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Food Day is October 24— in 2011 and in years to come. Food Day seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life—parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes—to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. We will work with people around the country to create thousands of events in homes, schools, churches, farmers markets, city halls, and state capitals.

Attend the Northwest Summer Leadership Training & Be a Real Food Challenge Leader!

Are you…   

…Wanting your food choices at school to align with your values?
…Ready to bolster your real food campaign this coming school year?
…Hungry for change?

Join us August 23-26 to learn the skills you need to kick the 2012-13 school year off right!

August 23-26, Real Food Challenge Northwest is hosting an intensive, skills-based leadership training in Eastern Washington. About 25 students from the Northwest (Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska) and veteran real food organizers will converge in Spokane for a powerful weekend of workshops, cooking, skill-shares, strategizing and all-around fun.

The training will feature a unique series of workshops on campus organizing, food systems, and campaign planning to ensure your student groups best year yet! Ranging from storytelling as a campus/peer organizing tool; to power, privilege and oppression in the food system; toidentifying allies in your campus food system; to working with dining and campus administration; to managing student group dynamics, the workshops are geared toward students who want to take on (or strengthen an existing) real food campaign on their campus.

AND, the training is SO MUCH MORE than workshops: we will cook and eat delicious [REAL!] meals together, visit and work with local food justice organizations or farms, meet key stakeholders in campus and regional food systems, plus, play all sorts of games and enjoy outdoor activities. Everyone walks away with new friends, allies, concrete skills, and the real tools needed to revolutionize our food system!

The Run Down
When: August 23-26 (Thursday Aug 23 3:00 PM PST – Sunday Aug 26 3:00 PM PST)
Where: Spokane, WA
Who: NW students already engaged in or looking to start Real Food projects on campus.
How: REGISTER HERE.  We can help arrange travel logistics.
Cost: $30-$50 registration (sliding scale). Registration and travel scholarships are available on a case by case basis.

More info on the RFC website (including registration)
The Facebook Event
Pictures from Last Year’s NW Regional Training and Pictures from last month’s National Training in Boston
Blog post by Whitman Student, Genevieve Jones, about last year’s NW Regional training

Contact us with questions:

REGISTER TODAY! Time is running out!

Spotlight On a Real WA Farm: Toboton Creek Ranch

This post was originally written by Travis Bettinson, Owner & Chef of Junip Foods

“WE SELL WHOLE GOATS”…certainly catches the eye. At least the eye of a beard-insulated, future farm owning, pragmatic chef. Magnetically, I was drawn to the stand of Toboton Creek Farm at the U-district farmers market. A few days later I was a small goateposit’s worth poorer. Two weeks later, yet again, my bank account lessened by the value of a small goat-payment. The upside was three-fold:

1)    Walking through the farmers market while curious citizens and stand-tenders gazed at the two goat legs poking out of a trash-bag. I specifically remember a woman serving Naan, near the northwest exit, shouting to me “at least you don’t look suspicious!”

2)    Butchering Maxwell Copper-Bottom, the chosen name of the goat, from whole animal to the parts that I wanted: a neck, legs, two shanks, shoulders, sirloins, tenderloins, offal meats, and bones.

3) Countless dishes such as Sarawack Goat Shoulder Curry w/ red camarang & white rice, Mustard & Apricot Glazed Goat Leg w/ red onion, butternut, feta, and orzo salad, and Goat Sausage spiced w/ cumin, chile d’arbol, coriander, red wine & cinnamon.


My culinary magnet led me to further discourse with one of the owners of Toboton Creek Farm, Lynda Kofford-Di Ciccio. This time the words “Muscovy duck” and “slaughter weight” were thrown around. Cut to me a few weeks later in Lynda’s car, driving to her farm in Yelm.

After retiring from their respective nursing and teaching professions, Lynda and Dan bought the farm 12 years ago. Of their 40 or so acres only a very small percentage is not left untouched for pastureland. When rolling through the gate to the farm you see Lynda and Dan’s small house, their two story generic barn on the right, and their feeding lot that they describe as “organized chaos”.

When the email was sent out that the pens would be organized into bucks, does, show goats, and kids, the chickens and ducks must have been playing angry birds on their Ipoult. They imperturbably floated from pen to pen laying eggs where they want and disregarding the needs of anyone else.

Behind the pens is a vast pastureland bequeathing its worms, grass, insects, streams and dense foliage to the needs of the animals, whose unclipped wings made catching them akin to a three stooges episode.

