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Introducing...Working Groups
At our Annual Meeting in January, Sustainable Ballard formed three new working groups to help us more effectively execute all the great projects that you, our community, have brought us over the years. So if you are passionate about social change from the bottom up, we invite you to join one of these new committees: Operations, Projects & Events, or Community Outreach. You’ll find some of our initial planning meetings scheduled below - or just email for more details.

Mason bees nest cleaning party - Feb. 11

Mason bee keepers and bee enthusiasts: Bring your nesting box if you have one, or extra cocoons if you’ve already done your cleaning.

This is a great opportunity if you don’t have an active nesting box and want to start one. Help clean out mason bee tubes and go home with some free cocoons and advice on how to build your own nesting box. Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.


RainWise 101 Workshop - Feb. 11

At this free workshop, you will learn about applying for a rebate from Seattle Public Utilities and King County for up to 100 percent of the cost of your rain garden or cistern. You will hear from homeowners in your area who have completed the rebate process, meet trained RainWise installers, and get set to take the next step for your rebate! Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.


Ballard Tool Library planning meeting - Feb. 16

The Ballard Tool Library had a record number of attendees at January’s meeting. Let’s keep the momentum going and make the BTL a reality! Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m.



Ballard Sunday Dinners - here's a great volunteer opportunity!

If you’ve resolved to start the new year spending more time helping out in our community, this is a terrific opportunity! Volunteers are needed on Sundays in February and March to prepare and serve the meal (3-4 hour shifts starting 2 p.m.), and help with clean up (shorter shifts starting 5 p.m.)


"Voluntary Simplicity" discussion group about to begin - only two slots left!

Voluntary Simplicity helps participants examine how modern society can interfere with caring for the planet. Together, we will explore how consumption patterns have an impact on us and our relationships, as well as the environment. We will discover ways to slow down and live simply. Join us!


New SB Projects & Events group - please join us!

Sustainable Ballard has formed a new group of volunteers dedicated to developing, supporting and enhancing our projects and events. New members are welcome! The group will have its first meeting on Monday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m.


Join the gleaners - help feed hungry neighbors

We're looking for volunteers to help collect fresh produce from the generous farmers at the Ballard Farmers’ Market every Sunday from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. and deliver it to the Ballard Food Bank. Extra hands with vehicles (pickups or vans) are needed to help collect this wonderful bounty; teams rotate so the commitment is no more than once per month.


Ask a Board Member

From board member Paula J:
January’s Sustainable Ballard Board meeting was a great kick off as we re-energize and focus on how want to be involved. Let’s all help create a place that defines who we are, especially as Ballard undergoes such rapid growth. I invite you to join me for a chat over coffee about any Sustainable Ballard projects I have volunteered with.


February waste reduction tips

With the new year in full swing, February is the perfect time to eat chocolate and solidify your commitment to recycling and reducing waste. Show Mother Nature how much you love her with these fun, easy waste reduction tips.


Other Community Events

In Memoriam: Rick Turner and Cass Turnbull

Seattle recently lost two active participants in community engagement, and we mourn their passing. Rick Turner, founder of the Meaningful Movies Project, passed away on December 16. Cass Turnbull, founder of Plant Amnesty, passed away on January 26.


Sustainable NE Seattle 'Hands-On!' Community Skills-Share Fair - Feb. 11

Sustainable NE Seattle's 7th annual HANDS ON! community skills–share fair is FREE all day, with short workshops on a wide variety of skills, from knitting to basic carpentry to soil building. Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Tilth Alliance class: Planning a Resilient Garden - Feb. 11

The warming climate and temperature fluctuations will require creativity and adaptability to keep a harvest of greens and fruits throughout the growing season. Learn how to set your expectations and adapt your garden planning at this class. Saturday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m.


City Fruit: Young Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop - Feb. 25

Learn the best approach to pruning young trees in the Pacific Northwest for a healthy harvest season. This workshop incorporates a demonstration and instruction with a chance to practice at the home of one of your City Fruit neighbors. Saturday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m.


21 Acres class: Butter Making - Feb. 28

In this hands-on experience, you'll learn how to make your own cultured artisan butter from scratch as well as the process of dividing delicious whole local milk from grass-fed cows into cream and skim. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

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