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Skagit Watershed Council - January 11, 2017

This week on Speak Up Speak Out Radio, Jodie Buller talks with Richard Brocksmith, Executive Director the Skagit Watershed Council; A Community Partnership for Salmon, which is an "umbrella organization" of community stakeholders, about their ongoing efforts to restore habitat for fish in the Skagit watershed.
The Skagit river system is home to all five native species of wild pacific salmon, as well as steelhead and trout. Richard talks about SWC's "watershed-wide" approach to conservation and restoration, outlines projects underway with the 37 SWC partners, and shares details about their new #OurSkagit campaign, to connect with the community about what makes Skagit so special. There are a few days left in the Seasons of Skagit Fall Photo Contest - submission deadline is January 15th, via their website and Facebook.

http://www.skagitwatershed.org/
https://www.facebook.com/ourskagit/?fref=ts

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DARK Act with Bee Faxon - November 16, 2016

Jodie Buller talks with Beverly Faxon, whose recent article in the Skagit Valley Food Co-op's newsletter details the history and context behind the passage of what has come to be known as the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act, a labeling bill which President Obama signed into law in July, 2016.

Over the last few decades, genetic engineering has dominated major crops like corn, soy, canola, sugar beets, cotton, and alfalfa. The fight for mandated labeling of GE ingredients had been taking place at the state level, with Vermont's labeling law slated to go into effect and major corporations beginning to label their products, until this new law superceded state efforts. But there are problems with the bill, which became known as the Dark Act 2.0.

This conversation looks at the history of our complicated relationship with GMOs, and what consumer options are now that this bill has become law.

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Hunger Action Month - September 7, 2016

This week on Speak Up Speak Out Radio, Jodie Buller talks with Rebecca Schlat from Helping Hands Food Bank in Sedro Woolley and Jerry Shackette from Friendship House in Mount Vernon, about Hunger Action Month, a national campaign through FeedingAmerica.org, which highlights ways that people can raise awareness and take action to solve hunger. This year, community organizations are partnering up in Skagit, Whatcom, and Snohomish counties for food drives, Project Homeless Connect (at SVC September 10th), and other events to raise funds and food to help feed our communities. Find Helping Hands and Friendship House on Facebook, for more information on Hunger Action Month, and ongoing initiatives, including ways to pitch in personally.

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Bow Hill Blueberries - February 17, 2016

Host, Clint Weckerly, interviews local farmer and operator of Bow Hill Blueberries, Harley Soltes, in the fourth of a six-part series that examines the history of multi-generational farming traditions and the future of local agriculture in Skagit County. While Harley and his wife and equal hand in the business, Susan, do not hail from families who have been farming in the Valley for generations, they are sustaining the oldest blueberry farm in the Valley and are foundational members of Skagit's very own Puget Sound Food Hub, which offers an incredibly opportunity for generations-old and new farmers alike to keep local farming alive.

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Good Food and Farming Lobby Day - January 27, 2016

Host Dave McConnell talks with Ellen Gray, Executive Director of the Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network about their plan to take dozens of people to Olympia on Monday, February 8, to talk with State Representatives and Senators about more funding to get local food into schools.

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What's New About GMOs - January 20, 2016

Ginny Wolff speaks with Steve Crider, Liaison for Government and Industry Affairs with Amy's Kitchen, about GMOs. Steve talks about how and why food crops have been genetically engineered. He discusses what is currently known, and not known, about how the widespread adoption of GMOs has affected agriculture in the U.S., human health, the environment, and food economy. Finally Steve reviews legislative efforts since I-522 failed in 2013, and he urges listeners to contact Senator Patty Murray about new legislation, proposed by industry proponents of GMO technology, which would make it virtually impossible for states to pass legislation requiring that GMO foods be labeled.

Further information: http://justlabelit.org

Contact Senator Patty Murray: 202-224-2621. Ask her to oppose the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. Tell her Americans have a right to know whether or not GMOs are in their food.