In the mornings, Dan leisurely feeds the goats, and picks up any eggs that he can find in the feeding bins or on the ground. Lynda would scrub the eggs of which I was able to see the massive ethereal white duck eggs, the pale green Araucana chicken eggs, and the shining dark chocolate Black Copper Maran eggs.

When going out to feed their Old Spot pig, Dan must cross what I call the vast “Sea of Cuteness”. A thirty-foot stretch stockpiled with two-week old kids whose sole purpose in life is turn the 8 second walk into a 5 minute “baa-fest”. À la The Grinch, my heart expanded three sizes when dozen of these soft and fluffy cherubs of the farm made a concerted effort to scale each other and my legs to get to my potential food-giving hands.

…To continue reading the rest of this post and to see Travis’s great photos of the other animals at the farm CLICK HERE

And to check out Toboton Creek Ranch CLICK HERE 


How does community gardening benefit our food system?

 What is community gardening?  There are numerous models of community gardening, but at its core community gardening involves the community coming together to grow and share food.  A community garden is a space where neighbors come together to grow community and steward – plan, plant, and maintain –a piece of open space.  Community gardens are gathering places that strengthen networks through cooperative ventures; a source of pride among residents; a visible product of land stewardship and a healthier urban environment.

Community Gardening has long been related to community grass root efforts sprung out of nessessity.  After all food and community are fundamental to life for human beings.  The community gardening movement took root in America as far back as the 1800’s with efforts around vacant land and helping put people to work, eat, connect children to gardening, civic engagement and in times of war and is still with us today for all the same reasons.

Seattle has a long history of community gardening.  It follows the same path as the national history, but with one major exception. Seattle’s community gardening program has been municipally funded throughout its 39-year history and is a program of the City of Seattle, Department of Neighborhoods.  The P-Patch Community Gardening program also enjoys a great relationship with the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund Program, which has been helping fund the development of P-Patches and other Seattle urban community gardens for the past 24 years.  These unique factors combine to make Seattle one of the most community gardening friendly cities in the nation.  Community gardening activities in Seattle foster neighborhood identity, cultural expression, entrepreneurial training, giving, sharing, and education.

What are some of the benefits of community gardening?

  • Connection to nature and where our food comes from
  • Environmental education
  • Chance to grow food for your table
  • Continue cultural traditions and share food across cultures
  • Grow an urban food community
  • Campanionship, community interaction, intergenerational connections, and teamwork
  • Community Gardens grow to give back through giving gardens
  • Exercise, health nutrition, build self-esteem and skills
  • Income generation
  • Empowerment

Grassroot Community Gardening Efforts Happening in Seattle:

What is a P-Patch? P-Patch is the name given to community gardens that are managed by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program. The name, P-Patch, originated from its first community garden, Picardo Farm. Gardens come in many shapes, sizes, and ownerships (For more Facts about P-Patch Community Gardens: Detailed Fact Sheet)

  • Traditional family plots: Most P-Patch community gardens function like allotment gardens.  There are small pieces of land stewarded on an annual basis to grow food, herbs and flowers.  In exchange for the privilege of gardening, gardeners must give back though volunteer time, maintain spaces assigned, and stay in good standing in the shared areas of the garden space.  No one is turned away for their ability to pay.  All family plot gardens are open to the public to visit, enjoy, and learn.
  • Orchards and Food Forests (perennial agriculture): Supporting new community efforts around community gardening is at the foundation of the P-Patch Program. The newest community effort, the Beacon Food Forest, is being supported by the P-Patch Program. 
  • Giving Gardens: Almost all P-Patch community gardens have space for donating and volunteer to donate from family plots.  The city in partnership with Lettuce Link and gardeners donated 20,809 pounds of produce in 2011, equaling 41,616 servings and a value of $46,404.00.
  • Collectives: In an effort to allow for different models of community gardening in denser areas of the city, the program is working with gardens like the Howell Collective to increase options for communities engaged in community gardening.
  • In addition, the program facilitates and partners around: market gardening and youth gardening. These programs serve all citizens of Seattle but with an emphasis on low-income, immigrant populations and youth.         
  • P-Patch Trust

The P-Patch Trust not for profit, builds healthy and diverse communities by fostering community gardens, urban farms and green spaces.  This is accomplished through public engagement, partnerships, leadership development, advocacy, and land acquisition.  The P-Patch Trust advocates for community gardens and incubates new programs, owns six gardens, provides scholarships for low income gardeners, serves as fiscal sponsor for 37 gardens, provides tools and publishes the P-Patch Post, the community gardening newsletter.

