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EVENTS: January 2012

Jan 9th, 2013 | Category: Events

Rome Grange Monthly Community Breakfast: Sunday, Jan. 6. Featuring made from scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee.  Biscuits and gravy now available, too. Meet and greet local politicians, as they serve you coffee and breakfast. Adults $5; Kids 6-10 $2; Kids 5 & under FREE. 8:00 – 1:00; Fastest service 11:00 – 1:00. The Rome Grange is located at 2821 Mt. Baker Hwy, about 1/2 mile east of the “Y” Road. Contact number for publication:  739-9605.

Winter Happenings in the Orchard: Thursday, Jan. 10. Snohomish County Fruit Society meeting. Larry Davis, Master Gardener and Seattle Tree Fruit Society member, will discuss winter orchard activities, including winter pruning, pest and disease detection and control, and soil amending.

All Members Meeting 2013: Thursday, Jan. 10. Sustainable Connections’ annual meeting at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Visit

Anacortes Farmers Market Indoor Market: Saturday, Jan. 12. Every second saturday of the month through April, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find local farm goods, fresh baked breads and treats and all your favorite vendors in one place.

Growing Tea in the Valley: Saturday, Jan. 12. Richard Sakuma of Sakuma Brothers Farms will provide samples and an update about his venture growing tea with Camellia sinensis shrubs. While still facing challenges of growing the tea plants, Sakuma has been working on perfecting his processing techniques for green, oolong, white and black teas, as well as creating blends using Northwest botanicals. Reservations required; $5 class fee. Christianson’s Nursery. Call (360) 466-3821.

Cascadia Grains Conference: Saturday Jan. 12. Presented by Washington State University. Bringing together farmers, bakers, brewers, distillers, brokers, investors, policy-makers and others to help rebuild the regional grain economy of Western Washington and Oregon. STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St, Tacoma. For more information, visit or call  (360) 867-2151.

The Indoor Gardener: Tuesday, Jan. 15. Don’t leave gardening behind when you step indoors for the winter months! Gardening expert Debra Olberg will cover the basics of caring for houseplants, including light requirements, fertilizing, watering, and re-potting. Registration required. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Whatcom Community College, Bellingham. Call (360) 383-3200.

Winter One-Pot Meals: Tuesday, Jan. 15. Lisa Dixon showcases a menu of hearty stews, each one a meal unto itself. Enjoy kale and white bean stew with chicken sausage, chicken and lentil stew, and Irish beef stew. A $7 wine option is payable at class.  Jan. 15. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Coop, Bellingham. $35 per person.

D.U.P.I. Garden Club: Tuesday, Jan. 15. Noon to 3 p.m. at Bellingham Community Co-op Roots Room, Bellingham. Featuring author Brian Griffin on Native Bees and the book “The Orchard Mason Bee.”

WSU Whatcom Extension Open House: Tuesday, Jan. 15. Learn about programs such as Commercial Agriculture, Community Horticulture, 4H, FoodSense & Family/ Community Health, Water Resources, Master Gardening and others. Light refreshments, demonstrations and more. 2 to 5 p.m. 1000 N. Forest St. Ste 201, Bellingham. Visit

Free Seed Workshops: Wednesday and Thursday, Jan 16-17. Two days of workshops and discussions on how to ensure you’re using the best seed genetics for your farm and how to further adapt them to your farm. Presented by Greenbank Farm and the Organic Seed Alliance. Greenbank Farm, Whidbey Island. For more information, visit

Pruning Ornamental Trees & Shrubs: Saturday, Jan. 19. Bess Bronstein will give this overview of pruning ornamental trees and shrubs, as you learn why your cuts will or won’t produce the effect you want. Bess is a certified arborist and a horticulture faculty member at Edmonds Community College. She will talk about tools, techniques and timing. Reservations required; $5 class fee. 11 a.m., Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Call (360) 466-3821, or visit

Success with Indoor Plants: Saturday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. and Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. Indoor plant expert will show you the best plants, pots, soils and repotting techniques for successfully growing indoor plants in the Pacific Northwest. Easy-to-grow plants for both high light and low light, as well as what’s new in the world of houseplants.  Bakerview Nursery, Bellingham.

The Fascinating World of Terrariums: Saturday, Jan. 19. Wes Ladner, our terrarium specialist will show you how to create and care for terrariums. He’ll cover containers and plants suitable for terrariums as well as soil, watering, feeding, and the hot, new trend: miniature gardens. Noon. Free. Bakerview Nursery, Bellingham.

How Orchids Re-bloom: Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 26 at noon. Chuck McClung will share his expertise on growing, repotting, and fertilizing orchids as well as how to get your orchid to re-bloom. Free. Bakerview Nursery, Bellingham.

Indoor Bonsai Basics: Saturday, Jan. 26. Come meet George Berkompas, our local bonsai expert, as he shows you all need to know to be successful growing Bonsai indoors. You’ll learn which plants perform best as indoor bonsai, as well as soils, pots, pruning, and wiring. 10 a.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, Bellingham.

Bellingham Farmers Market Winter Market: Saturday, Jan. 19. Bellingham Farmers Market’s nine-month season (April through December) will expand in 2013 with the introduction of new monthly winter markets through March. Depot Market Square, corner of Chestnut and Railroad, Bellingham. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NW Sustainable Ag. Conference: Wednesday Jan. 23. This daylong event will feature seminars on topics relevant to sustainable and organic producers. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Lynden. For more information, contact Colleen Burrows, Special Agriculture Projects, at or (360) 676-6736, Ext. 22.

