Transition Whatcom

Many people are looking for more garden space to grow their vegetables & fruit.

2011 Update- Bellingham Urban-Garden-Share website- http://www.urbangardenshare.org/bellingham/ 

 

Also post your needs & offerings on your neighborhood Transition groups site- http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/groups

 

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Past Discussion script prior to urbangardenshare posted below:

 

"LANDOWNERS" - If you can offer some sunny land for a gardener to improve the fertility & diversity of, either in the country or urban zones, please let us know by posting on this discussion.

(include your address location/neighborhood).  Then after you communicate with a potential gardener, you decide if it is a match for you.  

(Later community volunteers hope have a more effective online matching service through the "www.urbangardenshare.org".)

 

GARDENERS OFFERING THEIR SKILLS  to improve the fertility & diversity of anothers garden or land.   

If you are interested in edible gardening on some land posted here, please contact the person who is offering the land space through their comment page. 

Another good way to find  garden space, is to walk through the alleys in your neighborhood looking for gardens that could use your help, or land that would be good to garden. (Start out small if you are a beginner.) (Also try posting on the fourthcornerexchange.com network exchanging local 'life-dollars'.

 

"Land-owner" - once your offer of sharing land or garden space is met, please return to this discussion and 'X" out your reply post. reply post, move the curser to the right of the top line of your post.  (This is done by signing on to TW, than going to your st until the hidden "X" appears, then click on that X to remove your post.)

  

Also consider joining our TW Community Asks & Offers Group and posting your offer or need there.

http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/group/communityasksandoffers

 

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Also needed, is someone willing to coordinate & find an online garden-sharing & mapping system for our Whatcom area. If you know anyone who is already doing this in our county, please pass the word. Attempts have been made in the past with volunteers & interns, but the follow through has not yet happened! Any ideas on which local organization would offer office support & space for someone committed to making this happen?

 

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Some locations where people live are shaded by tall trees and there is not enough sun to grow edible plants. Those elder tree are beneficial to the whole neighborhood beyond the limits of the home. Its important that neighbors are encouraged to preserve their trees.

Sharing part of the sunshine on your land to a neighbor to garden on, could help those old trees stay standing. If you're not growing a garden in your yard, then plant trees & shrubs!

 

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Soon to include whatcom sharings:

http://www.urbangardenshare.org

 

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Other leads for finding possible garden space in the urban center of B'ham, would be through Chris E of BUGS - see his TW group , his website, or phone him.

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original discussion title was - Garden Spaces Available for Gardeners - Urban & Rural Locations

 

 

 

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No need for computer navigation.

I need a list of neighborhoods and some 'proof' that the demand exists. Anyone can send requests to amyp@urbangardenshare.org. We handle all the technology - easy peasy.

Heather K said:
What would be the first few steps towards having Bellingham & Whatcom be on the Urban Garden Share website www.urbangardenshare.org ?

I'm guessing we need someone gifted with computer navigations, which is not my gift.

Thanks so much for connecting with us Amy and sharing your experience!

I've posted some of the recent TW garden news on our Organic Gardeners & Permaculture Group -
http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/group/organic

There is a chance that Chris Elder with our local BUGS ( Bellingham Urban Garden Syndicate) may be interested. He can be contacted at his TW page -
http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/profile/ChrisElder?xg_source=prof...

or at the BUGS website: http://bellinghamurbangardens.org/
Sandie- re garden space - my friend Jasmin & I are both interested in caring for land to grow more field crops, like squash, beans, pototoes, cut flowers (good for bees & pollinators). We are both long time gardeners and already care for a few gardens, but desire more land....(also more plants, helpers, compost, etc :-) )
I'll pass your info on to her as I'm out of the region till March. I had hoped to find something either in Birchwood, Southside, or Agate Bay-Squalicum Mt area, but so far no other leads. We are also interested in finding land to 'buy" with others, to plant more perennial edible trees & shrubs, and share in the labor & harvest.

Sandie Ledray said:
As of February 2nd, I still have space available for a couple of gardeners.

On the corner of Marine Drive & Hoff Road...all day sun, good, good soils. :)

Give me a call if you are interested!

Sandie

360-922-0502 home
360-318-6268 cell
Hi Amy - Re adding whatcom county to the website: http://www.urbangardenshare.org

Attached is a link to the many neighborhoods in the Bellingham & Whatcom county area....

http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/forum/attachment/download?id=2723...

As you will see, there are so many...

I think for starters for our strongly rural-urban&forested Whatcom landscape, it would make sense to choose just a few areas to list as neighorhoods...since many of them are small, and many of the seaside neighorbhoods are level & easily accessible by bicycle to each other.

