Events

Whether it’s our popular annual events, monthly meet ups, networking series or educational workshops, we like to make it a better party. View our current events or scroll down to see our popular annual events for businesses and the community at large.

Sustainable Connections Events

Feb 2018

Write A Community Valentine -
February 01 - February 28, 12:00 am

Mar 2018

Let's Do Lunch Networking Series - at Sustainable Connections, Bellingham WA
March 07, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Come for the networking, leave experience. First Wednesday of the month March, April and May
Farm Fresh CSA Fair - at Bellingham Farmers Market, Bellingham
March 17, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
       Local Food from Local Farms Delivered to You   MEET local farmers and learn more about getting a box of fresh, local...
Toward Zero Waste Workshop: Restaurant Strategies for Safely Donating Prepared Foods - at Kombuchatown, Bellingham
March 22, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Thursday, March 22nd 2:30 - 3:30PM Culture Cafe at Kombucha Town 201 E. Chestnut FREE!   Restaurants, grocers, food producers and caterers are invited to:...

Apr 2018

Let's Do Lunch Networking Series - at Sustainable Connections, Bellingham WA
April 04, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Come for the networking, leave experience. First Wednesday of the month March, April and May

May 2018

Let's Do Lunch Networking Series - at Sustainable Connections, Bellingham WA
May 02, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Come for the networking, leave experience. First Wednesday of the month March, April and May

MEMBER EVENTS

 

Jan 2018

Yoga, Hiking, Biking, Bhutan Adventure with Yoga Northwest – January 08 - April 01 at All Day
Back Care Yoga @ The Shanti Center – January 26 - March 16 at 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Feb 2018

Write A Community Valentine – February 01 - February 28 at 12:00 am
Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America @ Whatcom Museum – February 03 - May 06 at 12:00 am
Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival – February 15 - February 24 at All Day
Pre-release Barrel Tasting @ Vartanyan Estate Winery – February 24 - February 25 at All Day
Raising poultry and pigs – February 24 at 12:00 am
Bonsai for Beginners with Chris Glatz – February 24 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Small Farm Expo – February 24 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fringe Boutique Shoe Launch Party! – February 24 at 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Lummi Island Wild Fill Your Freezer Party – February 24 at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recreation Northwest EXPO – February 24 at 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Raising Pigs Workshop @ Cloud Mountain Farm Center – February 24 at 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Supper Club Series - Chocolate Exploration Dinner – February 24 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Northwest Yarn February Spin In – February 25 at 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Yarn Talk with John @ Northwest Yarns – February 26 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
DASHI, TEMPURA, TOFU AND MORE – February 27 at 6:30 pm

Mar 2018

REACH Workshop: Exploring Equity and Cultural Humility w/ WDRC – March 01 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road @ Village Books – March 01 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chakra Awareness Immersion w/ 3 oms Yoga – March 03 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Seed Starting for Vegetable Gardening – March 03 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Seed Starting for Vegetable Gardening – March 03 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
2018 Red Carpet Affair @ Pickford Film Center – March 04 at 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fairhaven Food Fest – March 05 - March 11 at All Day
Let's Do Lunch Networking Series – March 07 at 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Chuckanut Radio Hour featuring Kate Moore – March 08 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Bellingham Bike Swap – March 10 at 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tools for Tough Conversations w/ WDRC – March 13 - March 29 at 5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Planting a Stunning Deer Resistant Garden – March 17 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Farm Fresh CSA Fair – March 17 at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bellingham St. Patrick's Day Parade – March 17 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Toward Zero Waste Workshop: Restaurant Strategies for Safely Donating Prepared Foods – March 22 at 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Advanced Vegetable Gardening Part 2 @ Cloud Mountain Farm Center – March 24 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Weekend Workshop with Firooza Razvi @ Northwest Yoga – March 30 - April 01 at 12:00 am
Skagit Farm to Pint FEST – March 31 at 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Apr 2018

Let's Do Lunch Networking Series – April 04 at 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Bottle yourself a bottle of wine @ Vartanyan Estate Winery – April 07 at 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Big Island Love Hawaii Yoga Retreat w/ Elizabeth Ruff – April 08 - April 13 at All Day
Advanced Vegetable Gardening Part 3 @ Cloud Mountain Farm Center – April 21 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

May 2018

Let's Do Lunch Networking Series – May 02 at 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Advanced Vegetable Gardening Part 4 @ Cloud Mountain Farm Center – May 12 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Let’s make cheese! @ Vartanyan Estate Winery – May 26 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
46th Annual Ski To Sea Race – May 27 at All Day

Jun 2018

Advanced Vegetable Gardening Part 5 @ Cloud Mountain Farm Center – June 16 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Austrailia's Thunder Down Under Desert Dreams 2018 World Tour @ Mount Baker Theatre – June 19 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
2018 Chuckanut Writers Conference – June 22 - June 23 at All Day

Sep 2018

Endangered Species: Artist On the Front Line of Biodiversity @ Whatcom Museum – September 08 - January 09 at All Day

If you are a member and would like to share an event, please submit your event here.

