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Transition Southside

We are neighbors living in South Hill, Happy Valley, Fairhaven, South, and Chuckanut Bay.  We are interested in promoting Transition projects in our community, and we support the Center for Local Self Reliance in reaching its goals.

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Latest Activity: Apr 14, 2014


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Bellingham Cohousing rental opportunity!

Started by Kelsie Mullin Jan 6, 2014. 0 Replies

Come share a two bedroom two story home in Bellingham Co-housing, a lovely intentional community for anyone looking to experience a more sustainable and connected lifestyle.…Continue

Small Family Looking for "Home", in South Neighborhoods

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 are looking for a wonderful place to live. We would…Continue

room for rent in Southside household

Started by Kristen McLewin Aug 19, 2012. 0 Replies

Looking for the right roomie for our household.  Room available is large (roughly 11x17) with laminate floors and lovely west-facing windows.  Share house with teacher, one kid, and numerous animals (cats, dogs, chickens).  Garden space and future…Continue

Community Space for rent

Started by LAURIE RISKIN Sep 24, 2011. 0 Replies

Did you know that WellSpring Community School, located in the Happy Valley neighborhood on 24th Street, was originally built in 1921 as the South Side Community Club! Its mission was to gather enough people together to raise money to pave the…Continue

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Comment by Heather K on June 8, 2011 at 12:48pm

Help a southside neighbor  this Thursday at the  SB Roving Garden Work-Party followed with a shared meal!  (Gardeners don't hibernate in the spring- we help each other)

"SB Roving Garden Party - 6/9 - Chuckanut Village - 6:00pm
Join Sustainable Bellingham's 3rd annual Roving Garden Party series, where volunteers help their neighbors create an edible garden. These fun events consist of approximately 90 minutes of gardening, followed by a shared meal. Everyone is welcome!

"This week we'll be at the home of Alison Kutz, in Chuckanut Village creating a curvy ferro cement wall for some interesting raised beds!   A very curious technique that could have many varied applications.   This work party is designed to expand our construction horizons, for sure!   If you just want to come pull weeds in the perennial garden, please don't hesitate, but otherwise be ready to roll up your sleeves and learn. (Any early prep volunteers are welcome, as this project is requiring lots of coordination."

See Event page for details- and come early to help with preparations if you can. 

Lets support Alison as she has given so much to our community!

Comment by Steve Wilson on May 20, 2011 at 12:30pm

Howdy folks,

Well the gardeners are beginning to plant at the Caretakers House and we need to complete our deer fencing.  We're just a couple hours away!!!...And considering we have over 600 volunteer hours into this project you'll probably be glad that we can quit asking for help :)

If you can lend a hand tomorrow, Saturday, we'll be there from 10am to noon.

If I don't see you I'll know you are enjoying this long overdue sunshine.

Happy gardening to all.


Comment by Deanna Lloyd on April 23, 2011 at 9:01pm

We have another great opportunity to get the Transition Southside beds at the CLSR up and running!  

We'd LOVE your help the evening Thursday, 4/28!  We have a lot of work to do plus it is so amazing to watch a big patch of lawn turn into usable garden space!  

Check out the details below or follow the link to the event listing 

Comment by Heather K on April 22, 2011 at 2:17pm

Join the SB Roving Gardeners this Thursday April 28th for a Work-Party (with a Meal)! Meet 6-9pm at CLSR- Center for Local Self Reliance! 

Sustainable Bellingham volunteers & garden-hosts work together weekly at a roving garden-party series at a new location each week!

Tasks: Fill new beds with top soil, mulch with straw, wood chip new paths, possibly sheet mulch new planting area.
Food: Soup and bread will be provided. Bring your own beverage.

Requested Items to Bring: work gloves. (CLSR has shovels, and (3) wheel barrows.)
Host: Deanna Lloyd, Alison Kutz 739-9095.
Questions: email Mary or Sara at, or call Jeff W at 738-8148.

If you're interested in hosting a Roving Garden Party at your home or community garden, contact Mary at 756-6643, or email at  *** We ask that you be prepared to provide a meal for ~20, and that you give back by volunteering at another Roving Garden Party.

RSVP & Event details at-

Parking:  Due to driveway repair and mud issues, please park in Fairhaven Park parking lot, and walk up to the Caretaker's house.

To get on the mailing list to hear about future SB Roving Garden Parties, please email

Comment by Joanne Cady on April 14, 2011 at 9:45am

Fairhaven Middle School and Transition Southside Garden  Workparty this Sunday April 17th 10-2 at Center for Local Self-Reliance

(See Deanna Lloyd's message below)    JOIN US!

