Find non Slow Food events and announcements on this page. Listing are from newest to oldest. Also check out the Links page, which has reference information, and the Events page which contains Slow Food events and announcements.
May 19, 2016:  Farm Tour: Flying Cow Creamery
Spring Tours Organized by the Olympia Food Co-op ($7 each) – sign up in person in either Co-op store 8am-9pm, or on-line any time, start by clicking the name of the class.
May 19 10-noon Farm Tour: Flying Cow Creamery – Local yogurt maker in Rochester. Farm tour in beautiful Independence Valley and meet your local shepherdess, Selma Bjarnadottir. Cows, cream, and yogurt samples provided – you just need to come in comfortable clothes for a few hours of walking around (layers recommended) and boots that are ready for mud.
May 21, 2016:  Gifts of Land and Sea
What: A celebration of indigenous arts and foods, this is a benefit to support a fiber arts studio at The Evergreen State College Longhouse. Engage with traditional practices for preparing indigenous foods, such as salmon, oysters, wild rice, huckleberries, and more. Savor delicacies by Twana Catering. Enjoy conversations with master carvers and weavers including Carol Emarthle-Douglas (Northern Arapaho-Seminole), winner of the Best of Show award at the 2015 Santa Fe Indian Market.
When: Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Where: Longhouse Education and Cultural Center; TESC; 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW; Olympia, WA 98505
Cost: $100 per person
RSVP: Tina Kuckkahn-Miller–(360) 867-5344 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sundays: Seattle Slow Food Events
Slow Food Seattle and the Bastyr
University Slow Food chapter have invited us to their Slow Food Sunday events
to be offered every third Sunday 2 - 4 pm.
The good, clean and fair food gathering features hands-on food prep, led by an
area chef, a meal and a presentation. Check out the plans for Sunday,
where you can click on the registration link.
GRuB Kitchen Garden Project Mentor
GRuB is looking for a couple more gardeners willing to work one on one with the families selected to have a raised bed garden installed this year. The mentors check in with the new gardener once a month June to August. GRuB provides excellent educational materials for new gardeners, so the advice they seek is generally to double check if they are have figured things out in the best way. If you would like to help guide gardeners as they grow healthy food in their own backyard connect with Cece via email.
Wednesday March 27, 2013: Revitalizing Northwest Coastal Indian Food Culture
When: Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30
Where: Olympia Timberland Regional Library, 313 8th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501
What: Valerie Segrest of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and native nutrition educator will discuss local and traditional foods.
Saturday March 23, 2013: Seed Exchange with Caitlin Moore
When: Saturday March 23 at 2:30
Where: Olympia Timberland Regional Library, 313 8th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501
What: Moore will give a short talk and answer questions. Participants will exchange seeds and share snacks provided by the Friends of the Olympia Library. Bring old seeds to make seed bombs and new seeds to trade. Envelopes for trading will be provided.
Friday, March 15, 2013: South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust Annual Meeting/Potluck/Ag Networking
When: Friday March 15 starting at 5:30, meeting at 7 pm
Where: South Bay Grange Hall, 3918 Sleater Kinney Rd NE, Olympia 98506
What: A family-friendly evening features a great potluck meal, speakers, the annual business of our membership organization, and an agricultural networking event featuring more than a dozen organizations that serve the farm community.
Saturday February 23, 2013: Women Agriculture Conference: Growing Your Successful Farm Business
WHEN: Saturday, February 23,
2013, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
WHERE: Washington Public Utility Districts Association - 212 Union
Ave SE, Suite 201, Olympia, WA 98501. Online at:
For Details: http://extension.wsu.edu/womeninag/
Participants will have the unique opportunity to participate
either in-person or on-line in a statewide agriculture conference.
February 23, 2013: Whitman College Global Studies Symposium
What: Whitman College Global Studies Symposium, "Food:
In Global Perspectives"
When: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013,
from 1-4 p.m.
Where: Maxey Auditorium.
December 5, 2012: Current Issues in the Local Farm and Food Business
You are invited to
Savor South Sound and learn more about agriculture and agri-tourism in our area
When: Wednesday, December
5, 2012 – 6-8 pm
Where: Thurston Expo Center, Thurston County Fair -3054 Carpenter Road
Southeast, Olympia, WA 98503
What: Current Issues in the Local Farm and Food Businesses:
Panelists from Acqua Via and Schilter Family Farm, as well as Johnson Berry Farm, Chelsea
Sea Farms, Flaming Eggplant Café, and Whitewood Cider Company. South
Sound Food Economy by Lucas Patzek, Director of the county’s Extension
program. George Sharp, executive director for the Olympia Lacey
Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau, will also address the future of the
local food economy. Refreshments will be provided.
How to Participate: The event is free, but space is limited. Contact
George Sharp at email@example.com, or 360-704-7544 to
pre-register. The event is presented by the Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor and
Convention Bureau, Port of Olympia and the WSU Thurston Extension.
November 14, 2012: Film Screen and Discussion
You are invited to a film screen
and discussion Nov 14 from 6 - 8:30 pm at TESC - American Meat
When: Wednesday, November 14th, from 6 to 8:30 pm
Where: The Longhouse at The Evergreen
What: Film and discussion regarding the industrial meat
system and its alternatives. The evening starts with the film documentary
American Meat, a
pro-farmer look at cattle, hogs and chicken production in the US both from the
view of farmers who work within the industrial meat system and those who
advocate a more sustainable and local-food approach to meat
production. At 7:30 the following people will lead a panel discussion:
- Jack Field, Executive Vice President of Washington
- Pat Labine, Emeritus Member of the Faculty &
Retired Owner Oyster Bay Farm
- Nate Lewis, Organic Certification Specialist at
Washington State Department of Agriculture Organic Food Program &
Co-owner of Lincoln Creek Ranch
- Graham Meriwether, director of American Meat
- Moderated by TJ Johnson, community food activist,
former city councilperson, & faculty for EcoAg at Evergreen
Cost: Free, though parking in
the evening costs $2 collected as you enter the campus.
November 9, 2012: Consumer Behavior and Climate Change
When: Friday November 9 at 7 pm
Where: At Town Hall in Seattle.
What: Allan Savory (www.savoryinstitute.com
) Eating Our Way to a Healthy Planet: Can how we eat help reduce climate
change? Savory will discuss how consumer behavior in selecting food according
to the way it is produced can influence markets and result in large-scale
changes that reduce the impacts of climate change. In addition to the public
address in the evening, an afternoon workshop will be conducted from 1 to 5
For more information regarding
registration, etc., please contact Maurice Robinette (firstname.lastname@example.org
or Doug Warnock (email@example.com)
October 30, 2012: Harvest Seminar
When: Tuesday October 30, 5- 7 pm - 2012
What: Harvest Seminar: A Closer Look
at Local and Regional Food Systems. Olympia will be a video conference site connected
to the conference speakers at WSU Mount Vernon, presented by the WSU Mount
Vernon Graduate Student Committee. The event is free and open to the public.