2018 Sustainable Connections ANNUAL EVENTS

Ongoing Series

Demo Days: The 2nd Saturday from April – November at the Bellingham Farmers Market, staff will showcase easy and delicious ways to use local produce items. Take home recipes and get inspired!

• Chef in the Market: The 3rd Saturday from May-September, two local chefs will host cooking demos at the Bellingham Farmers Market! Sample, learn, and connect with our incredibly talented local food entrepreneurs.

February

Fill out a Community Valentine
sustainableconnections.org
Help us spread the local love throughout February and write a Valentine to our community. Tell your favorite business why they’re so great, write a poem for Mount Baker or the best Whatcom county place, let a friend know why they make you happy. . . a valentine can be to whoever or whatever you want. Valentines creators will be entered to win the Local Lover prize pack valued at $275!

Farm to Table Trade Meeting, Feb 20
Bellingham Technical College
An annual one-day conference and connections event bringing together around 200 food and farming businesses of all kinds for a day of networking and education. Find local products, new markets, and grow your business.

March

Let’s Do Lunch, March 7
Sustainable Connections Office
Our new lively and fun format for our business members to network, learn, and make connections: ½ speed networking, ½ local experts speaking on pertinent topics. In March, learn about the benefits of signing up for Community Supported Agriculture – both for your employees and our community. We’ll be providing lots of valuable resources and showing businesses exactly how to get a workplace CSA started. Join us the 1st Wednesdays in March, April, and May.

Meet Your Farmer & CSA Fair, March 17
Bellingham Farmers Market
How to get local food boxes from local farmers. Meet our farmers, learn about Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), sign up for summer local food deliveries, and find out why local food is all about value, quality, and community. There will also be prize giveaways!

How to Donate Food for Businesses, Toward Zero Waste Workshop, March 22
Kombucha Town’s Culture Café
The first in a series of waste reduction workshops for businesses and the public, this session will focus on strategies for businesses to safely donate and reduce food waste. Free!

April

Whatcom Food & Farm Finder Release, April 7
Bellingham Farmers Market
Join us, opening day of the Bellingham Farmers Market to get your 2018 Whatcom Food & Farm Finder – the guide for all things local food: farmers, markets, restaurants, locally-made products, and more.

Let’s Do Lunch, April 4
Sustainable Connections Office
Our new lively and fun format for our business members to network, learn, and make connections: ½ speed networking, ½ local experts speaking on pertinent topics. The April topic will be accounting for sustainability.

Chef Market Mob, April 21
Bellingham Farmers Market
A gaggle of chefs touring the Bellingham Farmers Markets, sampling, meeting the makers, and making new connections. Free for all chefs and food buyers.

YIMBY: Yes in My Backyard!
Sustainable Connections and the Happy Valley Neighborhood Association will be hosting an event that invites residents from Happy Valley and surrounding neighborhoods to determine how to build more affordable and accessible housing in their neighborhood and to re-invent the way the neighborhood can develop (and continue to be) one of the best places in Bellingham to live and play.

May

Let’s Do Lunch, May 2
Sustainable Connections Office
Our new lively and fun format for our business members to network, learn, and make connections: ½ speed networking, ½ local experts speaking on pertinent topics. The May topic will be all about creating engaging, lively, and attractive booths and displays for businesses and nonprofits that table or vend in public places.

Farmer Chef Mixer, May 9
Facilitated networking, aimed at making more food grower and buyer relationships. Open to anyone! Free for Chef’s Collective members, $10 for all other. Always good food and valuable connections.

Cascade Cuts Fundraiser, May 19
Cascade Cuts Nursery
Cascade Cuts, the extensive wholesale perennial, annual, veggie, and herb nursery is open to the public just one day a year as a fundraiser for Sustainable Connections Food & Farming Program. Everyone is invited to pick up veggie starts, hanging baskets, flowers, and exotic oddities for the summer season at incredible prices, all proceeds go to support our local farmers and food system.

June

Imagine This Home and Landscape Tour, June 23
We will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Imagine This Home and Landscape Tour this year! With guided and self-guided options, tour participants will learn how to create eco-friendly homes and landscapes and connect with the businesses that can make it happen.

Food Waste Donation and Reduction for Caterers, Toward Zero Waste Workshop, June 19
The second in a series of waste reduction workshops for businesses and the public, this session will focus on strategies for caterers to safely donate and reduce food waste. Free!

Birchwood International Market, June 29
This new, family-friendly open-air market in the commercial heart of Birchwood will celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Birchwood Neighborhood. The market will showcase local vendors selling culturally rich merchandise, art, and food and feature small-scale performances and entertainment. Help celebrate our local and minority-owned businesses and the diversity of the Birchwood Neighborhood!

