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How are you currently involved in the Transition?
TWOG. And a few other things.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I am interested in creating practical solutions
I am empowered to find solutions
I feel a sense of accountability to the earth and future generations
I favor creating new situations rather than simply opposing old ones
I recognize the need for change and the resistance to it that exists
I see the beauty in dreaming together, and also in working together (for free!) for the common good
Do you have particular interests, skills, talents or resources you would like to bring to Transition Whatcom?
I know something about: gardening, food preservation, invasive species, herbology, human anatomy/physiology, seed saving, toxicology/chemistry, environmental systems, public speaking/presentations, crafts (soap, weaving, rug making, candles, knitting, sewing, quilting, frugality, hazard/risk assessment, writing documents, green building, electricity and winemaking. Probably some other things.
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Where did you hear about Transition Whatcom and how did you find our community network website?
I saw flyers, saw it posted on 4th Corner Exchange, and heard by word of mouth. I found the website via 4th Corner.
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Transition Whatcom may help me do more than I could by myself to leave behind a better world than I found.

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My foray into the 100-mile diet: A weaning period

Posted on January 10, 2011 at 10:27pm 3 Comments

This year I'm testing the waters on the 100-mile locavore diet.  I'm pretty excited about it.  So far my guidelines are to source 95% of my purchased food locally for the year 2011.  (I did not prepare for this experiment.  So, after a night of New Years' revelry, I woke up New Year's Day with a hankering to go out for breakfast and remembered, oh yeah, I'm not doing that anymore).  In order to make this workable, it makes sense to eat the foreign food that I've already got, which buys me…


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At 9:44pm on December 4, 2010, Angela MacLeod said…
Hi Laura,
Thanks for all the work you did on this project for us. I appreciate your thoroughness and making it easy for others to plug into. Right now we have some other priorities financially that are higher on the list than this great looking tool. So we will not be going in on the group purchase.
Angela and David
At 12:18am on December 1, 2010, John Scott said…
In my first and second years I will need to feed all the honey back to the bees, and unfortunately will not have a surplus for awhile yet. Sorry to disappoint, soon ..J
At 2:52am on November 27, 2010, Heather K said…
Hi Laura, the seed-oil press sounds interesting. I'll need more time to consider.
I'm also intersted in a hand or foot press for using with tinctures & oil extractions..
I would want something for small batches, but with a commercial quality to last a lifetime.
I've posted some of the links I've found under my comments on my personal TW page at:

The herb tincture press listed in Nancy & Michael Phillips book
-The Herbalist Way ,is this one:

Tincture Press that can do alcohol or oil:
Longevity Herb Company
At 5:15pm on November 26, 2010, Charles Kelm said…
I am interested in the expeller press too. Thanks!
At 9:59pm on November 23, 2010, Heather K said…
Your the best Laura! Thanks for creating a great work-party at the Center for Local Self-Reliance, for teaching at the Herbal Medicine Making workshop, for being on multiple committees that accomplish actions, and for being so much fun to be with, and filled with the best of ideas!
Great work-party action pictures! Garden work is truly year round!
At 3:17pm on November 1, 2010, Heather K said…
Herbal Medicinal Making workshop idea sounds great! Keep me in the loop, and let me know when you know what dates you are considering.
I have a couple names to pass on for folks you might like to contact to help with the class. Give a call later or email me.
At 2:41pm on November 1, 2010, Heather K said…
Great TWOG Blog post-poem Laura! Hugs to you on this Day of All Saints.
May the living dead among us wake up and join in the work of the transition.
At 10:54pm on October 23, 2010, Sajah Popham said…
Hi Laura, thank you for the invite... I wish I could come, but I've been up in Vancouver BC assisting with a workshop on Plant Communication. Sounds like a great event!! While I am in Sedro-Woolley, I'm technically in Whatcom county (I guess that border waves a lot), but I would love to be in touch with some of the people that are nearby!! I'm pretty new to the area so don't know too many folks. I'd definitely like to know about future stuff going on around me!! I hope this finds you well, take care.
At 10:38am on October 21, 2010, Rhys Webb said…
Hi Laura- I'd be willing to donate a massage gift certificate to the TW workparty volunteers. Let me know what i need to do or how I get the gc to you and it would be great if there is partial payment in Life Dollars involved. Cheers-
Rhys Webb, LMP
At 10:35pm on October 3, 2010, Jamie Jedinak said…
I have posted my ad on CL and thanks for the link but I am looking not to rent something per se but to share land with others in the hopes of building. I did contact the guy though. Turns out I know him and we could NEVER be land mates - oh well.
I appreciate the link and keeping me in Mind and Heart! Love, Jamie

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