Where: WSU Thurston Extension County
Office, 5033 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia.
Speakers of interest include author Michael Carolan (see his book's The Real
Cost of Cheap Food and The Sociology of Food and Agriculture) and Lummi
Traditional Food Project coordinator Vanessa Cooper who teaches classes on the
uses of traditional plants as food and for healthy living.
Contact: 360-867-2151; firstname.lastname@example.org
October 29, 2012: Olympia Planning Commission Public Hearing on Urban Food
Residents have the Opportunity to Support Improved Urban Agriculture Standards, Monday October 29 at 6:30 pm
The Olympia Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, October
29 at 6:30 pm at City Hall, 601 E 4th Ave. regarding proposed code changes to
encourage the production and sale of food in the city. Among the positive
changes city planner Jennifer Kenny will overview for the commission are:
* Raising the allowed number of chickens to five in all residential areas and
no longer considering chickens as pets.
* Allowing pygmy goats
* Increasing the allowed height of fences to eight feet so the fence is high
enough to keep out deer from gardens
* Allowing farm stands in all residential areas
Anyone interested is invited to attend and present testimony regarding proposed
changes. Written comments may be mailed to Jennifer Kenny, Associate Planner,
Olympia Community Planning and Development, PO Box 1967, Olympia, WA 98507-1967
or delivered to Community Planning and Development, 601 4th Avenue East,
Olympia, Washington 98501. Comments may also be emailed to email@example.com.
Written comments must be received at or prior to the public hearing.
Also at that same meeting the Olympia Planning Commission will hold a final public
hearing on the draft update to the city's Comprehensive Plan. This will be the
final opportunity to encourage the Planning Commission to include language
defining a sustainable local food system as central to the future of our city
as a sustainable community.
October 21, 2012: 8th Annual Apple Affair
When: Sunday, October 21; Noon -
Where: Rignall Hall just off Steamboat and 81st
What: Taste and buy over 25 varieties of
apples from three or more Washington farms. Indulge in tasty apple dishes
from the community apple potluck and if you have a favorite apple dish, bring
it and the recipe to share.
Olympic Mountain Ice Cream, coffee, tea and hot apple cider will be
Apple supplies will be limited on the day of the event, so be sure to come
early for the most varieties.
Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org 360-866-2810
Olympia Food Co-op Classes
Sign up is now available for Olympia Food Co-op sponsored fall
classes which range from making green smoothies and preparing a whole chicken to
growing your own mushrooms.
For class details and to register go to <http://www.olympiafood.coop> www.olympiafood.coop, then look for the
classes section. All classes require preregistration and cost $5.
September 21, 2012: Farm to Table Dinner to Benefit South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust
What: Chef Will
Taylor of Acqua Via Restaurant and Kirsop Farm are teaming up for a farm to
table event, Outstanding in Their Fields.
Chef Taylor will present five courses made of mostly Kirsop Farm produce,
served at Kirsop Farm, with paired wines. Cost is $85.00 per person, and
proceeds go to benefit South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust. You can
get tickets online through Kirsop Farm's website: www.kirsopfarm.com, by
phone (360) 352-3590, or in person at Acqua Via Restaurant: www.acquavia.com
When: September 21, 6-9 pm
Where: 855 Trosper Road SW #108-189, Tumwater, 98512
September 13-15: 2012 Kneading Conference West
bakers, farmers, and earth oven enthusiasts: the 2012 Kneading Conference West
will be September 13-15, 2012.
Where: WSU Mount Vernon NWREC,
16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
What: Kneading West is a gathering
of home and professional bakers, farmers, millers, researchers, earth oven
enthusiasts and anyone interested in handcrafted breads and pastries, locally
grown grains, and the movement to restore regional food systems.
Slow Food members who have attended say that it is a great program.
Scheduled presentations include managing sourdough starters, two-day refresher
course for professionals, making crackers and flat breads, starting a bakery,
and pizza and bagels in a wood-fired oven. Attendees can tour a local artisan
bakery and organic flour mill, have the hands-on experience of building an
earth oven, and learn how to incorporate grains into small farms and backyard
Cost: $300 which includes delicious meals made from scratch with
Register at: http://kneadingconferencewest.com/about-the-conference/
August 30, Sept. 1,6, and 8, 2012: Canning Workshops
The WSU Extension office is offering a quick way to get the
most up to date information on safe ways to can your extra green beans,
cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.
What: Getting Started with Canning - 1 hour sessions followed by Q
& A - Basics of keeping food safe when canning. How to select jars, lids
and canners. When and how to use a pressure cooker. Taught by Denise
Brownlee & Zena Edwards, both have Master Food Safety Advisor certificates.
When: Session repeated at 4 different
Thursday August 30 5:30 pm
Saturday September 1 9:30 am
Thursday September 6 5:30 pm
Saturday September 8 9:30 am
Cost: $5 for the 1-hour session.
Registration and location information: Contact Zena Edwards,Zena_edwards@wsu.edu or
August 25-26, 2012: Slow Food Port Susan (Stanwood) Slow Food & Roots Music Festival
Slow Food Port Susan is producing the second Slow Food & Roots Music
Festival in Stanwood at the fair grounds on August 25 and 26, 2012!
This festival is a unique experience combining Americana roots music and
artisan prepared wholesome, delectable food made from locally
cultivated and nurtured fruits, vegetables, organic meats and
Seasoned with provocative speakers, chef demos, educational videos, a
mercantile filled with locally produced goods, beer and wine gardens - there is something for everyone!
The proceeds of this event fund the many projects Slow Food Port Susan
supports in the community including: the farmer's market, locally grown
produce to schools, spring nursery tours, harvest jubilee and the Port
Susan Food and Farming Center. This center will house a commercial
kitchen, a small retail outlet for value-added local products, small
restaurant, meeting space for lectures and demonstrations. It will
provide incubator services to up and coming agri-businesses - a
teaching and learning center with unending possibilities!
For more information: www.slowrootsfestival.com,
Friday, July 13, 2012: Olympia Community Picnic
for Olympia 2012 <http://www.facebook.com/TableForOlympia>; Friday, July
13th from 4pm-8pm - A community picnic on the 100 Block of Washington Street.
Bring a picnic to share with your friends and neighbors. Meet at Olympia's
largest table. Lots of music. Sponsored by Sustainable South Sound and Downtown
Together a collaboration of local businesses celebrating local food and our
amazing downtown community.
Olympia Food Co-op
Now is the time to sign up for Olympia Food Co-op sponsored June
to August classes ranging from making miso, raw food creations, canning fruits,
to growing your own mushrooms. Classes are either at Fertile Ground Guesthouse in
downtown Olympia or at the GRuB farmhouse on the Westside. Many classes are on
Saturday afternoon or Sunday evening with some on weeknights.
