Orcas Center and the San Juan Islands Agriculture Guild are launching the popular annual Orcas Farm Tours (October 1 and 2) with the Island Bounty opening party on Friday, September 30that Orcas Center. Island residents and visitors are invited to come enjoy and honor the art, food and farms essential to our Island heritage and culture. This free event is open to all ages, with pop-up local food and beverage options.
As the opening reception for the Island Bounty exhibit, 36 artists and artisans from Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Islands have been invited to share their paintings, fiber and wood works, sculpture, printmaking, metal working, and award-winning food products, wines and ciders that all use island grown materials or depict island agricultural landscapes. Special features include demonstrations of yarn spinning, basketmaking, flower arranging, herbal medicines, and sales of island brewed wines, ciders and spirits.
The art exhibit runs through November 15 at the Orcas Center.
To learn more about the Farm Tours that run Oct 1-2, see www.farmtourssanjuans.com.
From indigenous plant uses to historic barns and early settler agriculture, right up to today’s innovative climate-wise agricultural practices and value-added food products, the Island Bounty opening event shares the heritage and future of island plants and agriculture. Supporting local art, food and farms strengthens and enriches our community in many ways that benefit the San Juans, today and tomorrow.
Head out for on-the-land explorations on Saturday and Sunday when farmers open their fields, orchards, market gardens – and ice cream stand or pumpkin patch – to guests of all ages. If you are ag-curious or already devoted to supporting local foods, there is something for everyone to discover and enjoy during the Farm Tours.
Island Bounty is the outcome of a new collaboration between art and agricultural organizations that share a goal of building a thriving local community.
Support for the exhibit, which runs through November 15th, comes from the Visual Arts Committee of the Orcas Center, the San Juan Makers Guild, the San Juan Islands Conservation District, and the San Juan County LTAC grant program.
Visit the Agricultural Guild and its important work building a sustainable food system at www.sjiagguild.com.
To learn about Orcas Center, see www.orcascenter.org.