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A GROWING MOVEMENT: MARCH 2014

volume 10, issue 1

Demonstration garden springs up in Quilcene Page 6


on the cover A GROWING MOVEMENT: Demonstration garden springs up in Quilcene < Anne Ricker, left, Anita McCue and Juanita Thomas are leading the way at Q Gardens, a new demonstration garden in Quilcene.

Healthy Living Volume 10, Issue 1

Articles and submissions

March 2014

Brenda Hanrahan and Katy SanGregory, editors

We’re always on the lookout for article ideas to include in our quarterly Healthy Living publication. If you have an idea for a story, please let us know. Professionals in their field are invited to contribute informative and educational articles or columns for consideration in Healthy Living. Send articles, columns and photos (jpegs at 200 dpi minimum) to special section editors Brenda Hanrahan at bhanrahan@peninsuladailynews.com or Katy SanGregory at ksangregory@peninsuladailynews.com. We cannot guarantee publication due to space and content considerations. If your submission is accepted, we reserve the right to edit submissions. Submitted articles are the opinions and beliefs of the contributing writer and in no way represent an endorsement by Healthy Living, the Peninsula Daily News or Sequim Gazette.

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Safety first is a must when handling pesticides. A pesticide is a substance that kills pests. Although pesticides are developed to be toxic to certain pests — for example, insecticides kill insects and fungicides kill fungus — if they are mishandled, they can also be harmful to humans, pets, wildlife and the environment. A pesticide is typically the last resort in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) that includes: n Planting pest-resistant varieties appropriate to the local environment n Providing an excellent growing environment for the plant n Maintaining good plant health n Using cultural, biological and mechanical methods to control pests before trying pesticides If you have a plant problem, consider whether the problem warrants use of a pesticide. What is the expected level of damage by the pest and your tolerance for the damage? If the expected loss is likely to be minor or you do not mind a certain amount of plant damage, pesticide use may not be warranted. Before selecting a pesticide, make sure you have correctly identified the pest and that the pest you plan to target is causing the problem. Targeting the wrong pest, using the wrong product or using the right product at the wrong point in a pest’s life cycle can waste money and time and harm “beneficial” insects, wildlife and desirable plants. Read the label. The label is the law. The registration and use of pesticides are governed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state department of agriculture. Property owners are legally liable for misuse of pesticides on their property. Make sure the pest, plant and location in which the product is to be applied (such as a vegetable garden or roadside) also are listed on the label. It is illegal to use a pesticide on a food crop unless that crop is listed on the label. Choose the least toxic product. Signal words indicating toxicity are “caution” (least toxic),

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Kick off the hiking season with YMCA’s free club YMCA Summit Seekers hiking club is free and open to public BY PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

Looking for a chance to hit the trail but can’t find a hiking partner? The Olympic Peninsula YMCA’s Summit Seekers hiking club could be for you. The YMCA introduced the club last summer as a way to encourage people to enjoy spending time hiking in their own backyard. All hikes are free and open to the public. Hikes start at 8 a.m. and are usually completed in four hours. Registration is required and can be completed in person at the Clallam County Family YMCA, 302 S. Francis St. in Port Angeles, by phone at 360-452-9244 or by emailing lola@olympicpeninsulaymca.org. “At the Y, we believe all people deserve access to healthy pursuits and what better way to enjoy physical activity than a hike in our national park?” said Kyle Cronk, Olympic Peninsula YMCA chief executive officer and hiking club leader. >> SUMMIT SEEKERS HIKING CLUB CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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A growing movement Q Gardens quickly gaining momentum and community support in Quilcene BY BRENDA HANRAHAN, PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

Something is growing in the heart of Quilcene. Some might only see a garden taking shape on a once derelict plot of land located off U.S. Highway 101 and Roberts Road. But others see community spirit unfolding in surprising ways. At times, the garden is humming with teams of volunteers digging a berm to create a large raised bed, removing huge rocks from the rich soil and moving wood chips or gravel to create pathways. Other times one may only see three dedicated women tending to vegetable beds, checking on a worm bin or planting flower seeds and bulbs. The name of this ever-changing project is Q [Quilcene] Gardens, and board members Anne Ricker and Juanita Thomas and Master Gardener Anita McCue have big plans for the demonstration garden. “The intent of this garden is to educate the community about sustainable and organic gardening practices that they can accomplish in their home gardens,” Thomas said. “We also hope they will grow extra produce to donate to the Quilcene Food Bank, which is always in need of healthy vegetables, herbs and fruit.” The garden project started in October 2012 when Quilcene artist and businesswoman Anne Ricker received a $14,500 grant through the Environmental Protection Agency, Olympic Watershed Stewardship Council and Washington State University to educate Puget Sound residents on low-impact development (LID) to reduce stormwater runoff. Ricker began researching LID techniques by taking every workshop and seminar available on rain gardens, bioswales, low-impact gardening and green roofs. She selected the garden site for its visibility and proximity to Quilcene Community Center and community activities. She worked with landscaper John Helsper to design the garden.