For class details and to register go to <http://www.olympiafood.coop> www.olympiafood.coop, then look for the
classes section. All classes require preregistration and cost $5.
In addition to classes the Co-op is hosting bicycle tours of farms and producers
who sell at the Co-op. The first tour is Saturday July 28 (8:45 to 3 pm)
featuring a bike tour of Piece by Piece Farm (produce), South Bay Soil (potting
soil & seedling mix), OlyKraut, and Northwest Naturals (salmon burgers).
The second tour is Saturday August 11(8:45 to 3 pm) to Calliope Farm &
Sunbreak Farm and Garden Raised Bounty (GRUB) gardens. To participate in the
July 28 tour, meet at the east side Co-op at 8:45am. On August 11 meet at the
Westside Co-op at 8:45 am. No registration is required.
May 24, 2012: Olympia City Council Land Use and Environment Committee Meeting
When: Thursday, May 24 at 5:30 pm
Where: City Hall, Council Chambers; 601 4th Ave. East
A month ago the city of Olympia took input on changes it
could make in the short and long term regarding support of more
agriculture in the city, including changes to codes about the number of
animals and selling produce at your house. The next discussion
will be at the City Council Land Use and Environment Committee this
Thursday evening. It is helpful to attend to show council members
the level of interest in growing food in our community. The
Potential Changes to the Codes discussion is the 4th agenda item that
Agenda and Staff Reports
(Click on the link to find the meeting, then within the agenda item click on links to get the notes from the April meeting.)
May 16, 2012: Author Josh Schonwald Discussion of his book
Journalist Josh Schonwald will discuss his new book "The
Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches from the Future of Food" this week.
When: Wednesday May 16 at 7:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Olympia Timberland Library
What: During his presentation, Schonwald will talk about some of
the foods he encountered in visits to farms and labs around the world. He'll
also address the question: “What global cuisine will become the Thai food of
the 2030s?” Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library. The
library is closed during this event; regular library services are not
Olympia Farmers Market opened May
15th. It has a new time and location - Tuesday evenings from 4 to 7pm to
serve those who commute through the west side. They are conveniently located in
the large parking lot of Gloria Die Church at 1515 Harrison. They will have
vegetables and starts plus a chance to pick up bakery items and soup for your
Here are links to other markets in our area:
Pierce county markets: http://www.growlocaltacoma.com/markets/
Farmers Market which will open Wednesday June 6
Tenino's market opens on the first Saturday in June - check out
their website for details http://www.teninofarmersmarket.org/
The Lacey Community Market will be open
Saturdays July 14, August 11 & September 8, 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00
Park, just off College Street SE at 7th Avenue in Lacey.
The new Yelm Farmers Market will be open between 11 am and 4 pm on Sundays at 2nd
Street SE in Yelm.
Now to Fall 2012: Volunteer with Left Foot Organics
(9am to noon) and Tuesday to Friday (between 9 am to 3:30 pm) now to fall. You
are invited to dig in the dirt while helping the youth in the Left Foot
Organics <http://www.leftfootorganics.org/Volunteer.php> program. Email
the coordinator to sign up (email@example.com)
Now to September 2012: Drop-in Days on the GRuB Farm
4-7 pm now to September - Drop-in Days on the GRuB Farm at 2016 Elliott Ave NW,
Olympia. Meet the youth in the program and help with the latest projects, which
usually means getting your hands in that good rich GRuB soil. To volunteer,
about " Farm Drop-ins." http://goodgrub.org/volunteer/
April 2012: City of Olympia Review of Urban Agriculture
The City of Olympia is reviewing its approach to urban agriculture
and wants to hear from you.
In 2009, Olympia began a major update of its Comprehensive Plan.
The April draft is posted for online review and comment at: www.imagineolympia.com.
Some cities include in their comprehensive plan ideas about the potential to
increase substantially the amount of food purchased from local farmers and the
amount of food grown within the city. This plan does not include any mention of
the importance of local foods. It could talk about support for farmers' markets
including the new West side market, a once a month winter market, increasing
CSA shares sold, creating local food distribution infrastructure, and
encouraging restaurants to purchase and market local food.
There are 3 ways to give feedback on the plan this month:
1. Go on line to www.imagineolympia.com.
At the bottom of each page you will see a link to the feedback form. Type in
your comments. Whether your comment is about format, background information,
vision, goals or policies, Olympia planning staff want to hear from you.
Comments are due by May 1.
2. Wednesday, April 25th, 7-9pm attend a meeting in room 207 at Olympia
City Hall: This session is hosted by Sustainable South Sound and the City
of Olympia to look at how to encourage Urban Agriculture in Olympia (backyard
chickens, bees, goats, growing foods in the tree lawns, more community gardens,
etc.) This session will include sharing of urban agriculture issues to add to
the Comprehensive Plan.
3. April 28 Comprehensive Plan Open House between 9 am and 2 pm at the
Harbor House on Percival Landing. Stop by anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00
p.m. to learn about the April draft and to share your comments.
Sustainable South Sound at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Kenny at the City of Olympia, email@example.com
or call 753-8314
April 21, 2012: Kiwanis Club Garden Volunteers Needed
When: April 21 from 9:00 am to noon
Where: Capitol Campus
Olympia Kiwanis Club needs volunteers to help plant vegetables and do
clean-up work. Lunch will be provided, so you need to sign up.
Contact: Judy Hall or Derek Valley
April 21, 2012:Olympia Film Society School Lunch Program Film
When: 4 pm Saturday, April 21
Where: Capitol Theater, 206 5th Avenue, Olympia
What: "Lunch Line" documentary film. This
2010 film explains why we have had a national school lunch program for the past
65 years, how it works today and what the future could bring for the 3 million
children served every day. More info at http://www.lunchlinefilm.com
Price: $7.50 for non-members of the Olympia Film Society.
April 14, 2012: Olympia Food Co-op Chocolate Tastings
Following is information on two tastings of Kallari Chocolates planned by the Olympia Food Co-op. Two years ago,
our chapter hosted a tasting of these great chocolates from Amazon growers. If
you were not able to attend that tasting, register soon for evening event or
plan to be first at the library for the afternoon tasting.
Chocolate Tasting and Kallari Cooperative
Presentation: Learn Regional Flavor Profiles from Cocoa Seedlings to Chocolate
Afternoon chocolate tasting and lecture -Saturday April 14, 2:30-4pm - Olympia Timberland Regional
Library. No registration. First come, first served (limit of 30). Free!
Evening Event with chocolate tasting, local cheese and coffee
pairings -Saturday April 14, 6-8pm, GRuB Farmhouse, registration
required. You can experience the world through dark chocolate in this blind
tasting facilitated by Becca Roebber & Felipe Grefa. Lecture covers stages
in cocoa production and bean preparation from an Amazon cocoa grower and the
process involved in chocolate making, and the economic impact of the world's third
most important commodity. Registration is available
online 24/7 at http://www.olympiafood.coop/classes/ or
in person at either Co-op from 11am-6pm daily.
