August Newsletter:  Our community is our garden

August 2013: "Our Community Is Our Garden"
We are independent, capable people living in the Samish Watershed working towards more resilient community through resource sharing, cooperation, and collaboration.
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2nd Annual Sustainable Samish Garden Tour

Where local economy and conservation meet

Sunday, August 18th
11 am to 3 pm
Experience six beautiful and inspiring gardens on this FREE, friendly-to-all-ages, open house style garden tour, that features a mix of fresh food production, bountiful blooms, healthy living, and environmental and community responsibility. Meet, network, and gain tips from Samish watershed residents who are working to cultivate a healthy, resilient, and vibrant community one garden at a time. Pick up tips on permaculture, gardening with native plants, establishing and maintaining a vegetable garden, growing fruit and planting a productive orchard, taking your blooms and produce to market, inspiring and establishing a community garden patch, raising and caring for chickens, creating a backyard sanctuary for wildlife and people, and how you can garden to live more sustainably.  Learn skills for self-reliance, including ideas for generating electricity without the use of fossil fuels, and much, much more!

Maps and directions to each of the six featured gardens on this self-guided tour will be available between 10:30 am and 2 pm at the Alger Community Hall, located at 17835 Parkview Lane, Burlington (Alger).  
The Sustainable Samish Garden Tour is being hosted by Chuckanut Transition, Friday Creek Habitat Stewards, and Skagit Conservation District. For more information, contact Kristi Carpenter, Skagit Conservation District at (360) 428-4313 or email:

Bow Little Market Community Yard Sale

Thurs., August 15, 1 - 6 pm: Space is limited.  Call 724-3333 or sign-up as a vendor via website at

Bow Little Market Fiber Day

Thursday, August 22, 1 - 6 pm: Bring your knitting, felting, sewing, quilting, needlepoint, weaving, etc. down to the market!  People will be demonstrating, sharing tips, and just celebrating what they love to do!  For more details call 724-3333.

See you at the Market!

For a complete list of vendors for Aug. 8th go to

Kid's Activity Aug. 8th, 2-3pm - Bead Work!

Check out our "Free" box for clothes, books, toys and household items.

Support ReSources continued work towards Coal Terminal Opposition

Attend 10th Annual Environmental Heroes Awards Banquet & Fundraiser to support ReSources continued efforts to stop approval of the Pacific Gateway Coal Terminal at Cherry Point.
Go to Events Blog to learn more.

Learn how to help local families in need break away from poverty

August  8th, 3 - 4 pm: Algerite Mariah Brown-Pounds will be down at the Bow Little Market Community Tent discussing Community Action's Skagit Circles Initiative.  This program meets with families in need once a month and connects them with a supportive network of community members that help create new behaviors and strategies so they may break away from the cycle of poverty.  Volunteers are needed to donate meals/ingredients for their once a month meetings.  Learn more.

Bring Garden Surplus To Market For Food Banks

Throughout the market season: Bring your garden surplus to the Bow Little Market and we will get it to our area food banks.  If you can't make it to market you can now drop it by the Sedro Woolley Distribution Center.  For more info contact Cole Bitzenburg at

Helping Hands Food Bank is also collecting non-perishable food and money weekly at the market. 

Alger Community Hall "Fun"raiser

September 14, 10 am - 4 pm

Alger Improvement Club is currently taking raffle item donations for the Alger Community Hall "Fun"raiser.  Please contact Anette at

Save the date!
Beer Garden, BBQ including Blau Oysters, Shaved Ice, Popcorn!
Kid Activities: bouncy house, games, treasure hunt, prizes!
Raffle, music, community skill-sharing and more!

Beginner Chainsawing For Women

August 31st and Sept. 1st: Caitlin Price is co-teaching a chainsaw class targeted at women but open to all.  It is two full days of instruction and practice, ideal for the beginner/intermediate user who wants more practice and training. Should be lots of fun!  Pre-register by Aug. 23rd for a $50 discount.  For more info go to our events blog.

Transition Fidalgo Free Workshops at Anacortes Farmers Market

Saturdays:  Free Workshops 10 am - Noon
Aug. 10 - Making Natural Cleaning and Petcare Products
Aug. 24 - Soil Building

Aug. 24th, 9 am - 2 pm - "Fix it Day" at the Market.

More info.

Pacific Gateway Coal Terminal and Train Update

Go to our Rural Rhythm Revival Blog to get the update:
Read why Goldman Sachs now say coal is now a bad investment.

Lummi Nation Opposes Pacific Gateway Terminal.

Railway must be included in Environmental Impact Study regarding Pacific Gateway Coal Terminal.
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