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Sustainable Food Systems

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Sarah Rocker

on 2 May 2014

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Slow Food International
Linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to community and environment
Food Systems
Fast Food--it's part of the system, too!
Farmers, Farm-Workers, Labor
Economics, Control, Education, Culture
Health, Access, Celebration
Climate, Animals,
Natural Resources
Smallholders; family, immigrant and minority farmers; farmers abroad; migrant farmworkers; food service and processing plant workers
Pacific Northwest food worker justice organizing
K-12 and College Education
Food sovereignty
Thurston County Food Bank
What is a Food System
Sustainable Farming Methods

Land and Resource Preservation

Affordability, hunger relief, safety, nutrition, taste, awareness, connection to food.
Eliminating hunger in Thurston County
Traditions; relationships; public space; spirituality; youth development; leadership; self-sufficiency; food sovereignty and security; food justice; urban and rural economies; fair trade; food policy.
The Flaming Eggplant Cafe
Currently On Evergreen's Campus:

Thurston County Satellite Food Bank
Community Kitchen Project
Real Food Challenge
Academic Programs
Food Not Bombs
"Learning Laboratories" of the Evergreen Food System
Production Processing Exchange Consumption Waste

- Organic Farm
- Community Gardens
- Demeter's Garden
- Aquaponics
- Roof Top Gargens

- Food Lab (SAL)
- Flaming Eggplant

- Flaming Eggplant
- Dining Services (through participation in the Real Food Challenge)

- Flaming Eggplant
- Dining Services (sustainability internship)
- Community Kitchen
- Satellite Food Bank

- Satellite Food Bank
- Composting
- Anaerobic Biodigester




- "Ecological Agriculture" Martha Rosemeyer + TJ Johnson [F,W,S; So-Sr]
Students will focus on ecological principles applied to agro-ecosystems, soil science and fertility management, crop and livestock management, traditional indigenous agriculture, permaculture and regional to global food systems, as well as an examination of history, policy, and the social, political, and economic context of agriculture.

- "Whose Got What?" Anthony Zaragoza + Savvina Chowdhury [F,W,S; Freshmen Only]
Through explorations of food systems, popular culture and social movements, students will better understand causes and consequences of the globalization of capital, its effects on our daily lives, the impact of the global order on our food system and the new emerging regimes of labor, property and citizenship.
Academic Programs Continued

- "Practice of Sustainable Agriculture" David Muehleisen + Paul Pryzbylowicz [Sp, Su; All levels]
Students explore the details of sustainable food production systems and evaluate them through the three pillars of sustainability—economic, environmental and social justice.
Students study and work on the Evergreen Organic Farm through an entire growing season, seed propagation to harvest.

- "SOS: Seeds, Beads, Bees & Other Biodynamic Processes" Sarah Williams [F,W,S; So-Sr]
Whether defined in relationship to agricultural, artistic or somatic practices, biodynamic processes are characterized by interconnected, recursive and iterative movements that form holistic patterns. Students will study biodynamic processes in conjunction with an internship, creative practice or field research project.
International Peasant Movement
Worker Cooperatives
Right to Land and Seed

Farm to School
Community Outreach and Education



Real Food
40% Real Food By 2020
Real Food is food which truly nourishes producers, consumers, communities and the earth.
Small to Medium Scale
Closed Loop Systems

No Pesticides/Herbicides
Humane Treatment of Animals

Fossil Fuels and Carbon Emissions
Consideration for Animals - Wild and Raised
Conservation Practices Integrated with Food Production

Farmland Preservation
Wildlife Habitat Preservation and Maintenance
Water Quality
Soil Quality
Northwest Washington grocery workers negotiate for better wages, pensions and healthcare!
Berry pickers at Sakuma Brothers Farm organize and strike!
Workerless strawberry fields in Burlington, WA.
Sakuma workers' rights committee
Union organizers in Seattle hug after learning that a strike was averted.
Acting nonviolently against war, poverty and environmental destruction by sharing food
An international movement built of independent, regional chapters that serve reclaimed meals on the streets and participate in other direct actions.
About the Olympia chapter
A healthy food system takes care of its vulnerable workers.
Resources and Upcoming
Phillip Ackerman Leist - Talk at the Olympia Community Center, Tuesday Oct 29th at 7pm
Food day is a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, sustainable food.
Fast food is one of the fastest-growing and lowest-paid professional fields. The average worker in the Seattle area can make about $11, 856/year, barely above the federal poverty line.
Many workers rely on welfare, food stamps and other federal benefits to live.
Paying these workers a living wage could increase their capacity to afford healthy food and better support other sectors of the food system.
Student-created, student-run, supporting sustainability, community, and leadership
Opened in 2008 after many years of student organizing for ethical food options on campus
Alternative to corporate food service for campus consumers
On campus jobs for students
Student learning opportunities, such as...
Alumni and Food
...Food service work, administration, and business planning
Collaboration with existing food service
Integrative food systems thinking and planning
Community and academic engagement at Evergreen and beyond
Cooperative business/org skills
Good. Clean. Fair
Network of World Wide Convivia
Terra Madre and Presidia Project
Laden TCFB shelves waiting for eaters!
Boxes brimming with fresh fruits and veggies
A crew from the TCFB Gleaners program
Makah Ozette Potato
A kid-oriented booth at a community event
Reclaims edible food waste from the community
Serves food free and accessible to everyone: unhoused folks, library patrons, neighborhood families--EVERYONE!
Meals at downtown library, 4:30 PM on Saturdays

Ark of Taste

Protect Edible Diversity
Olympia Oyster
Seyez Bulgar Wheat
Books and Films
Thank You
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