Welcome to Transition Fidalgo & Friends
To our Transition Friends,
In these deeply challenging times, the Board of TF&F has been thinking about how our group can best serve the Fidalgo community.
We’re currently in a situation that we’ve long expected to face, perhaps not as a pandemic, but as some type of upheaval that would force a re-thinking and re-structuring of our lives. A Transition, if you will.
It’s been said, “To experience a crisis is to inhabit a world that is temporarily up for grabs.”
Although somewhat restricted by the coronavirus in what we can do and how, now is a prime time to model the kind of community we imagined in our Vision 2030 document.
We’re looking into continuing our monthly gatherings online for the present. We had our first one April 28 via Zoom, and hope to have more in the near future.
The main thing we’ve chosen to focus on at the moment is food, which has long been one of our strongest areas. We started the first community garden in Anacortes, ran several years of free Eat Your Yard classes, and gave rise to a local gleaning program.
Many of us are worried about food supply chains that may falter in a pandemic. As well, there may soon be many among us unable to afford healthy, home-grown food as the economy shrinks. Not surprisingly, nurseries are seeing “unheard of” sales of edible seeds and plants.
What better time for TF&F to once again ramp up support for local gardeners? Our Eat Your Yard classes brought together new and expert gardeners and were one of our most popular offerings. Due to the need for social distancing, we can’t revive the actual classes, but we’re considering “virtual” garden presentations. Even better, we’re excited to report that we have a garden blog, “Fidalgo Grows,” where experienced local gardeners will post their tips and tactics for successful growing.
Want to know what plants require less water in our hotter, drier summers, or the best way to care for your soil? Wondering about perennial crops such as asparagus and sunchokes? What about seeds or starts? Till or no-till?
Take a breath, we’ve got you covered. Fidalgo has a wealth of gardeners whose experience we can tap into.
“Garden guru” Peter Heffelfinger is one of them. Known and loved by many, Peter has grown food here for over 40 years, noting that “Fidalgo Island has been rated by Seattle Tilth as the best site in the Maritime Northwest for growing vegetables year-round.” Check it out at https://www.transitionfidalgo.org/fidalgogrows,
Other food projects are percolating…and we’re looking to you for help! What inspires you in the list below? What other ideas can you come up with in this time so rich with need, and opportunity? Let us know!
Here are some possibilities we’re excited about….
TF&F is looking forward to increasing both personal and community resilience by fostering greater food security, and to giving our community something worthwhile and life-affirming to do in a time when it’s all too easy to feel vulnerable and helpless.
As we move toward the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, let’s fill our hands with soil and our hearts with resolve to live more lightly and lovingly on this planet that so generously sustains us.
TF&F Board of Directors
Our 2019 Annual Report:
… to raise awareness of and develop solutions to the challenges of climate change, energy uncertainty, and economic instability. Transition Fidalgo & Friends promotes a move away from fossil fuels through decreasing demand, increasing efficiency, supporting renewable energy, and fostering the local production of food, energy, and goods.