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Events – March 2012

Mar 1st, 2012 | Category: Events

MARCH 2012

Whatcom County Home and Garden Show: Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4. The Building Industry Association of Whatcom County presents the 33rd Annual Whatcom County Home & Garden Show at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. This year’s theme is  “Local Outlook on Home & Garden with a focus on Building for the Future”. Attendees can learn about remodeling, gardening and home design from local experts and visit more than 200 exhibitors. Hours are Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults over 16, $6 for seniors over 55 and free for children under 16.

Snohomish Conservation District’s Plant Sale:
Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3.  Friday hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Commercial building at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. For more information, visit

How To Start An Asparagus Bed:
Saturday, March 3. Bob Small, a local farmer and Asparagus grower, will take you through the steps of bed preparation and planting the crowns, to insure you of a bountiful harvest. Free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.

“All About Pruning” Winter Field Day and Open House: Saturday, March 3. The Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation in cooperation with Washington State University, Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center are hosting a Winter Field Day and Open House on Saturday, March 3. “All About Pruning” will start at 8:30 a.m. and rake place at the Research and Extension Center.  features workshops, lectures and panels, as well as a marketplace, lunch and social hour (bring your own lunch and beverage), and various demonstrations in the fruit garden. Registration is required for the event. Admission is free for members, and $15 for non-members or $30 per family. To register, or for more information, call the Extension office at (360) 428-4270.

Growing Fruit: Espalier: Saturday, March 3. 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. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Free. Contact or (360)966-5859.

School Garden “Post Party”: Saturday, March 3. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Orcas Public School Garden, 611 School Road, Eastsound. Contact Madie Murray at

Seed Starting Seminar:
Saturday, March 3. 10 a.m. to noon at the Skagit Farmers Supply Country Store, Oak Harbor.

Planting Your Spring Garden: Saturday, March 3. 11 a.m. to noon at the Skagit Farmers Supply Country Store, Stanwood. Call (360) 629-7033.

Backyard Chicken Class: Saturday, March 3. Learn the basics of raising a small flock in your yard with Jill Eelkema. 1  to 2 p.m. Skagit Farmers Supply Country Store, Stanwood. Call (360) 629-7033.

Joshua McNichols:
Saturday, March 3. Join Bellingham native Joshua McNichols as he reads from the new The Urban Farm Handbook: City-Slicker Resources for Growing, Raising, Sourcing, Trading, and Preparing What You Eat. 4 p.m. at Village Books, Bellingham.

Sno-Isle Co-op 15th Birthday: Saturday, March 3. Meet our farmers and sign up for a local CSA through Garden Treasures, Five Acre Farm or Chinook Farm. Food, cake ceremony at 1 p.m. and more. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. Call (425) 259-3798.

Samish Sip ‘n Slurp: Saturday, March 3. Skagit Conservation Education Alliance (SCEA) and Taylor Shellfish Farms present an evening of oysters and wine right on the beach at the Taylor Farm on Samish Bay. We’ll gather as the sun sets and slurp by lantern light at low tide. Bring your oyster knife and a glove to shuck your own or we’ll shuck for you. A bowl of Xinh’s oyster stew will be ready to warm you as you return from the beach. Experts will be on hand to answer your questions. $75 per person. 6 p.m. at Taylor Shellfish Farms, Bow. Call (360) 701-7637

Local Brewery Tour:
Monday, March 5. Tour the brewery, meet the brew masters and taste their beers: Lazy Boy, Skookum, Skagit River and North Sound Brewing Company. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15 per person. Cost covers passage on the van, not tasting fee. Limited space. Registration required by March 3. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. Call (425) 259-3798.

Vanishing of the Bees: Skagit Valley Co-op’s March Movie Night: Tuesday, March 6. Screening of Vanishing of the Bees, shows a look into beekeeping around the world. Hosting locals Tom Theisen and Beekeeper Bruce Vilders from BV’s Bees. Room 309, 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op.  Free.

Good Food screening: Tuesday, March 6. Bellingham. See

Eat Better on a Budget: Beans with Jill: Wednesday, March 7. This class we will start out by making a Vegetarian Chilaquiles for breakfast. Then we will tempt the palate with pillows of Gnocchi with White Beans and Greens. Then the final touch is a Black Bean Chocolate Chili Cherry Cookie.  Beans…they’re not just for potluck salads anymore! 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 309, Skagit Valley Co-op. (360) 336-9777.