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Farmer Series: Hedlin Farms - January 6, 2016

Host, Clint Weckerly, interviews local farmer and Owner of Hedlin Farms, Dave Hedlin, in the third of a six-part series with local farmers that examines the history of multi-generational farming traditions and the future of local agriculture in Skagit County. The Hedlin family has been farming in the Skagit Valley for over 100 years and 4 generations and, in this interview, Dave shares many stories about his family's Skagit roots and paints a beautiful picture of La Conner's settler history. His incredibly strong call-to-action to support local farming and stewardship of our precious farmland is well worth the listen and will encourage all to shake the hand of a local farmer.

To learn more about Hedlin Farms, visit: http://www.hedlinfarms.com/

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Supporting Local Agriculture - September 30, 2015

Dave McConnell talks with Ellen Gray, Executive Director or Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network. WSFFN has successfully backed the development of the Organic Farming Program at WSU, and encourage and enabled local schools to use items from local farmers as a part of their food service. The Network continues to advocate and educate for sustainable agricultural practices nationally as well as locally. More information is available at their website: http://wsffn.org

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HUNGER TO HOPE - September 16, 2015

Jodie Buller interviews Jerry Shackette, the Hunger to Hope http://www.skagitfriendshiphouse.org/hunger-to-hope.html culinary arts re-training program coordinator at the Friendship House in Mount Vernon. Friendship House provides emergency shelter and free meals year round. Visit http://www.skagitfriendshiphouse.org/.

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Multi-generational Farming and its Future in Skagit, Part 2 - September 9, 2015

Host, Clint Weckerly, interviews local farmers and agricultural experts, Don McMoran Jr. and his father, Don McMoran Sr., in the second of a six-part series with local farmers that examines the history of multi-generational farming traditions and the future of local agriculture in Skagit County. The McMoran family has been farming in the Skagit Valley for over 100 years and come from a long line of farmers, going back more than a dozen generations. More, Don McMoran Jr. is the acting Executive Director of the WSU Extension in Mt Vernon and is both a renowned expert and advocate for local farming in the Valley.

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Multi-generational Farming and its Future in Skagit, Part1 - August 5, 2015

Host, Clint Weckerly, interviews local farmer, Norm Dahlstedt, in the first of a six-part series with local farmers that examines the history of multi-generational farming traditions and the future of local agriculture in Skagit County. Norm is a lifelong resident and farmer of the Skagit Valley and shares story and tremendous insight on both the history and future of local farming.

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Mount Vernon Farmers Market - April 8, 2015

Join jim justice as she talks with one of the new co-managers of the Mount Vernon Farmers Market, Jill Quanstrom. Find out what she and co-manager Jodie Buller have in store for the market and what is new this year in addition to the move to the Waterfront Plaza along the river walk in Mount Vernon.

http://www.mountvernonfarmersmarket.org

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Hunger in Skagit County and Beyond - November 12, 2014

Join jim justice as she talks with Rita Ordonez, Community Food Access Manager for Community Action of Skagit, and Diane Smith, Washington State University's Skagit Community Educator on Food Access and Nutrition. We talk about efforts in Skagit County to end hunger and its root causes. jim will also speak with Sharon Thornberry, Community Food Systems Manager of the Oregon Food Bank, who personally experienced food insecurity earlier in life and now advocates to end hunger and its root causes.

A Place at the Table, film, http://www.magpictures.com/aplaceatthetable/
For the book, ask at LOCAL bookstores to keep the money and the effort local.

A Place at the Table: The Crisis of 49 Million Hungry Americas and How to Solve it.

Peter Pringle, Ed., Public Affairs (Perseus Book Group), New York. 2013.

NOTE: Sharon Thornberry tells her personal story in a chapter of this book.

2014 Skagit Reads: Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty. Mark Winne. Beacon Press, Boston. 2008. Copies of this book were made available through Skagit libraries in October. Support your local library by picking up a copy there OR buy one from a local bookstore.

http://www.nokidhungry.org/, Jeff Bridges, National Spokesperson, Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign and Founder, End Hunger Network. Check out the problem and solution on this website.

