Friday, April 2, 2021

April 2021


Greetings! It's National Grange month!  To honor this Doug Groenig will be distributing Quimper Grange pencils and information about the Grange at the fundraiser purchase pick up on Sat, April 17th. (see below for details)

We are moving closer to opening.  The airflow outlets are done, and we're just waiting for a few more pieces of the system to arrive.



For gardening in April, Barbara Tusting sent this:
April is the month that everything starts happening! Dig amendments (compost, fertilizer, peat moss, etc.) into your soil and let it rest a couple of weeks before planting your seeds. Get your irrigation system set up, check for leaks, and clean up your potting areas. Sharpen & oil tools if you haven't done it last winter. If you intend to grow beans, get your trellises set before planting. Turn your cold compost pile, re-build with nitrogenous materials (grass clippings will heat it up in no time) to get your compost cooking again.

For starting seeds indoors:
Early April - basil, broccoli, brussels sprouts, fennel, and summer and Chinese cabbage.
Mid April - cucumber, eggplant, melon, peppers, squash & tomatoes (make sure you have a warm location), transplant bok choy, collards and swiss chard to the outdoors, and direct seed arugula, beets, carrots, and cilantro.
For directly sowing outdoors: Mid April - Kohlrabi, lettuce, scallion, parsnip, potato, radish, shallot, spinach.

The Food Bank Farm and Gardens fundraiser to benefit all East Jefferson County food bank gardens starts online orders April 12th. Vegetable, herb, flower, and fruit starts will be available for donations. A preview of offerings will be posted on the FBFG website https://ptfoodbankgarden.com on April 10th prior to the sale opening.

Thank you for the donations that have been coming in - they really help! If you wish to help as well, please mail checks/money orders to Quimper Grange 1219 Corona St PT WA 98368. We have a locking mailbox, so it is secure.

Happy sort-of Spring, and may we all be able to meet again soon!
Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President

Sunday, February 28, 2021

March 2021

  Hello all!

We were featured on the front cover on the monthly State Grange newsletter! Great photo of Jo Yount in the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden :)

For planting in March, Barbara Tusting sent this:

Veggies & herbs that you can start indoors now are broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chickpeas, leeks, lettuce, mescluns, New Zealand spinach, onions, peppers, tomatoes; bergamot, catnip, chervil, chives, cumin, fennel, lavender, lemongrass, lovage, Mexican tarragon, mint, rosemary, sage, savory, sweet marjoram and thyme. 

You can directly sow outdoors: arugula, broad (fava) beans, collards, corn salad, cress, garlic, kale, mustard, pac choi, peas, radish, spinach and turnips; also cilantro & lavender [info from Territorial Seed Co.]

Local garden centers still have a generous supply of new seeds – get  them while you can. Seed supply companies have been out of stock or greatly delayed due to the increased need around the world. Better to buy locally and trade with friends.

Another source of plantings will be the Food Bank Farm and Gardens fundraiser to benefit all East Jefferson County food bank gardens. Vegetable, herb, flower, and fruit starts will be available for donations. Mark your calendars for the start of the online fundraiser starting the week of April 12th. More details will soon follow.

Thanks to a generous donation by Shold, a gravel bottom is being installed in the newest Hoop House 3 to help with the high water table and drainage issues.

For the building, the vertical airflow vents are going in this week, and we are having the ungrounded electrical outlets fixed then as well!

Thank you for the donations that have been coming in - they really help! If you wish to help as well, please mail checks/money orders to Quimper Grange 1219 Corona St PT WA 98368. We have a locking mailbox, so it is secure.

May you all stay safe and healthy. Here's to gathering again when it is safe to do so!
Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President

Friday, January 29, 2021

February 2021

  Hello all!

We hope to start having seed and plant information in our newsletters, thanks to Barbara Tusting, a Grange member and co-organizer of our Quimper Food Bank Garden.


The end of January - beginning of February are great times to start the following plants indoors to transplant outside when danger of frost is over:
Arugula  Kale  Leeks  Onions  Chives  Lavender  Lemon Balm   Mint Rosemary  Sage   Thyme

You can find seeds for most of these at our local garden centers; some will place an order for you if they aren't on the shelves.


Quimper Food Bank Garden was the lucky recipient of “a day ON, not a day off,” on Martin Luther King Day from not one, but TWO AmeriCorps volunteers on loan from Fort Worden State Park. Anna and Nate worked tirelessly all day digging a trench around the exterior of the garden fence, and installing chicken wire which repaired many holes and will protect the fencing from enthusiastic weed whacking and garden bunnies. Kudos to the AmeriCorps program for all they do for others!


One of the 3 ventilation fans are installed, all should be done by the end of February!  We are also having the wiring upgraded in outlets - the grounding wasn't right!  We should be ready to open in March if such things are allowed :). Thanks again to The Jefferson Foundation for giving us a grant to make this happen.  We wouldn't be able to open without their generous support.

  Thank you for the donations that have been coming in - they really help! If you wish to help as well, please mail checks/money orders to Quimper Grange 1219 Corona St PT WA 98368. We have a locking mailbox, so it is secure.

  May you all stay safe and healthy. Here's to gathering again when it is safe to do so! 

 Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

January 2021

  Greetings All! Here's to a much better 2021!

  Our Food Bank Garden is happily producing food even now thanks to our hoop houses and wonderful volunteers. Thank you!!! 

  The electrical work for the new ventilation system has been signed off, and the equipment has been ordered and arriving. Hopefully all the pieces will be here soon for the installation to begin.

  Thank you for the donations that have been coming in - they really help! If you wish to help as well, please mail checks/money orders to Quimper Grange 1219 Corona St PT WA 98368. We have a locking mailbox, so it is secure.

