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2017 Newsletter

On behalf of the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild (Ag Guild), we are asking for your financial support to continue our work to foster a vibrant, resilient and sustainable local food system in San Juan County.  Your donation will help us further our key projects for 2018!

  • Farmers to Farmland connects new farmers to area resources and land options in San Juan County. In addition, this program seeks to connect farmland owners who wish to sell, lease or transfer their farmland to a farmer who will farm the land.
  • San Juan County Food Hub will be a network of cold storage facilities on Orcas, San Juan and Lopez islands to aggregate locally grown food to wholesale buyers throughout the county and the mainland creating more efficient connections between sellers and buyers in San Juan County. With your support, we will set up the infrastructure to launch the Food Hub in 2018! 
  • Island Grown in the San Juans is a branding program to assist agriculture and food businesses with marketing opportunities to advertise their pledge towards sustainable and environmentally friendly standards.
  • Brickworks is a historic rental venue that also provides reduced rentals to nonprofits in the county, including the San Juan Island Farmers Market. The commercial kitchen acts as an incubator for businesses making food related products, catering services, and food vendors. Brickworks proceeds help fund Ag Guild programs

 

2017 has been a very busy year for the Ag Guild. 

We accomplished a great deal— all made possible by the help and support of the island communities. In summary:

  • Hired our first Executive Director, Steph Coffey, to lead Ag Guild projects;
  • Provided over $9,000 in reduced or free venue rentals for community events;
  • Co-sponsored the San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit, which brought together over 200 farmers on Orcas Island for two days of inspiration and education;
  • Helped 11 new farmers and 10 landowners with resources and connections to farm in San Juan County. Of those, two started farming and two more are preparing to start farming.
  • Organized the “Eat Island Grown Tasting Event” connecting twelve local chefs with over twenty San Juan County farms and producers.  Attendance was over 200 people.
  • Engaged with the school districts of SJC to explore options for procuring local foods for students on Orcas, San Juan and Lopez islands through the future San Juan County Food Hub.
  • Upgraded our audio-visual system to meet the needs of community events.
  • Increased economic opportunities and consumer engagement in agricultural through partnerships with various island, county and state organizations.

Please help keep the heritage of agriculture alive on the islands and support the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild. Every donation makes a difference!

Warmly,

Board: Susie Wampler, Candace Jagel, Mike Pickett, Madden Surbaugh, Tim Barrette, Gretchen Krampf, Rob Waldron and David Bauermeister. Staff: Steph Coffey, Amy Plant and Cady Davies

  • Donation by check payable to SJIAGMail to: PO Box 1945, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
  • Donation by credit card: www.sjiagguild.com/donations-fundraising/

Thank you for contributing to the local economy as well as the overall quality of island life by supporting the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild.

 

FUNDING & TAX STATUS

The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, registered in the State of Washington. Charitable contributions to the Ag Guild are tax-deductible. The Ag Guild’s EIN is 26-2167336 and the Washington State Charitable Solicitations Registration Number is 24977.

The Ag Guild endeavors to keep its organizational and overhead costs as low as possible, so that we can dedicate donated funds directly on the projects we undertake.  Its only employee is the part-time Brickworks Manager who assists its all-volunteer Board of Directors.

Donations can be general or targeted for a specific project through discussion between the donor and the Board.

STOCK GIFTS

If you are interested in making a gift of stock to the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild’s Brickworks project, it is most convenient to electronically transfer the securities.  Just follow these easy steps:

1. Ask your broker to make a DTC transfer to SJIAG account: Jonathan Piff, Edward Jones, Inc.  Phone (360) 378-5071; fax (877) 781-2302   DTC#0057,  Account# 785-09530-1-4

2. Notify us in writing that you are transferring the securities, so we can provide a proper receipt for your records.  Send a letter or e-mail message to Mike Pickett at San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild, PO Box 1945, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 OR treasurer@sjiagguild.com, containing the following information:

Donor(s) name (individual, corporation, organization), full mailing address, telephone # & email address;  name of stock + stock symbol, # of shares to be transferred, assignment of shares to “credit the Brickworks Project”.

THE “BRICK-BY-BRICK” PROGRAM

This popular fundraising program has been warmly embraced by the community.  For gifts of $250 or more, donors can have a brick with their name(s) or special inscription laid along the main side of the Building.  Special Brick Forms are used to ensure that inscriptions are accurately formatted before being carved into the donor’s brick (see below).  Brick Forms are available for download here, or on request from, Brickworks Manager (email:  info@fhbrickworks.com or by leaving a phone message at 360-378-0095).

VOLUNTEER

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available!

  • Help plan fundraising events such as Eat Island Grown Tasting Event, Old-Fashioned Christmas Market and Farm Tours
  • Get involved in economic development opportunities for agriculture being involved on committees
  • Become a board member, driving our vision, goals and financial sustainability for the organization
  • Help out at Brickworks
  • Office help at the Ag Guild

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact info@fhbrickworks.com or 360-378-0095.