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10-10-10 World Wide Day of Action in Whatcom County

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10-10-10 World Wide Day of Action in Whatcom County

Time: October 10, 2010 from 9am to 4pm
Location: Bellingham City Hall
Street: 210 Lottie St.
City/Town: Bellingham
Event Type: world, wide, day, of, action
Organized By: Rob Olason,Tristan Bach, Stephanie Davis, Jill MacIntyre Witt
Latest Activity: Oct 10, 2010

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A Transition Whatcom Event!

The local 10-10-10 event begins at 9 a.m. on the steps of Bellingham City Hall. Live music, info booths and speakers get us started, with Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike planting our first tree in the Bellingham Public Library grounds at 10:10 a.m. Then we load up bike trailers with our assembled plants and head to the schools to plant the new additions to the school gardens. Bring your energy and enthusiasm, and a shovel if you can!

We will be planting at Alderwood, Birchwood, Roosevelt and Parkview Elementary Schools, Shuksan and Fairhaven Middle School, Squalicum High School – all in the Bellingham School District plus Beach Elementary School (Lummi Island) and the Lummi Nation School.

We still need bike trailer folks to transport the plants from City Hall to the schools, Planters at each school, and help with staging the Kick-off event.
The day before (Saturday) we need a pick-up brigade to transport donated compost to the school locations.

Be a part of this great event:
Tristan Bach:
Rob Olason:
Stephanie Davis:

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Comment by Kate Clark on October 10, 2010 at 4:49pm
Can't wait to see photos of our Roosevelt Garden- wow, its looking great! What a beautiful day it turned into- thanks Tristan and Rob, for all your work- another very productive Perennial Project event. I met some really nice folks while weeding, too, and I think I got a sunburn- woohoo!
Comment by Becca Jones on October 10, 2010 at 4:42pm

BIG thanks to all who helped out today! The Alderwood School garden looks great!
Comment by Heather K on October 8, 2010 at 4:48pm
What is the source of the compost being delivered to the school gardens and has it been tested for safety?
Thanks Angela for bringing this compost safety topic up!

I'm hoping the compost the schools are using have had a bioassay test by an independent nursery to ensure safety and reduce conflict of interests from the compost supplier doing the bioassay.

Yea for planting trees & seeds and for those who are sensitive to protecting our soils & waters! See you on Sat!

Here is a link to a recent WSDA fact sheet on the issue of
“Herbicides in Compost” - regarding issue of commercial & dairy compost containing damaging effects from herbicide residues as recently been released:

And here is a TW discussion that shares information on this topic from this summer and needs more safe locations of compost listed:
Compost & Animal Poo & Organic Matter Locations”

It would be great to have the safe sources of compost shared so that this info can be shared with other gardeners & farmers who are protecting their lands & soil from any contamination from herbicide residues.
Once these residues are in the compost, they then can be transferred into the foods. There are regulations that prohibit the sale of food with these residues. If the food is not good enough to sell, then would it be good enough to feed to our children and ourselves?
Comment by Angela MacLeod on October 8, 2010 at 2:26pm
Did you find composted manure with the herbicide aminopyrilid? or are you using non-manure compost?
Comment by Kate Clark on October 5, 2010 at 7:38pm
Some awesome gardeners from last year's 350 was a gorgeous day, hope we have another one like this!

Comment by Rob Olason on October 2, 2010 at 7:38pm
Hi Heather,
You and anyone else with a "partial bike trailer" are most certainly welcome to join in the fun!

My original vision was 20 Bike trailers (we currently have about six), so the more we can add the better.

Our local 10-10-10 activity is a wonderful opportunity to give to the community today, and to the community of tomorrow. We are working on building school gardens where the youngest among us can learn to grow their own food. These are vital skills that we can help develop by digging in the dirt and planting the future on 10-10-10.

We welcome yours and anyone else's bike and its ability to transport, no matter what the carrying capacity. This is a group effort and everyone has something to contribute. And if everyone could also bring a shovel, that would certainly come in handy!
Comment by Heather K on October 2, 2010 at 12:25pm
Hi Rob, do you have all the bike trailors you need?
Many of us bikers use old milk cartens or buckets on our bikes to transport items, and don't have either a hand built or expensive bike trailor.....So I'm thinking it might still be possible for folks to transport plants on bikes even if they're aren't enough trailors. It you think that is true, pass the word, so we'll know.
Comment by Rob Olason on September 24, 2010 at 8:31am
Yes, the event is this October 10. Please join us!
Comment by Kimberly Lauzon on September 23, 2010 at 8:53am
This event is not this October but next year?

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