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.





Tom Gwin

State Grange Master Tom Gwin

San Juan Island Grange #966 hopes that you all had wonderful Thanksgiving celebrations.  We have much to be thankful for and to celebrate, not the least of which is that State Grange Master Tom Gwin will be attending our next regular business meeting, Wednesday December 2nd, in order to install our newly-elected 2016 officers!  The meeting begins at 7pm, preceded by our usual 6 pm potluck; on this special occasion, let’s see what delicious dishes we can cook up for Worthy Master Tom.  And Farhad has agreed to play on our new piano as an opening song—so much to celebrate!  Let’s have a great turnout so we can show off our stuff.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Candles in Canning Jars

Candles in Canning Jars

Come join us on Wednesday November 18, 2015 at the Grange Hall for a program on  Winter Preparedness: how to prepare for and enjoy in comfort the windy wild winter weather of the islands.  Outages, snow, freezes, windstorms, and floods are a rare but regular part of island life; learning how to survive winter in style is a key part of island culture.  Brendan Cowan of the San Juan County Department of Emergency Management will talk about Winter Preparedness, followed by a candle-making workshop.  Bring some 8 oz. canning jars and we’ll supply the wax and wicks.  Be prepared!

The program begins at 7pm preceded by a potluck at 6pm—all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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2015 officers

Yes, you too can be in this picture!

This next Wednesday November the 4th we will be having our regular business meeting at 7pm.  (The Food for Thought Community Dinner starts at 5:30pm that evening, so we will again be foregoing our potluck.)  November is the regular meeting in which we elect next year’s officers (who will be installed at the December meeting), so please come and vote.  See you soon!

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Fireside Grange ConversationPlease join us for the continuation of our fall evening program series with Conscious Conversation on Agriculture and Nature on Wednesday October 21, 2015 at the Grange Hall.  The program begins at 7pm with ‘The Lighting of the Fire’ in the Hall fireplace to celebrate Fall and the oncome of Winter. Over warm drinks and cookies, we will enjoy an informal conscious conversation, facilitated by Grange Lecturer Lori Ann David, on the relation of Nature to Agriculture—as art, as healer, in its present state, how we live it, and what we expect.

Join in on a relaxed evening of friends sharing ideas and companionship.

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Deirdre Morris serving pies as a fundraiser for our new deck! (Photo courtesy Shaun Hubbard)

This next Wednesday October the 7th we will be having our regular business meeting at 7pm.  (The Food for Thought Community Dinner starts at 5:30pm that evening, so we will be foregoing our potluck.)  Please come to welcome and thank Joan and Dan Kennedy for their wonderful gift of a Yamaha C5 Grand Piano, which currently graces our Hall!  We will also be discussing several financial requests, including joint sponsorship, with the Ag Guild, for a farmer to attend Leadership San Juans—so please come and make your voice heard!  And speaking of money, how about the pie sale that netted over $1,100 for our deck project!–many thanks for all those who helped make this happen!
See you Wednesday evening!

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piesSan Juan Island Grange is pulling out all the stops on October 3, adding pies to our menu of offerings. After our Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade we will be selling pies at the Chili Cook-off (starting at 4:00PM at Brickworks). Fruit pies, pumpkin pies, lemon meringue pies! Funds from pie sales will go toward building a water-view deck at the Grange Hall. Buying a pie and sharing it with your table-mates at the Chili Cook-off or taking it home to your family will increase your “provider factor” immensely, while at the same time help us in our mission as providers of a home for community celebrations.

Pie sales will continue at the “An Evening with Seeds” program at the Grange Hall starting at 7:00. See the movie “Seeds of Time” presented by the Tragedy of the Commons Documentary Series, meet Thor Hanson, author of “The Triumph of Seeds”, check out the San Juan Seed Company’s plans for 2016.

Fruit trees, pumpkins and lemons all produce seeds as a way to carry their successes into the future. You can help us carry our success into the future in the form of a new deck by buying a pie from your Grange!

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On October 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM, after the Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade, after the Chili Cook-off at Brickworks, San Juan Island Grange is pleased to present An Evening with Seeds, a program in three parts: 

  • FREE showing of the film SEEDS OF TIME“, presented by the Tragedy of the Commons Documentary Series. seeds of timeA perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Seed banks around the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation and rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are affecting farmers globally. Communities of indigenous Peruvian farmers are already suffering those effects, as they try desperately to save over 1,500 varieties of native potato in their fields. But with little time to waste, both Fowler and the farmers embark on passionate and personal journeys that may save the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.
  • Thor Hanson will be present with his bookTHE TRIUMPH OF SEEDS. triumph of seedsWe live in a world of seeds. From our morning coffee to the cotton in our clothes, seeds support diets, economies, lifestyles, and civilizations around the globe. In The Triumph of Seeds, award-winning author and biologist Thor Hanson explores both the natural and cultural history of seeds – why they are so dominant in nature, and why we are so utterly dependent upon them.
  • 2015 LABELAnd the San Juan Island Grange will have a rollout of its 2016 SEED PROJECT“. Join with other island growers to order non-GMO seeds in bulk for big discounts!


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