Meet your farmer at local food event

Feb 14, 2014
Courtesy of: Janis Wheeler Learn how you can sign up for a weekly Community Supported Agriculture box of fresh fruit and veggies from a local farm at the Meet Your Farmer event on Friday, Feb. 28.

Are you interested in learning more about our local food system? Or in getting your fruits and veggies fresh from a farm?

Olivia Park Elementary invites you to Meet Your Farmer in the school gym from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, an event promoting local farms and urban agriculture in Snohomish County. The school is at 200 108th St. S.W. in Everett.

The Snohomish-Island County Permaculture Network event supports local farms, starting conversations about our local food system and raising awareness about Farmer Frog, a school gardening education program.

Meet local farmers and local food activists working for healthy, sustainable food systems in Snohomish County – and be sure to bring the kids!

If you would like to purchase your fruits and veggies fresh from a farm, sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share at the event.

What exactly is a CSA?

“A person signs up to purchase a weekly box of produce received from the farmer throughout the growing season,” said Janis Wheeler, who helped organize the event. “This supports the farmer and allows the customer to eat the best high quality food available.”

Speakers will be Zsofia Pasztor, president of the Farmer Frog program, and Jacqueline Cramer, member of P-Patch Trust and founder of Friends of Beacon Food Forest; and Local author Vicki Robin, who will also be signing her new book “Blessing the Hands that Feed Us."

Meet the farmers of these local farms and producers: Shambala Farm & Nursery, Skylight Farm, Skipley Farm, SongCroft Naturals, Farmer Frog, Royal Farm & Gardens, Flying Tomato and St. Johns Creamery.

Also learn about: Sno-Isle Permaculture Network, Snohomish Sunday Farmers Market, Snohomish Farmers Market, Everett Farmer’s Market, Cedar Grove Compost, Whole Foods and Lowes.

With the help of Farmer Frog, Olivia Park Elementary grows a garden adjacent to the school. Olivia Park families meet Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. to work in the garden and for children’s activities.

The garden was started three years ago to provide families with fresh produce, serve as a learning tool and to build community.

The non-profit Farmer Frog is a school garden program helping kids learn about growing their own food and families to access fresh produce.

For more information, contact Patricia Newkirk at 206-902-8107 or patricia.newkirk@gmail.com.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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