US Food Sovereignty Prize Ceremony

Community Alliance for Global Justice and Community to Community invite you to celebrate the 8th Annual Food Sovereignty Prize, awarded by the the US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) to frontline organizations transforming our food system by building power and creating real community-led solutions to poverty, hunger, and climate change.

Join activists, organizers, and community-based organizations from Seattle and throughout the US for a ceremony and reception to honor this year’s winners:  Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa and Farmworkers Association of Florida. In the face of increased corporate agribusiness interests threatening their food systems, this year’s honorees address critical needs for farmers and farmworkers by strengthening alliances and advancing food sovereignty through the dissemination of agroecological practices.

The USFSA is an alliance of organizers, scholars, and working families, dedicated to food justice and food sovereignty in the US. The Prize – an alternative to the Big Ag-sponsored World Food Prize – will be awarded in Seattle for the first time since its 2009 inception. Both hosts – CAGJ and C2C – have been awarded the prize.

Register for the free event and learn more about the prize: http://foodsovereigntyprize.org/

We look forward to seeing you October 15!

The Slippery Slope: From Container Gardening to Owning a Farm Lecture

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a farmer? Dr. Jeff Richardson will share the story of making that dream a reality. From a few tomatoes in pots in a Capitol Hill apartment to an urban farm in Shoreline with bees, rabbits, and chickens, to a growing farm business in Skagit County with pigs, cattle, and more, Jeff will describe the rewards and harsh realities of making a hobby a job.

Cost: Free! Optional $5 donation at the door.
Register online, or by phone: 206-685-8033
Images Courtesy of Jeff Richardson

Instructor Jeff Richardson grew up in Michigan before moving to Seattle after college. After working as a law clerk, a plant waterer, and a recycling truck driver, Jeff enrolled at the Center for Urban horticulture to pursue a Masters in Environmental Horticulture. Five years later he simultaneously graduated with a PhD in forestry and started a farm business in Snohomish county. Today he splits his time between working as a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the School for Environmental and Forest Sciences at UW and working on his farm, Thoughtful Food, in Skagit County where he raises cattle, pigs, and grows seed garlic.

UW Botanic Gardens: The Slippery Slope - From Container Gardening to Owning a Farm

Urban Bee, a Capitol Hill honey producer, creates small biz buzz

Beekeeping in Capitol Hill has kept Urban Bee owner Bob Redmond busy as a … well, you know.

With seven years under the netted hood and 15 apiaries in backyards across the city, the 18th Ave E headquartered Urban Bee has turned into a neighborhood institution. It supplies local, naturally grown honey to various Capitol Hill retailers, runs a bicycle-delivered CSA for subscribers and even has a nonprofit arm that spreads information about ecological sustainability and restoration.

“I didn’t start it with a big business in mind,” Redmond said. “By two years, we were in eight spots. Hives themselves are scattered all around the city. But we process all the honey here in Capitol Hill.”

It started with friends, and friends of friends, offering up their backyards around the city to housing bee hives. Now, Redmond runs Urban Bee with two part time employees and, “very informally,” his wife and three-year-old son. Continue reading

12th Ave communal development residents plan Rooftop Farm to showcase urban agriculture

original_ground-breakingThe neighbors of 12th Ave’s Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing where each resident is an equal member of the company that owns the project are watching their building rise on the street where ground was broken on their communal development last fall.

As construction reaches the fourth floor, the group is launching a crowdfunding campaign to create a rooftop garden for the project as a community exhibition of hyperlocal farming involving Seattle Central Community College’s Sustainable Agriculture program:

Through outreach and partnership, it is our goal to use this farm to benefit our surrounding community as much as possible. We expect the programs we set up to evolve and expand as the farm becomes more established. In our first year the farm will be managed by volunteers and interns from Seattle Central Community College’s Sustainable Agriculture program. We plan to lead free monthly tours for the public, and education workshops for children. We also plan to have an outreach stand at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market in order to share our project with the larger community. We will sell a portion of our organic produce to neighboring restaurant, Lark, in order to cover the cost of operating year-round. We will also donate produce to neighboring food banks or meal programs. We will establish and nourish partnerships with other interested restaurants and organization in our community.

The Rooftop Farm will serve the building’s residents but they are hoping with community support to make the project into a larger vision. “As one of Seattle’s fastest-growing and most densely populated neighborhoods, Capitol Hill provides a unique opportunity for us to grow together through urban farming expansion, awareness and education,” they write. “The intent of our farm in the city is to educate local children, and the general public, about the benefits of hyper-local food production, to demonstrate what a successful year-round organic rooftop farm looks like, and to act as a catalyst for the creation of a Capitol Hill food network—one which will connect neighbors, local restaurants, and local organizations around local food production.”

The goal is $10,000. As of Friday morning, nearly $4,000 has been raised.

You can learn more and give on The Rooftop Farm Barnraiser page.