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Jan 13th, 2011 | Category: Events


Junk Drawer 101:
Tuesday, Jan. 11. 6 p.m. Room 309, Skagit Valley Co-op. Free. With Rhonda McNett. Come watch the actual hands-on organizing of a typical junk drawer.

Slow Food & Nourishing Traditions: Wednesday, Jan. 12, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Community Food Co-op, Bellingham. With Gigi Berardi, PhD. $12 members, $14 non-members. Workshop featuring slides of
Slow Food centers in northern and central Italy, narration by Huxley professor and coordinator of the Resilient Farm Project Gigi Berardi, and fabulous food by Ciao Thyme. Learn about opportunities
for Slow Food study in Europe and in Bellingham.

Sustainable Connections 2011 All Member Meeting: Thursday, Jan. 13. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bellingham Cruise Terminal. All Sustainable Connections members and their families are invited to this celebration of another great year of accomplishment and hear about upcoming projects. Bring a locally-sourced dish to share or a $5 contribution. Share great food with friends and neighbors. For more info, call Erin at (360) 647-7093 x108.

Anacortes Winter Market:
Saturday, Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by Saturdays, Feb. 19 and March 19, at Sharpe’s Corner on Highway 20 (the old Frontier Auto building). New vendors are being considered. For more information, contact Keri at or call (360) 293-7922.

Jim Page:
Saturday, Jan. 15. Seattle Songwriter & Activist in an all acoustic performance, 8 p.m. Blackbird BAKERY CAFE, 10007 270th NW, Stanwood. Call (360) 939-BAKE.

Getting Set for Backyard Chickens With Jill Eelkema: Monday, Jan. 17. 6:30 p.m. Room 309, Skagit Valley Co-op.Free. Learn a few bird basics, review city ordinances, and look at sources for chicks and coops.

Healthy Thrifty Menu Planning: Tuesday, Jan. 18, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Community Food Co-op, Bellingham. $2 members/$3 non-members. With Susy Hymas of Daylight Harvest Foods. Learn strategies for planning meals that are nutritious but don’t break the budget.

Cooking with Spices with Jill and Heidi:
Tuesday, Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m. Room 309, Skagit Valley Co-op. $10 Co-op members, $20 general public. This class we will explore flavors of the world with different spices.  We will tour the Middle East, Greek Islands and other far off places, through the world of spices. Tour the bulk spice department.

Brown Bag Seminar: Snohomish Conservation District: 70 years of service and solutions. Wednesday, Jan. 19, noon to 1 p.m. Sakuma Auditorium, WSU-Mount Vernon NWREC. Caitlin Price is a WSU graduate and was recently hired by the SCD as a Farm Planner in the Stillaguamish watershed. She will talk about her background in livestock management, soils, and compost research and how her education and experience led to her current position at SCD. SCD Manager Monte Marti will share the history of SCD, now in its 70th year, and the role of Conservation Districts in resource conservation and the future of agriculture.

Some Like It Hot: Wednesday, Jan. 19. 6:30–8:30 p.m., Community Food Co-op, Bellingham. With Robert Fong. Register at WCC (360-383-3200). $39 members and non-members, $8 for wine option. Chef Fong prepares Red Hot Chili Pepper Prawns, Vietnamese Spicy Beef Noodle Soup, and Curried Fried Chicken— served with fragrant basmati rice. Optional $8 wine fee is payable at class.

Chocolate Truffles: Thursday, Jan. 20. 6:30–8:30 p.m., Community Food Co-op (Cordata), Bellingham. With Cindy McKinney. Register at WCC (360-383-3200). $39 members and non-members, $7 for champagne option. Take the mystery out of truffle making in this pre-Valentine’s Day hands-on class.

Fascinating Carnivorous Plants & Terrariums: Saturday, Jan. 22. 11 a.m. Bakerview Nursery, Bellingham. Move gardening indoors and discover the strange world of carnivorous plants.  Learn how to integrate these oddities with other plants to create an awesome terrarium of your own!

