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Welcome to the Farm Bank Project

The Farm Bank Project is a local grassroots organization dedicated to the preservation of small family farms, a local sustainable food system, a strong local economy and healthy communities who work together in the midst of diverse interests.We believe that small family farms are at the foundation of healthy communities and when we strengthen small family farms we strengthen communities.

~Current Events~

July 24, 2009

Greetings! We are surfacing after starting our cafe the end of January, and the farming and market season well underway. Local sustainable food systems are finally coming into their own, wahoooooo!!!!!!!
Let's focus on solutions, with one of them being Permaculture, so watch for all the upcoming permaculture activities in our area.

Monday Movie Nights & Community Conversations - FREE 6-8 p.m.
Local Flavors Market and Cafe
at Thorbecke's Fitlife Center in Chehalis
Featuring films on Permaculture
Samples and full local, seasonal and whole-foods menu available.

Beginning Sunday, August 9, 2009 Bruce Weiskotten, a permaculture design teacher and consultant will begin teaching a course at Winlock Meadows Farm. Stay tuned for more information. To pre-register email: winlockmeadowsfarm1@yahoo.com


Transition Handbook


Second Annual Washington State Permaculture Convergence
Please join us for the Second Annual Washington State Permaculture Convergence,September 18-20, 2009 to be held at Sahale Learning Center near Belfair, Washington - on the north shore of beautiful Hood Canal. We will feature a weekend of networking, workshops and conversations with friends and peers among Washington state's permaculture community. Interested members of the public are also warmly welcome to attend. Together we will share information, solutions, inspirations, and insights!

The convergence is a way to strengthen information flow and cooperation between permaculturists in the state of Washington - and beyond. We will be working on a vision of how permaculture can better serve the land and people of our Evergreen State. How can more permaculturists make their living organizing, teaching and designing? The convergence will have some aspects of an organizational meeting for the permacultural community at large.
The gathering will also be an educational event offering workshops on such diverse subjects as biochar creation and usage, Ecovillage development, local currency systems, forest garden systems, large-scale installations, Brown's gas, water catchment, green roofs, the Transition Town and Anastasia movements, and other topics of interest for seasoned practitioners and newcomers alike. We expect there will be advanced as well as basic level workshops; the final format of the event will be influenced by those members who offer topics up to the last minute!

Attendance fees are $100-$70 on a sliding scale, this includes camping and delicious home-cooked meals. To keep costs down we are again asking participants to bring food (hopefully from their own gardens) to contribute to the communal kitchen. There are work/trade opportunities available for those with limited funds - we want our event to be open to all, regardless of income level. Limited private and dorm-style accommodations are available; please call 360-820-8586 or e-mail permaculture@earthlink.net for current availability. Carpooling is highly encouraged: check out our website at http://www.washingtonstatepermaculture.org. Registration form is found at www.washingtonstatepermaculture.org/images/Registration_Convergence2009.pdf


December 26-29, 2008
McMenamin's Olympic Club Historic Hotel, Pub & Movie Theater
112 N. Tower, Centralia, Washington


August 4, 2008

~ Local Flavors ~
…your farmer-run local food service concession stand

“Now Serving at Farmer’s Markets”
Wednesdays 11-2, Tumwater, Israel & Capital
Saturdays 9-2, Longview, Fairgrounds
Other locations to be announced (check website)

Veggie Burrito Wraps, Quesidillas w/Garlic Basil Dressing, Fresh Fruit Smoothies, Local Raspberry-Mint Iced Tea, Farm Salads w/Garlic Basil Dressing, Veggie Snack Boxes w/Garlic Basil Dip, Fruit Snack Boxes w/Maple Yogurt.
Seasonal Surprises weekly.

$50 Meal Ticket: $45 ~ $100 Meal Ticket: $85 plus a free lunch
...to help support the development of this delicious and important project

Email: winlockmeadowsfarm1@yahoo.com
We are interested in creating a business design model where a percentage of profits will be donated to a foundation whose sole purpose is to create a funding stream to purchase development rights in farmland.

In searching Paul Newman’s business I came across a link for Humantis Wines that are sold for profit but benefit charity – capitalism with a cause.
We are going to start Local Flavors with a simple business structure and then explore ways to tie it to farmland preservation.

Anyone interested in participating in this in any way, please let me know, whether it’s working at the stand, to venture capital, a loan, purchasing a pre-paid Meal Ticket, support of any kind to help it get on its feet.
Here’s to the next level in our local sustainable food system!

There could be a fleet of these. We could have a food processing plant as a green industry. Preserve our farmland, get it in production, build a processing plant, have a local food court, stock the shelves of the Co-op and local green stores with locally grown and produced products.
Let’s do it!
Farmer Susie


August 4, 2008

Puget Sound Food Network!

WHAT: Food Network Project Launch-n-Lunch
WHEN: Wednesday, August 6, 2008
TIME: Noon to 2pm
WHERE: Rosabella's Garden Bakery
Please join us for lunch & the kick-off celebration of the Puget Sound Food Network!

The launching of a new web-based project enabling real-time communication between consumers, farmers, and other participants in the Puget Sound regional food system—and facilitating on-line food-related transactions—is set for the first week of August.

The Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC) will launch the creation of the Puget Sound Food Network at noon Wednesday, August 6th, at Rosabella's Garden Bakery in Bow (8933 Farm to Market Road).

Attending will be key food system participants, including representatives of the farming, restaurant, and retail food sales industries. U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Representative Rick Larsen, who were instrumental in securing the funds to create the Network, have also been invited to speak. The event will be co-hosted by Rosabella's and Northwest Farm Credit Services.

The NABC on-line market access project, a regional network of agricultural growers and producers, retailers, and food service businesses, along with key infrastructure processing, storage, and transportation providers, has received a $400,000 grant as part of the 2007-'08 U.S. Department of Commerce appropriation.

