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Transition Southside

We are neighbors living in South Hill, Happy Valley, Fairhaven, South, and Chuckanut Bay.  We are interested in promoting Transition projects in our community, and we support the Center for Local Self Reliance in reaching its goals.

Members: 51
Latest Activity: Apr 14, 2014


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Bellingham Cohousing rental opportunity!

Started by Kelsie Mullin Jan 6, 2014. 0 Replies

Come share a two bedroom two story home in Bellingham Co-housing, a lovely intentional community for anyone looking to experience a more sustainable and connected lifestyle.…Continue

Small Family Looking for "Home", in South Neighborhoods

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 are looking for a wonderful place to live. We would…Continue

room for rent in Southside household

Started by Kristen McLewin Aug 19, 2012. 0 Replies

Looking for the right roomie for our household.  Room available is large (roughly 11x17) with laminate floors and lovely west-facing windows.  Share house with teacher, one kid, and numerous animals (cats, dogs, chickens).  Garden space and future…Continue

Community Space for rent

Started by LAURIE RISKIN Sep 24, 2011. 0 Replies

Did you know that WellSpring Community School, located in the Happy Valley neighborhood on 24th Street, was originally built in 1921 as the South Side Community Club! Its mission was to gather enough people together to raise money to pave the…Continue

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Comment by Heather K on June 8, 2011 at 12:48pm

Help a southside neighbor  this Thursday at the  SB Roving Garden Work-Party followed with a shared meal!  (Gardeners don't hibernate in the spring- we help each other)

"SB Roving Garden Party - 6/9 - Chuckanut Village - 6:00pm
Join Sustainable Bellingham's 3rd annual Roving Garden Party series, where volunteers help their neighbors create an edible garden. These fun events consist of approximately 90 minutes of gardening, followed by a shared meal. Everyone is welcome!

"This week we'll be at the home of Alison Kutz, in Chuckanut Village creating a curvy ferro cement wall for some interesting raised beds!   A very curious technique that could have many varied applications.   This work party is designed to expand our construction horizons, for sure!   If you just want to come pull weeds in the perennial garden, please don't hesitate, but otherwise be ready to roll up your sleeves and learn. (Any early prep volunteers are welcome, as this project is requiring lots of coordination."

See Event page for details- and come early to help with preparations if you can. 

Lets support Alison as she has given so much to our community!

Comment by Steve Wilson on May 20, 2011 at 12:30pm

Howdy folks,

Well the gardeners are beginning to plant at the Caretakers House and we need to complete our deer fencing.  We're just a couple hours away!!!...And considering we have over 600 volunteer hours into this project you'll probably be glad that we can quit asking for help :)

If you can lend a hand tomorrow, Saturday, we'll be there from 10am to noon.

If I don't see you I'll know you are enjoying this long overdue sunshine.

Happy gardening to all.


Comment by David Marshak on May 6, 2011 at 12:49pm

Transition Southside and Chuckanut

May 2, 2011


Rob, Deanna, David


David noted that Portland had finally approved its new Citywide Tree Project regulations, but unfortunately the City Council had removed the fruit and nut tree planting in the street planting strips regulation. So without any example or precedent to offer to the Bellingham Public Works folks, David recommended that we abandon this for now.


Deanna described the status of the new garden at the CLSR and noted that 2 of the rows are designated for our collaboration with Fairhaven Middle School. We discussed the need for volunteers in the summer to maintain the garden while school is out of session. Deanna will lead this effort for volunteer recruitment, and we all agreed to help with this.


Next meeting: June 6

Comment by Deanna Lloyd on April 23, 2011 at 9:01pm

We have another great opportunity to get the Transition Southside beds at the CLSR up and running!  

We'd LOVE your help the evening Thursday, 4/28!  We have a lot of work to do plus it is so amazing to watch a big patch of lawn turn into usable garden space!  

