Feb 052012

This week the Lummi Island Grange voted to sponsor the Gardener’s Network which was started by Master Gardener Ginny Winfield. The Gardener’s Network is a group of people interested in vegetable gardening that meets once a month (on the second Monday) to discuss and learn about various gardening issues. The first program (March 12) will be a seed swap. In April, Krista Rome, who has been running the Backyard Bean and Grain Project will be a guest speaker. In May we’ll take up the subject of soil testing in the home garden.

Gardeners Network meetings will be held at the Grange and are open to all. You don’t have to be a gardener to attend. If you have a desire to garden, would like to make contacts with people who are gardening, have an interest in sharing garden space or just want to hear about what’s going on in the garden, feel free to attend.

The Lummi Island Grange also intends to develop a series of skills workshops to include subjects like canning, cheese making, sewing, and backyard chicken raising. A committee of the Grange will be meeting soon to brainstorm ideas, recruit workshop leaders and create a calendar of events. These workshops will be open to anyone. If you have an idea for a workshop or would like to conduct one contact me at aubreypub@mac.com or leave a comment on the blog.

Grange members are excited that we are going to get back to basics and focus on the food producing and food saving skills that was the original motivation for the Grange generations ago.


  6 Responses to “The Grange Gets Back to Basics”

  1. It is really fantastic that the Grange is doing these back to basics workshops. I will be joining the Grange and participating as much as possible. A huge thanks to those who are doing this and providing this for our community.

  2. +1

  3. Finally, getting back to the reality of useful knowledge..

  4. Grange + Community = Synergy

  5. This is a great idea re Workshops. I would suggest that the Grange and others who are wanting to establish such workshops to join in on submitting there concepts to the WHATCOM FOLK SCHOOL as they have a great publication to offer such workshops and would offer others in Whatcom County to attend.

  6. Happy, happy, happy! I think you can take a fair amount of the credit for getting Islanders thinking along these lines via this blog, Randy! Bravo! And bravo to everyone who has picked up on this theme and moved it forward! Important work!

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