Alleycat Acres is an urban farming collectivethat aims to reconnect people with food. To achieve this, they create community-run farms on under utilized urban spaces through community partnerships. They have 3 community gardens growing in Seattle.

Clean Greens is a small nonprofit organization, owned and operated by residents of Seattle’s Central District. They are committed to growing and delivering clean and healthy produce for everyone at reasonable prices. 

Green Plate Special (GPS) is a cooking and food-growing nonprofit program, supporting the nutritional and physical health of middle school youth, primarily low income. As an after-school, field trip and holiday-camp program, we teach young people how to grow, tend, harvest and cook healthy whole foods in a home-garden and home-kitchen setting. Our focus is on technique and skill building, rather than recipe focused cooking.

Seattle Tilth inspires and educates people to grow food organically, conserve natural resources and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community. Along with many wonderful educational opportunities, Seattle Tilth is helping to make many community driven programs flourish.

  • Community Kitchens Northwest: Community Kitchens NW (CKNW) brings people together to prepare food and share it. Everyone gets involved in the food preparation, cooking and cleaning, and then we all eat a meal together. Some kitchens cook for the purpose of taking home ready-to-eat meals. In addition to leaving a community kitchen with food in-hand or a full belly, participants gain cooking skills, fresh ideas, nutrition awareness, and perhaps best of all, new friends.
  • Seattle Tilth Farm Works: Farm Works offers business training and support to immigrants, refugees and people with limited financial resources in South King County. Farm Works participants attend farm and business trainings, tour neighboring farm operations, and gain hands-on experience growing and harvesting food using organic practices.
  • Seattle Youth Garden Works: Seattle Youth Garden Works empowers homeless and underserved youth through garden-based education and employment. 


City Fruit is reclaiming the urban orchard, showing people how to harvest and use what they need, and to share the rest with others.  City Fruit promotes the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community and protect the climate.  In addition they help 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.

The Just Garden Project builds a just food system and a culture of gardening for all people. They do this by building gardens, educating gardeners, celebrating our community and engaging youth in work with individuals and communities. 

Parks Good Food programs are a hub of activities that are relevant and timely for every community in Seattle; access to healthy food, opportunities for active recreation, and environmental awareness.

  • Food Justice Project
    Food Justice is the right of communities everywhere to produce, distribute, access, and eat good food regardless of race, class, gender, ethnicity, citizenship, ability, religion, or community. Good food is healthful, local, sustainable, culturally appropriate, humane, and produced for the sustenance of people and the planet.  Community Education focus includes Teach-Outs supporting and visiting local food sites, and publication of Our Food, Our Right, a handbook combining hands-on tools for change with community recipes and political awareness to engage YOU in joining in the struggle for food justice!
  • Rainer Valley Eats
    The Rainier Valley Eats! Coalition believes that healthy food is a basic human right. We recognize that the ability to access healthy food is related to multiple issues and not just a result of low income.  We are taking a holistic approach to achieve real change in our community’s access to healthy food.

As you can see there is an abundance of community based solutions around food in our community.  I apologize if I missed anyone, if I did, please add the wonderful work you are doing around community based gardening and food production.  If you are not yet involved within your own community, I encourage you to join in the fun.

How hunger is related to our agricultural system & the Farm Bill

At first glance it is easy to make the connection between hunger and agriculture – after all, our food comes from farms, so if there is hunger there must be something wrong with our farming practices, right? However the nuances of this web of relationships are more complex and meaningful than meets the eye. From the selective subsidies in the Farm Bill to poor working conditions and pay for farm workers to the consolidation of “Big Ag”, the way we have been producing our food has lead to an attitude of yield over quality, and profit margins over nutritional value. It has produced enough food to feed the world, yet the numbers of the hungry worldwide, including Americans, has risen…but why?


Most of us have seen Food Inc, have read something by Michael Pollan, or have read an article somewhere that has shown the many vulnerabilities and holes in the modern industrial farming philosophy and the dangers of monoculture and a petroleum-based system. If you don’t live under a rock, there’s a chance you’ve heard that the way industrial agriculture is set up now is not sustainable and is not effectively feeding the world, despite the abundance of food being produced.

