CAGJ Monthly E-Newsletter | MAY 1, 2024

May E-News
It's Membership Month: Donate today!
CAGJ Book Club
CAGJ at NW Folklife
Call for Volunteers!
SLEE: Save the Date!
Support WA Tulip Workers
NFFC Updates
Factsheets on Ultra-processed food in Africa
Tipping point for greenwashing
New poster on food and the climate crisis
Local events


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Happy International Workers' Day! Join CAGJ at May Day March, 10AM at Westlake!
It’s CAGJ’s Membership Month! We are asking ALL SUPPORTERS: Please give some love to CAGJ today! Why? Because Members are the driving force of CAGJ!

Here are a few reasons why now is a great time to give (click

  • Reason #1: MATCHING GRANT! Every donation in May will be MATCHED, thanks to UFCW 3000 & generous donors!
  • Reason #2: GiveBIG! On May 7th & 8th, be part of the GiveBIG community who donate generously to nonprofits throughout our region (schedule your gift now).
  • Reason #3: SWAG for donors! We have NEW TSHIRTS! Everyone who donates $200 or more, or becomes a monthly sustainer at $20/month or more gets a Food Justice Tshirt with Nikki McClure artwork and "food" in several languages - your choice between cream and pink!
  • Reason #4: SWAG for NEW members! Everyone who donates OR fills out CAGJ’s membership card for the first time will get entered into a raffle to win one of our NEW Tshirts!

Your donations help to keep CAGJ fiercely independent and outspoken! Please donate generously today with either a one-time or monthly donation.

  • Already a Monthly Sustainer? Consider increasing your gift to celebrate CAGJ Membership Month: Contact Sara to increase.
  • Your volunteer hours and commitment to CAGJ are essential to our participation in the Food Sovereignty movement. If you cannot donate at this time, you can still become a member:

CAGJ is #CultivatingConnections: Next week you will receive our beautiful 2023 Annual Report, detailing the many ways CAGJ is strengthening our food sovereignty movement, from Seattle to Bellingham to Indiana to California to Tanzania to Zambia. In 2024 we are bringing you:

THANK YOU for your continued love & support, beloved community!

Heather Day


Announcing CAGJ's new Book Group!
Starting MON May 13, 6:30PM PST
Eat the Rich, Feed Food Sovereignty:
A Book Club for Anti-corporate Food Systems

On Monday May 13th CAGJ is launching a new book club for CAGJ supporters and members of the public! We will focus on themes related to our work and campaigns, including corporate control of our food system, destructive philanthropy, and people’s movements in resistance. The first Book Club meeting will discuss The Bill Gates Problem: Reckoning with the Myth of the Good Billionaire, by Tim Schwab. CAGJ members will facilitate the discussions. 

All gatherings will be offered in a hybrid format – both via Zoom and in person in Seattle. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link and Seattle meeting location: Register today!


  • MON May 13: The Bill Gates Problem: Reckoning with the Myth of the Good Billionaire, by Tim Schwab. Order from Powell’s
  • MON June 10: Seeding Empire: American Philanthrocapital and the Roots of the Green Revolution in Africa, by Aaron Eddens. Order from UC Press
  • MON July 8: Translating Food Sovereignty: Cultivating Justice in an Age of Transnational Governance, by CAGJ’s own Matt Canfield! Order from Powell’s 
  • MON Aug 12: To be decided by the group

Learn more.

Join CAGJ at Northwest Folklife Festival!
FRI May 24: Laulima: the first Annual Creative Ecosystems Summit
SAT May 25: Tabling in Kuleana Food Sovereignty Corridor - Volunteers needed!
Every year people travel from around the country to Seattle for the free Northwest Folklife Festival over Memorial Day weekend; the 53rd festival will take place at Seattle Center May 24-27.
On May 24, CAGJ will host a workshop on Food Sovereignty and solidarity at Laulima, the first annual Creative Ecosystems Summit, a new program at Folklife. This assembly brings together an amalgam of creative constituents to discuss tools, strategies, and collaborations for building a resilient and prosperous creative ecosystem. The summit will include presentations, workshops, and panel discussions propelled by the joy, comfort, and humanity we derive from art and culture and the power transmitted through storytelling and imagination. More info and registration.
SAT May 25: Join CAGJ in our booth in the Kuleana Corridor!
Help with CAGJ/AGRA Watch Outreach at NW Folklife!
Folklife is stretching its wings to encompass many aspects of folk culture including Food Sovereignty, and has invited CAGJ to host a booth in the Kuelana Corridor, with other local food justice organizations and farms. We will raise awareness about the African Food Sovereignty movement's concerns with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, located just across the street. We will also share our new Tshirts and food justice posters, and other information with the public. Please sign up for a shift today, or just plan to stop by!
SAVE THE DATE: SAT August 17, 2024, 5-8PM
18th Annual SLEE Gala will be a Picnic!
We are excited to announce that our 18th annual Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere Gala will take place Saturday August 17th, 5-8PM! This year SLEE will be a picnic at a local park (TBD)! CAGJ will grill wild salmon and provide salads. You will bring a dessert to share if you wish, and good cheer! We look forrward to gathering once again in community this summer! Tickets and more info available soon. Contact Heather if you can help to organize SLEE!


Support WA Tulip Workers
Contact Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Committee
This action alert was distributed at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival during La Marcha Campesina, organized by Community to Community and Familias Unidas por la Justicia farmworker union. See CAGJ’s photos from the march on Facebook!

