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

Sep 2019

Lopez family in front of their greenhouse at Mariposa Farm.
Eat Local Month -
September 01 - September 30, All Day
Join us for this richly diverse celebration of our local food community. Delight in sea-to-plate, grain-to-glass, and farm-to-plate goodness!
Farm Fund Celebration - at Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, Bellingham WA
September 01, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Enjoy rollicking live music with the Penny Stickers, a dance performance by Estrellitas de Bellingham, a tractor photo booth, farmer recognition and awards, delicious local food and brews at Boundary Bay, and more—all to benefit the Community Food Co-op’s Farm Fund and kick off Eat Local Month!
Coffee and notes
Business Over Breakfast September - at Sustainable Connections, Bellingham WA
September 04, 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
2019 Whatcom County Farm Tour -
September 07 - September 08, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
See, taste, feel, and learn hands-on what goes into local food production. Meet unique Whatcom County farms and experience the passion and care that goes into producing local food for our community.
Farm-Infused Beer Tasting - at Aslan Depot, Bellingham WA
September 07, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join us for a unique opportunity to drink Aslan beer infused with locally sourced produce. This event will showcase four beers with seasonal flavor profiles inspired and grown by Whatcom County farms.
Farm Tour Brunch - at Cosmos Bistro, Bellingham WA
September 08, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Enjoy the famous Farm Tour Brunch at Cosmos Bistro! Featuring a farm-fresh eggs benedict, pastured proteins, and scratch-made breads complete with all local coffees and teas.
Natural Wine Tasting + Bites - at Camber, Bellingham WA
September 08, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Taste sustainably farmed, non-intervention natural wines from the Columbia and Willamette Valleys with hor d’oeuvres and house-made desserts at Camber.
Smart Business Leadership Workshop: Sustainability Practices - at Community Food Co-op Healthy Connections Classroom, Bellingham WA
September 18, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
Learn how to measure and track organizational sustainability practices with local sustainability expert, Melissa Elkins, of the Community Food Co-op.
Energy Club - at Primer Coffee, Bellingham WA
September 19, 8:00 am - 8:45 am
Meet like-minded folks and energy efficiency experts to learn about local resources to help you save energy at work and so much more!

Oct 2019

Coffee and notes
Business Over Breakfast October - at Sustainable Connections, Bellingham WA
October 02, 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.
Fall Fruit Festival - at Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson WA
October 05, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
This family-friendly event features tastings of over 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables all grown here on the farm. Live music, food, and more!
Fall Fruit Festival - at Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson WA
October 06, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
This family-friendly event features tastings of over 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables all grown here on the farm. Live music, food, and more!
Whatcom Housing Week -
October 21 - October 25, All Day
Join us for Housing Week where community members, civic leaders, and industry professionals are invited to engage in dialogue about creative housing solutions for everyone.

Nov 2019

Coffee and notes
Business Over Breakfast November - at Sustainable Connections, Bellingham WA
November 06, 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 21, 8:00 am - 8:45 am
Meet like-minded folks and energy efficiency experts to learn about local resources to help you save energy at work and so much more!

Dec 2019

Green Building Slam - at Underground, Bellingham wa
December 06, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
10 SPEAKERS, 10 SLIDES, 10 MINUTES. Learn about 10 innovative buildings, ideas, or advances that push the envelope in our built environment.

Our events are made possible with the generous support of these sustaining members

Past Events

Farm-To-Table Trade Meeting
February 19th, 2019
Review presenter slides and resources from NW Washington’s premier FOOD & FARM BIZ CONFERENCE!

