In This Issue
Action News
Get Involved
Sustainable Living Tips
Business Leads the Way!

SB Board member Jon Quitslund writes about exemplary Bainbridge business people committed to sustainable practices.

While there is no new article this month, we highly recommend you read both of Jon's prior articles, if you haven't already!


SB Board News

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Archived E-Newsletters

Great news! You can now access old Sustainable Bainbridge e-newsletters--still chock full of good information--on our website!

Link here to read copies starting from January 2009.


Support Bainbridge Youth

Purchase a copy of "Standing Here", a fusion of B&W photographic images of Bainbridge Island, shot by local resident David Cohen, with text by high school students, parents, and other Island voices. The project's goal is to raise funds to provide over 330 hours of free mental health counseling for Bainbridge students from 12 to 19 years of age. 
Available at Eagle Harbor Book Company for $20. Eighty percent of the sales proceeds go directly to BYS.


Lazy days of summer are here! And so it is for the Sustainable Bainbridge e-newsletter! While the activity level is slow and easy, there is still plenty to do to keep your sustainability commitment flowing! Read more below, and remember--on these hot, dry days,
it's more important then ever to use water wisely!

July 22
Winter Gardening  Presentation
 6-8pm, Real Foods Cafe, Harbor Square (across from Ferry Terminal)

We live in winter garden country!  Plant the right veggies at the right time and you'll be eating fresh produce throughout the winter and next spring. Best varieties, times and methods for a productive winter garden. Dinner snack food provided by Real Foods Café. Food and talk are free.

For more info: Bios Design

July 25 & 26
Matinees That Matter: The Garden
(2009 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature)
5:00pm both days, Historic Lynwood Theatre, $9.00 all seats

The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country's most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community. But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis. The Garden follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall.

July 25
A Walk in the Park at Gazzam with the Bainbridge Island Land Trust
10am-Noon, Vincent/Marshall Road entrance of Gazzam

A variety of guided tours of the Preserve, or take a self-guided hike (trail maps available and interpretive stations along trail). Lots of fun for families, refreshments, games, and a photo scavenger hunt for the kids (bring your digital cameras or cell phones; some loaner cameras will be available on site, if needed). 

For more information: BI Land Trust or call 842-1216 for details.

July 27-31
Food, Farming, Culture and Education: Summer Institute for K-12 Educators

Global Source is presenting its 3rd annual summer institute on food, farming culture and education, at Suyematsu-Bentryn Farms, Bainbridge Island.  Current itinerary for the 2009 Summer Institute can be found at Global Source.

July 31- Aug. 2
1st Annual First-Ever Blake Island Environmental Reunion Camp
Friday, 4:00pm through Sunday, 4:00pm, Blake Island

Do-It-Yourself" Camp, Paddle, Row, Kayak, Sail, Surf, Hike Adventure ... a friendly green antidote to loud-not-so-green Seafair. Bring friends, families, kids! Spread the word! Help us found this annual event! Don't forget your LAWN CHAIRS, games and solar cookers! Local musicians joining us!

For more information contact: kathy [at]


Aug 1
Winter Gardening Workshop
1-4pm, Holly Lane Gardens

Come to a hands-on workshop to learn different methods for creating a winter garden. On lawns, in fields, or in existing garden patches. Pros and cons of the different possibilities. Also we'll cover the basics of when, what and how to plant in your productive winter garden. Bring some garden tools (shovel, etc.), gloves and laughter. Workshop is free.

For more info and directions: Bios Design

August 1-2

The Great Peninsula Future Festival
10:00am-6:00pm, Saturday; 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday, Port Gamble  
This second annual festival will host scores of green exhibits, hand-made crafts by local artists, delicious food, informative speakers and practical workshops on such topics as alternative energy, beekeeping, weaving, sustainable gardening," buy local" opportunities and heritage trees.  There will also be a trash art contest and science fair open to all ages.  The festival will offer lots of fun stuff for kids, including FIN, a walk-in mobile salmon.
Admission is $7.00 for adults.  Children 12 and under are free.  Youth 13 to 18 - $5.00.  Parking is free. 

