A huge thank you to Rainier Valley Food Bank (@rainiervalleyfb) and Bike Works (@bikeworks206) for ending their Urban Ag Bike Tour at the Beacon Food Forest. These bike tours are a great way to highlight the incredible food production sites going on here in Southeast Seattle and how these partnerships have fostered a local food system for the RVFB. We couldn't go without thanking Liz Davis (@deflorawalks ) for preparing a delicious meal for all us cyclists, using the greens from our Helix Giving Garden for the delicious salad. There is one more bike tour next month – check in with the RVFB to see if any openings are available.
I think of Bill Mollison every day. He is my garden, my food, my inspiration, my past and my future. RIP The Father of Permaculture. You will be missed!
Another city feeding their community locally and adding good policy to keep food front and centre.
Here is an inspiring video about the food strategy in Vancouver.
Imagine a city where food is abundantly growing in yards, public spaces, urban farms, and schools. Growing fresh, local produce meets a basic human need that ensures security and equity for all. Designing our spaces to efficiently produce food creates a thriving and sustainable community through strengthening local economy and resources. It raises awareness and respect for the environment.
Here in Portland The Mayor’s Food Initiative works to improve health and sustainability of food systems in our community. It supports many of the initiatives of other organizations. The Edible East Bayside project is transforming the Bayside Trail into an edible food forest. Among many events, the Resilience Hub + Portland Maine Permaculture teach permaculture design courses and organize permablitz’ to turn people’s yards into self-producing food forests. Cultivating Community provides food systems education in schools and to members of the New American farmer’s program. They…
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A few interesting positive snippets about Seattle’s “environmental muscle”. I am, as always, impressed by Seattle’s continuing forward thinking environmental action.
Once again Seattle, Washington is flexing its large, environmental muscle – one that not only seems to be superior in terms of size, but also seems to have the enviable ability to trigger movement and action in both the local and state governments.
In Seattle, it is now illegal to throw away food with rubbish (it has already been illegal, for several years, to throw away recyclable items with rubbish). This comes as a pumped-up version of mandates for composting that already exist in places such as San Francisco, Vancouver, and Vermont. The difference, however, is that Seattle homeowners failing to comply will be penalised directly, after being warned once – a warning displayed publicly with a large, red tag around the offender’s rubbish bin. These red tags also double as a public education campaign about the new law on recycling and composting.
While the establishment of this policy is…
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I first heard RedGum at Narara ’83, the Australian Central Coast’s answer to Woodstock.
Even after all these years, this song still rings with simple truth…. we are fodder for commercial profit.
Some of the names have changed, but we are still chasing the products that will supposedly make us happy.