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Transition Birchwood

Birchwood Neighborhood was developed in the 1920's with small bungalows and large yards - up to an acre. Birchwood Victory Gardeners can help to increase our local food supply.

Location: Bellingham, Washington
Members: 33
Latest Activity: Mar 2

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Birchwood Neighborhood Mtg with Port Candidates Tonight 8/27

Started by David MacLeod Aug 27, 2013. 0 Replies

Hello All,In response to feedback regarding Bellingham Airport Expansion from our neighborhood events, the Birchwood Neighborhood Association is co-hosting a Town Hall Meeting with Columbia…Continue

Small Family Looking for "Home", in Birchwood?

Started by Bryan Krueger Aug 26, 2013. 0 Replies

Hi Whatcome Transitioners!We are a family of four, with two little girls (2 yo and 1 mo) and are currently in Spokane. We are heading to resettle in the "better half" of the state ;) very soon and…Continue

Squalicum Park Phase 3

Started by David MacLeod. Last reply by David MacLeod Apr 3, 2013. 2 Replies

For your info, here below are some notes from the most recent Birchwood Neighborhood Assoc. meeting, where one item on the agenda was Squalicum Park. I have been the recipient of some emails on this…Continue

Birchwood Neighborhood Watershed Walk: May 12, 2012

Started by David MacLeod Apr 16, 2012. 0 Replies

Birchwood Neighborhood Watershed Walk – May 12 at 10am Are you curious about where the water in your neighborhood flows? Are you motivated to reduce pollution in your local waterways? Did you know…Continue

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Comment by David MacLeod on March 2, 2014 at 7:37pm

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop, March 9, 2014 at 10:00am.

Travis Dickson, formerly with Bakerview Nursery, and now Raindance Landscaping will lead this hands on fruit tree pruning workshop in the orchard of David and Angela MacLeod, in the Birchwood neighborhood.

  • Learn the differences in pruning for Apples, Pears, and Peaches.
  • How to deal with mature trees and overgrown trees.
  • We'll talk tools, sharpening, and Travis will demo some of his tools, and have some tools to sell after the workshop. Good quality tools make a difference.

$5 to $10 suggested donation per person and all the money goes to Transition Whatcom. That's a good cause to prune for. No one turned away for lack of funds - donation is optional. Bring your own tools. Bring a potluck item if you want to participate in a meal after the workshop, or you can head right out afterward to the Great Grafting Gathering at Inspiration Farm.

Please note: Daylight Savings Time begins this day - please remember to set your clocks one hour ahead!

Please call to register, so we can properly plan: 733-3541.

Sponsored by Transition Whatcom

Comment by dan welch on October 21, 2013 at 7:03am

Everyone, 

I am building a house at 2930 Birchwood that may be of interest to many of you in the neighborhood. This goal of this house is to be net zero water rainwater catchment, composting toilets and greywater recycling and net zero energy through net metering (panels to come in a year or two). 

We are working with Sustainable Connections to host a series of technical workshops on green building practices. Topics will include envelope design (controlling air and water movement), Rainwater Catchment for potable water, Greywater recycling and indoor green house treatment, composting toilets, permeable driveway and fire access, materials (both salvaged and new), and energy.

The first workshop is this wednesday and can be found here: http://sustainableconnections.org/events/building-envelope-by-prosoco

Please RSVP with Rose at sustainable connections and pass the word to anyone outside of the neighborhood that may be interested. 

You can follow the progress of the Birch Case Study House on my business website and Facebook page. http://www.bundledesignstudio.com/

Happy Day. 

