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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


Garden Design                                                George Kaas
Feb.  22, Wednesday, 4-6pm
Feb.  25, 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.
Kombucha                                                         Kelle Sunter
March  8, Wednesday, 4-6pm  
While the origins of Kombucha remain shrouded in mystery there is much 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 to start brewing.
Pruning 101                                              George Kaas (or K. Sunter)
March  11, Saturday, 10am-12pm 
With our warmer winters, this may be the perfect time to start pruning. Trees are breaking hibernation earlier (or not even going into deep hibernation). 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. Bring your favorite ideas for using those clippings in your garden (stakes, trellises, plant furniture or  . . .
Starting Your Vegetable Garden                 George Kaas
March  22, Wednesday, 4-6pm
March  25, 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, plotting one's garden sun patterns, microclimates, soil testing/amending, starting seeds, reasons and seasons for mulching/composting and pest controls. 
March 25, 24th Annual Native Plant Sale by Whatcom Conservation District 9am-2pm link
Dahlias                                                      Tiffany Fisk & June Auld
April 5, Wednesday, 4-6pm
April  8, Saturday, 10am-12pm   
Come 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
Container Gardening     
April 19, Wednesday, 4-6pm
Think that you MUST have a plot of land to grow vegetables? or, maybe mobility issues have slowed down your gardening accessibility. If you think that 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, correct soil combinations and the right plans to learning how to water them.
Vermiculture/Composting  April 22, Sat, 10am-12pm    
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
May 13 - Master Gardenders Annual Plant Sale at Hovander Park link


AWESOME 2.5gal. Plastic Buckets with lids - FREE from Border Brew (can even get them filled with used coffee grounds for your compost pile!) - food grade quality, can use for storage, planters, hauling materials, fermentation . . . large quantities available. Talk to Colin at Border Brew in Blaine. It's just east of the Truck Route on H St.



If you would like us to come and speak at a community activity or event to help inform your participants about the CORE project, please contact us.

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

For GLEANING (either volunteering to help pick fruit or having your fruit harvested), please click on "Gleaning" in the left column to go the that page in this website.


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