Comment by Deanna Lloyd on April 13, 2011 at 11:40am

Workparty this Sunday at the CLSR from 10 - 2.  Helping to put in the garden for Fairhaven MS to that will also be open to folks from Transition Southside!  Check out event info here:

Comment by Joanne Cady on April 6, 2011 at 9:43pm

Fairhaven Middle School and Transition Southside to collaborate in creation of a garden at the Center for Local Self-Reliance. 


This proposal has been accepted  by CLSR, and work will begin soon in establishing this garden.   The beneficiary of the harvest will be our local Food Bank.   We'll need folks to help in this endeavor, so please stay tuned!!  More details to follow . . .  

Comment by Deanna Lloyd on March 9, 2011 at 9:27am

Great opportunity to support our local neighborhood school garden!


Fairhaven Middle School Plant Swap – Sunday, March 13th 2:30 – 4pm

Clear some space in your garden, get some new plants and help support the Fairhaven Middle School Garden in the process!  1) Dig and divide the "extra" plants in your gardens and pot them up.  2) Bring them to the FMS lower soccer field (west side of school) from 2:30 - 3pm on Sunday, March 13th. 3) 3pm - 4pm swapping commences! Check out all the plants that are available and then take home your new treasures!  We'll have Master Gardeners on hand to help us identify plants and give planting advice. 4) We're asking a minimum $1 donation per plant that you take home. This money will go to support continuing garden education at Fairhaven Middle School!  You do not need to bring plants to participate, but the more plants we have available, the more choices for all!  For more information contact the FMS Garden Educator:  Deanna.Lloyd @  Fairhaven Middle School - 110 Park Ridge Rd, Bham, WA 98225


Comment by Steve Wilson on February 9, 2011 at 4:51pm

Well, the Community Garden policy document didn't paste completely.  I can email you the file if you get in touch with me at


Comment by Steve Wilson on February 9, 2011 at 12:50pm

All,  I've copied and pasted the City of Bellingham's Community Garden Policy document below FYI.


City of Bellingham








Code:                             PAR 03.01.12

Chapter:                         Parks, Recreation And Cemetery

Level of Policy:             Departmental

Date Issued:                  April 1, 1982

Date Revised:                June 30, 2008

Revised by:               Paul Leuthold, Parks and Recreation Director

Developed by:               Byron Elmendorf, Parks and Recreation Director

Approved By:                Mark Asmundson, Mayor


See Also:                       



To establish guidelines for the Community Gardening Program.



This policy applies to all individuals registering for a space in a City of Bellingham Community Garden and departmental staff.




1.         Parks and Recreation Department Offers Community Gardens for Public Use


There are three community gardens in Bellingham. The gardens contain a total of 198 garden plots.


Year-round organic gardens:

  • Happy Valley Garden, located at 32nd Street between Taylor Avenue and Donovan Avenue
  • Fairhaven Garden, located at 10th Street and Wilson Avenue


Seasonal Garden, open May 1st – October 31st: (weather permitting)

  • Lakeway Garden, located at Lakeway Drive and Woburn Street


Fairhaven and Lakeway Gardens are owned by the City; Happy Valley Garden is leased from a private owner.


2.         Parks and Recreation Department Does Minimal Facility Maintenance


  • Each seasonal garden site will be rotovated once in the fall and once in the spring.  All other rotovation is the responsibility of the individual gardener.
  • The Lakeway Garden is staked annually into 10' x 20' plots.  Other gardens will be staked as needed.
  • Water service, hoses, tool storage sheds, bulletin boards for gardening information, compost bins, and rock areas are provided.
  • Garbage cans are also provided, and will be emptied by the Parks Operations staff.
  • Aisles and perimeters of all gardens are maintained.  Empty or unkempt plots will be mowed to a level which minimizes the spreading of weed seeds.


3.         Parks and Recreation Department Sets Registration Guidelines and Fees


  • Individuals may register for year-round gardens at any time during the year.
  • Registration deadline for returning gardeners to register for their same garden plots from the prior year is December 31st.
  • Anyone wanting new, different or additional plots can register on a first-come–first–served basis as of January 2nd.
  • Registration is taken at the Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department office, 3424 Meridian Street, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or a check and registration form can be mailed to the same address.
  • A gardener/family may rent up to four plots. There is a limit of two plots per gardener/family at the Fairhaven Garden site.  If there are vacant plots after May 15th then additional plots may be reserved for the c

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