Comment by David MacLeod on September 9, 2013 at 7:30pm

Little Squalicum Creek Restoration Work Party

Time: September 14, 2013 from 9am to 12pm
Location: Bellingham Technical College
Street: 3028 Lindbergh Ave
City/Town: Bellingham
Website or Map: https://maps.google.com/maps?…
Phone: 360-733-8307
Event Type: creek, restoration
Organized By: Wendy Steffensen
Latest Activity: 1 second ago

RSVP here

Join us (RE Sources) in restoring, Little Squalicum Creek, one of our precious water resources. Help ensure its wetlands continue to provide high quality water and habitat for our community. We’ll remove invasive weeds, mulch new seedlings, and meet new friends. Meet us at 9:00am in the "Lower Lot" of Bellingham Technical College, which has free parking. Follow work party signs to work site from trail beginning at the lower parking lot of Bellingham Technical College. Dress the weather of the day! Closed toed shoes are required for working with tools, long pants and long sleeves can be helpful to protect you from the more thorny invasive plants. Gloves, tools, and snacks will be provided. Please bring durable water bottles. For more information, contact Wendy Steffensen, wendys@re-sources.org, or call (360) 733 8307.

Join/share this event on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/events/632847350081775/

Comment by Angela MacLeod on January 22, 2013 at 9:15am

Hi Joy

I tried to leave a message at your page but not sure if it got through....

I'll call you today to set up a time to meet.

Do you have a source of manure? I do. We got some last weekend. There's more where we got it. I'd also like to get more.

Comment by jasmin liepa on January 21, 2013 at 2:19pm

Welcome to Birchwood neighborhood...Would love to meet you and your garden weather and health permitting. Love the idea of sharing time in garden together and produce sharing. We always have an abundance of raspberries in the summer and yellow Shiro plums etc...647-8654

Comment by Joy Patterson on January 21, 2013 at 1:18pm

Hi Angela, 

Yes! I would love do an exchange. We are on Firwood. Maybe we could meet for tea and tour each other's gardens. Our first project could be getting and dispersing manure together.  (We were hoping to get it this weekend, but wound up with the cruddy cold that's going around. Lots of ginger tea is helping.) Since I am the resiliency "provider" weekdays are filled with work, so weekends are when I have the time. This Saturday, I'm teaching a bread class... 815-6434

Comment by Angela MacLeod on January 21, 2013 at 12:58pm

Hi Joy,

I like your ideas. We live on Cherrywood. Actually we have plenty of winter squash so don't need any. Yes lets do some garden tours later. Anytime really.

I would also be interested in a friendly work exchange. I could come work with you at your place on what ever project you'd like some help on. And at another time You could come and work with me on a project I'd like help with. Equal time exchange. A big part of it being a chance to get to know each other.

733-3541

Comment by Joy Patterson on January 21, 2013 at 12:31pm

I'm new to Transition Birchwood. I would love to meet others in the hood who are doing similar things and would like exchange ideas with others. Maybe there are others who'd like to swap produce... We have winter squash and great recipes. Anyone up for a tour of homes/gardens, perhaps this spring?

Comment by David MacLeod on November 28, 2011 at 12:17pm

Hi Neighbors,

Our Birchwood Neighborhood Association meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 29th  from 6:30-8:00pm. in the Shuksan Middle School cafeteria. 

Join us for pizza and conversation.

Our agenda will include:

Lauren Currin, North Sound Baykeepers: presentation on a proposed neighborhood walking tour highlighting methods of managing polluted runoff.

HKP Architects: presentation on the firm’s history and its work as Campus Architects on BTC's campus for the past 15 years.

Opportunities to serve on BNA Board are coming soon.  We’ll explain responsibilities, term limits and time commitment for Board members.  An election will be held at the January 17th BNA meeting. 

Portable toilet funding for Birchwood Park next year. 

Questions and Answer Time with Jack:  Our councilman, Jack Weiss, will share information and answer questions from the neighbors concerning City and neighborhood issues. 

Hope to see you there.

Comment by David MacLeod on July 6, 2011 at 10:15am

"The Dirt on Composting" happening today in our neighborhood: 5pm at Faith Lutheran Community Garden on corner of Northwest and McLeod.

http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/events/the-dirt-on-composting

 

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