August 1, Earth Overshoot Day

Mike Cohen made a brief presentation on Earth Overshoot Day at our membership meeting last night. Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. In 2018, that day was August 1, the earliest it has ever been.

Mike was the main driver behind our 2015 resolution in which our Grange committed ourselves to “act as ambassadors of Earth to guide humanity away from its excesses which lead to an overshoot of Earth’s ability to meet our material and emotional needs”.

In that 2015 resolution, we quoted the Declaration of Purposes of the National Grange, adopted by the St. Louis session of the National Grange, February 11, 1874, which states, “We shall endeavor…to buy less and produce more, in order to make our farms self-sustaining; to diversify our crops and crop no more than we can cultivate; to condense the weight of our exports, selling less in the bushel and more on hoof and in fleece, less in lint and more in warp and woof;…; to discountenance the credit system, the mortgage system, the fashion system, and every other system tending to prodigality and bankruptcy.”

By the way, one of our members is the great grandson of the author of the 1874 Declaration of Purposes, and has has been doing a little research to present to our Grange, possible this fall. Look for a future post on that topic.





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Grange Meeting August 1

Our August meeting will be on Wednesday August 1 at 7PM, preceded by our traditional Grange potluck at 6PM.

The meeting will tackle a few important items:

  • We will be asked to endorse the San Juan County Housing Real Estate Excise Tax. While Granges are non-partisan and may not endorse candidates or parties, we are encouraged to weigh in on issues. A representative of the campaign for the excise tax will make a presentation to our membership at this meeting.
  • We have been asked to support a County Farmers Almanac project. A representative of that project will say a few words to us.
  • Anything else a member wants to bring up. Grange agendas are not set in advance, so if you have something you want us to discuss, bring it!

Please come. Bring your children. And bring some produce or books or usable clothing or what have you for our Share the Harvest table.

See you all there!


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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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