NABC Executive Director David Bauermeister said, "The market access project will serve a vital purpose—helping rebuild the Puget Sound region's dysfunctional food system. With skyrocketing fuel costs and increasing demand for locally produced food, having easily accessible, on-line information facilitating real-time transactions between food producers and consumers will be a key element in the creation of an efficient regional food system."

Bauermeister said the goals of the project are to "help foster a regional food system that supports local agriculture and provides healthy foods to local communities; increase access to locally produced value-added products throughout the region, and enhance the economic viability and sustainability of family farms by providing new market opportunities."

Bauermeister said the federal funding will provide initial capital to hire a project manager, build an internet-based network to house the communications system, recruit buyers and sellers to create transactions on-line, and promote the program to those involved in agriculture in the region.

The NABC project focuses on the portion of the Puget Sound region encompassing the 12 counties of Snohomish, Whatcom, King, Island, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Kitsap, Thurston, Jefferson, Mason, and Clallam. NABC staff will hold a series of community meetings throughout the region beginning in August to encourage food system participants and the public to be involved in the network.

Also introduced on the 6th will be a new NABC-developed product, Skagit Fresh Natural Sparkling Juice Beverages—100% natural, carbonated fruit drinks—as an example of local products that the on-line network will help bring to market. Local farmers will both provide the fruit for the new beverage and own the company that produces it.

For more information, connect to NABC at www.agbizcenter.org or call 360.336.3752.

For immediate release: For more information:
John O’Brien, 360-773-6805
April Putney, 206-343-0681x120
Susie Kyle, 360-75-4927 or
email: winlockmeadowsfarm1@yahoo.com

County residents encouraged to think globally, eat and act locally
King County climate champion to speak, encouraging Thurston County leadership

OLYMPIA, WA The challenge of successfully confronting global warming – reducing future emissions and adapting to the anticipated impacts – will require unprecedented coordinated effort between countries, individuals and everyone in between. King County is a recognized leader world-wide in greenhouse gas reductions. Join Jim Lopez, King County’s climate champion, to learn what actions King County has already taken, their plans for future action, and how Thurston County can benefit from and build on their successes.

WHAT: “Dine Out to Cool Down,” a conversation exploring local solutions to global warming featuring a locally-sourced meal. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased online at http://www.futurewise.org/action/dineout or in person at Rainy Day Records and Traditions Café.

WHEN: Saturday, June 7th, 6pm

WHERE: Fresh Measures Café, Pritchard Building, State Capitol, 415 15th Ave SW, Olympia

WHO: Jim Lopez, Deputy Chief of Staff for King County Executive, along with Olympia Climate Action, The Farm Bank Project, Futurewise, League of Women Voters of Thurston County, Livable Thurston, Climate Solutions, Slow Foods of Greater Olympia, and more.

Jim Lopez currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff in the office of King County Executive Ron Sims. As part of his duties, Jim leads the Executive’s Action Group on Climate Change.

Local food and refreshments provided by Stokesberry Farm, Estrella Family Creamery, Olympia Coffee Roasting, Scatter Creek Farm, Winlock Meadows Farm, and more. Catered by South Puget Sound Community College Culinary Arts Program.

“Going Local” Dinner

5:30 Appetizers & Film
6:30 Dinner & Keynote Speaker
Live Jazz, Silent Auction, Raffle and Door Prizes

“Going Local & The Small-Mart Revolution

Monday, May 5, 2008
545 N. Market Blvd., Chehalis, WA (I-5 Exit 77)

360-740-8000 (Mackinaw’s) 785-4927 (Farm Bank Project)

Participate in grassroots conversations to help find solutions to how we can build and strengthen the local economy and health of our communities, together. We will explore projects taking place in other communities, and share ones in progress
in our corner of the world.
Be a part of shaping your community’s future.

Suggested Donation: $25-$50 sliding scale
If you can’t attend but would like to support our efforts donations to the Scholarship Fund are welcome..
Pre-paid advanced reservations only, seating limited.
Mail to address below.
Some scholarships available upon request for
low-income and farmers.

Local Farms Menu: Appetizers: Estrella Family Creamery Cheeses, Spring Greens w/Garlic Basil Dressing, Local Beef, Lamb, Pork, Vegetarian and Combo-Plate, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Braising Greens, Baked Custard w/Blackberry Sauce, Local Herbal Tea. Cash Bar. Menu may evolve.

Mail to: 186 Tingle Rd., Winlock, WA 98596
Email: winlockmeadowsfarm1@yahoo.com
Phone: 360-785-4927 (email reaches us better)


Farmland Preservation NEWS – March, 2008

Lewis County Agriculture Zoning Plan Could Leave over 100,000 Acres Unprotected
March 12, 2008

9 a.m. at the Western Washington Growth Management Board Hearing, 515-15th SE Olympia (Union.Jefferson.Wheeler.15th)

We’re endeavoring to mobilize the community to show up in numbers at the Western Washington Growth Management Board hearing this coming Wednesday, March 12, 2008. They will be hearing arguments to Lewis County’s recommendation which would leave over 100,000 acres of rural/potential farmland unprotected. Listen and observe as Lewis County attorneys, Futurewise, and other petitioners state their cases. It will be an all day hearing beginning at 9 a.m. and we encourage you to show up in the morning and stay for as long as you can or would like to. Signs welcome about what farmland and agriculture land mean to you and why it needs to be protected. While you won’t be able to testify, a large number of people will demonstrate to the Growth Board that there are a lot of people who are concerned about farmlands being
protected and preserved.
Spread the word.

Lewis County had made their agriculture zoning recommendation a month before the flood. Let’s hope the Growth Management Board will see that Lewis County needs to change its
land use practices.

We are preparing to take this to the Washington State Supreme Court if necessary and need you
to show your support.

Olympia Flood Aid Benefit Concert


Saturday, February 16, and
Sunday, February 17, 2008

410 E. 4th Ave., corner of Plum, Olympia

DOORS open at 5 p.m.

