Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Opportunities Abound

Interested in how to grow food sustainably?
A free public lecture is being offered this September by agricultural expert John Jeavons.
(September 24th 7-9 p.m. at The Evergreen State College Lecture Hall 1)

He is also offering a 1 day intensive workshop with limited space at our local Wendell Berry community garden.
(September 25th all day ; more info at: www.johnjeavons.info)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Regular Meditation Offered @ the Sno-Isle Classroom

Meditation Circle
with Kae Friesen

Great for beginners to intermediate!

Have you been thinking you want to meditate but don't really know where to start? Would you like to get started with others that may have meditated and can share their experience with you?

Group meditation is very empowering, gives you momentum and helps you build your practice.

Whether you are brand new at it or have practiced a bit and would like to meditate in a group - this circle is for you!

Upcoming dates: July 29, August 12 & 26 (Will continue on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays)
Time: 6 - 7pm
Location: Sno-Isle Co-op classroom
Donation basis: ($5 suggested - any amount accepted :)

Please feel free to come up to 15 minutes early and settle in. There will be quiet music for your enjoyment. The class will consist of some instruction time, some guided meditation time and some silent time. The door will be secured from 6:05 to 7pm to reduce interruption.

About Kae Friesen

Kae has studied meditation for over 20 years and sat with teachers including Sharon Salzberg, Nirmala, Arjuna, Katie Davis and Prasad. She has studied teachings by Papaji, Pema Chodron, Byron Katie, Depak Chopra, Sondra Ray, Shakti Gawain, Gangaji and many others. She has been holding Meditation Meetups for over a year and has a regular (daily) practice.

Kae believes there is no one way to meditate but there are many ways to quiet the mind. She knows that finding and using the tools that work for you can bring a subtle layer of peace to your life. Research has shown that meditation is one of the best things you can do for your health; reducing stress to bring the body, mind, emotions and spirit in to balance.

Kae is a Certified Reiki Master, BEST practitioner, Hynotherapist and Ordained Minister. She also dabbles in Astrology and Tarot, eats lots of raw foods, makes her own laundry soap and does yoga.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Producers and Buyers Anticipate Skagit WholeSale Market Launch

June 22, 2010 [Mount Vernon, WA] - Area food producers are preparing to sell their products to wholesale customers in the covered parking lot of the Skagit Valley Food Co-op on Thursday mornings from 8-10 a.m., starting this Thursday, June 24th, and will be there every week through harvest season, interest provided.

The weekly market is designed to help area buyers and sellers decrease time and fuel costs associated with collecting and delivering local food themselves," says Lucy Norris, PSFN Project Manager. "The Skagit Valley Food Co-op and Puget Sound Food Network together identified an initial group of local vendors, now we need restaurants and food service buyers to show up." Buyers can either preorder from the farm, and then pay and collect at the market site, or choose to pick up later. Each vendor will choose their own invoicing and delivery options. Impulse buys are expected and encouraged.

The Skagit WholeSale Market is grounded in the harvest of all-star Skagit organic producers like Hedlin Farm, Skagit River Ranch, Ralph's Greenhouse, and Skagit Flats. Staples from Sakuma Bros, Twin Sisters Mushrooms, Hidden Meadow Ranch, Fresh Breeze Organic Dairy, and the newly formed Viva Farms will be complimented by delicacies from San Juan Pasta Company and Gothberg Farms. Seasonal appearances by other Skagit and PSFN member producers, and products from nearby and east of the mountains will appear throughout the season.

A collaboration between the Co-op and Puget Sound Food Network, it is the only grassroots business-to-business market of its kind in Northwest Washington.

Those interested in learning more or wish to participate as a Skagit WholeSale Market buyer or seller should contact Erin Treat at skagitcoop@gmail.com or visit PSFN at www.psfn.org. Map and directions to the Skagit Valley Food Co-op are posted at http://www.skagitfoodcoop.com/map.html.

For more background and information, please read our first press release from June 8th on our blog at http://psfn.org/blog/2010/06/seeking-buyers-for-the-skagit-wholesale-market-thursdays-starting-june-24th/, and follow All FOOD Considered, a blog created by Skagit Valley Food Coop.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Dine Out for the Gulf Coast

America’s premier chefs and restaurants unite to create Dine Out for the Gulf Coast, benefiting the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund.
From June 10-12, 2010, participating restaurants throughout the United States will set aside a portion of profits to help those directly affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and to support the long-term restoration of the treasured coast.
Participating restaurants will customize their own Dine Out for the Gulf Coast benefit program. Some restaurants will contribute a percentage of total sales for the day and others will donate the sales from specific menu items, while others will offer specialty cocktails with a dollar-value from sales donated to the fund.
Many restaurants will highlight Gulf seafood offerings as a way to support the Gulf Coast fishing industry (commercial and charter fisherman), just declared a national fisheries disaster by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.
The short-term goal of The Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund, administered by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, is to make emergency grants to nonprofit organizations helping the victims of the oil spill. The long-term goal of the fund is to address the long-term economic, environmental, cultural effects of the disaster, and strengthen coastal communities against future environmental catastrophes by investing in solutions. No administrative fees will be charged to the fund: all funds will be re-granted to the communities in need.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Task Force Farm Tour Agenda: Public Invited!