Some of the reason for this is what’s written in the Farm Bill, an important piece of legislation that encompasses a wide range of policies throughout the food system from commodity pricing and agricultural land conservation to support for farmer’s markets and nutrition programs. Farm bill policies directly affect food prices which in turn affects who has access to healthy foods and who doesn’t. The commodity subsidies in our current legislation favor large farms that grow only five main crops (corn, cotton, rice, wheat, and soybeans) and gives little or no money to smaller farmers that grow “specialty crops” also known as fruits and vegetables. The stirring short film below titled “In Short Supply: Small Farmers and the Struggle to Deliver Healthy Food to Your Plate” illustrates the consequences of these policies on small family farmers growing real, healthy food.

“With hardly any subsidies for fruits and vegetables, their price in stores increased by nearly 40% over 15 years while the real price of soft drinks declined by 23 percent. The reason the least healthful calories in the supermarket are the cheapest is that those are the ones the farm bill encourages farmers to grow” .

The Farm Bill is a primary tool in the fight against hunger because it dictates many aspects of our food system. The pie (hehe) chart above shows how 76% of the focus of this legislation is on nutrition programs, from WIC and SNAP to the School Lunch Program, and out of school meals for kids. Many believe that there is a lot of opportunity in the upcoming renewal of the Farm Bill to improve supports for local farmers producing fruits and vegetables, to invest in rural economies and jobs, and to boost SNAP benefits to help struggling families get through the month and buy more healthful foods.


This article by Barry Estabrook from The Atlantic gives a compelling case for the argument that organic can in fact feed the world, mostly by citing how many scientific studies that have been conducted that support this theory (over 100 of them). Estabrook also brings up this idea of “agroecology“, or combining eco-friendly farming technologies with the natural, social, and human assets. If you have a half hour to kill and want to hear about “Food movements, agroecology, and the future of food and farming”  in depth, and hear more about how our global food & farming system currently contributes to hunger, I highly recommend this lecture by Eric Holt-Gimenez of Food First. If you’d prefer to read about it, check out Food First’s collection of essays from food movement leaders around the world at http://www.foodmovementsunite.org/.

If you think I’ve done a poor job of summarizing how farming relates to hunger, you’re probably right because this is a major debate that concerns the global food system, with many moving pieces and viewpoints. So I’ll leave it up to you to decide; however, Estabrook’s piece ends with a striking statement that deserves pondering:

Given that the current food production system, which is really a 75-year-old experiment, leaves nearly one billion of the world’s seven billion humans seriously undernourished today, the onus should be on the advocates of agribusiness to prove their model can feed a future population of nine billion — not the other way around.


I know you’ve noticed that our state has an incredibly passionate food community. I know you’ve wondered… “who are those titans of the Washington Food System”?  Finally you must have wondered what would it look like if these titan’s of Washington’s edible wonderland were to get together and hold a meeting of the minds in an apple-wood smoke filled room.

On May 4th this happened. That day was an exciting meeting of the Food Day minds; Lilia Smelkova and Hayley Gillooly, with the Washington arm of food day. Washington’s arm of Food Day consisted of leaders and representatives from organizations such as Seattle Tilth, Seattle Farmer’s Markets, Cedar Grove, Cascade Harvest Coalition, PCC, P-Patch, Chef’s Collaborative, Slow Foods, and City Fruit. Not only this but  The Office of the Mayor, Public Health Dept, Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment, City of Seattle CAGJ, as well as local bloggers, small business owners, non-profits, and universities were all happily and passionately contributing to the planning.

As the meeting progressed threads of ideas were built and a semblance of a Food Day nervous system was created connecting these Washington food institutions.

There were simple yet organic ideas like putting trees in community gardens for a community Food Day harvest and providing urban food walks and hikes;

Ideas connecting our community’s and youth to local chefs through chef/teenager demonstrations, P-Patch dinners, and supervised children’s iron chef competitions;

And there were grand ideas: having a Food Day marquee event at Seattle Center during its 50 year celebration. (wipe your chin, you’re drooling…and if you’re not…wipe your chin anyways).

Of course focusing on the native foods, tribes, and cultures of Washington, in addition to promoting small business by raising awareness of the new Walmart push into local communities, were also important subjects.

An hour had passed and my calls for a short 3 or 4 hour game of Risk went unnoticed as the meeting wore down. But don’t worry, before everyone disbanded a committee was created to oversee the planning and follow-up of these previously mentioned ideas and report back to the Food Day brain that the Washington Food Day arm was building its botanical biceps.