Community Action of Skagit - http://www.communityactionskagit.org/
Oregon Food Bank - http://www.oregonfoodbank.org/

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Tilth's 40th Anniversary - August 20, 2014

SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with Michele Catalano, Executive Director at Tilth Producers of Washington, about their history as a support network and organization, started by our region's growers in the 1970s. Tilth is planning an exciting 40th Anniversary conference in Vancouver WA this November, and eaters can support their efforts by taking the online pledge to choose organic during Washington Organic Week, coming up September 7-13th.
http://www.tilthproducers.org

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Farmers' Market in Skagit Valley - August 6, 2014

Ginny Wolff does on-site interviews with Farmer's Market managers Sarai Stevens of Bow Little Market, and Mouse Bird of the Mt. Vernon Farmers' Market, as well as market vendors Gilda Gorr, Laura Matthews, and Debbie Clough. This is our mid-summer tribute to the many markets in the valley, giving listeners a taste not only of what vendors are selling, but also the atmosphere, special events, and "What's new" in promoting locally grown or crafted goods, talents, and activities.

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Magic Skagit Superheroes - May 14, 2014

SUSO's Jodie Buller gathers the Magic Skagit Superheroes into the radio studio to talk about their Leadership Skagit team and the project work they are doing to support Growing Veterans - a program that gets vets farming and connected to the land and to each other. The Superheroes are spreading the word about the Growing Veterans outpost at Viva Farms through an open house style Farm Tour, coming up May 17th at 2pm at Viva Farms.

For more information visit http://www.growingveterans.org or http://www.vivafarms.org
For more information on the Leadership Skagit program: http://wwwleadershipskagit.org

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Andrea Xaver on Challenges facing Skagit Farmers - March 5, 2014

Local lifelong Skagit Valley farmer, Andrea Xaver, talks with Ginny Wolff about the critical issues facing farmers in Skagit County. In this thoughtful interview, Andrea describes past and ongoing threats to farmland, forests, wildlife habitat, even water resources, giving specific examples of where the consequences of interventions to protect one resource have harmed another. She makes a plea for those of us who live here to "connect the dots," and work together to protect and preserve the local resources we use, value, and still have.

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Skagit Conservation District - November 20, 2013

Carolyn Kelly, manager of the Skagit Conservation District, and Kristi Carpenter, the agency's Public Information and Education Coordinator join Ginny to discuss the origins and mission of conservation districts in general, and the scope of activities of the Skagit Conservation District. With a reputation for being one of the most active Conservation Districts in the state, the Skagit District sponsors a wide variety of services and programs. Carolyn talks about how the agency assists small farmers and foresters to protect water quality and provide wildlife habitat; the role they play in the Clean Samish Initiative, the CREP program, and the Firewise Communities program. She briefly describes the Farmland Legacy Program, and the Skagit Watershed Council, separate programs to whose boards she belongs. Kristi describes the many community outreach and education programs she runs or supervises: Stream Team, Marine Bio-toxins, Backyard Conservation, Watershed Masters, the annual Native Plant Sale, and the many Youth Education Programs the District offers.

Check out their very user-friendly website at http://www.skagitcd.org
To talk to a real person, or get on their mailing list for activities and notification of the yearly native plant sale, call 428-4313.

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State of our Food System - September 25, 2013

Update on the State of our Food System, with Ellen Gray of the Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network

Happy Taste Washington Day! Sept 25th, schools across Washington State are celebrating local food in their cafeterias. SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with Ellen Gray from WSFFN (The Network), about what it's like to advocae for food policy on the state level, as wells as upcoming ballot measure I-522 to label GE ingredients in food, and exciting progress sourcing local food in schools. She gets into upcoming ongoing national food system issues as well, like the Food Safety Modernization act and trying to pass a Farm Bill.

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Seth Holmes on Migrant Farmworkers, Part 2 of 2 - August 7, 2013

Our guest is Seth Holmes, Assistant Professor at the University of California Berkeley in the School of Public Health and the Graduate Program of Medical Anthropology. Seth talks with jim about his new book, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States. In this part, Seth talks about his experience in crossing the US-Mexican border with his Triqui friends and addresses why they cross the border and their similarities to local farmers. Seth also talks about the need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, but not reform which increases deaths at the border, like drone usage and increased border patrol.

Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States
http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520275140

Articles by, or interviews with, Seth Holmes:
http://newamericamedia.org/2013/07/what-we-learn-from-the-indigenous-farmworker-strike-in-pac-northwest.php
http://modernfarmer.com/2013/07/fresh-fruit-broken-bodies-the-true-cost-of-our-produce/

Flashpoints with Dennis Bernstein, June 25, 2013 - http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/92840

View "The symptom of a larger issue" article at http://pioneer.olivesoftware.com/Olive/Tablet/SkagitValley/SharedArticle.aspx?href=PMV%2F2013%2F08%2F04&id=Ar00104

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Seth Holmes on Migrant Farmworkers, Part 1 - July 31, 2013

Our guest is Seth Holmes, Assistant Professor at the University of California Berkeley in the School of Public Health and the Graduate Program of Medical Anthropology. Seth talks with jim about his new book, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States. He talks about his travels with Triqui farmworkers from the Skagit Valley in Washington to California to their home in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Seth discusses the health disparities and work hierarchies he observed in his travels.

Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520275140

Articles by, or interviews with, Seth Holmes:
http://newamericamedia.org/2013/07/what-we-learn-from-the-indigenous-farmworker-strike-in-pac-northwest.php
http://modernfarmer.com/2013/07/fresh-fruit-broken-bodies-the-true-cost-of-our-produce/
Flashpoints with Dennis Bernstein, June 25, 2013 - http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/92840

NOTE: Join us on Wed., August 7th for the second part of this interview in which he talks about his experience in crossing the US-Mexican border with his Triqui friends and the need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

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North Sound Food Hub - July 10, 2013

SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with Susan Soltes from Bow Hill Blueberries and Lucy Norris from Northwest Agricultural Business Center (NABC) about our local agricultural system, food security and the evolution of the North Sound Food Hub, which helps local farmers get their harvest to local restaurants, hospitals and institutions, and bulk buyers more easily. Lucy calls blueberries the gateway to real food, and the Food Hub is a consolidation site where Skagit Whatcom and San Juan purchasers can order from a number of farms online and then pick up a number of orders in one place, and in conjunction with 21 Acres, offers a weekly delivery to the Seattle area.

http://www.agbizcenter.org/business-services/regional-food-hubs/north-sound-wholesale-market

http://www.goskagit.com/all_access/spreading-the-local-love/article_a1d6c58b-6270-5753-a098-021a0e5185f9.html?mode=image&photo=5

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People's Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act - June 18, 2013

SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with Elizabeth Larter about I-522 - The People's Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act - which gathered 350,000 ballot signatures last year, the second highest number of ballot signatures for an initiative to the legislature in Washington's history, and will be on the ballot this November.

The conversation gets into local, state level, national and international movement on the Right to Know what's in our food, and touches on how people can become advocates for this issue in their own kitchens, by talking to friends and family.

http://yeson522.com/
http://www.labelitwa.org/
http://www.ewg.org/
http://www.nongmoproject.org/
http://www.buycott.com/

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Bees - June 12, 2013

SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with educator, beekeeper and micro-pollination provider Bruce Vilders about how bees and hives work, the impact of Colony Collapse Disorder on commercial beekeeping and the importance of backyard beekeeping and pollination to our food supply.

http://wasba.org/
http://skagitvalleybeekeepers.org/
Beekeeping for Dummies by Howland Blackiston
Fruitless Fall by Rowan Jacobsen http://www.rowanjacobsen.com/books/fruitless-fall

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Friends of Skagit County and Land Use Issues - May 15, 2013

Ellen Bynum, Executive Director for Friends of Skagit County, joins Ginny for a discussion about Friends of Skagit County. She talks about why Friends came into existence after the Growth Management Act passed, and how it has worked to help preserve the rural character of Skagit County. Ellen gives us a crash course in permitting and appeals processes for development projects, and amendments to the Comprehensive Code. She advocates strongly for citizen participation in land use decisions.

For more information, see:
http://www.friendsofskagitcounty.org
email: http://friends@fidalgo.net

Skagit County Planning Commission Meetings: open to the public; also broadcast on Skagit 21 Television and streamed online
Community Conversations: What Do YOU Want the Valley to Look Like? Sat. June 22 10 -11am Burlington Library

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Farmers Markets - May 8, 2013

SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with Keri Knapp, Jeremy Kindlund, Mouse Bird and Sarai Stevens, who are the Anacortes, Sedro-Woolley, Mount Vernon and Bow Little Market Managers, about the upcoming Farmers Market season and the newly formed Skagit Valley Farmers Market Coalition.

