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Earth Medicine - Mahonia

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Fertile Soil & Seeding Winter Dreams

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Heather K commented on Heather K's group Earth Gardens: Edible-Medicinal-Wild Habitats (Permaculture Network)
"Next Monday Evening! Toby Hemenway - a gifted permaculturist, educator, and writer will be coming to our area on his book tour! See you there!"
Sep 8
Heather K is attending David MacLeod's event

An Evening with Toby Hemenway at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (BUF)

September 14, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
FREE EVENT, sponsored by Transition Whatcom and Inspiration Farm:An Evening with Toby HemenwaySeptember 14th6:30pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St.6:30 PM: Book sale7PM – Presentation8:15 Q&A8:30 Book signing Join us for inspirational examples of ecological design in cities and towns across…See More
Sep 8
KevinHopkins replied to Heather K's discussion Nourishment - Soil Amendments & Organic/Biodynamic Fertilizers in the group Earth Gardens: Edible-Medicinal-Wild Habitats (Permaculture Network)
"Glad to find such a great blog! Due to use of different types of chemical concentrated fertilizers, soil loses the percentage of essential factors hence nourishment required. I completely understand the concept in depth and much careful for it. I…"
Aug 7
KevinHopkins joined Heather K's group

Earth Gardens: Edible-Medicinal-Wild Habitats (Permaculture Network)

Network-People Caring for the Earth, Sharing Knowledge, Creating Work-Exchanges & Event, Learning from the Earth, Studying Ecology, Bio-Dynamics, Indigenous Wisdom, Organic, Sustainable, & Permaculture methods & applyingSee More
Aug 7
Hank Kastner joined Heather K's group

Earth Gardens: Edible-Medicinal-Wild Habitats (Permaculture Network)

Network-People Caring for the Earth, Sharing Knowledge, Creating Work-Exchanges & Event, Learning from the Earth, Studying Ecology, Bio-Dynamics, Indigenous Wisdom, Organic, Sustainable, & Permaculture methods & applyingSee More
Apr 30
Heather K commented on Heather K's event Spring Fever! Whatcom Plant Sales & Swaps!
"Cascade Cuts Nursery Plant Sale Fundraiser - 3rd Saturday in May. Time usually 9am-4pm. Location Montgomery Road 2015: Saturday May 16th Heirloom Tomato Sale! 2015: Saturday May 9th 10-2. Location: Center for…"
Apr 14
Heather K might attend Bruce Horowitz's event

Permaculture Design Certification at Inspitation Farm at Inspiration Farm

July 6, 2015 to July 18, 2015
Permaculture Design CertificateMonday through Saturday (2 weeks)8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.Courses to be held at Inspiration Farm, one of the Northwest's premier permaculture sites and a working biodynamic farm.Ecological Systems Design Intensive: PDC1 First week: July 6 – 11, 2015Permaculture Design Process: PDC2 Second week: July 13 – 18, 2015 This course teaches you to observe at various levels — cycles in nature, movements in history,…See More
Apr 14
Heather K might attend Brian Kerkvliet's event

Food Forest & Permaculture Guild Plants at Inspiration Farm

June 13, 2015 from 10am to 4pm
Sat. June 13th $40Plant a garden, eat for a year, plant a Food Forest Guild, eat for decades! This hands on workshop shares design elements necessary for a perennial food forest. Learn about fruit and nut trees suited to our area, Fertilizing guild plants, pollinator attractants and more. Stacked systems can create the productivity of a forest. Once established it will provide for its own needs, producing food for decades! Presentations and discussions, site tour and hands on projects.To…See More
Apr 14
Heather K might attend Brian Kerkvliet's event

Practical Permaculture Introduction weekend at Inspiration Farm

May 16, 2015 at 10am to May 17, 2015 at 5pm
Sat.-Sun. May 16th & 17th $150A fun filled Permaculture Immersion Weekend will provide practical ways to design a integrated living system that is self regulating, abundant and resilient. Weather you are on an urban lot or a farm homestead, energy, water, soil building, animal systems, food production and preservation systems, diverse income streams are all important to you. Presentations and discussion in the morning, site tour and hands on with guilds, soil building and integrated systems…See More
Apr 14
Heather K might attend Brian Kerkvliet's event

