A Roving Workparty

Transition Initiatives are living out the saying "Many hands make light work" in so many ways! From gathering in-kind donations to tearing out sod and turning lawns into bio-diverse gardens. Gardening to live music? with friends? Sounds lovely. Thanks to Laura Sellens for sharing this report with us!

The workPARTY was our first try at a Roving Workparty around Whatcom County that will hopefully solidify as a monthly event.  The vision is that we can swarm neighborhood Transition Initiatives, workgroup projects, or resilience-related projects of other local existing groups, giving a fresh burst of energy to each.  This project was a collaboration with Transition Southside and the Center for Local Self-Reliance, who were happy to have some help putting in a perimeter deer fence that will protect their gardens.  We got donations of apples for fresh cider, food, a lovely banner, and about $250 worth of prizes including 3 massages that we gave away at intervals, and also had a local band come down and play for us!  It was amazing how much our local businesses supported our efforts.

It was a lovely event and the work we got done on the fence exceeded the Center's expectations for the day!  In addition, building skills were exercised and connections were made between community members.  December's workparty is still in the works but we're thinking tree planting with Transition Goshen and the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association. 

And then here's the poem:

Today is the Day of the Dead.
Transition themes storming my head-
my life, post-peak oil, the state of our soil,
"awh...can't I just go back to bed?"

No, I can't, 'cause Transition's a verb.
(And a name, and a balm, like an herb.)
There's choices to make, and actions to take,
with the power to heal or perturb.

I strive for an element of grace
in these challenging times that we face.
But today I'm bereaved in the paradigms I believed in-
Beliefs I'll have to replace. (at a fast pace)

But how I'm inspired by creation!
and instincts of regeneration-
Oh, and on that note, please remember to vote,
let's rebuild an engaged, active nation!

Transition time, now is the season-
You know in your bones all the reasons.
Let's do all we can and start making a (Energy Descent Action) Plan,
grow food, and build hives to keep bees in!

Thank you for witnessing my yearning
I feel awkward but I'm trying, and I'm learning.
I know we're far better off working together
and I hope that your trust I am earning.

Cheers, and thanks,

Laura Sellens
Transition Whatcom Operating Group (TWOG)

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