Birchwood Garden Club March meeting: Wednesday, March 7. Speaker is Jane Billinghurst and topic is “Gardens Through Geography and Time.” Using photographs she has taken around the world and extracts from writers from Pliny to Pollan, Jane Billinghurst takes you on a tour of gardens, great and small, from Mughal India to modern New York, examining how and why we garden. She explores the spiritual, aesthetic, social and political dimensions of gardening. 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. Visit

Backyard Beekeeping: Wednesday, March 7. Join Michael Jaross, president of Mount Baker Beekeepers, as he discusses backyard beekeeping, including basic time lines for prospective beekeepers to follow, the honey bee life cycle, basic equipment needs, and discuss the general state of honey bee health and productivity in Whatcom County. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Sumas Library, 451 2nd Street, Sumas. Call (360) 988-2501.

9th annual Skagit Human Rights festival: Thursday, March 8. Phillip Tarro Theatre on Skagit Valley College campus, 7  p.m. This evening will be devoted to an exploration of Corporations. Why does the Constitution and 200 rulings since support Corporate personhood? How does corporate personhood usurp human rights?

Bringing Native Plants into Your Landscape: Friday, March 9. Class focuses on plants native to our region that are striking, versatile, and attract birds, butterflies, and other creatures. Instructor Nick Sky will also share his top plant picks. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Cost is $55 per person. Whatcom Community College, Bellingham. To register, call (360) 383-3200.

Anacortes Winter Farmers Market: Saturday, March 10. Enjoy winter produce,  storage crops, farm products, fresh baked goods, and arts and crafts. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Depot Arts Center, 7th Street & R Avenue. Visit

4-H Super Saturday: Saturday, March 10. Day of classes and learning opportunities. Open to all. Meridian High School. Early bird registration $8 per person. For more information, visit

Whidbey Gardening Workshop: Saturday, March 10. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oak Harbor High School. Oak Harbor and Freeland Store will have booths at Oak Harbor High School.

Chickens 101: Saturday, March 10. Chickens 101 with Roger Lampit from Purina. 10 to 11 a.m. Skagit Farmers Supply Country Store, Stanwood. Call (360) 629-7033.

Growing Small Fruits: Saturday, March 10. Northwest gardeners can grow an incredible variety of small fruits.  This workshop will focus on blueberries, raspberry and blackberries, strawberries, and kiwis. 1:30 to 3 p.m. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Free. Contact or (360)966-5859.

Rain Water Tour: Saturday, March 10. For Everett residents only. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Walking tour to visit seven rain gardens in Everett’s Northwest Neighborhood. Learn about rain gardens and get ideas for your own yard. Meet at Whittier Elementary Library, 916 Oakes Ave, Everett. Free gardening workshop through WSU Snohomish Extension.

2nd Annual Seed Swap and Gardening Kick Off: Saturday, March 10. 1 to 4 p.m. at Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave. Free. Call (360) 715-8020.

Community Food Coop Annual Meeting and Party: Saturday, March 10. 5 to 10 p.m. Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

“Reel” Food Film Fest: Saturday, March 10. Showing of Food Inc. will be followed by treats and community discussion with farmers, cooks, and community groups working on local food projects. Bring a non-perishable food item to support the Ferndale Food Bank. 2 pm to 4:30 pm.  Ferndale Library, 2007 Cherry St, 384-3647. For more information contact Sara Southerland at 647-7093 x0114.

Mount Baker Orchid Society Orchid Show and Sale: Saturday, March 10. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Skagit Valley Gardens, Mount Vernon. Exhibit and judging of orchids from regional orchid societies and vendors.  Orchid plant sales by society members and vendors.Information on orchid culture. Re-potting of personal orchids by donation. Exhibit of orchid-themed art.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Soil:
Saturday, March 10. Guest speaker Scott Titus, gardening author, owner of Windy Meadow Farm, and the creator of Coco-Coir potting soil will share his wealth of knowledge about soil types, soil amendments and nutrients, and the necessary use of lime for home veggie gardens. 10 a.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, Bellingham.

Fruit and Berry Selection: Saturday, March 10. Come see the wide variety of hardy fruit trees and berries for home gardens  Tips on successfully growing apples, cherries, plums, blueberries, grapes, raspberries, gooseberries, kiwi, and more! 2 p.m. Bakerview Nursery, Bellingham. Free.

