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NO on People First Bellingham Initiative #4

NO on People First Bellingham Initiative #4

  Dear Community Members, We all want a thriving community. We know that to build a healthy future for our community and economy we need to work hard and take care of each other, and it is not always easy. We are facing some huge challenges and the People First...
Faith Lutheran Church

Faith Lutheran Church

Faith Lutheran Church plays an active role in bettering the community in many ways. On the third Sunday of each month, Faith Lutheran collects non-perishable food items as well as monetary gifts for donation to the Bellingham Food Bank. The church also excels in...
Bellingham Public Schools

Bellingham Public Schools

Bellingham Public Schools has proven to be a leader in reducing food waste and better serving our community members and families in need. Together with Sustainable Connections’ Food Recovery Program, they started donating surplus food in 2019. To date, they have...
Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture

Spring Time Farm Spring is in the air and so is the season to find your Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmer! With the 2021 growing season underway, the Eat Local First Collaborative is launching a Meet Your CSA Farmer campaign through March 31, 2021 featuring...
PSE Awards Sustainable Connections Solar Grant

PSE Awards Sustainable Connections Solar Grant

MEDIA RELEASE PSE awards more than $1 million in solar installation grants All 15 recipients offer support services to low-income and BIPOC community members within PSE’s service area   BELLEVUE, Wash. (Feb. 25, 2021) – As an ongoing effort to provide assistance to...
Find Sweet Treats with the Sweet Sixteen

Sasquatch’s Sweet Sixteen

Sixteen Delicious Local Treats If you didn’t know, Sasquatch has a sweet tooth, and he loves using the Whatcom Think Local First gift card to buy sweet treats all over Whatcom County. With Valentine ’s Day coming up, we wanted to share Sasquatch’s Sweet 16 with you –...
Tip the Scales for Hunger Relief

Tip the Scales for Hunger Relief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark Peterson, Sustainable Business Manager, Sustainable Connections Mark@SustainableConnections.org 360-647-7093 x116...
Hempler’s Food Group For the Win!

Hempler’s Food Group For the Win!

Hempler’s Food Group has been crafting delicious high quality hotdogs and bacon in Whatcom County for three generations. Located in the heart of Ferndale, they provide hundreds of local jobs. Hempler’s is committed to future generations as well by striving to reduce...

Food & Farming SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Project Intern

Organization: Sustainable Connections Title: Food & Farming SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Project Intern Reports to: Food & Farming Marketing Coordinator Location: Bellingham, WA Status: Unpaid/Temporary Internship Application Deadline: Applications...
Nearly 5,000 Lbs of Berries Recovered

Nearly 5,000 Lbs of Berries Recovered

Together we can achieve more! In the case of the almost 5,000 lbs of freeze dried blackberries donated to Sustainable Connections by CBB Property Management, this sentiment certainly rings true. With a collaborative effort between six agencies including Windwood...
Farmer toolkit for direct sales and pickup sites

Farmer toolkit for direct sales and pickup sites

We’re acutely aware that getting products to market is challenging now more than ever and we want to help. We’ve been in touch with a number of food delivery businesses and have compiled a list of options for 1) opportunities to sell your products through an...
Toolkit for Hosting a Farm Drop Site

Toolkit for Hosting a Farm Drop Site

As we enter the peak growing season with no signs of returning to normalcy, businesses have to get creative in how we get fresh farm products to the consumer. One of these creative models is to have restaurants and other essential businesses work with farms and food...
Business Support for Impacts of COVID-19

Business Support for Impacts of COVID-19

The effects of COVID-19 are being felt locally and globally. We are committed to helping our community navigate the rapidly changing times and provide as much support to small, local, and independent businesses as we can. We are working with Whatcom County’s...
Two Nonprofits Join Forces to Strengthen Local Food Systems

Two Nonprofits Join Forces to Strengthen Local Food Systems

BELLINGHAM, WA, November 15, 2018 | Sustainable Connections and Cloud Mountain Farm Center today announced that they will be merging together into one nonprofit. Completion of the merger is expected to take place on December 31, 2018, when Cloud Mountain Farm Center...
Stepping Down

Stepping Down

Stepping Downby Tom ThorntonIt was late September 1978 when I rolled up the driveway of an abandoned chicken farm on Goodwin Rd. The landscape contours of the fields then looked like cotton ready for harvest. The reality was a very dense stand of Canadian thistle, 20...

How to revive your food

Sometimes our food may begin to look a little sad, like when your greens begin to wilt a bit. But that doesn’t mean that you still can’t enjoy these foods in your next meal, you just have to revive those foods! With a little bit of extra love, you can...
My Housing Story

My Housing Story

Everyone has a housing story. Whether you’ve told it to many people or you’ve kept it private, there is likely a story about where you live now and how you got there. Maybe it’s a feel good story that you are proud of or maybe it’s one you...