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Chuckanut Transition
March 2013 Newsletter

Chuckanut Transition: a growing network of neighbors creating resilient community in the Samish Watershed through collaboration and renewal of our lost rural village heritage. We repattern the world when we repattern our communities.

March with Hope

This last month posted on our Rural Rhythm Revival Blog there was a wide range of messages from the community all centered around action.  The image in this month's newsletter is from Sarai Stevens' book, Seeds for a New Day and is titled Marched and Sang with Flags Flying.  There is hope and joy in sharing the journey and weaving together what we care about and do.  After all, a song sung by many is so much more powerful.

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Distribution Innovation and Our Skagit Food System: Thoughts on the Raj Patel Lecture on worldwide food system and food security

Sarai Stevens argues, "We repattern the world when we repattern our communities."  Read more on our blog on.

Bow Little Market Connecting With Local Food Banks

Go to our blog to read the post Hunger and Malnutrition in our Community is a Major Problem and You Can Help to learn some startling statistics on hunger in the Valley and how we as a community can help.

When Workers and Community Stand Together We Can Make a Difference

Janet McKinney of Bow shares with us the outcome of the UNFI strike and the letter that she and five other concerned citizens of Skagit presented to the Skagit Valley Co-op Board.
To read more go to our blog.

Winter Gardening

Read more what the "Little Red Hen" likes to grow and harvest during these cold, wet, dark days (without a hoop house!)
To read more go to our blog.

Invite to Participate in the Skagit Conservation District Board Election

Cora Amburn-Lijek, staff assistant at the Conservation District, invites you to participate in the upcoming board election.  They are looking for candidates to run for a vacant board position and for registered Washington State voters who live in Skagit Valley to participate in the election.  To read more or to request an absentee ballot go to our blog.

A Message from Sue Mitchell of Friday Creek Habitat Stewards

Read why Sue is absolutely fed up with litter bugs and what she plans to DO about it.  More on our blog.

Invite to Blueberry Pruning Workshop

Mike Hackett, a Tilth Producer of Washington and neighbor, would like our community to know about a Blueberry Pruning Workshop at Blue Heron Farm up Hwy 20 near Rockport.  To read more go to our blog or calendar of events.

Swap/Sale and Give Away

Save the Date!
Saturday, April 27th from 12-2pm at Bow Hill Blueberry Farm.  Bow Hill Blueberry Farm, Bow Little Market, Chuckanut Transition, and Friday Creek Habitat Stewards are hosting a Plant Extravaganza
Perennial plants, seeds and starts for swap and sale. Friday Creek Habitat Stewards and the Skagit Conservation District will be giving away free native plants in celebration of Arbor Day. Come join this neighborhood launch of the gardening season!

Mount Vernon High life skills class will be participating in the market with starts they planted at school.  Come down and help these young people learn what a community market is all about!

Free! Workshops:
12-1pm Improving Your Soil, with Harley Soltes, Bow Hill Blueberries and Bow Hill Organics
Soil testing beyond N-P-K, considering minerals including calcium, and how to use composts, cover crops and manures to build organic matter. Harley will also talk about minerals for animals because nutrient-poor soils make nutrient-poor feeds.
1-2pm Seed-Saving, Perennial Plants and Food Forest Culture, with Nancy Chase, Shambala Farm and Nursery
Perennial vegetables and permanent food forest designs, combined with annual and perennial seed saving. Nancy will cover what she argues are two equally important issues for long term food security that are systemically inseparable for practical food regeneration efforts.

Join Chuckanut Transition Living Seed Bank Project! 

We are creating a network of folks in our region committed to nurturing and saving their favorite seeds, bulbs and perennial plants from year to year.  Go to our website to learn more.

Pete's Got
Pigs for sale

5 to 8-week-old Hereford/Berkshire, Spot or Blue Butt or Durok weaners.
20 for $90/ 10 for $100/ 5 for $110/ 1 - 3 for $120.
Two-thirds deposit on orders.
All piggies are vaccinated, clipped, cut, and wormed.
Guaranteed at least 30 days: if one dies we replace.
360-724-6272 or

Jan Gordon, LMP
Taking on new clients

$35 hour or useful barter for 1 hour.
I work at home on Colony Rd.  It is a fragrance free zone, but shy cats in residence.
25 years in practice
 Experience in deep tissue, relaxation, injury treatment/ background in LomiLomi and Reiki
Personalized for each treatment.
Availability varies, 10-6, sometimes weekends.
766 6359

Day Old Chicks Available At Bow Hill
(Now Backordered till April)

The Cuckoo Maran, famous for dark eggs, is thought to be the best tasting chicken in the world. The Delaware was once the main dual purpose bird in America, are great winter layers.
All chicks are sold straight run.
Delawares/$3.50 and Marans/$5.00 - raised from pastured Organic stock and fed only Organic non-medicated feed.
Taking reservations for chicks hatching from now through Summer.
We are restocking Organic non-medicated starter feeds and chick grit.