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In this aerial view, you can see Q Gardens starting to take shape. The garden, located just off U.S. Highway 101 in Quilcene, will feature demonstration areas to teach Jefferson County residents about sustainable gardening practices.

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The land was purchased in part with a gift in memory of the late John Pitts, an avid organic gardener who also served as a Jefferson County Commissioner and a local veterinarian. “In the last year the garden has really come together,” Ricker said. “We are extremely proud that our project, even in its early stages, has already accomplished all six of the requirements of a LID demonstration garden. “We have a stabiligrid pervious parking lot, a green roof, pervious concrete with Americans with Disabilities Act compliant pathways, stormwater collection, storage and distribution, a rain garden and a native plant garden.” The gardens will use no water beyond that provided by rain. Tracy’s Insulation installed gutters to route water from a building roof to a 500-gallon tank that was donated by Ricker’s brother for irrigation. “If you have a roof and it’s raining then you are in business,” Ricker said. “In Quilcene, we have rain so once you learn to install this low-cost system you are in business forever. The things we demonstrate at the garden are practical, affordable and lasting.” Plant materials were gathered by volunteers, from the Jefferson County Conservation District plant sale, McComb Gardens and The Home Depot in Sequim. The initial installation of the garden was accomplished in June 2013 by 15 enthusiastic Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) crew members, Thomas said.

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Anne Ricker tends to the lowimpact rain garden at Q Gardens in the heart of Quilcene.

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“Volunteers have been amazing, if we need help, all we have to do is ask and they show up ready to work,” Thomas said. “The entire community has been so supportive of the garden. If we mention that we need soil, it shows up. We mentioned that we would like a worm bin, and one arrived. We needed mulch, and there it is.” Tasks volunteers have helped with include transporting, transplanting, chopping and cleaning up rocks. “Community spirit is alive and well in Quilcene,” Ricker said. “So many people have made monetary and in-kind donations and pitch in whenever they find out we need something. It is an incredible thing to witness.” Thomas and McCue are used to working together.

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To learn more about Q Gardens, stop by the gardens for a free class at noon each Monday or email Juanita Thomas at quilcenebaycottages2012@gmail.com.

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Anne Ricker, left, Anita McCue and Juanita Thomas are leading the way at Q Gardens, a new demonstration garden.

“We also will provide produce for groups who host free community meals from the garden.” Eventually Ricker would like to add a native rose garden, vertical walls planted with artwork, a hot glass-blowing studio and an attached greenhouse to capture heat, living fences, a windmill, a small waterwell and sculptures scattered throughout the garden. Ricker and other area artists will offer classes and demonstrations in the nearby former Quaker church that is undergoing extensive renovations. “The sky is the limit when it comes to Q Gardens,” Ricker said. “There’s nothing this community can’t accomplish.”

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The twin sisters have always shared similar interests, including becoming Master Gardeners. “Anita grows food for our entire family, she is an amazing gardener,” Thomas said. The sisters offer free garden classes at noon each Monday. Participants meet near Quilcene Espresso, 71 Old Church Road, adjacent to the garden. “We want these classes to be interactive and fun,” Thomas said. “So bring a friend, bring a question or an idea, but most importantly bring yourself.” McCue said the classes are a great way for people interested in starting a home garden to meet other like-minded people and to find affordable resources such as seeds, compost and plants in the area. “We welcome people of all experience levels,” Thomas added. “The demonstration gardens will highlight a variety of growing options. “We will have raised beds; in-ground plantings; a native plant area that includes grasses, berries and shrubs; flower demonstration areas; a fruit tree area; a worm bin; other compost options and more. “One thing about gardening is that the possibilities are endless.” A generous community member donated the 45 hay bales that outline the serpentine shape in the main raised bed and three smaller square ones. The beds are 4 feet wide by 4 feet deep, with the main bed measuring just under 64 feet long. “That raised bed will help provide fresh produce for the 300 to 325 clients the Quilcene Food Bank serves and more,” Thomas said.

