Bioregional Blooms

Find your local Bloom to get involved in regenerative projects. Blooms can take many forms, from meetups, to a media team, to physical community centers. Through Bloom, people form deep friendships, get inspired, learn and create together.

Click on the picture of each local network to see upcoming events and recent reports. Bloom encourages local chapters to organize by their “watershed“, to help people connect with Earth and each other.

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Bloom Baltimore produces Mushroom City Art Festival and smaller events throughout the year.

Mushroom City Art Festival is an informative and interactive exploration of mushrooms, which focuses on foraging, identification, cultivation, and psilocybin research.

Art and music inspired by this mysterious mycelial life form are featured alongside hands on workshops and educational discussions revealing the many real world applications for mushroom cultivation in contemporary urban life.

Bloom Baltimore is also piloting a mycoremediation project in Johnston Square, to remove toxins from soil in an empty lot so it can be used for food production. The project is called Rhizae Renewal Collective.

Lead organizer: Robin Gunkel

Bloom Bay Area is the birthplace of Bloom Network’s conference for regenerative futures, Pollination. Pollination brings different industry and social movement leaders together to collaborate, play, and build capacity together toward regenerative relationships. Since 2009 Bloom organizers have been building bridges between technologists, farmers, community organizers, artists, policy makers and international business leaders, through local events and ongoing networking. The Decriminalize Nature movement emerged from leaders who met at a Bloom Bay Area event.

The Bay Area is traditional Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone territory. Residents can contribute a voluntary land tax to the Ohlone people here: https://sogoreate-landtrust.com/shuumi-land-tax

Organizers since 2008: Magenta Ceiba, Torie Beedle, Alisha Morton, Erich Lindemann, Larry Norris, Lindsay Morriss, Ryan Hoffman, Ric Victores, Kristin Maher, Alexis Van Meeteren, Regina Gelfo.

Bloom Boulder produces an annual benefit concert for Pine Ridge Reservation. They’re connected with Starwater Magick, an elixir bar for events.

Matt Bovard is Bloom’s “agent” and poet laureate in Boulder – he hosts a Wednesday night open mic poetry jam, a good place to find out about local actions and get involved, and to hear Matt’s transcendental poetry.

 

Bloom Columbia, Missouri (CoMO) has received approval for a proposal to a diverse city middle school to beautify two sad grey courtyards. Littered with trash, a home for bees, and a smattering of natural plants stewarded by a science teacher, it leaves everything to the imagination. We want to glorify and preserve the bees while making it a space that safely inspires. We also plan to connect a local musician’s program with a stage for the children to hear on their morning walk throughs in the courtyards. The children are not generally allowed to linger due to fights – but we can teach children how simple it is to be responsible for changing the view.

Proposal includes a dreaming exercise with staff and students that says:

 

The walled garden is bereft of sun
but we can bring the sun into places.
There are 4 walls in your courtyards,
and a sidewalk.
What colors, shapes, sculpture, flowers
plants, trees, scenes, things that hang, or paintings,
would you love to see out the window
and remember when you pass by?

 Lead organizer: Meg Rivers

Asociación Biocultural Proyecto Fe AC: destinada a crear espacios multiculturales donde se convoque a la comunidad de Ahome para incentivar el intercambio de conocimientos en ámbitos multidisciplinarios con enfoque en desarrollo ecológico, urbano y rural.

Plasmamos ideas creativas en acciones concretas que promuevan la participación ciudadana en proyectos innovadores, renovadores y de transformación socio-ambiental en la región.

English Translation:
AC Fe Biocultural Association Project: creates multicultural spaces to convene Ahome community to encourage the sharing of knowledge in multidisciplinary areas with a focus on ecological, urban and rural development.

We capture creative ideas into concrete actions that promote citizen participation in innovative projects, renovations and socio-environmental transformation in the region.

 

Lead organizer: Jose Acosta

 

 

The Nicoya Peninsula Bloom in Costa Rica is anchored at GreenWave, a network of the people and organizations of the Santa Teresa, Cobano, and Montezuma areas that seek to protect, beautify, and help rejuvenate our surrounding communities through creative, sustainable, and inspiring events and actions.

They host permaculture trainings, develop local policy, have a weekly film night, rehabilitate the local scarlet macaw population, and do lots of fun youth projects toward zero waste.

