1st-2nd October: Island Bounty – Farm tours and art exhibition on Orcas Island

The Orcas Center and the San Juan Islands Agriculture Guild kick off the popular annual Orcas Farm Tours (October 1 & 2) with the Island Bounty Opening Party on Friday, September 30ththat the Orcas Center. Islanders and visitors are invited to enjoy and honor the arts, food and farms essential to our island’s heritage and culture. This free event is open to all ages and features pop-up options for local food and drink.

As the opening reception for the Island Bounty exhibition, 36 artists and craftspeople from the Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Islands were invited to present their paintings, fiber and woodwork, sculpture, printmaking, metalwork and award-winning food products and wine and cider, all of which use materials grown on the island or depict agricultural landscapes of the island. Special features include demonstrations of yarn spinning, basket weaving, floral arrangements, herbal medicine and the sale of locally brewed wines, ciders and spirits.

The art exhibit runs through November 15 at the Orcas Center.

To find out more about the Farm Tours taking place October 1-2, see www.farmtourssanjuans.com.

From the use of native plants, to historic barns and early settler farming, to today’s innovative climate-friendly farming practices and quality food products, the inaugural Island Bounty event showcases the heritage and future of island plants and agriculture. Supporting local arts, food, and farms strengthens and enriches our community in many ways that benefit San Juans today and tomorrow.

Explore the countryside on Saturdays and Sundays, when farmers open their fields, orchards, market gardens — and ice cream parlors or pumpkin patches — to guests of all ages. Whether you’re curious or already committed to supporting local food, there’s something for everyone to discover and enjoy at Farm Tours.

Island Bounty is the result of a new collaboration between arts and farming organizations who share a common goal of building a thriving local community.

Support for the exhibition, which runs until November 15ththcomes from the Orcas Center Visual Arts Committee, the San Juan Makers Guild, the San Juan Islands Conservation District, and the San Juan County LTAC Scholarship Program.

Visit the Agricultural Guild and their important work in building a sustainable food system at www.sjiagguild.com.

Information about the Orcas Center can be found at www.orcascenter.org.

The San Juan Makers Guild community platform is located at www.sanjuanmakersguild.com. And the statewide Conservation District can be found at www.sanjuanislandscd.org.

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