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Helping to Create Edible Yards in Blaine, Washington

Mission: To provide city wide enhancement and beautification on a multitude of levels by

planting food bearing trees, bushes and vines that offer food to residents of Blaine;

local wildlife food and shelter; soil enhancement and water retention.


Not near Blaine? other class opportunities on our Resources or Classes pages (see links to left)

REALLY passionate about gardening? consider becoming a Master Gardener (link)


Unless noted, all workshops are no charge and held at the Blaine Library in Blaine. Link


Basics of Sprouting (held at the Blaine Sr. Center)         Kelle Sunter
Feb. 7, Wed. 12:45-1:45pm  
Nutrient dense, sprouts are a welcome addition to our winter diet! Easy to grow, you don’t even need a windowsill. We will cover basic supplies, where to get seeds, timetables, etc.
Winter Gardening                                                              George Kaas                         
Feb. 7, Wednesday, 4-6pm     
Feb. 10,  Saturday, 10-12pm
What can be “wintered over” in your garden? Starting seeds for transplanting out of doors and how to do it. What are hoop houses and how to get a jump on the growing season. Simple hoop house construction and what can you grow in it with passive protection. Seed sprouting for windowsill gardening.
Feb. 8, Thursday, 8am - 4pm                          Keynote Speaker - Gail Langellotto, Ph.D. Asso. Professor of Horticulture at Oregon State University and statewide Ext. Master Gardener Program, coordinator. Conference at Bellingham Tech. College, Settlemyer Hall.
This will be a full day garden conference focusing on food gardening, sustainability, community connections, pollinators/habitat, youth gardening as well as a community gardening panel. Raffle, vendors and lunch included in registration. Presented by WSU Master Gardeners - Register or contact Beth Chisholm, email:            
Garden Design                                                                  George Kaas
Feb.  21, Wednesday, 4-6pm  
Feb.  24, Saturday, 10-12pm                                                                                
Landscape designers bring specific skill sets to the table. In this class we will discus how to look at your yard as if you were a landscape designer. Especially important for placement of fruit bearing trees, bushes and vines. In this presentation, we will talk about site selection including hardscape assessments, scope of project, materials use, integration with your home and/or views, sunlight observations, air flow and other major landscaping decisions.
Feb.  24, Saturday, 9am-2pm @NW Washington Fairgrounds        Guest speaker - Dr. David R. Montgomery, professor of geomorphology at UW and author of Growing a Revolution: Bringing Soil back to Life, The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health, and more. This information meet and greet is designed to provide networking opportunities to learn about resources available to help improve and expand healthy agricultural and livestock production. FREE - for more information: link  or email Aneka Sweeney:                                                                                                                                                                       

Knife Sharpening                                             Phil McCree
March 3, Saturday, 10am-12noon                                                                           
Presentation and hands on demonstration, learn the basics, tools needed, etc. 

Native Plants and Birds                                                  March 3, Saturday, 2-3pm 
Discover the benefits of native plants in your yard for birds, bees, bugs and beauty! North Cascades Audubon Society shares how and why growing native plants will improve your backyard habitat. Great gardening ideas your birds will love and plenty of materials to get you started.

Winter Gardening (held at the Blaine Sr. Center)     Kelle Sunter                                   March 7, Wed. 12:45-1:45pm 
What can the avid gardener do in the winter? Besides read seed catalogs? We will talk about starting seeds indoors, cuttings from houseplants, and use of a hoophouse to extend your growing season.

Worms! And Composting                             Mary Jensen 
March  7, Wednesday, 4-6pm                                                                                                   Stop throwing away valuable soil building materials and start your compost project now! Whether you are thinking about a compost bin or becoming a Worm Wrangler, this workshop will get you started!! We will cover the basics of food waste recycling, how easy it is AND managing worms, indoors and out! For a fun video - check out 20 Days of Worms at Work

Pruning 101                             George Kaas (or K. Sunter)
March  10, Saturday, 10am-12pm                                                                                        Trees are breaking hibernation earlier (or not even going into deep hibernation), but you can prune. We will discuss tools, why prune, decisions necessary (learning to understand growth habits of trees/bushes). We will also discuss overgrown trees and how to get them back in shape.

