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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CALLING ALL BERRY PICKERS!

010Greetings Brothers and Sisters!  We hope that your summer has been a productive and enjoyable!

We’re not having an August business meeting (we usually skip it because everyone’s so busy!) BUT there is a way you can contribute to a wonderful fundraising project for our deck! Doug Rowan is heading up an effort along with Carter Fuehr-Bush to make 100 8-ounce jars of blackberry jam to sell for the building the deck on our Hall. They will put them up, but they do need blackberries, so let’s get picking! You can contact Doug at drowan519@earthlink.net or call him at (206) 399-3286 or (360) 298-7372 to deliver your berries or help with canning.

Thank you and hope to see you at the Fair!

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OPEN HOUSE Saturday July 11th, 10am-3pm

Grange welcomesWe are having an Open House at the Grange Hall on Saturday, July 11th from 10am-3pm. We’ll have music, quilt demonstrations and sales, face painting, historic barns of the San Juan Islands slide show, chair massages, seed display and sales, drinks for sale, and of course show off our deck project!  Hope to see you there!

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JULY 1ST BUSINESS MEETING

036Our July Business Meeting is Wednesday, the 1st  at 7pm, preceded by our customary potluck at 6pm.  Please come to share the excitement of continuing work on our deck project!  Check out this photo of the June 11th work party stripping off the trim and skirting to reveal some awesome burnt cedar stumps that were once used for footings!

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HISTORIC BARNS OF THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS JUNE 24TH

Straitsview Barn

Straitsview Farm

San Juan Island Grange #966 presents a summer evening program on Historic Barns of the San Juan Islands on Wednesday June 24, 2015 at the Grange Hall.  The program begins at 7pm, preceded by a potluck at 6pm—all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Join 100 Friends of Old Island Barns architectural historian Boyd C. Pratt and coordinator Sandy Strehlou for an introduction to the newly posted website Historic Barns of the San Juan Islands. Boyd and Sandy will talk about all things old island barns by taking a virtual tour through the website. Got an island barn? Know about any historic ones? Or maybe you’re just a barn hugger like these two…whatever, come and revel in these historic treasures!

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JUNE 3RD BUSINESS MEETING

Grange welcomesOur June Business Meeting is Wednesday, the 3rd at 7pm.  (The last School Community Dinner of the academic year starts at 5:30pm, so we will not have our usual potluck and instead encourage members to support the Food for Thought program!).  Please come to share the excitement of breaking ground for our deck project and discussing future programs!

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FARM AND AGRICULTURAL LAND TAXATION PROGRAM MAY 28TH

Farm SceneSan Juan Island Grange #966 continues its 2015 Spring Lecture Series with a program on Farm and Agricultural Land Taxation on Thursday May 28, 2015 at the Grange Hall.  The program begins at 7pm, preceded by a potluck at 6pm—all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Running a farm and getting a tax benefit for the trouble is not difficult, but some paperwork is required. John Kulseth, the San Juan County Assessor, will talk about the challenges of applying for and maintaining farm and agricultural land status at the San Juan Island Grange Hall on May 28 as part of the Grange’s ongoing community forum program.

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MAY 6TH BUSINESS MEETING (SEIS DE MAYO)

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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