MUSIC 7 p.m. Sat., 6 p.m. Sunday

$10 (sliding scale)



To Volunteer Contact: floodfarmrelief@gmail.com

For more info: www.myspace.com/farmfloodrelief

~Organic Farms~
Olympic Club & Dinner Theater
112 N. Tower Ave., Centralia 360-736-5164
January 4 – 10, 2008
Featured Films: $5 suggested donation
“The Real Dirt on Farmer John”
“Growing Awareness”
Broken Limbs, Beyond Organic, Sweet Soil
(schedule below)
Times: 12 and 3 p.m. every day, + 6 & 8 Sunday

The Real Dirt on Farmer John 6 p.m. Sunday, January. 6
Growing Awareness 8 p.m. Sunday, January 6

Local Lunch Movie Special: Veggie Burrito Wrap w/Wild Greens Sauce, Veggie Slaw or Farm Potato Salad, Apple Cake w/Blackberry Glaze, Local Greens Tea w/Pure Organic Maple Syrup (hot or iced).
$12 (includes movie)

mcmenamins.com & farmbankproject.com

Film Schedule – Olympic Club, Centralia

Friday, January 4
12 noon – Beyond Organic
3 p.m. – Real Dirt on Farmer John
Saturday, January 5
12 noon – Sweet Soil
3 p.m. – Real Dirt on Farmer John
Sunday, January 6
12 noon – Broken Limbs
3 p.m. – Sweet Soil
6 p.m. – Real Dirt on Farmer John
8 p.m. - Growing Awareness
Monday, January 7
12 noon – Sweet Soil
3 p.m. – Growing Awareness
Tuesday, January 8
12 noon - Beyond Organic
3 p.m. – Real Dirt on Farmer John
Wednesday, January 9
12 noon - Sweet Soil
3 p.m. – Growing Awareness
Thursday, January 10
12 noon – Beyond Organic
3 p.m. – Real Dirt on Farmer John

Before the recent flood, our current priority effort here in Lewis County was the County Commissioners decision to the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) in early November. Of 161,000 potential acres of agriculture land, the county has voted to put agriculture protections on 44,000 acres, leaving over 100,000 acres without protections. The GMHB will be issuing their decision on January 24, 2008 at 11 a.m. in Olympia at 515 15th Avenue SE. While this will not be a public testimony hearing except for those previously involved in the process, we are hoping for a big turnout to demonstrate to the hearings board there are a lot of people interested in their decision. Depending upon how they rule will determine our next steps. We are preparing to go to the Washington State Supreme Court if necessary.
Keep in mind that Lewis County is in the food shed of Thurston and Cowlitz Counties, and could become the breadbasket between Seattle and Portland, but we need farmland to do this. Please assist us in whatever way you can help us with this most important and valiant effort. (Scroll down for more details).

The flood and its aftermath have become our priority. We are preparing some more long term support systems for the local farms, and the community. There hasn't been time to do postings on the website, but they will happen. Lewis County needs help all over the place. Just drive down here and find a ravaged home, farm, business and ask how you can help. This will take months/years to recover from. All of us are also in the inquiry about what happened, why was it so bad, what can we do improve...inportant questions that deserve answers.

~Solutions ~Empowerment ~Community

…looking for solutions, together

The Matrix Coffeehouse
434 NW Prindle, Chehalis, WA (map on website below)

All Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. OPEN HOUSE

Participate in grassroots conversations to help find solutions to our communities’ growing challenges – food, farming, industrial growth, housing development, and how we can strengthen the local economy and health of our communities.
Bring your topics of interests, concerns, personal agendas and be a part of shaping your community’s future.

~ Open Mike ~ Films ~ Music (listen/bring some)
“and what you bring to the party”

Great Full Menu plus Vegan & Vegetarian Entrees

rick@matrixcoffeehouse.com 360-740-0492

"Pierce County Development Rights Ordinance"

"We need to explore new ways, such as The Cascade
, to accommodate population growth and meet
housing needs without sacrificing our quality of life and the
health of the ecosystems that makes Washington
such a wonderful place to live."
-Governor Chris Gregoire

Pierce County Development Rights Ordinance

Please lend your support to the Pierce County Purchase and Transfer of Development Rights (PDR/TDR) program going for a full County Council vote on Tuesday, November 27th. Pierce County Council Chambers, 920 Tacoma Ave. S, Room 1046, Tacoma, 253-798-7509
Urge the Council to pass the PDR/TDR bill on November 27th with the same integrity that it had coming out of Committee.

Report: It passed unanimously 11-28-07


More Pierce County News (Go Pierce County!!)

New advocate aims to save farming

Council members Shawn Bunney and Calvin Goings, whose districts include agricultural areas, were instrumental in creating the position. "Farmers are a dying breed, and this is our last chance to throw them a life ring," said Bunney. "Our ultimate goal is to once again make farming an economically viable occupation in Pierce County." Goings said: "County government has never had a full-time advocate for the family farmer. The farmbudsman will be a one-stop resource for farmers, so they can focus on their business instead of how to stay in business." -November 7, 2007

Farmland Preservation Task Force Appointed for Washington State

An 18-member Farmland Preservation Task Force has been appointed to provide the first statewide guidance for such efforts in Washington.

The first meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 in Rm 115 of the J.A. Cherberg Building at 304 15th Ave., SW, Olympia. Meetings are open to the public

Urgent Plea for Help

109,000 acres of Lewis County farmland at immediate risk!

Mother Nature: Raising healthier kids
Getting your kids back in touch with the great outdoors
can improve their health and well-being.
November 16-28, 2007
USA Weekend.com

Many Americans Can't Afford to Eat Right
"There are certain things in public policy that we have the ability to influence and those we don't," Farley continued. "What goes on inside people's heads is tough to influence but we can influence what happens in stores with subsidies, financial incentives, guidelines and public pressure."

