Organization Profile

Transition Fidalgo & Friends
Current Status: Active
Year Founded: 2006
Summary of Activities: Transition Fidalgo & Friends is a 501.c.3 non-profit that works to build a more sustainable community through the projects that we develop and lead. As a non-profit, TF&F is non-partisan and has limited involvement in political activity. Our goals and specific activities can be found on our website- Our Vision 2030 document presents a detailed plan for moving our community to a resilient and sustainable place to live (PDF available on our website) TF&F has been engaged in a number of activities over the years. Current activities include monthly presentations on the climate and/or building resilience, the Anacortes Community garden, Fix-It Days, a gleaning program (Fidalgo Island Gleaners or FIG), a forest monitoring project (Fidalgo Forest Stewards), and scholarships for graduating seniors.
Summary of Accomplishments: Our group formed in 2006, and prior to officially transitioning to TF&F in 2011, we established Anacortes’ first community garden; created Eat Your Yard classes; published a community cookbook, "Serving the Skagit Harvest", and the free guide, "Living Well, Living Green"; held a Cool Community Cafe; petitioned the County to pass a climate resolution and establish a climate task force; and successfully encouraged the Skagit Council of Governments to hire its first resource conservation manager. As TF&F, we've published our well-received Vision 2030 document; held numerous skill-share classes; provided vital support for local community solar projects; held special events, such as New Energy for a New Day and a two-day FutureFest; and began a baseline forest monitoring project against which to measure climate-connected changes. Stats from 2018 include approximately 200 people at FutureFest; 683 pounds of community garden produce to food banks and a family shelter; plus 20,442 pounds of fruit from the gleaning project. Some of our more notable projects have been: 1) constructing and operating the Anacortes Community garden {15-20 gardens}, 2) development and operation of 5 community solar projects {$450K raised from 73 members}, 3) holding monthly community meetings to discuss upcoming events followed by presentations on topics related to sustainability and climate change impacts/adaptation {20-100 attendees per mtg}, 4) hold monthly Fix-It-Days events in the summer {15-30 repairs/mon}, 5) organized and operate the Anacortes Community Forest Lands (ACFL) forest monitoring project {25 volunteers}.
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