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 2017

September Eat Local Month -
September 01 - September 30, 12:00 am
Eat Local Month Restaurant Week -
September 24 - September 30, All Day

Oct 2017

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October Business Over Breakfast Series - at Sustainable Connections, Bellingham WA
October 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.
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Green Building Nerds - at Sustainable Connections Office, Bellingham WA
October 16, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Farmenting Round Table: Sourcing Ingredients Locally - at Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, Bellingham WA
October 19, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Inviting all farmers and brewers!   Farmenting Round Table: Sourcing Ingredients Locally Hosted by the Bellingham Brewers Guild at Boundary Bay Thursday, October 19th, 6pm-9pm...

Nov 2017

Coffee and notes
November Business Over Breakfast Series - at Sustainable Connections, Bellingham WA
November 01, 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.
Farmer Chef Mixer - at Drizzle, Lynden WA
November 08, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Farmer Chef Mixer - at Drizzle, Lynden WA November 08, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm What? Sustainable Connections and the NW WA Chef Collective is hosting a...
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Sustainable Design & Development Conference - at Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham WA
November 09, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Join Sustainable Connection and other industry leaders, problem solvers, and change makers as we explore the opportunities, challenges, and solutions that live where the global climate change crisis and the built environment intersect.

Dec 2017

Chefs Breakfast: 2018 Food Trends - at Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, Bellingham WA
December 12, 7:30 am - 9:00 am
*Network * Eat Good Food * Learn about important stuff Open to all food & farming businesses and organizations Buddha bowls, charcoal, charcuterie, chilled red...

MEMBER EVENTS

 

Sep 2017

September Eat Local Month – September 01 - September 30 at 12:00 amDavid Montgomery - Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life – September 23 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmEat Local Month Restaurant Week – September 24 - September 30 at All DayMolly Hashimoto - Colors of the West: An Artist’s Guide to Nature’s Palette – September 24 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pmAfter Hours Shopping! @ Ragfinery – September 27 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmCoiled Fabric Baskets Workshop @ Ragfinery – September 27 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmErin McKittrick - Mud Flats & FIsh Camps: 800 Miles Around Cook Inlet – September 27 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm2017 Fall Line Pop-Up Shop @ Texture Clothing – September 28 at 11:00 am - 6:00 pmNeedle Felted Sweater Skirts Workshop @ Ragfinery – September 30 at 12:30 pm - 4:30 pmBanned Books Week Read-In! @ Village Books – September 30 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Oct 2017

October Business Over Breakfast Series – October 04 at 8:00 am - 9:15 amAnnual Fall Peony Sale @ Full Bloom Farm – October 07 - October 08 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pmCloud Mountain Farm Center 28th Annual Fall Fruit Festival – October 07 - October 08 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pmEvil Dead-The at Mount Baker Theatre’s Main – October 07 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pmIntertwined Design Trunk Show @ Texture Clothing – October 12 at 11:00 am - 6:00 pmGreen Building Nerds – October 16 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pmFarmenting Round Table: Sourcing Ingredients Locally – October 19 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Nov 2017

November Business Over Breakfast Series – November 01 at 8:00 am - 9:15 amFarmer Chef Mixer – November 08 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmSustainable Design & Development Conference – November 09 at 8:00 am - 4:30 pmWhatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s 15th Annual Peace Builder Awards – November 17 at 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Dec 2017

Understanding Conflict Workshop w/ WDRC – December 06 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pmChefs Breakfast: 2018 Food Trends – December 12 at 7:30 am - 9:00 am

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Sustainable Connections ANNUAL EVENTS

February
Local Lovers Tour, Feb 13
A fun filled way to love local, featuring 4 Bellingham business! The day before Valentine’s, Participants take home: decorated conversation heart cookies, a love plant terrarium, upcycled Valentines, massage skills + aroma oil, and a heart filled with local love.

Farm to Table Trade Meeting, Feb 21
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
Member Lunch, March 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. Join us the 1st Wednesdays in March, April, and May.

