Noxious Weed Alert! Yellow Archangel Not as Nice as it Sounds

– by Gwen Stamm, Kate Yturri – Yellow Archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon) is an attractive ornamental ground cover found in San Juan County. It is classified as a Class B noxious weed in Washington State, and control is required county-wide. It is a noxious weed because it easily becomes invasive, forming … Continue reading

Spring Gardening Workshop

Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Friday Harbor Middle School – from Gwen Stamm – The WSU Master Gardeners’ Spring Gardening Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, April 26 at Friday Harbor Middle School on San Juan Island. The theme, Sustainable Gardening in Your Own Backyard, will be a … Continue reading

Come Learn About Biochar, and more…

Renel Anderson, President & CEO Biochar Supreme

at the San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit March 7 and 8 — Orcas Public School Everyone Welcome! by Madie Murray – Biochar is for anyone interested in growing plants (and composting), from the home gardener to commercial farmer. Biochar is charcoal that is created by charing biomass (dry branches, hay, leaves, … Continue reading

Garden Club Explores Orcas’ Microclimates

Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Madrona Room, Orcas Center – from Jan Jacobsen – John Willis continues his family’s gathering of weather records to this day, making it 125 continuous years of information gathered by the Willis family.  They are the only family in the nation who … Continue reading

Farm to Classroom Students Learn About Rainwater and Irrigation

 – by Madie Murray – Students in our K-6 Farm to Classroom project had two visitors last week: Ken Blair with RainBank LLC who enthusiastically related facts about rainwater and the importance of conservation and catchment; and Craig Sanders with Island Irrigation here on Orcas Island who gave demos of PSI … Continue reading

Farm to Classroom Tree Celebrates The “Seeds That You Plant”

– by Madie Murray – If you visit the Rosario Mansion between now and the end of the year, a host of beautiful, whimsical, magical and delightful trees will greet you as you enter. For the third year in a row, the Mansion has welcomed non-profits to decorate a tree and … Continue reading

Farm to Cafeteria Launches a Crowd-Funding Campaign!

from Madie Murray The Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program has put together an innovative and exciting way for you to keep the school garden a vibrant outdoor classroom and healthy, fresh local foods in our school meals!  Crowd-funding is a new Internet-based way of supporting projects such as non-profit fundraisers…no … Continue reading