On the Food Day blog our cracked-wheat team will keep you posted on the creation, of Food Day events, promote local food blogs, inform on local food systems, and simply celebrate local healthy foods!

If you would like to have your blog featured on food day email us at foodday.of.wa@gmail.com

The Food Day Committee:

Carialta Glen, Sharon Lerman, Martha Childress, Sandy Pernitz, Terri Ann Johnson, Johanna Striar, Smitha Rao, Debs Gardner, and Zachary Lyons.

Written by Travis Bettinson


Don’t see your event listed below? Add it to the Food Day website here, and send an email to debs at Seattle local food/com. NOTE: I just noticed the Spokane and far eastern WA events are missing due to the way the Food Day website search function works. Getting those added ASAP.

What’s happening in Washington State for Food Day?

For events sorted by location or searchable on a national map, visit the Food Day website at www.FoodDay.org 

Tuesday, October 11

Seattle Greendrinks will kick off Food Day with its monthly event at City Hall, hosted by Mayor Mike McGinn and BECU.

Nutrition Savvy with Alison Ozgur, R.D. at Whole Foods, Vancouver.  This month’s topic is: “Optimal Nutrients for Maximum Energy.”  815 SE 160th Avenue, 6 PM

Saturday, October 15

Harvest Festival in Cheney. A benefit celebration for another successful season of growing nutritious food for local low-income families. The event starts at noon with a giant potluck lunch then continues with organic gardening demonstrations, kids games, a goat romp, and a string band concert ending at 5pm. Admission is $10 for adults and free for kids. For more info visit peachlocal.com or call 509-216-9273. noon @ 10425 Andrus Rd.

Wednesday, October 19

Cascade Harvest Coalition is planning an event at the Columbia City Farmers Market, including ways to connect market-goers with farmers, engage kids, and help people plan access to sustainable, healthy food through the winter. Columbia City Farmers Market, 3-7 pm SEATTLE Details

Thursday, October 20

Antioch University will host Food Justice and Our Local Food System. Panel discussion with Greenbank Farm, Healthy Foods Here Initiative, Seattle Tilth, Clean Greens Farm, Marra Farm, and CAGJ. Local food provided! 5:30-8:00, Antioch University, Rm. 100, 2326 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Attend a screening of the film Nourish Food + Community and harvest exchange!  This year, to celebrate Food Day, Healthy People Alliance is hosting community screenings of Nourish, an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities. The events will also include information tables, guest speakers, local food producers, local restaurants and a preview of the Nourish Middle School Curriculum Guide. 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Trout Lake Grange (2390 Hwy 141)

Friday, October 21

In Ellensburg, join a Forks Over Knives film and discussion event! Kittitas Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 400 N. Anderson St. 7 pm.

Attend a screening of the film Nourish Food + Community and harvest exchange!  This year, to celebrate Food Day, Healthy People Alliance is hosting community screenings of Nourish, an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities. The events will also include information tables, guest speakers, local food producers, local restaurants and a preview of the Nourish Middle School Curriculum Guide. 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Cafe Drift (202 Main St, Klickitat)

The Ravenna Kibbutz in Seattle will host a Food Day $5 Challenge Shabbat potluck. Anyone welcome, please RSVP. 7:30 at 6230 23rd Ave NE, Seattle 98115

Saturday, October 22

  Seattle Tilth Farm Works Open House in Auburn  invites media and public to tour the farm, meet farmers and staff, and see harvesting and field preparation. Executive Director Andrea Platt Dwyer will be making an exciting announcement. 10-11:30 am, United People’s Farm, 17601 SE Lake Moneysmith Rd. Auburn

Community Alliance for Global Justice will host a teach-out field trip to Hilltop Urban Gardens, an urban agriculture and education project.

Seattle Farm Co-op is hosting its Harvest Party, Barter, Potluck, Square Dance and Book Release, for the new Urban Farm Handbook, and launching the organization Backyard Barter. Phinney Neighborhood Center 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 5:30 – 9

Make Your Bed! Party at P.e.a.c.h. Community Farm in Cheney! Come help P.e.a.c.h. Community Farm cover its beds with mulch for the winter, then relax with a potluck lunch. Call 509 216 9273 to RSVP soon! 9 am at 10425 Andrus Rd, Cheney

City Fruit is hosting cooking classes focused on how to use the fall fruit harvest. 10 am 1417 NW 70th Street

Nourish Your Neighbor: Each Saturday, Rainier Valley Food Bank distributes delicious organic produce grown by our neighbors at the Seattle Community Farm. Introduce a neighbor to a new vegetable or simply feel the joy of nourishing you fellow neighbor with healthy organic produce. 4205 Rainier Avenue South

Harvest Stew Scavenger Hunt at the Vancouver Farmers Market! A sample of the Harvest Stew will be handed out along with the recipe. Then you will get to explore the market to find your own ingredients so that you can make the stew at home. Esther Short Park. 10 a.m.

