May 112011

A couple of months ago Transition Whatcom announced that they were going to award $350 grants for projects that supported the idea of self-reliance and resilience promoted by the Transition Movement. Recently we were notified that the Curry Orchard Project was one of three grantees in Whatcom County.

The award letter from Transition Whatcom read in part:

“Thank you for your submission to the Transition Whatcom 350 Home and Garden Challenge Request for Proposals.  We are happy to offer you $350 in grant funding for your Orchard Rehabilitation Project.  Inspirational ideas like yours are a critical part of our positive vision for the future.  We received many well-designed concepts and selecting the projects to support was not an easy task. In addition to your rural project, we selected urban proposals from the Bellingham Senior Center garden project and the BUGS community garden project.  These  submissions fit best both our definition of a successful project  for the 350 Home and Garden Challenge and the scope of our weekend installation. More detailed descriptions of these proposals will be made available on the Transition Whatcom website. Thanks so much for your entry. We appreciate your continued efforts in the work of Transition, making Whatcom County a more resilient and self reliant community. By working together we can start changing the world!”

We are proud of this recognition and happy to get the dough which will help us fund the finishing up of the orchard: a few more trees (to be planted in the fall), irrigation lines and refurbishing of the shed next to the orchard so we can store supplies and equipment and, of course, the on going maintenance required by 30+ fruit trees.

Stop by the Curry Preserve (Nugent Road entrance) sometime and see the transformation.


  One Response to “Orchard Project Awarded Grant”

  1. Great job Randy for ‘sticking your nose under their tent’. Hooda thought, little ole Lummi Island would win a prize?
    Many thanks go to all the Orchardists, volunteers, donors, LIHT, and Transition Whatcom for getting us from blackberries to our own little fruit stand someday.
    There’s a gathering of like minded thinkers at Boundary Bay Brewery this coming Sunday, at 7 pm. I’ll be talking about the current project and more orchards sometime in the future. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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