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Working together to rebuild resilience in Bellingham and all of Whatcom County.


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Community Resience starts with Seeds

Posted by Terri Wilde on March 21, 2022 at 3:03pm 0 Comments

Salish Seeds .....Local Community Seed Project

The Salish Seed Guild has started a remarkable project toward local food security. We are collectively growing out useful seed for home gardeners that are selected for and adapting to Whatcom County.  We knew at the beginning of the pandemic that it was well time to take our community's sustainability seriously. While we had been organizing Bellingham's community seed swap for years, much of the seed shared was last year's left overs from…


Interview with Larry Korn, Author of One Straw Revolutionary - May 2016

Posted by David Pike on January 18, 2020 at 5:18pm 0 Comments

An Interview with Larry Korn, Author of One-Straw Revolutionary

May 4th 2016

By: David Pike

Since The One-Straw Revolution was published in 1978 it has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over one million copies worldwide. In “One-Straw” as the book has been dubbed, Mr. Masanobu Fukuoka presented an entirely new approach to agriculture which he called “natural farming.” After 25 years of research and trials he demonstrated he could achieve yields…


Ten Weeks In

Posted by Rick Dubrow on September 22, 2017 at 4:07pm 0 Comments

Succession came to pass on July 1st, ten weeks ago. A-1 Builders, Inc. is now A-1 Builders, A Design/Build, Worker-Owned Cooperative!  My former employees are now my bosses! For the time being I’m helping the new team deal with marketing on a part time basis; my hours worked per week since July 1st has been on the order of working 1/4 hour a week!  Can’t really call this ‘part time’; I think I’ll call it ‘microscopic time’.

Perhaps in other…


Slow Sand Fresh Water Filter

Posted by David Culver on November 22, 2016 at 6:54pm 1 Comment

I live in an all-electric home and when the power grid is out we have nothing. No water, no sewer, lights, cooking or anything else. I will have a generator to run sparingly to keep the freezer and the refrigerator going. Our home is a passive solar home with great insulation.

If the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake happens, the grid could be out for a year. During that time, with the well pump not working, we will need a source of clean fresh water.

A slow sand filter, made…


Second Aid: Lessons Learned From Past Adventures

Posted by Rick Dubrow on November 3, 2016 at 11:51am 0 Comments

All too often I’ll run into another hiker and the following conversation ensues:

“How many nights are you staying out?”

“None… I hope. We’re on a day hike.”

“Then why are you carrying so large a pack?

Allow me to unpack my answer… an answer that addresses situations well beyond wilderness travel. An answer that extends into my settled, civilized life as well.  Why, at home, are Cindi and I prepared for a major natural or…


Welcome to Transition Whatcom's Community Networking Site!

This is a community networking site for those interested in helping us achieve our vision of resilient and more self-reliant communities throughout Whatcom County with a local food supply, sustainable energy sources, a healthy local economy, and a growing sense of vitality and community well-being.

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Help with existing projects of the Transition Whatcom Organizing Group or suggest projects you are willing to help with! Join the discussion.

To learn more about Transition Whatcom, Start Here

We aim to unleash the collective genius of our community to find the answers to this momentous question:

For all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we...

Dramatically reduce carbon emissions (in response to climate change);
Significantly increase resilience (in response to resource scarcity);
Greatly strengthen our local economy (in response to economic instability)?

Transition Initiatives make no claim to have all the answers, but by building on the wisdom of the past and accessing the pool of ingenuity, skills and determination in our communities, the solutions can readily emerge. Now is the time for us to take stock and to start re-creating our future in ways that are not based on cheap, plentiful and polluting oil but on localized food, sustainable energy sources, resilient local economies and an enlivened sense of community well-being.


To learn more about the issues, start here

(Why Transition, Peak Oil, Climate Change, Economy, Peak Everything)

Latest Activity

Brian Kerkvliet posted an event

Earthworks for a Water Resilient Landscape 2022 at Inspiration farm

August 27, 2022 at 9am to August 28, 2022 at 7pm
Join us for a unique permaculture design earthworks experience! This workshop will give you firsthand insights into design considerations and principles based on clients objectives. We will explain stages of the design process, from observation, working with the client, through to the final design and real live implementation on the property over the weekend. This workshop will cover reading the landscape for water retention and management. Diving into, Mapping, ponds, swales, reed-beds,…See More
David MacLeod posted an event

JoAnna Macy: Active Hope at Online

July 23, 2022 from 9am to 11pm
    New Edition of Active Hope – how to face the mess we’re in with unexpected resilience and creative power Join us on Saturday, July 23, 20229 – 11am PDT  Since Active Hope was first published a decade ago, the Great Unraveling has progressed at an alarming rate. To better address this disturbing new context, Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone have taken a fresh new view of Active Hope, with the tenth…See More
Matt Bryant posted an event

Forward - Transition Community Group - Regular Meeting at Cornwall Park, North Picnic Shelter

July 3, 2022 from 4pm to 6pm
Our next Forward meeting will be Sunday July 3rd from 4-6pm at the North Picnic Shelter at Cornwall Park. All are welcome! We will enjoy a meal together and spend time in reflection and discussion. Here’s the agenda: - 4:00-4:30: Potluck - 4:30-4:50: Welcome, Announcements - 4:50-5:40: Goals Reflection, Integration Discussion - 5:40-6:00: Action Groups If you plan to join us for the potluck, please bring a vegetarian dish to share (if you're able to - if not, you're still very welcome to…See More
Jun 27
Betsy Gross posted an event

Sacred Earth Fair at Center for Spiritual Living

July 31, 2022 from 1pm to 5pm
Come join together for a greener world!The Sacred Earth Fair, Multi-faith Network for Climate Justice’s big event this year, is just around the corner!  It will happen on the beautiful meadows and surrounding nature trails of the Center for Spiritual Living, 2224 Yew St. Rd., Bellingham, on July 31st from 1-5 pm. The fair’s vision is informed by Chief Seattle’s inspiring words that “…the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a…See More
Jun 20
J. C. Walker,Jr. commented on Rob Olason's group workgroup
Jun 18
Matt Bryant posted an event

Forward - Transition Community Group - Regular Meeting at Cornwall Park North Picnic Shelter

June 19, 2022 from 4pm to 6pm
Our next Forward meeting will be Sunday June 19th from 4-6pm at the North Picnic Shelter at Cornwall Park. We will enjoy a meal together and continue our discussions of what we can accomplish as a group and in our community. Here’s the agenda:- 4:00-4:30: Potluck - 4:30-4:45: Welcome, Announcements - 4:45-5:30: Discussion - 5:30-6:00: Action GroupsIf you plan to join us for the potluck, please bring a vegetarian dish to share (if you're able to - if not, you're still very welcome to join us).…See More
Jun 15
Hunter Lydon posted an event

Composting: Different methods & considerations at The barn

June 26, 2022 from 10am to 1pm
We’ll start with a chat about soil importance and the soil food web.Explore Static/Thermophilic, Worm, Bokashi composting & Compost teaWe can make a thermophilic pile, prepare Bokashi flakes, separate worms from castings & even look at soil under the scope is folks desire.Donations: VENMO: @LifeintheSoil / PayPal: lifeinthesoilpp@gmail.comWhere/When: The Barn 1834 LAKE LOUISE RD. BELLINGHAM, WA.June 26, 10am-1pmPLEASE RSVP & If you change your mind please tell me so. Email:…See More
Jun 14
Jessi Radovich is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Jun 9


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