Scythes the Cutting Edge at Inspiration Farm

April 18, 2015 from 10am to 4pm
Sat. April 18th $40Sell the weed eater and use a scythe! Maintain your body, not your machines. Learn the sharper points of this elegant tool. Thought to be old school, but better blades and an ergonomic set makes them one of the most efficient tools out there. Learn what makes a good scythe, how to select a scythe for your needs and how to properly maintain it for years of efficient use.As the grass is starting to grow, we are getting ready to mow! Now is the time to look at your tools and see…See More
Apr 14
Heather K might attend Jean Kroll's event

Roving Garden Party at Kate Clark's

April 14, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm
Where:   2339 West Street, in Columbia Neighborhood, just one block from Eldridge.  Old 1 1/2 story blue house with white picket fence…lots of street parking around nearby including in front of our house.Requested Items to Bring:   Special tools or gear, like shovels, pitchforks, gloves, buckets, pruning shears, etc.  gloves, a couple more shovels,  and probably one or two more pruning shears for the raspberries.Tasks:  Turning soil, weeding, pruning and staking raspberries, planting seeds or…See More
Apr 14
J. C. Walker,Jr. replied to Heather K's discussion Medicinal Plants/Fungi & Ethnobotany In our Gardens, Meadows, Forests & Homes- Network in the group Earth Gardens: Edible-Medicinal-Wild Habitats (Permaculture Network)
"Attempting my first try at making Turkey Tail kombucha, stay tuned"
Mar 2
Heather K replied to Noah Walsh's discussion Searching for a room or small studio/ cabin to rent in the group Community Asks and Offers
"HI Noah! We have raw land, that is calling out for someone who is either a builder or gardener....No structures other than the pump hut for water. Trailors, yurts, tipis, tiny house, would be something we can consider for someone experienced with…"
Feb 14
Heather K commented on Heather K's group Seed-Savers: Preserving Our Ecological Heritage (Network)
"Salish Seed Co-op network also on faceboo!"
Feb 14
Meghan Andruscavage and Heather K are now friends
Jan 27
Heather K commented on Heather K's event COMMUNITY SEED SWAP & Fundraiser - 2015 - 7th Annual!
"Gratitude to all the Seed Swap Volunteers! To whomever will organize the next 7 years of a January Community Seed Swap, I"m willing to be a 'coach' or 'consultant"! Farmer Meghan, thanks for your exceptional help, and a…"
Jan 27
Meghan Andruscavage is attending Heather K's event

COMMUNITY SEED SWAP & Fundraiser - 2015 - 7th Annual! at The Majestic- 1027 N. Forest St -Bellingham, WA

January 25, 2015 from 2:30am to 5pm
- 7th Annual COMMUNITY SEED SWAP & Fundraiser!"Growing Seeds of Nourishment & Medicine".Sunday,  January 25, 2015 - Majestic Hall - B'ham.We Are All Volunteers - Help With A Task."Honoring Biodiversity of Seeds for Food & Medicine!"  is our swap mission. Doors Open to Public: 2:30-5 pm .Swap & Fundraiser by Donation (cash, check, plastic card)Who Should Attend:     - Seed-Savers & People Donating Heirloom Seeds, or Edible Tubers or Seed-Potatoes (Label your envelopes with…See More
Jan 23
Heather K replied to Heather K's discussion Resource List: Plants & Seed Companies- Organic & Heirloom & Natives in the group Earth Gardens: Edible-Medicinal-Wild Habitats (Permaculture Network)
""Seed Saving Basics" - Mauid Powell- (One Page Summary) OrgegonStateU-"
Jan 20
Heather K commented on Heather K's group Seed-Savers: Preserving Our Ecological Heritage (Network)
"Salish Seed Coop's Seed-Swap Guidelines: CHOOSE SEEDS YOU WILL PLANT (10 Small Packets or Less per Family) SHARE & SWAP SEEDS WITH OTHERS LABEL SEEDS YOU BRING (Variety Name, Year, Region/Garden Grown) TEACH & LEARN HOW TO SAVE…"
Jan 20
Heather K's discussion was featured

Resource List: Plants & Seed Companies- Organic & Heirloom & Natives

Seed Companies & Coops Offering Organic Seed(Organic seeds may be both open-pollinated and hybrids, but No GMO's)Organic Uprising Farm - . .(Pacific NW growers)Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds- .BackYard Grain & Bean- .…See More
Jan 19

Profile Information

How are you currently involved in the Transition?
Simple Living steps within a changing globel culture.
Ecologist – Consultant – Educator - Gardener – Permaculturist.

