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Welcome

The Center for Local Self-Reliance (CLSR) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization based in Bellingham, Washington. 

The CLSR is on a mission to renovate and revitalize the historic Caretaker's House and Gardens at the former Fairhaven Rose Garden, while offering a space for community members to practice and teach gardening and food preservation skills.

Located on the northern end of Washington Scenic Highway 11, we steward 1.8 acres of land in Fairhaven Park.  Our volunteers have developed flourishing gardens providing food for local individuals, schools and our southside food bank.  Our park facilities are open to the public during daylight hours.

The historic Caretakers House was built in 1914 and is currently celebrating it's centennial anniversary.  Our restoration efforts will be completed in 2015.