Lopez Island Farm Tour
Oct
14
to Oct 15

Lopez Island Farm Tour

Join us for the 2017 Lopez Farm Tour showcasing the bounty of local products!

Here is the the schedule:

Saturday
8:30-10:00 Breakfast at Midnight’s Farm, 3042 Center Road

  • Farm Breakfast - Biscuits, eggs, and the fixings. $13

10:00-11:30 Tour of Midnight’s Farm and Barn Owl Bakery

  • How does it all fit together? Compost, cattle, bakery, pigs, yoga studio, chickens, community, gardens. Take a tour through our diverse operations. Beef, pork, and bakery goods for sale.

12:00-3:00 Stonecrest Farm

  • Sheep Dog demonstration, check out the weaving studio, hear about succession farming through a community land trust, and take a tour of the farm. Sheep skins, lamb, and other wool related items, and Bounty book for sale.
  • Providing lunch: Taco ‘Bout It lunch featuring local meats and veggies, salad greens, hibiscus tea and sweet tea.

12:00-4:00 Fruit City Farms

  • Apple Cider pressing and tasting! Hear about local apple history.

1:00 – 4:00 Lopez Island Shellfish

  • Shellfish & Hatchery Tour. Shellfish and Seafood available for sale.

Sunday

10:00-1:00 S&S Homestead Farm

  • Demonstrate scalable, integrated and self-sufficient food production for families, individuals, or businesses. Learn how to grow a farm that provides for its own needs and inputs, while remaining debt-free. Cheese, bread, sheep skins, apples for sale.
  • Farm Lunch: Bean soup, rye bread and butter for $10.

1:00-3:00 Sunnyfield Farm

  • Come see a bit of what it takes to run a licensed, farmstead goat dairy and eat cheese. Items for Sale: Cheese, milk, yogurt, apples

Get your Tickets today! 

Call 1-360-378-6621 or Visit the below links!

OrcasFarmTour.eventbrite.com

LopezFarmTour.eventbrite.com

SanJuanFarmTour.eventbrite.com

FAQs

Q: How do I receive my tickets?

A: Event brite will email you your tickets as soon as you are finished with your purchase.

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A: Please bring your e-ticket or printed ticket to the event.

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San Juan Island Farm Tour
Oct
7
to Oct 8

San Juan Island Farm Tour

Join us for the 2017 San Juan Farm Tour and discover the local bounty!

Here is the schedule:

Saturday:

10:00 – 1:00 Brickworks, Farmers Market

  • Enjoy the market and purchase Farm Tour tickets and t-shirts.

10:00 – 2:00 Aurora Farms

  • A 31-acre polyculture farm specializing in purebred Katahdin sheep, Boer goats, Berkshire pigs, heritage poultry, vegetables, flowers, and berries. Be prepared to squeeze a cute goat, pick and sample what we produce, taste fresh cider, enjoy a farm walk, and purchase food from the grill and farm store. Products available include lamb, goat, pork; chicken and duck; eggs; vegetables and fruits; cider; BBQ sliders; fresh salad, and quiche.

10:00 – 4:00 San Juan Vineyards

  • Participate in the harvest of Siegerrebe grapes – or just enjoy the harvest! Tasting room is open for sampling and wine sales.

2:30 – 3:30 Farm Parade, Downtown Friday Harbor

  • The parade will depart the fairgrounds onto Argyle to Spring Street, left on First Street, and to the Grange Hall for after-parade celebration!

4:00 – 5:00 Dedication and ribbon cutting for the new deck at the San Juan Island Grange

5:00 – 7:00 Community Farm Dinner – San Juan Island Grange

  • Sample local farm meats and fall harvest produce. Donations welcome.

Sunday

10:00 – 5:00 San Juan Vineyards (see description from Saturday schedule)

10:00 – 5:00 Aurora Farms (see description from Saturday schedule)

11:00 – 2:00 Heritage Farm

  • Come and see Draft Horses at work. Also check out what Biochar and other amendments can do! Fresh Vegies and Eggs available for sale.

1:00 – 3:00 Wild Bird Bamboo Farm

  • See different species of bamboo and learn ways to use and care for bamboo. Extensive vegetable garden, unique greenhouse heated by solar panels, and a Monet bridge over natural pond. Bamboo plants for sale.

2:00 – 4:00 Sweet Earth Farm

  • Join us for cider pressing and a a farm tour with an emphasis on permaculture and climate change resiliency. Apples, produce, cider, sweet earth farm t-shirts and bags for sale.

Get your Tickets today! 

