To Be or Not to Bee Safe

Sunday August 3, at  2:30 p.m. upstairs at the Orcas Food Co-op – by Chom Graecen – Gardeners beware. Some “bee friendly” plants that you buy may end up harming, instead of, helping bees. The health of honey bees, bumble bees and other pollinators have been under serious threat and … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: A Bountiful Garden in the Heart of Eastsound

– by Antoinette Botsford – The Eastsound Planning Review committee (EPRC), County Public Works and the County Council from time to time discuss what is to be done with the lot, 50×100, that is bordered by Prune Alley on one end and North Beach Road on the other — the … Continue reading

Farm Freshness for Families

– from Hilary Canty – Many young families will be getting an extra boost this summer, thanks to the Orcas Farmers Market, Orcas Island Community Foundation, the Washington State Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, and Orcas Family Connections. This collaboration of resources and efforts will provide eligible WIC families … Continue reading

The School Garden – Almost Three Years Later

Countless pounds of dirt were moved by the kids to garden areas

How It’s Grown – Thanks to SO MANY! – from Madie Murray – It has been about three years and a lot of events – from the first turn of the soil by hand to create the expanded school garden to the first trickle of water onto the seedlings from … Continue reading

“The Handmade Garden” at the Garden Club

Wednesday, May 21, at 10 a.m. in the Madrona Room of Orcas Center — from Jan Jacobson — Come hear Lorene Edwards Forkner share her passion for the Handmade Garden! Lorene will focus on the inspirational, lively and sometimes quirky profiles of “hands-on” gardeners and the personality-infused gardens they create. … 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