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Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s the time of year to express our gratitude for the bounty of our farms and the warmth of our friends and families.  We’re making plans for next year, and hope to see many of you at our monthly meetings.  The Grange and what it can offer the community is up to us–so join in and be part of the team!

Best wishes for lots of happiness and yummy pie on Thanksgiving!

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The Grange’s Annual Plant Sale is coming soon!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 23, 10am to 3pm at the Grange Hall.

You’ll find vegetable starts from Butler Greens Farm, pollinator plants from North Coast Natives and the Bainbridge Garden Club, large trees and shrubs from D.A.M. Ranch, and educational exhibits from the Pollinator Improvement Project and the Kitsap Conservation District.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to fill your garden and bring on the bees and other pollinators!

To view the flyer click Spring Starts Flyer

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TheUnknown next fruit club meeting will be held the FOURTH Thursday of this
month, August 27th at 6:30pm. Darren will lead the discussion about spring and summer pruning and has a nice video to show.  This is a good segue into September’s meeting in which JoAnne has secured the Johnson Farm for us to do some hands on pruning there.

At the August meeting let’s do some fruit tasting!!!  Please bring any
fruits (or vegetables) from your garden that you wish to share for a
fun ‘tasting’ event during the break.  We will also continue to hold a
plant sale…to help raise funds to cover the Grange’s rental fee.  So
any plant donations are much appreciated.

The Bainbridge Island Fruit Club is a chapter of The Western Cascade Fruit Society.
  http://www.bifruitclub.wordpress.com

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You can hear information about this possibility on Saturday, May 9th, 10am-noon, at the Grange Hall.                                                                                                                     71eb3417-c6cd-4b9f-b3d6-9e9ac37781b3

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Find vegetable starts for your garden, meet local food producers and taste their wares, learn how to join a CSA, and much more at the first annual Spring into Island Food Fair on April 4 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Bainbridge Island Grange Hall.

Vegetable gardeners will have the opportunity to select from a large selection of garden starts from Bainbridge Island’s Butler Green Farms. Several varieties of kale, plus peas, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuces, pak choi, chard, cabbage, beets and spinach starts will be available for purchase. All veggie start sales will benefit the Bainbridge Island Grange.SpringStarts_2015

In recent years, the number of food products being made on Bainbridge Island has grown dramatically. Jams and jellies made with Island-grown fruit, spice mixes using locally-grown herbs, sausage from local pigs, sauerkraut, wines, and much more are now available from area producers. Attendees to the event will have the opportunity to meet the producers, taste their products,

and purchase product to take home. Participants include Bainbridge Island Winery, Jake’s Pickup, Holly Lane Gardens, Sweetlife Farm, and many more,

In addition, there will be representatives from local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. CSA’s offer a weekly share of a farm’s production in exchange for an annual fee. In addition to produce farmers such as Butler Green Farm, Farmhouse Organics, Heyday Farm, and Persephone Farm, there is also a Community Supported Shellfish Farm offering fresh oysters from Island beaches.

The Grange is pleased to be sponsoring this event with both Butler Green Farm and Sound Food (a program of Sustainable Bainbridge).

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First Farmers’ Forum at the Grange!

Join us at the Grange Hall for a roundtable discussion about the state of farming on Bainbridge.  On Tuesday, February 10, at 7pm,  local farmers, Brian MacWhorter, Betsy Wittick, Max Sassenfeld, Ryan Montella, and others will share their experiences  farming on Bainbridge, and talk about the opportunities, obstacles, and the future of farming here.  Everyone will be invited to ask questions and share ideas.   Friends of the Farms is co-sponsoring this lively event, and the Grange is serving pie!

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UnknownOn Thursday, January 15, at 6:30 p.m, Darren Murphy discusses collecting and preparing fruit cuttings for grafting and propagation (including apples, pears, plum, cherries, and peaches…as well as figs, grapes, red/black currants, and gooseberries). There will be some grafting tools and branches for us to practice on, and examples.

This is a monthly club meeting open to the public on growing and maintaining fruit trees and vegetable gardens in the Pacific Northwest.  Bainbridge Island Fruit Club (https://bifruitclub.wordpress.com ) is a chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society.

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Please join us upstairs at the Grange on Tuesday, January 13, at 7pm, as we kick off the first of our monthly centennial events in 2015.  Our guest speaker, Holly Taylor, will talk about her recent research on the history and preservation of Washington’s grange halls.  Holly’s presentation will examine the Progressive-era history of the Grange and explore preservation issues related to Grange rural and small-town community halls.  Holly Taylor is a historic preservation consultant and a University of Washington doctoral student.

  There will be social time, coffee, and pie following the talk!

Pie at the Grange!

Enjoy pie at the Grange!

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Bel Canto Voices will be presenting a Christmas Choral Concert and Sing-a-Long at the Grange. The performances are Friday, Dec 19 and Saturday December 20 at 7:00 P.M.. For tickets visit brownpapertickets.com

BCV-GrangeBel Canto voices, a mixed choral group of adults and youth from Poulsbo, Washington is directed by Camille Fredericksen, and will present an evening of mostly classical Christmas music followed by a sing-a-long of Christmas carols! Join them for a truly spectacular evening featuring full scale choral works, solos, duets and small groups.

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Gratitude and holiday wishes!

As the winter shortens our daylight hours, we’re finding lots of reasons to shine the light of our gratitude on those who have helped us this year.  Among those who made a difference in 2014, the island-beloved Bainbridge Rotary Club gave us a grant to purchase a new stage curtain, comfortable chairs and new tables, and some lighting for the stage.  Peninsula Paint Company helped so much by donating seven gallons of black paint that enabled an enthusiastic crew to turn the stage into a ‘black box’.  Brian MacWhorter of Butler Green Farms warmed our hearts with his  generosity in putting on a Spring Starts event to benefit the Grange. Marketing expert Lynn Gerlach did a wonderful job working  with us and some thoughtful community members to define our goals and make plans for the coming year.  And, a big thank you to everyone who helped in a variety of ways as we continued to upgrade this historic building, and make it available and affordable for community use.

Stay tuned for lots of activity in 2015 as we celebrate 100 years of this building– beginning with its construction as the Old Homestead Social Club in 1915!

All our best wishes for a warm and joyful holiday season!

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