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Transition Ferndale

Join other transition enthusiasts from the Ferndale, WA area. If you live, work, shop, play or just drive through Ferndale, you are welcome!!!

Location: Ferndale, WA
Members: 26
Latest Activity: Feb 9, 2013

Discussion Forum

Power Past Coal booth

Started by Terese VanAssche Aug 19, 2012. 0 Replies

Hi Everyone,Our Mt Baker Sierra Club group is going to be hosting a booth at the Ferndale Public Market on the following dates, and we are looking for volunteers to work 2 hour shifts talking to the…Continue

Poll for Meeting Times

Started by Shirley Jacobson May 28, 2011. 0 Replies

I encourage everyone to take a couple of minutes and use this link to participate in the poll to find ideal meeting days to enable maximum opportunity for participation with Transition…Continue

Moving foreward

Started by Keith Foecke. Last reply by Keith Foecke Mar 8, 2011. 4 Replies

Transition Ferndale has been active for some time. We are loosely organized and like it that way. There is no one leader, we have no titles, and there is no solidly set agenda, yet we do a pretty…Continue

Meeting Notes and Resources

Started by Judith Culver. Last reply by Judith Culver Aug 1, 2010. 2 Replies

Our members are a wealth of information and resources.  Let's post some of them here.Continue

What do we want from Transition Ferndale?

Started by Judith Culver. Last reply by Judith Culver Apr 18, 2010. 5 Replies

On Sunday, Nov 15, 2009 we met for the first time at Transition Whatcom event, "Let's Walk the Walk". We are in the process of getting to know each other and finding out what we want Transition…Continue

LETS system, "lending library" and Fourth Corner Exchange

Started by james bauckman. Last reply by james bauckman Apr 14, 2010. 3 Replies is some information about LETS (local exchange trading)To me, it seems as though I have enough…Continue

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Comment by Alys Kennedy on February 28, 2010 at 10:52am
Judith, you are right, we are casting a wide net with the movie, perhaps one of the things we should focus on on our meeting night is how to get more people involved in TF....and maybe to do that we could invite either David M., Cindi Landreth, or Rick Dubrow, or one of the other core TW members to help us with ideas on how to engage others, people in the areas where we live who may have no knowlege of Transition Towns, TW, TF or peak oil and have some resistance to the concepts therein. Your thoughts, anyone...............
Comment by Judith Culver on February 28, 2010 at 10:31am
Alys, I have one more person in the core group to contact to set the date for the meeting at your house. I send a personal message to Justen whenever we have had a film.

At the last film night I got 14 emails for people who want to be notified of the next film night. However, many of the people I talked to that night live in Bellingham. We are casting a wide net and meeting people from other cities.
Comment by Alys Kennedy on February 28, 2010 at 10:16am
I am curious....what happened to all the people who we met with last fall and discussed how to make Ferndale a more community oriented place. Seems that there were more than just 8 of us???? there was a young man who talked about bicycles and building them, and I think his partner, and there was a man from Blaine who also participated...are we truly only 8 including David M? We need more people!!! What about the people who showed up at we have their phone numbers and/or email addresses. I would be happy to do some calling and/or writing to some of them to encourage more participation.
Comment by David MacLeod on February 21, 2010 at 7:40am
Great to hear you had a nice crowd for the Homegrown showing.

I encourage folks to be reading the Transition Handbook and to start following the 12 Steps of Transition as a pathway to move Transition Ferndale forward.

Movie nights are a great tool for the "Awareness Raising" step. Are you collecting contact info from the new people that show up to the movies? The TW signup sheet can be downloaded and printed out from the TI Resources page:

Then you could send that info on to me to add these folks to the TW mailing list and I also send them invites to join the website here (or one of you could do that step, preferably).

Other info relevant to Transition Initiatives available on that page as well; mostly handouts you can print out at this point, and info to promote the GU.
Comment by David Culver on February 20, 2010 at 9:02pm
Home Grown the movie was very inspiring. It was so unusual to see a family of siblings and their father living together and working their urban farm. They sure had their act together!

I would be up for a second meeting of Transition Ferndale each month. We just need to discuss which days are best for the most of us and pick it. Thanks Alys for bringing it up. I have been so busy I haven't logged on here for at least a month, or so it seems.