Meet Your Farmer CSA Fair, March 18
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!

Chef Breakfast: The State of Shellfish, March 22
A new quarterly series for all chefs, food buyers, and food businesses of all kinds. Includes a family style breakfast, networking, and a speaker; with a focus on hot issues, ingredients, sharing best practices, and good food. Cost: $25, free for Chefs Collective members.

CSA Happy Hour for the Community & Businesses, March 29
Join Sustainable Connections Membership Coordinator and the Food & Farming team to 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!

April
Whatcom Food & Farm Finder Release, April 1
Join us, opening day of the Bellingham Farmers Market to get your 2017 Whatcom Food & Farm Finder – the guide for all things local food: farmers, markets, restaurants, locally-made products, and more.

Member Lunch, April 5
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 March, April, and May.

 YIMBY: Yes in My Backyard!, April 28-29
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
Member Lunch, May 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. Join us the 1st Wednesdays in March, April, and May.

Cascade Cuts Plant Sale, May 20
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
KAPOW! Pop-Up Plaza: Making spaces into lively places, June 2&3
The Herald Parking Lot will transform into a public platform for placemaking; with a Pop-Up Plaza. This temporary initiative will illustrate the economic potential and benefit of incrementally activating currently unproductive spaces while creating a more vibrant downtown. The 2016 KAPOW Placemaking Competition projects will be brought to life along State Street’s sidewalks, where pedestrians can experience, explore, and interact with the placemaking tactics.

Chef Breakfast: Adjusting to the Change in Minimum Wage, June 20
A new quarterly series for all chefs, food buyers, and food businesses of all kinds. Includes a family style breakfast, networking and a speaker; with a focus on hot issues, ingredients, sharing best practices, and good food. Cost: $25, free for Chefs Collective members.

Imagine This Home and Landscape Tour, June 24
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.

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.

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 Food Fest: Sept 8-10
Friday, Sept 8:
Spirits tasting & food pairing at BelleWood Acres & Distillery

Saturday, Sept 9:
Whatcom County Farm Tour -day 1
Boundary Bay Beer Tasting & Pairing Event
Local Chef’s Event

Sunday, Sept 10:
Whatcom Farm Tour Breakfast at Goat Mountain Pizza
Whatcom County Farm Tour -day 2
Wine & Cheese Event at Vartanyan Winery
ACME Farms + Kitchen Fried Chicken Feed

Downtown Market Walk, Saturday, Sept 16:
Peruse downtown markets, grocers, specialty food stores and more as you buy local food from local businesses. Free self guided walk through Downtown Bellingham with passport prizes and lots of fun!

Chef Breakfast: Large Scale Food Production, Sept 18
A new quarterly series for all chefs, food buyers, and food businesses of all kinds. Includes a family style breakfast, networking, and a speaker; with a focus on hot issues, ingredients, sharing best practices, and good food. Cost: $25, free for Chefs Collective members.

October
Business over Breakfast, Oct 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 March, April, and May.

November
Business over Breakfast, Nov 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. Join us the 1st Wednesdays in March, April, and May.

Sustainable Design & Development Conference, Nov. 9
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.

Farmer Chef Mixer, Nov 8
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.

December
Chef Breakfast: Food Trends for 2018, Dec 12
A new quarterly series for all chefs, food buyers, and food businesses of all kinds. Includes a family style breakfast, networking, and a speaker; with a focus on hot issues, ingredients, sharing best practices, and good food. Cost: $25, free for Chefs Collective members.

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.
  • Chef in the Market: The 3rd Saturday from April-September, two chefs have the opportunity to showcase local ingredients and provide an educational cooking demo at the Bellingham Farmers Market.
  • Birchwood KAPOW!: We‘re excited to catalyze community connections with Birchwood KAPOW! We will be collaborating with residents to find placemaking opportunities in the Birchwood Neighborhood to capitalizes on their assets, inspiration, and potential – with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people‘s health, happiness, and well-being