New Garden Planned at Orcas Christian School "Seed to Seed" Program to involve school and community

— by Margie Doyle — Alex Tamayo-Wolf came to Orcas Island with plenty of thoughts about the world in which he hopes to raise his daughter. That motivation is now bringing permaculture to a new garden program at Orcas Christian School. Tamayo-Wolf was motivated to establish the “Seed to Seed” … Continue reading

What’s Next for Orcasong Farm? Lavender planting and Chamber award bring high visibility

— by Margie Doyle — This past summer, the landscape across from the Orcas Transfer Station and Island Ex changed dramatically as Orcasong Farm entered into a strategic alliance to plant 10 acres of organic lavender that will be distilled and sold to Pelindaba Lavender on San Juan Island. Pelindaba … Continue reading

“Out” is Now “In” at the Orcas Waste Transfer Site New traffic flow pattern starts Thurs. Nov. 16

— from Orcas Recycling Services — One of the most notable changes coming this month will be a completely revised traffic pattern. This change, mandated by San Juan County, will keep vehicles from circling on and off Orcas Road. Most importantly: EVERY driver will enter at the western gate, and … Continue reading

Mushrooms with Madrona Murphy Garden club learns about local mushrooms

— from Helen Huber — Orcas Island Garden Club welcomes Madrona Murphy who will share her knowledge about local mushrooms on Wednesday, November 15 at 10 a.m. at the Orcas Center. Madrona locally gathers dozens of edible fungi with exceptional flavors. She includes Lobsters, Shrimp Russulas, Bluets, Princes, and Yellow … Continue reading

New Exchange to Open November 24th, The Day After Thanksgiving New pricing, access and tax-deduction policies

— from Pete Moe, General Manager ORS/The Exchange — The new Exchange reuse facility on Orcas Island will re-open November 24th, ‘Black Friday’, at 10 a.m. This will kick-off a Grand-Opening Weekend, that will run through Sunday the 26th. Hot dogs and cider will be served at lunch, and The … Continue reading

It’s Highly Toxic Tansy Ragwort Season One of San Juan County’s worst noxious weeds is now in flower along roadsides

— from Jason Ontjes — Tansy ragwort, one of San Juan County’s worst noxious weeds, is now in flower along roadsides, in fields and in residents’ yards. Highly toxic, its alkaloids are present in all plant parts. Cattle, horses and goats consuming either growing plants or tansy ragwort in silage and hay, … Continue reading

Did You Know Bees Love Blue and Violet? Come to the Master Gardeners Booth at the San Juan County Fair!

–from Mo Sloane, San Juan County Master Gardener — Did you know that native bees and honey bees love blue and violet flowers? Why? Plants may have evolved blue and violet flowers to be attractive to their most efficient pollinators. A bee’s eye perceives blue, violet, and ultraviolet light best. … Continue reading

Summer in the School Garden Farm to Cafeteria Program

— by Ashley Randall — The Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria program invites you to join us in the school garden this summer for Calendula salve making workshops and work-trade Wednesdays! Our first salve making workshop of the season is Saturday, July 15th at 11 am in the public school … Continue reading

Editorial: Safeguard the Seaview Neighborhood Families, OPAL's first neighborhood put at risk

— by Margie Doyle — (Disclosure: I live across the street from 27 Aeroview in a lot also zoned Service/Light Industrial. My husband has lived on the island since 1982 and in this house since 1989). I’ve always loved living on Orcas, because for good or ill, you know most … Continue reading