Editorial: Make Your Support of ORS/The Exchange Known

Persuade Council to Add Funding for Site Road — by Margie Doyle — This is a call to action from those who support The Exchange and Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) in its mission to ““Build a zero-waste community through service, education and stewardship of Orcas Island’s waste and resource streams.” … Continue reading

Calendula Workshop A “Salvy” Success

The first workshop held in our Public School Garden was on July 23. Those who came made calendula salve from the garden’s own flowers, dried and steeped in oil for more than 3 weeks, and beeswax. They experimented with adding dock, fresh petals, lavender and blackberry. If you have a … Continue reading

“Open Garden Gate Thursdays”

"Open Garden Gate Thursday" bounty

…in the School Garden, and more! — from Madie Murray for Farm to Classroom — Join kids and counselors from Camp Orkila and Kaleidoscope for “Open Garden Gate Thursdays” in the public school garden from 9:30 to 3:30 each Thursday until August 27 to harvest, weed, water and play. All … Continue reading

The School Garden Goes to Market

A sampling of what will be for sale from the school garden this Saturday

This Saturday, July 11th, the amazing bounty growing in our school garden will be available for the first time ever from 10a to 3p at the Farmer’s Market on the Village Green! Purchase will be in the way of donations to Farm to Cafeteria and all proceeds will go right … Continue reading

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