The May meeting of the Farmland Preservation Task Force will include a tour of King County agriculture. The tour will feature three full stops and two roadside pauses to take in what onboard speakers are discussing.
The first full stop will be the Kirkland Farmers Market, an urban farmers market that runs May through October in beauti-ful downtown Kirkland on the shores of Lake Washington. Here we will hear from market manager Stefeny Anderson. Ste-feny wears many hats as she also manages the Renton Farmers Market and is the secretary of the Washington State Farmers Market Association. She will be discussing among other things the role the Kirkland Market has in being an outlet for area farmers and the connection it has to the local community.
Next we will head over to Full Circle Farms. Full Circle Farms currently cultivates organically over 50 crops and 200 varie-ties of produce on 400 acres employing around 125 people. Their produce can be found in Seattle restaurants, farmer's mar-kets, and specialty grocers. An incredible fact about Full Circle Farm is their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) cus-tomers which total about 8,000. Farmer Andrew Stout will discuss with us his growing operation and how the county farm-land preservation has enabled him to expand acreage.
Finally we will stop at West Valley Beef. West Valley Beef is a grass fed beef operation located in the Snoqualmie Valley near Duvall. A certified Salmon Safe Farm, West Valley Beef is managed by Chuck and Bobbi Lindemulder. Chuck was born and raised in the Snoqualmie Valley, and Bobbi has lived there since 1974. Both feel strongly about maintaining the family farm and supporting local agriculture.
Roadside stops will include Children‟s Garden and Two Sister‟s Farm.
Children’s Garden Farm is a 28 acre farm which produces vegetables, herbs and fresh cut and dry flowers, which are sold at Pike Place Market and other farmer‟s markets around Seattle. The farm, established in 1993, has two names— “Children‟s” was the name attached to the goal of the farm supporting the family‟s children to earn their college money while working on the farm. Almost 10 years ago, grandfather Shongchao passed away, and in his honor, the farm was named after him.
Located just north of Carnation, Two Sisters Dairy, which the sisters Anne Marie and Lena Magnochi own with their par-ents, is one of four dairies left in Snoqualmie Valley, and has even survived Carnation Farms — the town„s namesake — which closed in 2001.
If you would like to sign up for the tour which begins from the Kirkland La Quinta Inn and Suites May 12 promptly at 1pm and concludes between 5:00 and 5:30 (depending on traffic) please contact Lori Gonzalez at lgon461@ecy.wa.gov or Josh Giuntoli at jgiuntoli@scc.wa.gov.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Bike to Work Day May 21!

March 31, 2010

Bike to Work Day is May 21
Kick-Off Event April 29

Snohomish County, Wash. - Converting car trips to bike trips is an easy
way to get healthy while getting somewhere at the same time. Burn
calories instead of fuel as Snohomish County celebrates National Bike to
Work Day on Friday, May 21

Event organizers encourage creative commutes that combine biking and
buses, biking to your carpool or vanpool instead of driving, or driving
part way to work and biking the rest.

Last year, more than 900 people stopped by Bike to Work Day
“celebration stations” in Snohomish County and Bothell. This
year, organizers hope to provide refreshments, free bike safety checks
and goodies to 1,000 people on bicycles.

Bike to Work Day Celebration Stations will be open the morning of
Friday, May 21 at: Edmonds Train Station, Lynnwood Transit Center,
University of Washington Bothell, Everett Station, Boeing Everett,
Marysville’s Comeford Park and McCollum Park in Mill Creek.

Bike to Work Day is the kickoff for the Snohomish County Bike Commute
Challenge. The challenge is to organize a team of co-workers or friends
who will continue biking to work at least once a week for a month.

To learn more about Community Transit Bike to Work events, stop by the
Bike to Work Kick-Off between 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 29 at the
Everett Public Schools’ Longfellow Building Annex located on 3715
Oakes Avenue, Everett or visit www.communitytransit.org/biketowork.

Local Bike to Work events are coordinated by Community Transit with
support from Everett Transit, Boeing, Clif Bar, B.I.K.E.S. Club of
Snohomish County, Harvy’s Bike Shop, Seattle Children’s Hospital
and many other community sponsors.

Did you know?
It takes about 30 minutes to bike five miles at an easy pace. That
burns about 300 calories - and gets you your daily exercise while
getting somewhere at the same time.

2009 Bike Commute Challenge Stats
145 Teams
817 Participants
564 Completed the Challenge
14,433 Total Trips
113,820 Total miles
30% New Participants