2012: Olympia Local Foods--Buy Local
is a chance to support the efforts of the folks from Olympia Local
Foods to create a certified facility, where small time farmers can make
pickles, jams, etc. and prepare dried foods and sell them legally.
They are currently asking for donations using the Kickstarter
approach. Go to http://www.olympialocalfoods.com/ to learn about the program and http://kck.st/s7rEuW to donate.
January 27, 2012: South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust Annual Meeting and Potluck
When: January 27 at 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Where: South Bay Grange, 3918 Sleater Kinney Rd NE
T.J. Johnson speaking on Vibrant Farm themes from the Food Summit,
Update on applications for grants to fund farm land purchases, Election
of 2012 Board
Cost: Free and open to members and non-members (can join that evening--$25 or $20 for farmers or students)
Lecture at TESC: Eric Holt-Giménez, editor of Food Movements Unite!: Strategies to Transform Our Food Systems
When: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 10-11:30am
Where: TESC, Lecture Hall 1
This lecture is open to the public. The speaker is Eric Holt-Giménez,
executive director of FoodFirst/Institute
for Food and Development Policy an organization in California devoted to analysis of the root causes of
global hunger, poverty, and ecological degradation and to developing solutions
in partnership with movements working for social change. He will be
speaking about ways individuals can work together to transform the way the food
Sponsored by Ecological
Agriculture: Developing a Local, Sustainable Food System and Re-interpreting
For more information contact: Martha Rosemeyer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Summit Follow-up Meetings (open to all) January 14 February 18 (rescheduled from January 21)
When: Saturdays, January 14 and February 18, 10:15 am to 4:45 - attend 1
to 3 2 hour sessions each Saturday
Where: Community Room at the Tumwater Timberland Regional Library 7023
New Market St.
What: Participants will review the work that has happened since
the Food Summit, finalize draft goals and begin identifying actions to work on
in 2012. Many of the action statements match interests of Slow Food
members. For example the “mindful eating habits” goal in the 10:15 am
session on January 14 includes activities such as creating a community guide to
food classes, tastings, etc. The 10:15 session on Saturday
Jan 21 includes a “celebration of foods and farms” goal and a food festival
celebrating local food activity. These sessions are open to all whether
you participated in the Food Summit or not. Plan to attend the session or
sessions that you are most interested in and plan to continue working on.
For more information: A list of the goals and actions for each
topic area will be presented at the sessions. If you would like to review
that listing in advance of the session please contact Loretta Seppanen at Laurel.email@example.com indicating the
topic(s) of interest to you.
Food and Wellness Classes sponsored by the
Olympia Food Co-op
Olympia Food Co-op food, wellness and gardening classes (selected classes
Where: Either Fertile Ground Guesthouse or GRuB Farmhouse – see
the attached flyer or to www.olympiafood.coop/classes for
Cost: $5 per class/person, pre-registration is required - To
register go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes
or go to either store between 11 am and 6 pm.
Planning for Seed Saving - Sunday January 15, 2:30-5:30pm
Home-cooking - Friday January 20, 5:30-8:30pm
Bread Gluten-Free - Sunday January 22, 3-6pm
Spice Blends - Saturday, Feb 4, 2-4:30pm
Soups - Sunday Feb 5, 2:30-5pm
Mushrooms: Basic Cultivation - Sunday Feb 12, 3-5pm
Vegan Soft Cheese - Thursday February 16 , 5:30-8:30pm
Garden Starts -Saturday February 18, 6-8pm
Backyard Chickens - Saturday February 25, 1-4pm
Indian Dal - Sunday
March 4, 2:30-5:30pm
Amazing Plantains: Bilingual Cooking Class -Saturday March 10, 2-5pm
Intermediate Backyard Chickens
March 11, 2:30-5:30pm (note the flyer says Saturday, but it is Sunday)
Cheese Making 101 -Sunday March 18, 5:30-8:30pm
Exploring Edible Weeds - Thursday March 29, 6-8pm
November 2, 2011: Sustainable South Sound Food Summit Community Debrief and Next Steps
When: November 2 - 7pm to 9pm
summary from the October 14-15 Sustainable South Sound Food Summit will
be provided. If you missed the summit, don't miss the recap. Where: The
Evergreen State College Seminary 2, Rm E1105.
October 28, 2011: Affordable Good Food - Discussion, Author Book Signing, and Optional Dinner
October 28, at The Mark Restaurant, Olympia
5:30 pm -- Panel discussion with the author of Off The Menu Staff Meals
From America's Best Restaurants, http://www.thebutchersguild.org/
by Marissa Gaggiana and community experts
6: 30 pm -- Continued informal discussion. Those who want to do so can
make dinner reservations for the main dining area (360.754.4414.)
Gaggiana will be in the main dining area to do book signing.
Hosted by Lisa Owen, owner / executive chef, The Mark Restaurant
October 16-23, 2011, Dine Out for Farms Week
Next week is American Farmland Trust’s second annual Dine Out for Farms Week.
During the week of Oct 16 to 23 restaurants
around the country will offer a special dish, contribute a percentage
of sales during the week or make a straight donation to help save
farms. By patronizing any one of the restaurants during Dine Out
for Farms week, you can show that you care about protecting America’s
farmland and the delicious food that it provides.
Local participating restaurant: The Mark, Olympia, WA, www.themarkolympia.com open Thursday through Saturday evening.
Out of town next week? Check out the other participating restaurants at www.farmland.org/dineout-locate
October Farmers Market Events 2011
at 10:30 am - Market Demonstrations: There is one more Sunday morning food
demonstrations at the Olympia Farmers Market
1st Annual Olympia Farmers Market Harvest Dinner: Sunday
evening, October 9 at 6 pm The Olympia Farmers Market is holding a fundraising
event at the Olympia Ballroom (116 Legion Way - Above Urban Onion).
$30 a person. Live music & drinks. Raffle for some
amazing prizes. Then sit down to share a delicious meal with your
favorite vendors prepared by The Urban Onion using fresh locally grown produce
from our very own farmers. Tickets at the market office or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/202547
In Tumwater? The Tumwater Farmers Market will be open
Wednesdays (11 to 2 pm) through the end of October. October 5 is their
Harvest Festival with booths from organizations working on local food issues
(including Slow Food Greater Olympia). http://www.tumwaterfarmersmarket.org/
On the west side of Olympia? The West Olympia Farmer’s
Market will be open Saturdays (10 to 3 pm) through the end of
October. It is located between Woodruff Park and Garfield
Elementary on Thomas St. Everything is grown or produced in
2011 September and October Fund Raising Events for GRuB and Left Foot Organics
Soirée at the Schmidt
When/Where: Sept 10, 4:30 to 7:30 / Schmidt Mansion,
Register: http://www.goodgrub.org - $40 a person/$70
Left Food Organics Fun Farm Formal
Dinner and Auction
When/Where: October 15, 5-9 pm/South Puget Sound Community College (after the Food Summit)
To Register: http://www.leftfootorganics.org/
$45 a person
What: Fall season means
the major fund raising events for organizations that support good, clean and
fair food for all. These events are fun-filled opportunities to
support our community.
