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.  RESOLUTIONS   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. DECK PROJECT

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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Stories from the Storm

Wednesday, November 14 at 7 PM at the San Juan Island Grange Hall

Poster by Glenn Hendrick

Join us by the fire at the Grange Hall on Wednesday, November 14 for Stories of the Storm, an informal conversation about the blackouts and big blows we have lived through. The hall will be lit with lanterns, lamps and candles, we will be serving hot cocoa and hot tea using water heated by a propane stove on the back deck. It will be the best powerdown gathering of the season!

Please bring an oil or battery lantern or lamp, a candle, some tools and ideas for making it through a blackout, and most of all, bring your stories. We will start at 7PM. 

This event is brought to you by the San Juan Island Grange Lecture Series and the Corps of Resiliency. Free of charge and welcome to all.

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San Juan Island Grange says Yes for Homes

The members of San Juan Island Grange have voted to endorse the Yes for Homes initiative.

The mission of the San Juan Island Grange #966 is “to support a resilient community of growers, makers, and keepers” which requires affordable housing for all members of our community.

Wages in San Juan County are among the lowest of all counties in the State of Washington, yet home prices are typically among the highest in the State.

Year-round rental housing is being converted to short-term vacation rentals because the San Juan Islands are a tourist destination.

Working households and vulnerable populations in San Juan County are struggling to find homes they can afford.

On May 22, 2018 the San Juan County Council passed Resolution 24-2018 setting an election for the imposition of a one-half of one percent (0.5%) real estate excise tax (REET) for affordable housing on November 6, 2018.

The REET funds would pay for such areas as developing and preserving affordable rented and owned housing for very low-, low- and moderate-income persons and those with special needs.

We urge all islanders to vote Yes for Homes in the November 6 election.

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3rd Saturday Contra Dance October 20

Poster by Teddy Deane

The next contra dance in the 3rd Saturday series.From 7-9 p.m., October. 20, at the San Juan Island Grange. Cost is by donation at the door; $10 for adults, $5 for students. Amy Carroll, a well-known caller from Seattle will be the caller. Music is provided by Forrest Carroll and Friends. The group features Carroll on fiddle, Frank Blade on guitar and Jerry Gallagher on banjo. All are popular musicians who also come from Seattle. As always, the dances will be taught, no experience is needed and there is no need to bring a partner. In contra dance, people trade partners for each dance. For more info, email alicedeane@rockisland.com.

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Seed Exchange Wednesday October 17

Sow the Seeds of Victory with the Grange!

San Juan Island Grange #966 will host our annual Fall Seed Exchange at the Grange Hall on Wednesday evening, October 17, from 6PM to 8PM. Please bring your seeds and stories and join our informal exchange of plant material and information.  No seeds to share? Then bring in your enthusiasm and questions and go home with something for your garden. You can expect to find seeds of all types, flower, tree, and vegetable, as well as plants and cuttings. On hand will be expert advice on seed saving and storing, vegetable gardens, and orchards.

This program is sponsored by the San Juan Island Grange and the Corps of Resiliency and is open to all, free of charge.

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Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade October 6

The eighth annual parade of tractors, farm trucks, horses, and goats on leash is ready to roll down Argyle and Spring Streets on Saturday, October 6.  If you would like to join in, come to the fairgrounds where staging starts at 1:30. Bring good shoes, a sign or costume, or your tractor. You choose. The theme is always local food and farms, but that is loosely interpreted. 

Lovel and Boyd Pratt leading the Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade with the Aurora Farms truck following.

Or you could bring the camera and the kids and park yourselves along the parade route. The best viewing can be had from porches along Argyle Avenue, but Spring Street offers many viewing stations. Be sure to cheer as we go by!

As with all San Juan Island Grange public programs, the parade is free and open to all.

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Corps of Resiliency on September 19: WATER

The Corps of Resiliency will be gathering at the Grange Hall on September 19 at 7PM for a discussion about water, and some steps our island families can take to ensure a safe and plentiful supply in a uncertain future.

Climate change models predict drier summers and wetter winters for us. More families and more houses mean increased drawdown of groundwater supplies for wells. Higher risk of wild fire means increased need for an accessible water supply.

How can we change our gardening, farming and household practices to conserve this precious resource? How can we continue to draw water duing a  power outage?  Can we pool our purchasing power to get good discounts on a truckload of water storage tanks? These are some of the questions on the agenda.

The Corps of Resiliency gatherings are informal roundtable discussions where attendees share questions, knowledge and advice. And we share dessert. So please bring something sweet and come talk! 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the San Juan Island Grange Hall.

This event is offered as part of our mission: 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.

Free and open to all. Including children.

 

 

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Contra Dance with the Luddite Ramblers September 15

It is the Walz workshop taught by our caller Judy Zeidel that will make this coming dance extra special.

“You will not want to miss this one. Come to the dance, up your waltzing skills and/or start learning to waltz. Judy does a great job”, according to organizer Alice Deane.

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