Upcoming 2018 Events:

The Bellingham Beer and Music Festival – Saturday, June 30th

Enjoy this afternoon event featuring up to 25 different breweries, 75 different beers, up to seven bands and Dynasty Cellars Winery.

Net proceeds benefit Whatcom Beer and Wine Foundation’s beneficiary organizations: Our TreeHouse, Growing Alliances and Make.Shift Literacy Programs.


When: June 30th @ 6-10:30

Where: North Bellingham Golf Course

205 West Smith Road Bellingham, WA 98226


The venue is accessible to people of all abilities, and accommodations are available.

Plenty of parking will be available

No one under 21 will be admitted


Bellingham NW Wine Festival – Saturday, August 4th

SAVE THE DATE! The 3rd annual Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival is scheduled at the Four Points by Sheraton Grand Ballroom.


When: August 4th, 2018 from 6:00-10:00pm

Where: 714 Lakeway Drive Bellingham, WA 98229


The Festival will include both a public wine tasting and the announcement of all medal-winning wines entered in an earlier judged competition. This year’s event will feature up to 50 wineries from the Pacific Northwest along with eight restaurants from the Whatcom County area.

Whether you’re a serious wineophile or have only limited experience with wines, the Festival is a great opportunity to meet winemakers, have a nosh or two, and sample an amazing selection of Pacific Northwest wines!

Net proceeds from the event go to the Whatcom Beer and Wine Foundation for distribution to a number of Whatcom County non-profit organizations, including Growing Alliances.


Season’s End Brunch – Sunday, September 9th

Join Growing Alliances rain or shine to celebrate the end of a second season growing food, strengthening youth job skills and addressing local food insecurity.

Enjoy a brunch grown by the Youth Garden Crew, music by local artists, and food, garden and family related auction items!


September 9th from 10am-1pm

Boundary Bay Brewery

1107 Railroad Ave Bellingham, WA 98225

Purchase your tickets before August 1st at a lower cost.                           Vegan and gluten free options available.                           Children welcome!


See below for details of our previous events:

2017 Feast for Our Future

On November 4th, 2017 Growing Alliances hosted its first annual Feast for Our Future Benefit at our favorite venue, the Bellingham YWCA. We prefer this venue because we strongly support the mission of the YWCA, which is to “eliminate racism and empower women” and are happy to support their mission through renting their beautiful facility.

The delicious meal served by Calypso Kitchen and local chef, Arlen Coiley, was a fusion of Caribbean and Northwest flavors, with vegetables grown by our youth employees this summer. Beverages included local beer, wine, spirits, and kombucha!

Through ticket sales, the auction, sponsorship and donations, we raised $8,521.50!! This event helped us raise 13.3% of our 2018 needs!

Our live and silent auction items were heavily experience based, because quality time together is what we all cherish during this chilly season. Our two top selling auction items were three tickets to the New Year’s Eve Seahawks Game and a Personal Gourmet Dinner for 6! Two GREAT items!

We would like to give a huge thank you to all of our donors:

  • Industrial Credit Union
  • Barlean’s Fishery
  • Wild Rose Farm
  • Grocery Outlet
  • Cash N Carry
  • The Mountaineers
  • Bob Lanphear
  • Costco
  • Rohn Rutledge
  • Handshake Coffee
  • Larry Branham
  • Ron and Dorice Wolden
  • Ciao Thyme
  • AB Crepes
  • Anthony’s at Squalicum Harbor
  • Abby Kuchar
  • Acme Farm and Kitchen
  • Uptown Art
  • Fairmont Olympic Hotel
  • Brandywine Kitchen
  • El Albañil
  • Chuckanut Bay Distillery
  • Whole Foods
  • Hohl’s Feed and Seed
  • Uprising Seeds
  • Wonderland Teas
  • Mt. Baker Ski Area
  • Village Books
  • Backcountry Essentials
  • Heliotrope Hotel
  • Seattle Pacific Science Center
  • Yeager’s Sporting Goods
  • Nook Collective
  • Lovitt Restaurant
  • Kombucha Town
  • Skywood Food Forest
  • The Loft
  • WWS Boardshop
  • Haggen

March 2017 Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction

A big thank you to our fundraiser donors and supporters!



A total of $4,800 was donated to our program to help employ youth in foster care



Pushing us towards our $60,000 goal…


On March 29, 2017, Growing Alliances held an evening of food and community to support Bellingham’s fostered youth! We had many community members join us in supporting and learning about how urban agriculture can provide youth, who are transitioning out of foster care, with vocational opportunities to strengthen their work skills while addressing their high levels of stress and PTSD.

For dinner, we’ve had salmon donated by Desire Fish Company, vegetables donated by Broad Leaf Farm, Whole Foods, and the Bellingham Co-Op! And kombucha was generously provided by Kombucha Town!

The meal was created by inspirational chef Arlen Coiley.

We finished off the meal with an exciting dessert auction! There was both donated, homemade, gluten-free, and dairy-free desserts; something for everyone!

The silent auction items came from the following artists and business:

Community Boating Center

The Nook Collective                                                      Social Fabric

Brandywine Kitchen                                                    Good Earth Pottery

Mallards Ice Cream                                                      Canlis Restaurant in Seattle

The Garden Spot                                                            Vital Climbing Gym

Sandalwood Spa                                                             Pickford Cinema

Beechers Cheese                                                            Back Country Essentials

Presentations included an introduction to Growing Alliances by Executive Director, Kali Crow. Ray Deck III from Skookum Kids, discussed the unique challenges of youth in foster care and why we need to support youth employment when they age out of foster care.

Thanks again for the amazing support! We hope to hold more events in the future to come. We also appreciate any contributions you can make to support the mission of Growing Alliances on our donations page.

For questions, please email Kali Crow at info@growingalliances.org.