April 17, 2014  |  By Teresa Verraes in News  |  No Comments Yet


 Every Monday through  September; 1-4pm

Visit a Master Gardener Plant Clinic for answers to gardening questions and diagnosis of plant problems. Bring your plant and insect specimens. Every Monday through Sept 29 (except holidays), from 1-4 at WSU Extension office in Point Hudson; 380 Jefferson St. PT.

Bring in bagged samples of plant parts (healthy and damaged sections), including stem, leaves, flowers, etc. Pest samples will help in the diagnosis as well.

Plant clinic is free and open to the public.

For more information, please email Jefferson County WSU Master Gardeners at .

April 17, 2014  |  By Teresa Verraes in News  |  No Comments Yet

Port Townsend Artisan Food Festival


Port Townsend is known for its old buildings, its wooden boats, and its arty residents.  But increasingly it’s becoming known for food.  In the last ten years Port Townsend and surrounding the Jefferson County have seen a rural renaissance of local and sustainable food production: more organic farmers, bakers, cheesemakers, cidermakers, and every other kind of maker are sprouting up every year

“We have one of the greatest concentrations of artisan food producers in the state,” boasts Jefferson County and Port Townsend Farmers Market Director Will O’Donnell.  “Our small town market has a roster of local farms and food artisans that the Seattle farmers markets have to recruit from all over the state to gather,” explained O’Donnell.  “I have been trying to tell that to the broader Puget Sound region since I took this job, but this year we want to show them.”

O’Donnell is helping launch the first ever Port Townsend Artisan Food Festival over Memorial Day weekend, May 24 and 25th   He wants Puget Sound residents to get ton the ferry and head over the water to Port Townsend to take classes, taste the foods, sip the ciders, and meet the producers all weekend long.

On Saturday the Port Townsend Farmers Market will be open from 9am till 3pm and will add an extra location in front of the community center for special guest vendors.  Inside the Community Center the Cedar Root Folk School is offering a daylong list of artisan food making classes taught by some of the markets award-winning vendors.  Outside award winning Chef and educator Arran Stark will be hosting cooking demos all day with special guests in the market’s music stage.

From 5-8pm an all local dinner reception at the recently restored Ravenscroft Inn will be catered by Hadley Nye and will feature readings by bestselling author Kurt Timmermeister (Growing a Farmer and Growing a Feast) as well as the author of Washington Food Artisans, Leora Bloom.   Saturday evening will be capped off with an artisan cocktail tasting courtesy of the mixologists at Cellar Door in downtown Port Townsend.   Local distillers, wine, cider and beer makers will be on hand.

Sunday May 25th will cap off the event with an Artisan Food Tour to many of Jefferson County’s food and wine facilities.  This all day self-guided tour begins at the Port Townsend Food Coop and moves on to Mt. Townsend Creamery before ending at Hama Hama Seafood on the Hood Canal.  More information and tickets to the evening events can be found at the

April 08, 2014  |  By Teresa Verraes in News  |  No Comments Yet

April 15 ENERGY LUNCH & WORKSHOP: Financing Renewable Energy Projects

Paul B. Manson, President & CEO of Sea Breeze Power Corp., a Vancouver, Canada-based diversified renewable energy company, is the presenter at this month’s Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program, held at the Port Townsend Community Center on Tuesday, Apr. 15, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
His talk will present his financing experiences with renewable energy projects, not as a “how-to” but as useful background and support for those facing such challenges locally. His experiences include the use of professional studies, addressing political obstacles, engaging the specialized financing needed in the electric power industry, and taking into account the accelerating transition from reliance on the fossil fuel industry.
At Sea Breeze, Manson successfully arranged financing for the 99-megawatt Cape Scott Wind Farm, the first utility-scale wind farm to be built on British Columbia’s west coast. Sea Breeze is currently developing the Juan de Fuca Cable Project, a proposed new 30-mile long, 550-megawatt high-voltage direct-current undersea transmission line between Port Angeles and Victoria that would connect the endpoints of the BPA and BC Hydro electric grids. The economic multiplier value of the cable project is estimated to be $134 billion.

The monthly Energy Lunch Programs are aimed at increasing awareness of how energy, energy technology and energy policy affect county life and business activity. The brown-bag lunch talks are free and open to the public.

Read the full announcement

April 07, 2014  |  By Teresa Verraes in News  |  No Comments Yet

The Friends of Fort Worden and Peninsula College Present The Forgotten Era

Army Life at Fort Worden in the 1950s
Thursday, April 17 at 4:00PM
Veterans of the 369th Engineer Amphibious Support Regiment
John Singhose of Port Angeles, Tom Anthony of Kittitas,
Red Rogers of Randle, and Don Young of Kingston
will discuss their experiences during the Korean War Era
Peninsula College
Schoolhouse, Room D
298 Battery Way
Fort Worden
Refreshments available following the discussion
courtesy of The Friends of Fort Worden
Presented by the Fort Worden Oral History Program
a project of the Friends of Fort Worden
200 Battery Way Port Townsend, WA 98368 360.344.4481

March 27, 2014  |  By Teresa Verraes in News  |  No Comments Yet

Lecture – “Growing Food Together: Community Gardening in Jefferson County”

” Growing Food Together:  Community Gardening in Jefferson County” is the Jefferson County Master Gardeners Foundation April educational lecture series subject. This free lecture takes place Thursday, April 10, from 3-4:00pm, at the Tri-Area Community Center in Chimacum.  


Master Gardener, Lys Burden, and Judy Alexander, an advocate of environmental sustainability with an emphasis on the development of local food resources,will discuss the history and benefits of community gardening, including how they collaborate with the local food bank. Questions and sharing community gardening experiences are encouraged throughout the lecture.


The Jefferson County Master Gardener Foundation lectures take place the second Thursday of each month, from 3-4pm. Foundation business meetings follow each lecture. Please see for future lecture topics and vacation months.

For more information, please email Jefferson County WSU Master Gardeners at .

March 27, 2014  |  By Teresa Verraes in News  |  No Comments Yet

Home Canning Advice

Get answers to all your food preservation questions from Jefferson County Master Gardener and Food Preservation Specialist, Dianna Wiklund. Our local farms and our very own gardens produce a bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables to can, dry and freeze, so Dianna is here to offer assistance on how to do actually do it. Whether you are just getting started or would like to update your knowledge of home food preservation, join us and learn.  Pressure gauge testing will also be available for $5.   

This free food preservation consulting takes place Monday, April 21, between 1-4, at the WSU Extension office in Point Hudson (380 Jefferson St). 

For more information, please email Jefferson County WSU Master Gardeners at .