For starters,here is a smaller list of area's I suggest we have included in the online site's map:
Birchwood, Columbia, York, Southside, B'ham Urban Center, Samish,
Sudden Valley, Birch Bay, Blaine, Ferndale, Lynden/Nooksack/Everson, MapleFalls/Glacier/Kendall, Agate Bay/Goshen/Rome, North urban B'ham, North rural Whatcom County, East urban B'ham, East rural Whatcom county. (All – let me know if I missed an area you think we should also include for starters).

Our city has some computer mapping links but I currently do not have access to them.
Possibly David W or another person could find them if needed.
I'm thinking that it might be helpful if I started another discussion in regards to getting this online garden space exchange set up using Amy's program, as this one was started to channel folks with offers of land to post...which has worked....
(and I have another location to yet post that came to me from fourthcornerexchange.com, our local alternative currency.)

I'm excited for this tool to be developed for us to use...even as I also know person to person connections between gardeners & 'tax-paying land owners' can be effective, and is the current method that is now working among those who share skills & land.

Aloha from your oceanic north pacific watershed neighbor & friend! Heather

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amy pennington said:
No need for computer navigation.

I need a list of neighborhoods and some 'proof' that the demand exists. Anyone can send requests to amyp@urbangardenshare.org. We handle all the technology - easy peasy.

Heather K said:
What would be the first few steps towards having Bellingham & Whatcom be on the Urban Garden Share website www.urbangardenshare.org ?

I'm guessing we need someone gifted with computer navigations, which is not my gift.

Thanks so much for connecting with us Amy and sharing your experience!

Notice that a New Discussion is now started to continue the work towards creating an online site for a local GardenShare program,
by having whatcom gardeners & gardens & neighborhood map added to the www.urbangardenshare.org website, that Amy & friends created for our Seattle neighbors.

This current & original discussion site can continue to be used for postings of available garden-space offers, until we whatcom neighbors have a map for whatcom & is added to Amy's gardenshare website.
(I've retitled this original discussion to read " Garden Space Available'.)

To take part in the new gardenshare project and the new discussion creating this tool, go to
http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/forum/topics/gardenshare-whatcom-...

or find the discussion under the 'Forum' tab and then click on 'Food & Agriculture'.

(Another time I will send out copies of the 2nd discussion to the Gardeners Group list & my friends list.)

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Cross-posted below from new 2nd gardenshare discussion:
http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/forum/topics/gardenshare-whatcom-...

Join in our  GardenShare Project,  between gardeners & garden-spaces in rural & urban lands, at ' www.urbangardenshare.org '
Are you an Edible Organic Gardener with gardening skills to share and longing for more garden space?
   -  OR   -

Are Do You Have Garden-Space you want to share and benefit by the earthcare skills of an organic gardener?

Please do go to the current gardenshare website & explore ( http://www.urbangardenshare.org/)

“ Urban Garden Share pairs together eager gardeners with eager gardens.
When neighbors come together and co-operatively grow food, dirt flies and good things happen.”

If You Are A Gardener, click on the 'create a gardener profile' at
http://www.urbangardenshare.org/?p=create_gardener

If You Have Garden Space to Share, click on the 'create a garden profile', at
http://www.urbangardenshare.org/?p=create_garden


Follow this discussion as we co-create with Amy Pennington, Jesse, Colin, Gannon, myself, & friends as we add Whatcom gardeners & gardens to the already existing urbangardenshare.org website that was first created for Seattle neighbors by Amy & friends.

Once we have the site running for Whatcom gardeners & gardens, we will request help with local promotion to spread the word, and we hope to have the site ready before April's planting days and before our Whatcom Transition Great Unleashing event!

There is already a demand for garden space needing gardeners, and especially for gardeners & new-gardeners needing sunny garden space!

I need an computer or gardening  friend to help, with just a little time, with this project, so please let me know if you can be available to back me up when I'm not able to be online....I'm a gardener and not always functional on computers.

You can go to the new 2nd discussion page and click the "Follow" butten to stay connected to new comments.

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Heather K said:
Hi Amy - Re adding whatcom county to the website: http://www.urbangardenshare.org

Attached is a link to the many neighborhoods in the Bellingham & Whatcom county area....

http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/forum/attachment/download?id=2723...

As you will see, there are so many...

I think for starters for our strongly rural-urban&forested Whatcom landscape, it would make sense to choose just a few areas to list as neighorhoods...since many of them are small, and many of the seaside neighorbhoods are level & easily accessible by bicycle to each other.

