WE CREATE THRIVING COMMUNITIES THROUGH INNOVATIVE IDEAS, COLLABORATION, AND ACTION.
|Indie Month 2018 - July 01 - July 31, All Day Small businesses are the heartbeat of our neighborhoods, the spine of our local economy, and the spirit of our town. Help us celebrate. Discover new business. Attend summery events. Win prizes!|
|Birchwood International Market - July 27, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm This large open air market will celebrating the rich cultural diversity of Birchwood, Bellingham and the Pacific Northwest. Bring the family or a friend to the commercial heart of the Birchwood neighborhood and shop local vendors, eat, and play. Featuring cultural performances, music, and art. Help celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Birchwood and come to build commUNITY!|
|Toward Zero Waste Workshop: Preserving the Harvest - August 16, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Gardeners, produce lovers, and community members alike will learn how to preserve their in-season abundance from a local preservation expert. Cut down on food waste and increase food reserves for the whole year.|
|Birchwood International Market - August 31, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm This large open air market will celebrating the rich cultural diversity of Birchwood, Bellingham and the Pacific Northwest. Bring the family or a friend to the commercial heart of the Birchwood neighborhood and shop local vendors, eat, and play. Featuring cultural performances, music, and art. Help celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Birchwood and come to build commUNITY!|
|September Eat Local Month - September 01 - September 30, 12:00 am Join us for Eat Local Month, a richly diverse celebration of our local food community.Savor restaurant specials all month long. Experience farm tour weekend events; connect with where your food comes from, meet local farmers, and tour Whatcom Farms. Explore local markets, delight in sea-to-plate, grain-to-glass, and farm-to-plate goodness!|
|Farm Fund Hootenanny and Eat Local Month Kickoff - at Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, Bellingham WA September 02, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Kick up your heels and enjoy some rollicking live music, square dancing, a tractor photo booth, farmer recognition and awards, and Boundary Bay Brewery beer and local barbecue—all to benefit the Community Food Co-op’s Farm Fund and kick off Eat Local Month!|
A New Economic Model
“The northern Washington town of Bellingham may be the epicenter of a new economic model for a post-consumerist economy, producing goods and services focused on what surrounding communities need and can sustain.”
-NPR Marketplace, interview with Sustainable Connections
A Local Living Economy
Choosing local retailers creates jobs and community. Hear from a variety of local entrepreneurs who call Bellingham home and learn why they choose to live and love local.
News and Highlights
By Alex Smith The farming lifestyle is an alluring one. Waking up with the sun, spending time outdoors, the independence of knowing that your food is coming from within walking distance – what’s not to love? Given this idyllic picture of the American farmer, it may...read more
The recurring image of edible foods discarded into the compost bin or worse the landfill bin was constantly on my mind and a catalyst for a major initiative I was hoping someday Sustainable Connections as an organization could take on. Other local hunger relief organizations are working hard to collect and deliver non-perishable foods and redistribute them but where a large gap exists is prepared edible foods that need to be redistributed in a much shorter time frame.read more
Every year Sustainable Connections honors five local businesses that are taking steps towards achieving a healthy triple bottom line--taking care of employees, our environment, and the local economy--with a Sustainability Champion Award. Drawn from the four tenets of...read more