Have you noticed the fruit trees on your street leaning over with abudance, tons of veggies in your garden, the full stands at the farmer's market? These are the tell-tale signs of peak gleaning season!
The Thurston County Food Bank has a Gleaning Program so that more of this locally grown food reaches hungry mouths, and less of it goes to waste. Farmers and gardeners can call the gleaners if they need help harvesting their abundance, and volunteers can help by joining the ranks, receiving weekly email updates and harvest times. Gleaning is a great activity for families and groups, contact us and we can schedule a volunteer day that works for you.
If you have a spare day each week, or even just once this harvest season, we'd love to have you along for a glean! And if you have produce for us to harvest, do your part in eliminating food waste, and give us a call.
Donation hours are Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00 at 220 Thurston Ave NE
To work with the Thurston County Food Bank’s gleaning and gardening efforts:
call Shannon (360) 352-8597 ext. 108
Get weekly updates via Facebook www.facebook.com/thurstoncountygleaners
Happy Harvest Season!
Rachel Corrie Foundation presents 2012 Peace Works
Shuruq: Olympia's First Arab Festival, October 6, 2012
The Washington State Summer Meal Program provides free meals and snacks to children and teens during the summer months. All children and teens (18 years old and younger) are eligible for the program. No proof of income, address or citizenship is ever required.
OLYMPIA'S ONLY AUTHENTIC JEWISH NYC STYLE DELI TO OPEN SOON!
Naming poll is happening here:
YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THE DELI HERE
KNISHES and PIROSHKIS WILL BE FOR SALE ON THE SIDEWALKS DURING ARTS WALK AND PROCESSION NEXT MONTH!
I believe the subject of Israel/Palestine is important and it should be debated. However, right now problems related to Israel/Palestine are being used as a smoke screen for another problem, one that is closer to home. It won't be possible for our community to effectively address Israel/Palestine until we face what happened in July. The boycott had an unprecedented absence of community education in advance of the decision. There are reasons for this and our community needs an honest reckoning. Not a blaming session, but a chance to acknowledge the situation.
In the 19 years that I've been an OFC member I've learned about the thorny political elements of cotton farming, high fructose corn syrup, organic food standards, the suffering of migrant workers, and other complex political subjects from OFC education efforts related to building consensus and forming OFC policies. All of this helped us unite around various OFC efforts, spread the word and "vote with our dollars" in and out of the co-op. We had nothing like that in July. This was a mistake. It can be easily corrected, forgiven and we can move forward together.
It is community reconciliation and education that IOC is working towards, a foundation of trust on which you and I can stand and address all sorts of things, including Palestinian suffering. I can't imagine a debate format being part of any OFC education process on any subject, let alone being particularly useful for the community at this time on this subject. I believe that when Olympia cooperates we are at our best, we accomplish great things and we serve as a beacon of hope for the world.
Ladies and gents, this is a blog entry to bring your attention to Art in the Park, at the Monarch Sculpture Park.
It' Sunday, August 15th from 10:30 to 6pm. This is a family friendly biannual event with artists booths where you can view and buy all types of local artwork, from sculpture to painting to book and paper arts. There will be entertainment, hands-on activities, folk art demonstrations and food. The Artesian Rumble Arkestra (street band) is starting things off at 11:00 with our eclectic mix of Jazz, Rock, Bollywood, Balkan, (rhythm) and blues arrangements, followed by the Mas Uda Belly Dancers and a percussion workshop which is free and open to everybody starts at 3pm. Entrance fee donation of $5 for 12 and older. Location: Monarch Sculpture Park, 8431 Waldrick Road SE Olympia (btwn Old Hwy 99 and Military Road.) Info: 360 264 2408. Thanks, Devon Reid
Hope to see you there!
Ladies and gents, it is time again for Art in the Park
August 15th from 10:30 to 6pm. This is a family friendly biannual event with artists booths where you can view and buy all types of local artwork, from sculpture to painting to book and paper arts. There will be entertainment, hands-on activities, folk art demonstrations and food. The Artesian Rumble Arkestra (street band) is starting things off at 11:00 with our eclectic mix of Jazz, Rock, Bollywood, Balkan, (rhythm) and blues arrangements, followed by the Mas Uda Belly Dancers and a percussion workshop which is free and open to everybody starts at 3pm. Entrance fee donation of $5 for 12 and older. Location: Monarch Sculpture Park, 8431 Waldrick Road SE Olympia (btwn Old Hwy 99 and Military Road.) Info: 360 264 2408.
Hope to see you there!
Left Foot Organics is a local nonprofit organization helping people with intellectual disabilities and rural youth to gain job and life skills while growing good food for their community. Now in its eighth year, Left Foot offers paid employment experience and is committed to provide the support each individual needs to overcome their challenges and be successful.
On the third Saturday of each month Left Foot hosts volunteers in the morning to come out and help with farm work. The farm then provides a hot lunch for volunteers and following lunch a workshop is put on to provide community members with farm and social skills that are transferable to their everyday lives.
For the month of June workshop Left Foot Organics is excited to host Dominic Corriveau of Ewing Irrigation. Ewing Irrigation is a landscape and irrigation specialist creating healthy, sustainable environments. Dominic will be presenting about water management solutions, agronomic supplies, landscape lighting, water features, hardscape, and erosion control.