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

“Local” is Theme of Farm Parade in Friday Harbor


Saturday, October 1, 2:30 p.m., Friday Harbor — from Roger Ellison — The San Juan Island Grange is pleased to announce the 2016 Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade on Saturday October 1. Now in its sixth year, the parade will once again depart the fairgrounds onto Argyle at 2:30, travel … Continue reading

Calling All Gardeners to Annual Gardening Workshop Secrets of Wheat, Bees, Tomatoes and Deer to be revealed at day-long event


Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday Harbor Middle School, advance registration required — by the San Juan County Master Gardeners — Come join other garden enthusiasts at the 2016 Annual Gardening Workshop, Secrets of Gardening, at Friday Harbor Middle School, on Saturday, October 1, from 8:30 a.m. to … Continue reading

Thor Hanson Keynote Speaker at Annual Gardening Workshop "Secrets of Gardening" takes place Saturday, Oct. 1 on San Juan Island

Thor Hanson. Photo courtesy Kathleen Ballard

— from the WSU/San Juan County Master Gardeners — Calling All Gardeners to Our 2016 Gardening Workshop Author and biologist Thor Hanson will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Gardening Workshop presented by the San Juan County Master Gardeners on October 1, 2016. As the first speaker at this … Continue reading

Permaculture Celebration at Orcasong Farm


Wednesday, August 24, 10 a.m. –  4 p.m., Orcasong Farm — from Gretchen Krampf — We invite you to join us at Orcasong Farm, 280 Dolphin Bay Road, for a day of community and permaculture learning-in-action. Our first Salish Sea Permaculture Action Day brings musician/sisters Leah and Chloe of Rising … Continue reading

Creating with Calendula in the School Garden


— by Ashley Randall — While waiting for our salves to set, we turned to a large bed of calendula flowers for inspiration. We identified and discussed the assortment of calendula flowers used in the salves. We hand picked seeds from the dried flowers to fill seed packets. And a … Continue reading

Get Ready for Entry Day at the Fair Youth Exhibitors FREE Again at the Fair


Tuesday, August 16, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fairgrounds — from Ashley King, et. al — You’ve seen our posters, you’ve heard the chatter, it’s FAIR season. Are you getting your entries ready? We are excited to have our online premium book again this year (www.sjcfair.org) —be sure to look up … Continue reading

OIYCC Eliminates Yellow Archangel, Saves Trees For Dog Park


— from Izabela Janecek — The Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps started off an exciting week with a trip to Bonnie Brae, a OPAL community in Eastsound. The purpose of our visit was to eliminate the noxious weed Yellow Archangel which resided in the back of the residential area. The infestation started … Continue reading

Calendula Salve Workshop in School Garden

— from Ashley Randall — The Farm to Cafeteria Program is hosting the second of three summer workshops in the school garden this weekend! Colleen will be teaching our friends of the garden how to transform our organically grown calendula flowers into a nourishing skin salve. Fee is $5–10 sliding … Continue reading

Shibori in the School Garden: Indigo and Imagination

— by Ashley Randall — On July 2nd the Farm to Cafeteria Program hosted its first of three summer workshops in the school garden. Our incredible garden keeper, Colleen Stewart, led a Shibori workshop in which friends of the garden played with indigo dye and their imagination to create astonishing … Continue reading

Natural Dye Workshop in School Garden


 Saturday, July 2 after the Parade! at the School Garden — from Ashley Randall — The Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program is hosting its first workshop for the summer this Saturday! We will be dyeing with natural indigo in ancient Japanese style. Fee is $5-10 sliding scale. Please bring … Continue reading

Already the Second Saturday for Farmers Market

The Orcas Island Farmers Market is in full swing this year, with the season opening on Saturday, May 7. The Orcas Island Farmers Market is open from 10am to 3pm every Saturday from the first weekend in May to the last weekend of September on the Village Green in the … Continue reading

Entomologist to Speak at Garden Club and Master Gardeners Event on Pests

— from Kate Yturri — The Orcas Master Gardeners and Orcas Island Garden Club are hosting a presentation by Linda Gilkeson, Ph.D., on Integrated Pest Management on May 18, 2:00-3:00pm, at the Eastsound Fire Station. Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a process you can use to solve pest problems … Continue reading

Garden Club Talk on Year-Round Organic Gardening

Wednesday, May 18 at 10 a.m. at Orcas Center — from Jan Jacobson — Orcas Island Garden Club meeting, May 18, 2016, 10 a.m., in the Madrona Room of Orcas Center, presents Linda Gilkeson from neighboring Salt Spring Island. Linda will share high productivity, low maintenance methods for our organic … Continue reading

Master Gardeners to Help Diagnose Plant Problems

Be sure to fill out online diagnostic form — by Kate Yturri for Orcas Master Gardeners — The Orcas Master Gardeners will be at Driftwood Nursery this Wednesday May 11 from 11 am-1pm. We will be at the Orcas Saturday Market on May 14 from 10am-1pm. Please bring your plant … Continue reading

The Marshall Strawberry and Its Significance on Orcas Island

by the Olga Strawberry Council The Marshall Strawberry, lauded to be the sweetest of them all, was the species grown here on Orcas Island and disbursed to places far and wide between the early 1930s and about 1943. Its fame and fortune was cut short because of disease and World … Continue reading