Add Pizzazz Indoors with Dish Gardens – Demo: Saturday, Jan. 22. 2 p.m. Bakerview Nursery, Bellingham. Bring fresh colors and textures indoors with zippy dish gardens in colorful pots. Watch this demo and discover which plants go best together to create a stunning effect.

EBB: Greens With Jill and Erin: Tuesday, Jan. 25. 6:30 p.m. Room 309. Free. Explore ways to incorporate greens into your already favorite meals, and juice them to tantalize your tongue. Skagit Valley Food Co-op.

Value added dairy seminar: Wednesday, Jan. 26. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Washington State University NW Research and Extension Center, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. The Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC) has supported the establishment of a value-added dairy group. Intended for all dairy farmers currently producing value-added dairy products and dairy farmers interested in adding value-added products to their dairy enterprises. $25 per person, registration includes lunch and optional private meeting with Marc Bates. To register, contact Jake Fowler at or (360) 336-3727.

Growing A Farmer: Jan. 26. Join the Food & Farming program, the Community Food Co-op and Village Books for a reading by author Kurt Timmermeister, author of Growing a Farmer. Growing a Farmer details with honesty the initial stumbles and subsequent realities he had to face in his quest to establish a profitable farm.  7-8:30 p.m., Village Books Readings Gallery, 1200 11th Street Bellingham.

Cook Once, Eat Twice (At Least): Wednesday, Jan. 26. 6:30–9 p.m., Community Food Co-op (downtown), Bellingham. With Karina Davidson. Register at co-op. $15 members, $18 non-members. The creative use of leftovers allows you to save money and time without sacrificing nutrition or taste.  Get recipes for a few winter-friendly one-dishmeal salads.

Blanchard – India With Jill and Jodie: Thursday, Jan. 27. 6:30 p.m. BCC, $10 Co-op members, $20 general public. Feast on a traditional curry, engage our palettes with spinach palak, garnish with a lovely chutney and finish with a kitchy kheer.

You Don’t Know Jack! Saturday, Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m. A night of Music & Art with Jack Gunter & Nick Vigarino. Blackbird BAKERY CAFE, 10007 270th NW, Stanwood. Call (360) 939-BAKE.

2011 Country Living Expo & Cattlemen’s Winterschool: Saturday, Jan. 29. Over 150 classes are offered from raising backyard chickens, chain saw maintenance, naturally dye wool and fabric, organic gardening, to learning about having your own family milk cow. Other popular classes will cover raising a variety of livestock including beef, swine, sheep, horse, goats, poultry and alpacas, developing and marketing your small business, growing tomatoes, making cider, preserving food and many more educational classes on rural living. 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Stanwood High School, 7400 272nd Street NW in Stanwood. Registration open, $60 per person includes a selection of five class sessions, lunch and all-day trade show with over 70 vendors. More info available at

Make Your Own Soft Cheese: Saturday, Jan. 29, 1-4 p.m. Cordata Co-op. Join Seattle cheese maker Mark Solomon for a hands-on class making cheese, ricotta, mozzarella, and burrata. Discuss other cheeses, learn the basics and troubleshoot common mistakes. Samples will be served. Register at WCC (360-383-3200), cost is $49 members and non-members.

Seed Swap: Sunday, Jan. 30. Open seed exchange and  specialty seed exchange. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Center for Expressive Arts, 2nd Floor, 1317 Commercial St. (above Tivoli Restaurant & Uisce Pub), Bellingham. All welcome, free. “Seed Savings Basics” with Celt Schira, seed sharing, garden share opportunities, networking, tea and finger food potluck, and more. Sponsored by Sustainable Bellingham, Earthcare Garden Designs, Food Not Lawns, Forest Garden Urban Ecology Center, Center for Local Self-Reliance. Volunteers welcome.

Growing Apples and Pears: Feb. 5 and Feb. 12, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm, Everson. Discuss planting, growing techniques, and pruning of apples and pears. Techniques will be covered for pruning newly planted trees to renovating older trees you’ve inherited. Cloud Mountain Farm, Everson. (360) 966-5859.

Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, Feb. 6. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy pancakes, french toast, or biscuits and gravy, plus eggs and sausage with every order, at the monthly Rome Grange Breakfast. Rome Grange, Mt. Baker Highway, Bellingham.

Boiling Water 101 with Dorothy Hopkins: Sundays, Feb. 6, 13, & 20, 1–3:30 p.m. at the Cordata Co-op. $24 for three sessions, members and non-members. Dorothy Hopkins will provide tips on organizing and stocking a kitchen; basic nutrition; cooking vegetables, legumes and grains; shopping on a budget; kitchen safety; knife skills; and more.

Luscious Gluten-Free Desserts with Ali Segersten: Monday, Feb. 7. 6–8:30 p.m. Cordata Co-op. Register at WCC (360)383-3200). $39 members and non-members. The menu includes chocolate almond cupcakes with a chocolate avocado frosting, frozen banana coconut cream pie with a warm chocolate sauce, oatmeal heart roll-out cookies, chocolate-almondgoji berry truffles, and more.

Washington Blueberry Growers’ Conference: Monday, Feb. 8. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. WSU-Mount Vernon NWREC Auditorium. Presentations from leading University and Industry speakers. This workshop is for blueberry growers, extension professionals and industry representatives. Presentations on production, food safety and marketing. A panel of leading growers, discussing the year in review. (360) 848-6120

Lummi Island Wild with Robert Fong: Tuesday, Feb. 8, 6:30–9 p.m. Downtown Co-op/register at WCC (360) 383-3200. $39 members and non-members, $8 for wine option. Eating local doesn’t get any better than this. Robert prepares Lummi Island sockeye salmon four ways: pan-roasted, seared with wasabi, in a spicy salmon sushi hand roll, and fine sliced for sashimi. Special guest reef-net fisherman Dave Hansen will be on hand to share fish stories. Optional $8 wine fee is payable at class.

Cooking with your Sweetie with Jill: Tuesday, Feb. 8. 6:30 p.m. Room 309, Skagit Valley Co-op. $10 Co-op members / $20 general public. Valentines Day is just around the corner and this class will help you prepare to serve your sweetie a perfect meal.

Eat Your Yard Veggie U 2011: Session 1: The Perfect Spot: Choosing Your Garden Space: Thursday, Feb. 10. Open to the public, free. 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. at the Anacortes Public Library

Growing Stone Fruits: Cherries, Peaches, & Plums: Feb. 12, 1:30-3 p.m. Discuss planting, growing techniques, and pruning of stone fruits. Cloud Mountain Farm, Everson. (360) 966-5859

Annual Baking & Candy Contest: Tuesday, Feb. 15 at the Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Road, Lynden. Entries are due between 10 a.m. and noon that day. The contest is open to anyone. Grange membership is not required. Categories include breads, cakes and cookies, juniors (two entry classes especially for children) and diabetic. Requirements vary for each category, and are listed in the Entry Rules section of the Program Handbook, available at For more information, please contact Ward at 398-1296. The same evening as the baking contest, the Grange will host a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. An auction of the day’s entries will start after dinner.

Basic-Plus Cheese Making Shortcourse: Feb. 16-18, Lynden. This 3-day course from WSU is intended for the beginning cheesemaker who is serious about pursuing Cheesemaking as a business activity at the farmstead or artisan level. Avid hobbyist and enthusiasts are welcome too.

Specialty Cut Flower School: Feb. 16-18, Mount Vernon. This two-day workshop offers classroom and on-farm instruction to help students begin growing and selling high quality cut flowers.

Skin and Haircare with Essential Oils workshop: Tuesday, Feb. 15. 6:30 p.m. With Michelle Mahler, Room 309, Skagit Valley Co-op, free. Come to our hands-on Organic workshop and learn how to make your own beauty oils for wrinkles, scar healing, dry or oily skin, acne, puffy eyes, anti-skin cancer, skin tags and fungus. Optional supply fee $10-20 per item.

