Disturbing news from southeast Africa today, that bodes ill for NW coal schemes exploiting the existing North American rail infrastructure, which alone makes Powder River Basin coal of any economic value.
Any way you look at it, it’s a lose-lose-lose scenario of a race to the environmental and economic bottom for the people of Mozambique, for the people of the Pacific NW, and for the people of the world bearing climate decay.
Exports from one of the poorest countries…Continue
Added by Tim White on August 14, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
Since finishing the swale installation we have had dry weather. So I have been watering the newly planted covercrops and grass on the swales. I also continued shaping the berms, ditches and spillways.
The following is a series of photos showing the changes. The first photo in each set was taken at 2 weeks after the initial installation. The 2nd photo in each set shows 6 weeks after installation.
Swale 1 at 2 weeks:
Swale 1 at 6…Continue
Added by Angela MacLeod on August 12, 2013 at 9:47am — No Comments
Reblogged from my Integral Permaculture blog...
I know, it sounds like a subject best left to professional planners, politicians, and policy wonks. But it turns out to be a really important piece that is shaping the character and landscape of Whatcom County. Perhaps more importantly it plays a role in our ability to become more resilient by preserving fertile farmland for the purpose of feeding our…Continue
Added by David MacLeod on July 27, 2013 at 3:40pm — No Comments
Reblogged from my Integral Permaculture blog...
A couple of months ago there was a piece in the National Journal that put a spotlight on our humble county, and caught some local attention:…Continue
Added by David MacLeod on July 25, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Planning the 2nd Annual Whatcom SkillShare Faire- a really fabulous TRANSITION WHATCOM event! We are now recruiting people with skills to share, and volunteers to help make this big event happen...held this year on September 21-22 at Hovander Park in Ferndale. It is great fun, all kinds of cool skillshares, food, amazing music, camping, and more- for the whole family. Go to www.whatcomskillsharefaire.org to sign up!
Added by Kate Clark on July 25, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
It's been about 2-1/2 weeks since we finished the swale installation at our place.
Since then I have continued to shape the swale ditches, spillways and berms. And planted grass seed in the ditches. I've made the angle of the ditch walls wider so it will be easier to scythe the grass that grows on it later.
A deer got in and ate most of the leaves off the little apple tree that David planted. I hope it can recover.
For one of the spillways I carved a shallow serpentine…Continue
Added by Angela MacLeod on July 18, 2013 at 1:19pm — No Comments
Catechism for a Witch’s Child
When they ask to see your gods
your book of prayers
show them lines
drawn delicately with veins
on the underside of a bird’s wing
tell them you believe
in giant sycamores mottled
and stark against a winter sky
and in nights so frozen
stars crack open spilling
streams of molten ice to earth
and tell them how you drink
a holy wine of honeysuckle
Added by Margo Terrill on July 15, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
Cue Johnny Mathis, singing "It's that most wonderful time of the year!"
I'm not talking about Christmas, however. I'm talking about that time of year when the fresh, local fruits collide. When you're getting the last of the Strawberries, the first of the Blueberries, and the peak of the raspberries! I love how nature spaces out the fruit season so wonderfully!
These were picked minutes ago from our small but growing berry plants, including the above, plus red and black…Continue
Added by David MacLeod on July 6, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Initially there was a "problem"...too much water in the landscape. And I wanted to get rid of some of this water so we could expand our growing season on better drained soil. Through this process of designing and creating swales I've changed my perspective and don't see the water as a "problem" to be exported. Brian has taught that it's more a matter of working with the resource in a way that maximizes it's many attributes through gently…Continue
Added by Angela MacLeod on July 2, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
Yesterday we finished constructing the swales. The morning's project included moving gravel, filling and finishing off the sink holes with soil so they were level with the rest of the swale ditch. We got an early start as we knew it would be a hot day. We were joined by Jerry Schuster, Laura Sellens and Keith Marteny. Thanks you guys for lending your strength and lively spirits to the work. Here's how the morning went:
First Brian and David made "socks" out of landscape fabric to…Continue
Added by Angela MacLeod on July 1, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
Reblogged from my Integral Permaculture site.
Permaculture Principle #5: Use and Value Renewable Resources
“Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behaviour and dependence on non-renewable…Continue
Added by David MacLeod on June 29, 2013 at 10:54pm — No Comments
First we'd like to thank those who participated last weekend in our swale making event. Thanks to Brian Kerkvliet who taught us and led us every step of the way. He did so with an easy going attitude and a passion for this work that he loves to do as well as a fantastic amount of knowledge.
Thanks to Larry Williams who operated the excavator. Janaki Kilgore and Kevin Finnigan participate from beginning to end, learning and working on every aspect of the project. Special thanks to…Continue
Added by Angela MacLeod on June 25, 2013 at 10:37pm — No Comments
In spreading the word about our swale making event, David sent the announcement to a number of people and organizations we thought might be interested in attending.
From one of those people we received back a reply - from Eli Maciewicz, Engineering Technician,City of Bellingham Public Works Department. In his letter Eli, expressed concern about how the…
Added by Angela MacLeod on June 20, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
More preparations for our swale making event....
Excavator: We decide which excavator would be the smallest that will still do the job. The smaller the machine the less weight and so the less compacting of the soil. We actually did the research weeks ago. Brian decided which one he'd like to use and I called around to compare prices for renting one. He decided on a Kabota KX 41:…Continue
Added by Angela MacLeod on June 20, 2013 at 8:54am — No Comments
Using the map of the elevation lines on the property to roughly gauge where the contours are, David used the A frame to plot the course of contour lines across the property where we plan to carve the swales.
Using this map with elevation contour lines:
Added by Angela MacLeod on June 18, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
1% of the water a tree takes up is for photosynthesis.
5% of the water a tree intakes is for 'making new cells'.
What happens to the rest of the water? Or rather, what is the rest of the water used for?
David built this A frame with a plumb line:
OK I thought it was going to be easy to describe how you use the A frame to mark the contour lines of the land....but it's actually difficult to put into words. So I'm including a couple videos that do a decent job of showing and explaining…Continue
Added by Angela MacLeod on June 10, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Now for the existing garden beds.....In a shadier location, but with much dryer soil. This would be a…Continue
Added by Angela MacLeod on June 7, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
The next step for getting ready to create swales was to find an aerial map of our property. We found the most current one taken just before we bought the place in 2010. The photo shows where buildings and trees are located. And also a map with the elevation contour lines. And finally sketch on the map where the swales will be located. If you only look at one of the following links try the 3rd one. It has the 3 superimposed - the…Continue
Added by Angela MacLeod on June 6, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Hello Transition Whatcom Folks!
I am excited to have found this group, and to get to know like-minded folks in the area. I am working with some friends on starting a "farm" in the area and will be relocating to the Bellingham area next Spring.
Added by Bryan Krueger on June 4, 2013 at 10:09pm — No Comments