Sustainable Connections CREATING THRIVING COMMUNITIES THROUGH INNOVATIVE IDEAS, COLLABORATION, AND ACTION. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:20:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sustainable Connections 32 32 Southern Exposure Family Farm Tue, 11 Aug 2020 00:38:58 +0000 Southern Exposure Family Farm7662 F & S Grade Road Sedro-Woolley , 98284

(360) 320-2856

Our 11 acre family farm uses organic and regenerative methods to encourage diverse ecosystems to flourish, and in turn, nourish healthy and happy nursery plants and produce to share with our amazing Salish Sea community. For salmon recovery efforts, we installed a 1.7 acre juvenile salmon restoration project with a wide riparian buffer full of native plants. We create and nurture mini-ecosystems by planting intermingling rows of Lacey Phacelia and Crimson Clover that rebuild soil tilth and attract beneficial pollinators and predators to grow fruits and vegetables with zero pesticides or herbicides which harm our ecosystem, our watershed, and our community. Hillside terraces and greenhouses take full advantage of naturally warmer southern exposure, and lowland fields are much cooler; nightly dews gently reward our cool-loving crops. We grow a wide variety of heirloom storage crops and unique and colorful specialty crops like purple asparagus, purple artichokes, purple sweet corn, melons, ginger, turmeric, and a wide variety of shallots and alliums. We sell wholesale through the Puget Sound Food Hub Cooperative, strengthening our local food system by collaborating and cooperating with nearly 50 farms, multiple co-ops, and producers, and deliver from the Canadian border to Seattle and the San Juan Islands.


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Sales Methods: Online Store;Wholesale

Neighborhood: Sedro-Woolley

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Flying Bird Botanicals Organic Tea Production Fri, 07 Aug 2020 20:17:11 +0000 Company: Flying Bird Botanicals

Closing Date: Open Until Filled


New Eat Local First WA Directory to find local farms Tue, 28 Jul 2020 21:53:35 +0000 Contact: Sara Southerland, Food & Farming Director
Phone: (360) 647-7093 x 114


A new Eat Local First Washington Directory helps to connect Washington State residents with local farms and farmers markets in one place.


The Eat Local First WA Directory is a project of the Eat Local First Collaborative, a group of food system organizations from around the state working together to merge various online farm finder tools into a single easy-to-use platform; the Eat Local First WA Directory is the first step in that process to find local farms and food.

“We know in these unprecedented times that Washington State residents are looking for local farm products more than ever,” says Sustainable Connections’ Food & Farming Director Sara Southerland. “This comprehensive platform will connect you with local food, farms, and farmers markets, no matter where you live in Washington State.”

Washington State farmers produce over 300 varieties of products from apples to zucchini, cheeses, wine and locally-made beer, as well as hundreds of locally made value-added items that can be found on the website.  With over 35,000 farms and 170 farmers markets across the state there is plenty to explore.

On the Eat Local First WA Directory, users can click to explore the food and farm maps in various regions across the state to connect with farms close to home or for a weekend of travel.


Users can also find features like Community Supported Agriculture (CSA, or local farm box) shares, Farmers Markets, online ordering and home delivery, and various other ways to connect with local farmers and food businesses.

By supporting Washington State farmers, consumers are building meaningful relationships with the people who grow their food, they are ensuring more dollars stay in our local communities, and they are supporting the health of our farmland for many years to come.

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Current Eat Local First Collaborative members include: Pierce County Fresh, Sustainable Connections, Tilth Alliance, The Local Food Trust, Washington State University Food Systems Program, and the WSU Regional Small Farms Program. Many thanks to the Washington State Department of Agriculture for their support of the Eat Local First WA Directory project.


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PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Sat, 25 Jul 2020 11:11:44 +0000 PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center2901 Squalicum Pkwy Bellingham WA, 98225


This business is a Partner of Sustainable Connections, located in Whatcom or Skagit County but is not locally-owned. Partner businesses of Sustainable Connections are committed to the quality of life in our region and working with locally owned businesses.

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center serves the North Sound region of Wash., with Whatcom County its primary service area. The Bellingham-based medical center is a tertiary care hospital providing comprehensive specialty care and centers of excellence in cardiovascular, cancer, spine and joint replacements. Providers at PeaceHealth Medical Group in Bellingham and Lynden provide a full range of primary and specialty care services.

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Tip the Scales for Hunger Relief Wed, 22 Jul 2020 18:58:34 +0000 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mark Peterson, Sustainable Business Manager, Sustainable Connections
360-647-7093 x116


(Bellingham, WA) July 22, 2020 –Thanks to WSDA Food Assistance Program support channeled through Bellingham Food Bank, Farmers Market vendors and the Bellingham Farmers Market itself will see up to $35,000 in new income for their contributions to local hunger relief programs.

