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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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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Natural Pelt Tanning and Roadkill Processing Workshop` at contact zac for info

February 18, 2023 at 10am to February 19, 2023 at 3pm
Learn hands-on techniques for processing roadkillanimals in this full weekend workshop. You will learnhow to skin, tan, turn bones and teeth into tools andjewelry, and butcher for meat. No prior experiencerequired. Just your curiosity and desire to be a healthypart of your ecosystem.Financial commitment:$60-$120with $25 materials feeWhen: February 18-19 202310AM-3PM both daysWhere: Contact ZacContact Zac with questions.be_the_rock@hotmail.comRSVP Subject line "Roadkill"by February 12 2023See More
Jan 30
Zachary Robertson joined james bauckman's group
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Living Democracy

Working group formed at the Great Unleashing. Mission Statement under revision.  Stay tuned!
Jan 29
Zachary Robertson joined Christie Cassel's group
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Bellingham Gleaning Network

End of season harvest projects -espeically summer fruit - Gathering the troops and supplies and venturing into the land of falling fruit to collect and process for preservation and storage as well as a crisp or two for the evening's celebrations!
Jan 29
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Keeping the Dream Alive! at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

January 16, 2023 from 7pm to 9pm
MLK Jr. Day Event Bellingham, Washington | In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., A Community celebration of MLK Jr. Day – Keeping the Dream Alive! On this evening, we will celebrate Dr. King’s notion of a “Beloved Community,” with ceremony, song, and special presentations. 7 p.m. Monday, January 16Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship  1207 Ellsworth Street BellinghamFree. Everyone welcome.Special Musical Guest:Checo Tohomaso (performing throughout the evening)Checo Tohomaso played keyboards…See More
Jan 15
Karl Meyer posted an event
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Keeping the Dream Alive! at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

January 16, 2023 from 7pm to 9pm
MLK Jr. Day Event Bellingham, Washington | In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., A Community celebration of MLK Jr. Day – Keeping the Dream Alive! On this evening, we will celebrate Dr. King’s notion of a “Beloved Community,” with ceremony, song, and special presentations. 7 p.m. Monday, January 16Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship  1207 Ellsworth Street BellinghamFree. Everyone welcome.Special Musical Guest:Checo Tohomaso (performing throughout the evening)Checo Tohomaso played keyboards…See More
Jan 11
Karl Meyer is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Jan 10
Michael Jaross updated their profile
Dec 20, 2022
David MacLeod commented on David MacLeod's event Surviving the Future - A Deeper Dive
"More info and registration here: Surviving the Future: The Deeper Dive 2023 - Sterling College (neolms.com)"
Dec 12, 2022
 
 
 

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Love, Nature, Magic: Excerpt

Facing my fears head-on—by observing and working with nature up close, getting to speak with the things that scare me so that I can understand them instead—has enabled me to embrace wildness in a whole new way.

Our future isn’t a problem to be solved

The best we can do is have lots of ideas, lots of tools, lots of ways of thinking, all ready at hand when crises of whatever flavor come barreling down that hill.

Integrating Landscapes and People

Focusing on compassion and personal transformation as a prerequisite for external, wider-world change, Commonland’s use of Theory U processes sets its approach apart from traditional landscape restoration projects, which typically focus on biodiversity alone.

Avoid the agricultural treadmill by moving food into the civil sphere

Food is not, should not, primarily be seen as a commodity to be bought or sold. To a large extent food is an expression of culture, solidarity and connectedness with the land. Food is also a human right.

Gaya Herrington: “Humanity’s Soul: Life or Growth?”

On this episode, Nate speaks with econometrician and sustainability researcher Gaya Herrington about her new book, Five Insights for Avoiding Global Collapse, a more in-depth and personal telling of her 2021 review of the Limits to Growth (LTG).

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