Doug Benoliel reading: Sunday, March 11. “Northwest Foraging: The Classic Guide to Edible Plants of the Pacific Northwest,” first published nearly 40 years ago by noted wild edibles authority Doug Benoliel, the original Northwest Foraging became the standard field guide for the region’s wild foods. The new edition provides thorough descriptions of more than 50 common edible plants. 4 p.m. Village Books, Bellingham. Doug and his wife live on a small, organic vegetable farm on Lopez Island.
Co-sponsored by the Community Food Co-op & Sustainable Connections.

Mount Vernon Beer Week: Monday, March 12 through Saturday, March 17 at taphouses in downtown Mount Vernon. The event includes cask crawls, brewer’s nights, unique beers and live music. There are approximately 70 taps of microbrew within a four-block radius of downtown Mount Vernon, according to organizers. Participating establishments include Empire Alehouse, Trumpeter Public House and the Porterhouse, as well as the Skagit River Brewery and North Sound Brewery. For more information and complete list of events, visit or follow their Facebook page.

Herbs: Learn How to Grow and Care for Your Own Favorite Herbs: Tuesday, March 13. 1 to 2:30 p.m. WSU Mount Vernon NWREC. WSU Master Gardener Becky Stinson will share her expertise about culinary, fragrant, ornamental and medicinal herbs. This workshop is free of charge and open to the public. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (360) 428-4270 ext 227.

The Power of Community: Skagit Valley Co-op’s March Movie Night: Tuesday, March 13. Screening of The Power of Community. Hosting Kristen Ekstran and Kai Ottesen from Hedlin Family farms in LaConner. Room 309, 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op.  Free.

“Reel” Food Film Fest: Good Food: Tuesday, March 13. Filmed in Northwest WA and tells the story of small family farmers making a comeback. Featuring local growers like Alm Hill Gardens, as well as regional farmers’ markets, restaurants, stores, and distributors. A discussion follows the film. Free. Presented by the Food Co-op and Sustainable Connections.  7 pm to 8:30 p.m.  Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway, Deming.

Creating Vibrant Health – Incorporating Superfoods and Internal Cleansing into your Wellness Program with Doug Walsh: Wednesday, March 14. 6:30 p.m. Free. Co-op Room 309, Skagit Valley Co-op. (360) 336-9777.

Northwest Washington Farm to Table Trade Event: Thursday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 the Peace Health Community Education Center in Bellingham. Covering Skagit, Island, San Juan and Whatcom counties, the trade meeting fosters direct connections for local farmers, fishers, food producers and regional buyers, and others interested in sourcing local ingredients. The event is hosted by Sustainable Connections, co-sponsored by regional non-profit organizations Cascade Harvest Coalition, WSU Whatcom County Extension and the Northwest Agriculture Business Center, with support from WSDA Specialty Crops Block Grant and the Community Foundation of Whatcom County. Keynote address, plus 18 speakers from around the region will present information on trade topics.Registration is $15 per person at Brown Paper Tickets <>  and includes a light lunch and snacks.  A trade table costs $35 (space is limited). For more information, visit www.sustainable

9th Annual Skagit Human Rights Festival: Thursday, March 15. Phillip Tarro Theatre on Skagit Valley College campus, 7 p.m. Topic is civil liberties.

Roundtable: Greenhouses and Seeds: Saturday, March 17. Moderated by Jodie Buller. We’re putting our heads together to get ready for the growing season with this seed swap-portunity and greenhouse brainstorm session. Been thinking about a greenhouse to help extend the range of what you can grow? Have you built one recently and want to share your experiences? Share ideas, come with questions and books to recommend. If you are bringing seeds to swap, please label them clearly. 1 p.m. Free. Co-op Room 309, Skagit Valley Co-op. (360) 336-9777.

Growing Apples and Pears: Saturday, March 17. Discuss planting, growing techniques, and pruning of apples & pears. Techniques will be covered for pruning newly planted trees to renovating older trees you’ve inherited. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Free. Contact or (360)966-5859.

Growing Stone Fruits; Cherries, Peaches, & Plums: Saturday, March 17. Growing cherries, plums, peaches and apricots can be rewarding and challenging in our maritime climate.  We will discuss planting, growing techniques, and pruning of stone fruits. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Free. Contact or (360)966-5859.

Getting Physical: Going Internal: Saturday, March 17. This is a basic physiology class. Led by Cecelia Ragsdale, Synthesis. 10 a.m. to noon. $50 per person. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. Call (425) 259-3798.

