Outside Peace Island Medical Center in the rain

Posted February 28, 2022 at 7:35 pm by

In case you missed it: highlights from the San Juan Update in February

Posted February 28, 2022 at 4:25 pm by

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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Conservation Land Bank seeks farmer to move to Coffelt Farm Preserve on Orcas Island

Posted February 28, 2022 at 1:07 pm by

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.

Volunteer Fair coming to Brickworks on March 6

Posted February 28, 2022 at 9:44 am by

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

Agricultural Summit registration closes tomorrow

Posted February 27, 2022 at 1:34 pm by

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.

Freezer Burned: Tales of Interior Alaska

Posted February 27, 2022 at 8:34 am by

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

Fence rider

Posted February 26, 2022 at 9:10 pm by