Slow Food Seattle’s Harvest Potluck and Annual Meeting is on Oct 13 – all are welcome!

2012-04-01Come to share and enjoy a Harvest Potluck with other like-minded folks who appreciate our local bounty and to learn about Slow Foods revived national initiatives and the new work we are beginning locally.

Our Harvest Potluck and Annual Meeting will be on October 13 at 1pm, at the Montlake Community Center.  RSVP here

Everyone is welcome! You do not have to be a Slow Food Seattle member to come join in the potluck. If you have been curious about our organization, this is a great chance to come meet with members and see what we’re all about! We will be discussing a few membership-related topics, with a few members-only votes, but the majority of our topics and activities will be of interest to anyone interested in good, clean, fair food:

  • I-522 (labeling GMO foods). Meg Kennedy from Central Co-op, will be there to discuss this important ballot initiative.
  • Ark of Taste: Slow Food’s Ark of Taste is a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. The Ark’s goal is to help promote these foods to ensure their continued existence.
  • Slow Food’s new national initiatives
  • School gardens
  • Slow Fish – Slow Food’s special focus on seafood

IMG_7574Please bring:

  • A favorite dish to serve 20 with serving utensils
  • Eating utensils and a non-alcoholic beverage

We will supply plates, cups and napkins.

There will also be door prizes!

RSVP HERE

Next Slow Food Seattle Book Club Meeting: Oct 17 – “THE GOOD FOOD REVOLUTION” by Will Allen

Will AllenWe are still finalizing location details, but wanted to give you all an early heads-up to give you plenty of time to read this great next selection for our Slow Food Seattle Book Club.

Will Allen’s autobiography, THE GOOD FOOD REVOLUTION, was just published in paperback. He’s coming to Seattle to speak at the Seattle Public Library Microsoft Auditorium on 11/20 and then as the key speaker at the Snohomish County Focus on Farming conference on 11/21. So it seems like a perfect time to read his book!

We will meet from 6:30-8pm. The book club is always free to attend and is open to members and non-members. It’s a fun, casual, welcoming group of folks who love good food and good books. We’d love to see you there!

We’ll either be meeting in Capitol Hill or the Roosevelt area, and we’ll have more details on this ASAP.

You can RSVP on our Facebook page. If you’re not on Facebook, feel free to email Leslie Seaton with your RSVP or any questions.

Here’s the blurb on the book:

A pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur Genius Award-Winner points the way to building a new food system that can feed- and heal- communities.

The son of a sharecropper, Will Allen had no intention of ever becoming a farmer himself. But after years in professional basketball and as an executive for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter & Gamble, he cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot just outside Milwaukee’s largest public housing project. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serve the needs of locals.

Despite financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the country’s preeminent urban farm-a food and educational center that now produces enough produce and fish year-round to feed thousands. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power shows how local food systems can help troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities closer together, and improve public health. Today, Allen’s organization helps develop community food systems across the country.

An eco-classic in the making, The Good Food Revolution is the story of Will’s personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats.

Yes on 522 – events and ways to get involved!

logo-trans-smallSlow Food Seattle has endorsed I-522, the campaign to label genetically modified foods.  Here is some additional background on the campaign from the “Yes on 522″ website:

A “yes” vote on 522 would give Washington shoppers more information about what’s in their food and control over their shopping decisions. Under this initiative, genetically engineered foods to be labeled could include chips, cold cereals, soft drinks, candy, corn and soy. Our food is already labeled with abundant nutritional information including sugar, sodium, whether flavors are natural or artificial and if salmon is wild or farm-raised. Additionally, American companies are already required to label genetically engineered food in 64 other countries. They should provide the same information to American shoppers.

If you would like to learn more about, volunteer for or generally support this campaign, here are a few ways to do so!

  1. Learn more at upcoming panel discussions, including one tomorrow, Saturday, September 7 at the Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair at 1pm. Slow Food Seattle’s own Philip Lee will moderate a panel with Delana Jones (I-522 Campaign Manager), Matt McDermott (Seattle Tilth Farm Works), Sander Kallshian (Seatte Seed Company), Maria Hines, (Maria Hines Restaurants), Ariana Taylor-Stanley (Tilth Producers of Washington), Dr. Lucy Jarosz (UW School of Geography). Find more panel discussions in the calendar below.
  2. Volunteer to help the phonebank.
  3. Hold a “Kitchen Conversation” with friends to discuss the issue and and raise funds.
  4. Attend a 522 fundraising event (see the calendar below and the Yes on 522 site for upcoming events).

July 28, 2013. JUST ADDED! Finnriver Organic Farm and Cidery Tour -details TBD

Come tour this award winning cidery and 33 acre organic farm on the Olympic Peninsula, outside of Pt Townsend in Chimacum, to learn more about their operation, with a service
opportunity in exchange to access to the organic blueberry patch. Woodfired pizza available for purchase and we’ll gather for a SFS potluck on the grounds.Image

Breaking Bread at Macrina Bakery–Sunday, October 7, 2012

You’re Invited! Breaking Bread: A Celebration of the Local Organic Grain Harvest

Join us on Sunday, October 7 at 3pm for Breaking Bread: A Celebration of the Local Organic Grain Harvest. Meet companies that are bringing Washington organic grains from the field, to the mill, and to your plate. The event will be held at Macrina Bakery, SODO location, 1943 First Ave S, Seattle, WA. We will tour Macrina and then hear from Brooke Lucy of Bluebird Grain Farms, Kevin Christenson of Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill, and Leslie Mackie of Macrina Bakery. Secure your space now through Brown Paper Tickets (event is free)! Space is limited to 40 participants. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/275570

 

About Bluebird Grain Farms

Bluebird Grain Farms in Winthrop, WA grows heirloom grains on restored farmland in Washington’s Methow Valley. Owners Brooke and Sam Lucy grow and mill 100% organic heirloom grains on a biodynamic farm featuring its own custom-built, old-world wooden granary. The Lucys deliver the highest quality product available by growing, harvesting, wood-curing and milling their own grains.

Bluebird’s signature crop is emmer farro—a nutritious and wonderfully tasty ancient wheat dating to the dawn of agriculture. Bluebird sells emmer farro whole, cracked, milled into flour, and put into blends.

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About Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill

Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill (Burlington, WA) delivers superior whole grain flours by milling in small batches and by cultivating relationships with local farmers who provide Fairhaven with their best grains. Most of Fairhaven’s grains now come from Washington and Oregon farmers. Fairhaven’s flours are used by many of the best bakeries in the greater Seattle area. Fairhaven flours are an affordable and healthy way for consumers to support local organic grain agriculture.

Fairhaven mills fine and medium groundwhole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, corn meal, barley flour, buckwheat flour and more.

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About Macrina Bakery

Macrina Bakery is based on the model of the traditional old-world village bakery; the bread has unique characteristics because of the use of available regional ingredients. The rustic European breads and baked goods from Macrina use as many indigenous products as possible as well as organic grains and natural ingredients.

Leslie Mackie, founder of Macrina, finds inspiration in how bread connects us during meals and how her bakeries bring the community together.

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We’ll see you October 7th!