What's new?: Mount Vernon's market is moving this year - across from the downtown library, Anacortes is offering a series of workshops presented by Transition Fidalgo and Friends, Sedro-Woolley is looking for more live music, and Bow Little Market is offering a spot for kids to vend for free!

For more information:
http://www.sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket.com
http://www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org
http://www.mountvernonfarmersmarket.org
http://www.bowlittlemarket.wordpress.com

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Women in Agriculture - February 13, 2003

SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with Sarita Schaffer of http://www.growfood.org and Viva Farms about the upcoming Women in Agriculture conference, held in 21 locations throughout Washington on February 23rd from 8-4pm. The focus this year is Growing Your Successful Farm Business, featuring keynote speaker Trina Campbell from 500 acre organic Riverdog Farm in California, and will include local panelists and workshops at WSU in west Mount Vernon.

http://www.womeninag.wsu.edu

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Raj Patel: Creating a Sustainable World Food System - January 16, 2013

SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with author, economist, academic and activist Raj Patel, who will be giving the keynote address after the SVC GlobalFest International Dinner on January 28th. Raj's 2008 book Stuffed and Starved looks at the disastrous consequences of our current Global Food System, and follows emerging sustainable global food movements. This engaging conversation follow some interesting threads, including the consequences of debt and shame on farmers across the world, how obesity and hunger are points along the poverty spectrum, and how women's rights are necessary to balance the inequities of our food system.
http://www.skagit.edu - for more information on tickets for GlobalFest International Dinner
http://www.rajpatel.org - for more information on Raj

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GMO and The People's Right to Know - December 5, 2012

SUSO co-host Jodie Buller talks by phone with one of the organizers behind Label It WA, Chris McManus, about ballot measure initiative I-522: "The People's Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act", which would require that food sold in retail stores be labeled if it contains Genetically Engineered ingredients. Label It WA organizers are on track to collect enough signatures to bring I-522 to the State Legislature and Governor for a decision this Spring.

For more information and to read the initiative, visit the website:
http://www.LabelItWA.org

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Local Food and Farming Connections - July 18, 2012

This weeks program gives a review of some food and farming connections in Skagit County. jim starts the program by speaking with Terry Belcoe (President & CEO of North Coast Credit Union and Skagit Community Action Board member) and Arielle Stein (Community Action - heads up the county Food Distribution Center) about the upcoming Bite of Skagit. The 4th Annual Bite of Skagit will take place on Sat., July 28th in downtown Mount Vernon. Listen to hear about the Skagit Food Share Alliance which it benefits as well as what is in the offing that day - or go to their website.

Next jim talks with Kveta Morgan, manager of the Garden of Hope Farm (2 Acres) on Avon Allen just south of SR 20. She talks about who works the farm and who benefits from its bounty. Work party this weekend (July 21) 9-noon or 1-4 PM.

Then Sarita Schaffer of Viva Farms provides an update on the Farm Bill working its way through Congress. Finally, jim provides info on the various Farmers Markets here in Skagit County.

http://www.biteofskagit.org
Garden of Hope - svneighborsinneed@gmail.com
For Farm Bill updates: http://www.ota.com/PublicPolicy/Legislative/FarmBill.html
Or, Community Food Security Coalition - http://www.foodsecurity.org/
Update from Monday - http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=923d8af6802cd35b0a1f16530&id=97b53d24ce&e=86d0a3bbc4

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Nutrition - June 27, 2012

SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with local clinical nutritionist Karl Mincin about vitamins, minerals, enzymes - the building blocks of nutrition - and how they work in the complex ecosystem of the body, and what happens when the body is out of balance because of deficiencies and toxicity. Karl shares suggestions for incorporating a variety of phytonutrients in your diet, and describes the analysis testing tools he uses to determine levels of minerals and vitamins in the body, in order to develop a individualized Nutrition Baseline.

http://www.nutrition-testing.com/nutritionresource/

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NW Flower Growers' Market - January 25, 2012

Happy International Year of Cooperatives! In this show, SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with local cut flower grower Diane Szukovathy about the Northwest Wholesale Flower Growers' Market - a new cooperative venture she is working on, which is held weekly in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood.