Call 1-360-378-6621 or Visit the below links!

OrcasFarmTour.eventbrite.com

LopezFarmTour.eventbrite.com

SanJuanFarmTour.eventbrite.com

FAQs

Q: How do I receive my tickets?

A: Event brite will email you your tickets as soon as you are finished with your purchase.

Q: Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

A: Please bring your e-ticket or printed ticket to the event.

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San Juan County Farm Tours 2017
Oct
1
to Oct 15

San Juan County Farm Tours 2017

Please come join us for this years San Juan county farm tour!

Orcas Island            October 1, 2017

San Juan Island            October 7-8, 2017

Lopez Island                 October 14-15, 2017

 

For schedules and ticket information, go to:

www.lopezfarmtour.eventbrite.com

www.sanjuanfarmtour.eventbrite.com

www.orcasfarmtour.eventbrite.com

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Orcas Island Farm Tour
Oct
1
9:00 AM09:00

Orcas Island Farm Tour

  • 249 Prune Alley Eastsound, WA, 98245 United States (map)
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DESCRIPTION

Join us for the 2017 Orcas Farm Tour showcasing the bounty of local products! Brunch is available in the morning at The Kitchen. Dinner is available at Orcas Farm (optional donation).

Here is the schedule:

9:00-10:30 Brunch at the Kitchen, 249 Prune Alley, Eastsound

10:00-2:00 Orcas Public School Garden, 557 School Road, Eastsound

  • Walking-garden tour at the top of every hour. Hear stories of students’ interactions with culinary and medicinal herbs.

10:00-3:00 West Beach Farm, 927 West Beach Road, Eastsound

  • Sheep shearing and farm tours. Meat, wool products, and vegetables for sale.

10:00-4:00 Maple Rock Farm, 509 Nordstrom Lane, Eastsound

  • Farm tour in new location and equipment demos. Taste Girl Meets Dirt’s Tomato Shrub and Tomato Jam, made from Maple Rock’s Amish Paste tomatoes. Check out the farmstand with fall produce and fruit preserves.

10:00-4:00 Orcas Community Participatory Agriculture, 141 Cadden Lane, Eastsound

  • Come and see how fifteen island families have banded together to form a unit of food sovereignty! Guided tours at 11am and 1pm.

11:00-4:00 Buck Bay Shellfish, 117 EJ Young Road, Olga

  • Seafood and shellfish market with oysters, clams, fresh fish and frozen products

11:30-2:00 Red Rabbit Farm, 216 Payton Lane, West Sound

  • Learn how to preserve apples and pears. Jams and Jellies for sale.

12:00-3:30 Doe Bay Garden, 107 Doe Bay Road, Olga

  • Tour a functional garden ecosystem with the beneficial insect/animal habitat, using food waste compost from the cafe, cover cropping, rotation of chickens, and whole approach geared towards minimal outside/off-island inputs.

1:00-2:30 Coffelt Farm Preserve, 1071 Crow Valley Road, Eastsound

  • An opportunity to see a diverse operation with sheep, pigs, cattle, poultry, bees, and a licensed, raw milk micro dairy. Part of an extensive swath of preserved land on Orcas that is beautiful as well as agriculturally productive and ecologically significant. The farm stand will be open with beef, lamb and pork, as well as sheepskins, yarn, milk, eggs, produce, and honey.

1:00-4:00 Wren’s Berry Farm, 435 Beach Haven Rd, Eastsound

  • Local Berries. Battling mummyberry disease organically. Diversifying berry crops and raising ducks to break the disease cycle.

3:30-6:30 Orcas Farm, 120 Byrle Hall Rd, Doe Bay

  • Small scale, non-certified organic farm and homestead. Regenerative, sustainable and bio-intensive methods. High quality, nutrient dense food.
  • Community Dinner and Celebration. Donations welcome.

A Shuttle bus will also be available. Pick-up at the Orcas School.

Get your Tickets today! 

Call 1-360-378-6621 or Visit the below links!

OrcasFarmTour.eventbrite.com

LopezFarmTour.eventbrite.com

SanJuanFarmTour.eventbrite.com

FAQs

Q: How do I receive my tickets?

A: Event brite will email you your tickets as soon as you are finished with your purchase.

Q: Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

A: Please bring your e-ticket or printed ticket to the event.

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Growing a Revolution @ Orcas Center
Sep
24
4:00 PM16:00

Growing a Revolution @ Orcas Center

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Sunday, September 24, at 4 p.m. in Orcas Center

Reception and book signing afterwards.

