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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.

About Transition Whatcom

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You can find other TW members in your neighborhood by typing your neighborhood into the search box on the Members page.

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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Movie: Dancing with the Dead at Pickford Film Center

July 27, 2024 from 1:30pm to 3pm
Movie: Dancing with the Dead, plus a special program with award-winning director Ward Serrill and Spring Cheng, a native Chinese and Bellingham resident, whose poetry-songs are featured in the movie.This movie tells the story of Red Pine, a hippie and a Zen Buddhist, who found a sense of belonging as he turned into a world renowned translator of…See More
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Closer to Home at Online

June 21, 2024 from 4pm to 6pm
Online premiere of the new short-film 'Closer to Home' on World Localization Day, June 21. This 35-minute film, produced by Local Futures and Cyrus Sutton, is a united call for a new economy, delivered by those who have committed their lives to working for systemic change. Narrated by actor Nathalie Kelley, the film features strong voices for localization, including Vandana Shiva, John Perkins,…See More
Jun 20
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Art of Belonging at Heartsong Center

June 22, 2024 from 9am to 12:30pm
This event postponed; we plan to reschedule for the fall - please stay tuned! Do you long to belong? Have you felt disappointed and hurt in seeking belonging?In this workshop, we invite you to feel, sense and move with an Inner Presence that connects us with the outer web of life. This Inner Presence is not subjugated to external judgment or approval, but anchored in who we are as an expression of wholeness. We will also explore how connecting with this Inner Presence may inform you how to…See More
Jun 20
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The Regeneration Handbook by Don Hall at The Hub Community Bike Shop

June 26, 2024 from 7pm to 9pm
The Regeneration Handbook: Presentation, Q&A, and Book SigningWednesday, June 26, 7:00pm to 9:00pmat The Hub Community Bike Shop1320 Commercial Street, Bellingham, WA In the face of mounting environmental, economic, and social crises, more and more people are waking up…See More
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What's The Point? at Point Whitehorn Park

June 22, 2024 from 10am to 2pm
"What's the Point?" Day of Family Friendly Beach Exploration with Naturalists at Point Whitehorn Park.Beach naturalists will be there to help you learn about tidal habitats and the critters who call this place home. We’ll hold scheduled talks to learn about different aspects of the area, and local partners will share more ways to get involved in protecting and exploring this area. Please leave your dogs at home! The events will be during one of the extreme low tides around the summer solstice,…See More
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