Flyer/Handbill and Calendar

Gene Butler's Draft Brief on Agriculture Resource Land to the Lewis County Board of County Commissioners

Susie Kyle's Testimony 10-31-07
To: Board of County Commissioners of Lewis County
Re: Agriculture Resource Lands

Farmland Defenders Pack Hearing
Occasionally Defiant Crowd Derides County Ag-Land Plan
Oct 30, 11:34 am.
By Brian Mittge, The Chronicle

Michael Wagar, Editor, The Chronicle
Outsiders Have No Standing on Plan for Agriculture Zone
Oct 31, 10:56 am

Brian Mittge, Assistant Editor, Chronicle
Hills and Valleys: The Lighter Side of
Farmland Zoning

Nov 1, 2007 11:21 am

Susie Kyle, Local Farmer/Active Citizen
Safe Food Depends on Local Farming
Guest Column, Chronicle
Nov 6, 11:15 am

Urgent Plea for Help

109,000 acres of Lewis County farmland at immediate risk!

With 150,000 acres of agriculture land in consideration, the Planning Commission is recommending to the Lewis County Commissioners to set aside and protect only 41,000 acres, leaving 109,000 unprotected.

Local farmland is essential for local food production. Grain prices are soaring. Buying food from China is unacceptable.

Our only hope to impact the Commissioners’ decision is to overfill the hearing room on October 29th at 10 a.m. at the Lewis County Courthouse in Chehalis with farmers, outraged citizens and consumers of local food telling them losing 109,000 acres of farmland is unacceptable.
Note: October 29th (and 30th if held over).

How you can help? Spread the word like wildfire, speak at the hearings, and inspire others to attend and make their voices be heard. While writing to the Planning Commission is another option, it will be a large number of people at the hearings that will make the difference. Donations accepted and encouraged.

This is a grassroots effort and we have only a few days
to rally people together. Please do you part. Our food
security depends upon it.

For information from the county, search online: Lewis County, WA, go to Planning, then Agriculture Resource Land, a very complex issue.

Note: Lewis County is in the Foodshed of
Thurston and Cowlitz Counties**

For information on our grassroots efforts, we will start posting more information here asap.

Important Dates:

October 25-29th Mobilizing the community
(some ways you can help)

*spread the word and inspire others to action

*pass out flyers at Eastside and Westside Co-ops

*speak at the public hearing on Monday

*write letters to the Lewis County Planning Commission - 2025 NE Kresky, Chehalis, WA 98532 attn: Phillip Rupp

*donations accepted and encouraged, tax deductible
upon request

October 27th Community Building: Film, Speakers, Open Mike at the Matrix Coffee House
2-5 p.m., 434 NW Prindle St., Chehalis, Exit 77

October 29th 10 a.m.Public Hearing on Agriculture Resource Land, Lewis County Board of County Commissioners, Lewis County Courthouse, Exit 77, 2 blocks east – speak, write letters, bring signs, etc.

October 29th Local Lunch @ Macinaw’s in Chehalis downtown Chehalis across the street from the theatre -(Following the Public Hearing)

Winlock Meadows Farm and The Farm Bank Project
186 Tingle Road, Winlock, WA 98596
Email: infofromwmf@yahoo.com


by Jade Ajani
@ the PDX Film Festival in Portland
April 28th, 5:30 p.m.

Jade Ajani's film "Growing Awareness" will be showing in Portland, Saturday, April 28, 2007 at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., (503) 282-6082, E-mail: pdxfilmfest@peripheralproduce.com

What makes this film of particular interest to those of us in Southwest Washington is that filmmaker Jade Ajani grew up on a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in Independence Valley (Rochester), Washington, Helsing Junction Farm. This is one of the finest local organic farms in our region. And for those of you from this area, you might even see yourself in the film!

Let's support Jade by taking a trip to Portland to see his great film on Saturday, April 28, 2007, 5:30 p.m. And maybe in the near future we can have a film showing in Olympia...maybe a benefit for the Foodshed Project. What do you think, Jade?

Olympia, Washington
The Foodshed Project

…encouraging directions towards sustainable food systems

~Community Meeting~

Sunday, March 18, 2007
Eagles Hall,
805-4th Ave. E., Olympia, WA
(corner of Plum and 4th)

Working together we can fashion a local food economy. You have a critical role in shaping our “food shed” and we invite you to participate in its evolution. Farmers, Producers, Consumers, Organizations, Activists, Restaurants, Schools, Hospitals, etc. are all essential ingredients for a successful and sustainable
local food shed.

Contact: Andrew at the NW Cooperative Development Center 360-943-4241 or andrew@nwcdc.coop


March, 2007

Dear South Sound food activists,

“Buy local” has become a rallying cry, and nowhere is it heard more clearly than when it comes to food. In the South Puget Sound region, this desire is widespread, and has given rise to a “Foodshed Project.” On January 7th, nearly 30 concerned citizens met in Tumwater, Washington to discuss the South Sound area foodshed, and how to foster the development of a more independent food system. This meeting was hosted as a collaborative project between the Northwest Cooperative Development Center and the Olympia Food Co-op.

Since that time, a steering committee has been meeting to develop a survey, explore funding opportunities, and plan for ways to broaden this into a community-wide effort to meet our project’s mission: to nurture sustainability, increase accessibility and support community by stewarding local and regional food systems from field to face.

We would like to invite you and your group to participate in this ongoing effort. We will hold another public meeting at 4:30-6:30, Sunday March 18 at the Olympia Eagles Lodge; 805 W 4th Avenue (located at the corner of Plum Street, on the lower level).

This meeting will give us the opportunity to describe our particular vision, provide more information about work completed so far, and provide a chance for you to give input and get involved.

We would also appreciate your help in filling out this survey (will be linked soon), which will help us understand the ways in which this project can best benefit you and the community.


The Foodshed Project steering committee

For more information, please contact:

Andrew McLeod
Cooperative Development Specialist
Northwest Cooperative Development Center


Next Steps for the Foodshed Project...

