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Meet Phillip Ackerman- Leist, author of Rebuilding
the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable and Secure Food Systems

The Olympia Center
222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia,  WA
7:00 PM Tuesday, October 29th , 2013
Phillip Ackerman- Leist, author of Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable and Secure Food Systems, will be speaking in Olympia.       
                                      The event is free and sponsored by Sustainable South Sound
About the Book  Droves of people have turned to local food as a way to retreat from our broken industrial food system. From rural outposts to city streets, they are sowing, growing, selling, and eating food produced close to home—and they are crying out for agricultural reform. All this has made “local food” into everything from a movement buzzword to the newest darling of food trendsters.But now it’s time to take the conversation to the next level. That’s exactly what Philip Ackerman-Leist does in Rebuilding the Foodshed, in which he refocuses the local-food lens on the broad issue of rebuilding regional food systems that can replace the destructive aspects of industrial agriculture, meet food demands affordably and sustainably, and be resilient enough to endure potentially rough times ahead.Changing our foodscapes raises a host of questions. How far away is local? How do you decide the size and geography of a regional foodshed? How do you tackle tough issues that plague food systems large and small—issues like inefficient transportation, high energy demands, and rampant food waste? How do you grow what you need with minimum environmental impact? And how do you create a foodshed that’s resilient enough if fuel grows scarce, weather gets more severe, and traditional supply chains are hampered?

Showcasing some of the most promising, replicable models for growing, processing, and distributing sustainably grown food, this book points the reader toward the next stages of the food revolution. It also covers the full landscape of the burgeoning local-food movement, from rural to suburban to urban, and from backyard gardens to large-scale food enterprises.

About the Author

Philip Ackerman-Leist, author of Rebuilding the Foodshed and Up Tunket Road, is a professor at Green Mountain College, where he established the college’s farm and sustainable agriculture curriculum and is director of the Green Mountain College Farm & Food Project. He also founded and directs the college’s Masters in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS), the nation’s first online graduate program in food systems, featuring applied comparative research of students’ home bioregions. He and his wife, Erin, farmed in the South Tirol region of the Alps and North Carolina before beginning their sixteen-year homesteading and farming venture in Pawlet, Vermont. With more than two decades of “field experience” working on farms, in the classroom, and with regional food systems collaborators, Philip’s work is focused on examining and reshaping local and regional food systems from the ground up.


YAY: Olympia Urban Farms

Published in the Olympian
January 14, 2012

The growing local food movement got a boost from the City of Olympia last week when City Council passed the Urban Agriculture ordinance. Residents can now raise ducks and female chickens (no crowing roosters!), rabbits and miniature goats.

Read more here.

You’ll Love This Eclectic Festival

by Molly Gilmor in the Olympian
August 17, 2012

Love Our Local Fest is a celebration of what Olympia has to offer: music, food, flowers and produce, handmade goods, gardens, organizations working for community betterment and – in true Olympia style – all things quirky and do-it-yourself. Read More:

Meeting Draws Urban Agriculture Advocates

by David Koszka Olympia Power and Light

On April 25 over 80 people packed the Olympia City Council Chambers. Community members of all sorts had taken every last chair and the walls around the chambers were lined with those that could sit on the ground or stand, as TJ Johnson of Sustainable South Sound, and Jennifer Kenny, Associate City Planner of the City of Olympia, introduced themselves and the agenda for the evening.

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Community Food Summit Promotes Growing, Eating Locally

John Dodge, Staff writer
Published August 19, 2011

Olympia – The cucumber harvest is in full swing at Sunbreak Farm at Overhulse Road and 17th Avenue Northwest. Aaron Varadi does most of the harvesting. Then his wife, Kandi Bauman-Varadi, takes over to do the pickling, adding garlic, dill and peppers also grown at the farm to create a locally grown food product available at the two Olympia Food Co-op stores.

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Community Dreams of Feeding Itself – Activist learns helpful lessons from community garden

By Steve Brown
January 27, 2011

OLYMPIA — Many communities across the West are dealing with food-related hardships: agricultural land under pressure from urban growth, increasing numbers of people looking to food banks for help, farmers struggling to pay their bills.

In Thurston County, Wash., food activists are gaining momentum in their efforts to develop urban agriculture to defuse these crises and become more self-sufficient in their food supply. READ THE FULL ARTICLE