  May you all stay safe and healthy. Here's to gathering again when it is safe to do so! 

 Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President

Monday, November 30, 2020

December 2020

  Winter's Greetings! The new hoop house is in, thanks to all the wonderful volunteers.

  The status on the new ventilation system is the attic access has been put in and the electrical wiring has been installed. Next up is to order and put in the system and build the return box. We had really hoped to have small gatherings by the end of the month, but that's not happening for a while. 

  We appreciate any donations to help us keep going. Please mail checks/money orders to Quimper Grange 1219 Corona St PT WA 98368.

  Here's to avoiding the next surges, and may you all stay safe and healthy! 

 Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

November 2020 Quimper Grange

 It's Autumn/Fall, and edging into Winter, time for putting gardens to bed and planting winter crops.  usually a time of harvest and gathering...  At least we can harvest!

Great news: we applied to and have received a generous grant from the Jefferson Community Foundation!  They have covered our estimated cost for the new ventilation system!  Phil and Doug are working on attic access in anticipation of installation.

The new extended coverage for our Food Bank garden work area provides shelter for our wonderful volunteers to safely process the harvest.


There will be two work parties for both the Garden and Grange landscaping on Sat. Nov 7th and Sat. Nov. 14th, 9:00-#;00.  Please contact Barbara Tusting (barbaratusting97@gmail.com   360 531 1595) to volunteer.  Barbara will be overseeing the work parties to ensure safe distancing and masking.

Can anyone provide treats for the work parties?  They would be most welcome.  Let Barbara know (see above).

We appreciate any donations to help us keep going.  Please mail checks/money orders to Quimper Grange  1219 Corona St  PT WA 98368.

Stay safe and hope to see you all in the future!

Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President

Friday, October 16, 2020

 

 October 2020

Happy Fall All!

This missive is later than usual because we had important decisions at our monthly meeting and I wanted to share afterwards.

Through the research and hard work of Phil Burwell we now have a ventilation system designed with parts listed and costed out, and steps to take to meet State Guidelines! It will feature quiet Merv-13 filter fans, automated bathroom fans and lights, automatic hand sanitizer dispensers at the doors, signage, and updated cleaning protocols.  Once all is done our hall can open at 30% capacity, allowing groups of up to 45 plus the hosts.

This means that we may be able open before the end of the year!!!

All of this will cost around $5000.  We have applied for a grant, but any donations will be most welcome and will go to operating expenses for amounts above the cost of the new system. Checks can be mailed to Quimper Grange  1219 Corona St  Port Townsend  WA 98368. We have a locking mailbox on the property.

A new extension of the covered work area out back for processing the food from our Food Bank Garden is underway and the garden itself has been producing like crazy with the help of you much-appreciated volunteers.  More are always welcome!  Another upcoming project is a new hoop house.

Contact joyount@olypen.com to volunteer for either/both of these.  Jo can also use your kitchen scraps if you do not compost at home.

Thank goodness for the ability to meet online.  But I can hardly wait to meet in person again!

Take care, wear your mask, wash your hands, and keep active!  And as a friend says, practice safe six :)

Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President

Monday, August 31, 2020

 September 2020

Greetings All,

Hope this sort-of summer has been treating you well.

At the Grange it has been very quiet, but we are still making things happen! Our Safety Committee is about to install hand sanitizer dispensers, writing up cleaning protocols, and researching ventilation options. We hope to be ready when people can finally get together again!

The Grange costs about $40 a day to keep running. We have no income these days, so those expenses plus the expenses for the hopefully soon addition of required ventilation are looming. We have been able to build up our savings over the last couple years, but things will be tight until we can open up again. Any donations will be gratefully accepted! We are a 501c(8) organization. We have a locking mailbox, so your checks will be safe.

In August the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden donated just over 540 pounds to the Jefferson Food Bank! Look for the Virtual Farm Tour and see some photos of our and other gardens September 19 and 20 at www.getonthefarm.org The Garden needs some improvements as well: expand the roof line to shelter workers from sun and rain, and build some indoor and outdoor cabinets for more efficient food production and protection of equipment and supplies. The Food Bank volunteers are looking into grant and other funding options to help keep the Garden going, and donations for these projects are most welcome as well!

Food Bank Garden help needed: Volunteers for seeding,weeding, and harvesting, and work parties for spreading heavy mulch. This fall - erecting a third hoop house! COVID protocols are in place. Contact
foodbankfarmandgardensjc@gmail.com to volunteer.

Stay well, and hope to see you all playing, dancing, singing, and painting again!

Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President

Friday, July 31, 2020

August 2020


Hope you are all well and ok! In these new times it's been great to see people out in their yards and gardens, all the house projects, walking, kayaking and helping neighbors. We are so lucky to be in a relatively safe and very beautiful place!

I miss the concerts, classes, dances, and jam sessions at the Grange, but at least we have a few things going on here!

We have a new swale barrier courtesy of George Yount and Doug Groenig, with holes drilled by Chet Boutilier.


Barbara Tusting has been keeping the weeds at bay.

Volunteers are most welcome! Just let us know via  quimpergrange@gmail.com

Our Food Bank Garden produced 218 pounds that went to the PT Food Bank, with 116 hours of volunteer work.

And finally our Safety Committee is working on procedures and researching ventilation for when we do reopen!

'Til we meet in person again,
Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President

Thursday, June 4, 2020

June 2020

Hello All,

How did it get to be June so fast!


All events cancelled, however our Food Bank Garden is in full swing!  Please contact  Rachel Smith rdsmith491@gmail.com   if you would like to help! (bring your own tools, masks, gloves, ...)


The Grange could also use some help maintaining the grounds (weeding, mowing). Write to quimpergrange@gmail.com if interested.

Looking forward to seeing you all again!

Sheila Long
Quimper Grange President