Curiously, Unusual, Easy-to-Grow Veggies for the Home Garden:
Saturday, March 17. Local gardening columnist Chuck McClung will show you some of the more unusual, but easy to grow veggie crops for your backyard garden. Come learn about chioggia beets, Sunchokes, corn salad, lemon cucumbers, 8 ball zucchinis, and many other lesser known, easy to grow veggies. 10 a.m. Bakerview Nursery, Bellingham.

Basic Veggie Gardening in Whatcom County: Saturday, March 17. Grow your own! Chuck McClung will share his experiences growing veggies in Whatcom County. Watering wisely, fertilizing, harvesting, and the best crop varieties will be covered. 2 p.m. Bakerview Nursery, Bellingham.

Whatcom County Chapter of Washington Farm Forestry Tree Sale: Saturday, March 17. Lynden Fairgrounds.

Local Food Works! is celebrating Spring: Saturday, March 17. Day of free gardening workshops. 10 a.m. Growing Beans and Grains in the Northwest Home Garden with Krista Rome. 11:30 a.m. Tool Maintenance, Sharpening and Repair with Shannon Zellerhoff. 1 p.m. The Joy of Composting, with Local Food Works! and WSU Master Composter. 2 p.m. Kids and Spuds: in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, kids can learn how to grow potatoes using a cardboard box, soil and straw. Local Food Works! will provide spud box instructions and free seed potatoes while supplies last. Deming Library.

1st Annual Northwest Washington Sustainable Agriculture Conference: Monday, March 19, at the Rotary Building at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. Organized by Washington State University Whatcom County Extension. This daylong event will feature seminars on topics relevant to sustainable and organic producers. Registration and other information can be found at The cost is $60 per person for the day-long sessions and lunch, or $40 for the afternoon-only session. Registration after March 12 will cost an additional $10. A limited number of partial scholarships are available to Whatcom County farmers. For more information, contact Colleen Burrows at (360) 676-6736 or

Fertilizer “What you need to know”: Tuesday, March 20. Skagit Farmers Supply Country Store,  Sedro Woolley. 7 to 8 p.m.

9th Annual Skagit Human Rights Festival: Thursday, March 22. Lincoln Theatre, 7 p.m. Topic is Water. Evening includes excerpts of the film Tapped and relating this to the proposed bottling plant in Anacortes and science.

Whatcom Conservation District Annual Native Plant Sale and Expo: Saturday, March 24. Celebrate spring by purchasing low cost native plants, seedlings and shrubs at WCD’s Annual Plant Sale & Expo. Pre-orders – must be received by Friday, March 12 and require a $100 minimum purchase and 50 percent deposit. Sale runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Road, Bellingham. Call (360) 383-3000.

Dog safety for kids with Shannon Finch:
Saturday, March 24. Skagit Farmers Supply Country Store, Stanwood. 11 a.m. to noon.

Sustainable Gardening:
Saturday, March 24. In this workshop, we will discuss ways to have a beautiful and productive food and/or ornamental garden while being sensitive to the environment.  Topics will include plant selection, reducing water usage, reducing chemical usage and integrated pest management, weed control, and pest control. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Free. Contact or (360)966-5859.

Forks Over Knives: A part of Skagit Valley Co-op’s March Movie Night: Tuesday, March 20. Hosting: Jill Quanstrom and raw foods chef Carol Roberge. Room 309, 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op.  Free.

Tame Your Tummy, Calm Your Colon: Improving Digestion with Karl Mincin: Wednesday, March 21. 6:30 p.m. Free. Co-op Room 309, Skagit Valley Co-op. (360) 336-9777.

The 10 Principles of Health and Longevity With Dr Jacob Harris, DC: Thursday, March 22. 6:30 p.m. Room 309 Free Skagit Valley Co-op. (360) 336-9777.

Breastfeeding 101: Saturday, March 24. Come meet your local La Leche League leaders and learn about the basics of breastfeeding your new baby. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Room 309, Skagit Valley Co-op. (360) 336-9777.

24 Herman Miller 4-H Horse Park Auction: Saturday, March 24. Expo Bldg., Lynden, 5 p.m.  silent auction, 7 p.m. live auction.

Essential Oil Applications 101 with Michelle Mahler:
Monday, March 26. Hands-on introduction to the healing qualities of essential oils. Learn safety and application methods for topical use and inhalation. Free. Supply fee optional. 6:30 p.m. Room 309, Skagit Valley Co-op. (360) 336-9777.

