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!

Slow Food Seattle Day of Service, September 22nd, 2012

Your volunteer power is needed on September 22!

Every year Slow Food Seattle organizes a “Day of Service”. To celebrate Day of Service we ask our members to join us as volunteers to help an organization with common values. Our Board has decided to focus our efforts this year on organizations that are cultivating and harvesting urban-grown food. The Slow Food Seattle Board nominated two great organizations for us to support for Day of Service—City Fruit and Alleycat Acres.

City Fruit promotes the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community and protect the climate. City Fruit helps tree owners grow healthy fruit, provide assistance in harvesting and preserving fruit, promote the sharing of extra fruit, and work to protect urban fruit trees.

Alleycat Acres connects people with food, through community run farms in under-utilized urban spaces.  By farming the cityscape, we are helping to create solutions that address a number of issues facing our communities. Our urban farms lay the groundwork to enable anyone to join in the process of what we refer to as Farming 2.0: cultivating food, relationships, and a connection to our land in an urban setting.

In years past we’ve chosen one organization among those that were nominated. This year the Board was a little indecisive. Since City Fruit and Alleycat Acres are both so worthy we said, “Hey, let’s support both!” It’s a tall task. We think we are up to it, but we need your help. We’re going to need twice as many volunteers this year because on September 22 one team of volunteers is going to help City Fruit and another team is going to help Alleycat Acres.

Board member Rob Salvino will lead the City Fruit volunteer team. Board member Renai Mielke will lead the Alleycat Acres volunteer team. To make things interesting we’re going to have a friendly competition to see who can recruit more volunteers—Rob or Renai. Visit our Facebook event page to learn more about the day’s activities and sign up for Rob’s City Fruit team or Renai’s Alleycat Acres team.

 

Join Team City Fruit!
The Slow Food Seattle volunteers who join Team City Fruit will maintain fruit trees along the Burke-Gilman Trail. The Burke-Gilman Trail Urban Orchard Stewards of the City Fruit program rescued 22 apple and pear trees along 1 1/2 miles of the Burke-Gilman Trail between the University Bridge and Gasworks Park. These trees provide fruit for passersby and for foodbanks. Team City Fruit will be weeding, planting daffodils, spreading mulch, and mooning bicyclists. Actually, that last part was just a joke. Mooning of cyclists will not be allowed. Even without the mooning we will have fun while lending a hand for a worthy cause. More details on time and location to come as the date nears!

Join Team Alleycat Acres!
The Slow Food Seattle volunteers who join Team Alleycat Acres will be working at the newest farm site on East Cherry St. & MLK in the Central District. We’ll be working on putting the garden to bed for winter- laying mulch and cover crops, and planting seeds and bulbs for spring crops. Many of these crops will be later donated to local food banks- delivered exclusively by bicycle! We’ll also have the opportunity to join in with another event happening at the same time – a local honey tasting, and talk with Alleycat’s residential beekeeper from Urban Bee Company. We’ll be meeting at the site at 9 AM and working until 1 PM. Please feel free to join us for any amount of time, or even just pop by around noon to check out the bees! Be sure to dress for the weather, and bring plenty of water.

When you RSVP for this event, please let us know in your comment which group you’d like to team up with. Feel free to bring kids, friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc, but please leave pets at home.

See you September 22!

Gothberg Farms Tour & Potluck – Sunday, August 12th

You Are Invited: Gothberg Farms Tour and Potluck

Gothberg FarmsSunday, August 12, 2012
11:30 am – 3 pm
15203 Sunset Road
Bow, Washington
$5 per person (covers the cost of facilities and staff to tour the farm)

Friends from Slow Food Seattle told Rhonda Gothberg they would like to come up to the Skagit Valley and visit her farm and cheesemaking facility. She agreed and said let’s make it a party, and invited the Slow Food Skagit River Salish Sea community, too, for a potluck!

Situated in pastoral Bow, her place is the perfect spot for a summer picnic. Bring a favorite locally sourced dish to share, as well as a beverage (beer and wine are okay), your own plate and flatware, and a lawn chair or two, if convenient. We will tour the facility, chat with each other about our beautiful area and our shared Slow Food values, then share a meal.

Consider checking out some of the local food spots afterwards with a self-guided tour of Slough Food, the Breadfarm, and Taylor Shellfish (Samish, in Bow).

Please RSVP to robin@cravefood.com or via the Facebook event! Limited to the first 50 people.

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This way to some deliciousness!

Gothberg Farms - LaMancha Goats

Gothberg Farms – LaMancha Goats. Image: chatterboxcheese.blogspot.com