Bow Hill Organics
(Located at Bow Hill Blueberries)
15628 Bow Hill Road
Office: 360-399-1006
Cell: 206-940-1960
Open by appt. 7 days a week
Contact Harley to receive his buying groups newsletter to learn more about buying bulk organic feed/farm supply or joining the Azure buying group.

March Events

To learn more about any of the below events visit our calendar of events.
GMO Film "Genetic Roulette"
Thursday, 7th @ 7pm
Hosted by Skagit Human Rights Festival
Skagit Valley College's Phillip Tarro Theatre
Panel Discussion to follow movie

Meat Cutting Workshop
Mon., 11th, 8am-5pm
Island Grown Farmer's Cooperative Processing Facility
13400 D'Arcy Rd. Bow, WA
Blueberry Pruning Workshop
Tues., 12th, 12:30-4pm
Blue Heron Farm, State Route 530, Rockport, WA

"Food: The Skagit Food System"
Panel discussion with local food system advocates
Thurs., 14th @ 7pm
Hosted by Skagit Human Rights Festival
Skagit Valley College's Multi-purpose Room

Free program on dry beans that grow best in local soils
Thurs., 14th, 7-9pm
Guest speaker: Dr. Carol Miles
Breazeale Interpretive Center
10441 Bayview Edison Rd.

St. Patrick's Day Throwdown - Free!
Sat., 16th, 8:30pm
Performance by Smoke Wagon
Old Edison Inn in Edison

St. Patrick's Day Throwdown continues - Free!
Sun., 17th, 5:30pm
Performance by Smoke Wagon
Old Edison Inn in Edison

Backyard Conservation Stewardship Short-course
Wed., 20th, 6-8:30
Padilla Bay Research Reserve
10441 Bay View-Edison Rd.

Meat Cutting Workshop
Mon., 25th, 8am-5pm
Island Grown Farmer's Cooperative Processing Facility
13400 D'Arcy Rd. Bow, WA

Septic 101 class
Mon., 25th, 6pm
Alger Community Hall- sign up at health dept. website
Backyard Conservation Stewardship Short-course
Wed., 27th, 6-8:30
Padilla Bay Research Reserve
10441 Bay View-Edison Rd.

1095 Skagit (Ending Childhood Hunger) meeting
Thurs., 28th, 4-6pm
Community Room @ 320 Pacific Pl., Mount Vernon (next to Comm. Action)

Our growing regional network 

For other calendar of events and classes go to:
Transition Whatcom
Transition Fidalgo and Friends
Shambala Permaculture Farm
Skagit Co-op
*To submit an event for our calendar email us at

Skagit Human Rights Festival

is celebrating their 10th Anniversary by
"Celebrating Community and Honoring Diversity"
For a complete calendar of all six events go to their website.
All events are free, donations gladly accepted.

Shambala Permaculture Farm and Edible Perennial Plant Nursery

Nancy Chase of Shambala will be leading an interactive talk on seed saving, sharing and community at this years Seed/Plant/Start Swap/Sale/Giveaway.  View this short video to learn more about permaculture and Shambala's permaculture course hosted last year.  You can also visit their website to view a complete list of classes on such things as cob ovens, herb walks and making kimchi.  We are very thankful to Nancy for coming out and sharing her experience with us.

Save yourself a trip to town!

Did you know that Belfast Feed Store sells a lot more than pet and farm supplies?
Family owned Belfast Feed Store kindly donates their land for the Bow Little Market to help foster community resilience.  Please help to support this important local resource.

St. Paddy's Day Sale
Sat.-Sun., March 16-17
Save a little green! 
We'll have refreshments -- stop by and say hi.
New shipment of puzzles for kids and adults.
Taking orders for chicks.

Acme Farm and Kitchen now doing business!

Check out how this innovative business, Acme Farm and Kitchen, is processing and distributing local food.

Open Hanging, Nature in the Balance: Artists Interpreting Climate Change

Whatcom Museum of Art, Bellingham WA. Artist members ($30/yr.) may apply. All work will be hung.
Go to our blog for complete call to artists.
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