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.




Keith Keyser: Permaculture, or regenerative ecological agriculture and its promise for restoring a damaged planet

Part of the San Juan Island Grange Lecture Series, July 25, 6PM potluck meet&greet, 7PM program.

Islanders can produce an abundance of food for their families while restoring degraded lands and fighting climate change. Tall order, you say? Permaculture designer Keith Keyser will show how it has been done elsewhere and how it can be done here. Join Keyser on Wednesday July 25th at the San Juan Island Grange Hall for an informative talk on “Permaculture, or regenerative ecological agriculture and its promise for restoring a damaged planet”. The program starts at 7PM and is preceded by a 6PM traditional Grange meet-and-greet potluck.

Permaculture is an integrated approach to landscape design, aquaculture, water management, forestry, animal husbandry, nutrient cycling, architecture and more. It creates “consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fiber and energy for provision of local needs.”, according to Permaculture co-founder David Holmgren.

Keyser will present principles that govern Permaculture design, introduce the founding mothers and fathers of Permaculture, and look at some successful Pacific Northwest examples that show what can be done here in our islands.

This latest presentation in San Juan Island Grange’s Lecture Series is offered to advance its mission “to promote a resilient community of growers, makers and keepers” on San Juan Island. Founded in 1931, San Juan Island Grange is non-partisan, and so is this presentation. All are welcome, free of charge.

Here’s an excerpt from his presentation:

Hi, my name is Keith Keyser. I’ve been practicing organic gardening all my adult life, which you can see has been a long time. I got started at the Organic farm at the Evergreen State College in the mid 70’s and have since been gardening in a variety of micro climates in the greater northwest. This presentation on PC is about much more than gardening per se. As PC, also known as regenerative ecological agriculture, is an integrated approach to landscape design, aquaculture, water management, forestry, animal husbandry, nutrient cycling, architecture and more, and I find it very fitting that I should have attended a school that prided itself on an integrated curriculum where pieces of varied academic departments can be found in one program of study. In the next hour and a half I’ll be addressing the ten principles that govern PC design, introduce innovators who have contributed to what PC has become today, whom I call mothers and fathers of PC, look at some NW examples of what can be accomplished in the marriage of technology and biology and along the way identify some ways to implement PC practices in the San Juans. Following that I’ll entertain any questions you may have.”

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Dessert Potluck Resiliency Conversation June 20 7PM

The Ideal Grange Hall Potluck

There will be dessert!

The Corps of Resiliency is hosting a dessert potluck and informal discussion at the Grange Hall tonight, Wednesday June 20, at 7PM. The topics for discussion will center around these areas:

How do we increase the resiliency of our island community in the face of an uncertain future?
How can we work together to prepare for “natural” disasters like storms and earthquakes?
What has your family done to increase its food or energy security?
Are there things we can buy or make together that will help?

And of course the floor is open to other questions and ideas. The conversation will be based on the successful model of the Growers Circle Coffee Hour at the Grange (drinking coffee at a table, asking for guidance on a specific problem in food growing, getting a lot of suggestions, advice, wisdom and humor from the others at the table, and then hearing another person ask the next question).

So, please come, bring some dessert to share, whatever show-n-tell item you want to present, your questions, ideas, attitude, humor…

Free and open to all.

Did I mention there will be dessert?

Roger Ellison, Corps of Resiliency member

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Active Hope and a Sense of Place, June 18

Do you have a sense of humor? Can you see it or measure it? No, but you DO know when you’ve (or someone else) has lost it!

In the same way, a sense of place is invisible– but essential– to give you grounding in your daily life, A “sense of place” has been described as “playful learning” and “developing an ecological identity”. Deciding to belong to a place has many facets, including ongoing exploration, a hobby that keeps providing brain enhancing activities and outdoor appreciation. The Salish Sea is a world class transboundary ecosystem, and it needs people who know and care about it. “Active hope” describes how we can respond to the challenges and threats of the Salish Sea with unexpected resilience and creative power.Whether you are newly arrived or old island roots or somewhere in between (or even just visiting) , this presentation will give you a new perspective and inventive ideas!

Join San Juan islander Shann Weston and Lopez Islanders Nikyta Palmisani and Milla Prince on Monday, June 18, at the San Juan Grange Hall. Come at 5 PM for the potluck (or bring your own dinner). The presentation will be from 6-7:30, to allow our fellow islanders to get home.

This event is part of the San Juan Island Grange lecture series, which strives to foster social and political engagement, discussion, and to maintain our historical hall as a home for celebrations and programs.

The San Juan Island Grange has been a community of growers, makers, and keepers since 1931.The grange is nonpartisan, and so is this event. All are welcome.

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Legal Rights for the Salish Sea? Expanding our Circle of Citizenship

Join us on Thursday, May 10th, for a screening of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s “We the People: Expanding Our Circle of Citizenship”, followed by a lively discussion about Community Rights and the Rights of Nature with Jessica Simone of Community Rights San Juan Islands.

