Farmers Market: A Summer Tradition for Locals and Visitors

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— by Margie Doyle — The Orcas Island Farmers Market may be the greatest single tourist attraction on the island, but it is also a summer Saturday tradition for many islanders. Which is only fitting, because only Orcas Islanders can sell their products –whether farm produce, dairy or crafted items … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Meetings to Address Proposed Farming Regs


Wednesday, August 26, from 4-5:30 at the Eastsound Firehall — by Sandy Strehlou — Dear Friends of Local Agriculture: I am writing to encourage you to attend one of the following meetings on the proposed greenhouse regs. The San Juan Island meeting is [Tuesday] afternoon at Brickworks. There will be … Continue reading

Exchange Progress Public Forum on Tuesday

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Tuesday, August 25,  5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from the Orcas Recycling Services/The Exchange newsletter (reprinted from Aug. 18)– Save the date! The team at ORS/The Exchange wants to update you, in person, on what we’ve been up to! Please join staff and the board of directors on … Continue reading

The Current State of Island Agriculture: Greenhouse Regulations Proposed

Orcas -Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. at Eastsound Fire Hall Lopez – Thursday, August 27 at 4 p.m. at Lopez Library — from Peggy Bill, County Agriculture Resources Committee Coordinator — San Juan County Council is currently considering adoption of new regulations that would be applied to greenhouses and … Continue reading

School Garden Prep and Pizza Party

Saturday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Orcas School Garden –by Colleen Steward, School Garden Keeper– The original school garden area has been “resting” for a couple of years to replenish the soil and revitalize its spirit. It produced joyously every year since 1995 and deserved the time off. … Continue reading

Master Gardeners Offer Fall Gardening Workshop

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Myth-busting Garden Professor to Speak at Master Gardeners’ 2015 Fall Gardening Workshop Saturday, Oct. 10 in Friday Harbor from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  — from San Juan County Master Gardeners — The San Juan County Master Gardeners have changed their popular biennial gardening workshop from spring to fall. The … Continue reading

Help Make Our Pizzas Happen

Farm to Cafeteria Pizza Thursdays at Doe Bay — by Madie Murray — Those who have come to a pizza party in the public school garden or had lunch in our school cafeteria know that the Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program helps fund plants, materials and tools for the … Continue reading

Editorial: Make Your Support of ORS / The Exchange Known


Persuade Council to Add Funding for Site Road —Update, Monday, Aug. 3: The County Council meets on this matter on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 9:15 a.m. at 350 Court St #1, in Friday Harbor, directly west of the County courthouse. Thanks to Ellen Edwardson — by Margie Doyle — This … 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”

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…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