Posted February 28, 2022 at 4:25 pm by Jeff Arnim
The most-read stories on the San Juan Update in February included our profile of Cynthia Burke’s community contributions, a look at the updated status of a proposed hotel project on First Street, an unexpected job posting from the County Assessor’s office, and our coverage of road repairs near Eagle Cove.
If you haven’t already read these stories, check them out now.
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Posted February 28, 2022 at 1:07 pm by Jeff Arnim
The San Juan County Conservation Land Bank is looking for an experienced farmer or farm organization — possibly from San Juan Island — to move their existing operation to Orcas Island.
The Land Bank has issued a request for proposals for a five-year farm lease on its 150-acre Coffelt Farm Preserve, with a five-year renewal option. The property includes pasture land, a house, and existing farm infrastructure. According to the RFP:
Since the Land Bank acquired Coffelt Farm Preserve [in 2008], farm operations were managed first by a non-profit, Coffelt Farm Stewards, and currently by Lum Farms LLC under an interim lease through 2022. These operations have maintained the farm as a diversified, though primarily livestock-based operation. In addition to advancing its stewardship goals, the Land Bank seeks to maintain the farm as a model for small-scale, community-oriented agriculture and as a welcoming place for visitors and all members of the community.
Proposals are due by Wednesday, June 1.
Posted February 28, 2022 at 9:44 am by Jeff Arnim
More than 25 local organizations seeking volunteers are expected to take part in San Juan Island’s Volunteer Fair, held this coming Sunday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brickworks.
Sponsored by the San Juan Island Service Scholarship, Island Grown in the San Juans, and Brickworks, the event will give potential volunteers the chance to connect with nonprofits and other organizations that need their help more than ever.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, “Most in-person volunteering came to a standstill over the last two years,” says Tanja Williamson, the Volunteer Fair coordinator and President of the San Juan Island Service Scholarship. “I hear from friends at other nonprofits how they’re also looking for volunteers. Without community participation, I’m afraid we’ll start to see great resources fold.” Continue Reading
Rolling with the waves through the darkness, to the faint sound of a car alarm honking on the deck below
Posted February 27, 2022 at 10:10 pm by Jeff Arnim
Posted February 27, 2022 at 1:34 pm by Jeff Arnim
Online registration for the tenth edition of the San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit ends tomorrow, Feb. 28.
This year’s event features virtual programming on Friday, March 4 and in-person workshops and gatherings on Lopez Island on Saturday, March 5. It includes a keynote address from Rowen White, a Seed Keeper from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and an activist for Indigenous seed sovereignty.
Workshops touch on a broad range of topics, including carbon sequestration, on-farm composting, commercial orcharding, on-farm vet skills, and alternative models for farmland access. There’s also a song and story hour for kids and an outdoor evening social.
Posted February 27, 2022 at 8:34 am by San Juan Update
Freezer Burned is an ongoing series for the San Juan Update, written by Steve Ulvi. Read the previous story in this series.
A Walkabout Begins
Sonny Johns was spent. Leg-weary, ready to call it a day. A damned important day, the first of many unpredictable experiences. A story as old as human time; an energetic young man leaving the embrace of family and village to find himself in the beyond. Sonny had little interest in going on to college and even less for living day to day in an Alaskan city. Yet he was painfully aware of his need to be away from the village. A winter journey and months of trapping furbearers could ensue if Nate Cutler wanted company at his remote cabin on Alapah Creek. Continue Reading