Throughout history, civilizations have withered into poverty and disappeared after destroying their once-fertile soils. Now we risk repeating this age-old trauma on a global scale due to ongoing soil-degradation, climate change, and rising populations. But UW Professor and MacArthur Fellow David R. Montgomery offers reasons for hope in this lecture, based on his recent book, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life. He leads us on a fascinating journey through history and around the world, demonstrating how innovative farmers are ditching the plow, mulching cover crops, and adopting complex crop rotation schemes to restore their soils. Merging ancient wisdom with modern science, they have developed simple, cost-effective ways to pull carbon from the atmosphere and feed the world, meanwhile stashing an impressive amount of it underground.

David R. Montgomery is Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, where he leads the Geomorphological Research Group. A MacArthur Fellow, he is the author of King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of SalmonDirt: The Erosion of Civilization, and The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood — all of which won Washington State Book Awards for general nonfiction. With his wife Anne Biklé, he coauthored The Hidden Half of Nature: Microbial Roots of Life and Health.

Cosponsored by Janet Alderton and Orcas Island Public Library.

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May
6
9:00 AM09:00

Biochar 101: Making Biochar from Woody Biomass San Juan Island

Benefits for Farms and Forests

Learn How to Make Biochar: REGISTER TODAY!

Biochar, a charcoal made from woody biomass that stores carbon and improves soil, is an emerging option for forest owners to generate income and remove excess wood from densely stocked forests. Biochar can increase agricultural productivity, improve soil fertility, and help mitigate climate change. This workshop will take you through the steps to turn low-value branches, twigs, and other woody biomass into valuable biochar. We’ll also cover potential business strategies that are working for San Juan county biochar producers as well as findings in the latest biochar research.

This workshop is the second in a three-part series on woody biomass in the San Juans. You may also be interested in our June 24th workshop, Energy Opportunities for San Juans Woody Biomass.

Topics include:

  • How can biochar be manufactured?
  • What is biochar’s value and function?
  • What are good ways to market and sell biochar?
  • What is the biochar market like?
  • What is the latest news on biochar?

Speakers:

Details and registration:

WHEN: Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9am-4pm

WHERE: San Juan Island, WA

REGISTER TODAY!

All woodland owners are encouraged to attend!

For more information, go to: www.nnrg.org/sanjuans

Funding and support for this workshop is provided by:

Risk Management Agency

 

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80th OPALCO Annual Meeting
May
6
6:00 AM06:00

80th OPALCO Annual Meeting

TRAVEL SCHEDULE


ORCAS


Register at landing 7:00 AM
Ferry departs 8:45 AM
Return to Orcas 11:50 AM
SHAW
Register on board
Ferry departs 9:00 AM
Return to Shaw 11:40 AM


LOPEZ


Register at landing 8:00 AM
Ferry departs 9:30 AM
Return to Lopez 11:25 AM


SAN JUAN


Members coming from San Juan
Island will sail to Orcas by chartered
boat to get on the ferry at Orcas.*
Reservations Required
Call 376-3549 to reserve the limited
space available on the chartered boat.

 

ANACORTES


Register on board
Ferry departs 7:30 / 10:35 AM
Return (via Orcas) 1:30 PM


Registration begins at
Spring St. landing 6:45 AM
Board chartered boat 7:20 AM
Disembark at Orcas dock 8:30 AM
Orcas Ferry leaves 8:45 AM
Return to Orcas landing 11:50 AM
Chartered boat leaves Orcas NOON
Arrives Friday Harbor by 1:00 PM

* The ferry that leaves Friday Harbor at
6:10 AM is also an option.


If you are disabled or need special accommodations to participate in the Annual
Meeting on the ferry, please call Bev Madan at 376-3549.
*Note: The chartered boat is not wheelchair accessible and requires a
steep walk up and back down the ramp at the Orcas county dock to
board the ferry. If this presents a challenge for you, please take the
6:10 AM ferry from Friday Harbor to Orcas that arrives Orcas at 7:35 AM.
 

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Lopez - Procession of the Species
Apr
22
3:00 PM15:00

Lopez - Procession of the Species

Celebrating and promoting the Earth and its living wonders seems to become more vital every year. On Saturday, April 22, Lopez Island Conservation Corps (LICC) invites the community to join in on the seventh annual Procession of the Species.  The Procession kicks off promptly at 3:30 pm, so plan to arrive at 3:00 to get set up and ogle the other amazing costumes. 

To participate in the procession, all you need is a costume or adornments that display any living thing--animal, plant, fungus--wearable while walking. Since the Procession of the Species was founded in Olympia over 20 years ago, only three rules govern costumes:  please, no written words; no motors; and no living animals. This is a free, all-ages event, rain or shine, and open to all members of the public.