I work for 'Earthcare Garden Designs', doing Permaculture Design consulting & mentoring for co-creating home & community habitats that are ecological sanctuaries. (Cost of services offered for both globel currancy & for local 'life-dollar' currancy).

Visionary - Young Elder - Earth Travelor – Scientist & Mystic & Scholar.
Navigator - Edible-Medicinal Forager - Camping & Survival Skills - Bicycle Mechanic.
Explorer & Cross-Pollinator & Networker.

Contact Info:
Friends, best to contact me by either phone or email, rather than TW messaging. (Comments welcomed on my page).
If we haven't met yet, I'll do my best to respond to your message, if you'll forward your email to me.

Creator/admin/facilitator of 5 TW sub-groups on Transition

* "Earth Gardens: Edible-Medicinal-Wild Habitats-Network":
* “OrganicGardeners/Growers & Edible-Forest-Gardens & Permaculture”

* “Seed-Saver...” group:

* Grain & Beans group:

* “Gaia's Guardian (volunteers):

* & the original local-food-security-events-planning-team group

More on my experience:
Edible Forest Gardener integrating edibles, medicinals, natives, & insectory plants.
Caretaker of Heartsong Garden Sanctuary & Organic Garden Mentor/Coach.
Seed-Saver Advocate – Bicycler – Explorer & Navigator & Sail/Kayack/Ski/Hike.
Ethno-horticulturist – traveling cultural anthropologist & garden-work trader.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
" Care for the Earth - Care for People - Share the Abundance ".

Certified in Permaculture Design - Ecological Designer & Mentor for 'Earthcare Garden Designs”.
Supporting the Next Generations in Their Vision & Work.
Design Team member for Coalition for Local Self Reliance (CLSR) located in Fairhaven at the old Rose Garden - 09.
Fourth Corner Exchange Member - alternative economic currancy of life-dollars

Co-Creating & Co-Organizing & Promoting Events:
* Local Seed Swap - "Getting Seeds Into the Hands of the People '
*Obtaining speaker for our Internation Seed-Savers Day in 09
*Getting Gardens Into the Hands of the People- 09
*Inspiration Farm Autumn Seed-Swap & Barter Exchange - 09

Multiple Volunteer activities.

Transition Whatcom & Great Unleashing & Open Space volunteer since inception.
Do you have particular interests, skills, talents or resources you would like to bring to Transition Whatcom?
See All of Above Answers!
-Re-Wilding & Re-Awakening to resist cultural silencing & oppression.
- Observing & Communicating with nature-under-the-sky...

Permaculture Design Course Graduate & Design Teams
(Bullock's Homestead Design Course on Orcas Island)
BA-Environmental Studies - focus on Ecological Horticulture
for Educational & Therapeutic Purposes

* Previous bicycle mechanic & interest in creating workshops for bicycle-powered tools and learning to repair electic-powered bicycles. . .

* Map reader & navigator on land & air, with some experience with navigating on salt & fresh waters.

* Experience as Volunteer Coordinator & Director of soup kitchen & working at health clinic as a counselor & creating horticulture therapy programs & teaching children, adults, and persons with different abilities (rather than the handicapped or elderly)

* Desire to support community land trusts for new small farmers and for ecological education centers'
* Desire to help co-create public transportation for Lake Whatcom watershed residents that is accessable and uses renewable energy.
* Desire to support growth of school gardens & greenhouses, along with community gardens & orchards.
In what neighborhood or part of the county do you reside?
My home is where my heart is - Salish Sea Watershed - Cascadia Bioregion & beyond... Ecologist & Gardener planting & walking across many lands. My neighborhoods include the land I walk on, the waters I drink, the air I breathe. Connected to: Agate Bay - Laurel - Goshen - Fairhaven & Southside - Barkley & Silver Beach - Birchwood & Columbia - Samish/Lake Whatcom Creek - Everson/Nooksack/Kendell
Please note that you do not have to answer all of the above questions in order to join, and you can always come back later to edit your profile. If it's all too many questions for now, please provide a short answer below on why you'd like to join this site (or a summary of the above, if answered).
Co­reate sustainable community that is resilant & interdependent with all life in local habitats.

