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February 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.

It is February, the month we celebrate love and caring for one another. 

Visit our Rural Rhythm Revival Blog to read about how folks in the Bow area are reaching out to the community and sharing what they most care about. Above is a poster by Shepard Fairey titled "We Own The Future."  Need I say more?

Cherry Point EIS Scoping Comment Period Ends

Thanks to all who wrote in and shared concerns about the proposed Cherry Point Coal Train Terminal.  Bow was one of the leading areas of response.  Hats off to Dana Lyons and the Blanchard Community Hall for drumming up awareness and action.  Special recognition goes to Ginny Wolfe, Maggie Sullivan and Peggy Bridgeman for organizing and leading scoping letter workshops around the Bow/Blanchard area.  Finally, thanks to all who hosted and attended these gatherings.   
To read a letter from Mary Ruth Holder, a leader in Coal Free Skagit go to our blog.

Janet McKinney of Bow Cares About Workers Rights

Janet McKinney is drawing attention to the fact that the Skagit Co-op's food distributor has committed crimes against their employees.  Below is why she cares...
Worker's Rights Are a Key Component of a Healthy and Sustainable Food System
To read more go to our blog.

2013 is a great year for Seed Sharing, Cooperative Farming, and so on...

Below is a message from Nancy Chase of Shamabala Farm in Stanwood, a part of our growing regional network:

With the busy holiday season over, I welcome the breath of fresh air that January brings heading into a new year, with prospect Spring garden planning.  After 4 years of nurturing seed sharing/saving networks here at Shambala, this season began with our first seed-swap exchange at our monthly Sno-Isle Permaculture Network (SIPN) gathering last week. We shared with pride about our past seasons successes, and yes failures, as we gleaned cooperatively our growing strategies, refreshing resource networks, and our seed surpluses.
To read more go to our blog.

Join Chuckanut Transition Living Seed Bank Project! 

Growing and saving seed from year to year is not only an enjoyable pastime, but it is also an excellent step towards creating food security and mitigating the effects of global climate change in our own gardens because living plants are the most capable of adapting to changing conditions.  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.  Each garden, uniquely oriented, has its own growing conditions.  When you join our Living Seed Bank data base you will be asked to fill out the basic characteristics of your biome: type of soil, hours of sun exposure, wind exposure, and elevation.  Database information will be only available to project participants.  Please email entries to  
Here is an inspiring and informative short YouTube video on a home based seed bank project called The Growing Home Seed Bank.

Swap/Sale and Give Away

Save the Date! April 28th from 12-2pm at Bow Hill Blueberry Farm.  Chuckanut Transition, Bow Hill Blueberry Farm, Bow Little Market and Friday Creek Habitat Stewards are hosting a Plant Extravaganza.  There will be perennial plants, seed 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!

GMO Free Skagit

Visit our blog to read an update of how a resident of Bow, Sue Shellenberger, is fighting for GMO free Skagit.  

ATTENTION: Farmers in need of land!

Linda Versage and Walter Brodie are looking to buy a farm for a small commercial growing operation (7-30 acres) with house and outbuildings, in NW Skagit (Bow-Edison, Blanchard preferred) or central Whatcom.   They plan to grow food for schools and institutions and have other diverse offerings and enterprises. They prefer an older house with good bones and outbuildings (barn, accessory dwelling, etc.) but will consider other options.  They are open to remodeling an existing home.  They are also interested in cooperative farming ventures.
If you know of any land for sale or opportunities that would fit their needs, please let them know.  
Linda and Walter are community-oriented folks and look forward to connecting with others in the valley.  They have recently transitioned from Seattle though have long-time connections to Whatcom and Skagit Counties.  They currently live in Bellingham and are an environmental/science/garden educator and school nurse/RN in Mt. Vernon Schools.  They will be thoughtful land stewards!
Linda: 206-718-2623, Walter: 206-718-2605, 

Fighting For Grandparent's Rights in Washington State

Cindy Curry of the Belfast Feed Store cares deeply for her granddaughter who she helped raise since newly born.  Because of this she has begun fighting for grandparent's rights in Washington State. To read more go to our blog.

February Events:

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9, 7:00pm
Dessert theater performance of Arms and the Man
Sunday, Feb. 10, 2:30pm
Matinee performance of Arms and the Man
Alger Community Church
For more info on ALTA (Alger Lookout Thespian Association) go to their website
Sunday, Feb. 10, 2:00pm
Garden Presentation on Vegetable Gardens: An Edible History and Seed Swap
Anacortes Senior Activity Center
For more info go to Transition Fidalgo's website
Saturday and Sunday, February 9-10
Edison Bird Festival
For complete schedule visit their website
Monday, Feb. 11, 8am- 5pm
Meat Cutting Workshop
Island Grown Farmers Cooperative
13400 D'Arcy Rd. Bow, WA
For more info go to our calendar of events
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23-24
Horse Harmonics~Alchemy of Attunement
at Double S. Quarter Horses in Bow
visit website for more info
Monday, Feb. 25, 8am - 5pm
Meat Cutting Workshop
Island Grown Farmers Cooperative
13400 D'Arcy Rd. Bow, WA
For more info go to our calendar of events
Thursday, February 28
Septic 201 Class
at Alger Community Hall
Go to health department website for more info.

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

Alger Lookout Thespian Association (ALTA) Presents: Arms and the Man

Arms and the Man is a wartime romance satirizing both the glory of battle and a young girl's idealistic notions of love.  Raina adores her dashing warrior fiance Sergius, until Bluntschli, a Swiss mercenary and realist (who would rather carry chocolate than ammunition), bursts through her bedroom window seeking sanctuary.  Raina is torn between two very different men and two very different notions of love.  More info.

Horse Harmonics ~ Alchemy of Attunement

February 23-24, 2013 at Double S Quarter Horses, located in Bow.  It’s like a spa day for horse and rider—but better!  Double S Quarter Horses hosts the first Holistic Horse Clinic of its kind in the Northwest.  From Yoga on Horseback to Equine and Rider Balancing Massage, Horse Harmonics ~ Alchemy of Attunement brings together expert clinicians for an interactive weekend to help equines and their riders develop a deeper connection, correct physical imbalances, and expand a sense of play, all leading to better overall health and horsemanship. Call Sue Sultze 360-661-5026, e-mail Jessie Tierney, or visit for details or to register.

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.
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