August through October 2011: Sustainable South Sound Focus on Food Events
now for August 20 and August 27 Farm Tours
What: The Olympia Food Coop,
Thurston County Food Bank and South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust have
organized two full days of local farm tours open and free to all. Each day will
be an opportunity for local eaters to get a deeper look at our local food
system and the excitement of growing food, raising animals and working within
our community. Maximum 50 participants for each tour, registration is free.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration details. These tours are filling up
To Register: Contact email@example.com
- Halli Winstead.
August 20th Starting at 8:45 am: The Urban Bike Loop will be
a full day of bike rides and farm tours. We will be visiting Sunbreak Farm,
Calliope Farm, Common Ground Farm, Kiwanis Food Bank Garden on the Capitol
Campus, Wendell Berry Community Garden, Piece by Piece Farm, We will stop at
the West Olympia Farmer’s Market to supplement our lunches and the Fish Tale
Brewery for an optional bite to eat and local brew.
August 27th 9 am to 5 pm: Rural Van Loop will be traversed in
passenger vans to Left Foot Organics Farm, Kirsop Farm, Helsing Junction Farm
and Lincoln Creek Ranch. We will stop at the Tenino Farmers Market to
supplement our lunches.
These tours are part of the Focus on Food leading up to the October
14-15 Food Summit. For more information on the summit visit www.oly-wa.us/SustainSouthSound/
Summit registration information will be available starting August 15.
Lacey, Tumwater and Olympia Timberland Regional Library author
presentations, book talks and videos related to sustainable local food
systems. Tumwater - noon Saturday, September 10, "The Northwest
Vegetarian cookbook" author Debra Daniels-Zeller; Lacey - noon Thursday
September 22, Sustainability, Farming and Local Foods book talks and video;
Olympia – TBA.
14 – late afternoon and evening: Community pot-luck on the streets of
downtown Olympia, an environmental and agricultural expo, and a presentation by
Mark Winne – author of Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’
Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture and Closing the
Food Gap – at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.
to 6:30 pm
Community potluck in the streets of downtown Olympia based on the tradition
of Table for Olympia. There will be a large tent right outside the
Washington Center and plenty of tables and chairs. All you need to do is
get a few friends together to bring food and non-alcoholic drinks to share,
your own plate, glasses, napkins, and eating and serving utensils. This
is a kid friendly event. Wind up Here will have art and science stations for
kids of all ages. Save room for some Old School Pizza that will be passed
around during the potluck with toppings from a one of our local farms.
5 to 7 pm and 8:30 to 9 pm: Food Expo: During the meal
there will be a Food Expo in the lobby areas of the Washington Center, with
local organizations sharing their work and contribution to our food system.
speaker on the local food system. Come to the free presentation and be
inspired by the words of Mark Winne, author of 'Closing the Food Gap: Resetting
the Table in the Land of Plenty' and 'Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and
Smart Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial
15, 2011 – 8am to 5 pm: ‘Roll up your sleeves’ conference at the Thurston
is now open for the Saturday, October 15 Come to the Table – Food Summit South
Puget Sound. Registration costs $37.92 (which includes the small
ticketing fee). The full day (8 am to 5 pm) work session at the
Thurston County Fairgrounds is designed for those of us wanting together to
develop action plans for improvements in a just, sustainable and resilient
local food system. Registration includes a local foods lunch, catered by
Paprika. Registration is limited, so sign up soon. To register go
For details on the Food Summit and other Focus on Food events visit http://www.sustainablesouthsound.org/programs/local-food-systems-program/
Slow Food Greater Olympia is one of the many local organizations supporting the
2011 Food Summit and the Focus On Food events.
Why: Many community groups have come together to plan these events to
celebrate, network and develop an action plan for a just, sustainable and
resilient local food system. Mark your calendar now and look
for more information from Slow Food later.
Cost: All events, except the October 15 conference, are free. The
farm tours and conference require registration. In July, the event web
site will have details for registration. Conference registration
is limited to 175 participants and cost $35 early bird registration (before
Labor Day) $50 late registration. Check the Focus on Food – Food Summit website http://www.SustainSouthSound.org .
November 2 - 7pm to 9pm: Food Summit Community Debrief and Next Steps
summary from the October 14-15 Sustainable South Sound Food Summit
will be provided. If you missed the summit, don't miss the recap.
The Evergreen State College Seminary 2, Rm E1105.
August 9 and 19, 2011: Special Request to Slow Food members for the Medicinal Herb Garden Project at GRuB
When: Garden work between Aug 9 and 19, signage and additional
garden work in the later part of August and early September. Hours
dependent on your schedule.
Where: Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB) at 2015 Elliott Ave NW, Olympia
What: GRuB is making a special request to Slow Food members and
friends to take on this project to work with the youth crew to establish this
Medicinal Herb Garden so its ready for the high school plant biology
class being taught as part of the GRuB school this fall. Soliciting herbs from
a selected nursery or friend’s yards, making signage for the garden and
dirty-hands volunteers are needed.
To Volunteer: Contact Rae Kelly, Kitchen Garden Project
AmeriCorps, GRuB Garden-Raised Bounty, 360.753.5522 or firstname.lastname@example.org
May 14, 2011: Delta Farm Tour
When: Saturday May
14, 10:30 to 4 pm
Where: Delta Farm (Nash's Organic Produce), 1865 East
Anderson Rd, Sequim, WA, 98382
What: Annual tour of Nash Huber’s
Delta Farm which provides a significant share of organic produce for the
Seattle area. During the day you will tour around the farm, hear
about innovative plant breeding and the importance of preserving organic seed
for the future, and enjoy a farm-fresh lunch. Representatives from North
Olympic Land Trust, Organic Seed Alliance, and Tilth Producers of Washington
will also be on hand to field your questions and pass on their expertise.
If you spend the night in Sequim, you can join other farmland preservationists
for an intimate Sunday brunch and discussion with Nash and Chef Gabriel
Schuenemann at Alder
Two Slow Food Greater Olympia Board members attended this event several years
ago and highly recommend this regional local foods outing. The event
always sells out, so register soon.
Cost: $50 per adult, $20 for kids 5 to 12 (additional for
the Sunday event)
for registration. A PCC Farm Land Trust event.