The program will begin at 6:30 pm and, in typical Grange fashion, will be preceded by an optional potluck and meet ‘n’ greet at 5:30!

Community Rights San Juan Islands has come together to develop a community bill of rights for San Juan County. We aim to create legal tools to prevent corporate and government entities from causing harm to our natural and human communities.

The impetus for a Community Rights movement in our county arises out of the deep love and respect we have for these islands we call home and for the Salish Sea that surrounds us. We recognize that our well-being is tied to the well-being of our natural environment, and yet we currently have little or no power to refuse potentially harmful industrial projects that set their sights on our region.

We are working with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), a front-runner in the national community rights movement and the growing global movement to recognize the rights of nature. Our hope is that by creating a community bill of rights, we will set the foundation for legal protections and assertions that we can build on as specific issues demand.

Community Rights San Juan Islands is about democracy: creating a framework by which our community can protect what we love.

Join us.

For more information on CELDF and Community Rights, visit:

The San Juan Island Grange has been a community of growers, makers, and keepers since 1931. The Grange is non-partisan, and so is this event.  All are welcome, including kids!

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Grange Open House, Art Contest, and Creative Writing Open Mic

2018 San Juan Island Grange Creative Writing Contest

Art Fair 2018 at the San Juan Island Grange: April 11

Calling all artists, poets, writers, and makers, of ALL AGES… San Juan Island Grange 966 is hosting an art, craft, and photography contest, as well as a creative writing open mic, at our 2018 Open House!

Join us at the San Juan Island Grange Hall (152 1st St, Friday Harbor) Wednesday, April 11th for a spring celebration of creativity.  We welcome art and craft submissions of every kind (photos, drawings, paintings, sculpture, weaving, jewelry, metalwork, woodworking, you name it), and multiple pieces (in multiple categories) are encouraged.

We will be accepting art/craft submissions the day of the event between the hours of 11am and 1pm.  If you are unable to get your piece to us at that time, email to arrange a pick-up or drop-off that works for you!

All submissions will be up on display for the public during our Open House potluck and artist reception from 4pm-6pm, come enjoy the the show and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages!  This is a great opportunity to see our new deck and freshly refinished floor if you haven’t already… Bring a snack or dish to share if you like!

From 6:00-7:00 PM we will open the space for a creative writing open mic!  Folks who have submitted pieces to our writing contest, and anyone else who’s ready and willing, will be invited to read or recite their work. The deadline for official submissions to the writing contest is March 26th, please email for details.

We hope you will join us for this special community event, sponsored in part by the San Juan Island Grange 966 Makers Guild.


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THE AGE OF LONELINESS: Cultivating Spirit through Environmental Activism

How can we stay hopeful, grounded, and engaged, while standing up for what we believe in? We live in an age of unprecedented climate chaos, polarizing politics, and a mass extinction previously unseen in human history. Whether we acknowledge it or not, the times we live in weigh heavily upon us.

In recent years, spirituality as become a vital component of activism; particularly in the environmental movement. Land-based spiritual activism and bio-regional resilience is the fertile edge of intersectional environmentalism.

Activism is not only marching and gathering signatures, resiliency means more than a full pantry and an emergency plan, and the environment is inseparable from ourselves. We must learn to recognize our place in the life of the world, and acknowledge the existential loneliness we are creating for ourselves as a species. We must learn to see our work as a part of a greater whole.

Join seasoned activist, herbalist, and educator Milla Prince at 6:30 p.m.  Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the San Juan Island Grange for a discussion of how reconnecting with land, plants and the human community can help us build emotional and spiritual resilience.

The lecture will be preceded by a pop-in potluck dinner at 5:30. p.m. Join us for a meal, or just come for the lecture.

Milla Prince is a writer, wildcrafter, folk herbalist, local plant enthusiast, community organizer, teacher, filmmaker, activist, gardener.

Her work as an herbalist in the Pacific Northwest is deeply rooted in the practice of bio-regionalism, Earth Activism, and local resilience. It is her goal to empower folks to discover and revive their own ancestral, holistic traditions.

She was born and raised in boreal forests of Finland and now lives on unceded Coast Salish Territory in the Cascadia Bioregion.

The Age of Loneliness: Cultivating Spirit Through Environmental Activism is part of the Grange Lecture Series, which strives to foster social and political engagement, discussion, and to maintain our historical Hall as a home for celebrations and programs.

The San Juan Island Grange has been a community of growers, makers, and keepers since 1931.

The Grange is nonpartisan, and so is this event. All are welcome, including kids.



San Juan Island Grange is proud to present our 3rd Annual Seed Exchange at the Grange Hall this Saturday, February 17, 1-4PM.

Have some seeds left over from last year? Did you save seeds from a special vegetable you’d like to share? Have some bulbs or cuttings from a favorite plant? Bring them to the Seed Exchange. Last year, a very tall and handsome kale and a tasty tomato came to the exchange and went home with several gardeners.

We’ve had reports that fruit tree scion wood will be available this year for you grafters out there.

And of course the San Juan Seed Company will have some seeds to give away!

See you there!


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