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Transition Birchwood

Birchwood Neighborhood was developed in the 1920's with small bungalows and large yards - up to an acre. Birchwood Victory Gardeners can help to increase our local food supply.

Location: Bellingham, Washington
Members: 33
Latest Activity: Mar 31, 2023

Discussion Forum

Birchwood Neighborhood Mtg with Port Candidates Tonight 8/27

Started by David MacLeod Aug 27, 2013. 0 Replies

Hello All,In response to feedback regarding Bellingham Airport Expansion from our neighborhood events, the Birchwood Neighborhood Association is co-hosting a Town Hall Meeting with Columbia…Continue

Small Family Looking for "Home", in Birchwood?

Started by Bryan Krueger Aug 26, 2013. 0 Replies

Hi Whatcome Transitioners!We are a family of four, with two little girls (2 yo and 1 mo) and are currently in Spokane. We are heading to resettle in the "better half" of the state ;) very soon and…Continue

Squalicum Park Phase 3

Started by David MacLeod. Last reply by David MacLeod Apr 3, 2013. 2 Replies

For your info, here below are some notes from the most recent Birchwood Neighborhood Assoc. meeting, where one item on the agenda was Squalicum Park. I have been the recipient of some emails on this…Continue

Birchwood Neighborhood Watershed Walk: May 12, 2012

Started by David MacLeod Apr 16, 2012. 0 Replies

Birchwood Neighborhood Watershed Walk – May 12 at 10am Are you curious about where the water in your neighborhood flows? Are you motivated to reduce pollution in your local waterways? Did you know…Continue

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Comment by David MacLeod on March 31, 2023 at 11:28am

Greetings Transition Birchwood! 

It looks like this is the first comment in this group since 2018! Please let me know here in the group, or send a private email to me at to confirm you're getting a notification. Let me know if you still live in the neighborhood and want to be a part of any revival of this group. 

Happening today: Whatcom Permaculture meetup in the Birchwood neighborhood at 4 to 7pm, March 31, 2023. 3116 Pinewood Ave the home of Julie and Julian.

"In this gathering, we would like to share our ideas and vision for how we want to transform the property, but we are especially eager to get an outside perspective from others with more experience or those at a similar stage as we are. Ultimately, we would like to convert what is mostly lawn into a food forest of mostly perennials (but also some annuals mixed in)."

Comment by David MacLeod on June 26, 2014 at 12:38pm

From: "Barker, April" <>
To: "Schlotterback, Rebecca" <>
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:13:48 AM
Subject: Work Party NW corner Mcleod and W. Maplewood (for BNA Email list)


Work Party at McLeod Park Tuesday, July 1st, from 6 to 8 pm.  Parks staff will bring in a double-load of shredded wood to put on the trail, so if we get enough folks we can finish that job, and who knows, maybe start on something else.  Let’s make another good showing of support, and have some fun (no blackberries this time).
Comment by David MacLeod on March 2, 2014 at 7:37pm

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop, March 9, 2014 at 10:00am.

Travis Dickson, formerly with Bakerview Nursery, and now Raindance Landscaping will lead this hands on fruit tree pruning workshop in the orchard of David and Angela MacLeod, in the Birchwood neighborhood.

  • Learn the differences in pruning for Apples, Pears, and Peaches.
  • How to deal with mature trees and overgrown trees.
  • We'll talk tools, sharpening, and Travis will demo some of his tools, and have some tools to sell after the workshop. Good quality tools make a difference.

$5 to $10 suggested donation per person and all the money goes to Transition Whatcom. That's a good cause to prune for. No one turned away for lack of funds - donation is optional. Bring your own tools. Bring a potluck item if you want to participate in a meal after the workshop, or you can head right out afterward to the Great Grafting Gathering at Inspiration Farm.

Please note: Daylight Savings Time begins this day - please remember to set your clocks one hour ahead!

Please call to register, so we can properly plan: 733-3541.