 

MEMBER EVENTS

 

Jul 2019

Farmtunes Summer Concert Series at Bellewood Farms – July 26 - September 13 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Aug 2019

Whatcom Artist Studio Tour 2019 Showcase – August 03 - September 29 at 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
What Lies Beneath: Minerals of the Pacific Northwest – August 17 - February 02 at 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Home Farm Sunflower Festival 2019 – August 24 - August 25 at 12:00 am

Sep 2019

Eat Local Month – September 01 - September 30 at All Day
Farm Fund Celebration – September 01 at 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Business Over Breakfast September – September 04 at 8:00 am - 9:15 am
Travelogue: Kurt McCalla’s Amazing Adventure – September 05 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
13th Annual Cribbage Tournament – September 07 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
2019 Whatcom County Farm Tour – September 07 - September 08 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
WANTED: Ed Bereal for Disturbing the Peace – September 07 - January 05 at 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Curator’s Gallery Tour for Wanted: Ed Bereal for Disturbing the Peace – September 07 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Farm-Infused Beer Tasting – September 07 at 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Farm Tour Brunch – September 08 at 8:00 am - 10:00 am
6th Annual Wander to Wander 1k – September 08 at 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Natural Wine Tasting + Bites – September 08 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
25 Years of the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour – September 12 at 12:00 pm
Run with the Chums 5K – September 14 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Smart Business Leadership Workshop: Sustainability Practices – September 18 at 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
Energy Club – September 19 at 8:00 am - 8:45 am
Travelogue: Lawrence Wong Shares About Amazing Namibia – September 19 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tag Sale Preview Party – September 20 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
14th Annual Tag Sale – September 21 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! – September 21 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum – September 22 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
BirdNote with Mary McCann and Bob Sundstrom – September 24 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Oct 2019

Whatcom Land Trust Business Conservation Leaders Breakfast – October 02 at 7:15 am - 9:00 am
Business Over Breakfast October – October 02 at 8:00 am - 9:15 am
Fall Fruit Festival – October 05 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fall Fruit Festival – October 06 at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Whatcom Housing Week – October 21 - October 25 at All Day

Nov 2019

Business Over Breakfast November – November 06 at 8:00 am - 9:15 am
Energy Club – November 21 at 8:00 am - 8:45 am

Dec 2019

Green Building Slam – December 06 at 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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

2019 Sustainable Connections ANNUAL EVENTS

Dates are subject to change, check this page often for new event pages and information.

Ongoing Series

Green Building Lunch & Learns: Throughout 2019, Sustainable Connections’ Green Building & Smart Growth Program and the NW EcoBuilding Guild will be partnering to offer industry-specific training and CE credits. Topics will vary, but each class hopes to enable industry professionals with the knowledge they need to transform the built environment for long-term sustainability.

Sustainable Business Working Group: This quarterly workshop series, co-sponsored by the Community Food Co-op, will take businesses on a deep dive into sustainable businesses practices. The kickoff for these workshops will be the Smart Business Summit on March 28th – don’t miss it!

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

 

February 

Fill out a Community Valentine: Independent businesses invest up to 3x more back into our local economy, hire more local people, and have been a powerful pathway to the middle class. Help us spread the local love throughout February and write a Valentine to local business you love. We will share Valentines with businesses in March. Submit your Valentine via the website.

Farm to Table Trade Meeting, Feb 19: 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 6: 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.

Green Building NERDS, March 18: Specifically for industry professionals, join your peers, bring your plans and NERD OUT. Take your projects to a deeper level of green and collaborate on innovative ideas.

Energy Club, March 21: 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.

Smart Business Summit, March 28: The kickoff event for a series of sustainable business workshops that will be held throughout 2019, learn how and why purpose-driven companies are succeeding. Inspiring speakers, powerful panelists, time to network, and actionable take home knowledge. Open to all.

Meet Your Farmer & CSA Fair, March 30: 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!

 

April 

Whatcom Food & Farm Finder Release, April 6: Join us, opening day of the Bellingham Farmers Market to get your 2019 Eat Local First Food & Farm Finder – the guide for all things local food: farmers, markets, restaurants, locally-made products, and more.

Let’s Do Lunch, April 3: 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.

 Members Happy Hour, April 24: A fun and casual meet up for local businesses held at local businesses. Connect and conspire over something bubbly!

 

May 

Let’s Do Lunch, May 1: 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.

Solarize for Smart Businesses, May 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10th: Solarize for Smart Business is a group purchasing campaign intended to raise the level of awareness about rural solar energy options and simplify adoption of solar energy among the businesses of Whatcom and Skagit County.

Farmer Chef Mixer, May 8: Facilitated networking, aimed at making more food grower and buyer relationships. Always good food and valuable connections.

