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Working together to rebuild resilience in Bellingham and all of Whatcom County.



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Community Resience starts with Seeds

Posted by Terri Wilde on March 21, 2022 at 3:03pm 0 Comments

Salish Seeds .....Local Community Seed Project

The Salish Seed Guild has started a remarkable project toward local food security. We are collectively growing out useful seed for home gardeners that are selected for and adapting to Whatcom County.  We knew at the beginning of the pandemic that it was well time to take our community's sustainability seriously. While we had been organizing Bellingham's community seed swap for years, much of the seed shared was last year's left overs from…


Interview with Larry Korn, Author of One Straw Revolutionary - May 2016

Posted by David Pike on January 18, 2020 at 5:18pm 0 Comments

An Interview with Larry Korn, Author of One-Straw Revolutionary

May 4th 2016

By: David Pike

Since The One-Straw Revolution was published in 1978 it has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over one million copies worldwide. In “One-Straw” as the book has been dubbed, Mr. Masanobu Fukuoka presented an entirely new approach to agriculture which he called “natural farming.” After 25 years of research and trials he demonstrated he could achieve yields…


Ten Weeks In

Posted by Rick Dubrow on September 22, 2017 at 4:07pm 0 Comments

Succession came to pass on July 1st, ten weeks ago. A-1 Builders, Inc. is now A-1 Builders, A Design/Build, Worker-Owned Cooperative!  My former employees are now my bosses! For the time being I’m helping the new team deal with marketing on a part time basis; my hours worked per week since July 1st has been on the order of working 1/4 hour a week!  Can’t really call this ‘part time’; I think I’ll call it ‘microscopic time’.

Perhaps in other…


Slow Sand Fresh Water Filter

Posted by David Culver on November 22, 2016 at 6:54pm 1 Comment

I live in an all-electric home and when the power grid is out we have nothing. No water, no sewer, lights, cooking or anything else. I will have a generator to run sparingly to keep the freezer and the refrigerator going. Our home is a passive solar home with great insulation.

If the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake happens, the grid could be out for a year. During that time, with the well pump not working, we will need a source of clean fresh water.

A slow sand filter, made…


Second Aid: Lessons Learned From Past Adventures

Posted by Rick Dubrow on November 3, 2016 at 11:51am 0 Comments

All too often I’ll run into another hiker and the following conversation ensues:

“How many nights are you staying out?”

“None… I hope. We’re on a day hike.”

“Then why are you carrying so large a pack?

Allow me to unpack my answer… an answer that addresses situations well beyond wilderness travel. An answer that extends into my settled, civilized life as well.  Why, at home, are Cindi and I prepared for a major natural or…


Welcome to Transition Whatcom's Community Networking Site!

This is a community networking site for those interested in helping us achieve our vision of resilient and more self-reliant communities throughout Whatcom County with a local food supply, sustainable energy sources, a healthy local economy, and a growing sense of vitality and community well-being.

About Transition Whatcom

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You can find other TW members in your neighborhood by typing your neighborhood into the search box on the Members page.

To learn more about Transition Whatcom, Start Here

We aim to unleash the collective genius of our community to find the answers to this momentous question:

For all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we...

Dramatically reduce carbon emissions (in response to climate change);
Significantly increase resilience (in response to resource scarcity);
Greatly strengthen our local economy (in response to economic instability)?

Transition Initiatives make no claim to have all the answers, but by building on the wisdom of the past and accessing the pool of ingenuity, skills and determination in our communities, the solutions can readily emerge. Now is the time for us to take stock and to start re-creating our future in ways that are not based on cheap, plentiful and polluting oil but on localized food, sustainable energy sources, resilient local economies and an enlivened sense of community well-being.


To learn more about the issues, start here

(Why Transition, Peak Oil, Climate Change, Economy, Peak Everything)

Latest Activity

Dan is now a member of Transition Whatcom
David MacLeod might attend Brian Kerkvliet's event

Salish Seed Swap 2024 at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

February 24, 2024 from 12pm to 3pm
February 24 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pmAt the – Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship Downstairs, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham, WA 98225Open to the public -12 noon to 3pm$10 suggested donation, at the door. No one turned away for lack of fundsEarly entrance (11:30 am) for members of the Salish Seed Guild and people bringing seeds to share.Several venders of local plant,…See More
Feb 13
Donald Antenen joined David MacLeod's group

Regenerate Whatcom

Regenerate Whatcom is a project of Transition Whatcom. Inspired by the Bioregional Activation Tour that came through Whatcom County on Oct. 28 and Oct 29, 2023, and affiliated with the Regenerate Cascadia project of our greater bioregion.See More
Feb 13
Heather K might attend David MacLeod's event

Regenerate Whatcom Meeting at Online

February 14, 2024 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Join us for our next RW Update zoom meeting and "Campfire" discussion on Wednesday, Feb 14th at 7:00 pm.  This is a time to learn what's new with RC and RW, hear what progress the RC core team is making in creating structures and processes to support our future work together, provide feedback and thoughts on these updates and, most importantly, to deepen our connections, hear about upcoming workshops and gathering, share what you’ve been up to, put forth asks and offers and to brainstorm future…See More
Feb 11
Brian Kerkvliet updated an event

Whatcom Permaculture Design Course 2024 at Inspiration farm

June 15, 2024 at 9am to August 2, 2024 at 6pm
Course Overview:Over 4 weekends and 1 immersive week, explore the foundations of regenerative culture.4 weekends and a 5 day camp out intensive!Weekends: June 8th & 9th; 15th & 16th; July 6th & 7th;  13th & 14th Camp out: July 29th – Aug. 2ndIncludes:Permaculture ethics and design principlesObservation and critical thinkingReading the landscape Pattern…See More
Feb 7
David MacLeod posted events
Feb 4
Brian Kerkvliet posted events
Feb 3
Brad Sander is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Jan 16


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What ancient farmers can really teach us about adapting to climate change – and how political power influences success or failure

What ancient farmers can really teach us about adapting to climate change – and how political power influences success or failure.

Climate Politics: The View from Washington February 29, 2024

Republicans and Democrats are once again playing a game of political chicken over government funding. Who will blink first?

Q: Can (small-scale) farming feed Britain (or Tokyo, or the world)? A: Yes … (probably)

A small farm future out of practical necessity, then, but also one evincing positive cultural possibilities. But practical necessity is the critical driver.

Why Ecosystems Need Healthy Populations of Apex Predators to Be Restored

Wolves benefit the entire ecosystem they inhabit. So why hunt them?

Good trouble on the Bad River

Bad River—a new documentary premiering in early March—is entirely unambiguous fact, not dramatized at all; if anything, some of its power comes from underplaying the tragedy it describes, that of an indigenous community forced to defend its remaining chunk of land from a heedless and rapacious oil company.



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