My Neighborhoods - Biorgions - Watersheds - Ecosystem on Gaia Earth

My Neighborhoods - Biorgions - Watersheds - Ecosystem on Gaia Earth

My home is in my heart & within the land I walk on, the waters I drink, the air I breathe, the soil & plants I toach, the animals I see.

I'm connected with many different bioregions on this continant &
on islands within North Pacific Ocean in the birth-waters of whales!

Caretaker of sanctuary in watersheds of Carpenter-Olsen-Smith & Anderson Creeks, between the Mountains of W. Squalicum & NE. Stewart. . . Rural areas of Goshen-Agate Bay-Sunnside-Harmony-Rome-Laurel-Sunnyside...and gardens in urban areas.

Whatcom urban neighborhoods of Bellingham, Fairhaven, Birchwood/Columbia/Lettered/Sunnyland/Cornwall/Cordata/Silver Beach/Barkley/Agate Bay/Geneva/Whatcom Falls/Samish/Edgemoor/Harmony/ Goshen/Laurel/South Bay/Everson/Nooksack/Lynden/ Birch Bay/Blaine/ Middle&South Fork-Van Zandt, North Fork-Glacier/Kendell/Maple Falls,
(Southern Lat.-Kihea/Kipahulu/Huelo/Makena/Upcountry/Monteverde,
Eastern Long.- Appalachian foothills/Cape Cod/Ohio-Allegheny River/Ozarks/Rocky Mts/Sierra/Owens Valley/Hudson River/Boundary Waters/Colorado River/Oak Creek Canyon/,Vancouver Island/Oregon Coast, Grand Canyon,Olympic Mt., Milky Way Galaxy Stardust Mystery. . . .

Bicycling-Seed-Saver and a wanna-be Ethno-botanist-cultural anthropologist-explorer-sailor

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At 12:22pm on July 25, 2013, Tiffany A. Dedeaux said…

Hi Heather,  I'm sorry I missed your comment!  Thanks for the welcome and I look forward to meeting you as well.  Thanks for the feedback on the logo.  It was inspired by the deer encounters I've had since coming to Bellingham and my love for the wisdom of trees.  :)

At 3:52pm on June 10, 2013, Margo Terrill said…

Hi Heather,

Both of those events sound great! I will attend both! Thanks and I look forward to meeting you and possibly Jean.  


At 10:13am on May 13, 2013, Diane said…

Hi Heather,

  I am northeast of Barkley village too.  Maybe we're neighbors?  I look forward to meeting you soon.  I will try to make it to the next roving garden work party, it sounds like fun.

At 9:22pm on February 13, 2013, Lauri Loveland said…

Hi Heather. No, we have not found a spot in Whatcom yet. I would like to talk to you about what you do & what we are looking for. Here's my email address:

laurialoveland AT gmail dot com

I usually can get email in the evenings.


At 7:32pm on December 22, 2012, Heather K said…

Community Seed Swap

January 27th, 2013 Sunday  1:00-4:30

Getting Seeds Into the Hands of the People”

5th Annual Bellingham Community Seed Swap!

*.  1027 North Forest Street- Majestic upstairs *.

Free and Open to the Public - Donations accepted!


1:00  Doors Open

1:15  Opening Circle & Swap Etiquette

1:30  Swapping Begins

2:00  “Basic Seed Saving” talk downstairs with Celt (to be confirmed)

4:30  Swap Ends & Clean Up



*. People with Heirloom Seeds, Packaged Seeds,

      & Edible Tubers & Seed Potatoes To Share

(Please No Squash Seeds & No Genetically Modified Seeds !)

*. People Without Seeds who want seeds to grow & save welcomed!

Label Your Seeds & Bring Extra Envelopes to Share --



Sustainable Bellingham – Center for Local Self-Reliance - Earthcare Garden Designs – Majestic – Forest Gardens – Community Food Coop

and More Sponsors Being Sought from –  Transition Whatcom, WSU Master Gardeners – Outback Garden

Light refreshments will be provided & Finger Foods Welcomed.


Join our Volunteer Team to set up, take down,

& assist with promotion & planning!

At 3:59pm on December 22, 2012, Heather K said…

Democracy Cafe- December 29th at Bagelry

How Can We Minimize Our Ecological Footprint? - In our families, businesses, local community, & our government" - Is our December topic.

RSVP is requested by our host Terry Garret at or call 676-7525.

