Coming Up

So many good things are happening around Fidalgo — walks, talks, educational opportunities and rewarding experiences!

Below are some highlights of events coming up that we believe may be of interest to Transition folks.

January Annual Membership Meeting and Presentation

January 25, 2022, 7 p.m. via Zoom

Finding the Future in the Past:

Pyrogenic Carbon and Plant Resilency in a Changing Climate

Pyrogenic carbon, also known as ‘biochar,” has received significant attention recently for its role in sequestering carbon and increasing soil resilience in agricultural and forest soils. This talk will cover the role of biochar historically in forest and prairie ecosystems as a byproduct of regular fire return intervals, and charcoal’s potential to serve as a long-term soil amendment to store carbon, nutrients, and water in our forest and agricultural soils as we transition into a changing climate.

Kai Hoffman-Krull | Forest Health Manager | San Juan Islands Conservation District | 360-419-4030 | 530 Guard Street Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Kai joined the San Juan Islands Conservation District staff in 2020 as the Forest Health Manager after 5 years of running an ecological journalism non-profit, Forage. Kai studied forestry and literature at Yale University, and also holds a certificate in Business Plan Development from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. He has coordinated research projects in agriculture and forestry with the University of Washington, University of Montana, and Oregon State University in the San Juan islands since 2014. He has coauthored peer-reviewed articles in Biogeochemistry and Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment, and has written extensively for publications such as Growing for Market, Civil Eats, New Society Publishing, The Sound Consumer, Rodale Institute, and Stone Pier Press. Kai has provided biochar education throughout the San Juans and Western Washington since 2016 in collaboration with the Northwest Natural Resource Group and Washington State University. Kai lives on Waldron Island, where he enjoys trail running, growing food, and managing his forest for biodiversity, plant resilience, and carbon sequestration.

Join the Gathering on Zoom by clicking on this link.

Meeting ID: 814 6781 5371
Passcode: 987247
One tap mobile
+12532158782,,81467815371#,,,,*987247# US (Tacoma)

Here is a link to a San Juan Island story about biochar

And here is another with greater details about the concept of biochar


“Share the Bounty” Produce Stands!
Transition Fidalgo and Friends has three “Share the Bounty” stands offering free, fresh produce to our local community. Gardeners are encouraged to drop off surplus fruits and veggies to help those who would welcome the food.

Your support helps to bring fresh, healthy food to those who have no access to such items, or have no garden of their own.

Thank you for making this program, now in its second year, a success!

Where are the stands?
— 2509 H Avenue, the Warren Carr residence
— Entrance to the Library on 10th St.
— Harbor House at 719 Q Ave.

Note: the stands will be back up late spring or early summer 2022

 

Forest Monitoring:
Our studies in the ACFL are fully involved again! We have volunteers documenting when local plants bud and bloom, checking soil moisture, photographing the Little Cranberry burn area, checking cedar tree health, measuring the weather, counting birds, and so much more! Join us if you wish.


Fix-It Days — Ways!

By Larry Collinge,
TF&F Member

The Fix-it Booth is alive and well in Old Town. We
(the Fix-it Techs) missed this summer season at the
Farmer’s Market because of Covid concerns.
Maggie and I are not going to Mexico this winter,
so we’ve decided to re-boot the Fix-it Booth in my
garage, located at 1914 11th St.

My phone number is 360.202.5618.

Give me a call if you have a small appliance, lamp,
furniture or what have you that needs some TLC,
and I’ll give it my best, or tell you that it may not be
worth the time and energy to repair it. I’m doing
this free of charge, with the exception of any new
parts (switches, sockets or wire terminals) that may
be necessary to complete a repair.

I also do small welding jobs, as long as it isn’t aluminum. All I ask is
for a donation to Transition Fidalgo & Friends.
If and when you visit my shop, please wear a mask,
and I’ll do the same. Thanks.

 


 


 






 

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