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Growing Veterans: looking for farms/ farm agencies to partner with

Started Dec 3, 2012 0 Replies

Growing Veterans is an up-and-coming project under the umbrella of Growing Washington- a local non-profit with robust CSA and market…Continue

Tags: Post, 9/11, Washington, veterans, farming


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How are you currently involved in the Transition?
I am director of an organization that aims to bring Post 9/11 veterans into the sustainable agriculture community. "like" us on facebook to see updates on what we're up to:
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
Interested in sustainability, natural building, alternative energy, permaculture/gardening, sustainable agriculture, and building social capital.
Do you have particular interests, skills, talents or resources you would like to bring to Transition Whatcom?
Innovative and creative leadership that was founded in the US Marine Corps, tested in combat, and now being used to help others in my community.
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At 2:48pm on December 8, 2012, Heather K said…

Hi Chris!  Growing Veterans is such a great idea!  I appreciate the work you are doing to bring the people back to the farm!

At 8:54pm on November 15, 2011, Forest Garden said…

HELLO CHRIS, in response to:

How are you currently involved in the Transition?
Hello all, I am a student @ WWU and I hope to remain in Whatcom after I graduate. I have leadership experience and am in the process of planning a non profit that incorporates alternative building methods such as cob, straw bale, rammed earth, etc. I have one more internship opportunity for school that starts in January and I am wondering if there is anyone who has experience or knowledge in those building methods that would be willing to get creative with me and be my intern supervisor. Only stipulation: my program (human services) requires the supervisor to have a masters level education. Let me know if you are interested or have ideas!

I am currently submitting grants to help fund a project involving youth, urban ecology ~ of which there is a natural building component.  I would be happy to work with you ~ one of the organizations I am working with will have the Master degree/ nonprofit component you need.
Forest Garden, is a program under the non profit by Community Connections.  Our current work is in plant and landscape education.
I have met a builder who has worked at a youth camp near Seattle and they have been building natural structures he will be working with us as well, I can get you his number.
There is a cob structure being built on Donovan St near the corner of  21rst. You can stop in there on Sundays.  Shannon Maris has a enews for gardeners you can find out more information on there. 
You can reach me at 360 393 7818.   Allain Van Laanen

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