Organic Food Procurement

Organic Food Procurement

You are invited to join our island food-purchasing group!

The Groundfloor Guemes group of the Community Center strives to encourage an environmentally and economically sustainable community on Guemes Island. We support the purchase and distribution of island products as well as the ordering of organic and sustainable products from Azure.

Products ordered from Azure are delivered monthly to a drop site in the town of Anacortes. Groundfloor has organized a system of cooperative-buying, whereby small orders can be combined to avoid a minimum-amount charge, and participants can profit from the cost-savings on items purchased in large quantities. A monthly list of large-quantity purchases is mailed to all participants. In addition to the Azure foods and products, island-raised Yak meat and Guemes Sunrise coffee may be ordered. Groundfloor members pick up the orders at the drop site and bring them back to the island for distribution. Participants pay only the purchase price of the items ordered.

Islanders may participate in this program in one of two ways.
Create an account with Azure and join the Anacortes drop site. There is no required membership fee. There is a $50 minimum order amount. You may, even if you have your own account, choose to order less than the minimum order amount by joining a group order. You may request that your order be picked up at the drop site and brought to the island by a Groundfloor volunteer.
Simply place your (less than minimum amount) order with one of the island coordinators and then pick up your order from the designated island location.

If you would like more information about Azure, please review their catalogs at the Guemes Library or browse their website at www.azurestandard.com. If you would like more information about joining the island buying group, contact Marianne Kooiman at eyrie@cnw.com or Edie Clark at bneclark@gmail.com.

Vision Project

Vision Project

The purpose of this project is to explore the possible expansion of the community center, how it may be used in the future, and what changes might need to be made to serve current and future residents of Guemes Island. The Vision Committee, a sub-committee of GICCA, will be comprised of 5 members from key stakeholder organizations and 2 community-at-large representatives:

  • Guemes Island Community Center Association - Rob Schroder
  • Guemes Island Library - Morna McEachern
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) - Barb Ohms
  • Guemes Island Historical Society - position open
  • Guemes Community Church - Lynn Prewitt
  • Community at Large/Funding Advisor - David Werthheimer
  • Emeritus - Carol Pellett

At this time, meetings will be held monthly on the second Thursday of each month, 7 pm, at the Guemes Island Community Church. Meetings are open to the public. The Committee will report to the GICCA Board on a quarterly basis; more often if deemed necessary.