With approximately one hundred year-round residents, Waldron Island is the most remote of the inhabited San Juan Islands. Few people make it to Waldron. Set apart from the rest of the San Juan Islands by the swift currents of President’s Channel, Waldron is to the rest of the islands what the islands in general are to the mainland. With no electrical service, no running water, and no paved roads, Waldron is very self-sufficient. Indeed, this little island on the fringe of the archipelago is practically a respite from civilization itself.
Culture on Waldron revolves around the post office, a one-room schoolhouse, and a county dock; the island attracts people for whom this is enough. Public access is extremely limited, which in itself, preserves Waldron’s unique character. Those who stay long enough to call it home must know how to make things work, or be capable of doing without. Indeed, characterized by an independent pioneer spirit that brought their parents and grandparents to the island to homestead, folks on Waldron may be the quintessential islanders.
Waldron is what all the islands used to be – remote, magical, and rural. The island economy, although influenced by fishing and logging, was traditionally agricultural. The difference between Waldron and the other islands is that Waldron is still basically a farming island.
Less affected not only by civilization but also by many of the natural pests that challenge gardeners on Lopez, San Juan, and Orcas, farmers on Waldron harvest organically grown flowers, fruits, and vegetables of exceptional quality. With superior cultivation practices, Waldron farmers share ideas and collectively practice powerful sustainable gardening to ensure healthy plants. With a consistent presence at the local Farmer’s Market, produce and flowers from Waldron are both highly anticipated and coveted.