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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, 17-Feb. 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:   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 December 5th.

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, 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 State College
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: 

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 ( <> ) 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 p.m.

For more information regarding registration, etc., please contact Maurice Robinette ( or Doug Warnock (

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;

October 29, 2012: Olympia Planning Commission Public Hearing on Urban Food

Olympia 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  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 - 4:00 pm
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 provided.  

Apple supplies will be limited on the day of the event, so be sure to come early for the most varieties.

Questions:  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 <>, 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:, by phone (360) 352-3590, or in person at Acqua Via Restaurant:

When: September 21, 6-9 pm
Where:  855 Trosper Road SW #108-189, Tumwater, 98512

September 13-15: 2012 Kneading Conference West

Attention 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 

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 gardens.

Cost:  $300 which includes delicious meals made from scratch with locally-raised ingredients.

Register at:

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 times –
            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, or 360-867-2161

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 hand-crafted savories.
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:,

Friday, July 13, 2012: Olympia Community Picnic

Table for Olympia 2012 <>; 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 <>, 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
What:    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 evening. 

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 available.

Farmers Markets

The West 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 evening meal.

Here are links to other markets in our area:

Pierce county markets:

Olympia Farmers Market

Tumwater Farmers Market  which will open Wednesday June 6

Tenino's market opens on the first Saturday in June - check out their website for details

The Lacey Community Market will be open Saturdays  July 14, August 11 & September 8, 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Huntamer 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

Saturdays (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 <> program. Email the coordinator to sign up (

Now to September 2012: Drop-in Days on the GRuB Farm

Wednesdays 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, email about " Farm Drop-ins."

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: 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 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.

Questions? Contact Sustainable South Sound at or Jennifer Kenny at the City of Olympia, or call 753-8314

April 21, 2012: Kiwanis Club Garden Volunteers Needed

When: April 21 from 9:00 am to noon
Where: Capitol Campus
What: 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
:  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

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 Bars

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 or in person at either Co-op from 11am-6pm daily.

2012: Olympia Local Foods--Buy Local

Here 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 to learn about the program and 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
South Bay Grange, 3918 Sleater Kinney Rd NE
Potluck, 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
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 system functions.

Sponsored by Ecological Agriculture: Developing a Local, Sustainable Food System and Re-interpreting Liberation Programs

For more information contact: Martha Rosemeyer,

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 indicating the topic(s) of interest to you.

Food and Wellness Classes sponsored by the Olympia Food Co-op

What:  Olympia Food Co-op food, wellness and gardening classes (selected classes list below)
Where:  Either Fertile Ground Guesthouse or GRuB Farmhouse – see the attached flyer or to for details.
Cost:  $5 per class/person, pre-registration is required - To register go to or go to either store between 11 am and 6 pm.  

Garden Planning for Seed Saving - Sunday January 15, 2:30-5:30pm
Spanish Home-cooking  - Friday January 20, 5:30-8:30pm
Baking Bread Gluten-Free - Sunday January 22, 3-6pm
Ethnic Spice Blends - Saturday, Feb 4, 2-4:30pm
Simple Soups - Sunday Feb 5, 2:30-5pm
Understanding Mushrooms: Basic Cultivation - Sunday Feb 12, 3-5pm
Homemade Vegan Soft Cheese - Thursday February 16 , 5:30-8:30pm
Successful Garden Starts -Saturday February 18, 6-8pm
Beginning Backyard Chickens - Saturday February 25, 1-4pm
Southern Indian Dal - Sunday March 4, 2:30-5:30pm
Amazing Plantains: Bilingual Cooking Class -Saturday March 10, 2-5pm
Intermediate Backyard Chickens  -Sunday 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  
What: A 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

Friday, 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,  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,  open Thursday through Saturday evening.

Out of town next week?  Check out the other participating restaurants at

October Farmers Market Events 2011

Sunday 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

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).

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 Olympia!

2011 September and October Fund Raising Events for GRuB and Left Foot Organics

GRuB Soirée at the Schmidt

When/Where:   Sept 10, 4:30 to 7:30 / Schmidt Mansion, Tumwater
To Register: - $40 a person/$70 per couple. 

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:  $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

Register 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 for registration details. These tours are filling up fast.
To Register:  Contact - 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  Summit registration information will be available starting August 15.

September:  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.

October 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.

5 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.
7:30 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 Agriculture.'   

October 15, 2011 – 8am to 5 pm:  ‘Roll up your sleeves’ conference at the Thurston County Fairgrounds

Registration 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 to

For details on the Food Summit and other Focus on Food events visit

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.