July

Independents Month, entire month of July
Independents Month is an annual celebration to engage local independent businesses and citizens in celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit and freedom our local businesses embody. Independents Month is also an occasion to recognize small businesses’ contributions to the community–and to affirm citizens’ role in shaping their community’s future.

Downtown Market Walk, July 21
The Market Walk is free and is a celebration and exploration of Bellingham’s local food scene, giving Bellinghamsters a chance to partake in a specially curated self-guided tour that showcases the best of downtown’s local grocers, markets and specialty food shops. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste samples at each location and play “market walk” bingo for the chance to win bug in local food prizes! Each shop will also be hosting specials throughout the day.

Birchwood International Market, July 27
This new, family-friendly open-air market in the commercial heart of Birchwood will celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Birchwood Neighborhood. The market will showcase local vendors selling culturally rich merchandise, art, and food and feature small-scale performances and entertainment. Help celebrate our local and minority-owned businesses and the diversity of the Birchwood Neighborhood!

August

Preserving the Harvest, Toward Zero Waste Workshop, August 16
The third in a series of waste reduction workshops for businesses and the public, this session will focus on how each of us can preserve the bounty of the harvest months, reduce wasted food, and safely donate extras. Free!

Birchwood International Market, August 24
This new, family-friendly open-air market in the commercial heart of Birchwood will celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Birchwood Neighborhood. The market will showcase local vendors selling culturally rich merchandise, art, and food and feature small-scale performances and entertainment. Help celebrate our local and minority-owned businesses and the diversity of the Birchwood Neighborhood!

September

Eat Local Month
Sustainable Connections Food & Farming Program annual month-long celebration that highlights local foods, farms, and fishers. Eat Local Month is a reminder to celebrate the bounty in Whatcom’s backyard, and support the folks who grow, raise and prepare our food by buying locally. It makes eating local easy with a variety of tools, resources, and events that are shared or happen throughout the month (below)

Farm Fund Hootenanny, Sept 3
The Farm Fund Hootenanny kicks off Eat Local Month on and is a fundraiser for the Co-op’s Farm Fund, which works to strengthen local, sustainable agriculture and local food access. The “Hoot” embodies the tradition of gathering together to celebrate a successful harvest season with live music, dance, camaraderie, local farmer awards, delicious food, and a whole lot of fun!

Whatcom Farm Tour, Sept 8 & 9
This annual, free, self-guided tour gives our community the opportunity to experience and learn more about where their food comes from. Eight to twelve farms will open their doors to the public and host tours, entertainment, and other fun family friendly activities.

Shop With the Chef, Sept 15
Bellingham Farmers Market
Peruse the Bellingham Farmers Market with one of our top local chefs. Learn about how to choose the best ingredients, fun ideas for local food, and how to shop like a chef!

Business over Breakfast, Sept 5
Sustainable Connections Office
Our new lively and fun format for our business members to network, learn, and make connections: ½ speed networking, ½ local experts speaking on pertinent topics. Join us the 1st Wednesdays in Sept, Oct, and Nov.

Birchwood International Market, September 28
This new, family-friendly open-air market in the commercial heart of Birchwood will celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Birchwood Neighborhood. The market will showcase local vendors selling culturally rich merchandise, art, and food and feature small-scale performances and entertainment. Help celebrate our local and minority-owned businesses and the diversity of the Birchwood Neighborhood!

October

Business over Breakfast, Oct 3
Sustainable Connections Office
Our new lively and fun format for our business members to network, learn, and make connections: ½ speed networking, ½ local experts speaking on pertinent topics. Join us the 1st Wednesdays in Sept, Oct, and Nov.

Sustainable Design & Development Conference (October or November)
Bellingham Technical College
The premier green building conferences in the Northwest, the conference embodies principals of the Living Building Challenge, which defines the most advanced measures of sustainability and gives conference attendees the opportunity to learn from leading industry experts.

Whatcom Housing Week (Same week as the Sustainable Design Conf, October or November)
Housing Week is a series of events that will build awareness and support for innovative housing solutions that create diverse, vibrant, healthy homes for everyone. A number of community partners with a shared goal to increase opportunities for people of all income levels to have live in walkable neighborhoods that foster healthy lifestyles will host events.

November
Business over Breakfast, Nov 7
Sustainable Connections Office
Our new lively and fun format for our business members to network, learn, and make connections: ½ speed networking, ½ local experts speaking on pertinent topics. Join us the 1st Wednesdays in Sept, Oct, and Nov.

Farmer Chef Mixer, Nov 7
Facilitated networking, aimed at making more food grower and buyer relationships. Open to anyone! Free for Chef’s Collective members, $10 for all other. Always good food and valuable connections.

Food Waste Free Holidays!, Toward Zero Waste Workshop, Nov 15
The last in our series of waste reduction workshops for businesses and the public, this session will show us all how to have a food waste free holiday season.

December

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