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

Native Plants Find New Home in School Garden Grant from Garden Club nurtures school garden

— from Ashley Randall — Cascade Penstemon, Flowering Red Currant, Kinnikinnick, Sea Blush.  Do you know the three things all these plants have in common?  Go ahead, read ‘em again and think about it. You got all three? Okay, let’s see if we came up with the same answers: 1. … Continue reading

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

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

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

Vote Now and Help Two Orcas Projects Grow

— from Ashley Randall– The Orcas Farm-to-Classroom and Orcas Community Participatory Agriculture need YOUR VOTES to win a Seeds of Change grant. You can help these vibrant programs win popular vote by voting daily for both until Monday, April 18. The process is quick, easy, and doesn’t require a sign-up. … Continue reading

Celebrity Chef Is Back…And So Is Charles!

— from Madie Murray — Mark your calendar and prepare your taste buds, the Farm to Cafeteria Program’s Celebrity Chef at School event is back. On Wednesday, October 21, Charles Dalton, owner of The Kitchen, will be this school year’s first Island chef to participate in the event. This will … Continue reading

The Gifts of Melons and Knowledge

 –by Madie Murray, Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria– “We want to give some organically grown melons to your school and spend some time with the kids telling them how they are grown and how to save the seeds for planted in the school garden next year.” Music to our ears! … Continue reading

School Garden Prep and Pizza Party

Saturday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Orcas School Garden –by Colleen Steward, School Garden Keeper– The original school garden area has been “resting” for a couple of years to replenish the soil and revitalize its spirit. It produced joyously every year since 1995 and deserved the time off. … Continue reading

“Open Garden Gate Thursdays”

…in the School Garden, and more! — from Madie Murray for Farm to Classroom — Join kids and counselors from Camp Orkila and Kaleidoscope for “Open Garden Gate Thursdays” in the public school garden from 9:30 to 3:30 each Thursday until August 27 to harvest, weed, water and play. All … Continue reading

The School Garden Goes to Market

This Saturday, July 11th, the amazing bounty growing in our school garden will be available for the first time ever from 10a to 3p at the Farmer’s Market on the Village Green! Purchase will be in the way of donations to Farm to Cafeteria and all proceeds will go right … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Good People Grace Our Garden

— by Madie Murray for the Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program — There are so many unsung heroes on our Island. It would take a novel to laud them all. But I’d like to mention three that have given so much to our Public School Garden over the past … Continue reading

Chelsea Leaves the School Garden for Adventure and Education

Colleen Stewart steps into her boots — by Madie Murray — We are saddened by Chelsea Cates leaving us, but so excited about the future she is planning for herself. She will soon be hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with her partner, Evan Allred, then returning to school to study … Continue reading

F2C Program Visited by Cascade Culinary Students

 — by Madie Murray, Farm to Cafeteria Committee — We had the honor of being visited by nine students from the Cascade Culinary Institute located in Bend, Oregon recently. The group was led by Chef Julian Darwin who put together the journey that also included visits to The Willows on … Continue reading

The School Garden – Almost Three Years Later

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

Farm to Cafeteria Reached Its Goal…And Then Some!

(…and the anatomy of a crowd-funder)   — by Madie Murray — By the strike of midnight on Saturday, November 30 when the campaign officially ended, the Farm to Cafeteria “Edible Eats and Education” crowd-funder on reached its matching goal of $11,000 and exceeded it by another $1,227 because … Continue reading