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 .

November 2 - 7pm to 9pm:  Food Summit Community Debrief and Next Steps

A 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 

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 Wood Bistro.
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)
 see 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

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
What: Certified Organic vegetable starts, herb plants and native perennials plant sale. All proceeds go to support Left Foot's vocational program, providing meaningful work for people with developmental disabilities and rural youth, growing good food for you.


April 21, 2011:  The Mark Restaurant's Spring Farm to Table Aperitivo Event

            When:  Thursday, April 21, starting at 7:00   
: The Red Room at The Mark Restaurant, Olympia   web page:
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, WA 98502
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
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. 

GRuB (Garden Raised Bounty) is a non-profit dedicated to nourishing a strong community by empowering people and growing good food.

March 31, 2011:  Yauger Park Community Garden Opening

When:  Thursday, March 31, 12pm – 1pm
Where:  530 Alta St SW, Olympia 98502 (map)
What:   Yauger 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 plots available. 
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

Slow 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 newsletter.  

March 24: "Lunch Line" Premier Screening

What :  Washington State premier screening of “LUNCH LINE”
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 Sea.

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:

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

This 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 food systems.

If you are interested in more details, volunteering, donating a raffle item or contributing otherwise visit or contact Halli Winstead for details (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. 

The food 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 more information.

RECIPE PROJECT (late February/March)
The 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 volunteers.

Whom to Contact
If you 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? 

When:   Washington premiere simultaneously in Olympia, Bellingham, and Seattle at 8pm on March 5, 2011  Check link below for other dates and times.
Where: Capital Theater in Olympia
What:    A profound alternative look at the global honeybee crisis from Taggart Siegel, award-winning director of The Real Dirt on Farmer John. calls Queen of the Sun " souful as it is scientific, as uplifting as it is alarming."  

Check out The Capitol Theater's website for exact show times for March 6 and beyond []   

Director 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 producers.

What:   Hungry for the Arts:  A Benefit for Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB)
When:  Thursday, February 17 5- 9 pm
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. 

Artists who 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.

Sponsored by Senator Rosemary McAuliffe

Olympia Food Co-op Class Schedule, February and March

The 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 Guesthouse. 

Go to 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 pm.  

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

A Just, Sustainable and Resilient Food System for Thurston County

 Monday, January 17th 7-9pm, (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
Where: Olympia Unitarian Universalist Church, 2200 East End St. NW, Olympia
What: A 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 solutions.

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

What:  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:

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 Mexico.

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.

Upcoming Food Related Films in Tacoma (sponsored by the Tacoma Food Coop)

Wednesday July 14, 6pm – 8pm Supersize Me
Morgan Spurlock unravels the American obesity epidemic by interviewing experts nationwide and by subjecting himself to a “McDonald’s only” diet for thirty days straight.

Wednesday August 11, 6pm – 8 pm  Food, Inc
Features 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.

Wednesday, September 15th, 6pm — 8pm -  Deconstructing Supper
Renowned chef John Bishop leads viewers on an eye-opening and engaging journey into the billion-dollar battle to control global food production.

Wednesday, November 10, 6pm – 8pm - King Corn
Released 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

Mid June Harvest Helpers

When:   June 18,  9 to 12
Where:  GRuB 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 market stand.

Let the GRuB Farm Manager know if you can help – that’s Wade Arnold at 753-5522 or

Summer Field 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

Summer Drop-in Hours

When:  Every Thursday in the summer (late June - late August)
What:  Every Wednesday from 3-6 and Sundays from 1-4
Where:  GRuB 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 file.

Wine Tasting May 15th

Tanzania Teaching Foundation Fundraiser

May 15, 2010 – Schmidt Mansion

Wine tasting tickets: $40   Make checks or donations to: GDLC – TTF

Three 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:

This 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 6 pm
Where: The Mark, 407 Columbia St. SW, Olympia, WA
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 mingle.
Cost:  The Mark will offer drink specials and tasty snacks.

Please RSVP for this event on face book, or by calling (360) 754-4414

Farms to attend:
Bremerton Mountain Farm
Garden Raised Urban Bounty
Stokesberry Sustainable's
Back Sheep Creamery
Kirsop Farm
Left Foot Organics
Boisfort Valley Farm
Calliope 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.  

Starting early 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 this year.

If you are interested in helping with projects that are in need of doing right now,  contact Jackson Sillars at 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


The 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

Attached 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 facility, contact:

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