Energy Club, May 16: 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.

Cascade Cuts Fundraiser, May 18: Cascade Cuts Nursery, 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 great prices, all proceeds go to support our local farmers and food system.

Green Building NERDS, May 20
Specifically for industry professionals, join your peers, bring your plans and NERD OUT. Take your projects to a deeper level of green and collaborate on innovative ideas.

 

June

NW Green Home Tour, June 22: Different name, same great green home tour! Get inspired by projects in all shades of light to deep green, from backyard cottages and kitchen remodels to new homes built with cutting-edge green features. You’ll see and learn first-hand how your neighbors are generating their own electricity with solar panels, lowering their energy bills with insulation, and creating healthier home environments for their families with better building materials and systems. Learn from experts and really understand “what makes it green” on this educational tour.

Members Happy Hour, June 26 Fun, casual meetups for local businesses held at local businesses. Connect and conspire over something bubbly!

Toward Zero Waste Workshop, June 27: A waste reduction workshop for businesses and/or the public, topics range from waste reduction strategies for caterers to how to preserve the harvest for the public.

  

July

Independents Month, the 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.

Chef Farm Tour, July 15: Join grocery buyers and chefs for a tour of the hottest new farms and local food products.

Green Building NERDS, July 15: Specifically for industry professionals, join your peers, bring your plans and NERD OUT. Take your projects to a deeper level of green and collaborate on innovative ideas.

Energy Club, July 18: 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.

 

August

Toward Zero Waste Workshop, August 21: A waste reduction workshop for businesses and/or the public, topics range from waste reduction strategies for caterers to how to preserve the harvest for the public.

 

September

Eat Local Month: The Food & Farming Program’s 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. Treat yourself to local specials at a variety of participating restaurants and join in on fun events like:

Farm Fund Hootenanny, Sept 1: The Farm Fund Hootenanny kicks off Eat Local Month 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 7 & 8: 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.

Business over Breakfast, Sept 4: 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.

Green Building NERDS, Sept 16: Specifically for industry professionals, join your peers, bring your plans and NERD OUT. Take your projects to a deeper level of green and collaborate on innovative ideas.

Energy Club, Sept 19: 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.

 

October

Business over Breakfast, Oct 2: 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.

Cloud Mountain Farm Center Fall Harvest Fest, Oct 5 – 6: Experience the farm firsthand and savor the bounty of our region. This family-friendly event features tastings of over 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables all grown here on the farm.

Whatcom Housing Week, Oct 21 – 25: Our Green Building & Smart Growth Program is an active participant of the Whatcom Housing Alliance, which hosts Housing Week each year. This series of events builds awareness and support for innovative housing solutions that create diverse, vibrant, healthy homes for everyone.

 

November

Think & Eat Local for the Holidays: Starting each November, the Think and Eat Local First Campaign go into overdrive to help our community shop and source local for the holidays. Find gifts via an online gift guide and utilize new tools and resources from our Eat Local First Campaign. Visit the Sustainable Connections and Eat Local First websites for all the details.

Business over Breakfast, Nov 6: 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 6: Facilitated networking, aimed at making more food grower and buyer relationships. Always good food and valuable connections.

Toward Zero Waste Workshop, Nov 12: A waste reduction workshop for businesses and/or the public, topics range from waste reduction strategies for caterers to how to preserve the harvest for the public.

Green Building NERDS, Nov 18: Specifically for industry professionals, join your peers, bring your plans and NERD OUT. Take your projects to a deeper level of green and collaborate on innovative ideas.

Energy Club, Nov 21: 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.

 

December

Think & Eat Local for the Holidays: The Think and Eat Local First Campaign go into overdrive to help our community shop and source local for the holidays. Find gifts via an online gift guide and utilize new tools and resources from our Eat Local First Campaign. Visit the Sustainable Connections and Eat Local First websites for all the details.

 Green Building Slam, December 6: Short, fast, and fun presentations from experts in the field. Learn about innovative and sustainable green buildings, ideas, or advances that push the envelope in our local built environment. From industry professionals to the public, all are welcome!