Food Posts

A Community Garden for My Birthday! (Part 1, Co-Garden Series)

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in Food, My EcoChallenge, Neighbors, Uncategorized | 5 comments

A Community Garden for My Birthday! (Part 1, Co-Garden Series)

“Happy birthday; here’s a community garden! Just what you’ve always wanted…” How did you know? Since I began my personal-professional journey of “Going Sustainable Together” last fall, I’ve bemoaned the fact that the nearest community garden on Oak Street is fully subscribed and not accepting new members. Now, because of this unexpected gift, on the eve of my 36th birthday two weeks ago I hosted the first organizing meeting of the newest community garden in the network of 20-odd such gardens on...

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Tips for the Sustainability Tourist

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Education, Featured, Food, Local Economy, Transportation | 5 comments

Tips for the Sustainability Tourist

I’m an advocate for promoting Port Townsend as a destination for sustainability-minded tourists. We can welcome people who want to test-drive a sustainable community, even if just for a few days. Maybe we can convince them to move to our scenic Victorian Seaport and join the cause! Well, one of these tourists contacted me for advice a few days before the Memorial Day weekend. He gave me permission to turn our e-mail exchange into a blog post.   Hi Shelly, I found your blog about a year ago and have been following it since. I’m a...

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Affordable Local Food…But How?

Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in Education, Food, Local Economy | 5 comments

Affordable Local Food…But How?

“How to eat better on a budget” is the title of the brochure Brwyn Griffin, the Port Townsend Food Co-op’s outreach/education manager, is holding here. She developed the brochure for the Making Local Food Affordable forum she presented at (and I attended) back in November. Ever since, I’ve been meaning to write up the tips I collected there. Prioritizing this post was one of the commitments I made to myself last weekend at the end of the first annual Thriving Communities conference at the Whidbey Institute (Feb. 2-4)....

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When We Have Grown it, a Gift of Food is a Gift of Ourselves

Posted by on Oct 30, 2011 in Featured, Food, Local Economy, My EcoChallenge | 4 comments

When We Have Grown it, a Gift of Food is a Gift of Ourselves

“First we fed the chickens, now the chickens are feeding us.” My toddler’s chant became a mantra, a blessing, as we scrambled the dark yellow yolks in the pan, cooking up a dinner of the freshest eggs possible. That afternoon we’d made our first visit to Valley Rock Farm, one of our county’s many small-scale egg producers. It was also a long-overdue visit because it is owned by part-time farmer friends of ours, and every time they see us in town, they invite us out. Soren’s recent obsession with farm animals (maybe the veterinarian...

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Forgetting the Pie We Paid For
& Other “Money Fast” Anecdotes

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Featured, Food, Local Economy, My EcoChallenge | 2 comments

Forgetting the Pie We Paid For <br />& Other “Money Fast” Anecdotes

Money… Ah, it’s more intertwined in my day-to-day life than I imagined. And awfully hard to disentangle from. That realization was driven home during my 5-day “money fast” Oct. 1-5 and a subsequent “money scrutiny” phase Oct. 6-15—both intended to foster sustainability through frugality, and to explore non-monetary transactions within my community. For the two weeks of the Northwest Earth Institute’s annual EcoChallenge, I originally planned to split the 14 days down the middle and undertake a...

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Day 3: Will Power!

Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 in Education, Featured, Food | 3 comments

Day 3: Will Power!

He came, he saw, he loved our farmers market! “Genius” farmer Will Allen of Milwaukee, Wis. (he’s only the second farmer to have been awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant), made a very special visit to Port Townsend Saturday to be the keynote speaker on on Day 3 of the Northwest Earth Institute conference. The “good food revolution” founder‘s schedule was booked: first with an interview on KPTZ and then back-to-back Q&A sessions with a group of 20 young people interested in food activism, then with 65 local...

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They’re Coming to Fort Worden

Posted by on Sep 13, 2011 in Education, Food | 1 comment

They’re Coming to Fort Worden

In two short days, scores of people I can’t wait to meet and learn from will be arriving at Fort Worden State Park in my hometown for the biannual North American Gathering of the Northwest Earth Institute—creator of small-group discussion courses on sustainability topics. The theme of the four-day conference, Sept. 15-18, is “Building Healthy Communities and Local Food Systems One Conversation at a Time.” Conference organizer Deb McNamara tells me the Institute’s “Menu for the Future” discussion course has...

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