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Events: January 2015

Jan 3rd, 2015 | Category: Events

Make and Take Crafts:  Drop in anytime in January during hours and make some fun crafts to take home. Ages 4-11. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive. (360) 305-3600.


Birchwood Garden Club’s January Meeting: Tool Sharpening, Maintenance and Identification with Ken Tarr: Wednesday, Jan. 7. Ken will review the sharpening process and clarify the maintenance requirements and help with tool identification. Bring your leather gloves, a file or two, a few favorite tools and get ready for 2015. Ken trained Master Gardeners for years on this topic. 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham.


Whatcom Dairy Speaker Series: Manure Nutrient Management Training for Dairy Producers in Western Washington: Wednesday, Jan. 7. Manure nutrient management is a necessary part of dairy production. With each cow producing approximately 100 pounds of manure a day, this volunteer training shows the requirements, benefits, and value of nutrient management, and how to make the elements of your Dairy Nutrient Management Plan work for your farm. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch provided. Ten Mile Grange Hall, 6985 Hannegan Road, Lynden. Hosted by the Whatcom Conservation District along with partners from the WA Dairy Federation, Dairy Farmers of Washington, and WSDA. See


WSU Master Gardener Foundation Horticulture talk: Thursday, Jan. 8. Guest speaker George Kaas, MS in Soils and Plant Pathology, will address winter pruning of trees, both fruit and ornamental, and have slides and branches to demonstrate. A Q&A period follows. WSU Master Gardener Foundation General Meeting, free and open to the public. 7 p.m. WSU Whatcom County  Extension Office,1000 N. Forest St. Ste 201, Bellingham.


Whatcom Water Exchange: Thursday, Jan. 8. What might a water exchange or bank look like in Whatcom County with its unique water issues? Is this a feasible way to distribute water for agriculture and municipal needs here? Explore water banking and other water exchange concepts from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Mt. Baker Rotary Building, Lynden. Guest Speakers: Bill Clarke, Attorney at Law & Government Affairs; Peter Dykstra, Plauche & Carr Attorneys; Adam Gravley, Van Ness Feldman Attorneys; Bob Barwin, Washington Dept. of Ecology. Sponsors are Farm Friends, City of Lynden, Public Utility District No. 1, Whatcom Watersheds Information Network, WRIA 1 Watershed Project and WSU Cooperative Extension.  Registration open. See


Moon Phase Gardening II: Saturday, Jan. 10. Start off the New Year with Tony B, as he introduces the intricate relationship between the phases of the moon and your gardening routine. Based off the Farmer’s Almanac, this class will organize your gardening chores in new and successful ways. Free. 10 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. (360)676-5480.


Sharpening Your Tools for Spring Pruning: Saturday, Jan. 10. Start off sharp this New Year with Greg Clifton of Terrebonne Limited, as he teaches you easy and effective tool care. Bring in your dull pruners for complimentary sharpening by staff. Class fee is $15, and includes a sharpening tool. 2 p.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. (360)676-5480.


Cascadia Grains Conference: Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. Join farmers, processors and end-users, as well as investors, brokers and government agencies to support rebuilding a grain economy west of the Cascade Mountains in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia through three value-added enterprises – brewing and distilling, baking, and other food uses and animal feed. South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia. See


Houseplants 101: A Guide to the Great Indoors: Saturday, Jan. 17. Houseplants add interior design, provide air purification, and benefit your health. Learn the basics of indoor gardening with Sam and Paige and have the option to create your own container. 10 a.m. Class is free. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. (360)676-5480.


‘Make It and Take It’ Tillandsia Sand Garden: Saturday, Jan. 17. Bring home the tropics this winter by making your own Tillandsia Sand Garden. Nancy will show you how to care for these “Air Plants” and create beautiful sand designs in glass environments. Class fee is $39 and includes all supplies (container, plants, sand). 2 p.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480.


Sew Thoughtful: Saturday, Jan. 17. Sew to make a difference. Join the Snohomish County Clothing & Textile Advisors (CTA) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sew pajamas for Safe Place, a haven for children 12 and under who are victims of violence. Kits will be provided. Bring your sewing machine, a color variety of  thread, sewing tools, a beverage and lunch. Meet at McCollum Park, 600 128th St SE, Everett in the Cougar Room behind the WSU Extension Office. Contact Carla Peery at (206) 595-9717 or


Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers Workshop: Tuesday, Jan. 20. Presented by Frédéric Thériault, of Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm, Les Cèdres, Quebec. This workshop provides a structure for determining how to operate a profitable, diversified vegetable farm. The workshop material is based on the book, Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers, co-authored by Thériault. Sponsored by Tilth Producers of Washington. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., WSU Mount Vernon NWREC. Register at or call (206) 632-7506. $60 for members, students, and interns; $75 for non-members. Lunch included.  See


Learn to Grow Your Own Groceries Classes: What to Grow in Western WA: Wednesday, Jan. 21. Variety and technique are key to successful harvests. $25 per person per class. Register online at GrowingGroceries/ Location is WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium and Evergreen Room, 600 128th St SE Everett, WA inside McCollum Park.


