A Certain Uncertainty - Homes of Production, Rather Than Consumption, Food Revolution, Re-skilling...and much more
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Chuckanut Transition, building resilient community within the Samish Watershed, believes all hope lies in our ability to connect with place and with one another.  Essentially, by becoming indigenous to our watershed, we are creating lives that are more meaningful, healthy and joyful. 
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Chuckanut Transition's Fall 2016 Newsletter:

A Certain Uncertainty

The more dependent we become on money,
the more dependent we become on the money masters.

~ David Korten

The money masters of our globalized, exploitive, industrial economy have highjacked our political system, deteriorated the health of our families and communities, destabilized our climate and exhausted our natural resources. Transition is a localized response to this global uncertainty.  It is about mass mobilization of creation, not opposition. Like warriors, we focus on efficiency of motion, and ask for no permission.  By creating and participating in what we do want, we are building area resiliency while simultaneously moving towards ultimate non-participation in a system we no longer condone.  We are the hands and feet of global finance.  What if we stopped being so cooperative?  What if we gave up the myth of our own powerlessness?

By creating homes of production, rather than consumption, nestled within neighborly economic networks, we not only have a chance of navigating uncertain times, but also helping to end them. 

We repattern the world when we repattern our communities, 
~Sarai Stevens, Newsletter Editor


Eating Well is a Revolutionary Act

We have to act in ways that will inevitably change the US political system if we want to eat well and stay healthy. This article I published in OpEd news describes this revolution.

~Chuck Nafziger

Pictures of the Chuckanut Transition 2016 Food Swap & Potluck!


By Chuck Nafziger
October 2016

This year has been unusual in many ways.  It is year two of an insane presidential mud wrestling match that cannot bring anything good.  It used to be that death and taxes were the only real certainties, but now perpetual war has been added.  Retirement, jobs with benefits, and healthcare have become much more uncertain.  The carbon dioxide level is increasing without meaningful restraint, so habitable weather is uncertain.

The world's and especially this country's food supply are going further downhill with more GMOs, more industrial foods with the life refined out and more toxins added.  We are incredibly fortunate to have local organic growers.  Through a great deal of work, we have a farmer's market and good food co-ops from which to get the healthy foods we do not grow ourselves. Not many people in the world are so blessed.

There is uncertainty as to the direction this neighborhood is going: more trees are being dropped, more traffic on our rural roads, more McMansions are sprouting, much more noise from trains planes and the freeway.  It is uncertain if the county will ever restrict the sprawl or even enforce the anti-sprawl laws that already are on the books.

Even my bug buddies took a big hit this year.  I found lots of bugs early spring, but then they disappeared.  During the summer my place was a bug desert.  The bees, spiders, dragonflies, shield bugs and lots of others were missing.  That was not the case for biting flies.  Mosquitoes, deer flies, and snipe flies were at their usual nasty numbers.  There has been a slight bounce back this fall, but the tree frogs I see are less than half the size of what I have seen during this season in the past.

What happened to the bugs?  The weather was not that much different.  Are there more poisons being applied?  I saw a helicopter with a spray bar flying over.  It could have been spraying along with the nearby logging; it could have been working with the pipeline.  Had the grasses that were planted last fall over the refilled excavation when the aging pipeline got patched treated with neonics?  I will probably never know.  I do know it is scary to see such a decline in local life.

The future may be uncertain  but I think it is important to stay in the present and not to do too much "future tripping."  For now, I want to at least better understand what is here around me.  That may help me better understand how the pieces may work in a changing environment, and by itself, it is fun today.

I recently found two new to me wasps.  One is a Bee Wolf.  As an adult, it is a nectar eater and good pollinator, but it stocks each of its eggs with a paralyzed bee.  I saw several of them at the Alger Hall Pollinator garden.  That is a good indication that the garden is attracting enough bees to keep a predator happy.  I found the other wasp exploring empty holes in my mason bee box.  There are some wasps that dig into the bee larva pockets and lay their eggs on the bees, so I was a little worried.  But this one was a Potter (Mason) Wasp.  This kind of Potter Wasp uses holes in wood like Mason Bees for rearing its young.  It lays an egg, provisions it with a caterpillar, and then seals the case with mud as a Mason Bee would do. I hope it finds and uses all the Cabbage Butterfly caterpillars.

Life is so very interesting, even during these changing times.

Voices in Unison
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We all make choices not based on economics.  If we follow the majority of American's idea of status, we buy cars and houses that aren't the cheapest. This locks us into the employment rat race to make the most money possible. In the 70's, I read an article called "How to retire for 6 months of the year."  It encouraged people to examine purchases based on the hours needed to work in order to pay for it all so we could make the considerate choice to forgo material wealth for more free time to pursue our own interests.  Because of this I made different choices than the average American and had more freedom because of it.  

