We’re proud of the variety and impact of the projects we sponsor. You’re invited to pitch in, too: it’s a great way to contribute to Anacortes and make some great friends. Click here to email us with questions and interests.
Would you like to see our past accomplishments? Click here to access year-end reports!
Seventh Generation Suppers
Great things grow from sharing food and good company. Join us for our fun, tasty, and inspiring 7th Generation Suppers, held the last Tuesday of every month at the Senior Activity Center. Each evening includes a sharing time and programs to help build local resilience and reduce carbon dependency.
Suppers are open to all and welcome; no reservations necessary. Suggested supper donation $5/adult; $3/10 and under. Please bring your own place settings.
For details on the next supper, see our Events page.
Anacortes Community Gardens
Where can you find fun in the sun, new friends, and the chance to grow the freshest food you can eat? At the Anacortes Community Garden, sprouting up behind Stork’s Bowling Alley at 29th and Commercial Avenue.
In 2009, we partnered with the Anacortes Parks & Recreation Dept. to create the first community garden in Anacortes. The 29th Street Garden is fenced, with both ready-to-work plots and ADA-accessible raised beds. Gardeners provide seeds or starts, soil amendments, and their own tools. In more recent years, we’ve expanded to create community gardens in Anacortes schools.
Visit the garden’s webpage to learn more. Find links to our brochure, newsletter, garden plot application, and garden rules.
Fidalgo Island Gleaners
Fidalgo Island Gleaners (FIG) is a group that has grown out of the Vision 2030 document. Its focus is to promote a gleaning program, a seed library and exchange, and education on pollination and alternatives to pesticides.
If you are interested gleaning, or if you have fruit, vegetable or herb crops to be gleaned, contact the group at FidalgoIslandGleaners@gmail.com.
During the summer Anacortes Farmer’s Market season, TF&F volunteers staff a booth. They donate their labor to help re-use by repairing objects that still have life in them – lamps, small appliances, whatever a handyman can fix.
Fix-it donations support Deception Pass State Park.
Transition Fidalgo and Friends is partnering with the City of Anacortes and others to win the Georgetown University Energy Prize, known as GUEP.
The City of Anacortes has been selected to be one of 50 national semi-finalists who will compete over 2015 and 2016 for a grand prize of $5,000,000. The competition challenges communities to work together with their local governments and utilities to implement long-term plans to reduce energy consumption. The competition sponsors hope that replicable practices will emerge and that the GUEP competition will help inspire other cities and communities throughout the country to embark on their own energy descent programs.
Puget Sound Energy and Cascade Natural Gas are compiling baseline energy-usage reports for Anacortes to provide summary-level data about the electricity and natural gas usage of our residents, municipal facilities, and schools. This is a win-win opportunity for all participants, because reducing energy usage results in lower utility bills, more comfortable living environments, and helps curb environmental damage.
Community solar (PV) arrays use made-in-Washington solar panels and inverters, which maximize the Washington State incentive payments to members participating in these projects. Community solar allows people to participate in renewable energy by buying a share of a larger system that is mounted on a public facility. This program is specifically targeted for people whose home is not suitable for PV installation, are renting, do not wish to invest the money needed for their own solar array, etc.
Another goal of community solar is to increase public awareness about the viability of PV technology by placing large systems on public facilities. In the summer of 2013, Skagit Community Solar started up its first community solar project on the roof of the Anacortes Middle School Gym. Since that time, Skagit Community Solar has commissioned or is in the process of installing four new solar arrays on the Middle School, Anacortes Library, Maple Hall, and Anacortes Police Station. The photovoltaic (PV) systems range in size from 16 kilowatts (16,000 watts) to 18.7 killowatts (KW) in electrical generating capacity.
TF&F sponsors a series of free workshops from February to October on a huge variety of subjects.
Local experts teach skills that create a more resilient community. As we grow less dependent on products produced and transported by fossil fuels, we gain a feeling of pride and accomplishment, lower our carbon footprint, and prepare ourselves to more confidently meet a future of reduced energy resources.
Come join in the fun, learn great stuff, and make like-minded friends!
Click here to view our 2016 schedule.
Click here to suggest a topic, or volunteer to present a topic.
In April 2013, over sixty people gathered at the Anacortes Senior Center for a meeting hosted by Transition Fidalgo & Friends. Islanders from young adults to grandparents came together to visualize a community of the future that thrives despite the challenges of climate, energy, and economic upheaval.
This document is the end result of that meeting. It’s a blueprint for change and a vision of Anacortes that we can make happen – together.