I think the movie nights are important because they seem to attract new people to the discussion, which in the long run is at the heart of how things get done. Let's pick a night and I'll be there.
Comment by peggy borgens on February 19, 2010 at 4:36pm
Great discussion...I thoroughly enjoyed the potluck movie and I always love to see people meeting and meeting new people. And I loved the “pay it forward reference” and it is on my mind today. I think another meeting in the month would be great and maybe we could meet at each others homes as we move into the upcoming seasons. Gardens are always way fun!! Or there may be great places we can meet from time to time. (IE: Greene's Corner near me) I value supporting the locals whenever I can. I am very interested in what others do in their immediate neighborhood to connect with their neighbors and the planning and preparation they are doing for the descent. It will be more and more important for us continue this planning, sharing and expanding as we can. I think we can shoot to get together twice a month. I will be happy to set up the movie and am mulling over our next selection now. I am happy to stay somewhat loose knit right now as we find our way. I am enjoying the community we have shared so far.
Comment by Judith Culver on February 19, 2010 at 3:59pm
Our potluck and showing of Homegrown on Wed night was quite a party! About forty people came and the room was constantly buzzing with conversation. The discussion about gardening/farming after the movie was led by Walter Haugen and he easily answered a lot of specific questions. Peggy will be arranging another potluck/movie in March and then it's on to the Great Unleashing in April.

Right now we, as Transition Ferndale, are only loosely organized ...someone described us as a gaggle. What needs to happen is for someone to take charge of setting up a meeting to see how people want to proceed.

David and I would be interested in a second monthly meeting along the lines Alys described. Also we are deep into our online course on post peak living. We have many resources and ideas we could share. We are actively working on our Jump for Joy plan that I posted in a discussion on this group. We have soooo far to go but at least we are starting.

The most important question: Is anyone out there? Your responses will tell us if there is interest. We are waiting eagerly to hear from you all. Judith
Comment by Judith Culver on February 19, 2010 at 3:45pm
Hello, Alys just posted the following under our discussion "What do we want from Transition Ferndale?" I am moving it here so more of you will see it:

Hello to all TF people....I just re-read the above post, What Do We Want From Transition Ferndale, which was posted on Nov 17, 2009...and it appears that not much has happened since then...other than the 2 movies shown at WECU....sorry, I did not attend Homegrown, which I had already seen, and had other things going on that day or I would have come to the potluck........anyway, on to my reason for writing now. I am wondering what, if anything came out of the last meeting at WECU, and if so, what. And, I am wondering if we are still an active group, as I have not had a lot of contact with anyone in the group since November, other than a very short phone conversation with Judy in would be good to follow through with the things listed from the meeting in November, like identifying skills, tools, equipment to share, sharing skills and ideas with others, etc. I would like to see us meet more often and actively make plans for things we can do to help one another, especially as spring arrives and there is much to do to get ready for gardening. There is an unofficial group I know of in the Everson area that is already living what we have talked about - meeting monthly, making plans of action and following through with various activities to help one another. I would like that to happen with the Ferndale group. Input anyone???
Comment by Judith Culver on February 9, 2010 at 11:30am
Hello, Ferndale, Where have the last few months gone? After Christmas we went to Portland for a week...where we have 3 grandsons. The good news is that we now have two more on the way. They've been busy!!

David spent the last few months putting up siding on our house. As I type, the insulation installers are at work and the sheetrockers will start next week. This is a big milestone for us.

We are also taking an online discussion course called the Uncrash course from We're busy every day making plans and preparing our more resilient future. This week's topic is Food and Water and our homework is to post our plans online. In addition to the lectures and resources from the course, there are 25-30 participants from US, Canada and Austrailia, each sharing their plans, ideas, links, and encouragement. Having weekly homework really gets us going.

The Uncrash cost us $49 but at the website there is also a free course which we started with last year. It is also helpful to get you going...just no pressure to actually do the homework.

Hope to see you all soon at the movie night on Feb 17 at 5:30. Same routine as last time. Details on the event page. Homegrown is an uplifting film about a family doing successful urban gardening. Getting together will give us a chance to catch up, decide what kind of a group we want to be, and talk about the Great Unleashing. The best description I have found of the unleashing is at Check it out and make plans to come. See you soon. Judith
Comment by peggy borgens on December 10, 2009 at 11:51am

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