Couples make the choice for only one parent to work, to not buy the newest car or the fanciest house that advertisements push on us.  Community volunteers do important things without pay. Family members help each other without pay. There are many examples of non economic models of incentives besides money.  It is not easy ignoring the majority culture to make different choices. The question is whether you can avoid the traps.  By going into debt for college, houses and cars, one is locked into the system.  Debt allows the banks to syphon off a percentage of the entire economy.  Taxes syphon off a huge percentage of the formal economy.  An informal economy avoids a lot of that overhead so more is kept in the community.  Supplying your own needs and those of your neighbors may not look as efficient but avoids the overhead of banks, taxes, transportation, accountants, insurance and other costs of formal businesses. 

This is just some random thoughts this morning,
~ Chris Soler
The Last Alger Sunday Market!
Halloween Market
Sunday, October 30th
Where: Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Ln.
When: Sundays, 1-5 pm

At our Halloween Market we will have our usual assortment of fresh and sweet vegetables and fruits.  Our market is also a great place to pick up unique gifts for the holidays: beautiful handmade jewelry, interesting books, wind chimes, handmade rugs, face cloths, lovely new soaps, beautiful hair dreads, house plants, and cosmetics, just to name a few.  There will also be fabulous, yummy treats and hot spiced cider.
Hope to see you there.  Spread the word!
  • Market from 1 - 5 pm
  • Potluck at 6:00 pm
  • The Dance of the Witches Performance at 7:30
Come join in the fun.  Don't forget to spread the word.  Thanks everyone!

~Michelle of Mimi's Garden

Tomorrow!  October 25th!

Fire in the Anacortes Forest Lands is the second talk in the Times of Change: Living in a Time of Shifting Climate lecture series. 
Coming up in November!

The Changing Food Web of Puget Sound and What it Means for Salmon

Join Transition Fidalgo & Friends for a community supper on 
Tuesday, November 29, at 5:45 pm 
at the Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.
Our presentation this evening is part of our Times of Changes series, and is co-sponsored by the by the Skagit Climate Science Consortium.
The Changing Food Web of Puget Sound and What it Means for Salmon will be presented by Correigh Greene, Ph.D. Dr. Greene is a fish population ecologist with NOAA, and currently works at the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. He has studied the Skagit River salmon extensively and is a founding member of the Skagit Climate Science Consortium...
Read more.

Save the date!

Our third annual
Chuckanut Transition
 Lighting the Dark: Swapping, Dining, Learning, Burning Event
will be
Saturday, January 21, 2017
at the Alger Community Hall.

We have bartered for the talented services of musician and story teller, Harper Stone, the lead percussionist for Hot Damn Scandal.  The evening will start off with a seed swap and potluck.  After, Chuck Nafziger will be sharing his photos and experience with mason bees, and once again we will cap off the evening with burn sculptures.

Happy Fall!
~ Chuckanut Transition Initiating Group

    Pictured above is John Boettcher lighting his "Hummingbird" at our 2016 event.

Skagit River Level Hotline will provide updates during flood events.

More info.



3606 LEGG Road



Come and see what we have done to the hall with the money we have made on previous auctions




Please come help support our Community Hall at our most important fundraiser of the year!  

We request your items for donation! Your donations are tax-deductible, and we are open to receive them at the Hall on Monday 11/7, Tuesday 11/8, Wednesday 11/9 between 6:00 and 8:00pm. For special drop off times, please call Steve at 360/770-7979

Hickson Community Holiday Bazzar

Saturday, November 19th,
9 am - 3 pm
Hickson Community Hall - 20594 Prairie Rd.

Will be a fun day with lots of homemade crafts, our Community bake sale, and so much more!!

We will also have a food and coat drive so please bring donations.

Looking for a few more Vendors.  Spaces are $20.00 and approximately 8x5 feet!! Please pre-pay before Nov. 11th.  We do fill up fast.  To reserve a space, call 724-2030. 

Thank you!
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Chuckanut Transition Skillshare Series
will begin with the Lighting the Dark Event, January 21, 2017!

January- Mason bees and other beneficial garden insects 
February - Medicinal herb gardens 
March - Hand tool sharpening and care/basic carpentry
April - Edible weeds


Skillshare topics were chosen based on the skillshare survey results.
​Stay tuned for more details!

Wed. Oct 26 and Sat. Oct 29 Only!

Bellingham Premier of
SEED: The Untold Story  This award winning documentary,  follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. 
In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. 

At Pickford Cinema
More info.

Hosted by Transition Whatcom

Skillshare - Harvest Time For Mason Bee Cacoons

October 30 from 12 - 2 pm
at the Chuckanut Center (north of Fairhaven Park)
More information.

To see a complete event calendar or to sign up go here:
Speak Up! Speak Out!
is an independent news program that broadcasts out of Skagit Valley Community College's KSVR 91.7 FM radio station.
This is a great way to stay informed on local issues that effect our foodshed.
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Or stream audio files from website.

Living With Clarity and Courage in a Warming World
- October 5, 2016

Anacortes resident Evelyn Adams gave an eloquent talk to a live audience during the People's Climate Conference as part of the Break Free from Fossil Fuels events last May. Entitled "Living with Clarity and Courage in a Warming World," Evelyn's presentation received a standing ovation. Today's show features that talk with a brief introduction by host Ginny Wolff. The show includes music by Carolyn McDade from her album of climate-change inspired compositions called "My Heart is Moved."

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