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Chuckanut Transition
May 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.

May Bee Cooperative

Bees are the theme of May's newsletter for good reason.  They are symbols of spring, life and community cooperation.  May we all listen to the bees.

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Announcing the Skagit Valley Farmer's Market Coalition

Anacortes, Mount Vernon, Sedro Woolley Farmers Market and the Bow Little Market are joining forces.  April 9th all four market's managers and their affiliated board members met to discuss building an alliance... Read More.  
Tune into KSVR 91.7 FM, Speak Up! Speak Out! next Wed., May 8th at 5pm or Sun., May 12th at 8pm to hear Jodie Buller interview the four market coordinators about the Coalition and the upcoming market season

Members of Chuckanut Transition and Bow Little Market Engage Community/Build Awareness

Six members of Chuckanut Transition attended three-day public interview presentation series to support WSU's plan to finish the Skagit Farm assessment and bring up concern surrounding GMO' more.

Bow Little Market visits the math/lifeskills class in charge of Mount Vernon High's school garden and spoke with them about farmers markets, local food, seed saving and the power of collaborative more

Bow Little Market donates auction basket to Lincoln Lover's Spring Fling Fundraiser Event...go to our events blog to see picture of basket and read more.

Plant Swap, Sale & Giveaway a Smashing Success!

Community!  Cooperation!  Engaging Youth!  Bartering!  Despite weather, the Bow Little Market 2nd Annual Plant Swap a great day for alternative economy and community more

Homemade Herbicide

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As a part of Children's Book Week: Seeds for a New Day - reading and discussion

Village Books, Reading Gallery
Saturday, May 18th 4pm

Sarai Stevens, local author/illustrator/community activist, shares her children’s book of papercuts- a book to create dialogue between adults and children around the environmental and economic challenges we face and the great opportunity that stands before us if we choose to grasp it.

To read more go here.

Mason Bee Workshop with Kim Kellems

Thursday, June 6th, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Lane (Alger) - Everyone Welcome! Please join us!
Learn all about mason bees and how to attract these busy pollinators to your garden at this free workshop.  Friday Creek Habitat Stewards monthly meeting immediately following.

Alarming News Regarding Bees

Here is a link to an article titled Declining Bee Populations Pose a Threat to Global Agriculture from

Community Supported Agriculture: Patterned Ground

Matt and Gina of Patterned Ground will be at the Bow Little Market again this year.  Go to their website to learn more about their farm, their CSA or buying group options.

Belfast/Bow Little Market Drop Off for Viva Farms CSA

Go to Viva Farms website to learn more about their important work to create more farmers.  Go here to learn about their CSA.  They have dairy and grains.

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May Events:

To learn more about any of the below events visit our calendar of events.
Cascadia Mushroom Farm Walk
Mon. 13th 12:30-4pm 
Register Now. Space Limited.
Gardening for Wildlife: Friday Creek Habitat Stewards Speaker Series
Thurs., 16th 7-9pm
Burlington Public Library
Seeds for a New Day:  Reading and Discussion
Sat., 18th 4-5pm

Village Books, Bellingham
Meat Cutting Workshop
Mon., 20th 8am-5pm
Island Grown Farmers Cooperative Processing Facility 
13400 D'Arcy Rd. Bow, WA

Mason Bee Class
Thurs, 6:30-7:30pm 
Alger Community Hall
Lincoln Lover's Spring Fling Fundraiser
Fri, 17th 6:30-9:30pm 
Refeather Your Nest, Mount Vernon
Go to Lincoln Theater website to buy tickets

Our growing regional network 

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

Bow Hill Blueberries and Organics Helping Create Alternative Forms of Distribution

Bow Hill Blueberries and Organics is now hosting a Local Orbits Food Distribution Hub.  Creating new distribution patterns is essential to local resiliency.  Learn more.  Check out the Bow Hill Organics newsletter to learn more about buying club opportunities like Washington grown and made non-GMO chicken feed.

Save yourself a trip to town!

Did you know that Belfast Feed Store sells a lot more than pet and farm supplies?  Stop by and compare prices.  You will be pleasantly surprised!
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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