SAN JUAN ISLAND GRANGE: A Community of Growers since 1931.

2013-09-25 16.59.15MISSION: To support a resilient community of growers, makers, and keepers, to foster social and political engagement, and to maintain our Hall as a home for celebrations and programs.

Resilient Community: Grange members grow food and fiber, make music and artifacts, keep house and livestock. Likewise do we grow in our skills and knowledge, make a meaningful life for our families, and keep this island in good health for future generations.  In our programs we learn and teach the skills of living in this special place, because we believe that a resilient community skilled in the arts of living can weather whatever  storms the future may bring.

Engagement: The Grange is political, but not partisan. We take stands on issues, not on candidates. For instance, in 2012 San Juan Island Grange #966 endorsed the initiative to ban the growing of GMO crops in our county. We also believe that a community that plays together stays together, so we make sure we have plenty of potlucks and other social events on our calendar.

Maintain our Hall: We are known to the public by the San Juan Island Grange Hall in Friday Harbor, a beautiful wooden building originally built as a church in the 1880’s. Recognizing its value to our island community, we vow to take care of it so that it can serve its function as a cultural venue for years to come.

We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 at the Grange Hall at 152 First Street North in Friday Harbor. Visitors are welcome.

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AL SUNDSTROM, PAST MASTER

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AL SUNDSTROM photo courtesy Journal of the San Juans

San Juan Island Grange #966 is saddened by the passage of Al Sundstrom, Past Master. He was our rock and our foundation, gently reminding us of our history and encouraging us to stick to our principles. Al, you will be missed.

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HONEY: NATURE’S FLORAL SYMPHONY

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Honeybee on a Thistle Flower

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

San Juan Island Grange Hall

Program begins at 7pm, preceded by a 6pm potluck!

San Juan Island Grange #966 is sponsoring a program on Honey, Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the Grange Hall; the program begins at 7pm, preceded by a potluck at 6pm—all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Brady Ryan of San Juan Island Honey will discuss some of the fascinating aspects of nature’s floral symphony.  We will look at how honey is produced and harvested, focusing on bees, pollination, beekeeping throughout the year, and the interconnection of the floral landscape with the unique flavor of local honey.

–Boyd Pratt, San Juan Island Grange Lecturer

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FRIDAY HARBOR FALL FARM PARADE 2014

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LOAD UP THE HAY WAGON AND JOIN IN THE FUN!

Once again it’s time to gussy up the goat, leash the sheep, trick out the tractor, and head to the fairgrounds for the start of the Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade. Held on the first Saturday of October, this year’s parade will be on October 4th.  Staging will be at the main gate of the fairgrounds starting at 1:30. The parade will leave the fairgrounds onto Argyle at 2:30, go down Spring Street, turn left on First Street and head for the Grange Hall.

The Grange will be hosting an open house from 3 to 5 at the Hall with music, refreshments, a Deck Project display, and a display of award winning entries in our arts and crafts contests.

Check out our parade Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1681374412088745/

Please contact Roger Ellison at rogergranger@rockisland.com or Boyd Pratt at mulnocove@gmail.com or fill out the form below to enter a vehicle or walking contingent in the parade. Tractors, farm trucks, farm animals, horses, backyard chickens, children dressed as their favorite veggies and other farm and food-related themes are encouraged. Participation is free and fun, so let us know and we’ll reserve space for you.

WANT TO PARTICIPATE? FILL OUT THIS FORM AND WE’LL CONTACT YOU:

Just want to bring the kids and the camera and watch the parade go by? The route will be Argyle, Spring, First, and Sunshine Alley. Parade leaves the fairgrounds at 2:30. Hope to see your smiling faces along the way!

Brought to you by San Juan Island Grange #966: Growers, Makers and Keepers working together.

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THE 2012 PARADE…photo by Anne Sheridan

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GRANGE MEETING AND POTLUCK SEPTEMBER 3

I hope you all had a good time at the San Juan County Fair. Lecturer Boyd Pratt put up a nice little informational display about our Grange in the Ag Corner near the vegetables. Thank you Boyd. And thanks to the Grangers who staffed the Pomona-run Food Preservation Division.

Remember the Grange displays at the Puyallup Fair? Here’s a pic of Skagit County Pomona’s display. That is a tradition worth bringing back to our own fair. Maybe San Juan Island Grange can challenge the other Granges in our Pomona (Friday Harbor, Orcas and Lopez) in a 4-part display contest?

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WANT TO DO ONE OF THESE NEXT YEAR?

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THE GRANGE GANG MEETS AGAIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s time to come back from our August break and meet in our beloved Grange Hall on Wednesday September 3. I expect to see a lot of things on the Share the Harvest table. I can speak personally when I say that apples, chard and kale are starting to pile up. Please bring in your surplus, and help others by taking something home.

Potlucks are a big part of coming together as a community and sharing the harvest. Though they are unplanned, we always seem to come up with a balanced meal. Those of you who don’t come to the potluck would likely be surprised that a lot of informal business is settled then, before the regular meeting. And you wondered why the meetings have gone so well lately. It’s because we are breaking bread together. See you at 6. I’ll bring the steamed kale.

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GOOD FOOD, GOOD PEOPLE, GOOD GRANGE

 

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MORE GRANGERS AT THE FAIR

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I traveled around the San Juan County Fair with my camera, shooting San Juan Island Grangers as I found them, whether on stage, in the food court, the vegetable exhibit, or checking out the livestock.

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IMG_20140815_180449_879I ‘m asked now and then whether one has to be a farmer to join the Grange. Not anymore, I say, but you should join the Grange if you like any of the following:

MAKING MUSIC

DANCING

GROWING AND COOKING FOOD

HANGING WITH OTHERS

GOING TO THE FAIR!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AT THE FAIR

San Juan Pomona Grange (that’s the umbrella grange for San Juan County) has made a very comfortable booth to display the food preservation entries at the fair. Come check it out and especially be here to taste and vote for the People’s Choice jam or jelly at 2PM daily.

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Discussing the finer points of food preservation.

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Pat Gislason with her award-winning dried apples.

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Grange officer Pat Ball rocking out to the Chameleons.

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DECK THE HALL

Back of the Grange Hall

Imagine a deck overlooking the harbor. Beautiful sunsets, cool breezes..

You are at the Grange Hall. The band is hot, the contra dance is humming like a well-oiled machine. As the music ends, you bow to your partner, throw the doors wide, and WALK OUT ONTO THE NEW DECK!

You can help us make this dream a reality. A capital campaign to raise funds for a deck as well as improvements to the kitchen has garnered $5000 in pledges so far, with more on the way. We are accepting donations of money in all amounts, plus signing up people who have the skills or enthusiasm to help with the construction.

Contributors will be honored in a beautiful display at the Grange Hall.

Come to the San Juan County Fair to see our drawings at the Food Preservation Booth and put your name on the volunteer and donor lists if you want to participate in this worthy project.

GRANGE FAIR Presentation  Click here to see drawings of the deck.

 

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