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
Fix-It Days and Ways – revised for Covid but still happening!
Produce Stands – NEW!
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.
With Covid restrictions in place, our Fix-It Days have become Fix-It Ways. Larry Collinge operates our Fix-It services out of his garage in Anacortes. Donations for his services go to Transition Fidalgo & Friends. Give him a call at 360-202-5618.
During the summer Anacortes Farmer’s Market season (if Covid allows), 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.
2021 dates subject to Covid restrictions
9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Depot, 7th St. and R Ave.
Your Fix-it donations help support the many projects of Transition Fidalgo & Friends
TF&F is working on a new program for seed saving and seed exchanges. Details being worked out.
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.