May 12, 2011: Events at TESC
The Evergreen State
College (TESC) is having a food themed day for the 10th Annual Synergy
Conference at TESC. All programs are open to the public. For more
events and details, see http://blogs.evergreen.edu/synergy/.
10:00 - noon: Wild Edibles: Plant Identification Workshop. See website for location.
1:00 - 4:00: Conversation for the Campus Food System; Lecture Hall 5
Presentation by T.J. Johnson and Panel Discussion
5:00 - 7:00: FoodCorps: Farm to School with Cecily Upton - The Flaming Eggplant.
FoodCorps is a national school garden and Farm to School service
program that provides AmeriCorps members to school food systems in
communities of need.
7:30 - 9:00: Fresh (the film) Lecture Hall 3
Cost: Events are free. Parking for the day is $2.00
May 7, 2011: Left Foot Organics Annual Plant Sale
When: Saturday, May 7 10am to 3pm
Where: Left Foot Organics Farm, 11122 Case Rd SW, Olympia 98512
Certified Organic vegetable starts, herb plants and native perennials
plant sale. All proceeds go to support Left Foot's vocational program,
work for people with developmental disabilities and rural youth,
food for you.
April 21, 2011: The Mark Restaurant's Spring Farm to Table Aperitivo Event
When: Thursday, April 21, starting at 7:00
Where: The Red Room at The Mark Restaurant, Olympia web page: http://www.themarkolympia.com/
What: 3rd Local Farm to Table Annual Aperitivo, a great
opportunity to bring friends curious about local farm CSA's. Stokesbery
Farm, Rising River, Susan Moser Greens, Left foot organic, Boisfort Valley,
Kirsop, Wobbly Cart, Stiebrs Farms, Colvin Ranch are the organic farms and
local ranchers available for questions.
Meet and enjoy the company of our local farmers, enjoy Antipasti and Drink
Specials while doing so. DJ Craig August will be spinning ambient down tempo
funky Latin lounge as a compliment.
April 19, 2011: Fresh, the Movie
When: Tue, Apr 19, 2011, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 2300 East End St., Olympia,
What: Showing of the 2009 film FRESH followed by a panel
discussion. Produced and Directed by ana Sofia joanes
this film looks at the farmers who work for large agribusiness firms as well as
urban farmers, like Will Allen, who seeks to bring low cost, high quality
produce to a low income urban area. Also featuring sustainable farmer and
entrepreneur, Joel Salatin and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our
Wal-Mart dominated economy.
Sponsors: The Ethical Eating
Committee of the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Church, in conjunction with
Earth Care Catholics, Sustainable South Sound, and the Alliance for Community
Transition South Sound. A small donation is requested.
April 14, 2011: GRuB's School Pilot Project Open House
When: Thursday, April 14 at 6-7:30 pm
Where: GRuB Farmhouse 2016 Elliott
Ave NW, Olympia
What: Want to learn more about GRuB’s newest effort – the
GRuB School Pilot Project? Attend this Open House information session
(with healthy snacks) to learn more about the 2011-13 pilot project providing a
half day school program centered around the GRuB farm for students who are
struggling to engage and find success in the traditional classroom.
During the pilot years students from Olympia High School will earn core school
credit while contributing to the community by growing local food. The
long-term plan is for multiple GRuB-like sites in Thurston County providing at
least 100 youth with leadership development, work experience and core credits
for high school graduation. No reservations are needed.
(Garden Raised Bounty) is a non-profit dedicated to nourishing a strong
community by empowering people and growing good food. http://www.goodgrub.org
March 31, 2011: Yauger Park Community Garden Opening
Thursday, March 31, 12pm – 1pm
530 Alta St SW, Olympia 98502 (map)
Park Community Garden opening. City
of Olympia Parks Department is hosting a grand opening of their new community
garden! Questions? call 570-5857. There may still be one or two garden
Note – if you live in SE Olympia and are looking for a
community garden, Olympia
Community Garden, a project of Sustainable South Sound, still has garden plots
available for the 2011 growing season. That garden is located at 1401
13th St. SE, just west of Central Ave. For more information call 570-8650.
Homer Garden Club
Food Greater Olympia founder and former leader, Pat Melone, moved to
Homer, Alaska where they don't currently have a Slow Food chapter.
Pat is active in their garden club, which helped build a
greenhouse for an elementary school. Check out their
March 24: "Lunch Line" Premier Screening
What : Washington State
premier screening of “LUNCH LINE” http://www.ujifilms.com/lunchline/
When: Thursday March 24.
Local wine and food reception with Ernie Park, one of the filmmakers
will begin at 6:30 p.m. Film shows at 7:30 with panel/Q & A after.
Where: Lincoln Theater,
Mt Vernon, WA
This documentary details the history of the
government funded school lunch program in the U. S. and presents the challenges
of serving highly nutritious food to children for a low cost. The film also
follows Chicago high school students as they compete in the Cooking Up Change
program and try to prepare a tasty $1 school lunch that meets federal
guidelines. In one hour we learn about the politics of hunger and agriculture,
and begin to think about food, social justice and compromise.
We are being invited to the premier screening
by the Slow Food chapter is Skagit Valley called Slow Food Skagit River Salish
Other Sponsors: WA Sustainable Food
& Farming Network, Mt. Vernon Farmer's Mkt., Riversong Farm, Vital
Chiropractic, Farm to Market Bakery.
March 14 and 15: Transition Olympia Events
The Alliance for Community Transition of South Sound will hold an open house on March 14th at the MIXX 96 meeting room.
Kellie Shincke will give a talk on Bees in Your Backyard on Tues, March 15 at the MIXX 96 Meeting Room.
Transition Olympia is a group of people in Olympia, Washington (and
surrounding areas) that is actively addressing the triple threat of
Global Climate Change, Peak Oil, and Economic Contraction by catalyzing
local community, sustainability, resilience, and human scale solutions.
For more information go to: http://www.oly-wa.us/transitionolympia/
March 4: South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust Annual Meeting
Potluck and speaker followed by a Contra Dance. Everyone interested in supporting preservation of local farm lands is welcome.
Annual Meeting, Potluck, & Contra Dance!
Friday, March 4th, 2011 From 6 – 10 PM
South Bay Grange Hall
3918 Sleater Kinney Rd. NE, Olympia
event will feature keynote speaker Ron Shultz from the Washington
Office of Farmland Preservation, a contra dance with the Grizzle
Grazzle Tune Snugglers, a raffle with fantastic local items, and a
potluck featuring food from many local farms! Bring a dish to share and
help create the community support critical for sustaining vibrant local
If you are interested in more details, volunteering, donating a raffle item or contributing otherwise visit http://communityfarmlandtrust.org/events or contact Halli Winstead for details email@example.com (360) 292-9842.
2011: Thurston County Food Bank Volunteer Opportunities
Here are two important ways in which Slow Food Greater Olympia can
support the Thurston County Food Bank and help to improve the nutrition and
food awareness of food bank clients.
