Photo above: Our director got to help Farmer Neil Howe harvest lettuces at Salish Coast Elementary Food Production Garden in Port Townsend, WA. This local produce goes toward fresh food meals for three schools serving 1200 students a day.
Reflecting on a great week in Victoria BC and Port Townsend WA, with thanks to all the people who opened up local circles of learning so that we all benefited. Terrific to see some of places I’ve only known from the map and to meet more of the remarkable people behind these powerful expressions of place. This work has longevity, spanning back 20 years as well as laying the groundwork for the future.
Food security was the through-line, and we’re so glad to see the new set of Local Food Icons already in use around the Pacific Northwest. Our thanks to these groups in Victoria BC - the Community Social Planning Council, Community Living BC, UVic (CIFAL, the Map Shop and Community Engaged Learning) and the Community Association of Oak Bay and homestay host Maeve Lydon; and in Port Townsend, especially Mary Hunt of the FEED Jeffco Green Map, Food Bank Growers and colleagues at L2020, the school district, EDC and all the amazing and productive school and food bank gardens there. Adding a shout out to Jim Diers on Vashon Island, and friends galore around the Seattle-Tacoma region. Delightful!
Food for Thought: We welcome your ideas or suggestions on the survey or please join us in NYC in person on Saturday October 14 at the SWALE House on Governors Island (Nolan Park's south end). This is the public day of our Residency there. From 11-5pm, please come and explore the set, and share your opinion. Our designer will be on hand to sketch! You are invited to have a snack and talk about your mapping concepts too. All ages welcome. Ferry info
Please Join Us:
Tour: (New DATE!) Sunday Oct 8, explore community gardens with Wendy, starting at 2:30 at La Plaza, East 9th at Ave C.
Virtual: Our next Open Office Hour is Wednesday 11 October at 11 ET Register here!
Live at SWALE House: Sat Oct 14, 11-5 in stellar Nolan Park on Governors Island
And YES: you can still contribute to our Local Food Mapping Microproject. Of course you can donate directly to us anytime, but on Giving Tuesday, Global Giving offers a match for donations up to $2,500. We’ll remind you as November 28th nears!
The moon rises at Sitchanalth (now Willows Beach, Oak Bay - Victoria BC)