38 people gathered for TF&F's April supper meeting. Bob Anderson emceed the evening, and Sommer Carter sang and accompanied herself on the guitar, gifting us with her original music.
Film Clip: Sylvia Cooper shared a two-minute video clip of "New MacDonald had a Farm," a unique take on an old song that cleverly points up the need for America's favorite farmer to go organic. Click here to view it. She also noted that the Art of Gardening event raised over $200 for the Mt. Erie Garden, and 4% Friday at the Co-op was well-attended, so hopes are high for a substantial Co-op donation to TF&F's food efforts.
Gaia Rising Farm Potluck: Sequoia has organic garden starts for sale and invited everyone to her Guemes farm on Saturday, May 2, to check out what's available and enjoy a potluck. Come as early as 2PM, stay as late as 8PM. 7389 Chestnut Lane, a nice walk or bike ride from the ferry dock. Sequoia also noted that she's hoping to start a cooperative growing venture at the farm where folks will help to grow their own staple crops. For more info, call 293-2980.
Provide Input on High School Design: Rich Bergner encouraged people to speak up for energy efficiency, solar panels, rain gardens, pervious surfaces and other green measures in the design of the new High School. A meeting will be held Tuesday, May 12 at the Middle School's school district board room to take public input. Two choices of sessions: 10-11:30AM or 7-8:30PM. There will be "listening stations" where community members will visit booths that represent components of the project (Brodniak Hall, gym, field, classrooms, commons, parking, etc). At the various stations, participants will hear about the design work progress and be able to provide feedback. For more info, go to the Anacortes School District's website and at the top of the page, click on "Facilities Project."
TF&F's Spring Fling Supper: Sommer Carter invited everyone to come to a very special TF&F supper on Tuesday, May 26, 6PM. She noted this will be in the spirit of last November's harvest supper meeting, with no scheduled presentation, just a chance to enjoy each other. The focus of the Spring Fling will be on making our own "home-grown" entertainment ("a little bit wild, a little bit Vaudeville") so think of what you'd like to share (no more than 5 minutes please): jokes, skits, juggling, songs, poetry...we know there's a lot of talent out there! (Don't be shy - we're a big, forgiving family;-) And if you want to bring a special dessert to share, that's great too. Though you can sign up the night of, Sommer would love to have some idea of who's doing what, so email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Plug for the Co-op: Sara Holohan gave a call-out for Skagit Valley Co-op's 4% Friday donations, and noted that although the Co-op has about 13,000 members, no one comes to the Board meetings. The Co-op's annual meeting is Wednesday, May 13, at 6 PM, and she encouraged people to attend.
We Give a FIGG! No more fallen fruit going to waste: that's the goal of TF&F's new gleaning program, Fidalgo Island & Guemes Gleaners (FIGG). Sylvia noted that FIGG will help people harvest their fruit crops so that all that good food doesn't lie rotting on the ground. FIGG will divide the fruit four ways: for the owner, the pickers, the food bank, and possibly to sell as a fundraiser. If you have fruit trees, or would like to be a gleaner, email email@example.com.
Skill-share Classes in May: Evelyn Adams mentioned TF&F's next two skill-share classes: Saturday, May 9 – Gardening with Mushrooms: Transforming Organic Waste into Gourmet Food, 10:30 – noon, upstairs at Village Pizza. Tristan Woodsmith will introduce mushroom cultivation as a way to sustainably convert organic waste into a healthy, gourmet food source. Tristan has studied the role of fungi in northwest forests and the cultivation of medicinal and edible mushrooms for over 10 years. Saturday, May 23 – Preventing Cancer 101, 10:00-11:30 a.m., at the Depot. Local naturopath Alethea Fleming will share guidelines on what you can do to prevent cancer.
Time Bank Spring Social: Evelyn also noted that this Friday, May 1, the time bank will hold its spring social at the Skyline Cabana. No reservations needed. Everyone welcome - bring friends and family! This is a great way to get your questions answered about the time bank and to meet the folks who are helping build an alternative to an economic system that’s consuming our world. Starts at 3PM; potluck at 6PM. Come for all or part. We'll have inside and outside games to enjoy on what promises to be a sunny afternoon by the water. Bring frisbees, soccer balls, croquet, horseshoes. We'll also have cards, board games, and jigsaw puzzles for inside, plus a project for those who want to make May baskets for a local assisted-care home. For the potluck dinner, we'll have homemade sugar cookies, ice tea, hot tea, and apple juice on hand. You bring your favorite finger food, salad, or dessert, plus your place setting, and, if you can, $5.00 to help pay the cost of the cabana rental.
How About? Emcee Bob Anderson took a couple of minutes to poll the room on what people believe we should tackle that hasn't surfaced before in our group. Responses: Glenda Alm noted that SKAT figures on transit show ridership hasn't grown - how can we help encourage more folks to ride the bus? Mary Rose added that she has had a hard time getting clarity on bus schedules and also receives poor info on the phone. Sylvia suggested organizing a transportation event that will make clear where the transit stops are. Jan Hersey stressed the concept of "connectivity." Why do the polar bears need saving? Why should we bike instead of drive? Why are actions necessary? Larry Collinge is hoping to see Broadband come to the community. Bob Anderson would like to see an investment organization started so that money he's willing to invest can be used locally.
Evening Presentation: "Skagit County Public Health and Community Services: The Changing Landscape"
Public Health Dept. Director Jennifer Johnson discussed the re-structuring of the Skagit County Health Department, which has recently been combined with the Community Services Dept. In February, 31 stakeholders came together to form the Population Health Trust Advisory Committee. They meet monthly to focus on a two-phase plan that will answer 1) what is and isn't working; 2) what is needed to build a thriving community; 3) what is missing in our health care system; and 4) what guidance can community members provide in identifying crucial Skagit health factors. The group is in the assessment phase now; next year will be the action phase. Jennifer invited people to check out the county health website at http://www.skagitcounty.net/Departments/PHCS/main.htm, and to join their listserve at http://www.skagitcounty.net/forms/listsubscriptions/. Questions from the audience included what health services will be included in the new county jail and how will the health department will meet the needs of "invisible" communities, such as migrant farmworkers and vets living locally in the woods.
The meeting closed at approximately 8:00 PM.
submitted by E. Adams
Next month's Supper: See you Tuesday, May 26, 5:45PM, for our Spring Fling!