A Steering Committee will meet Sunday Jan 21 at 1 pm
Northwest Cooperative Development Center office:
1063 S. Capitol Way, #211.
Call Andrew at 943-4241 for directions

If you have interest in being on the Steering Committee or other committees as they form contact Andrew.

Olympia, Washington
The Foodshed Project

…encouraging directions towards sustainable food systems

“Soupbowl” Meeting

Sunday, January 7, 2007
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Tumwater OLD Town Center
215 N. 2nd Avenue, Tumwater
(directly across I-5 from the former Olympia Brewery )

Working together we can fashion a local food economy. You have a critical role in shaping our “foodshed” and we invite you to participate in its evolution. Farmers, Producers, Consumers, Organizations, Advocates, Activists, Distributors, and Restauranteurs are all essential ingredients for a successful and
sustainable local foodshed.

Contacts: Jim at the Olympia Food Co-op (956-3870) or Andrew at the Northwest Co-op Development
Center (943-4241 or andrew@nwdcd.coop)

These are continuing on most Wednesdays, and we are now rotating the location from house to house.
If you're interested in attending email: info@winlockmeadowsfarm.com for details.

Olympia, Washington 2007
All Wednesdays in January
January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

...celebrating the renaissance of community
6 p.m. Local POTLUCK
Films, Games, Brainstorming, Networking, Creating,
Informing, Inspiring and In-action
activities all around Local and Sustainable
Come and co-create possibilities in a local economy renaissance

Cost: $5-$15 (money isn't our only form of currency)

Fertile Ground Community Center
311 - 9th Ave. SE (behind Olympia Library)
Downtown, Olympia, WA

Facilitated by: Susie Kyle (farmer & activist) and
Marisha Auerbach (permaculture educator)
Website: www.farmbankproject.com
Email: info@winlockmeadowsfarm.com
Contacts: Susie 360-785-4927 or Marisha 360-943-5262

Thank you for voting
No on 933!

Initiative 933 was only good for a certain group of people in the short term and bad for everyone in the long term. What we have to do now is work on solutions that 933 was endeavoring to address, but so everyone wins in the short and long term.

I'm committed to bringing our community together around a united vision of responsible growth with agriculture in mind. This will be the focus of our Bountiful Table events, bringing 100 people together from diverse positions around a table (who would not normally be sitting around a dinner table together) sharing how we can bring this united vision together in 100 days.
-Susie Kyle, Farmer

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

-Current Event-

The Farm Bank Project
…presents our Farmer Appreciation Event

Community-Farm Raising Forum
(10 am–6 pm Forum & Films 7-8 Local Food Feast)
Cost: Donation - Money or Time/whichever is easiest
& Music Benefit Concert
8 pm– 10 pm (Donation $3-$10) Farmers Free
Work Trade and Scholarships available upon request

Sunday, December 10, 2006
Eagles Hall (Downstairs)
805-4th Ave. E., Olympia, WA
(corner of Plum and 4th)

An opportunity for us to come together as a community all around farms, food, films, fun, and a sustainable future. Workshops, demos, focus groups and lots of local produce to create with and enjoy. Meet your local farmers, shop for your CSA, help develop Bountiful Table events, farmland preservation efforts, and a time to celebrate and honor our outstanding community in Olympia.

This is an organized and impromptu/spontaneous event...
bring your hopes, dreams, visions and brainstorms on
our community's next steps to sustainability.
Let's make it happen.

Films: The Real Dirt on Farmer John, Future of Food, Broken Limbs, Sweet Soil, The True Cost of Food, and more.

Schedule of Films
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Eagles Hall, Olympia, Downstairs

10-11:30 a.m. Broken Limbs Eastern WA Apple Farmers
12:30 – 1 p. m. The Real Cost of Food Cartoon
1:30 – 3 p.m. The Future of Food A Must See
4 – 5 p.m. The Real Dirt on Farmer John
A Treasure of a Film and a Must See
5:30 – 6 p.m. Sweet Soil Local Farms in Berkshire Mtns.
6:30 – 8 p.m. The Future of Food or popular request

www.FarmBankProject.com (for updates)
info@winlockmeadowsfarm.com 360-785-4927

Classes/Workshops/Breakout Groups
Committed Groups/Topics so far - (times not selected yet)

~ Futurewise: Post 933 - Next Steps
~ FOOD - Local, Sustainable, Delicious
...lots of local food to play with in the kitchen...create with... enjoy
100-Mile Diet: Where we are - Where we want to be~~
~ Local Cooperative Warehouse/Distribution Center
Update: Andrew McLeod
Cooperative Development Specialist
Northwest Cooperative Development Center
360-943-4241 email: andrew@nwcdc.coop
Facilitated Meeting January 7, 2007 (location to be announced)
~ Genetically Modified Foods
Kevin Anderson will be available for
questions and answers from 5-7 p.m.
~ Farmers to answer your questions about CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)...how to choose your CSA farm, what it takes to start your own farm, how to become an intern, the importance of a local sustainable food system, how you can help, and bring your questions, dreams,
hopes, desires, fears, worries, concerns....today is a day to come together as a community and create a sustainable future, AND have fun!
~ It's all about LOCAL
This link just came through today. A FABULOUS, EXCELLENT, TIMELY website all about the importance of a local food system. You'll love it. Please read it, get inspired and in action, and forward it far and wide. We'll work on engaging these concepts all day at the Forum.

~ Want to learn how to make shoes that will cost nearly nothing and will last 30 years? Go to the Olympia Farmers Market this Saturday and Sunday and ask Amando, the Garlic Sauce Peruvian Farmer extraordinnaire, to please come to the Farm Forum after market Sunday the 10th, and to share this and his other wealth of knowledge and dreams about agriculture.


