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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MARCH 4TH BUSINESS MEETING

Our March business meeting is on Wednesday the 4th at 7pm, preceded by our customary potluck dinner at 6pm.  Please come to discuss the results of the seed order, marketing the Grange and the Hall, and some exciting programs planned for the next few months!  See you there soon!

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SAN JUAN ISLAND GRANGE OPPOSES MARIJUANA MORATORIUM

grange-movement-grangerAt its January 7th, 2015 business meeting San Juan Island Grange #966 resolved to oppose the Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production. Even though the San Juan County Council has withdrawn the proposal, San Juan Island Grange #966 would like to make clear its position towards the regulation of marijuana production in San Juan County.

The Grange Movement in the United States is rich with the traditions and struggles of farm families and rural farm communities. The local, state, and national Granges have always, and continue to, advocate politically on issues important to rural families, including the right to farm, good government, land use policy, rural access to new technologies and vital services, job development, and strong rural economies. Part of the mission of San Juan Island Grange #966 is “to support a resilient community of growers, makers, and keepers” and “to foster social and political engagement.”

In 2012 the voters of San Juan County overwhelmingly endorsed the passage of I-502 Legalization of Marijuana by the largest majority in Washington State. A small number of local farmers, entrepreneurs, and county residents have endeavored in good faith to comply with all existing local and state rules, laws, and regulations pertaining to developing their farms and farm products. The proposed San Juan County moratorium on marijuana production would have placed new and unnecessary restrictions on growers without substantiating an imminent emergency. The Agricultural Resources Committee (ARC) and the San Juan County Community Development and Planning Department (SJC CD&P) are already committed to a working group to study marijuana farming and other agricultural issues in 2015.

San Juan Island Grange #966 resolved at its January 7th, 2015 business meeting to oppose the Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production, because:

  • It is a core purpose of the county government to maintain such commons as air, water, topsoil, healthy ecosystems, fair economic systems, and just political systems;
  • The County should make preservation of farm land and support for local agriculture an economic and land use priority; and
  • Decisions concerning agriculture and protection of farm land should come from research and recommendations conducted and written by individuals and organizations made up of farmers, the ARC, SJC CD&P, and others qualified to study and analyze existing farm conditions and new farming strategies.

San Juan Island Grange #966 felt that regulations that come from a joint ARC/CP&D working group must recognize the following points:

  • The best agricultural soils in our county must be reserved in perpetuity for growing food and feed;
  • Greenhouses are an appropriate way to increase resilience by increasing the growing season for many food and feed crops;
  • Food production is so fundamental to the resilience of a community that it must at times take precedence over concerns over noise and light pollution; and
  • Marijuana is now a legal agricultural crop and should be recognized by the County and treated the same as the cultivation of food, feed, wine grapes, hops, spirits, food grade and medicinal herbs, and all other recognized agricultural crops with regard to policies, regulations, and all other governmental actions.

Fraternally Yours,

San Juan Island Grange #966 Executive Committee

Boyd C. Pratt, 2015 Master

Roger Ellison, 2015 Overseer

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FEBRUARY 4TH BUSINESS MEETING

OH KELLYOur February business meeting is on Wednesday the 4th at 7pm, preceded by our customary potluck dinner at 6pm.  Please come to discuss the results of the January 10th Strategic Planning Session, planning for the deck and hall improvements, and some exciting programs planned for the next few months!  Master Boyd Pratt will be absent; well-seasoned Worthy Overseer Roger Ellison will conduct the meeting.

We will have order forms for the Spring Seed Project on hand, so that you last minute shoppers can get your orders in before Friday.

See you all there!

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TIME TO ORDER SEEDS!

KEEP CALMIt’s that time again when we curl up by the fire and leaf through our seed catalogs dreaming of the perfect garden to come. Well dream no more, and get your seed order in! For the third year now, we will be bundling orders from FEDCO SEEDS to create big savings for island gardeners. All orders before February 6th will receive a 25% discount from our list price (Grangers get a 30% discount). You get a great bargain because your order helps us gain quantity discounts, and your selection helps us choose varieties for our fundraising packets. The seeds on our list were chosen by island gardeners and farmers for their suitability for our climate.

Have a look at our SEED ORDER PAGE, and get your order in before February 6th for a great garden for 2015. This offer is available to all islanders or anybody else who can pick up their seed order from us. We expect delivery in early March.

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SEED ORDER ROUNDTABLE

Wednesday, January 21, 2015seed packet bitmap

It’s that time of year when we begin to peruse our seed catalogues and longingly plan our vegetable garden!  San Juan Island Grange #966 is sponsoring a Seed Order Roundtable, Wednesday January 21, 2015 at the Grange Hall; the program begins at 7pm, preceded by a potluck at 6pm—all are welcome and encouraged to attend.  This roundtable will discuss growers’ favorite varieties of vegetables in order to put together a collective Grange seed order.  Come share your preferences and build a robust selection for our 2015 seed order.

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Strategic Planning Meeting Saturday, January 10th

San Juan Island Grange #966 Members Unite & Plan!  We’re holding a Strategic Planning Meeting this Saturday, January 10th, 10am-2pm.  We will be focusing on three areas: Financial Stability, Relationship with the State Grange, and Grange Hall Facility and Improvements.  Coffee, tea, and refreshments served; bring your own lunch.  And did we mention the enticing door prizes?  Come forge a dynamic plan for the year ahead!

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FIRST MEETING OF 2015!

On Wednesday, January 7th we will have our First Meeting of 2015!  Please join us in welcoming in the new year with a Candle Lighting Ceremony, and then on to a continued discussion of the Proposed Marijuana Moratorium.  Potluck at 6pm; meeting at 7pm.  And, mark your calendars for a Strategic Planning Meeting on Saturday, January 10th, 10am to 2pm.  More information to follow!

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