Thursday, August 11 - Growing Our Local Food Economy
The industrialization of food production and distribution has had many negative consequences for local agricultural economies and food systems, our health, and the quality of our air, soil, and water. Growing the local food economy by preserving land for agriculture and removing barriers to local food production can strengthen economic opportunities for farmers, improve public health through better nutrition, advance social equity by increasing access to fresh produce in food deserts, and improve the environment through thoughtful stewardship of natural resources. Shortening the supply chain by growing local food—rather than importing it from afar—is also an effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Join us for a conversation about preserving and expanding opportunities for growing and accessing healthy food in our region. King County will share some of the innovative preservation strategies they are using through the Farm King County program to support farming, farmers, and farmland. The Pike Place Market Foundation will talk about its Food Access Project to advocate and provide resources for low-income food access and nutrition education, and City Fruit will discuss their efforts to prevent waste and provide healthy nourishment by working with community members to care for and harvest fruit from trees on public and private property. There will also be an optional tour of Pickering Garden immediately following the Roundtable.
Date/Time: Thursday, August 11th, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location/Address: Pickering Demonstration Garden, 1730 10th Ave NW, Issaquah, WA 98027
Brown Bag: As a lunchtime event, you are welcome to bring lunch to enjoy during the Roundtable.
• Patrice Barrentine, Farm King County
• Dana Gould, Pike Place Market Foundation
• Kate Morrison, City Fruit
• Falaah Jones, Pickering Demonstration Garden
Mark your calendar - directions below!
• By Bike: Find your most convenient route here.
• By Bus: Routes 550 and 554 drop off at the Mercer Island Park and Ride, which is less than a 10 minute walk from the Community Center. See Metro’s Trip Planner to map out your transit options.
• By Car:
Eastbound on I-90:
Take exit 15 from I-90 E toward 17th Ave NW
Turn left onto 17th Ave NW, then right onto 12th Ave NW
Turn left onto Lake Dr., then left onto 10th Ave NW, destination will be on the right