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GMO Free with Goldie Caughlan - October 5, 2011

SUSO's Jodie Buller talks by phone with advocate and educator Goldie Caughlan, recently retired from a public career at PCC, about the ongoing work to fight against Genetically Engineered food, and this month's GMO Free events, including a rally at Westlake and a presentation from Jeffrey Smith on How to Navigate a World of GMOs.

info@GMOFreeSeattle.com for more information
http://www.GMOFreeSeattle.com
http://skagitfoodcoop.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/gmo-free-events-in-october/

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Bite of Skagit 2011 - July 20, 2011

SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with Arielle Stein from Community Action and Jenny Sandbo from the Skagit Valley Food Co-op, as well as Bite of Skagit organizers Susan Lanahan and Terry Belcoe from North Coast Credit Union about this year's event, which goes toward helping the Skagit Food Share Alliance source local produce for Skagit's 13 area food banks and 5 hot meal programs. The Bite of Skagit will go from 12 noon-4pm on Saturday July 30th, 2011 on Gates Street in downtown Mount Vernon.

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Women in Farming - June 15, 2011

SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with three local female artist farmers: Ann Leason, Jess Gigot, and Sarita Schaffer, about what they do and why they do it, and how their creative process informs, and is fed by, their work on the land.

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Healthy Food in Schools - March 16, 2011

SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with Rita Ordonez, parent and W WA Coordinator of the Fresh Food in Schools grant, Ellen Gray, Executive Director of the Washington Sustainable food and Farming network, and Tim Terpstra, a local organic farmer, about their work to get healthy local food in Skagit cafeterias. Jodie's guests will continue their conversation on March 24th - after the WA premiere screening of the documentary Lunch Line. Lunch Line looks at the history of the school lunch program, and follows a group of students as they learn to cook, and try to satisfy the USDA's budget and guidelines at the same time. Rita Ellen and Tim will be part of a panel including one of the film makers, Ernie Park, and georgia Johnson from the La Connor school District. The Lunch Line screening is part of the Skagit Human Rights Festival, which is free -7pm on Thursday March 24th, at the Lincoln Theatre.

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Gleaning and Envision 2060 - February 9, 2011

SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with Skagit County Community Action's Arielle Stein and Emily Nelson about their new gleaning program: Harvest for Hope, and other food access programs during the first half of the show.

During the second half,
SUSO's Ginny Wolff talks with members of Citizen Committee for Envision Skagit 2060, Jim Meyer and Peggy Flynn, about engaging the broader community in planning for growth in Skagit Valley.

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Skagit Wholesale Market and Viva Farms - September 1, 2010

The Skagit Wholesale Market runs through harvest season on Thursday mornings in the parking lot of the Skagit Valley Food Co-op. New farmers from Viva Farms, who went through the bi-lingual WSU program, are starting to grow crops at the Port of Skagit. Join us for a discussion about the Viva Farms incubator program with Sarita Schaffer, and the newly launched Skagit Wholesale Market, with Lucy Norris from Puget Sound Food Network.
http://www.vivafarms.org/
http://www.psfn.org/

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Bite of Skagit - July 21, 2010

Get Your taste Buds Ready, the Bite of Skagit is Back! SUSO talks to the organizers of the Skagit Food Share Alliance fund raiser, about this year's Bite of Skagit on Gates street in downtown Mount Vernon. Music, a local beer and wine garden, Cooking Corner demonstrations with chef Graham Kerr, and bites from many great Skagit restaurants. Terry Belcoe and Susan Lanahan from North Coast Credit Union, and Arielle Stein from the Skagit Food Bank Distribution Center, talk about the Food Share Alliance partnership with SCAA and the Skagit Valley Food Co-op, and the state of Skagit County's food security, with SUSO host Jodie Buller.