Check out the details below or follow the link to the event listing 

Comment by Heather K on April 22, 2011 at 2:17pm

Join the SB Roving Gardeners this Thursday April 28th for a Work-Party (with a Meal)! Meet 6-9pm at CLSR- Center for Local Self Reliance! 

Sustainable Bellingham volunteers & garden-hosts work together weekly at a roving garden-party series at a new location each week!

Tasks: Fill new beds with top soil, mulch with straw, wood chip new paths, possibly sheet mulch new planting area.
Food: Soup and bread will be provided. Bring your own beverage.

Requested Items to Bring: work gloves. (CLSR has shovels, and (3) wheel barrows.)
Host: Deanna Lloyd, Alison Kutz 739-9095.
Questions: email Mary or Sara at, or call Jeff W at 738-8148.

If you're interested in hosting a Roving Garden Party at your home or community garden, contact Mary at 756-6643, or email at  *** We ask that you be prepared to provide a meal for ~20, and that you give back by volunteering at another Roving Garden Party.

RSVP & Event details at-

Parking:  Due to driveway repair and mud issues, please park in Fairhaven Park parking lot, and walk up to the Caretaker's house.

To get on the mailing list to hear about future SB Roving Garden Parties, please email

Comment by Joanne Cady on April 14, 2011 at 9:45am

Fairhaven Middle School and Transition Southside Garden  Workparty this Sunday April 17th 10-2 at Center for Local Self-Reliance

(See Deanna Lloyd's message below)    JOIN US!

Comment by Deanna Lloyd on April 13, 2011 at 11:40am

Workparty this Sunday at the CLSR from 10 - 2.  Helping to put in the garden for Fairhaven MS to that will also be open to folks from Transition Southside!  Check out event info here:

Comment by David Marshak on April 10, 2011 at 12:00pm

Transition Southside Bellingham and & Chuckanut

April 4, 2011

Joanne, Will, Deanna, David

Deanna reported that the Center for Local Self Reliance had approved a garden plot on its grounds as a joint project between the Fairhaven Middle School Social Responsibility Group and Transition Southside. We agreed to apply for a TW 350 Day grant to support the creation of this project. Deanna will take the lead on writing the grant proposal. The idea is that this garden would be dedicated to producing food for the Food Bank.

We discussed the lack of public recycling opportunities outdoors in Fairhaven. Deanna and David will follow-up on this. 

Comment by Joanne Cady on April 6, 2011 at 9:43pm

Fairhaven Middle School and Transition Southside to collaborate in creation of a garden at the Center for Local Self-Reliance. 


This proposal has been accepted  by CLSR, and work will begin soon in establishing this garden.   The beneficiary of the harvest will be our local Food Bank.   We'll need folks to help in this endeavor, so please stay tuned!!  More details to follow . . .  

Comment by David Marshak on March 9, 2011 at 10:29pm

Transition Southside Bellingham & Chuckanut

March 7, 2011

Rob Olason, Will Cady, Deanna Lloyd, Shannon Maris, David Marshak


Shannon explained her experience over several years in working on the 21st and Larrabee street end city lot and why this is not a good site for a community or a neighborhood garden.

We discussed the idea of submitting a proposal to the Center for Local Self-Reliance to create a Fairhaven Middle School/Transition Southside partnership garden on the Center’s grounds. We agreed that this idea is worth pursuing, and Deanna will draft a proposal for this.

We discussed the garden that Faith Lutheran Church is creating on its grounds on Northwest Ave. David will talk with folks at Our Saviours Lutheran Church to see if they have any interest in a church or neighborhood garden.

David described his research into street tree codes. No city that he searched—not Santa Cruz, Arcata, Eugene, Corvallis, Olympia, Seattle, or Madison WI—currently allows the planting of fruit or nut trees in planting strips. However Portland may legalize such planting this week. David will monitor this proposal to the Portland City Council and report the outcome.

Next meeting: April 4, 7 PM


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