Celebrate Tri-Cities Food Day! At the farmers market, we will have a chef demonstrating how to prepare various winter veg from the farmers’ mkt and a doctor to talk about the nutritional benefits of these foods. This will be translated for the Spanish speaking market-goers. Several groups in the community will have tables with information on their various causes. 9 am @ Pasco Farmers Market

Join an Apple Harvest Celebration in Carnation, making apple cider and apple butter, selling the latest produce, eggs, and meat, giving horse-draw carriage rides, and Jerry Mader, author of “Saving the Soil–the New American Farmer,” will be here to sign his new book. 7026 Tolt Highlands Rd NE, Carnation, WA  98014, 10 am

Sunday, October 23

Edible Seattle will host a Cake vs. Pie contest, focusing on local pears, and collect donations for the West Seattle Food Bank. West Seattle Farmers Market, 9-2

Community Alliance for Global Justice will host a Tango for Food Justice fundraiser for Our Food, Our Right publication. Yoga Den: 514 12th Ave Ste B, Seattle. 2-4 pm

Monday, October 24

The City of Seattle will proclaim Food Day jointly between the Seattle City Council, the Mayor’s Office, and the King County Executive. 1:30 pm. King County Courthouse, Council Chambers on the 10th floor of the Courthouse at Third and James.

Clark County Board of County Commissioners signed a proclamation proclaiming October 24, 2011 as Food Day!

The 8th Annual Eat Local Now! Dinner will be the flagship dinner event of Food Day, with keynote speaker Greg Atkinson. They will be highlighting local farmers, and encouraging participants to eat well. 6 pm, Herban Feast.

Central Co-op (formerly Madison Market) will host Fresh Starts, a multi-part Food Day event including a session on the 2012 Farm Bill and a free screening of The Greenhorns, as well as events in the store. Screening of The Greenhorns is Monday night at 6:30 at Northwest Film Forum.

Soda-Free Sundays will feature a Food Day event, a collaboration between the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition and the Seattle YMCA. If you’re in Downtown Seattle on Monday, stop by the YMCA at 4th and Cherry to take the Soda-Free Sundays pledge and learn what YMCA is doing to curb consumption of sugar-loaded beverages. More at www.SodaFreeSundays.org 5-8 pm @ 909 4th Ave
Details and FB page

Edmonds Community College will celebrate Food Day with a number of great activities.

  • Office of Student Life presents: “Junk Food Hall of Shame”, squash painting, trivia game, and zucchini derby races (pumpkins donated by Stocker Farm);
  • Fruit/Veggie ID and Sampling with 100 kids at Center for Families (produce donated by PCC Natural Market and Rubberneck Farm). Presented by Food Revolution Snohomish Co.;
  • “Moving the Bottom Line” presentation by Nick Rose, Nutrition Educator at PCC Natural Market;
  • Showing of FRESH the Movie;
  • Farmer’s Market with SnoIsle Food Co-Op, WSU Extension, Mother Nature’s Organics, Mycological Society, Heather Freund’s Chia Energy Bars. We will even have a goat and chicken!;
  • Food Demo and Tasting of Roasted Veggie Bites and veggie soup by EdCC’s Poseidon Catering and Full Circle Farm;
  • Display and free dessert coupon from The College Cafe;
  • Launch of “Menu for the Future” community discussions.
    11 am, 20000-68th Ave W Lynnwood, WA  98036


A community member is hosting a Rainier Valley Potluck and Recipe Exchange. 4437 41st Ave S,  6:30 pm. You’re invited!

Travis Bettison, owner of Junip Foods, will host a sustainable foods dumpling party with roast duck at his home. 5 pm.