Starting Your Vegetable Garden                                                                                                                                              March  21, Wednesday, 4-6pm                                 George Kaas                                                                                                  March  24, Sat, 10am-12pm                                                                                                                                                                 This workshop will concentrate on how to get started growing your own vegetables.  Included will be discussion on planting the right plant in the right place, fertilizers, microclimates, soil testing/amending, starting seeds, companion planting, reasons/seasons for mulching/composting and pest controls (IPM).

Field Trip to Community Garden (Blaine Sr. Center)                                                                                                                       April 4, Wed. 12:45-1:45pm                                                                               Did you know that we have a Community Garden. Join us for a tour of the Garden, we’ll see different techniques that the gardeners are using there, see what is already growing and talk about what you can do in your own yard.

Dahlias                                                                                                                                                                                                   April 4, Wednesday, 4-6pm                                 Tiffany Fisk (& June Auld?)
April  7, Saturday, 10am-12pm   
Discover how easy it is to have beautiful flowers blooming in your yard from July through November! The dahlia is a natural choice for our NW climate and their long bloom time makes them VERY rewarding!! Thousands of different flower forms and colors are available. Expert dahlia growers will be giving live demos and answering questions.

Knife Sharpening                        Phil McRee
April 11, Wednesday, 4-6pm   – Presentation and hands on demonstration, learn the basics, tools needed, etc. 
April 11, Wed. 12:45-1:45pm – More Chicken!  (Blaine Sr. Center)   Dalia Monterroso   (contact to confirm)

Life with an All-Electric Car                                  Heino Sunter                                                                                                   April 14, Saturday, 10am-12pm –
Should you buy a used all electric car? For $10,000 give or take, you could be the proud owner of one!
What is it really like to have an all electric car as a daily driver? Come and get real life information on range, performance, reliability, versatility, comfort and convenience from a 2013 Nissan Leaf owner/driver. Presentation will include analysis of latest car offerings, as well as various used EV’s. You will get a charge out of it!

Container Gardening                                        TBD                                                                                                                      April 18, Wednesday, 4-6pm – 
Think that you MUST have a plot of land to grow vegetables? or maybe mobility issues have slowed you down. If you think you have to give up on gardening, think again! Join us for an “out of the ground and into the box” introduction to container gardening. From choosing containers and the right plants to learning how to water them.

Ponds and Water Features 101                             TBD                                                                                                                April 21, Sat, 10am-12pm –
We will be talking about the do’s and don’t of ponds! Requirements such as location, equipment/utilities, maintenance AND the fun stuff like fish and plants!

Kombucha                                                                                                                                                                                                April 25, Wednesday, 4-6pm                              kelle Sunter
The origins of Kombucha remain shrouded in mystery there is evidence to support that it has been around for thousands of years! Whether you want to feel better by drinking it (many do!), just like the taste, or have never tried it, we invite you to get in touch with your inner "Ghengis" by learning more about this interesting elixir at this fun, informative presentation. We will be sampling different flavors, demonstrating how to make your own AND sending you home with your own culture (SCOBY) to start brewing.

2018 Spring PLANT SALES !!  (please double check the dates!)
March 24 - 10am-3pm - 29th Annual Fairhaven Plant and Tree Sale, Hillcrest Chapel Parking Lot
April 7, 10am-3pm - Whatcom Dahlia Society Tuber Sale - Bloedel Donovan Park  link
April 28, 9am-12noon - Birchwood Garden Club Sale, lower level of Bellingham Library link
May 5 - 10am-noon - Washington Native Plant Society-Salal Chapter’s 16th Annual Plant Sale
     Mt. Vernon, WSU, NW Research Station, 16650 State Highway 536  link
May 5 - Peace Arch Dahlia and Plant Sale at Peace Arch Park  - link
May 12 - Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale at Hovander Park link


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We have had several community meetings to introduce the CORE project. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer to help with our mission and goals, please do not hestitate to contact us -  or call  360-332-7435



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