Spotted Wing Drosophila An Emerging Fruit Pest

Thursday, April 6, 11 – 1 p..m., Skagit Valley College — from Jay Lucas — The Master Gardener Foundation of San Juan County in partnership with San Juan County Washington State University Extension is pleased to present a workshop on Spotted Wing Drosophila by Dr. Beverly S. Gerdeman, Join us … Continue reading

Farm to Cafeteria Program December-January 2017

— by Ashley Randall — K-5th grade Farm to Classroom: During the month of December, we practiced our cooking skills and discussed the importance of winter wellness. To start out the month, we made fresh applesauce from Orcas grown apples and pumpkin bread using pumpkins from our school garden. After … Continue reading

Seed: The Untold Story to Kick Off Agricultural Summit

Thursday, February 9, 7:30 p.m., Sea View Theatre — from Jared Lovejoy — Orcas Island Film Festival and the San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit Team invites you to the 2017 Ag Summit Weekend Kick Off event. Join us for a very special screening of the powerful documentary, “SEED: The Untold … Continue reading

5th Annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit, “Gather & Sow”

Friday – Sunday, February 10 -12, Camp Orkila — from Rhys Hansen — Join fellow farmers, regional experts, and local food and farm advocates this February 10–12 for a weekend of education, inspiration, and camaraderie at beautiful YMCA Camp Orkila on Orcas Island. The theme for this year’s summit, “Gather … Continue reading

Washington Launches an Updated Invasive Species Reporting App See it? Report it!

— from WA Recreation and Conservation Office — Who should you tell if you reel in a strange fish, find a new plant taking over in your yard or local park, spot a strange insect in your firewood or see a feral pig while recreating in the backcountry? Figuring that … Continue reading

Invasive Species Could Cost Washington Businesses, Agencies $1.3 Billion

— from Susan Zemek, WA Recreation & Conservation — A new report released today pegs the economic impact of 23 of the most damaging invasive species in Washington at $1.3 billion a year and a loss of 8,000 jobs, if there’s no prevention, according to the Washington Invasive Species Council. … Continue reading

Farm to Cafeteria Program in November

–from Ashley Randall — K-5th Farm to Classroom: During the first week of November, we met local botanist, Madrona Murphy, and her favorite plant, Great Camas. We explored the plants relationship to the Native Salish diet and local pollinators. After slow cooking the tuber for three whole days, we were … Continue reading

Farm to Cafeteria Program in October

— from Ashley Randall — What happened in Farm to Classroom (K-5) during the month of October? We celebrated the process, practice and importance of seed saving. We harvested enough seeds to both save for spring and make multiple donations to the Public Library’s very special Seed Library. Katie taught … Continue reading

Become a Master Gardener this Spring Nine-week session on Tuesdays, January 31- March 28

Applications are due November 1 — San Juan County WSU Master Gardener program — Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 San Juan County WSU Master Gardener Training Program. Volunteer trainees will receive over 60 hours of training, both in the classroom and on-line. The training is taught by … Continue reading

Winter Gardening Tips

Wednesday, October 19, 10 a.m., Madrona Room — from Vanessa Julian — Wondering what to do with your garden during winter? Coming October 19, at 10 a.m. in the Orcas Center Madrona Room, Richie Steffer, the curator at the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle will tell you. He will … Continue reading

Orcas Public School’s Farm to Cafeteria Program in September

— by Ashley Randall — During our first week back to Farm to Classroom (K-5th), we tasted and painted with beets! We gathered around a large bed of beets, and examined the vegetable’s leaves and colorful stalks. Upon harvesting the root vegetable, we identified the three varieties and examined the … Continue reading

Pop-up Park Stirs Conversation What should be done with Public Works strip in the heart of Eastsound?

Get ready for “Vision for Eastsound” Town Hall on Thursday, Oct. 13 — by Margie Doyle — It was a potluck pop up party with a big pole tent keeping the blustery winds at bay. After the County Department of Public Works took down the fences facing North Beach Road … Continue reading