If you would like to participate as a sponsor, exhibitor, vendor or volunteer visit, or call 425-788-7496.

Monday, August 3
Sustainable First Monday: Harvest Swap & Ice Cream Social
7-9 pm, Bainbridge Commons, 402 Bjune Drive SE
Sponsored by Sustainable Bainbridge.
Join Sustainable Bainbridge and Sound Food for this first ever harvest swap--a wonderful opportunity to share what you are growing in abundance, and enjoy the fruits and vegetables of others. Bring fresh produce to swap, or something made from locally grown produce, such as zucchini bread or raspberry jam. Anything left over will be donated to Helpline House. To celebrate the social aspects of this occasion, Sustainable Bainbridge will host an ice cream social -- to enjoy that you need to bring your own bowl and spoon! 

Contact: or 842-4439.

August 9-23
Permaculture Design Course
Trout Lake, WA

The international Permaculture Certificate course is a 2-week (72- hour) curriculum encompassing whole-systems design methods for creating healthy communities of people, plants and animals. Topics covered will include: design, agriculture,  plant propagation, seed-saving, natural building, water catchment, alternative energy, aquaculture, agro-forestry, eco-villages; governance; urban permaculture, alternative economic systems, and more.

Cost:  $1300, including a copy of Permaculture: A Designer's Manual; vegetarian food; and campsite facilities on the scenic ranch site located at the base of Mt. Adams, 30 miles north of Hood River.

For more info: Bios Design

August 30
Squeaky Wheels "Bike for Pie"
10:30am, Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way W. to Fort Ward

Bring  donations of food for Helpline House to the Marge Williams Center. Choose a short or long ride, or just ride from your house to Fort Ward. Co-sponsored by Helpline House, Trust for Working Landscapes, and Sustainable Bainbridge

Link to Squeaky Wheels for more information.

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Sustainable Bainbridge Action News

Sound Food
Sound Food's Ferry Farm Stand  is now open Wednesdays, through September 30, 4:15 - 6:15 p.m. at the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal. Stop by and purchase a wide variety of fresh produce from farmers on Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap, all of which use organic methods and sustainable farm practices. Everything is sold in $5 increments to make transactions quick and easy!

Sustainable Business Network of Bainbridge Island
The Sustainable Business Network of Bainbridge (SBN), SB's new project partner, is now an official chapter member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. Mark your calendars for August 18th, and stay tuned for more details on their first "open house" event.
Sign up for SBN's email announcements.   

Contact for more information.

Sustainable First Monday (July Report)
A good time was had by all who attended the community potluk in July! Delictable food, delicious conversation, and zero waste of course! If you missed this event, no worries--you can join us August 3rd for a harvest swap and ice cream social! (See Events above.)


Community Shellfish Farm
Final approval for the city permit with the Department of Ecology was received. That means, two down and one more to go!  The public comment period for our Army Corps of Engineers Permit ended on July 18th. We'll keep you posted!

One Call For All

Thank you to all of our fellow community members who donated to Sustainable Bainbridge through One Call For All. If you are still considering a donation, you can do so through One Call For year-round! We get 100 percent of all donations made to us!

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Get Involved!

Sustainable Bainbridge is committed to supporting citizen engagement and fostering collaborations on behalf of the environmental, social and economic health of our community. Please contact us with your ideas and needs at or 206-842-4439.

Sustainable First Monday
Have a great topic idea or expertise you would like to share with the community? Sustainable First Monday may be the right venue for you. Contact us!

Sustainable Living Tips

12 Ways Homeowners Can Save $5,000 in Under an Hour (and be kind to the plant)

Times are tough, and as the recession rolls on for the foreseeable future, it is important to consider what you can do to save money. The good news is that saving money at home can be easy. The twelve tactics listed can all be completed in about an hour and are free of any outside costs. They have the potential to immediately save a homeowner $500, and $5,000 over the next decade!