FOOD DEMONSTRATOR (March to September)
bank has an urgent need for at least one volunteer to coordinate and prepare
one food demonstration per month, through September, 2011. The demonstrations
are part of the food bank’s strategy to increase the consumption by food bank
clients of fruits and vegetables by 15%. The position requires 15 to 20
hours over two to three days per month. This volunteer will work directly
for the food bank’s produce manager and will coordinate with numerous food bank
staff and volunteers. The volunteer will also work closely with slow food
members on the recipe project described below.
Developing and presenting food demonstrations for food bank clients is
quite challenging due to the limited selection of ingredients available at the
food bank and the need to create easy to understand recipes that minimize
preparation while developing basic cooking skills that clients can use on a
daily basis. Volunteers must have above average skills with cooking basics and
the ability to adapt recipes to take advantage of available foods, and an
interest in creative ways to use some unfamiliar produce and/or promote what is
available at the food bank. See the attached position description for
PROJECT (late February/March)
recipe project is being developed by Slow Food Greater Olympia to increase food
bank client interest in selecting and preparing produce for their families.
Two or three volunteers are needed to help create simple recipes for
inexperienced cooks based on the produce and supplies available to food bank
clients, or to be on call (via phone) to provide recipe and cooking ideas to
the food bank. Volunteers must have above average skills with cooking
basics and the ability to adapt recipes to take advantage of available foods,
and an interest in creative ways to use some unfamiliar produce and/or promote
what is available at the food bank. The recipe work will be in late
February or early March and the on-call work could be at anytime.
Previous volunteer experience at the food bank is especially useful for these
Whom to Contact
are interested in either of these volunteer opportunities, please Contact Rick
Sandler at (360) 791.7022.
March 5-10: Queen
of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?
Washington premiere simultaneously in Olympia, Bellingham, and Seattle
at 8pm on March 5, 2011 Check link below for other dates and
out The Capitol Theater's website for exact show times for March 6 and beyond [http://www.olympiafilmsociety.org/]
Where: Capital Theater in Olympia
A profound alternative look at the global honeybee crisis from
Taggart Siegel, award-winning director of The Real Dirt on Farmer John.
Film.com calls Queen of the Sun "stunning...as souful as it is
scientific, as uplifting as it is alarming."
and Producer will be in attendance March 5th! Queen of
the Sun is an award-winning grass-roots feature documentary that weaves an
unusual and dramatic story of the heart-felt struggles of beekeepers,
scientists and philosophers from around the world. Featuring Michael
Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva, Queen of the Sun reveals both the
problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.
For more information go to WWW.QUEENOFTHESUN.COM
February 17, 5-9 pm: GRuB Benefit
Here is a chance
to support GRuB (Garden Raised Bounty) and local wearable arts
What: Hungry for the Arts: A
Benefit for Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB)
When: Thursday, February 17 5- 9
Where: Heritage Room at the
Capitol Lake 604 Water Street Southwest -Olympia, WA 98501
Cost: $20 per person will be
charged at the door. The proceeds support GRuB.
create wearable works or garden sculptures will display and sell their hats,
purses, jewelry, textiles and clothing. Look for Slow Food members among the
artists at their tables. The event will also include wine tasting with 10-12
local wineries and appetizers.
Senator Rosemary McAuliffe
Olympia Food Co-op Class Schedule, February and March
Olympia Food Co-op Class schedule for February and March is now
available. Class range from backyard chicken raising and preparing for
the summer garden to health and wellness classes and classes with a cooking
focus such as fermented veggies, knife skills and gluten free baking.
Classes are held at either the GRuB farm house or Fertile Ground
to www.olympiafood.coop/classes for
all the details on the classes and to register. Pre-registration is
required and easy to do online or in person at either store between 11 am and 6
The Coop is dedicated to helping us deepen our relationships with food, so they
offer the classes at the very low cost of a $5 non-refundable fee per
person/per class. If you find the classes worth a lot more to you, you
can make a contribution to support the classes in the store at the registers,
or in person at any Olympia Food Co-op class. Your money goes directly to the
Co-op Community Classes program so that the Co-op may continue to offer the
best possible classes to you about things you want to know about.
January 17, 2011: Cultivating Real Homeland Security
Sustainable and Resilient Food System for Thurston County
When: Monday, January 17th 7-9pm, (Martin Luther King Jr.
Where: Olympia Unitarian
Universalist Church, 2200 East End St. NW, Olympia
special invitation to Slow Food members to explore these and other related
questions and begin to dialogue about creating just such a food system.
T.J. Johnson, a local food activist and Director of the Urban Horticulture
Program at Sustainable South Sound will present information about the current
food system, identify opportunities for re-localizing food production, and
offer ideas for moving forward. Following the presentation there will be
an open discussion and an opportunity for everyone to begin envisioning
No RSVP is required.
Sponsored by: Transition Olympia, Climate Action, Sustainable South Sound and the OUUC Ethical Eating Committee.
October 9, 2010: 32nd Annual Harvest Festival at TESC Organic Farm
When: noon to 6 pm
Events include tours of the farm and composting plant; kids'
games; purchase of farm produce; storytelling and misic. Visitor
are asked to park on campus and walk to the farm located on Lewis Road.
October 9, 2010: Left Foot Organics Benefit Dinner
When: October 9, 2010; 5:30 pm
What: 5th Annual Fun Farm Formal Benefit Dinner and Auction for Left Foot Organics.
Where: The Student Union at South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, WA
September 24, 2010: John Jeavons, Biointensive Gardening--
Where: Lecture Hall 1 TESC
John Jeavons is the author of How
to Grow More Vegetables: And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other
Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine. More info at: http://www.growbiointensive.org
September 18, 2010 4-8 pm: Soiree at the Schmidt--GRuB Fundraiser
September 16, 2010: WA Organic Week Celebration at The Mark
Thursday, 7:00 pm. Art, speaker, film
September 12, 2010: Olympia Food Coop's 6th Annual Harvest Party Potluck
Lions Park, SE Olympia
August 24, 2010: Taste of the Olympia Farmers Market 6:00 pm
July 15, 2010: Book Reading and Signing
Dr. Rudolph Ryser and Dr.
Leslie Korn are scheduled to read from their recent books, Preventing and
Treating Diabetes, Naturally; The Native Way; and Medicinal
Plants of the Jungle (for adults and children). These books are of
relevance to Slow Food as they contains chapters (recipes, writings) on
traditional Northwest foods and herbs and also medicinal plants of the Mexican
jungle. Dr. Korn will also talk about her experience as a Fulbright scholar
this year supporting Slow Food restoration in an indigenous community in
They will read and sign
at Orca Books on July 15th at 6 pm and would be delighted to see Slow Food
colleagues and friends.