Awards: “2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits.

Also check out lead organizer Janine Jordan’s book about the magic of rave culture. <3


 

Bloom Northbay operates a community center called IntegriTea that is a teahouse, art gallery, healing and events space in Vallejo, CA. They’re open on Saturdays and for special events. They make reishi and schisandra berry honeys for health and host community discussions and education nights with local leaders and activists.

Lead organizers: Alison Laytham and Howard Redding

 

Bloom Northeast US

The northeast US, from New York up through Maine, is beginning to organize a comprehensive regional food system rooted in healthy soils, payment for ecosystem as a service, and food justice. Some of this has been catalyzed through the Northeast Healthy Soil Network Symposiums held at Tufts University (see summary of outcomes). Bloom organizers in Manchester, NH are coordinating with leaders in this network to help share the emerging bioregional governance forum structure, to assist with state policy and regional food sovereignty.

Home to Bloom’s Community working group, Bloom Whangarei is creating a regional Northland Burn called Snailed-It. They host benefit gatherings for various local issues and are closely connected with The Quarry Arts Center. Bloom Whangarei recently received a grant to do soil sponge restoration in suburban backyards, for floodwater prevention and to encourage people to connect with nature.

When you receive emails from Bloom Network, this is why there are Maori words in them! Maori are the indigenous people in Aotearoa, or what English-speaking people call New Zealand.

Lead organizer: Hannah Mitchell

Find or start your local Bloom to participate in skillshares, discussion and hands-on actions with local regenerative initiatives.

Successful Projects

Bloom Network has spawned over 50 independent businesses and engaged 80,000 participants worldwide. Our whole systems framework helps people collaborate across movements and sectors to activate our collective potential.

Bloom organizers include prominent local leaders, civic activists, healers, CEO’s, artists and scientists. Here are a few examples of what we’re spearheading:

 

Coalitions

Members in Long Beach created Long Beach Fresh, a coalition that networks, supports and strengthens the city’s local food businesses. Bloom Los Mochis, Mexico collaborates with the city government and 17 local NGO’s to build a network of ecoparks across the city, with community gardens and gatherings. Baltimore leaders helped develop a complementary currency, the B-Note, which is now accepted in over 170 independent local businesses.

Decolonize Consciousness / Anti-Colonial Solidarity is a Facebook group that was started to address the systemic oppression issues within our former parent company and connected social movements. Over 3,000 people strong, it’s a place for peer-education and is now moving toward coordinating actions.

 

Hands on Actions

Most local Bloom chapters work in collaboration with existing organizations and communities in their regions, to bring more people to participate in local actions to restore, repair, and improve their local landscapes and social conditions. From simple beach clean-ups, to “Permaculture Blitzes” where people get together to build out infrastructure and gardens on urban land plots and rural ecovillages, to sophisticated political campaigns, for example decriminalizing entheogens.

 

 

Community Centers

Several Blooms have established permanent community centers. For example, Bloom Vallejo runs a tea house called IntegriTea. It hosts community healing nights, art exhibits, music and lectures. They also coordinate a street team that is working with local civic groups to reduce violence. Bloom Yuba Watershed is partnered with Elixart, an herbal elixir bar that also hosts community educational and networking events. Bloom Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica is based at Green Wave, a permaculture demonstration home that hosts workshops, consulting, and fiscal sponsorship for nearby organizations

Media

Members of Bloom LA created Seeds the Game, a video game that teaches kids how to garden. Bloom Yuba Watershed folks are collaborating with an AR (augmented reality) startup that is forming under the leadership of indigenous creators. Bloom Network’s original incarnation was as an online social network (the parent company of which has now pivoted), coupled with a web magazine which had 250,000 unique visitors per month. In 2019 we’re beginning to re-activate an interactive media website and online social sharing where Bloom members and organizers can share stories about their local achievements and struggles, to boost the signal of positive future crafting and the incredible array of regenerative projects we’re participating in together.

Skill Shares

Across the globe, Boom hosts skillshare workshops on topics such as composting, civic policy making, conflict resolution, cryptocurrency, herbalism, and more. These happen both through small meetups and larger annual festivals.

All together, these projects prepare a global network of communities to buffer the coming impacts from Climate Change and a rapidly transforming economic landscape. We take an artistic, creative approach, connecting the solutions that exist now and helping more people participate in them.