This week's edition of Cascadian Now Store Spotlight features Olympia-based shop, Cascadian Craft. With many original designs, Cascadian Craft boasts a number of hand-printed (with environmentally friendly water-based inks!) shirts and bandanas.
Welcome to the first edition of our CascadiaNow! Store Spotlight! First up: Seattle Flag Makers. Carol Anderson, owner of Seattle Flag Makers, has been in the flag making business for 35 years (before the conception of the Doug flag itself!) so it is safe to say we trusted her when she told us our flags are being made by one of the top printers in the country.
During the month of June, 20,000 people will be coming together to conduct a Pacific Northwest megaquake readiness exercise called 'Cascadia Rising' to practice emergency response techniques for the large-scale quake that inevitably threatens our bioregion.
In September 2015, the Downtown Bellingham Partnership brought together all the major graphic design studios in their area to donate some of their time and skill ito create a flag that they felt best represented the city of Bellingham. After several months of internal review by the Partnership and a public voting process, a design created by Lariat Creative was chosen as the contest winner for its unique design and representation of different historic, cultural, and geographic aspects of Bellingham.
“Creating bioregional economies that support equity and diverse local employment and international fair trade.”
“Buy Local” signs or stickers are in the window of some shops you walk by. Maybe you have seen an advertisement for the local Sunday farmers market. No matter how big or small the city you live in, local goods and services are always available. Even in the face of large corporations and international businesses, a local mom and pop shop is always right around the corner. But why?
Rock-climbing enthusiast and fellow Cascadian, Dallin Wilson, demonstrates how we can all increase our health and happiness by living a bioregional lifestyle. He has been climbing for as long as he can remember. Wilson enjoys the physical and mental health of connecting with the great outdoors in such a thrilling way. “There is something so pure about climbing. Something so simple yet epic: putting a human against nature in such a dramatic way,” Wilson said.
One Planet Living outlines ten key principles of living a bioregional lifestyle. To celebrate bioregion and Cascadia, we will begin a ten week series on each of the ten principles, exploring them each in more depth. “Why are they important?”, “What does it look like in Cascadia?”, “What can I or fellow Cascadians do?” These are just a few of the questions this series will aim to answer about each of the ten principles.
Cascadian, organizer, bioregionalist, family member, partner, and friend Leif Brecke passed away last Wednesday evening. Leif was incredibly well-loved and is very deeply missed. One of the greatest advocates for bioregionalism, socioeconomic justice, Leif dedicated his adult life, and the past several years working towards permaculture, mycology, open governance systems, a more just society, and was a wealth of information and insights.