What A Weekend in the School Garden!

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–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

Letter to the Editor: The Kids Are Leading the Way

— by Adrienne Reed, of Plant for the Planet — Plant for the Planet is coming to Orcas Island on Saturday, February 14th for a free Climate Ambassador training of youth ages 8-14,  from 9 a.m. until 5:30.at Orcas Island Elementary School in the Gymnasium. Parents are optional and welcome, but … Continue reading