Need help creating your costume? In partnership with Lopez School, LICC is sponsoring a costume-making workshop in the school's Art Room on Saturday April 15 from 10 am- 2 pm. A LICC representative will be on site to advise, assist, and provide art materials to bring your creativity to life, along with Nick Teague, BLM San Juan Islands National Monument and Erin Licata Youth Conservation Corps Program Manager. Nick and Erin can help you create your own wearable Island Marbled Butterfly wings! Children must be accompanied by their parents.

As it did last year, the Procession will begin and end at Lopez Village Water Tower Park. Animal costumes and accessories will be available before the parade, for those who haven't had the chance to make their own but still wish to participate.

Prefer spectating to parading? The Procession wouldn't be a procession without an audience, and the under-one-mile loop course makes it easy to access at several points, including the center of the Village and the Hamlet center lawn. Come on out and support the supporters of Earth Day!

Another method of participating, much appreciated by paraders and audience alike, is via musical instruments, especially percussion. Drummers and other musicians, please join in to make this celebration of life even more lively.

            The Procession of the Species is a part of a larger community Earth Day celebration. The Great Islands Clean-up for Lopez Island will take place from 9:00am -12:00pm on April 22 to clean up our roadsides and beaches.  For more information, please contact:  Nick Teague, 468.3754 or  gteague@blm.gov

Also in celebration of Earth Day, this year's Procession of the Species Celebration will provide conservation organizations and vendors an opportunity to present their information at reserved booth spaces.  Space is limited, so please contact: Tom Snowden, Conservation Booth Coordinator: tsnow210@gmail.com.  Vendors must bring their own 10 x 10 shelters, stakes, tables, chairs, etc., and be prepared for changing weather conditions.

This Earth Day celebration is sponsored by the Lopez Island Conservation Corps (LICC) and Lopez Island Prevention Coalition (LIPC). For more information about this event contact Erin Licata at erin@sjicd.org

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Lopez - Costume Making Workshop, Procession of the Species
Apr
15
10:00 AM10:00

Lopez - Costume Making Workshop, Procession of the Species

To participate in the procession, all you need is a costume or adornments that display any living thing--animal, plant, fungus--wearable while walking. Since the Procession of the Species was founded in Olympia over 20 years ago, only three rules govern costumes:  please, no written words; no motors; and no living animals. This is a free, all-ages event, rain or shine, and open to all members of the public.

Need help creating your costume? In partnership with Lopez School, LICC is sponsoring a costume-making workshop in the school's Art Room on Saturday April 15 from 10 am- 2 pm. A LICC representative will be on site to advise, assist, and provide art materials to bring your creativity to life, along with Nick Teague, BLM San Juan Islands National Monument and Erin Licata Youth Conservation Corps Program Manager. Nick and Erin can help you create your own wearable Island Marbled Butterfly wings! Children must be accompanied by their parents.

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Apr
8
to Apr 9

BIOCHAR WEEKEND WORKSHOP Orcasong Farm

Bio-char is made from forest biomass via pyrolysis, a method of arresting the burning of woody biomass to make charcoal. It is being researched as an approach to help mitigate climate change via carbon sequestration.  Independently, Bio-char can increase soil fertility of acidic soils, increase agricultural productivity, and provide protection against some foliar and soil-borne diseases.

This weekend will take you through the science and latest research on biochar, but also get you skilled up on all the necessary steps to create a biochar burner, create the char, inoculate it with beneficial micro-organisms, and apply it to the garden.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE OUTLINE

Saturday April 8

  • Classroom time with Carson Sprenger discussing local forest ecology, bio-char biomass selection/forest thinning for health, types of bio-char burner mechanisms.

  • Hands-on conversion of existing empty 3 to 4 ft. diameter fuel tanks to bio-char burner units.

  • Hands-on selection and harvest of forest material for bio-char burn.

  • Hands-on burning of existing material for bio-char burn and creation in the new burners

  • Evening film on bio-char uses in various contexts.

  • Music in the fire-circle - bring your instruments!

Sunday April 9

  • Classroom time with Kai Hoffman-Krull on latest bio-char research, historical local uses of bio-char, proven benefits to using bio-char as a top-soil amendment, for carbon sequestration, and other applicable science related to bio-char creation.

  • Hands-on inoculation or “charging” of the bio-char from Saturday’s burn with beneficial microbes.

  • Hands-on application of biochar to soil in the garden at Orcasong Farm.