Sponsored by Transition Whatcom

Comment by dan welch on October 21, 2013 at 7:03am


I am building a house at 2930 Birchwood that may be of interest to many of you in the neighborhood. This goal of this house is to be net zero water rainwater catchment, composting toilets and greywater recycling and net zero energy through net metering (panels to come in a year or two). 

We are working with Sustainable Connections to host a series of technical workshops on green building practices. Topics will include envelope design (controlling air and water movement), Rainwater Catchment for potable water, Greywater recycling and indoor green house treatment, composting toilets, permeable driveway and fire access, materials (both salvaged and new), and energy.

The first workshop is this wednesday and can be found here:

Please RSVP with Rose at sustainable connections and pass the word to anyone outside of the neighborhood that may be interested. 

You can follow the progress of the Birch Case Study House on my business website and Facebook page.

Happy Day. 

Comment by David MacLeod on September 9, 2013 at 7:30pm

Little Squalicum Creek Restoration Work Party

Time: September 14, 2013 from 9am to 12pm
Location: Bellingham Technical College
Street: 3028 Lindbergh Ave
City/Town: Bellingham
Website or Map:…
Phone: 360-733-8307
Event Type: creek, restoration
Organized By: Wendy Steffensen
Latest Activity: 1 second ago

RSVP here

Join us (RE Sources) in restoring, Little Squalicum Creek, one of our precious water resources. Help ensure its wetlands continue to provide high quality water and habitat for our community. We’ll remove invasive weeds, mulch new seedlings, and meet new friends. Meet us at 9:00am in the "Lower Lot" of Bellingham Technical College, which has free parking. Follow work party signs to work site from trail beginning at the lower parking lot of Bellingham Technical College. Dress the weather of the day! Closed toed shoes are required for working with tools, long pants and long sleeves can be helpful to protect you from the more thorny invasive plants. Gloves, tools, and snacks will be provided. Please bring durable water bottles. For more information, contact Wendy Steffensen,, or call (360) 733 8307.

Join/share this event on Facebook!

Comment by Angela MacLeod on January 22, 2013 at 9:15am

Hi Joy

I tried to leave a message at your page but not sure if it got through....

I'll call you today to set up a time to meet.

Do you have a source of manure? I do. We got some last weekend. There's more where we got it. I'd also like to get more.

Comment by jasmin liepa on January 21, 2013 at 2:19pm

Welcome to Birchwood neighborhood...Would love to meet you and your garden weather and health permitting. Love the idea of sharing time in garden together and produce sharing. We always have an abundance of raspberries in the summer and yellow Shiro plums etc...647-8654

Comment by Joy Patterson on January 21, 2013 at 1:18pm

Hi Angela, 

Yes! I would love do an exchange. We are on Firwood. Maybe we could meet for tea and tour each other's gardens. Our first project could be getting and dispersing manure together.  (We were hoping to get it this weekend, but wound up with the cruddy cold that's going around. Lots of ginger tea is helping.) Since I am the resiliency "provider" weekdays are filled with work, so weekends are when I have the time. This Saturday, I'm teaching a bread class... 815-6434

Comment by Angela MacLeod on January 21, 2013 at 12:58pm

Hi Joy,

I like your ideas. We live on Cherrywood. Actually we have plenty of winter squash so don't need any. Yes lets do some garden tours later. Anytime really.

I would also be interested in a friendly work exchange. I could come work with you at your place on what ever project you'd like some help on. And at another time You could come and work with me on a project I'd like help with. Equal time exchange. A big part of it being a chance to get to know each other.


Comment by Joy Patterson on January 21, 2013 at 12:31pm

I'm new to Transition Birchwood. I would love to meet others in the hood who are doing similar things and would like exchange ideas with others. Maybe there are others who'd like to swap produce... We have winter squash and great recipes. Anyone up for a tour of homes/gardens, perhaps this spring?


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