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South Puget Sound Food Summit 2011

Food Summit Event on October 15th Sold Out—Please Join Us For October 14th Community Potluck

The goal of the Food Summit is to bring our community together to celebrate, network and develop an action plan for a safe, local and sustainable food system.

The Food Summit will take place over two days, October 14 & 15.

The first day will feature a giant community pot-luck on the streets of downtown Olympia, an environmental and agricultural expo, and a presentation by Mark Winne – author of Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture and Closing the Food Gap – at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. This day is open to everyone—there is no need to register.

The second day will be a “roll up your sleeves” conference at the Thurston County Fairgrounds where we will learn about our current local food system, clarify our vision for the future, and start building the roadmap to get us from today to tomorrow. (This event has sold out. Thanks for your support!)

The food summit will be the capstone of a series of events throughout the summer and fall that we are calling Focus on Food.  Events leading up to the summit will include tours of local farms and gardens, events and programs at local Timberland Regional Libraries, discussion groups, and other opportunities to learn about the food system, our local food economy, and options for a more sustainable future.

For additional info: tjjohnson@scattercreek.com

Timberland Regional Library Focus on Food Events

Thursday, September 22 – Lacey Timberland Library 12-1pm, for adults

Local, Sustainable and Delicious – Enjoy a sampling of dishes showcasing food from the local area while learning about alternativesto industiralized food production systems. View the event poster.


Thursday, September 22 – Olympia Timberland Library 7:30-8:45pm, for adults

Explore 50 delicious wild foods that thrive along the Pacific Coast! You’ll discover how to sustainably harvest wild and weedy greens, trees, ferns, berries, flowers, mushrooms, seaweed and shellfish. Kayaking and foraging guide Jennifer Hahn’s slideshow is inspired by her new book “Pacific Feast: A Cook’s Guide to West Coast Foraging and Cuisine.” A book signing will follow. View the event on the Timberland Regional Library site.


Wednesday, September 28 – Olympia Timberland Library 7:30-9pm, for adults

Join us for a discussion of “Food Rebels, Guerilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas.” Mark Winne, the book’s author, will join the discussion viea speaker phone! Register for this program in person at the Olympia Timberland Library Information Desk. View the event poster.

Free Sustainability Resources Available at Your Timberland Regional Library

There are a vast array of resources on the topics of food and sustainability—and they’re free to all library card holders.

As the topics of sustainability and food have gained momentum, an abundance of valuable resources continue to surface. From foundational A – Z guides to sociological studies, the library offers books, newspapers, magazines, documentaries and much more for all who are interested. To make your search easier, we’ve developed a downloadable booklet that contains top resources. View the Food & Sustainability Booklet here.