In Bellevue, a farm harvest day features Garden Treasures and Farmer Mark for Arlington WA. Private school event for school members only

Bastyr University is inviting students to make films about the six Food Day principles. Films will be shown at noon, 14500 Juanita Drive NE Kenmore, WA  98028

Everett Community College, a Real Food Challenge Campus, will host a Food Day event including movie screenings, 3pm.

Public Health Seattle/King County will celebrate Food Day! Public Health will host SNAC nutrition/cooking classes in schools, WIC nutrition/cooking classes in Public Health centers, and an Access and Outreach table at Crossroads Mall featuring the WIC and Basic Food Breastfeeding Program. Check out the special Food Day website under the details link below.

Celebrate the harvest at Marra Farm! Students from Concord International Elementary will come to the Lettuce Link Giving Garden at Marra Farm to harvest the pumpkins they planted last spring! We will also be pressing apples into fresh cider, saving seeds for next year, and touring this community-powered sustainable urban farm. 10 am.

Food Day activities at Washington State University include:

• Debate Under the Big Tent: “How do we feed 6,965,236,343?” noon in the Compton Union Building (CUB), first floor.

• Food Day Service Projects : Join fellow WSU students and volunteer at the WSU Organic Farm or the Pullman Community Garden, help cook a “real food” dinner at Sojourners’ Alliance, a local transition house. Students must register at Service Learning Pro and will meet in CUB L45.

• Film Series: Watch three documentaries and munch snacks provided by the WSU Organic Farm. All films are shown in CUB L46. Shows include “Future of Food” at 1:30 p.m., “Food, Inc.” at 3:30 p.m. and “The Garden” at 7 p.m.

• Reflection: “Hunger at Home: Feeding the Palouse” 5-7 p.m. in the CUB L45.

Plant a Row for the Hungry in Spokane! Plant a Row is a people-helping-people initiative to assist in feeding hungry members of our community. The program encourages community members to dedicate a row (or more) of fruits and vegetables in their garden to help feed those in need. Just as often, Plant a Row is a means for excess garden produce to not be wasted. 8 am

Throughout the month of October Seattle Public Schools and the Tom Douglas Restaurant Group are hosting Family Nights at 4 Seattle Schools to promote local chef (Tom Douglas Restaurant Group) inspired recipes that SPS plan sto be part of our future menu cycle.  This work is tied to our Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant from CDC.  We have held 2 events already and have 2 more to go this month – John Muir Elementary on October 20th and Emerson Elementary on October 27th.  We will also host 2 events in November (Maple Elementary on Nov. 3rd and Van Asselt Elementary on Nov. 10th).  The menus have been very successful so far.  We served nearly 400 on October 6th at Roxhill Elementary and another 200 last night at Concord Elementary.

BAMCO is celebrating Food Day at Seattle University!

At UW, continuing from the Sustainability Summit, there will be an evening showing of Carbon Neutral and Zero Waste.

Forza Coffee will promote “Wildly Organic” for Food Day to customers.

Herban Gardens Cafe will feature a special Food Day lunch menu. Pumpkin Soup with fresh baked local Bread, Fresh Green Salad from local Farmers. 3330 NW Lowell Street

Senior Centers and Adult Day Centers all over Snohomish County will serve an entirely local-foods lunch in honor of Food Day!

Attend a screening of the film Nourish Food + Community and harvest exchange!  This year, to celebrate Food Day, Healthy People Alliance is hosting community screenings of Nourish, an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities. The events will also include information tables, guest speakers, local food producers, local restaurants and a preview of the Nourish Middle School Curriculum Guide. White Salmon Library (77 NE Wauna Ave)

Evergreen State College will host a Food Day event! More details soon.

Western Washington University will host a Food Day event! More details soon.

Lower Columbia College will host a Food Day event! More details soon.

Eastern Washington University will host a Food Day event! More details soon.

Skagit Valley College will host a Food Day event! More details soon.

Kick-off to Ending Childhood Hunger in Skagit County Planning. In response to our “Ending Childhood Hunger in Skagit County Summit” held on August 16th, we will kick-start creating a plan to end local childhood hunger on Food Day. Graham Kerr, author and TV personality of Galloping Gourmet fame, is our cheer leader and mentor! 320 Pacific Pl, Mount Vernon, WA  98273, 3:30

The Everybody Eats Challenge at One World Spokane! One World Spokane will participate in the Everybody Eats Challenge by either offering a free item to their customers and/or collecting food or donations for a local food pantry or food related organization 11 am @ 1804 East Sprague

