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.





th[7]Our May Business Meeting is Wednesday, the 6th (Seis de Mayo) at 7pm.  (There is a School Community Dinner starting at 5:30pm, so we will not have our usual potluck and instead encourage members to support the Food for Thought program!).  One of the items of business is the consideration of several draft resolutions that are being presented by the Legislative Committee:

  • Revised draft resolution concerning climate change
  • Revised draft resolution concerning genetic modification of agricultural organisms
  • Revised draft resolution concerning crop access to rail transportation and rail safety issues

In addition, they have drafted a new resolution with input from Mike Cohen (Thank you Mike!):

  • Draft resolution concerning Earth’s carrying capacity

Please come and discuss!

(And yes, that’s past Master Roger Ellison in a former Fall Farm Parade, bringing it all in!)

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img_20130627_173014_330[1]April is Grange Month, and the Granges of San Juan County are having a Grange Arts and Crafts Contest!  Come by the Grange Hall between 11am and 1pm on Wednesday, April 22nd to submit your entries.  Both Grange and non-Grange members are welcome; non-Grange members must be sponsored by a Grange member.  Categories include arts and crafts of all sorts, including paintings and drawings, sculpture, textiles, and wood and fiber work—how about duct tape, anyone?

Following submission of entries at the Arts and Crafts Contest from 11am-1pm, the Hall will be re-open at 4pm for viewing and a 5pm potluck—all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Arts and Crafts Contest Rules 2015

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Our April business meeting is on Wednesday the 1st (no fooling!) at 7pm, preceded by our customary potluck dinner at 6pm.  Please come and join in on a Spring Seed Planting Ceremony and pick up those packets of seeds that you’re missing!  In addition, the Legislative Committee has some resolutions to consider:

  • A Resolution Concerning Genetic Modification of Agricultural Organisms
  • A Resolution Concerning Climate Change
  • A Resolution Concerning Agricultural Crop Access to Transportation and Safety Issues in Regard to the Transport of Crude Oil by Rail

Looks to be an engaging evening–see you there!

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SJI Year of Living Dangerously

San Juan Island Grange #966 is co-sponsoring the film series “Years of Living Dangerously,” an Emmy Award winning 9 part series on Climate Change.  The showings will be at 7pm each Thursday night in April at the Grange Hall, followed by a community conversation.  You can find out more at

All are heartily encouraged to attend and engage in the conversation!

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2015 LABELSan Juan Seed Company, a project of San Juan Island Grange #966, will display and sell vegetable, herb and flower seeds at the Grange Hall on Wednesday the 18th before and after the Strong Coffee program.  Once again, our seeds are from Fedco Seeds of Maine, a cooperative seed house that is part of the fight against monopoly control of the seed industry. Come between 5 and 7 on Wednesday to check out our selection of non-gmo seeds chosen by local growers to do well in our climate. Proceeds will go toward building more cooperative programs at your Grange.

If you want to join us for our potluck at 6, bring a dish to share and stay for an enjoyable meal and good conversation. Perhaps about gardening. See you there!

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STRONG COFFEE, the Story of Cafe Femenino

CAFE FEMENINOSee the film Strong Coffee, the Story of Cafe Femenino at the Grange Hall on Wednesday, March 18th. Film and discussion will start at 7PM, proceeded by a potluck at 6PM.

Cafe Femenino  began in 2004 when women farmers from northern Peru wished to market their product separately from the men farmers’. They felt that the extra care they put into their coffee production resulted in a higher-quality product, and so a new cooperative was born.   Today the Café Femenino Program continues to have a huge impact in the daily lives of women around the world and creates greater gender equality in families, cooperatives, and communities.

The Grange started after the Civil War as a fair-trade movement of farmers working together to combat the exploitative freight rates charged by the railroad monopolies. Through political, economic and social organizing, including the establishment of cooperatives and the inclusion of women as equal partners from the onset, the Grange started a tradition of agrarian self-determination that continues to this day.

Come have a traditional Grange potluck with us, buy some seeds from our non-gmo vegetable seed project, and stay for the film and discussion.

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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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