Our founding board members had the vision and energy to take on the restoration and re-purposing of an historical asset of the City of Bellingham. We began our work in 2009 and were granted our occupancy status on April 1, 2017. Click here for a brief history of the restoration process.
Our current board members:
Shannon Maris, President
Residential design by trade, love of plants, food, community, and living lighter and in balance on the earth all pointed to being involved in the development and transformation of Chuckanut Center. I am always looking for the win-win-win opportunity of connecting people and dots so once again Chuckanut Center has the potential to benefit others in many ways.
The last seven years of house restoration and garden creation has also given me the opportunity to work with a great team of folks and have broadened my skill sets in roofing, house repair, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, concrete work, drainage, fence building, soil remediation, rain water catchment, patience and much more.
I love dogs and will admit to having a personality like a border collie. Give me a task (aka tennis ball) and if at all possible I will fetch that ball until I find another one to chase. There are oh so many tennis balls to chase at Chuckanut Center, I can see myself being entertained for quite awhile.
Great food growing in the gardens, lovely location, almost finished house soon to be teaching great classes both indoors and outdoors, a focus on community and resilient skills and living, fun annual events - all things I am looking forward to and happy to on the team making it happen.
Jean Kroll, Secretary
Jean has had an interest in community resilience through urban homesteading since the early 2000s and has been involved in Chuckanut Center since 2008. She has served as Board Secretary and has managed a garden plot, been a regular garden volunteer and has helped with fundraising, work parties and events. Jean believes that the future lies in resilient communities -- that grow food, share skills and have fun together!
Born and raised in Bellingham and living in Ferndale with her family, Erin holds this little corner of the world near and dear to her heart. She learned about her love of gardens and her green thumb while working with herbs in a production nursery. So she planted her first garden in the back yard of a rental and hasn't stopped . Erin also worked for a number of years in community recreation programming and as an environmental education teacher just out of college. Now her professional life is in event planning for non-profits and team facilitation for businesses. At home she's an urban homesteader, where her families 1/4 acre neighborhood lot sports many chickens, rabbits, a gigantic vegtable garden and a lot of fruits. She loves to can, cook and entertain friends and be outside in the sunshine.
She can't wait to get her hands dirty in the gardens of Chuckanut Center, utilize the beautiful house for instruction and gatherings and work to building the center as an important resource for individuals wanting to be more self sufficient, feel more food secure, connect to other like minded community members and grow a network of urban homesteaders.
We are located at the northern end of Chuckanut Drive and steward 1.8 acres of land in Fairhaven Park in Bellingham, Washington.
Chuckanut Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization based in Bellingham, WA.
Contact us at ChuckanutCenter@gmail.com