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!
Anacortes Community Forest Lands (ACFL) Forest Monitoring
Anacortes Community Gardens
Fidalgo Island Gleaners
Skagit Community Solar
Are you interested in helping monitor the Anacortes Community Forest Lands? We now have an agreement with the City of Anacortes to do baseline studies of the forests in the ACFL so that we can monitor changes in the environment as climate change intensifies over the coming years. Receive training from forest experts to conduct basic forest monitoring of soils, plant densities, weather, and other parameters to see what changes are occurring.
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.
Fidalgo Island Gleaners
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 handy person can fix.
2018 dates: June 30, July 28, August 25, September 29
9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Depot, 7th St. and R Ave.
Your Fix-it donations help support the Anacortes Family Center.
TF&F sponsors a seed exchange each January. Seed exchanges are a way for community and school gardeners, as well as the general public, to get good seeds for free, both donated from seed manufacturers and shared amongst gardeners. Vegetable, flower, and herb seeds are shared.
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 in La Conner, and the 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.
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.