It’s called the Farm Bill. And together, we can make it work better for everyone!
The day after the SLEE dinner…..
Join us for a community Farm Bill Workshop
& Kick-off the formation of the Seattle Farm Bill Action Group!
Sunday August 8, 4-6:30 pm, potluck following
Workshop Description: Through interactive activities participants will learn about how the Farm Bill affects them personally and create a vision for the Farm Bill we want! Guest speakers Ben Burkett, Sue McGann and John Fawcett-Long will help participants understand the basics of the Farm Bill, its impacts on farmers, communities and consumers in WA state, and the struggles to improve the Farm Bill in 2008, including what lessons we can learn from these past efforts to be more effective in 2012.
About the speakers: Ben Burkett is a 4th generation Mississippi Farmer, President of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the National Family Farm Coalition, and involved in the international movement of farmers and farmworkers, La Via Campesina. CAGJ invited him to Seattle to give the keynote at our annual dinner on August 7, Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere. John Fawcett-Long has been a long-time advocate organizer for a sustainable and justice food and farming system. He was raised on a farm in southwestern Minnesota and moved to Seattle in the mid-80s. He has served as Director of the Western Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and on the Steering Committee of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture. He is a co-founder of the Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network. John served as a key grassroots food and farming organizer in 1999 for the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. Sue McGann is the Coordinator of Marra Farm, historic preserved farmland in South Park. A project of Lettuce Link – Solid Ground, Marra features a model urban community farm engaging people in sustainable agriculture and education while enhancing local food security. Sue coordinates the Giving Garden which generates tons of fresh, organic produce every year that is donated to a nearby food bank.
Potluck following- please bring something to share if you are able!
Location: New Hope Baptist Church
116 21st Ave. – between Fir & Yesler in the Central District of Seattle (see directions below)
Workshop Sponsors: Cascade Harvest Coalition, Community Alliance for Global Justice, Creatives 4 Community/Ground Up, Equal Exchange, Moving Images, Seattle Central Community College Sustainable Agriculture Program, Seattle Farm Co-op, Spring Into Bed/Cascadian Edible Landscapes, Village Volunteers, Washington Fair Trade Coalition, Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network, Witness for Peace
Note: The workshop takes place during SeaFair week-end. I-90 will be closed until 2:40pm on Sunday. Traffic will likely be bad near the water. For more info on closures, see this link: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/northwest/king/seafair/
Directions from South:
From I-5 Take exit 164A for Dearborn St toward James St/Madison St.
Follow signs for Dearborn St
Continue straight after exit until you reach S Weller St
Turn right at S Weller St
Take the 1st left onto 12th Ave S
Turn right at E Yesler Way
Turn left at 21st Ave
Destination will be on the right
Directions from North:
From I-5 Take exit 165A toward James St
Merge onto 6th Ave and continue straight across James Street until you reach Yesler Way (About 1 min)
Turn left at Yesler Way
Turn left at 21st Ave
Want More Info?
Contact CAGJ: 206-405-4600