Tip the Scale for Hunger Relief is a partnership between Bellingham Food Bank, Sustainable Connections, and Bellingham Farmers Market. At the market closing bell, vendors will crate up product they traditionally have donated to hunger relief programs through the Small Potatoes Gleaning Project. Thanks to this one-time WSDA grant, the farmers market itself can now buy unsold product at a wholesale rate, thus balancing out disruption to weekly sales caused by Covid-19. Sustainable Connections staff and volunteers will transport collected produce and distribute to Northwest Youth Service’s 22 North, Catholic Community Service’s Francis Place, HomesNOW! Unity Village, Lighthouse Mission Ministries, Birchwood Food Desert Fighters, Lummi Nation, and Sea Mar Community Health Center’s Food Farmacia. Bellingham Farmers Market will invoice Bellingham Food Bank and issue payment to participating vendors every week.

This innovative collaboration comes in response to challenges faced by growers near and far that have been brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Max Morange, Emerging Projects Coordinator at Bellingham Food Bank, “the food bank recognizes that our region’s farms and market infrastructure are critical to our regional food system. We hope that this funding will lend confidence to growers whose livelihoods depend on direct-to-consumer sales and who may be wary of bringing perishable product to a market if they don’t know it will sell. In turn, thanks to Sustainable Connections, food-insecure households get access to amazing produce delivered directly from the market.”

“We are always happy to support our local community, and the extra funding from this new program will help us make it through a tough market season,” shares Lora Liegel, Director of the Bellingham Farmers Market.

To support local growers, shop Bellingham Farmers Market Saturdays 10am-2pm or visit individual vendor pages using the directory at


Bellingham Food Bank has been feeding our community since 1972. Currently, 1 in 5 Bellingham households uses the food bank on a regular basis, and every month, the food bank responds to more than 18,000 visits. For more information and to donate visit

Sustainable Connections, a nonprofit organization in Bellingham, WA, creates thriving communities through innovative ideas, collaboration, and action. The Food Recovery Program reduces food insecurity and addresses climate change by recovering and redistributing nutritious surplus food to neighbors in need. Visit for more information.

Bellingham Farmers Market has been supporting local sustainable agriculture since 1992, by connecting the public with local farmers, producers, and artisans in an economically viable marketplace



Spongebon Co LLC Wed, 22 Jul 2020 15:03:00 +0000 Spongebon Co LLC

(360) 734-6920

Professional janitorial and cleaning of commercial facilities, offices, business locations. We are licensed, insured and bonded. We have been in business since 2009, with more than 18 years combined previous janitorial experience. And are still servicing our very first customer!

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Sales Methods: Services

Neighborhood: No Storefront

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Lettered Streets Coffeehouse Sat, 18 Jul 2020 18:48:36 +0000 Lettered Streets Coffeehouse1001 Dupont St Bellingham WA, 98225

(360) 933-4689

This business is promoting community by pouring caffeine into the surrounding neighborhood and small businesses. We are a friendly little shop located just outside downtown Bellingham. Lettered Streets Coffee is roasted in Bellingham and we are dedicated to working with other local venders. We serve a variety of pastries with vegan and gluten free options, as well as our seasonal lunch menu created in-house and prepared to order. Come by to study, have a business meeting, or relax with some friends. Free WiFi!

Sustainable Practices: Bank Local First;Eat Local First;Toward Zero Waste

Sales Methods: In-Store;Vending

Neighborhood: Bellingham: Lettered Streets

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Moceri Construction, Inc. Sat, 18 Jul 2020 02:49:19 +0000 Moceri Construction, Inc.1013 Donovan Ave Bellingham WA, 98225

(360) 671-3381

Moceri Construction is a general contractor based in Bellingham, Washington. We specialize in custom homes, commercial construction, and remodels in Whatcom, Skagit, and Island County. Moceri Construction has been in the construction industry since 1974, and has earned its reputation as one of the best builders in Whatcom County, Washington.

Sustainable Practices: Bank Local First;Community Energy Challenge;PSE Green Power Purchaser;Toward Zero Waste

Sales Methods: Services

Neighborhood: Bellingham: Fairhaven

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Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen Fri, 17 Jul 2020 16:26:10 +0000 Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen

(360) 752-3377

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen located at 601 West Holly St, Bellingham was awarded the National Small Brewpub/Brewer of the Year 2009 and National Small Brewery/Brewer of the Year 2011 at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). The full service “Kitchen” serves from 11:00am to guests of all ages with an eclectic fresh local menu. South Nut’s Tap Room is in the heart of Skagit Valley, 11937 Higgins Airport Way, Burlington and welcomes guests of all ages. Open Mo-Fr 3-7 (8 in summer) and Sa-Su 12-7 (8 in summer).


Sustainable Practices: Bank Local First;Community Energy Challenge;Eat Local First;Toward Zero Waste;Watershed Pledge;Whatcom Smart Trips

Sales Methods: In-Store;Wholesale

Neighborhood: Bellingham: Lettered Streets

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Business Support Services Northwest Fri, 17 Jul 2020 05:34:05 +0000 Business Support Services Northwest1304 Meador Ave.
Suite B 103 Bellingham WA, 98229

(360) 733-5530

We assist business owners to survive and thrive by providing essential business services like payroll, monthly business reports, Business Coaching and Analysis. We also provide QuickBooks software and QuickBooks Point of Sale training and problem solving. We can teach you how to track your local Sustainable dollars usage in the local community.

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Neighborhood: Bellingham: Whatcom Falls

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