Bringing lots of local produce supplemented with grains, beans, seeds, and more that we can grow locally. Didn't have time to upload the menu, or acutally finalize the menu.....we'll be creating in the moment, and if there are too many to feed then this will be an exercise in how to feed alot of people locally in a moment's notice. Here are some menu potentials and you are invited to come and help create, prepare and clean up.

pancakes w/blueberry sauce (stoneground whole wheat flour)
flour, eggs, milk, baking powder, salt, oil/butter, maple syrup, fruit sauces

waffles w/blueberry sauce (stoneground whole wheat flour)
flour, eggs, milk, baking powder, salt, oil/butter, maple syrup, fruit sauces, waffle iron

breakfast rollups (crepes) - blueberry, apple, Italian
flour, eggs, milk, sour cream, oil/butter, maple syrup, fruit sauces

French toast
Bread, eggs, milk, oil/butter, maple syrup, fruit sauces

Toast and Jam

Eggs and Toast

stinging nettles tea (from the base of mt. rainier, wild crafted, hand harveted, hand dried)
artesian local water
carrot, apple, carrot/apple juice
organic frozen grape juice (from the Coop)
Local raw certified goat milk
Oatstraw Tea

Tortilla Wraps
Collard Greens Wraps

Vegetable Snacks w/dressings
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (from pumpkins)

Marinated Dark Greens
Confetti Veggies w/Garlic-Sorrel Dressing (Vegetarian/tofu, or turkey), toasted bagel cut up..yum
Kim Chee

Vegetable (Vegan)
Split Pea

Whole Grains
Sweet & Sour Lentils
Veggie Skettie – Kale, spaghetti squash, cooked beets/carrots/onions, garlic/sorrel sauce
Turkey, stuffing, gravy
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Vegetarian Stuffed Pumpkins
Stir Fry, vegetarian and w/turkey
Mashed Pumpkin

Apple Pies/Crisps/Cake
Pumpkin Pie
Gingerbread/Gingerbread Cookies

will update after the event.....

...it's coming together nicely, hope to see you there~

-Recent Past Event-

Free Local Community Meal
November 23, 2006 Olympia

A Thank You from Lilly Love-
On Thursday, November 23, 2006, I had the privilege of attending the best "Thanksgiving" meal I ever had.Talk about "giving thanks," I am very grateful for all those people that put this together, all the local farms and businesses that donated the wonderful food and all the wonderful people that gave of their time and cooked and served us with a smile; the musicians that entertained and, of course, the Eagles Hall that let us use their facilities. Thank you all! Blessed be!
Lilly Love
December 4, 2006

Outcome: "The dinner went sooo well! I can't even believe how incredible it was, we fed about 150 people, a good balance of homed and homeless individuals, students and others, elders and children! Everyone had plenty of food and left happy, there was enough food to give away goodie bags to whomever was there with various greens/ onions/ potatoes.

There is still soo much food for the farm forum on the 10th ... I put it all
in the freezers... minimal preperation will make a
delicious meal... we made a broth with the turkey bones,
you can easily make it into a soup...

I think we can do this kind of thing even seasonally...

-Eden Vardy, Organizer Extraordinaire
Evergeeen Student in Martha Rosemeyer's Food Course

FREE "Local" Community Meal
at the Eagles Hall (downstairs),
corner of Plum & 4th in Olympia
Thursday, Novemeber 23, 2006
at 4:00 pm.

Open to All!

All food for this event is donated from farmers and local organizations!

In order to strengthen community and build connections between different age groups and backgrounds, we are organizing a free meal on Thursday, November 23.

This idea is based loosely on Brazil’s government subsidized organic cafes, where quality food is available to everyone thus bringing different ages, races, classes, and sexes around the table to partake in progressive eating.
This meal will be free and open to all!

We, with the support of: SOFA (Students Organizing for Food Autonomy), The Flaming Eggplant Café (The Evergreen State College student run café), The Farm Bank Project, Food not Bombs, Chez Cascadia (Olympia’s only youth hostel), The Gleaners Coalition, Helsing Junction Farm, Left Foot Organic Farm, Winlock Meadows Farm and more to come on board, The Healing Arts Collective, and Percussion Club have no religious affiliation and will not be preaching values.

The goal of this event is simply to bring the community together around a thankful event of
eating quality, local food.

For more information, to volunteer, to donate food, to
contribute in any way contact:

Eden Vardy @ edenvardy@yahoo.com or 970-379-2323
Susie Kyle @ info@winlockmeadowsfarm.com or

P.S. This event is being put together in the spur of the moment and it's coming together instantly and beautifully, a demonstration that Olympia's level of sustainability has progressed. Wahooooo!

Vote NO on Initiative-933

Say No to I-933 It goes too far. It costs too much.

This is a big one folks. Probably the biggest and most important issue
Washington will face this year.

...until you can answer all the questions to what will happen if this initiative passes, vote NO on I-933...the virtue of this intiative is the education it will provide the average citizen in getting up to speed on
agriculture protections that will keep farmland in production. 
A sustainable local food supply is the answer to industrialized/corporate agriculture. 
You get to choose your future by your active participation.


Backyard Gardens:
"A Subversive Plot" Whose Time Has Come

Ten Actions
For Just Food and A Just World

Food and Envorinment
April 2006

(genetically modified organisms)
Know about them/Don't know about them
click here

YOU can get the
"Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act" passed into law!
Simply follow the Three Basic Action Steps listed below. Also consider taking some of the Advanced Action Steps.

Stay informed on the latest news.
Click here to read
The Campaign Reporter

Do you know what is in your food?
Is it genetically engineered?

You don't know --
because they won't tell you...

Click Here to Take Action Now!