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Diggin Food with Willi Galloway - March 31, 2010

Speak Up Speak Out Radio catches up to west coast Organic Gardening magazine editor WIlli Galloway, during her stopover in town for a presentation called "Grocery Gardening". Will is the author of an engaging blog: DigginFood: a vegetable garden and food blog that serves up organic gardening tips, recipes, backyard chicken advice, and DIY gardening projects. SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with Willi about how she grows food at home, how to harden off seed starts and help heat loving plants thrive, what to remember about chickens, and the speckled wonders of flashy troutback lettuce...

http://www.digginfood.com
http://www.organicgardening.com

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Creating Holiday Traditions with Local Food - October 28, 2009

We hear from Burk, longtime co-owner and chef at Burk's cafe in Ballard and current leader of Slow Food Skagit, and WSU Extensions Climate Stewards coordinator Christine Betchley, about their upcoming presentation at the Burlington Library, and the wealth of local seasonal options for holiday feasts. Skagit County Climate Stewards are hosting a five part lecture series this season, sponsored by NW Clean Air Agency, Padilla Bay Estuarine Reserve, and WSU Extension. Climate Stewards is a university level educational program to engage community members in Climate Change projects.
For more information visit: http://www.slowfoodskagit.org and http://www.padillabay.gov/ClimateStewards.html

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Eat Local - August 19, 2009

Harvest time in the Skagit Valley makes it easy to choose Local! SUSO talks with Georgiann Dustin, from downtown Mount Vernon's main Street Program about upcoming downtown events and the 3/50 project, which asks people to choose 3 independent businesses and prioritizes $50 to go to supporting these businesses. We also talk with Slow Food Action committee member Shelley Schoenberger, about Skagit's upcoming Eat Local Week, September 14-20th, and how people can get involved by dining out at local restaurants and bringing a local dish to one of five community potluck picnics on Sunday 9/20 from 1-4pm.

For more information on these subjects, including potluck picnic locations visit http://the350project.net and http://www.slowfoodskagit.org

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Food, Inc. and the fight to re-localize our food system - July 29, 2009

Since Food, Inc hit the movie theatres this summer, the conversation about industrialized food is stirring up some interesting questions about the consolidation of control over our food system. We talk with local organizer Shonie Schlotzhauer from Whatcom County's Sustainable Connections and Max Morange from the Small Potatoes Gleaning project about efforts to re-localize our regions food system, creating an equitable food system where people of all income levels have access to good food, and how to engage the Eaters to pay more attention to where their food is coming from.

http://www.sconnect.org
http://www.skagitgleaners.org
http://www.gleaningproject.org

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Skagit Food Share Alliance - July 22, 2009

jim interviews Arielle Stein, Distribution Center Coordinator & Justin Keefe Community Resource Coordinator both of Skagit County Community Action Agency and Terry Belcoe, CEO/President of North Coast Credit Union about the Skagit Food Share Alliance and the current status of food needs in Skagit. They also talk about the upcoming Bite of Skagit, a fundraiser for the Skagit Food Share Alliance on Sat., Aug. 1, noon - 6 PM on Gates St, Mount Vernon, WA between First and Second.

North Coast Credit Union - http://www.northcoastcu.com
Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland - http://www.skagitonians.org
Skagit County Community Action Agency - http://www.skagitcap.org

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Think Local: Dave Hedlin on Family Farms - July 8, 2009

Revisit of an interview recorded in the summer of 2007 with Dave Hedlin of Hedlin Farm, a local, multi-generational family farm. Dave talks about the reality of farming in Skagit, the future of family farms, buying locally, various certifications, Community Supported Agriculture, and ecology.

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Food Sovereignty - May 20, 2009
Speak Up Speak Out radio looks at Food Sovereignty this week: the right of peoples to nutritious, sustainably grown food, and the right of farmers and agricultural workers to control the land they work and the policies that impact them. We talk with Betty Carteret from Skagit Beat the Heat's Anacortes Community Garden project, Jayne Uerling, owner of Eco Com, a quadruple bottom line company doing sustainable landscaping and gardening, and Callie Martin, Skagit County's Waste Reduction and Recycling Educator, who works with the Skagit County Climate Action and Sustainability Taskforce.

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Eat Better on a Budget - March 18, 2009
Jodie Buller, Skagit Valley Food Co-op's Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, and Jill Dodge, SV Food Co-op's Cooking Skills Coordinator, talk about why & how eating whole and organic foods can be cost effective and be done on a budget.
http://www.skagitfoodcoop.com

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