  • Discussion of a working cooperative model for a local neighborhood bio-char cooperative based at Orcasong Farm.

  • Our intention is to come away from this workshop with the beginning tools and connections for a neighborhood biochar cooperative.

WHO IS TEACHING?

Carson Sprenger, Forester/ Restoration Ecologist/Fire Ecologist

M.S. Forest Ecology, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington

B.S. Environmental Science, The Evergreen State College


Carson is a forester and restoration ecologist with over 20 years of experience working in the forests of the

San Juan Islands.  He has 10 years of experience conducting ecological research and is a local expert on historical fires

and pre-contact forest structure. Carson specializes in conservation/forest management planning,

forest restoration design, veteran tree preservation & care, and hazard tree assessments.  

Over the past 3 years he has been working on low-impact Bio-char production methods

with partners at the University of Washington and the San Juan Conservation District.  

He manages a tree care and restoration forestry crew and has been co-director of Rain Shadow Consulting

since its inception in 2005.

 

Kai Hoffman-Krull, Executive Director of Forage, an on-farm research non-profit

Kai studied soil science at the Yale University Farm, where he served as a manager from 2010 to 2012.  

As Director of Forage, he has coordinated charcoal research with farms in San Juan County,

the University of Washington School of Environmental Studies, and the University of Montana

School of Forestry and Conservation. He is currently converting raw forest into a farm

with his wife Sarah on Waldron Island.

 

WORKSHOP COST

Workshop, on-site camping & meals:  $125      

orkshop and meals:  $95

 

* meals will be local & organic with vegetarian & GF options

* space is limited, so register soon!

* Cancellation policy:  no refunds after March 25, 2017

 

Questions About This Event??  Email the Event Coordinator:  ashley.collins@orcasong.institute 

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MARINE DEBRIS TRAINING
Jan
29
10:00 AM10:00

MARINE DEBRIS TRAINING

Join the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) and help make a difference for the environment! COASST participants survey local beaches and collect data on either beach-cast carcasses of marine birds or on the characteristics of marine debris to help address important marine conservation issues and protect marine resources. The beached bird and marine debris programs have separate trainings, so feel free to choose one or both. Beach surveys are best conducted in groups of 2 or more—please come with a survey partner in mind or plan to join a team during training.

RSVP 206-221-6893 coasst@uw.edu

COASST University of Washington School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences www.coasst.org

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BEACHED BIRD TRAINING
Jan
28
10:00 AM10:00

BEACHED BIRD TRAINING

Join the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) and help make a difference for the environment! COASST participants survey local beaches and collect data on either beach-cast carcasses of marine birds or on the characteristics of marine debris to help address important marine conservation issues and protect marine resources. The beached bird and marine debris programs have separate trainings, so feel free to choose one or both. Beach surveys are best conducted in groups of 2 or more—please come with a survey partner in mind or plan to join a team during training.

RSVP 206-221-6893 coasst@uw.edu

COASST University of Washington School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences www.coasst.org

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Workshop: Access to Capital for New and Beginning Farmers and Food Businesses
Jan
24
8:45 AM08:45

Workshop: Access to Capital for New and Beginning Farmers and Food Businesses

Farm businesses need access to capital whether it’s a new
business start-up, a business expansion, purchasing land or new
equipment, or building inventories to support a market expansion.
All Beginning Farmers and Food Businesses are invited....
with a special focus on lenders and institutions offering services to
U.S. Veterans, limited-resource and minority farmers, and food
business owners. Come and meet representatives of lending
programs and financial institutions that provide loans from less
than $5,000 to more than $300,000.


Participating programs and lenders include:
 Business Impact Northwest
 Community Food Co-op's Farm Fund
 Community Sourced Capital
 Craft3
 Farm Services Agency
 Industrial Credit Union
 North Coast Credit Union,
 Northwest Farm Credit Services
 Port of Bellingham Revolving Loan Fund
 Skagit Council of Governments Revolving Loan Fund
 USDA Rural Development Department


Technical Assistance providers will be on hand from the
Economic Development Association of Skagit County,
Sustainable Connections Food to Bank On program, Viva
Farms, and Western Washington University’s Small
Business Development Center. Growing Veterans will be at
the workshop to share their programs with interested U.S
Veterans.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:45AM to 3:45 PM
Seafarers Memorial Park
601 Seafarers Way
Anacortes, WA 98273


Registration is $25, includes lunch, refreshments, and
beverages.
Register at: ACCESS TO CAPITAL
Workshop scholarships are available upon request

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