Winter One Pot Meals with Lisa Samuel: Thursday, Jan. 22. Lisa Samuel showcases a menu of hearty dishes, each one a meal unto itself. Enjoy one-pot Sicilian pasta with stewed tomatoes, olives, capers and Swiss chard; savory braised chicken thighs with parsnips, carrots, potatoes; and sage pork chops braised with white beans and kale. $35 per person. A $7 wine option is payable at class. 6 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.


Bonsai 101: Saturday, Jan. 24. Learn the basics of bonsai care and cultivation on pruning, styling and designing. Nancy’s advanced tips and tricks will help your beautiful bonsai continue to be happy and healthy. Class is free. 10 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. (360)676-5480.


Kids’ Mini-Indoor Terrariums: Saturday, Jan. 24. Brighten your kids’ winter with their own mini-indoor terrarium. Audra will show you how to create these glass-enclosed worlds with toys. Feel free to bring your own action figures, dolls, etc. Class fee is $39 and includes all supplies (container, plants, soil). 2 p.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. (360)676-5480.


Wool Felting: Saturday, Jan. 24. Come out to the farm and make your own mittens, slippers or booties with teacher Elizabeth Moncrief. Use wool from our farm sheep. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Harmony Fields, Bow. Registration at, under workshops.


Foothills Community Seed Exchange: Saturday, Jan. 24. Hosted by Local Food Works at the Van Zandt Hall, 4106 State Route 9, Deming. Exchange starts at 4 p.m. A potluck will begin at 5 p.m. Bring seeds, a potluck dish, and gardening knowledge, resources and stories to share.


Demystifying Food Forests: Saturday, Jan. 24. Join Certified Sustainable Landscape Designer Zsofia Pasztor in how to transform a landscape into beautiful and productive layered perennial food. Reservations required. $8 class fee. 11 a.m. to noon at Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Call (360) 466-3821.


7th Annual Community Seed Swap and Fundraiser: Putting Seeds Into the Hands of the People: Sunday, Jan. 25. Light refreshments will be served from local food sponsors. Seed-savers and people donating heirloom seeds, or edible tubers or seed-potatoes (label your containers with plant type and date).  This is a GMO free event. Sponsored by Sustainable Bellingham, Center for Local Self Reliance and Transition Whatcom. Contact


Winter Fish with Robert Fong: Wednesday, Jan. 28. Learn to prepare Alaskan true cod and petrale sole using various techniques: pan fried, poached, and steamed with herbs, spices, and finished with fine vinegar and oils. 6:30 p.m. $45 per person, $8 wine option. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.


Healthy, Hearty, Super-Delicious with Alissa Segersten: Thursday, Jan. 29. Join Alissa Segersten of Whole Life Nutrition for an evening of delicious, immune system-boosting winter nourishment. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.


“The Way I See It” with Temple Grandin: Friday, Jan. 30. Temple Grandin shares her story at Everett Civic Auditorium at 7 p.m. Grandin is an American doctor of animal science, professor at Colorado State University, best-selling author, autism activist, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets are $25 each and available at The following day she will present on livestock handling at the Country Living Expo & Cattlemen’s Winterschool.


Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool: Saturday, Jan. 31. More than 185 workshops to choose from focused on skills and practical living. Registration costs $70 for adults and $40 for youth with a discounted rate of $10 for the first 200 youth ages 12-18 needing scholarship help. Registration includes five workshops per person, large trade show to meet with agricultural and business vendors, lunch, and snacks.  To register and view classes, visit For more information, call Skagit County Extension at (360) 428-4270 ext 0.


Orchid Basics for An Indoor Oasis: Saturday, Jan. 31. Introduce yourself to this popular flowering houseplant with Antoni. He’ll teach you how orchids thrive as well as how to have successful blooms and rebloom year after year. Have an orchid of your own? Bring it in for complimentary repotting and soil. Class is free. 10 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. (360)676-5480.


Microgreens: Keepin’ It in the Kitchen: Saturday, Jan. 31. An excellent source of proteins and vitamins, microgreens flavor sandwiches, soups and stir-frys. Tony B will teach you how to grow from your kitchen windowsill so you can make the most of your homemade meals. Class fee is $39 and includes all supplies (container, seeds, soil). 2 p.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. (360)676-5480.


Terrariums: Crafting Miniature Worlds in Glass: Saturday, Jan. 31. Learn how to create an artful collage of natural materials to make a living world in a container. Demonstrating various styles of terrarium craft, Kathy Hirdler of Floribunda Designs, will inspire you to make your own indoor displays. $8 class fee. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.




Mediterranean Grain Bowl with Mary Ellen Carter: Thursday, Feb. 5. Mary Ellen demonstrates how to create a satisfying grain bowl featuring classic Mediterranean ingredients – farro and lentils with layers of steamed kale, roasted red pepper and eggplant, pickled onions for crunch, caramelized onion for sweetness, lush avocado, soft-boiled egg, choice of grilled tofu or seafood, and a lemony pesto yogurt sauce. $35 per person, $7 wine option is payable at class. 6 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.