9th Annual Skagit Human Rights Festival: Thursday, March 29. Lincoln Theatre, 7 p.m. Topic is Labor. Two labor films will be shown – Eyes on the Fries and We are the ILWU. The first is about the service sector economy and the young people who work in it. The second film recognizes that a decent job, free of discrimination, is a human right and that unity is the key to social and economic justice for all.

Grow Your Own – the Locavore’s Garden: Saturday, March 31. Vegetable gardening is more than planting seeds.  Learn how to successfully grow a wide variety of produce throughout the year, including how to get started, planning your plantings, managing your soil and fertility inputs, and timing for succession harvests. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Free. Contact or (360)966-5859.

Bugs & Blights Workshop: Plant Pests: Wednesday, March 28. The March Workshop will focus on the symptoms and signs of insects, mites and slugs. Extension Education Center in South Everett at the back of McCollum Park, 600 – 128th St. SE. The cost is only $20 each. For more info, contact the WSU Snohomish County Extension at (425) 338-2400.

The Real Dirt on Farmer John: Skagit Valley Co-op’s March Movie Night: Tuesday, March 27. An old favorite and a great look at farming and farmers. Hosting Jodie Buller and local farmer Anne Schwartz from Blue Heron Farms in Rockport. Room 309, 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op.  Free.

Get Crafty — Hand-painted Eggs:
Thursday, March 29. Teens make hand-painted eggs. Learn to use your problem solving skills and your creativity. Grades 5-8. All materials provided, no registration required. 3:15 p.m. Free. San Juan Island Library Community Meeting Room. Contact Melina Lagios at

Backyard Chicken Class:
Thursday, March 29.  Learn the basics of raising a small flock in your yard. 7 to 8 p.m. Skagit Farmers Supply Country Store, Sedro Woolley.

Off-the-Grid Living: Thursday, March 29. A multimedia talk highlighting off-the-grid living, presented by Canadian author Wayne Lutz. How to establish a remote home without public utilities. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Bellingham Public Library Lecture Room, Bellingham.

Community to Community Potluck: Friday, March 30. Community to Community invites community food sovereignty and human rights supporters to join them for an evening of fun, celebration and community building. This year we will be joined by Marc Grossman, Cesar Chavez’s longtime press secretary, speech writer, and personal aide. Marc still serves as a spokesman for the United Farm Workers of America and is communications director for the Cesar Chavez Foundation. A silent auction will be held throughout the evening. Bring a healthy potluck dish to share (no desserts) and $5 solidarity donation. St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway Info: or 360-738-0964

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Woodfest 2012: Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sedro-Woolley high School. Woodworking and chainsaw carving demonstrations, presentations and vendors, concessions, auctions and more. Call (360) 855-1841 or visit Sponsored by the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce.

Easter Egg Decorating Workshop: Saturday, March 31. Using natural dyes with Susan Lafferty. Cost is $15 per person. Bring one dozen white eggs. Mountainside Gardens, 6900 Mt. Baker Highway, in between Kendall and Maple Falls. For more info or to sign up, call Nancy at 599-2271 or Carol at 988-7208.

Third Annual Student Chef Competition:
Saturday, March 31. Orcas Public School Home Ec Room. Contact Madie Murray at or (360) 376-3064.

“Reel” Food Film Fest: Food Stamped: Saturday, March 31. Documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. A discussion and refreshments follow the film. Free. Presented by the Community Food Co-op and Sustainable Connections. Lynden Public Library, 216 4th Street, Lynden. 1 p.m.

2nd annual Community Skills Fair: Saturday, March 31. SnoCo Together presents a day of workshops and panel discussions. The free event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the Evergreen Middle School, 7621 Beverly Lane in Everett. The event’s keynote presenter will be David Korten, the co-founder of YES! Magazine and author of Agenda for a New Economy, The Great Turning, and When Corporations Rule the World. The do-it-yourself workshops discuss how to live sustainably and build self-reliance on a tight budget. In addition, local organizations and businesses will have informational displays and exhibits. Kids activities and performances are also included. The workshops include beekeeping, clothing DIY (learn how to make your own hem), raising backyard chickens, food preservation, healthy eating, elder wisdom,  rain barrels, growing veggies and more. Free exhibit tables are available.  In addition, electronic materials including TVs, computer screens, and cell phones cane be dropped off for recycling at no charge. For more information, visit or follow them on Facebook.

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