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Cultivate Your Community / April 29, 2008
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[So THAT's how you do it ...]
"Plan and Plant your Vegetable Garden for the Summer"
10 a.m. - Noon  Saturday, May 3
Franklin Community Garden, 1201 Puget Sound Ave.
The garden is located in the far corner of the Franklin Park, which is at South 12th Street & Puget Sound Avenue.
Do you wonder what vegetables you should start from seed and which ones you need to start from transplants? What about how far apart you should space those squash? Larry Owens, a WSU Pierce County Master Gardener, has the answers and will give an informational demonstration/talk from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3, at the Franklin Community Garden on Saturday. Whether you're a beginner gardener or more experienced, bring your ideas of what you want to grow and your questions, and learn how it's done. This class is free and open to all. For additional information, contact Master Gardener Coordinator Nicole Martini at (253) 798-3264.
Thanks Kristen!
[Eat well, eat local]
What's in season?
The Puget Sound Fresh website has some great resources for figuring out how to eat locally but helping you figure out what's in season, as well as how to preserve today's seasonal opportunities for out-of-season use. Check out out! Click here to get to harvest schedule information.
Thanks Sarah!
[Local farms, healthy kids]
Two Angry Moms: A Documentary Film Offering Strategies to Bring Nutritious Meals and Fresh Local Food into Public School Cafeterias.
7 p.m. Thursday, May 1
Bastyr University Auditorium, 14500 Juanita Drive, Kenmore
Free, a panel discussion will follow
The film addresses nutrition-related issues surrounding the food served in school cafeterias across the country and offers strategies for overcoming roadblocks to replacing unhealthy school lunch menus with nutritious meal options. A conversation about how to bring nutritious meals and fresh local food into school cafeterias will follow the screening. The panel discussion will be moderated by Tricia Sexton, Farm-to-School Program Coordinator at WSU King County Extension.
Click here to read more in the Tacoma Gardens forums.
Thanks Sarah!
Nutrition grants meant to help Washington schools, farmers
Public schools would be allowed to pay more for Washington produce as part of a new law promoted as a way to improve child nutrition while supporting Evergreen farmers. ... "It's a tremendous opportunity for us. We just need to connect with our farmers. ... It's great for kids to learn where food comes from -- not from a can or a box," said Lisa Chatterton, a dietitian and nutrition service supervisor for the Franklin Pierce School District in Parkland. ... The Washington Environmental Council and others lobbied for the "Local Farms-Health Kids" legislation as a way to foster good health, plus support agriculture and sustainable living.
Click here to read more.
Thanks Alicia! 
Law bring state's harvest to lunchrooms
Parents continue to demand quality, healthy foods for their children, whether they're at home or at school. When Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the Local Farms, Healthy Kids Act, we started the process to make it easier to bring nutritious Washington-grown foods to school cafeterias and classrooms. And in doing so, we'll create new markets for Yakima Valley and other growers across the state.
Thanks Sarah!

[Conversation starters]
A new kind of parking strip
The planting strips along the curb outside Nancie Kosnoff's house in Queen Anne looked different from others on her street. ... More lush -- and more appetizing. Unlike other, plan strips of grass along ninth Avenue West, the tops of brussel sprouts were beginning to peek out from the bare dirt on this one. The sage was doing well, and pointing to a vine beginning to climb a lamppost, Kosnoff, 49, said one afternoon, "those are going to be kiwis." ...
The super-cool part of this story? As Jamie mentions in the Tacoma Gardens forums, the "neat bit" is the lady's attitude is that if someone takes a zucchini as they pass by, so be it. Have ideas or thoughts on parking strip vegetable gardening? Go talk about it! Click here! (Need help figuring out how to sign up for the forums and post? Just ask! E-mail
Thanks Jamie!
Yummy recipes!
FROM KUOW's Sound Focus: Cooking Klatch (4/23/08, 2:40 p.m.)
Jill Lightner, editor of the new quarterly magazine Edible Seattle, was on KUOW's Sound focus. She is equally passionate about locally-sourced ingredients and the abundance of imported cultures that make this region so tasty. Jill joins Megan Skys to share her love for local dairies and the flavors they bring to the kitchen.
Click here to get to the archived podcast.
Click here to get to Edible Seattle's website.
Thanks Cece!
Tales from the farm
FROM KUOW's Sound Focus Lookback: NW Bounty (4/11/08, 2:20 p.m.)
Listen in as KUOW visits Little Skookum Shellfish Growers, Bainbridge Island Vineyards & Winery and Sweet Grass Farm.
Click here for the archived podcast.
Click here to get to Little Skookum Shellfish Growers' website.
Click here to get to Bainbridge Island Vineyards & Winery's website.
Click here to get to Sweet Grass Farm's website.
Thanks Alicia!
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
View the four-part interview with Michael Pollan, author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and "In Defense of Food," by the folks at Edible Seattle.
Thanks Cece!
[A tasty opportunity!]
Seattle Tilth Edible Plant Sale THIS WEEKEND!!!
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4
Meridian Park in the Wallingford Neighborhood

The Seattle Tilth Edible Plant Sale offers the largest selection of organically grown heirloom vegetable starts in Seattle for the discerning vegetable gardener, including more than 50 varieties of tomatoes and 20 varieties of peppers. These plants are hand-selected by the Seattle Tilth experts to perform in our Pacific Northwest climate. An extensive selection of culinary herbs, edible flowers, drought tolerant and disease resistant perennials will also be for sale. Click here to get to the forums.

For more details, go to:

Thanks Cece!


Northwest Natural Yard Days are here!
Kick the chemicals and go natural! Through May 15, local retailers are discounting environmentally friendly yard care products as part of Northwest Natural Yard Days, a regional program supporting natural yard care practices. Click here for details.
Thanks Alicia!
[More ways to feed your head]
Health Department offers free Natural Yard Care workshop series
Learn about environmentally friendly yard and garden maintenance this spring during a series of fun, informative and free natural yard care workshops by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Workshops are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium:
    Wednesday, April 30: Soil Basics & Backyard Composting Wednesday, May 14: Garden Pest Management & Smart Watering
The workshops are free, but space is limited. To register, or for more information contact Environmental Health Specialist Geoff Rinehart at (253) 798-4587 or Click here for more.
Thanks Alicia!
[Out of town but interesting]
"Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies" from Wallingford Neighbors for Peace & Justice
7-9:30 p.m. Friday, May 2
An evening of short films on food and sustainability with representatives from Sustainable Wallingford's "Growing Food, Growing Community" program. Also, there will be a preview of the yet-to-be-released film, "Good Food" by Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, which will be screened at the Seattle International Film Festival this coming June. The filmmakers will also be joining the discussion.
Click here for more details in the Tacoma Gardens forums.
Thanks Kristen!

Raj Patel, Author & Food Activist speaking in Seattle
6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, May 8
What explains the simultaneous existence in today's world of nearly 1 billion people who are malnourished and nearly 1 billion who are overweight? In "Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World Food System," Raj Patel provides an overview of the inequalities and imbalances perpetuated by the corporate global food system.
Click here for more details in the Tacoma Gardens forums.
Thanks Cece!

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