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Local Chefs for Local Farms
A magical evening of culinary deliciousness was celebrated at Tilth Restaurant on March 16th with the first 'Local Chefs for Local Farms' event. Forty guests engaged in a 5-course dinner with wine pairing, with proceeds from the event benefiting our Future Farm Fund. A short program outlined the work of the Trust and featured Tilth Executive Chef Maria Hines, Andrew Stout of Full Circle Farm, donor Kat Taylor, and Executive Director Kathryn Gardow. The next Local Chefs for Local Farms will be hosted at emmer & rye with Chef Seth Caswell on June 22nd.
Earth Month new donor Challenge Pledge
An anonymous donor will donate $5 for each new donor to the Trust until April 30th, 2010. In honor of Earth Day's 40th anniversary this year, we have set a goal of adding an additional 400 new donors by the deadline. Since the challenge began, 600 donors have stepped up to the plate to show their support for local, organic food. Help us meet our goal today!
Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook
by Pavan Sukhdev, Guardian.co.uk, 2/10/10
The living fabric of this planet - its ecosystems and biodiversity - are in rapid decline worldwide. This is visible and palpable and is variously due to commercial over-exploitation, or population pressures, or a raft of unhelpful policies, or some combination. At a very fundamental human level, however, it is due to the lack of awareness that there is a problem with human society being disconnected from nature.Economics is blamed for much of our woes these days and credited with little so two questions need to be asked: is economics part of the problem of ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss? And is it part of the solution? Read on...
by Catherine Rampell, The New York Times Economix blog, 3/9/10
The Consumerist recently linked to this remarkable chart:
The chart was put together by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, but its figures still, alas, look quite relevant. Thanks to lobbying, Congress chooses to subsidize foods that we're supposed to eat less of. Read on...
by Corby Kummer, The Atlantic Magazine, March 2010
Buy my food at Walmart? No thanks. Until recently, I had been to exactly one Walmart in my life, at the insistence of a friend I was visiting in Natchez, Mississippi, about 10 years ago. It was one of the sights, she said. Up and down the aisles we went, properly impressed by the endless rows and endless abundance. Not the produce section. I saw rows of prepackaged, plastic-trapped fruits and vegetables. I would never think of shopping there. Read on...
The newest blends of Powers' Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon ($2 of each bottle is donated to the Farmland Trust) will be in PCC Natural Markets on April 1st. Thank you Powers Winery for your ongoing support of farmland preservation!
For a complete list of our April beer and wine special at PCC Natural Markets, visit our website.
Ever black about the face and hands, pungent, abidingly crumby with dirt no matter how much they scrubbed, their bodies over time because so embedded with earth -- and most of them lived long -- that their skin evolved, adapted, developing a subdermal stratum composed of equal parts skin and soil. For the farmers, the transition to being dead and buried was hardly noticeable.
--from Sing Them Home by Stephanie Kallos