Guest Editorial: Good People Grace Our Garden

Colleen and our water guru, Craig

— by Madie Murray for the Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program — There are so many unsung heroes on our Island. It would take a novel to laud them all. But I’d like to mention three that have given so much to our Public School Garden over the past … Continue reading

Share Your Garden Bounty — Gleaners Can Help!

— from Pegi Groundwater — Summer has come early this year and the warmth and dryness that we have experienced means that gardens are brimming with fresh produce. If you participated in the Orcas Master Gardeners’ “Plant a Row” Program, now is the time to start delivering the food from … Continue reading

County Agriculturists Unveil Iconic Pig

by Bruce Yao

— from the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild — Friday, July 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Brickworks in Friday Harbor This little piggy went to market… Guests are invited to come for an awesome, locally sourced dinner, root around at the Friday Art Market and celebrate the arrival … Continue reading

Welcome to the 2015 WSU Master Gardener Interns

— from Connie Domenech — Congratulations to 26 new WSU Master Gardener Interns!  After completing  well over 60 hours of in-class and online training, the new WSU Master Gardener Interns will be completing their volunteer hours through various community education activities. Welcome to the following new interns: Blakely Island:  Linda Whitcomb … Continue reading

New Call-Before-You-Dig Laws

Increased oversight and penalties — from OPALCO — Utilities, excavators and the public are all affected by a new call-before-you-dig law that includes more rigorous enforcement, mandatory damage reporting and higher penalties. The intent of the law is to improve communication between utilities and excavators/homeowners and decrease damage to underground … Continue reading

Soil — the Solution for Climate Change?

Workshops on Lopez and San Juan Islands May 30-31 — from the San Juans Conservation District — Grow soil, regenerate the land and be a part of a solution for climate change! You have an incredible opportunity to join Peter Donovan to learn the basics of soil carbon science and … Continue reading

What A Weekend in the School Garden!


–by Colleen Stewart, School Garden Keeper — Thank you Americorps Volunteers! On a sunny Saturday, a team of six NCCC Americorps volunteers from around the country worked in our school garden assembling pallet platforms for mural painting, fixing gates with spring closures, securing the compost and worm bin doors with … Continue reading

History Matinee: When Orcas Was an Apple Orchard

apple tree bloom feature

Sunday, May 17 at 3 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall In the year 1909, at the height of its fruit industry, the orchards of Orcas Island boasted 76,731 apple trees that bore more than 41 varieties of fruit with such exotic names as Red Astrachan, Blue Pearmain, Reinette, Blenheim, … Continue reading

BirdFest: All Things Bird and Beautiful

Kim Middleton with her fine-feathered friend

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce ramps up the 2nd Annual BirdFest, April 30 to May 3  — by Margie Doyle — Lovers of all things “bird” and beautiful can indulge their passion in a multitude of events at the second annual Orcas Island Birdfest – All Things Bird and Beautiful. … Continue reading

Chelsea Leaves the School Garden for Adventure and Education

Colleen Stewart steps into her boots — by Madie Murray — We are saddened by Chelsea Cates leaving us, but so excited about the future she is planning for herself. She will soon be hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with her partner, Evan Allred, then returning to school to study … Continue reading

Native Plant Sale and Expo — Spring’s Here!

Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to noon — from Jane Wentworth, Master Gardener Foundation — The Master Gardener Foundation and the San Juan Islands Conservation District bring you the 2015 Annual Native Plant Sale and Expo. Pre-ordered plants pick-up will be March 21st on San Juan, Lopez and Orcas … Continue reading