Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Check changed dates! (as of 2/23/11). We're All in This Together film series at

DOCTOR'S OFFICE CAFE - starts Next Week! 7:45 pm (All welcome - space limited)
85 Front St.  -  Across from the ferry landing

Mar 2 / Mar 9  -  FLOW : For Love of Water

Mar 16   -  FRESH : new thinking about what we're eating

Mar 23 -  NET LOSS: The Storm Over Salmon Farming

recommended donation $2 or whatever you can!

Sponsored by Land & Sea and the Doctor's Office Cafe 

New films to be added at the end of March!!
we're all in this together!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Suzy Pingree of Westcott Bay Cider/SJI Distillery sent us a note:

photo, above left: Westcott Bay apple orchard, and other photos of SJI farms represented on the SJ County Agricultural Resources Committee

From Suzy: "We are organizing a "gin tasting" to get our recipe right, it's February 28th 2 to 4 pm at Coho Restaurant.  Can you come and help?" [Participants must be at least 21 years of age.]

"We just got our federal and state permits to begin operation as a local craft distillery, we own Westcott Bay Cider and we are planning to make apple brandy from the cider (apple brandy ages for 3-5 years before it can be sold). But in the meantime, we are making gin from the cider. It's delicious!

Thanks!" Contact the Distillery to sign up, or write Suzy at

San Juan Island Distillery on San Juan Island, owners of Westcott Bay Cider, a prize-winning cider works, now has a craft distillery license to make gins and apple brandy from their excellent cider.

Every season, some apple eau de vie will get put into oak barrels for aging, and some will be sold separately for those who love the fresh taste of fine cider apples in a digestif!
Follow on SJI Distillery's facebook page, and follow on Westcott Bay Cider's facebook page as they harvest apples and make cider in the fall, and bottle the cider in the spring and summer. Distilling is what they do in the winter.

Our small island distillery will start production at the end of January, 2011. We are distilling cider in our small 30 liter copper still while we wait for delivery of our 200 liter copper still from Germany. It will be so beautiful.

12 Anderson Lane
Friday Harbor WA 98250
(360) 378-2606
San Juan Island Distillery makes spirits (gin, apple brandy) & hard cider from their antique apples at Westcott Bay Orchards. Saturday tastings 3-5pm at Westcott Bay Cider Works

Watch the film FRESH at SJI Library 1/13/116 PM - Free. See details below:

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Corrected Date! Sunday Feb 13th


We are all hearing a lot of things about what's wrong with our nation's food production systems. How about hearing the ways we can start to solve the biggest problems? Attend the screening of the film “Fresh”, a documentary encouraging us to think about the food we are eating, looking at the issues today’s farmers are facing, and most importantly, looking at people who are doing great things, and who have found do-able ways to make healthy food available for everyone. 
You can walk out of this film feeling ... Happy! And powerful.

 An informal discussion will follow.  For more information on “Fresh” visit the film’s website:  
This event is co-sponsored by the San Juan Island Library and Land & Sea, a chapter of Slow Food.
This event is made possible by Land & Sea members Michelle and Chad. Thanks, Michelle & Chad!

Questions? Contact:
Linda & Maureen at 317-5890/ , or
Adrienne at /378-2798

Photo above center - One of the subjects of the film FRESH . Go here to read other bios from the film, look below for Will Allen short bio.

Will Allen   The son of southern sharecroppers, Will Allen always believed that everyone should have access to fresh, healthy food. Today, he lives his dream growing amazing products on a 3-acre lot in the middle of urban Milwaukee. By converting a million pounds of waste into energy via composting, Will also leads the way in visualizing zero-waste composting.

6ft 7″former professional basketball player Will Allen is now one of the most influential leaders of the food security & urban farming movement. His farm and not-for-profit, Growing Power, have trained and inspired people in every corner of the US to start growing food sustainably. This man and his organization go beyond growing food. They provide a platform for people to share knowledge and form relationships in order to develop alternatives to the industrial food system.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Legislative Bill Threatens Fish Availability

Please call/email our Rep. Kristine Lytton
by Tuesday Night. 

Maureen and Matt just sent out a note. (Read entire note here, it's good) The main points are below:

"This is Matt with an important issue that could affect the regularity of the fresh fish I, and other direct-marketing fishermen like myself, have available to you and other local consumers"

 "Please call by Wednesday and urge a NO vote on HB 1210:  Please urge our local representative Kristine Lytton to vote NO on HB 1210.  (360) 786-7800,  
HB 1210 is simply an allocation issue between purse seiner and gillnetters.  It is a measure that should be decided within the department of fisheries, not in the Legislature."

"The quota would be caught primarily by purse seiners, sold to the major processors, and be put into the "fish pipeline" like any other fish caught in mass volume.  I catch my fish in smaller volumes over a longer period of time, and bring them back to the islands because I know how important it is that we all share in our local resources.
Our goal is to increase local markets for salmon and maximize the value of the harvest. This results in more dollars and jobs to the State of Washington.'

 "The ONLY equitable way of ensuring equality is allocating equal FISH, NOT time on water."

"What you can do to help stop HB 1210.

1. Determine if you live in the district of one of the committee members. (See list below.)

2. If you don't know your district, you can find out by calling 1-800-562-6000. Operators will assist you. Or you can find your legislators online at:

3. If you live in the district, call or e-mail the committee member to tell them you live in their district and that you are opposed to the bill. Provide two or three reasons why you are opposed to the bill.

4. If you don't live in a member's district, but know friends, family members or consumers/companies who do, ask them to call or e-mail. For example, do you know someone who lives in another part of Washington, such as in Representative Hinkle's district? 

Each call or e-mail is logged and counted,

so you can make an impact on the vote."

"Please call before Wednesday and urge a NO vote on HB 1210:  Please urge our local representative, Kristine Lytton to vote NO on HB 1210.  (360) 786-7800, .  "

Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee Members
Telephone: (360) 786-7144 Fax: (360) 786-7018, Toll-Free Legislative Hotline: 1-800-562-6000

Representative                       Phone
Blake, Brian (D) Chair        (360) 786-7870   Aberdeen
Stanford, Derek (D)            (360) 786-7928  Bothell
Vice Chair  
Chandler, Bruce (R) *         (360) 786-7960   Granger
Wilcox, J.T. (R) **              (360) 786-7912   Yelm
Buys, Vincent (R)                (360) 786-7854   Lynden
Dunshee, Hans (D)              (360) 786-7804   Snohomish
Hinkle, Bill (R)                    (360) 786-7808   Cle Elum
Kretz, Joel (R)                      (360) 786-7988   Wauconda
Lytton, Kristine (D)              (360) 786-7800   Anacortes
Orcutt, Ed (R)                      (360) 786-7812   Kalama
Pettigrew, Eric (D)               (360) 786-7838   Seattle
Rolfes, Christine (D)            (360) 786-7842   Bainbridge
Van De Wege,                      (360) 786-7916   Sequim
Kevin (D)

*Ranking Minority Member  **Asst. Ranking Minority Member