JIGMOD Día internacional de oposición colectiva a los OGM
Journée Internationale d'Opposition Collective aux OGM
Joint International GMOpposition Day

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Community-Farm Raising Dinner

Featuring: All Season Fruit Company of Chehalis
Monday, April 3, 2005
6-8:30 p.m. Appetizers, Dinner & Keynote Speaker

McMenamin's Olympic Club
112 N. Tower Ave. Centralia, WA
360-736-5164 (Olympia Club)

…featuring a menu of local and seasonal foods
…appetizers, salad, entrée choices, dessert and beverage
….keynote speaker, door prizes, mini-film, raffle and more


Reservations : $25-$100 sliding scale
(donation...you decide

Noon-3:30 p.m. WSU Farm Tour
Tom Wood’s www.allseasonfruitcompany.com
Tour Reservations: www.tilthproducers.org

4-5:30 p.m. The Future of Food Film

The Olympic Club Dinner Theatre $3 Donation

Community-Farm Raising Forum

Saturday, April 1, 2006
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE
(Open House – stop by anytime)

Southwest Washington Fairgrounds
2555 N. National, Chehalis, WA 360-740-1495

Schedule of Films and Discussion Topics

Come and share your wealth of knowledge, hopes and dreams.

Community-Farm Raising Dinner
Monday, February 20, 2006
Cafe and Wine Bar at the Aerie
Centralia, Washington

1-5 p.m. Film Fest Free w/Dinner, $5/day
5-6 p.m. Appetizers
6-8:30 Dinner and Keynote Speakers

“The Future of Food”
…a documentary about genetic engineering and the food revolution in progress - an eloquent call to action!
Yelm Middle School
402 Yelm Avenue West, Highway 510
Enter on Edwards, the doors across from the flagpole

January 6, 2006
Doors open at 5:30
Future of Food film begins at 6:30
Brief discussion after the film and Raffle of a Winter CSA basket
Benefit Mini-Film Fest Sponsored by:
The (New) Yelm Food Cooperative and the Farm Bank Project
Cost: $5 requested donation - no one will be turned away

Community-Farm Raising Forum and Music
Benefit Concert
Friday, November 18, 2005
Forum : 11 am – 8 pm Concert: 7-10 pm

FREE Viewings of Films
at the Olympic Club

112 N. Tower Avenue, Centralia, Washington
360-736-5164 and ask for Todd
Monday-Fridays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Available Films:

The Future of Food - Broken Limbs - Bad Seed - The True Cost of Food - Food for the Future - Sweeet Soil

Todd of the Olympic Club has graciously made his theater available for unscheduled viewings of the following films, and at no cost. A donation to the Farm Bank
Project would be great but optional.

Monday-Friday anytime between 10-3. Just come on in. Ask to look at the selection if you don't already know what you'd like to see and he'll set you up on the big screen to television. You can even order a meal and beverage while you view.

This is a public service of the Farm Bank Project to make important information available to public officials and citizens as we endeavor to make very big decisions regarding agriculture zoning, development, and issues related to food.

Recent public testimony to the Lewis County Planning Commission on Winlock's proposed urban growth expansion proposal.

Community-Farm Raising Dinner
September 26, 2005
5 - 8 p.m.
Rosey's on Rogers
903 Rogers Street, N.W. (next to the Westside Co-op)
Olympia, Washington

“The Future of Food”

…a documentary about genetic engineering and the food revolution in progress - an eloquent call to action!

Capitol Theater
206 E. 5th Avenue, downtown Olympia
September 10, 2005
5 p.m.

Benefit Mini-Film Fest Sponsored by:
Thurston County Community Farm
and Farm Bank Project

Cost: $4/Olympia Film Society Members
$6.50/non-members $2/12 and under

It's time to create a peaceful and sane world. Local control of our food supply is essential. Let's make it happen, and it's up to us.

Post Film Party: Rosey’s on Rogers
(next to Westside Coop) 903 Rogers Street, N.W.
Appetizers, Desserts, Beer, Local Wines
Camaraderie and actions we can take to forward Olympia’s desire for sustainability.

Community-Farm Raising Dinner
Monday, September 26, 5-8 p.m.
Rosey’s on Rogers – Reservations only

For details: www.FarmBankProject.com
email: info@farmbankproject.com
Phone: 360-785-4927

For Immediate Release
September 1, 2005

Activist Groups Nationwide Rally Behind "The Future of Food"

Film Begins National Theatrical Run As Debate on Genetically Engineered Food Grows

“If you eat food, you need to see The Future of Food.” - Newstarget.com
”There's a stunning revelation in almost every scene. Grade: A.” -
David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor

Los Angeles, CA: The Future of Food, a feature documentary by Deborah
Koons Garcia, offers a startling look at the changes happening in our food system today. For the first time, a feature film takes an in-depth look at the takeover of our food supply by multinational corporations and the widespread advent of unlabeled, patented, and unregulated genetically modified crops and foods. The film will premiere in New York at Film Forum on September 14 and widen thereafter.

The film has been utilized around the world as a key anti-GMO
(genetically modified organisms) activist tool by grassroots
organizations such as the Organic Consumers Association
(www.organicconsumers.org), The Center for Food Safety
(www.centerforfoodsafety.org) and The Campaign (www.thecampaign.org). Ronnie Cummins, author of Genetically Engineered Food: A Self-Defense Guide for Consumers and Director of the Organic Consumers Association calls The Future of Food “the most powerful documentary we have ever
used in educating consumers.” The film was a key part of the success of passing Measure H in 2004 in Mendocino County, California, which was one of the first local initiatives in the country to ban the planting of GMO crops.

Most Americans are unaware that GMO crops are now growing on well over
100 million acres of America’s farmlands. An estimated 80% of all soy,
over 35% of all corn, 75% of all cotton and most canola in the
marketplace are now genetically engineered. Of these crops, an
estimated 80% are now used for animal feed. The other 20% of GMO crops
turn up on America’s supermarket shelves in everything from corn
tortillas, to snack foods that contain soy lecithin, canola oil, and
corn syrup. These genetically engineered organisms have found their
way into consumer foods like milk and other dairy products with the
introduction of Bovine Growth Hormone, another widely prevalent GMO
from the agribusiness biotech giant, Monsanto.

National organic standards from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture do not
permit crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be
certified organic -- and certified organic foods are soaring in
popularity as the last bastion of GMO-free eating. The issues at stake
in the race to protect our food system are numerous.