Starting from Seed: Vegetable Gardening 101: Saturday, Feb. 7. Nothing tastes better than homegrown vegetables from your garden. Join Kim as she instructs you on the basics of starting your vegetables from seed indoors and out, so you can have the most successful summer harvest. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. (360)676-5480.


Growing Giant Pumpkins: Saturday, Feb. 7. Champion pumpkin grower Phil Renninger will help you get your giant pumpkins off to a roaring good start. Learn about early season protection, pruning, fertilizing, watering and overall care. Seeds available. 11 a.m. to noon at Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $8 class fee. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821.


The Power of Rocks: Saturday, Feb. 7. Rocks are the key element in a Japanese-inspired garden and are unmatched in evoking powerful scenic effects. In this class, Hans Wressnigg of NIWA Japanese-inspired Landscapes present basic lessons on the art of rock setting. 1 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $8 class fee. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821.


2015 NW Washington Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting: Monday, Feb. 9. Farmers, chefs, grocery buyers, processors, distributors and more are welcome for a day of connections and education. Networking, one-on-one consultations, workshops, panel discussions, and a local lunch. Registration is $25 early bird registration (through Jan. 22), $30 registration after Jan. 23, $50 for a Trade Table (includes 1 registration). 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Luke’s Community Health Ed Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham. Contact Sara Southerland at (360) 647-7093, ext. 114 or see under Events.


Best Soups of All Time with Karina Davidson: Monday, Feb. 9. Karina has been teaching soup classes for many years, and this class brings together four of her all-time favorites – beef Burgundy with heirloom barley and mushrooms, Spanish white bean with garlic sausage; tomato-basil bisque (served with mini grilled cheese sandwiches), and chicken noodle with artisan pasta and black kale. 6:30 p.m. $39 per person, $7 wine option. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.


Year of the Green Ram with Robert Fong: Tuesday, Feb. 10. Enjoy tasting and learning to make special dishes for the coming Chinese New Year: crispy and fragrant quail, pork belly steamed with preserved mustard greens, braised black mushrooms, winter bamboo tips and fresh water chestnuts, jasmine rice with mung beans, and hot sour soup. $55 per person, $8 wine option. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.


Sweet Pea Planters for Your Sweet Pea: Saturday, Feb. 14. Try a beautiful, fragrant Sweat Pea Planter. Marcy and Audra will show you how to design your gift with daffodils, pansies and a rustic arbor. Class fee is $39 and includes all supplies (container, plants, seeds and soil). 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480.


Grafting Vegetables Hands-On Workshop: Feb. 20. Led by Dr. Carol A. Miles and Patti Kreider, Vegetable Horticulture Program, Department of Horticulture, WSU. Learn how to use the splice-graft technique to graft tomato and watermelon successfully. Participants will use common rootstocks for each crop and will graft six plants of each crop which they can take home to heal ($48 value). All grafting materials will be provided. Participant supply list will be emailed upon registration. Registration is $50 per person, $75 per pair/couple (by Jan. 28). Late registration is $70 per person. 9 a.m. to noon. WSU Mount Vernon NWREC. 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. Register at:


What Is All The Buzz About?: Saturday, Feb. 21. Do you know you can host a non-stinging native bee in your own yard?  Our orchard mason bee is a hard working spring pollinator that is safe to have around kids and pets. Missy Anderson, King County Master Gardener speaker and owner of Rent Mason Bees, will be here to teach all she knows about these pollinators: hosting, proper care in all seasons, and healthy propagating. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $8 class fee. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821.


Basic Rose Pruning: Saturday, Feb. 21. Learn the tried and true techniques for pruning roses. John Christianson will teach the three steps of pruning for health, shape and best bloom quality. Whether you have tea, rugosa or climbing roses, this class will guide you towards keeping your roses healthy and blooming for years to come.  1 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $8 class fee. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821.


‘Make It and Take It’ Hypertufa Troughs: Saturday, Feb. 21. “Lighter-than-concrete” hypertufa troughs are Old English containers that have been popular for centuries. Create your own with Kim for your upcoming spring planters. Bring gloves you can dirty up. Class fee is $39.00, and includes all supplies. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham.  (360)676-5480.


4th Annual Women in Agriculture Conference: Saturday, Feb. 21. This multiple site conference format brings national and local speakers to various locations, including Everett and Mount Vernon. Women farmers will share their stories and more. Visit for more information.


Renovating Old Fruit Trees: Sunday, Feb. 22. Rejuvenate those old fruit trees for renewed fruit production. Come learn how in this talk by arborist and horticultural consultant Chris Pfeiffer about ways to use the right methods, tools and timing for the most effective pruning for renovating fruit shrubs and trees. 1 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $8 class fee. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821.


San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit: Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28. Bringing together farmers, farm advocates, local and national experts, and keynote speakers for two days of information, inspiration and networking. Lopez Island. Presented by SJC ARC (, WSU SJC Extension ( and the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild. Contact


Composting: Tips, Tricks and Tea: Saturday, Feb. 28. Learn the importance of your soil’s food web with Paige. She’ll explain the microorganism benefits of composting, mulching your garden and brewing compost tea for long-lasting, healthy soil. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. (360)676-5480.


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