On this International Workers’ Day, support the Farmworkers struggle for fair wages and working conditions. Contact the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and let them know you stand in solidarity with farm workers in Skagit County! If you enjoyed the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival this year or any year, support the dignity and well-being of the people who grew the flowers! 

It’s no secret that the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a popular destination for families across the state and beyond. iIt is reported that the 400k-500k visitors bring approximately $65 million to the local economy in April alone. 

But where is the fair share for the workers who live in Skagit County and care for the soil and flowers? The 500 acres of tulips in Skagit Valley represent 75% of the US commercial tulip production. Farmworkers who grow 75% of a national industry do not deserve poor working conditions, low wages, and inadequate restrooms.

Contact the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival to let them know the community stands behind tulip workers’ struggle: 

Who to contact at Festival Committee:
General inquiries: 360 428-5959 [email protected]
Executive Director Nicole Roozen: [email protected]

  • The tulip festival team needs to include the flower Farmworker Union Familias Unidas por la Justicia in their team (nothing about us without us!)
  • The tulip festival committee and growers need to share profits equitably by hiring and paying local workers wages commensurate with the profits. (WA Bulb had a revenue of $85 million in 2023)
  • The tulip festival can and should exert their influence to ensure safe, sanitary, and humane working conditions on participating farms.

Learn more.


National Family Farm Coalition corner:
Director Niaz Dorry recognized by James Beard Foundation
CAGJ is a proud member of National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC), whose director is Niaz Dorry (she also leads North American Marine Alliance in a creative partnership). Niaz is a 2024 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award recipient in the Policy Advocacy category! Niaz has played a pivotal role in grassroots movement-building and steering federal legislation towards recognizing and supporting family-scale, community-based, and Indigenous fishing and farming communities.  Read more.
Watch NFFC's short video to celebrate Intl Day of Peasant Struggles
On April 17, the International Day of Peasant Struggles commemorated annually by La Via Campesina, NFFC staff and members stood with agrarian communities across the globe in our demands for a food system rooted in food sovereignty, not the profits of multinational corporations! Farmers in the US must be in solidarity with farmers around the globe to build power against the challenges that unite us all. From the viewpoint of the dominant industrial food system, we are all peasants. We asked our members what they have in common with family-scale farmers globally - here's what they had to say: Watch now.
Rising ultra-processed food consumption deepens Africa’s biodiversity, climate and pollution crises
April 4, 2024 - African Centre for Biodiversity
In this series focusing on ultra-processed food (UPF) on the African continent, ACB explore the impacts of shifting dietary patterns, with increasing reliance on low-cost, ultra-processed foods (UPFs) globally, and in Africa in particular, in the context of an urgent call for a just, agroecological food system transition. Factsheets 6-8 are now available!
New York is suing the world’s biggest meat company. It might be a tipping point for greenwashing
April 5, 2024 - Whitney Bauck, The Guardian
When the office of the New York attorney general, Letitia James, announced that it would be suing the world’s largest meat company, JBS, for misleading customers about its climate commitments, it caused a stir far beyond the world of food. That’s because the suit’s impact has the potential to influence the approach all kinds of big businesses take in their advertising about sustainability, according to experts. Read more.
New from GRAIN: Poster on food and the climate crisis
April 23, 2024 - GRAIN
There is no way to deal with the climate crisis without addressing how we produce and consume food. The food system is a major driver of climate change, accounting for over a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. But it is also a major casualty of it, with people’s ability to grow crops, raise livestock and access food increasingly disrupted by the effects of climate change. We need to urgently transform our food systems to adapt. But to do so, we have to be clear on what’s the problem and what’s the solution. Check out this new poster to print for your home and office, where GRAIN breaks down the culprits and the solutions when it comes to food and the climate crisis.


FRI May 3, 9AM - SAT May 4, 5PM
2024 "Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ" Indigenous Foods Symposium
Join us for the 12th annual event of the "Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ" Indigenous Foods Symposium! Our symposium is a signature event for the UW Intellectual House and has become an important venue for bringing together people from diverse communities and organizations who share the same commitment to protecting Indigenous homelands and the environment. It serves to foster dialogue and build collaborative networks as Indigenous peoples strive to sustain cultural food practices and preserve healthy relationships to the land, water, and all living things. This year's theme is "Growing Food Sovereignty and Nourishing Seeds of Hope". More info and registration.
SAT May 4 - SUN May 5, 9AM – 3PM
Tilth Alliance May Edible Plant Sale

The annual Tilth May Edible Plant Sale features the largest selection of organically, sustainably and locally grown vegetable plant starts in the Puget Sound region. All revenue from the May Edible Plant Sale benefits Tilth Alliance’s year-round programming.

Plants offered at the May Edible Plant Sale are the best varieties to grow successfully in our Pacific Northwest climate. You’ll find an amazing selection of fruits and veggies to choose from, as well as culinary herbs, edible flowers, pollinator plants, and even gardening supplies that will help maximize your harvest all year round. You may even discover new plants or varieties for your summer garden! More info.

Save the Date for the 2024 Tilth Conference!
November 14-16, Vancouver, WA
T50 – Rooted in History, Cultivating the Future. T50 will feature a half-day research symposium (to be organized collaboratively by the small farm teams at OSU and WSU), more than 25 lectures, workshops and panel discussions, a tradeshow featuring vendors that serve our PNW farmers, engaging keynote speakers, a policy roundtable, and a Taste of PNW Organic networking event that will help create connections between organic producers and buyers. More information, and requests for educational session proposals coming soon!

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