Ø Labeling is a key issue: The United States and Canada are the
only industrialized countries in the world that do not yet have
labeling either in place or underway, while the European Union and 40
other countries around the world already do.

Ø Pre-emptive legislation: Monsanto and the American Farm Bureau
have been behind “pre-emption laws” in 14 states. Often referred to
as the “Monsanto Law,” they are intended to prevent local counties and
townships from banning the growing of genetically engineered crops and

Ø GMO pollution: Biotech companies are rushing recklessly ahead
in planting new crops, such as genetically engineered alfalfa and
bio-pharmaceutical crops, even though they are well aware they cannot
control genetic pollution.

Ø News updates: For more information on these and other timely
issues related to GMO farming and food, visit the Organic Consumers
Association, www.organicconsumers.org/gelink.html

In cities across the country, events such as speakers’ panels on topics
such as genetics, patenting and the future of organics will be
organized to support the opening of the film. In conjunction with the
September release of the film in New York, healthy food organizations
such as GRACE, Slow Food, Just Food, NYSAGE, Consumers Union, the
Center for Food Safety and local CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture
initiatives), will introduce the film and facilitate discussions after
selected screenings. In the East Village in New York, Bluestockings
Bookstore (www.Bluestockings.com) will host a series of after-screening
discussion cafes where audience members will be invited to participate
in discussions about the issues raised in the film, and to find out how
they can participate locally.

The award-winning documentary will premiere at Film Forum in New York
on September 14. Following the premiere, the film will widen to cities
across the nation including Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Berkeley (CA),
Boston, Seattle, Denver, Boulder and Chicago. Distribution will be
handled by Cinema Libre Studio. For more information about the
campaign visit www.thefutureoffood.com.

Editors and Producers: For a screener copy of the film and press
materials please email Mary Keeler at mkeeler@cinemalibrestudio.com;
phone (818) 349-8822. High resolution, downloadable images can be found
at: http://www.thefutureoffood.com/media. Details on theatres can be
found below.

Grassroots Outreach:

To become involved with the national Future of Food campaign, please
contact Chrissy Poulos by email at thefutureoffood@hellocoolworld.com,
604-251-5567 x 247

# # End # #

Theatre Details:

September 14, 2005
Film Forum
209 W. Houston St.
New York, NY
(212) 727-8110
Showtimes: 1:00, 2:50, 4:40, 6:30, 8:20, 10:10

September 16, 2005
Laemmle Monica 4
1332 Second Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 394-9741

September 30, 2005
Bell Auditorium
10 Church St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 331-3134
Showtimes: M-F - 7:15, 9:15 S/Su - 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15

Landmark Shattuck Cinemas
2230 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

October 21, 2005
Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street
Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-6838
For showtimes: www.brattlefilm.org

Facets Cinematheque
1517 West Fullerton Ave.
(773) 281-4114
Showtimes: 7:00, 9:00

Landmark Crossroads Cinema 6
2985 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80301
show times: 303 443-6266

Landmark Chez Artiste
4150 E. Amherst Ave.
Denver, CO 80222


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Family Farm Film Festival
June 12, 2005 - McMenamins Dinner Theatre, Centralia
Schudule - Details


Breaking News

Farmland Preservation Techniques and Sustainable Agriculture
......what other communities are doing

Lewis County Techinical Advisory Committee (TAC)

Farmland Preservation Strategic Planning Session
Tuesday, March 29th, 2005 3:30-5:30 pm
WSU County Extension Office, Room 003, Chehalis

The New Food Entrepreneur:Value-added Processing for Farm Profitability and Sustainable Food Systems

This conference is an example of the kind of support that is becoming available to assist farmers in developing successful products and markets. It seems we are caught in a window of time (in Lewis County for example) where farming as it was being done is no longer viable to a very near future (even this season) where the New American Farmer and the New American Consumer are going to shine. Not only will small scale farming become successful, it will become an essential ingredient in the health and well-being of our community now in the future.

The preservation of agriculture land must take presedence over industry and development if we are looking at the long term. Paved farmland is virtually irreversable. Let's develop a philosophy of responsible growth with agriculture in mind. Our food security depends upon it.

Washington FarmLink will hold a workshop on farm direct marketing in conjunction with The New Food Entrepreneur Conference being held at the Green River
Community College on April 1-2.


Meet your CSA* Farmer

Otto's Thursdays 3-5 p.m. Olympia

A time to network and connect as a community

Community-Farm Raising Forum Olympia, January 29, 2005 1-4 p.m. at the Community Center

(We held our first Forum November 30, 2004 at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds in Chehalis and plan on hosting more in Olympia and Lewis County during 2005. They are relatively easy to organize so if anyone ever wants to step forward to
help me organize one, please let me know.
Contact: Susie Kyle at: info@farmbankproject.com)

Participate in grassroots conversations to help find solutions to our communities' growing challenges - food, farming, industrial growth, housing development, and how we can strengthen the local economy and health of our communities. Be a part of shaping your future. Forum Updates

How You Can Help

This project is all about us and what we can do as a community to be pro-active in shaping a sustainable future. Take a look at your resources and see what you might have an abundance of - it could be time, or money, a skill, equipment, an idea, a connection, or maybe some fencing sitting in your garage a local grower could use. We all have something to give, even if it's just an encouraging word. When there is a balance of giving and receiving this is sustainability at its best, a demonstration of the Full-Circle of Support where everyone wins. more

Some Current Goals of this Website

The current focus of this website is to provide information to help us understand all the issues facing our communities, to encourage community involvement in the decisions that are shaping our future, to help us make informed choices, and to help us become connected as a community around a common vision of responsible growth with agriculture in mind.

Site still Under Construction

If you or someone you know would be interested in helping us develop our website, please let us know. The farming season is upon us and it will be taking much of our time and attention, so if there is any help out there that would be great.

Contact: Susie Kyle at: info@winlockmeadowsfarm.com


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