Energy Efficiency and Deep Energy Reduction in the Home: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m. Room 309. With Steve Hoffman, NW Center for Sustainability and Innovation. Discuss serious energy issues and ways to solve them. He will discuss the ‘state of the art’ in home energy efficiency, and case studies of homeowners in Skagit County who have taken the lead and made their homes more efficient, comfortable, healthful, and long-lasting.

Eat Your Yard Veggie U 2011: Session 2: A Question of Taste: Choosing What to Grow: Thursday, Feb. 17. Open to the public, free. 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. at the Anacortes Public Library.

28th Annual Western Washington Potato Workshop: Saturday, Feb. 19. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center

Designing and Planting an Edible Landscape: Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Integrating edibles and ornamentals can make a stunning and productive landscape. Come explore what’s possible in the realm of edibles. Cloud Mountain Farm, Everson. (360) 966-5859

The Nutrition Detective With Karl Mincin: Monday, Feb. 21. 6:30 p.m. Room 309, free. Learn professional and self testing methods to generate a tailored eating plan and safer supplement schedule.

Northwest Washington Farm to Table trade meeting:
Tuesday, Feb. 22. The event brings together local buyers and producers to connect and explore market opportunities, and includes an educational workshop to share and discuss solutions to barriers within the local food system. Anyone who has a stake in the NW Washington food economy is welcome to attend, including local farmers, ranchers, chefs, distributors, restaurateurs, processors, caterers and grocers. The event is hosted by Sustainable Connections, Cascade Harvest Coalition, and Northwest Agriculture Business Center.  8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Saint Joseph Peace Health Hospital Conference Center, Bellingham. Tickets are $10 each, and include a light lunch and a tasting of Whatcom and Skagit wines. For more information, contact Laura Ridenour at (360)647-7093 x106, or visit and click on events.

Eat Your Yard Veggie U 2011:
Session 3: To Seed or Not to Seed?: Getting Started: Thursday, Feb. 24. Open to the public, free. 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. at the Anacortes Public Library.

Mexican Food With Jill and Chef Stuarto: Thursday, Feb. 24. 6:30 p.m. Blanchard CC, $10 Co-op Members.

Growing Fruit: Espalier: Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m. to noon. If you’re considering creating a Belgian fence or growing Cherries trained to a fan, this is for you. Construction considerations, training, which plants work and those that don’t – all will be covered. Cloud Mountain Farm, Everson. (360) 966-5859

Nutritional Balance On Your Special Diet: High-Protein, Low-Fat, Vegetarian, Candida,  Detox, Weight Loss, Allergy/Gluten-Free. Monday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. Room 309, free. With Karl Mincin

Roast a Chicken, Eat For Days: Thursday, Feb. 10 with Cindy McKinney of Two Tomatoes Catering. 11 a.m. –1:30 p.m. Cordata Co-op/register at Co-op. $15 members, $18 non-members. Cindy McKinney makes roast chicken with root vegetables and shows how the leftovers can form the basis for mouthwatering dishes for days after.

From the Sublime to the Divine with Gigi Berardi, PhD: Tuesday, Feb.  15, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op/register at Co-op. $7 members, $8 non-members. A look at biodynamics and holistic farming from Switzerland to farms in Western Washington, presented by Resilient Farm Project coordinator Gigi Berardi, and featuring light refreshments by Inspiration Farm.

Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation Winter Field Day: March 5. Sakuma Auditorium, Mount Vernon, WA. Panel discussions and demonstrations in the Discovery Garden. Presenters: Tim Lawrence is the Director WSU Island County Extension and has Phd in entomology with earlier degrees focused on Pomology; Dave Hunter of Hunters Mason Bees and Crown Bees has just returned from facilitating a national event about non-honey bee pollinators; David Feinberg is an active WWFRF member and is a serious about raising honey bees, and will be installing 10 honey bee hives into the Fruit Garden this winter/spring. Bill Davis is an active WWFRF Board member and has non-commercially raised Honey, Mason, & Bumble bees.

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