Participate in building community resilience in the Samish Watershed!
Chuckanut Transition
Newsletter November 2012

Participate in our vibrant rural community!

Chuckanut Transition is a growing network of neighbors creating resilient community in the Samish Watershed through collaboration and renewal of our lost rural village heritage.

Your voice needed on the coal train issue

Now is the time to write letters for the scoping process where information is collected for use to determine the permitting process.  The below link has current information on how to write the letters and offers many places to take a workshop on how to write the letter.  Many people are writing on their own. Others are gathering in small groups and composing letters together.  This is not a political issue.  It is a community rights issue.

Bow Little Holiday Festival
at Beau Lodge

Nov. 10, 10-4

Join our seasonal celebration and start the holidays with local gifting.  Support our handmade market and area's cottage industries.  
There will be folks demonstrating how to use drop spindles and spinning wheels in the fiber area.
If you didn't get your cider pressed at the Harvest Market, Tom Schoonover of Schoonover Farm will be pressing again.  Cost is $5 a press.  Bring your own clean containers and apples, or buy them at the market.  Chuckanut Transition will be continuing to facilitate the formation of buying groups and food shares started at the Harvest Market. Sign up at this market.  
There will be soup, bread, calzones, gluten-free treats in our cafe area, and bake sale goodies, coffee and free hot apple cider near the entry.  Go to the Bow Little Market Website for a complete list of vendors.
Beau Lodge, 17581 Wood Rd., Bow. Map 
Our Musical line-up:
10-11 Peter Ali (Native American flutist)
11:00-12:00 BeFiddled
12:00-12:30 BeMused
12:45-1:45 Diane & Ray
1:45 - 2:15 Brit Keeton (fiddle)
2:15-4:00 PK Dwyer (blues)
For more info.  

Thank you to the Poor Man's Jug Band!

Thank you to the Poor Man's Jug Band for lending their rhythm to this year's Bow Little Harvest Market.  Old folk and gospel tunes set our toes to tapping.

Announcing our new Rural Rhythm Revival Blog

Join the conversation!  Participate in our new Rural Rhythm Revival Blog on our new website at! Please send contributions to
This blog is titled Rural Rhythm Revival because it is meant to celebrate and give voice to our timely activities throughout the seasons in our rural community.  With this in mind, I would like to mention that October not only is the time to plant our garlic and shallots, but it is also time to plant the seeds of our informal rural food network in the Samish Watershed. The Bow Little Harvest Market on October 20 was a day of community connections made with hundreds of neighbors gathered around Food Security, community and celebration. 
To read more about the Harvest Market, buying groups and food swap go here.

Greenwood Tree, a Waldorf-inspired Cooperative School, still enrolling

Serving children 18 months to 14 years, this cooperative school supplements the needs of homeschooling families in Skagit Valley.  Greenwood Tree is a group of families with a passionate commitment to educating the whole child by engaging the head (thinking), heart (feeling) and hands (doing) in each learning endeavor. Grounded by a deep respect for natural child development, we honor each child's individual needs, personality, and interests.  To read more go to their website.

Seeds For A New Day available on-line and at the Holiday Festival

The Journey is soon and those who will take it are still small...Seeds For A New Day, follows Earth's children as they learn to live more meaningful and connected lives on their way to respecting Earth's limits by using less energy and resources. 
Copies for sale at the Bow Little Holiday Market!

Other Promoted November Community Events:

We support existing energy and wish to collaborate.  If you have an event you would like us to promote please email it to
Today, Oct. 31st
Halloween Parade through Edison
4 - 6:30pm Blanchard Halloween Party.  Fun and Games!  Bring a friend!
Monday, Nov. 5, 4pm - 7pm The second of seven hearings on the Gateway Pacific Terminal proposal for Cherry Point to be held in Mt. Vernon at McIntyre Hall.  Pack the hall!
Get there early, by 3:00 if possible and sign up to speak.  There will only be 75 speaker times available over the 3-hour period.    Each person is allowed 2 minutes.   Make your comments personal but factual and ask that your particular concern be studied as part of the cumulative Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  There will also be other opportunities to have your comments recorded during the hearing.
Saturday, Nov. 17th from 10-4pm Greenwood Tree is happy to announce our first ever Holiday Bazaar on at the Skagit Universalist Fellowship.  There will be crafts for children, bakesale, and local vendors, door prizes, and music.  The board is still looking for vendors, donations, and volunteers.  Email if interested in being a part of this effort.
Saturday, Nov. 17th 5-8pm Boogie Down at the Alger Community Hall.  The band Memphis Rain will be getting down with their poetry, reminiscent of southern blues-rock, for all those lookin’ to rock their blues away! 
Finger foods provided.  BYOB.  Donations at the door.
Saturday, Nov. 24th from 1-4pm  A Community Wide Thanksgiving Potluck will be at the Alger Community Hall. If you are not in a position to bring a dish or a can of food for the Food Bank that should not stop you from attending. We are looking for old pictures and stories of Alger.  Contact Anette at
For a full calendar of Transition Whatcom sponsored events go to Great opportunities to learn about root cellaring and winter food storage, safely canning meat and fish, rendering lard and home-pressed vegetable oils, making masa and tortillas from scratch and much more!
For more information and a continuing list of events go to

Save yourself a trip to town!

Did you know that Belfast Feed Store sells a lot more than pet and farm supplies?  You can find locally produced raw milk, eggs, grass fed beef, Golden Glen and Samish Bay Cheese, honey, yearly Thanksgiving turkeys for order, canning supplies, boots, books, discounted magazines, a wide variety of Melissa & Doug toys and puzzles, as well as lawn and garden 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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