I attended the first Transition Whatcom meeting at Bions and have been formulating ideas and plans about starting a transition initiative in the area where I live. I have talked to a couple of neighbors about energy descent and they seemed approving of the need for a localized group of neighbors to help each other. I have attended most lectures given locally on this subject.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I believe in climate change and energy descent and the need for locals helping locals.
Do you have particular interests, skills, talents or resources you would like to bring to Transition Whatcom?
I am a builder and am currently building our new solar home west of Ferndale. I am also the plumber and electrician for our project. I am mechanically minded and also interested in all things relating to gardening, composting, rainwater collection, etc.
In what neighborhood or part of the county do you reside?
5 miles west of Ferndale, East of Lake Terrell, off N. Star Rd on Hidden Pond Drive
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I want to be in the loop and I hope to one day be able to help others survive the upcoming test of our self reliance.
I hope you get this before you use your new floor finishing tool, but it may not make too much difference in the end. I just wanted to mention that I got wuite a worlout using it tonight. Comparable to the effort I made with the other tool, but this was a much better tool overall in the end. I just wanted to mention that i found myself reaching and extending a nd twisting and such so that my back got quite a workout, and my bum shoulder didn't appreciate it either. If you can use the tool pretty much the way the instructions describe, you'll be fine, but I think it might be good to hae your homemede rig or something light (but still long) on hand in case you have to reach.
One cool thing about this new tool's design is that you can run it right up to a wall so that it's standing completely vertical to finish a stretch or get in a tight spot.
Anyhow, feel free to call me on the weekend if you think it might help-
Hello David. Wow - we are on Aldergrove between Olsen and N. Star, we're neighbors! We just moved up here last year from BHam, so our "farm" (I use the term very loosely at this point) is very much a work in progress. I don't know that I can make it to a meeting this Tuesday, but I will join the Ferndale group and will hopefully be able to make it to the next gathering. Thanks for saying hello.
David, I just read your October post re: building up your clay soil. I have another suggestion for you - there is a place in the county, called Green Earth Technology - that sells compost and other types of garden soils. I bought sandy loam from them, which is one of the best ways to break up your clay, and for a yard it cost me about $10. That isn't the exact price, but close. It was lovely soil, had a few rocks in it, but that is no problem. Their phone number is 354-4936 if you are interested. Listed in the yellow pages under compost.
Judith mentioned you were under the weather...hope you feel better soon. Alys
Hi David: We are well on our way in the development stage. There are many versions of wind generators out there, and some are small; not all are efficient, and as far as I have determined, none are made of recycled materials. None are made locally. Our goals are to produce small generators locally with as close to 100% recycled materials as possible. But we are not in production yet.
Hi David & Judith,
We are trying to pull a Transition Ferndale group together also. Come to the Frank-N-Stein on main St between Second & Third Avenues on Wednesdays, at 7 pm. that is when the Ferndale Farmer's group meets and we are talking about Transition Ferndale.
I may host an event in November at Fern Hollow also, I was thinking a harvest potluck & extra harvest share. Need to talk with our group in Fendale about that.
We are at 5581 Second Avenue, big old Craftsman home south of Cherry St. & dead-end street. The new Boys & Girls club is going in across the street - not sure how that will affect the ambiance on our property, but they have the same goals to educate & build community for kids.
Hope to meet you soon!
David- thanks for your suggestion and reminder that any Intro to TW/elevator speech should include the connecting neighbors and starting smaller TIs focus. We had a good meeting yesterday afternoon with much the same conclusion, so stay tuned!
David! I really enjoyed meeting you & Judith at the gathering. I rejoice in your process of building a passive solar home that incorporates a 'ground source heat pump" to access the inner earths warmer (or cooler) temperatures.
I look forward to working together in the local community and on the earth-garden