Farm to Classroom Expands Students’ Knowledge of Edible Plants Orcas Island Public School

— from Ashley  Randall — During the month of March, the sun began to shine brighter on our school garden. With spring on our minds, we tested our knowledge of edible and medicinal herbs by playing a cooperative board game, developed a garden map, created teacups from clay, examined the … 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