May 6 - May There Be Gardens - backyard garden beds that is. and our annual fundraiser for GRuB and May there be Gardens (Formerly Day of the Bed) is upon us. This function represents a key partnership between GRuB and Slow Food and gives us the opportunity to donate our energy and resources to such a wonderful cause and organization. www.goodgrub.org GRuB and our collaboration helps local youth gain critical sustainable food production, life skills and education while supporting our greater community by building raised beds for deserving and needy community members, truly delivering our mission of good, clean and fair food for all. Did we mention this event is fun? Last year we had a blast creating the raised gardens and joining together with all the teams after for incredible food, music and comradery. Please consider donating your time or resources to this year’s event: When: Saturday May 6th from 9am – Noon Where: GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty), 2016 Elliott Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502, (360) 753-5522
Contact: Lorrain Cornell at firstname.lastname@example.org For a donation: Send a check made out to GRuB. You can make a personal contribution with Slow Food Olympia matching the first $500. Send your check, to Lorrain Cornell, 2103 Harrison Ave NW Suite 2-916, Olympia, WA 98502
April 15, 2017: Slow Food Potting Party Our favorite kind of Party! What: Potting Party–Pot up heritage plants including some we are testing for potential inclusion in the Ark of Taste. Take home heritage starts including: tomatoes, tomatillo, ground cherry, squash, herbs, Brussels Sprouts, cabbage, peppers and more in exchange for your help. If you have them, bring any of the following: pots, potting soil, starts. We especially need smaller pots and potting soil. You may want gloves and a towel to clean you hands when we finish the work. Non-gardeners are welcome. Let us know if you are coming. Please complete the doodle poll at http://doodle.com/poll/29d5t82wfiyvz9mq When: April 15 from 1 to 3:30 pm. Where: 1307 Gemini St SE, Lacey, WA 98503-2414
Ark of Taste Garden Potluck September 21
When: Wednesday, September 21 from 5:30 to 6:30 What: Ark of Taste Garden potluck at The Commons at Fertile Ground, Olympia. Bring an item for the potluck plus your dishware. Slow Food will serve heritage tomatoes, fava bean and runner bean paste, roasted parsnips, and Ozette potatoes from our Ark of Taste Garden. Cost: This is a free event for those living near Fertile Ground and those interested in Slow Food.
Great Yards Get-Together September 10
When: Saturday, Sept 10 from 10am to 2pm Where: Heritage Park What: Great Yards Get-Together, hosted by the city of Olympia. Slow Food will distribute information on vegetables to be planted in September – garlic and tender greens. If you can, help us at the Slow Food table. Email Loretta Seppanen at email@example.com
Disrupting (Food) Business as Usual December 10 Stories from Slow Food International’s biannual conference in Turin, Italy. This year’s delegates, Christine Ciancetta and Jennifer Crain, share inspiration from food luminaries around the world working to strengthen indigenous food systems, biodiversity, women in agriculture, gardens in Africa, the nutritional value of food farmed well, and more. Come mingle, listen, learn and eat with us! When: Saturday, December 10, 2016, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Where: The Evergreen State College Farm House
Food Tales Stories and Samples from Italy's Emilia-Romagna Region January 29 at 2:00 pm at Little General Food Shop Join us to hear travel stories and drink wine! Food educator and chef Christine Ciancetta and food writer Jennifer Crain will share tales about this northern Italian region's traditional cheeses, ancient salt beds,and culinary history. Come listen, learn, and try some samples of unusual Italian delights!
Annual Meeting and Potluck
When: Sunday January 8, 1-3:30 (note new time – afternoon potluck) Where: GRuB Farmhouse (note change of location). What: Learn about and help create plans for 2017. Speaker – Greg Gachowst, Thurston County staff member with a remarkable story about food recovery that serves those in need in our community. Bring: Your favorite local food to talk about and share at the potluck. Dishware provided. Cost: No charge. We are happy to accept small contributions to cover the facilities costs. Parking: The GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty) Farmhouse is at 2016 Elliott Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502. Parking is limited in the GRuB lot, but abundant across Cooper Point Rd along Elliot Ave. Your Slow Food Board Nominees for 2017: The following individuals have agreed to serve on the 2017 Board of Directors subject to member approval at the Annual Meeting: Christine Ciancetta, Linda Chesnut, Ginny Codd, Lorrain Cornell, Jennifer Crain, Melissa Davis, Joel Hansen, Treacy Kreger, Olivia Raine, Martha Rosemeyer, Loretta Seppanen, Celeste Wade, Tara Witten and Ben Witten. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you too would like to join this active group which meets 6:15 to 8:30 pm on the following Wednesday – Feb 8, April 19, June 14, September 20 and December 6.