Transition Whatcom

Transition Whatcom Newsletter, Feb. 13, 2010

* This social networking website is now 400 members strong, and growing every day! Welcome to all of our new members!

* Have you heard about the new website!?  A simplified and static website that is geared towards those learning about Transition Whatcom and our upcoming Great Unleasing for the first time. Check it out at www.transitionwhatcom.org. Already it's averaging 149 hits per day!

* An Update the FUNdraising committee for the Great Unleashing – at last report we have received over $1160 collected from "the Plea letter" alone!  We thank all of our members for your incredible generosity and forethought for donating to such an important event.  We will use whatever monies that might be left from our very frugal budget to be available for start-up projects from the DAY 2 event’s work groups. Contact cl@adaptations.ws to make donations.

* Discussions in our Forums
Check out the latest discussions, including Home Affordable Mortgage Program a Bust - Where Do We Go From Here? and Impossible Farming.

* Blogging on Transition Whatcom
Have you noticed how many of our members are blogging? A few of our more consistent bloggers lately include Walter Haugen on farming (Time to Start Cabbages and Broccoli), Celt Schira on gardening (Alliums and Roots for Winter Gardening), and Chris Wolf on voluntary simplicity (Let's Do the Numbers).

* Interest Groups, Work Groups, and Neighborhood Transition Initiatives
We now have 29 active groups on our website. Check them out and join the ones that interest you!

Upcoming TRANSITION WHATCOM Events
Mark Your Calendars and follow the links for more info! A listing of all Events can be found on our Events Page.

Homegrown: Transition Ferndale Movie Night
Time: February 17, 2010 from 5:30pm to 9pm
Location: Whatcom Educational Credit Union, Ferndale.
Join Transition Ferndale for a potluck and movie showing at
WECU-Ferndale, 5659 Barrett Road at the I-5 Main Street Exit. 5:30-6:30
optional potluck and idea sharing. 6:30 View Homegrown, an upbeat film
about a family that, while living off the grid, harvests over 6,000
pounds of produce on less than a quarter of an acre. http://www.homegrown-film.com/about.html Everyone Welcome! For info judithculv@hotmail.com

Fruitful Graft Gathering
Time: February 20, 2010 from 10am to 1pm
Part of the Re-Skilling Series at Inspiration Farm
Co-sponsored by Transition Whatcom.
$10 - $20 donation.

Post Peak Oil Health Care
Time: February 21, 2010 from 1pm to 3pm
Location: Community Food Co-op Connections Building

Broad Fork Building Workshop
Time: February 27, 2010 from 10am to 5pm
Part of the Re-Skilling Series at Inspiration Farm
Co-sponsored by Transition Whatcom.

Jan Spencer: Global Trends - Local Choices
Time: March 5, 2010 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Sustainable Living Center
Street: 2309 Meridian Street
Jan Spencer returns to Bellingham! Global Trends - Local Choices is a
timely, practical and humane call for personal empowerment and action,
given the current state of our economic system, culture, natural
environment and world.

Practical Permaculture Practices
Time: March 13, 2010 from 10am to 5pm
Part of the Re-Skilling Series at Inspiration Farm
Co-sponsored by Transition Whatcom
$30 - $60 sliding scale

Food Forest and Permaculture Plant Guilds
Time: March 27, 2010 from 10am to 5pm (note date change)
Part of the Re-Skilling Series at Inspiration Farm
Co-sponsored by Transition Whatcom
$30 - $60 sliding scale

Transition Whatcom's Great Unleashing
Time: April 10, 2010 at 9am to April 11, 2010 at 5pm
Location: Bellingham High School

THE GREAT UNLEASHING will be a two-day celebration and extravaganza
that will motivate, excite, educate and engage our community in coming
together to envision a vibrant, resilient, and dramatically less
energy-dependent Whatcom County, and will unleash our collective genius
as we start working towards a tangible and compelling plan to get us
there.

Day 1 will have many activities, including a recorded greeting from Rob Hopkins, and keynote talks by the noted author and Transition U.S. board member, Vicki Robin, author Frances Moore Lappe (Diet for a Small Planet), and Transition U.S. board member, Permaculturist, and Executive Director of Daily Acts, Trathen Heckman. You can also expect a parade, exhibits, breakout sessions on numerous themes, and more.

Day 2 will see the formation of Transition Whatcom Work Groups to address a number of critical issues our community is facing.

To follow and participate in the planning of The Great Unleashing, please join us at the planning website, http://tgu.wikispaces.com.


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