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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)

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Brian Kerkvliet posted an event

Practical Permaculture Intensive at Inspiration farm

April 22, 2023 at 10am to April 23, 2023 at 4pm
A fun filled Practical Permaculture Immersion Weekend. We will illustrate practical ways to design an integrated thriving living system that that partners with nature. Designed to be self regulating, diverse, abundant and resilient. Whether you are on an urban lot or a farm homestead, energy, water, soil building, animal systems, food production and preservation systems, with diverse income streams. Join us if these are important to you.An extended site tour of the 20 year established systems…See More
Matt Bryant posted an event

Transition Bellingham Head & Heart Meeting at 1320 Commercial St

March 12, 2023 from 4pm to 5:30pm
Our next Head & Heart Meeting is next Sunday (03/12) from 4-5:30pm at The Hub Community Bike Shop (1320 Commercial St). All are welcome! For this meeting, Spring Cheng will be facilitating. Here's a summary Spring has provided for the meeting: "Climate crisis not only requires critical thinking, but also propels us to tap into our deepest instinctual resources and somatic intelligence. Spring Cheng will lead an embodied exercise sourced from Theatre of Liberation (also called Theatre of the…See More
David MacLeod posted an event

Transition Bellingham - Head & Heart Meeting at The Hub Community Bike Shop

March 12, 2023 from 4pm to 5:30pm
Transition Bellingham Our next Head & Heart Meeting will be Sunday, March 12th from 4:00-5:30pm at The Hub Community Bike Shop (1320 Commercial St). As a reminder, Head & Heart Meetings have replaced our regular group meetings and are opportunities to connect and reflect together, followed by snacks. For this meeting, Spring Cheng will be facilitating. Here's a…See More
Mar 10
Sustainable Connections is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Mar 8
Brian Kerkvliet posted an event

Great Grafting / Plant Propagation at Inspiration farm

March 11, 2023 from 11am to 2pm" alt="Site logo image" height="32" />Inspiration FarmGreat Grafting / Plant PropagationSat. March 11 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pmCreate your own Fruit Nursery Stock. Fruit Tree Grafting and Propagation from Cuttings. Pruning season is upon us! Remember to save…See More
Mar 7
Betsy Gross posted an event

Truth, Trust and the News at Heiner Auditorium, Whatcom Community College

April 13, 2023 from 7pm to 9pm
How do YOU decide what is true? With an avalanche of distortion coming from every direction, how can we sort out what is true and what is misleading, false or “fake news”?The Salish Current, WWU’s Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education, and Whatcom Community College present an evening with Calling Bullshit Authors Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West, two nationally acclaimed authors and educators. Please join us.To sign up for your free ticket, go here: :…See More
Feb 26
Gema is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Feb 24
David MacLeod updated an event

The New Old Time Chautauqua presents HA! HA! WHOOP! WHOOP! OMG! A Night of Vaudeville & Music at Bellingham Circus Guild

February 25, 2023 from 7pm to 9:30pm
BELLINGHAM, WA!! February 25, 2023 @ the Bellingham Circus Guild THE NEW OLD TIME CHAUTAUQUA (NOTC) is gonna rockya starring some of the best vaudeville acts, bar none, in the world! You and yours will be entertained to the Nth degree during a night of laughs, music, death defying feats, & non-stop silliness! 5 out of 4 doctors agree that this show is a high dose of sunshine for the end of February Blues! Designed to gobsmack and thrill the young, the young at heart, and maybe even some…See More
Feb 17


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Degrowth in a Green-Growth World

Incremental change can be tough to accept when you’re trying to prevent mass suffering and extinction, but as Herman Daly and Joshua Farley remind us, we must start “from where we are, even if the basic idea is not to remain there.”

How to accelerate the transition

The consultancy SystemIQ, working with University of Exeter, Simon Sharpe and the Bezos Earth Fund, has produced a report that looks at the positive tipping points that could accelerate the transition to a post-carbon future.

Post-Brexit Farm Policy – Outlook Across Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

What’s on the cards for farm policy in the UK nations post-Brexit and post-CAP? In the first part of this series, Ursula Billington reported on the state of play for England’s small-scale farmers and horticulturists. Here in Part 2, she talks to representatives from the Landworkers Alliance to gauge the situation in the devolved nations

Climate Action Epistemology Part 1: An Activist’s Analysis Of The IPCC Mitigation Report

The way we frame climate change has significant implications for what feasibility constraints, trade-offs, assumptions, and opportunities we pay attention to, and ultimately what targets we set and the policies we design to achieve them.

I Want a Better Catastrophe: Excerpt

What kind of ancestor do I want to be? What do I love too much to lose? What must I pick up and carry into the future? Across the days after our meeting, I realized Dr. Kimmerer's questions weren't just thought experiments, but heart experiments.



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