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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SAN JUAN ISLAND GRANGE OPPOSES TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

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San Juan Island Grange encourages local production and inter-island trade.

At our May membership meeting, San Juan Island Grange #966 formally adopted a resolution against the Trans Pacific Partnership. Our Grange calls for the rejection of TPP and other “Fast Track” agreements as undemocratic and therefore against the values of the Grange. Rather than international agreements created in secrecy that favor agricultural concentration and the industrialization of agriculture, we support local production for local needs that keeps our money on our island, that uses methods that reduce carbon emissions, improve environmental health, and add to the diversity of our seed bank.

The full text of our trade resolution can be found here: https://sjigrange.wordpress.com/resolutions/resolution-concerning-trade-agreements/

Local Granges formulate their own political policies in a process guaranteed by the National Grange since its inception in 1867 . San Juan Island Grange’s resolutions can be viewed here:  https://sjigrange.wordpress.com/resolutions/

 

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MAY 4TH BUSINESS MEETING

IMG_1202San Juan Island Grange #966 will have our regular business meeting on Wednesday, May 4th beginning at 7pm; because the School is having a Community Dinner that night, we will not have our usual 6 pm potluck, but hope to see you at the Dinner.

Come celebrate the results of April’s Art Contest!  We will also be addressing resolutions for the State Grange Convention.  And we are reaching the point where we need to ‘put our muscles where our mouths are’ for our Deck Project—please come prepared to commit!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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THURSDAY APRIL 21: ANNUAL ART CONTEST

HOSTED BY SAN JUAN ISLAND GRANGE #966 AND FRIDAY HARBOR GRANGE #225

img_20130627_173014_330[1]Calling all artists!!!

The Grange is having its annual art contest on Thursday, April 21st.  You need not be a member of the Grange to enter: everyone is welcome! All categories are welcome including photography, water color or oil paintings, basket making or broom making, quilting, bookmaking, mixed media, sewing , recycled clothing , knitting and crocheting, clay, Photography,  and any other  category I might have forgotten.

If your work qualifies to go the State Grange contest and your art work is chosen you will win $50.00.  Please call Deirdre Morris to make arrangements to have your worked picked up at your house or meet her in town.  All entries must have a title and the artist’s name and phone number somewhere on them.  All work must be handed to Deirdre before the 20th of April; otherwise, entries can be submitted on the day of the contest (April 21st) by 1pm at the San Juan Island Grange #966 Hall.  Please contact Deirdre at 619-203-4313 or 378-1888 or d2morris@gmail.com.

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APRIL 6TH BUSINESS MEETING

Roger and Malcolm 2016 3 24San Juan Island Grange #966 will have our regular business meeting on Wednesday, April 6th beginning at 7pm and preceded by our usual 6 pm potluck.  We’ll be considering some resolutions for the State Grange Convention as well as working towards our exciting Deck Project.  (See if you can recognize the backsides of these two dedicated members hard at work on the foundations!).

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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GRANGE BOOTH AT THE FARMERS MARKET

brickworksSATURDAY MARCH 12, 10am-1pm

Come see us at the Farmers Market at Brickworks on Saturday March 12. Our Grange booth will have seed packets from San Juan Seed Company, knit caps by Val White, art by Jennifer Harrington, and nursery plants and eggs from Thornbush Farm.

The booth is a cooperative effort of our members to show off the talents of the Growers, Makers and Keepers of San Juan Island Grange #966.

We will be inside the old brickworks building, so come see us rain or shine! Grange member discounts apply!

 

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SAN JUAN SEED COMPANY PACKETS AT THE COOP

The San Juan Seed Company has launched its 2016 season with a seed rack at the San Juan Island Food Coop! Our selection features golden beets, bok choy, carrots, cilantro, deer tongue lettuce, spinach, and snap peas.

Every seed we offer has been chosen by local gardeners and farmers to grow well in the Puget Sound and Salish Sea climates.  And since they are open pollinated and not hybrids, you can save seeds from your crops. buyseedsfacebookThat fits well with San Juan Island Grange’s mission to “support a resilient community of growers, makers, and keepers…”.

 

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MARCH 2ND BUSINESS MEETING

rockwellSan Juan Island Grange #966 will have our March business meeting on Wednesday the 2nd beginning at 7pm, preceded by our usual 6 pm potluck.  The main item on the agenda will be our resolutions to send to the State Grange Convention.

Members, please have a look at the Washington State Grange Legislative Handbook to which State Grange policies need correction or clarification, or whether an issue you feel strongly about requires a new policy. All policies in the handbook come from local or county Granges, and are adopted through the democratic process at the convention. Here’s a chance to make a difference.

The deadline for resolutions to be considered at the Washington State Grange Convention is May 20th, so we have this March meeting to start thinking, the April meeting to present ideas, and the May meeting to adopt final language.

 

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