Artisan Pizza with Robert Fong: Wednesday, Jan. 23. Learn to make petite home-style thin crust pizza in this hands-on class. Make (and eat!) three artisan pies: spicy prawns, Old World prosciutto, and pizza Margherita. Robert shares the stage with guest Tom Traibush, co-owner of Fairhaven Pizza and an Alaskan spot prawn fisherman. An $8 wine option is payable at class. 6 p.m.  Cordata Co-op. $39. Register by calling (360) 383-3200).

Zesty Dinner with Mary Ellen Carter: Thursday, Jan. 24. Shake off the winter doldrums with zesty fruit-accented dishes. A wine option, payable at class is $7.6 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. $39. Call (360) 383-3200.

2013 Country Living Expo & Cattlemen’s Winterschool: Saturday, Jan. 26. Hosted by Stanwood FFA. Presented by WSU Livestock Master Foundation, WSU Extension and the Cattlemen’s Association. Attend classes on a multitude of topics, network with other small farmers, enjoy a prime rib lunch and visit with local agricultural businesses offering you service.  For more information, visit

Orchids: Saturday, Jan. 26. Joe Grienauer of Emerald City Orchids in Seattle will provide an “Orchids 101” talk about caring for and troubleshooting orchids and a brief and fascinating look at their history. Reservations required; $5 class fee. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. (360) 466-3821,

ACME Foodworks Grand Opening Bash: Saturday, Jan. 26. This family-friendly event features local food, music and drink. Tickets are $25. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 1313 N. State St., Bellingham. For more information, visit

Cheese class: Saturday, Jan. 26. Join Seattle cheese-maker Mark Solomon for a hands-on class to make yogurt cheese, ricotta, mozzarella, and burrata. Talk about making chevre, quark, and cream cheese. Learn about cheese-making equipment and how to get the best results in your kitchen. 1 to 4 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Plenty of samples.
$55. Call (360) 383-3200.

5th annual Bellingham Community Seed Swap: Sunday, Jan. 27. The theme is “Getting Seeds Into the Hands of the People!” All residents are welcome to attend, including those without seeds to share but want seeds to grow. Extra seeds should be packaged and labeled, as well as seed potatoes and edible tubers to share. The event is free, but donations are accepted. 1 to 4 p.m. The Majestic, at 1027 North Forest Street, Bellingham.

Dishes based on Ayurveda: Monday, Jan. 28. Ayurvedic therapist and vegan chef Christian Czingula presents simple yet elegant dishes based on ayurveda, the 5000 year-old healing modality from India. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $35. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Call (360) 383-3200.


Point-and-shoot Garden Photography: Saturday, Feb. 2. John and Kathy Willson of Whidbey Island provide inspiration and demonstrate techniques for using a point-and-shoot camera for garden photography. Reservations required. Class fee $5. 11 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Call (360) 466-3821,

Cheese class: Feb. 2. Mark Solomon of Seattle teaches how to make cheddar and gouda—two great cheeses that provide a window into the production of many hard cheeses. $55. 1 to 4 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Call (360) 383-3200.

Mardi Gras: Feb. 5. Get in the Mardi Gras mood with Lisa Dixon as she presents classic New Orleans recipes, including vegetarian muffaletta sandwich, spicy andouille, chicken and shrimp jambalaya, pecan coleslaw with buttermilk dressing, and salted caramel bread pudding. A $7 wine option.
$39. 6 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham.  Call (360) 383-3200.

Sugar cookies: Feb. 9. Learn to decorate sugar cookies like a professional in this hands-on class with Lisa Hatten. 1 to 4 p.m. Cordata co-op, Bellingham. $35 plus $20 each additional family member. Call (360) 383-3200.

2013 NW WA Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting: Feb. 22. For Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan and beyond. Agritourism, food distribution, value-added and shoulder season, workplace CSA practices and more. One-on-one consultations, networking and round-table discussions. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham. $20 per person, includes lunch. $45 for a trade table (space limited). Contact

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show: Feb. 20-24. Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. Varied admission prices. Visit

Women in Ag conference: Saturday, Feb. 23. Statewide agricultural conference in county locations offering inspirational stories and practical advice on how to improve farm management skills. For more information, visit

Backyard Chicken Keeping: Saturday, Feb. 23. Learn the fundamentals for your backyard flock, raising baby chicks, different breeds, what to look for in a coop, managing common health issues and more. Instructor Dalia Monterroso is co-owner of Hannegan Farm & Home. Registration required. 9 a.m. to noon at Whatcom Community College, Bellingham. $35. Call (360) 383-3200.

Growing Dry Beans & Grains in your Backyard: Sunday, Feb. 24. Free, donations accepted. Krista Rome, of Backyard Beans & Grains, will discuss variety selection, planting, maintenance, harvest, threshing, storage, and cooking methods. This class is intended for gardeners and farmers of all levels, with an emphasis on low-tech methods and hand tools. An optional instruction manual and seeds will be available for purchase. 2 p.m. Hannegan Farm and Home, 6931 Hannegan Road, Lynden. Call (360) 389-5268.

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