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

Aug 2018

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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.
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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. Featuring cultural performances, music, and art.

Sep 2018

2018 Eat Local Month
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, plug into great events, and tour Whatcom Farms.
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!
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Business Over Breakfast September - at Sustainable Connections, Bellingham WA
September 05, 8:00 am - 9:15 am
Come for the networking, leave with experience!First Wednesdays of the month, September through November, hear from local business owners and experts on relevant topics to utilize in your everyday work. Half speed networking half presentation.
Whatcom County Farm Tour
Whatcom Farm Tour Weekend -
September 08 - September 09, 12:00 am
Get the full farm-to-table experience! Discover Whatcom County Farms and enjoy three tasty locavore events at one of the best, and longest-running, farm tours in Washington State.
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Farm Tour Weekend Farm to Pint Pairing - at Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, Bellingham WA
September 08, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us in the Mountain Room for a beer & food pairing hosted by Boundary Bay highlighting local farms + producers.
Farm Tour Brunch
Farm Tour Brunch -
September 09, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Dig into a delicious farm tour brunch, sourced from wonderful Whatcom & Skagit farms hosted by Cosmos Bistro.
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Farm Tour Weekend Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tasting -
September 09, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A decadent and delicious tasting brought to you by Samson Estates Winery, Twin Sisters Creamery, Ferndale Farmstead, Gothberg Farms, and Chocolate Necessities.
Energy Club - at Primer Coffee, Bellingham WA
September 20, 8:00 am - 8:45 am
A quick and casual meetup to give energy efficiency enthusiasts all of the tools, information, and connections they need to make steps towards energy efficiency in the workplace. Join us the 3rd Thursday, every other month!
Food Atlas Launch Party - at Pickford Film Center, Bellingham WA
September 24, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us for a local bites reception, a quick interactive tour of the new online local food tool, the Eat Local First Food Atlas, and a selection of award-winning short food & agriculture films from the Real Food Film Festival. 
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Birchwood International Market -
September 28, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
This large open air market celebrates 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.

Oct 2018

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Business Over Breakfast October - at Sustainable Connections, Bellingham WA
October 03, 8:00 am - 9:15 am
Come for the networking, leave with experience!First Wednesdays of the month, September through November, hear from local business owners and experts on relevant topics to utilize in your everyday work. Half speed networking half presentation.
Whatcom Housing Week -
October 22 - October 26, All Day
Whatcom Housing Week

Nov 2018

Coffee and notes
Business Over Breakfast November - at Sustainable Connections, Bellingham WA
November 07, 8:00 am - 9:15 am
Come for the networking, leave with experience!First Wednesdays of the month, September through November, hear from local business owners and experts on relevant topics to utilize in your everyday work. Half speed networking half presentation.
Energy Club - at Primer Coffee, Bellingham WA
November 15, 8:00 am - 8:45 am
A quick and casual meetup to give energy efficiency enthusiasts all of the tools, information, and connections they need to make steps towards energy efficiency in the workplace. Join us the 3rd Thursday, every other month!

Jan 2019

Energy Club - at Primer Coffee, Bellingham WA
January 17, 8:00 am - 8:45 am
A quick and casual meetup to give energy efficiency enthusiasts all of the tools, information, and connections they need to make steps towards energy efficiency in the workplace. Join us the 3rd Thursday, every other month!

 

MEMBER EVENTS

 

Aug 2018

The Northwest Slow Yarn Crawl – August 01 - August 31 at All Day
5 Day Yoga Intensive @ Yoga Northwest – August 15 - August 19 at All Day
5 Day Yoga Intensive Workshop w/ John Schumacher – August 15 - August 19 at All Day
Fairhaven Vino in the Village Wine Walk! – August 16 at 5:30 am - 8:30 pm
Pop up! Bellingham Rosé Club! – August 16 at 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
OLA: HEALTH IS EVERYTHING – August 16 at 5:00 pm
Toward Zero Waste Workshop: Preserving the Harvest – August 16 at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Excellence NW Choice Workshop @ Village Books – August 16 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
2018 Summer's End – August 17 at All Day
WINEMAKER DINNER SERIES – August 17 at 5:30 pm
Friday Night Farm Tunes – August 17 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
August Summer Garden Party – August 18 at 12:00 am
Chef in the Market – August 18 at 11:00 am
Eco-Dyeing from Weeds and Waste – August 19 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Understanding Conflict Workshop – August 22 - August 29 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Let's Make Feta! – August 22 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
2018 Ferndale Street Festival – August 24 - August 25 at All Day
Pickford Film Center Rooftop Cinema: Napoleon Dynamite – August 24 at 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wine Festival 2018 Gold Medal Winners Tasting – August 25 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Whatcom Museum - History Sunset Cruise – August 28 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Finlandia Group Chili Cook-off – August 29 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Birchwood International Market – August 31 at 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sep 2018

September Eat Local Month – September 01 - September 30 at 12:00 am
Farm Fund Hootenanny and Eat Local Month Kickoff – September 02 at 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Business Over Breakfast September – September 05 at 8:00 am - 9:15 am
TAG NW Tech Bash Scholarship Fundraiser – September 06 at 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Endangered Species: Artist On the Front Line of Biodiversity @ Whatcom Museum – September 08 - January 09 at All Day
Whatcom Farm Tour Weekend – September 08 - September 09 at 12:00 am
12th Annual Compete for a Cause Cribbage Tournament – September 08 at 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Farm Tour Weekend Farm to Pint Pairing – September 08 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Farm Tour Brunch – September 09 at 8:00 am - 10:00 am
5th Annual Wander to Wander 1K – September 09 at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Farm Tour Weekend Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tasting – September 09 at 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Family Mediation Training – September 12 - September 14 at 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Shop with a Chef – September 15 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Bellingham Traverse – September 15 at 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Energy Club – September 20 at 8:00 am - 8:45 am
Bellingham SeaFeast 2018 – September 21 - September 22 at All Day
A Road Runs Through it: Tourism, Culture, and the Politics of Conservation with Ben Gardner – September 22 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Food Atlas Launch Party – September 24 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Four Decades of Change: An Arctic Seabird Struggles to Survive in a Warming World – September 25 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Exploring Equity and Cultural Humility – September 27 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Birchwood International Market – September 28 at 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Oct 2018

Business Over Breakfast October – October 03 at 8:00 am - 9:15 am
Travelogue: Using Citizen Science to Protect Biodiversity in the Salish Sea with Eleanor Hines, and Tracking Butterfly and Plant Responses to Climate Change with John Mclaughlin – October 04 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Return to the Forest Film and Behind-the-Scenes Discussion with Director Patricia Sims – October 06 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Our Salish Sea Watershed Community: North America’s First Bioregional Marine Sanctuary – October 11 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Waterfront as Contested Space – October 11 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Whatcom Symphony Chamber Performance: Classical at the Museum – October 12 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Presentation And Conversation with Brandon Ballengée, Artist, Biologist, and Environmental Educator – October 13 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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
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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.

YIMBY: Yes in My Backyard! April 14
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.

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.

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, Oct 25
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, Oct 22 – 26
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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