Location: The Bagelry- 1319 Railroad Ave

Time: Saturday December 29, 2012 from 5:45-9pm.

Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be available.

Join us in creating this 'World Cafe'” style of knowledge sharing conversation, with members of Transition Whatcom and Living Democracy.

The book World Café by Juanita Brown & David Isaacs inspires our Democracy Cafe' through 'knowledge sharing”. We each have a special voice to be shared & heard.

Here’s how Democracy Café works: Each mini-conversation rotates between tables with 4-5 people. At 30” or so, we play musical tables and everyone moves to a new table to converse with an entirely new group. One person stays at the original table as a “host” of the ideas the group has come up with. The others leave as “ambassadors” of the ideas from their table & go on to a different table. A new round of discussions begin with the table host presenting the ideas generated by the first group & the ambassadors joining in with the ideas brought with them from their first table discussions. After 30” another table change takes place, and then another. The ideas created are “cross pollinated” again & again; usually creating a result that is far beyond anything a single person or round table discussion would come up with.

At the end, the table notes are placed on the wall so everyone can look them over. A whole group discussion takes place over what came up. Personal & family improvements might be New Years resolutions. Community improvement ideas can be presented to the city & county. National ideas can be communicated to our representatives.

At 8:39pm on November 8, 2012, JC Spicer said…

Thank you. THANK YOU. Yes. It is us you are thinking of... we meet through Spruce. I'd love to connect soon. I appreciate you so much.

At 5:53am on October 22, 2012, Sarah Stern said…

Wow, I had a look on the skillshare event - looks really great :-)

thank you for appreciating my networking activities :-)



At 10:43pm on August 30, 2012, Elaine Nichols said…

Hi Heather! I would love to help out but I will be on Whidbey cooking at an event that weekend. So bummed that I will miss this. Thanks for thinking of me, perhaps the next one.


At 3:29pm on August 30, 2012, Megan A. Harried said…
Thanks for sharing info, I love volunteering so I appreciate that. I wont be able to commit to helping at Skill Share, but I can at future times with other things:) I am 50% chance coming on the 22nd, looking forward to it!
At 1:33pm on July 17, 2012, Heather K said…

Whatcom SkillShare Faire-  Sat Sept 22 - Deming Logging Grounds.  Arrive fri pm to set up and camp, take down sun am.

At 5:51pm on July 11, 2012, Heather K said…

Edible Ecocsystems Emerging: Forest Garden Design Intensive- 9 days.

Sept 14-23 near Portland Oregon with with David Jacke. or   Author David Jacke is one of my mentors from the oceanic Atlantic watersheds.

At 9:18am on June 22, 2012, Gretchen Norman Woody said…

Hi Heather! Thanks for your sweet comments!!! I will post events on the links that you provided.

Have a great weekend!


At 8:48am on April 26, 2012, Theadora Sideras said…

Hi Heather,

Looking again at happenings. Hoping to actually meet you and others now that we have some pleasant weather to go out in!

 What are the things you are going to?

At 1:32am on April 26, 2012, Roseanne said…

Are there any places in Happy Valley area to garden that have space available?

At 4:42pm on April 25, 2012, Suzanne Jordan said…

Hello, hello! Lovely to see you here on Transition Whatcom! I'm finding some difficulty traversing around the site. So much information!! I'd love to offer workshops for the transition people, but can't figure out how to go about doing that. Any advice? Thank you!

At 1:45pm on January 20, 2012, Future Man said…

Hi Heather,

Thanks for connecting with me here. I don't log on very often, but I want to make it more habitual, because there are so many cool people to meet and things I want to participate in around town.

I'm planning on checking out the Quarterly Meeting this Sunday. Maybe I'll see you there.



At 1:28pm on January 2, 2012, Heather K said…

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At 8:26pm on December 28, 2011, Heather K said…

“Getting Seeds Into the Hands of the People!”

4th Annual COMMUNITY SEED DAY on January 29th, 2012 Sunday 1pm-4pm – Bellingham at The Marjestic 1027 N. Forest St.

At 6:47pm on July 14, 2011, Brooke Waaga said…
We have a plot in the Cordata garden! We're A-4 I think. Or maybe A-5. The second to last A. It's been awesome. I've never really gardened before and I was amazed at how relatively easy it's been. You just plant it, and it grows! And I'll check out that other link you sent me. Thanks!

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