley, BC
The rock star farmer will be the keynote speaker at a Langley workshop about the future of food and farming. The event is hosted by the Langley Sustainable Agriculture Foundation (LSAF) and will also feature two local farmers — Chris Bodnar of Close to Home Organics at Glen Valley Organic Farm, and Julia Smith of Urban Digs. LSAF was “overwhelmed” by the response to their last workshop from young farmers, second-career farmers and acreage owners, said Taylor. Salatin hopes to speak on “nook and cranny farming,” as well as integrated food systems.

NSEA Work Party-Canyon Creek
Saturday, November 8th, 9am-12 noon, Directions Below
Come out and help NSEA, Whatcom Land Trust, Whatcom Conservation District and Whatcom Public Works improve salmon habitat by planting native trees and shrubs at this incredible site! From Bellingham head east on WA-542 E/Mt Baker Hwy past the town of Maple Falls. Turn left on Glacier Springs Drive and look for the NSEA signs

Filming for Interview – Workshop at The Documentary Center
Saturday, November 8th12 noon-2pmThe Documentary Center at The Makeshift, 306 Flora St, B’ham
Documentary interview content is often the primary engine that runs a successful documentary narrative. In this workshop we will be looking at examples of documentary interview and learning how to conduct and film interview for documentary.

How to Understand the Mind – Book Talk
Saturday, November 8th4-5pmVillage Books, 11th Street, Fairhaven
What is our mind? From the Buddhist point of view, the mind is the source of all happiness and has unlimited potential. In his book, “How to Understand the Mind” Geshe Kelsang Gyatso presents and explains Buddha’s view of the mind. This 2,500 year-old wisdom is still very much applicable today, and provides practical insight into how to increase our happiness, inner peace, and quality of life. This beautiful explanation designed as a guide for practitioners of meditation, also encompasses philosophy, phenomenology and psychology. Speaker: James Lane has been a practitioner of New Kadampa Buddhism since 2006.

Bob Simmons, Reading From the Late Greg Palmer’s book, Cheese Deluxe: A Memoir
Sunday, November 9th4-5pmVillage Books, 11th Street, Fairhaven
Cheese Deluxe: A Memoir is a lively collection of mostly true tales about a group of Mercer Island high-school seniors during their last summer together in the mid-1960s. The center of their world is the Samoa Drive-In, a classic teen hangout and purveyor of the Cheese Deluxe, the world’s best burger.

Here are some other interesting tidbits of information…

How to Harvest and Store Winter Squash 
Pumpkins and their kin, the winter squashes, take months to mature. Don’t rush the process; a squash’s hard, protective skin develops with time. If you’re growing them for storage, wait until the vines begin to dry and the rinds have toughened before harvesting. To test for maturity, press a thumbnail against the skin; your nail shouldn’t leave a visible dent.

Small-Scale Traditional Farming Is the Only Way to Avoid Food Crisis, UN Researcher Says 
New scientific research increasingly shows how “agroecology” offers environmentally sustainable methods that can meet the rapidly growing demand for food. And two quotes from this article:
“We are being far too kind to industrialized agriculture. The private sector has endorsed it, but it has failed to feed the world, it has contributed to major environmental contamination and misuse of natural resources. It’s time we switched more attention, public funds and policy measures to agroecology, to replace the old model as soon as possible.”
– David Fig, who serves on the board of Biowatch South Africa, an NGO concerned with food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture
“Agroecology is related to the way you relate to land, to nature to each other—it is more than just organic production, it is a sustainable livelihood.”
– Sergio Sauer, formerly Brazil’s national rapporteur for human rights in land, territory and food

Fall Garden Cleanup
Before putting all your gardening tools away for the year, take an afternoon this fall and clean up the vegetable garden. Removing garden debris, including dead plant material and rotted vegetables, will help to reduce disease and insect problems next year. The time spent now cleaning up the garden, will be well worth it next summer.

Discovering an Oasis in the American Desert
The system was created 80 years ago. Built during the Roosevelt era, with horse and cart during the Great Depression it remained lost and forgotten for 80 Years! Now thanks to Google Earth imagining, Geoff Lawton tracked it down and discovered a forgotten swale system that was designed to passively harvest water and build soil – without human assistance. We could re-green a lot of deserts this way and plant an oasis of productive fruit trees. Find out how they did it!

Three Cows Supply Enough Cooking Gas to Suit a Family of Six People
This dairy is designed to capture all the manure (including human manure) and direct it to an underground chamber where methane gas is fermented. Excess manure is then directed to his vegetable garden or through his a reed bed filtration system.

25 Best Vegetarian Recipes
’nuff said. (Thanks Jenn for the link!)

Kale Walnut Pesto
* 2 garlic cloves
* 1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted
* coarse salt
* 2 cups kale leave
* 3 parsley sprigs
* 4 basil leaves
* juice of 1/2 lime
* 1/4 cup olive oil
* Romano cheese, optional
Place garlic in food processor, pulse until chopped. Add walnuts, pules a couple times. Add salt, kale, parsley, basil and lime juice. Pulse until coarsely chopped. Add olive oil, pulse until incorporated. Stir in cheese. Stir pesto into hot pasta with cheese and a bit of cooking water.

