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Mason Bee - Fall workshop - Harvesting the Cocoons

IT’S HARVEST TIME FOR THE MASON BEE COCOONS…Sunday, October 30th12:00 – 2:00 PMChuckanut Center107 N. Chuckanut Dr. (north of Fairhaven Park entrance)$10 suggested donation Register at (470) 236-8374 or email chuckanutcenter@gmail.com
Class Description:
Fall is the time to harvest the mason bee cocoons to help the bees thrive, not just survive!!!!Leaving them outdoors allows them to be unprotected from pests and weather elements. We will be opening up the tubes, reeds, or wood trays we have to separate the cocoons from pests. We will then overwinter them to keep them safe & protected.If we don't do this, we will more than likely begin losing our mason bees to pests. Come find out how to harvest mason bee cocoons so you get more bees for next season for your own garden or share them with friends.All ages welcome…especially children. Teacher : Suki Aufhauser
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Plant Sale: May 14th Tomatoes, Hostas, Rhubarb and much, much more!

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A Big Thank You to those who helped our successful Sale:
Dirty Knees Nursery for donation of herb plants
Sound Horticulture for donations of plants and supplements
Signs by Tomorrow for our advertising banners  And
Gluten-Free Angels for donation of treats for our hardworking Garden Committee staff. 
The core of the Annual Chuckanut Center Spring plant sale is our collection of heirloom tomato and pepper varieties. We are planning on a larger range of plants this year: many more vegetables, including short season heirloom eggplants, tomatillos, lettuce, strawberries, hostas, cucumbers, and ground cherries.
With nearly 100 heirloom tomato varieties, you are certain to find a favorite.
All tomatoes will be priced at $2 and specialty plants $5
The Annual Chuckanut Center Spring plant sale is on Saturday May 14th from 10am-2pm.
Getting here:http://www.chuckanutcenter.org/p/getting-here.html
We are the only local source for these:
Sporospelka - early, delicious small red Czech Yellow Cherry Orange …

Event: Bokashi: Urban Composting using Fermentation

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Bokashi means "fermented organic matter" in Japanese.
This composting method is great for those lacking the space for a traditional compost set-up because it is done right in your kitchen with a five gallon bucket.

The process is complete, ready to add nutrients to the soil, in one month!

We will learn how to use the Bokashi system from in your kitchen, to creating your own starter, to how to add the rich microbial finished product to your garden, planters, or existing compost bin.

Class May 7th 1:30-2:30

Donations to support the Center and Teacher appreciated 

Getting to Chuckanut Center 
We are located in Bellingham's South neighborhood, at 107 Chuckanut Drive North in Fairhaven Park, a short walk from the Fairhaven shopping district.

Getting here on foot: From Fairhaven, walk south on 12th St. and cross the Padden Creek bridge. We are immediately on your left after crossing the bridge. Or, you could walk along Padden Creek on the Interurban Trail and follow the signs …

Abe Lloyd's Indigenous foods and plant Walk

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Go register for one of his courses! Salal, Cascadian Food Institute: http://www.cascadianfood.net/contact/
Posted by Elise Cziraky on Monday, April 4, 2016

Join us for a Beer?

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We had a tremendous night and lots of community support for our mission, much fun was had, music enjoyed and laughter.  Thanks so much for joining us!

Class Events Walks and Bugs day

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CLASS- How to Divide Hostas and Rhubarb

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Join Carolyn Baumgarten and the rest of the garden folks at our free class

Dividing Hostas and Rhubarb in the Spring

Saturday, March 5. 2016  Noon to 1pm 

Donations to support the Center and Teacher appreciated  Getting to Chuckanut Center 
We are located in Bellingham's South neighborhood, at 107 Chuckanut Drive North in Fairhaven Park, a short walk from the Fairhaven shopping district.

Getting here on foot: From Fairhaven, walk south on 12th St. and cross the Padden Creek bridge. We are immediately on your left after crossing the bridge. Or, you could walk along Padden Creek on the Interurban Trail and follow the signs to Fairhaven Park.

Getting here by bicycle: Basically follow the same routes as walking. Chuckanut Drive is a major arterial running north and south. Secure bicycle parking is provided on site.

Getting here by bus:
Route 105 connects downtown/WWU/Fairhaven and has a bus stop directly in front of our site.
Route 14 connects Downtown/WWU/Fairhaven and requires a two block…

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Garden Proposal

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Invitation to Potential Gardeners

Mission Statement:  The Chuckanut Center grows Food, Skills and a Resilient Community.

Our organization partners with individuals and other organizations to create is looking for a wide variety of educational gardens that support and demonstrate our mission statement.

We are currently accepting applications for educational gardens for 2017 and beyond.

Garden proposals are evaluated once a year for the garden space available for the start of the Spring garden season.

Proposals will be evaluated for those that best align with the mission of Chuckanut Center.

Garden Proposals will be collected by the Garden Coordinator, reviewed by the Garden Committee and forwarded to the Board for final approval. You will be notified once we have completed our review, most likely by late March if your proposal has been approved

We support proposals that either directly donate food to community, through entities causes such as the Food Bank,  or provide an educatio…

Heirloom Seed Swap

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Heirloom Seed Swap - Bellingham's 8th Annual
Sunday January 31st 2016      Doors Open 3pm-4:30pm at the Magestic Ballroom Corner of North Forest and Maple St. 

"Honoring Biodiversity of Seeds for Food & Medicine"
* Amateur & Professional Seed-Savers Welcomed.
* Seed-Potatoes & Permaculture - Edible Tubers Too!

Past Volunteers & Seed-Savers Sign-Up for Task to Arrive Early!
Sign Up Genius - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0545aba62ea3f85-heirloom
Or Email Volunteer Coordinator:
Naomi at: seedswapvolunteer@gmail.com

Donations of Seeds & Currency Supports this Community Event.


SPONSORS:
Sustainable Bellingham - http://www.sustainablebellingham.org/about-us/ .

Chuckanut Center- Formerly the Center for Local Self-Reliance

Salish Seed Guild - http://salishseed.weebly.com/ . -https://www.facebook.com/salishseedcoop?fref=nf .

Transition Whatcom - http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/

Grow Northwest Magazine- https://www.facebook.com/Grow-Northwest-Magazine-353571521072/

Livin…

2015

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With winter in full swing our top priority was getting heat into the house.  We scrapped the 1950's gas heater since it hadn't been functioning since 1999, and updated to an electric heat pump which was professionally installed by Feller Heating.  Volunteers are really appreciating a much more temperate work environment on Saturday mornings!
We have been working with the Sustainable Connections Community Energy Challenge team to update all of our energy related projects.  Click here to learn more about their work in our community. As winter moved into spring we focused on electrical and plumbing details. We installed a ceiling fan in the bathroom and completed the extensive modifications required to provide disability access to future users The kitchen is now set up to accommodate a commercial style 3 compartment sink in addition to a hand washing sink. By mid-spring we were completing construction of the arched wall now separating the former living room and kitchen. To wrap things …

Caretaker's House Images

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