For starters,here is a smaller list of area's I suggest we have included in the online site's map:
Birchwood, Columbia, York, Southside, B'ham Urban Center, Samish,
Sudden Valley, Birch Bay, Blaine, Ferndale, Lynden/Nooksack/Everson, MapleFalls/Glacier/Kendall, Agate Bay/Goshen/Rome, North urban B'ham, North rural Whatcom County, East urban B'ham, East rural Whatcom county. (All – let me know if I missed an area you think we should also include for starters).

Our city has some computer mapping links but I currently do not have access to them.
Possibly David W or another person could find them if needed.
I'm thinking that it might be helpful if I started another discussion in regards to getting this online garden space exchange set up using Amy's program, as this one was started to channel folks with offers of land to post...which has worked....
(and I have another location to yet post that came to me from fourthcornerexchange.com, our local alternative currency.)

I'm excited for this tool to be developed for us to use...even as I also know person to person connections between gardeners & 'tax-paying land owners' can be effective, and is the current method that is now working among those who share skills & land.

Aloha from your oceanic north pacific watershed neighbor & friend! Heather

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amy pennington said:
No need for computer navigation.

I need a list of neighborhoods and some 'proof' that the demand exists. Anyone can send requests to amyp@urbangardenshare.org. We handle all the technology - easy peasy.

Heather K said:
What would be the first few steps towards having Bellingham & Whatcom be on the Urban Garden Share website www.urbangardenshare.org ?

I'm guessing we need someone gifted with computer navigations, which is not my gift.

Thanks so much for connecting with us Amy and sharing your experience!

Yard Space Offered for Gardener in Birchwood Neighborhood:
I received an email from a fourthcornerxchange member, copied below.

“Spring is coming once again.... I have yard space that would like to become garden, but I don't have the time or energy, so it's available to someone to use....
Francine K. 2520 Cedarwood Ave (off Northwest Ave, near Albertson's “

I have her phone number that I can pass on to whomever is interested, or contact her through the fourthcornerexchange website.

Please let me know when this garden space is filled so I can X out this post's offer
heather I would love to support this space , I can ask one of the kid crews form either assumption or bham high we may get some positive response.....

Heather K said:
Offered - Urban Organic Garden needs tending near Cornwall/Dean Ave near Assumption church.
This is Lindsay's place and she will not be able to tend the garden this year. She asked me to pass the word to find someone who would like to garden either for their own use, or for community use.
Contact her at lmac77dona@netzero.net.

I will send her an invite to Transition Whatcom to encourage her to also network here
(Let me know when this exhange is completed so I can "X" this out.)
Hi Alain! Here is more info on the garden space that is near Cornwall/Dean Ave near Assumption church. I don't have an address but you could connect with her with a phone call or email. I think I have a more corrected email below.

From an email from Lindsay "Dear Heather,
It's great that you put out this information. I'm already able to get to the ning, but I couldn't find the way to post it own my own. Is posting done by starting a discussion. Anyway - it's fine if you want to post my phone number - I have a new one - 360-927-9236. Thanks for taking action on this! Lindsay
lmac77dona@netzero.com "

Let me know when this exhange is completed so we can both "X" out the discussion to keep this page current.


Forest Garden said:
heather I would love to support this space , I can ask one of the kid crews form either assumption or bham high we may get some positive response.....

Heather K said:
Offered - Urban Organic Garden needs tending near Cornwall/Dean Ave near Assumption church.
This is Lindsay's place and she will not be able to tend the garden this year. She asked me to pass the word to find someone who would like to garden either for their own use, or for community use.
Contact her at lmac77dona@netzero.net.

I will send her an invite to Transition Whatcom to encourage her to also network here
(Let me know when this exhange is completed so I can "X" this out.)
"LANDOWNERS" - If you can offer some sunny land for a gardener to improve the fertility & diversity, either in the country or urban zones, please let us know by posting on this discussion.

(include your address location/neighborhood). Then after you communicate with a potential gardener, you decide if it is a match for you.


GARDENERS OFFERING THEIR SKILLS to improve the fertility & diversity of anothers garden or land.

If you are interested in edible gardening on some land posted here, please contact the person who is offering the land space through their comment page.

Another good way to find garden space, is to walk through the alleys in your neighborhood looking for gardens that could use your help, or land that would be good to garden. (Start out small if you are a beginner.) (Also try posting on the fourthcornerexchange.com network exchanging local 'life-dollars' and our TW sub-group 'Community Asks & Offers".
Online GardenShare Network Now Established!

Bellingham: http://www.urbangardenshare.org/bellingham/

Whatcom County: http://www.urbangardenshare.org/whatcom/

Go Direct to these sites to either create your garden profile to offer space, or to create your gardener profile. (On web July 2010 thanks to Chris E. and Amy from Seattle)

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