Project Hope Spokane will host Leaves and More! Raking, collecting and distributing leaves to the 7 urban garden lots in West Central Spokane. Turning compost. BYOR = Bring your own rake! 3 – dark @ 2605 W Boone

Healthy Corner Stores: Parkside Grocery is proud to be Spokane’s newest Healthy Corner Store! We carry 12 or more varieties of fresh fruit & vegetables, whole grain, and low-fat dairy. We have baby supplies, accept WIC, and have an on-site butcher who provides us with fresh cut meat daily. Take the tricycles and leave the car at home – we’re located in the middle of one of Spokane’s oldes and most walkable neighborhoods! All day @ 1913 W. Maxwell

Check out the café! New Leaf Bakery Cafe provides opportunities to homeless and low-income women through culinary job training. Through the program women learn food service skills, job readiness skills, and receive job search support. The six month program helps women develop into dependable and confident workers for the growing food service industry in Spokane. All day @ 3104 W. Fort George Wright Dr.

Food Day Donation Event at Bravern Sur La Table in Bellevue! Sur La Table has recently partnered with Wholesome Wave to bring fresh and local fruits and vegetables to communities in need with monetary support from employees across the United States. In addition, Sur La Table is hosting a Food Day Donation event on October 24th, encouraging customers and employees alike to make donations online and at any store location, which will directly benefit Wholesome Wave. Sur La Table will match your donations up to $25,000 on this day. 11111 NE 8th Street Suite 30

PNW Co-op “Eat local” challenge! As members of Spokane County’s Food Access Coalition, we’re inviting everyone to cook a meal with local ingredients. They could include veggies from your garden or farmers market, or our PNW Co-op lentils and split peas from the bulk department of Main Market Co-op, Pilgrim’s Market or Moscow Food Co-op. Be creative & share your recipe ideas on our PNW Co-op Specialty Foods page on Facebook. You never who you’ll inspire!
SPOKANE, your home, and everywhere.

Building Blocks of Healthy Nutrition! Celebrate National Food Day by learning about the basic building blocks of healthy nutrition at Columbia Basin College. 3:30 @ 26000 N.20th

Tuesday, October 25

PCC’s annual membership meeting will be a Food Day event! (closed)  

Clark County Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting! Find local products. Meet buyers and farmers. Make connections: Join local producers, distributors, health care professionals, school nutrition directors, chefs, sustainable food advocates, and consumers for a day of network building, expert panel discussions, and more. Help build connections, creating healthier people, jobs, and environment. Trade meeting topics: * Sourcing local “101” * Farm-to-restaurant buying * Farm-to-institutional buying * Farm-to-retailer buying * Supply & demand logistics * And more! Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA  98668, 9 a.m.

Wednesday, October 26

Seattle Tilth will host a screening of The Greenhorns in the Chapel at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. 4th Floor, Seattle, 7 pm.

Questions about the 2012 Farm Bill? Get them answered! Central Co-op (formerly Madison Market) will host Fresh Starts, a multi-part Food Day event including a session on the 2012 Farm Bill and a free screening of The Greenhorns, as well as events in the store. The Farm Bill 2012 session is Wednesday night at 6:30 at the Douglass-Truth Library.


Thursday, October 27

The University of Washington Nutrition Sciences Program in the School of Public Health will host a symposium on nutrition, food access, food justice, and health. UW Student Farm will host an event and film night.
Details (NOTE: Details don’t include the evening events, which include a film and potluck with UW Student Farm and UW Student Co-op)

Attend a screening of the film Nourish Food + Community and harvest exchange!  This year, to celebrate Food Day, Healthy People Alliance is hosting community screenings of Nourish, an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities. The events will also include information tables, guest speakers, local food producers, local restaurants and a preview of the Nourish Middle School Curriculum Guide.
5:30 Community Room @ Goldendale Library (131 W Burgen St)

Dragonfly Cinema in Port Orchard: As part of its West Coast tour, The Greenhorns will stop at Dragonfly Cinema in Port Orchard Washington. Film director Severine von Tschamer Fleming will be there to discuss the film and answer questions.  822 Bay Street, Port Orchard, WA  98366 7 pm

Friday, October 28

Seasonal Feast – A celebration of URBAN abundance! The event is a farm-to-table experience. Farmers, chefs, and foodies from across Clark County come to the Seasonal Feast table to share a meal and create friendships that will build the web of our local food system. 1710 SW 9th Ave. Battle Ground, WA  98604, 6 pm