PEAK at Odlin Park

Earlier this fall, my son came home super excited about a new program he’d heard about at school – PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids), which was going to be led every Tuesday by Beth from the library. My wife and I knew he’d love it, so we made sure he quickly turned in his application to…

The Biggest Science Experiment in the San Juans

These days, the mention of science and farming in the same breath immediately brings to mind the hotly debated issue of GMOs (against which, by the way, San Juan County recently scored a victory). But that’s not necessarily what comes to mind for Nick and Sara Jones of Jones Family Farms. Step inside one of the…

Every resting place has a story, too

Last weekend, my parents and I happened upon the wreath and craft sale at the Lopez Union Cemetery next to Center Church. My mother insisted on buying my family a wreath, along with a few other items at the craft sale, including the Lopez Island Cookbook. While we were paying for our purchases, my mom…

Blossoming on Lopez Island

Blossom. That’s what tends to happen to people on Lopez Island. In all of my conversations with residents and business owners, this has been a common theme. If people are born on the island, they like to stay; and they end up thriving. If people move here, they discover something new about themselves; and they…

Bounty on Project 468

Every day on Lopez Island brings the opportunity to meet somebody who is making a significant, positive contribution to this community. Today was no exception. First thing this morning, I rode my bike into Lopez Village to meet Sue Roundy, a long-time volunteer and one of the founding members of the Bounty project. Sue came…

“Like the Amish without the religion”

My brother and his wife visited us on Lopez this weekend. They insisted on cooking dinner for us one night. In search of something local for them to cook, we visited a produce and meat farm I’d been meaning to check out on the north end of the island – The Horse Drawn Farm. I really…

The Original Story Place

At its core, Project 468 is about reconnecting story and place. Story and place, they go together. And I can’t think of a better example of that than the library. Today I visited the Lopez Library. I of course checked out a book with my new library card. I also was fortunate enough to hear…

The Dump’s Story

Lopez Island represents renewal, experimentation and improvisation. I can’t think of an organization that lives up to those ideals better than the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District, otherwise known as the dump. My family pays a visit to the dump every few weeks to sort our recycling, pay a visit to the “Take It Or Leave…