Food Related Films in Tacoma (sponsored by the Tacoma Food Coop)
Wednesday July 14,
6pm – 8pm Supersize
Spurlock unravels the American obesity epidemic by interviewing experts
nationwide and by subjecting himself to a “McDonald’s only” diet for thirty
August 11, 6pm – 8 pm Food, Inc
interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael
Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) and
social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel
Salatin, Food, Inc.
September 15th, 6pm — 8pm - Deconstructing
chef John Bishop leads viewers on an eye-opening and engaging journey into the
billion-dollar battle to control global food production.
November 10, 6pm – 8pm - King Corn
in October 2007, this film follows college friends Ian Cheney and Curtis Ellis
as they move from Boston to Greene, Iowa to grow and farm an acre of corn. In
the process, Cheney and Ellis examine the role that the increasing production
of corn has for American society.
University of Puget Sound - Rausch Auditorium - McIntyre Hall Room 003
1500 N. Warner St.
Tacoma, WA, 98416
Cost: Free (donations to the
Tacoma Food Coop accepted)
GRuB Announcements for Summer 2010
When: June 18, 9 to 12
Farm House 2016 Elliott Ave NW, Olympia, WA
What: Join a team of volunteers
to help with harvest for the GRuB CSA program during June when the youth
program has not yet started for the summer.
This is a great opportunity to get a sense of how to harvest
and pack boxes for a small-scale CSA and harvest and setup for a small-scale
Let the GRuB Farm
Manager know if you can help – that’s Wade Arnold at 753-5522 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Trip Van Drivers
When: Every Thursday in the summer
(late June - late August)
What: GRuB takes youth crewmembers
on fieldtrips to local farms and gardens in our area. Thanks to Intercity
Transit, they have access to a 12-passenger community vans to transport youth.
Interested volunteer drivers must have an excellent driving record and must
attend a mandatory 4-hour van driver training at Intercity Transit.
To volunteer for a Thursday contact Jackson Sillars, Community Engagement
Lead, 753-5522 – or email@example.com
When: Every Thursday in the summer
(late June - late August)
What: Every Wednesday from 3-6 and
Sundays from 1-4
Farm 2016 Elliott Ave NW, Olympia, WA
GRuB is open for volunteer drop-ins to work on the farm. No need to
schedule or call ahead, just drop by and get your hands dirty!
If you haven’t already completed a volunteer form,
head to the website and fill out our Volunteer
Interest Form. Then drop it by or mail it in. The form includes a required
background check and emergency contact info that GRuB needs to keep on
Wine Tasting May 15th
Teaching Foundation Fundraiser
2010 – Schmidt
tasting tickets: $40 Make checks or donations to: GDLC –
separate start times: 4pm; 5:30pm; and 7pm . Advance purchase of
tickets is required. To purchase tickets please contact Nancy Winters at
943-3053, or at: firstname.lastname@example.org
fundraiser supports volunteers teaching English to Tanzanian children.
Tanzanian students learn in Swahili in primary school. But classes in
secondary school (9th grade) are taught in English. Without
English skills, students miss much of the content of their subjects.
Ethical Eating Movie Series
The Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation of
West Olympia is sponsoring a monthly movie series that covers some of the
biggest issues in ethical eating: fair trade food production, industrial vs.
family farming, genetically modified food, organics, localized food production,
and water safety and availability. The Global Banquet, Flow, Future of Food,
and Buyer Be Fair are some of the offerings. These well done movies will
inspire you to take action in a way that is very personal.....with your food
choices. Each movie session will be followed by thoughtful discussion and tasty
snacks appropriate to the discussion. Dates are January 25, February 22, March
29, April 19, and May 24th. All sessions begin at 7:00pm and last until 9:00pm
and are held in the sanctuary at the Unitarian church, 2300 East End Street, in
West Olympia. Although free of charge, a donation is requested to help defray
costs. For more information, contact Dixie Havlak at 943-2734.
Farm Event at The Mark
Please join in supporting
your local farmers at Apertivo, the second annual local farms event hosted at
The Mark restaurant. Meet the farmers, learn about new products, and meet folks
working for in our amazing local food system.
When: Thursday, April 22 at
Where: The Mark, 407 Columbia St. SW, Olympia,
What: Informal gathering
to increase awareness and support for a thriving local food system. DJ Sweet
Elite will spin some down tempo funky music while you
Cost: The Mark will offer
drink specials and tasty snacks.
Please RSVP for this event
book, or by calling (360) 754-4414
Farms to attend:Bremerton Mountain FarmGarden Raised
Urban BountyStokesberry Sustainable'sBack Sheep CreameryKirsop
FarmLeft Foot OrganicsBoisfort Valley FarmCalliope Farm
South Sound Community Farmland Trust Annual Meeting
Slow Food Members are invited to attend the 15th annual
meeting of South Sound Community Farmland Trust. Keynote Speaker is Don Stuart Pacific NW Director for
American Farmland Trust. He will be talking about what we can do to preserve local
food systems and farming in south sound and the nation.
What: Annual Meeting, Potluck, and Country Dance
When: March 5, 2010 6:00 pm
Where: South Bay Grange Hall, 3918 Sleater-Kenny Rd. NE
Learn more about South Sound Community Farmland Trust.
Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB) Volunteer Opportunities
Garden-Raised Bounty is looking
for volunteers for winter projects. Because GRuB’s focus on Good Food for
All People is so similar to the Slow Food mission of Good, Clean and Fair food,
these volunteer opportunities might be of interest to you.
in February GRuB will have a volunteer coordinator for the first time –
Jackson Sillars. If you have tried to volunteer in the past you may not have
received much communication. Jackson
says his new role will assure you get the information you need if you volunteer
If you are interested in helping with projects that are in need of doing right now, contact Jackson Sillars at email@example.com
or call 753-5522 (he is
away until Feb 3). Also complete the volunteer paper work (to permit a quick
background check before working with youth) at http://www.goodgrub.org/index.php/page/show/volunteer
Time for Lunch campaign is a national grassroots effort to update the
Child Nutrition Act in 2009 in order to provide our children with real
food at school. We're asking all members and supporters to get involved. You can:
1. Show your support by signing the Slow Food USA petition
2. Ask your friends and family to sign the petition
3. Tell your legislators schools need the resources to serve real food for lunch
Learn more about the Time for Lunch Campaign and sign the petition.
March 20, 2009 - Capitol Conservatory
Greater Olympia Slow Food Members and Friends
is information about preserving the Capitol Conservatory (or Greenhouse
as I've always called it). The Conservatory was closed in September
2008 and is slated for demolition. If you are interested in learning
more or helping rescue, relocate, and re-purpose this historic
Friends of the Capitol Conservatory
John O'Brien 360 773-6805 or
March 20, 2009 - White House Garden
First family breaks ground on edible garden - News from Slow Food USA