Completed programs: No Fruit Left Behind gleaning, Sustainable Living Center, Arts & Culture, Placemaking, Health & Wellness, Affordable Housing. Two large rural air-to-water and solar energy programs.
Funding to date: $4.727 million from HUD, USDA Rural Development and Marketing Services, AmericCorps, National Endowment for the Arts, National Institute for Food and Agriculture, Hawaii Dept of Agriculture, Hawaii Dept of Labor.
Active: The Makers Guild works with food growers and producers; artists, artisans, authors and performers; designers and manufacturers; and serves DIY hobbyists, Professionals, Organizations and Small Business owners. We host or co-promote Fairs and Markets, exhibits and performances, classes and workshops.
The Guild also conducts research projects and has managed the San Juan Islands Housing Study and has completed the San Juan Islands Makers market study (online soon). A new feasibiilty study is underway for the San Juan Islands Innovation Center.
Community collaborations include: Food Heroes and Island Bounty with San Juan Islands Conservation District, the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild, and the Orcas Center Visual Arts Committee. Veggie Rx collaborations with: San Juan County Health and Community Services, Orcas Food Coop, San Juan Islands Food Hub, Island Grown Farm Tours, Orcas Island Farmers Market, San Juan Island Farmers Market, island farms and farm stands.
For more information, see the Makers Guild https://sanjuanmakersguild.com/
Completed programs: One Canoe Veggie Rx, 2020-2021, providing island grown produce on three islands.
Funding to date: $280,000 from USDA Rural Development, National Institute for Food and Agriculture, San Juan County, San Juan Islands Conservation District, Northwest Agriculture Business Center.
The development of the San Juan Islands Innovation Center is an important part of HR's work over the coming five years. The goal is to help create a business and organization incubator network on three islands that addresses food system, green/blue technology innovation, natural resources, and makerspace needs.
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