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Get a taste of summer at spring break camps BY PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

Families can preview some of the Olympic Peninsula YMCA’s most popular summer offerings during the organization’s Spring Break Day Camps. Participants can enroll in individual classes or for the entire week of spring break. There will be sports, activities, art, field trips and tons of fun. Each day there will be a morning class from 9 a.m. to noon and an afternoon class from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. However, the programs are open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for families that need extended hours. Here’s a preview of each day’s offering, March 31 through April 4: n Monday, March 31: Hiking Club, held from 9 a.m. to noon. Young hikers will explore the trails at Peabody Creek and visit the Olympic National Park Visitor Center to learn more about outdoor adventure on the Olympic Peninsula. Participants enrolled in this class should be prepared for the elements as they will be exploring outdoors. Bring rain gear and boots. n Monday, March 31: Lego Madness, held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Children will flex their creative muscles in a response to a series of Lego challenges, including the design of mazes and vehicles. n Tuesday, April 1: Archery, held from 9 a.m. to noon One of our most popular offerings provides an introduction to the fundamentals of recurve target archery. Campers will learn and fine tune their techniques at the YMCA’s target range. n Tuesday, April 1: Port Angeles Parks Tour, held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. All aboard the Y bus! It’s time to tour some of the parks of Port Angeles. Camp participants will visit Shane, Crown and Lincoln parks and the Dream Playground for an afternoon of play and exploration. n Wednesday, April 2: Volleyball, held from 9 a.m. to noon. The name says it all. Participants should come dressed for physical activity (sneakers and shorts or sweats).

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Children will learn the fundamentals of volleyball and explore concepts of team play, physical fitness and sportsmanship. n Wednesday, April 2: Ultimate frisbee, held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Participants should come dressed for physical activity and time outdoors. They will spend the afternoon learning and playing this popular sport built around the values of respect, responsibility, honesty and caring. n Thursday, April 3: Street art, held from 9 a.m. to noon. Using the Y’s collection of art supplies, participants will create stencils, develop group chalk murals and create their own unique handstyles. n Thursday, April 3: Bowling, held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It’s time for another field trip. This time, camp attendees will visit Laurel Lanes to knock over some pins. n Friday, April 4: Beach Explorers, held from 9 a.m. to noon. Come dressed in rain boots and rain gear to explore the beaches and tide pools at Salt Creek Recreation Area. n Friday, April 4: Clay sculpture modeling, held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Children will be challenged to create a variety of sculptures using modeling clay. All participants should come to class with weather-appropriate clothing and a snack. Campers attending a full day should also bring their own lunch. Cost for the entire week: $145 for Y members/$165 for non-members. Cost per 3-hour class: $18 for Y members/$22 for non-members. Register online at olympicpeninsulaymca.org, in person at the YMCA, 302 S. Francis St. in Port Angeles, or by phone at 360-452-9244.

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Kayak, film festival first of its kind BY BRENDA HANRAHAN, PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

The Port Angeles Kayak and Film Festival, held Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, promises to be the only event of its kind in the United States. “The festival will highlight and promote all categories of paddling — from sea and lake to river and surf,” said Vicki Heckman, owner of Sound Bikes & Kayaks in downtown Port Angeles. The inaugural festival is presented by Sound Bikes & Kayaks, Adventures Through Kayaking and Olympic Raft & Kayak. The all-ages event will feature more than 20 classes and a variety of demonstrations, races and skills tests for people of all experience levels. Festival attendees can take an Eskimo rolling class, gain an understanding of tides and currents, learn about kayak fishing, take a stand-up paddleboard class and more.

person and allows attendees to take unlimited classes and demonstrations and provides entry to the film festival and keynote speaker’s presentation. All pass holders need to preregister for classes to guarantee space availability. For detailed information about purchasing passes, registering for classes and a schedule of events, visit portangeleskayakandfilm.com or phone 360-417-3015.

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Award-winning author, adventure traveler and instructor Chris Duff will deliver the event’s keynote presentation from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St. Duff will share his passion for the sea with a candid presentation featuring photos and stories from his explorations of the coastlines of America, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand and Iceland.

Feature films will be shown from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 12, at the Gateway Transit Center Pavilion, located at the corner of Lincoln and Front streets. Entry to the film festival and keynote speaker is $10 per person, or free with a weekend festival pass. For films details, visit portangeleskayakandfilm. com/about/feature-films-2014.

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The cost of attending the festival depends on what people want to experience during the event. Beach access and festival passes start at $10. Kayak demonstrations cost $10 per person. Race entries cost $10 per race, per person. A film and keynote speaker pass costs $10. An all-inclusive weekend festival pass costs $100 per

For complete information about the Port Angeles Kayak and Film Festival, including a full schedule of events, visit portangeleskayakandfilm.com.

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