(Compiled by Jeffrey Westcott)

Here are some upcoming events …

September is Eat Local Month
Pick up THE Farm Tour & Eat Local Month Guide starting August, at Co-op stores, area farmers markets, visitors centers, Village Books, Public Libraries and online (link above). Eat Local Month is chock full of opportunities for scrumptious explorations, including:
* Farm-to-Table Restaurant

* Plenty of edible events
* Pick up your Guide for the Whatcom County Farm Tour in August

Celebrate with these festive and delectable events, family farms, cooking classes, chef contests, farm-to-table restaurants – all part of the Eat Local First Campaign

* Wednesday, September 3rd, 6pm, Pickford Film Center

Real Food Media Film showing

* Wednesday, September 3rd,,6:30-8pm

Brewers Cruise w/ Boundary Bay Brewery – San Juan Cruises

* Sunday, September 7th, 10am-4pm

Bow Edison Food Trail Trek

* Wednesday, September 10th

Brewers Cruise w/ Boundary Bay San Juan Cruises

* September 12th – 21st

Bellingham Beer Week

* Saturday, September 13th, 10am-5pm

Whatcom County Farm Tour

Cat Fancy – September Art Walk
Friday, September 5th ,6-11pm, Make Shift Are Gallery, 306 Flora Street, B’ham
A fancy show about fancy cats! This September art walk will be centered around one of our favorite pets. We have a vast mix of local artists whose work will be displayed.

Whatcom County Farm Tour
Saturday, September 13th, 10am-5pm, Around Whatcom County
A tour of Whatcom County Farms, from veggies to cheeses, heritage meats, wine and more. Head out with family and friends for a chance to see, taste and explore Whatcom County’s diverse family-owned farms, on this free, self-guided tour. For more information: Becca Taber, becca@sconnect.org or 647 7093.

2014 Bite of Bellingham
Sunday, September 14th, 12 noon-4pm, Depot Market Square, Railroad Ave, B’ham
Come indulge your taste buds at the 9th annual Bite of Bellingham! Hosting a selection of more than 20 Bellingham area restaurants with cuisine ranging from Cajun and pub fare to modern American and Asian, the Bite is an all-ages, fun and affordable event. Admission is free, bites start at $1!

Sustainable [R]evolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms and Communities Worldwide
Thursday, September 18th, 7-8pm, Village Books, Fairhaven
This new book, written by Juliana Bimbaum, features the work of a worldwide network of visionaries, including journalists, activists, indigenous leaders and permaculturists. The research presented in the book frames the permaculture movement as significant ally to marginalized groups, such as the urban poor and indigenous groups resisting the pressures of globalization. Sustainable Revolution uplifts and inspires with its catalog of dynamic cultural pioneers stewarding vibrant communities.

West Coast Women’s Permaculture Gathering
Thursday, September 18th through Sunday, September 21st, Camp Hamilton, near Monroe, WA
This year’s Gathering will feature exciting presentations, skill-building opportunities and our first ever Saturday Market Place to support your right-livelihoods, followed by our first ever Dance Party around the fire near the lake! Tickets are available for the entire three days, Saturday only, children at a reduced rate, child care is free with ticket for whole weekend. This event is near Monroe,
Washington, only a few hours away.

Click here to submit an event to our calendar. Remember to add your website link.

Here are some other interesting tidbits of information…

GMO-free Foods: A List for Those Who Are GMO Free
GMO-free foods are tough to find or, rather, it is simply difficult to differentiate between genetically modified ingredients and natural ingredients when reading the nutrition facts. Consumers are confounded by the lack of reasonable and appropriate labeling laws for GMO foods in the United States even though the vast majority of US consumers want genetically modified foods appropriately labeled.

Bug Love
Pests all, you might assume of these six-legged creatures. And hundreds of them are just that — pests. Mosquitoes and lice suck our blood and spread diseases, armies of caterpillars eat our crops, flies divebomb us, termites eat our homes, roaches invade our kitchens. But of the millions of insects, only a tiny fraction of them, less than 1 percent, are pests. A vast majority are beneficial to humans: They are pollinators, seed dispersers, nutrient recyclers, soil producers and predators or parasites of plant-feeding insects.

Campbell River System in the Midst of Stunning Rebound
Years of hard work repairing the city’s river soul has let salmon return in record quantities. Having just spent some time near Capbell River, this is truly beautiful area, and this is some good news to hear.

Some Efficient Footwork at the Market
A really neat video from Thailand called the Talat Rom Hup or the Maeklong Railway Market. It is close to the Maeklong Railway Station, people near the market still sell food and wares the same way for decades. They are not very poor but the old market is very small and close to the railway crowed.

Biking or Walking to Work Will Make You Happier and Healthier
You might imagine that the length of your commute is the main thing that affects how pleasant or nightmarish it is. But a pair of recent studies show that the mode of transportation you take is also really important — both in terms of how happy (or unhappy) you are with your commute, and your overall chance of obesity.

The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit
I try not to make it a habit to post from GQ, but this article fascinated me.
For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend—or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest

Recipe: Blueberry-Raspberry Shrub
A cool drink straight from your berry bushes. When you replace the water in the simple syrup with vinegar, preferably organic apple-cider vinegar, you’ve created a shrub, a bracing and very refreshing early-American treat.
* ½ cup blueberries

* ½ cup raspberries

* ½-1 cup sugar, depending on the sweetness of the berries

* 1 cup organic cider vinegar

1. Ad d the fruit, ½ cup sugar, and vinegar to a small saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and simmer until the fruit is soft and the sugar is dissolved. Taste for sweetness and add more sugar as needed, stirring to dissolve. Remove from heat.

2. When the liquid is cool, mash or puree the fruit in the syrup and strain into a jar. Discard the solids.

3. To make one glass of shrub, stir 3 tablespoons of syrup into 8 ounces of cold carbonated water. The syrup will keep for 2 weeks in the fridge.
*Makes enough syrup for 6 to 8 glasses of soda