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Monday, August 5th: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Case Farm - 98 Case Rd., Oak Harbor
Whidbey Island Growers Association presents:
Third Annual Summer Dessert Social
Bring your favorite dessert dish to share, relax and connect with other farmers on Whidbey, and learn about the historic Case Farm.
Are you an agricultural producer, rural landowner interested in farming, or an agricultural support organization employee? If so, you may enjoy attending the Whidbey Island Growers Association monthly potlucks, where Whidbey Island's farmers gather over food to build community, share resources, and offer speakers on topics of interest to farming on Whidbey. To be added to the Whidbey Island Growers Association email list, contact Kelsi Mottet at (888) 678-4922 or send Kelsi an email. To learn more about the Whidbey Island Growers Association, visit our Agricultural Community page.
Whidbey Island Conservation District provides a variety of publications and resources to Whidbey Island landowners interested in conserving their natural resources. Explore the subject tabs below, and stop by our office to check out a more comprehensive Resource Library.
WICD's Conservation Connection Newsletter
Welcome to WICD's newsletter. The Conservation Connection is your gateway into what WICD has been up to, and relevant and real-time resources applicable to natural resource conservation on Whidbey Island. We hope you enjoy reading about WICD's projects and events, as well as other news, and we encourage you to subscribe to receive the newsletter and other resources sent directly to you by email.
Current Issue: July 2019
You can pick up a print copy at our District office. To view current and past issues digitally, and to access an archive of past Conservation Connection newsletters, click here & be sure to subscribe here.
Seasonal Weed Bulletin
Created in 2013, the Weed Bulletin has grown to include now a quarterly (4X per year) publication available to all island residents, developed in partnership between WICD and the Island County Noxious Weed Program. The seasonal focus of the bulletin is intended to help highlight the most important noxious weeds for landowners to look out for that season.
Current Issue: Weeds of Summer 2019
To sign up to receive the weed bulletin, or for more information about Island County Noxious Weed Resources, and an archive of past Weed Bulletins, click here.
Make A difference column
Look for the monthly Make A Difference Column published in the Whidbey Weekly newspaper, featuring resource conservation tips and programs to inspire you. The column is coordinated by Whidbey Island Conservation District staff and features written contributions and resources from a wide variety of conservation experts in the non-profit, government, and private sectors.
Current Issue: June 2019
Creating a Backyard Wildlife & Human Sanctuary
You can pick up a free copy of the Make A Difference Column in the Whidbey Weekly newspaper at the many locations they distribute it throughout Whidbey. To view current and past issues digitally, and to access an archive of past Make A Difference Column articles, click here.
Native plant Sale
How Does WICD's Native Plant Pre-Sale Ordering & Open Sale Process Work?
From November through January of each year, we accept pre-orders against our native plant inventory. Individuals who sign-up to be on our Native Plant Email List are the first to receive notice of when our online storefront is open and taking orders. We also promote the sale through community bulletins, in the newspaper, and other outreach avenues to help spread the word. We reserve this plant inventory from our Conservation District plant grower in Bow, WA (the Plant Materials Center) and other native plant sources, based on sales from previous years. The plants are harvested in late winter (while dormant) and delivered to us the last week in February.
During the pre-sale period, as an order is purchased, it is reserved from our inventory. If we run out of a species, we try to increase our order accordingly, but often local growers have pre-sold all of their stock. This is why we encourage our customers to order early – you’re more likely to get everything you want. Plus, if we do run out early, we have a better chance of finding more inventory. There is also always the chance that an unexpected weather event can cause a particular crop to fail. In that case, we do our best to track down replacements or offer suitable substitutes.
Our pre-order sale typically ends on January 31st, and we spend February finalizing orders, confirming our inventory, and preparing for the arrival of our plants. In a whirlwind of activity over the course of 2-3 days just before the pickup date, our intrepid volunteers help us bundle the plants into the pre-orders for pickup. There is the possibility that unsold inventory will be available for sale on the Saturday pickup date. So, support your local conservation district, and place your plant order early. Go native plants!
Did you miss this year's Native Plant Sale? Check out other Conservation District Plant Sales.
Many of Washington State's Conservation Districts host their own Native Plant Sales, and each sale timeframe, structure, and plant offerings are unique to each District. In case you missed our sale this year, we encourage you to check the links below and see if one of our neighboring Conservation Districts is still accepting plant orders for their Native Plant Sale.
For more information about our Native Plant Sale Program and resources for native plant selection, visit our Native Plants page. To be the first to know when our storefront has launched in the future, sign-up for our Native Plant Sale Email List here and be notified directly in your inbox.
Held annually at the Whidbey Island Conservation District Open House, leaders of the Whidbey Island community are recognized for their outstanding contribution to conservation of natural resources that year. Past award winners have included but are not limited to non-profit organizations, homeowner associations, farm and forest landowners, for-profit businesses, governmental partners, and more.
At this year's "Collaboration for Conservation" themed Open House - held November 10, 2018 - six award categories with a total of ten awardees were recognized.
Please join us in congratulating these valuable members of our community: