KINGSTON FARM AND GARDEN
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ABOUT THE CO-OP
WHO WE ARE:People living in the communities and countryside surrounding Kingston, WA.
WHAT BRINGS US TOGETHER:We are interested in good-quality, reasonably-priced farm-related products; in sharing and supporting agricultural and gardening resources; in strengthening the ties between local consumers and local producers; and in maintaining the small-town character of our area.
WHAT WE'VE DONE TO DATE:
To see the timeline of the initial steps of becoming a legal entity in Washington State, you can look at our
Kingston Farm and Garden Co-op
P. O. Box 385
Kingston, WA 98346-0385
Listings of local providers and Co-op-organized special offers.
Local agriculture or livestock related training and seminars.
LOCAL FARMERS' MARKETS:
Farmers' Markets are open-air, so dress for the weather!
PAGES ABOUT KINGSTON (WA)
looks best for local updates
includes weather, links to bus and ferry schedules
Located just outside Kingston, WA.
"... to build a place that connects and strengthens community ... an intergenerational, multi-functional community center and library, and a park that's a gathering place for people of all ages."
says we're not to be confused with Kingston, Jamaica.
includes current weather conditions
Links to the best map so far.
Links to an impressive number of articles covering food handling safety, food-borne illnesses, home kitchen food safety, restaurant food safety, and food safety resources.
Kelly and her students in Vermont recommend this site!
A Bainbridge Island group dedicated to preserving local farmlands.
A great new "small rural grocery", advertising "Food From Here", benefiting farmers, small businesses, and customers in the northeast Olympic Peninsula area.
"PCC Farmland Trust secures, preserves and stewards threatened farmland in the Northwest, ensuring that generations of local farmers productively farm using sustainable, organic growing methods."
A Pierce County, WA organization since 1982, farm in operation since 2000. "We provide food and other essentials at no cost to over 65 food banks, hot meal sites and shelters for distribution to low-income families and individuals."
An environmental consulting group providing services in Water Resources Management, Sustainability Services, and Regulatory Policy Consulting.
They have some interesting-looking webinars on their site.
advertises itself as the largest permaculture site on the internet.
"This full-time, 7-month long experiential program is for aspiring farmers seeking to learn and practice the technical and business skills needed to run a sustainable small-scale organic commercial farm. Through cooperatively managing the Center’s five-acre farm and attending weekly lectures, discussions and demonstrations on topics including organic crop production, soil science, business planning, and direct marketing, participants will acquire a thorough education in organic small farm management."
"Civil Eats promotes critical thought about sustainable agriculture and food systems as part of building economically and socially just communities."
"Ecotrust's many innovations include co-founding the world's first environmental bank, starting the world's first ecosystem investment fund, creating a range of programs in fisheries, forestry, food, farms and children's health, and developing new scientific and information tools to improve social, economic and environmental decision-making."
Includes the EduCulture Project -
"The EduCulture Project creates locally grown learning experiences that bridge farms and schools, enliven classrooms, enrich curriculum, serve lunchrooms, feed communities, model farm stewardship and nurture food citizenship."
Please help these outstanding projects, with time and / or money! There is a significant resurgence of interest in local food and local farms, but we need to preserve the farmland to support the interest!
"Connecting neighbors for cash-less exchanges."
Laura recommends this page!
This is part of a national initiative to bring sources of healthy food into underserved areas. North Kitsap has no "food deserts", by this reckoning, although parts of Bremerton and Port Orchard are mapped. Unfortunately for those of us who are Walmart-phobic, it is the large, national chains that are being tapped to solve this problem.
"... a miniature grocery that’s tucked inside a reclaimed shipping container and placed into the parking lot of an existing business... we’re working to fix the grocery gap in a neighborhood near you."
Permaculture articles by Paul Wheaton and others.
Includes some very amusing and some very thoughtful "takes" on a variety of subjects. A bit chatty, but informative without being pretentious.
UW takes action to support the concept of urban gardening. "the student farmers ... collaborate with Seattle Youth GardenWorks, sponsored by Seattle Tilth, in a collaborative farm to promote the use of farm-fresh produce on campus and develop leadership skills for UW students and local youth."
"Scythe Works has a complete offering of European Scythes, Scythe Blades, Scything accessories, and other human powered tools. Scythe Works also offers online instructional materials and local scything workshops on Vancouver Island."
"Our key goals:
"Managing Change Northwest’s mission is to help people achieve their goals while improving the environment and society toward a sustainable future."
"...works with chefs and the greater food community to celebrate local foods and foster a more sustainable food supply."
announces the availability of a newly created website titled: Rural Tax Education (www.ruraltax.org) providing farmers and ranchers a resource for agricultural related income and self-employment tax information that is both up-to-date and easy to understand.
Information around Puget Sound, listing CSAs, farmers' markets, harvest schedules, agriculturally-oriented events, recipes.
"...a forum for individuals who share a common interest in Washington’s unique and diverse plant life."
Includes a handy list of native plants, ordered by county, although I noted at least one invasive species listed ... (Scotch Broom!) To cross-check against invasive species, go to the Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control Board site.
"NABC provides Northwest Washington farmers with the skills and the resources required to profitably and efficiently supply their products to consumers, retailers, wholesalers, foodservice operators and food manufacturers."
"Assist with diagnoses of vegetable diseases, pests, and other problems."
Julia found this page for us.
"Washington State University and Stewardship Partners are leading the groundbreaking campaign to install 12,000 Rain Gardens in the Puget Sound Region by 2016."
"We collaborate with diverse interest groups to build bridges and find solutions that achieve mutual goals of environmental protection, economic health, and community well being. Our projects restore fish and wildlife habitat, improve water quality, protect open space, and "green up" the built environment while maintaining working landscapes of farms, forestland, and livable communities throughout the State."
"A Grassroots Food Revolution...taking back responsibility and control of our own food supply." Kinley recommends this site, and Laura, the MVG owner, is also supervising Giving Garden operations!
WSU Greenhouse Resources for Small Scale Producers
WSU Crop Tunnels and Plastic Mulch
"Your online resource for environmentally sensitive horse keeping."
Kinley recommends this site!
"OFRF’s integrated strategy of grantmaking, policy, education and networking initiatives supports organic farmers’ immediate information needs while moving the public and policymakers toward greater investment in organic farming systems."
"The Centre for Arts, Ecology & Agriculture was established to demonstrate and interpret the vital connections between farming, land stewardship, food, the arts, and community well being; to model the economic possibilities for small and medium scale sustainable agricultural and forestry projects, and to nurture the human spirit through public programs, classes, and events."
provides excellent advice on caring for new chicks!
A helpful and pragmatic guide hosted by Suquamish Farmers Market.
The modern equivalent of the neighborhood coming together for a barn raising.
Washington Young Farmers Coalition provides Crop Mobs in Western Washington!
"Seattle Tilth inspires and educates people to garden organically, conserve natural resources, and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community."
"City Fruit works neighborhood by neighborhood to help residential tree owners grow healthy fruit, to harvest and use what they can, and to share what they don’t need. City Fruit collaborates with others involved in local food production, climate protection, horticulture, food security and community-building to protect and optimize urban fruit trees."
"These pages are designed to provide current information to farmers, ranchers and educators about the challenges in today’s agricultural economy."
"We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods and products possible."
Julia found this site.
Amber recommends this site. It also points to a variety of interesting topics, such as solar cooking, green ways to dispose of appliances, maintenance to prevent inefficient appliances, a list of do-it-yourself sites, how to tell kids to wash their hands, how to cook pasta dishes in your dishwasher (!!!), and more!
"...a non-profit organization of folks interested in the fascinating world of fungi! Our purpose is to study, collect and identify fungi. We strive to educate our members and our local community in proper fungi identification. Proper identification is the key in promoting safe and healthy gathering and consumption of fungi."
"Join us in crafting the North Kitsap String of Pearls Trails...The trails we build and plan for today will shape a legacy of outdoor connections for our children and their children to experience North Kitsap's natural resources."
"The Center was established with funding from the Cooperative State Research,
Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (CSREES-USDA)
to address food safety concerns for those who practice and teach home food
preservation and processing methods."
The Peninsula Fruit Club, the Kitsap branch,
meets at Sheridan Park Community Center in Bremerton
the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
"This Society is formed to bring together people who will promote
the science, cultivation and pleasure of growing fruit bearing trees,
shrubs, vines and berry plants..."
A program of the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board.
download the WWHAM brochure at
Think there's no difference between organic and mass-market produce?
Check out this article (hosted by MSNBC) from the July 2010 issue of PREVENTION.
"Locally milled soy-free livestock feeds. We source our
organic whole grains direct from local farmers to support
them and our own local economies."
A wildlife rehabilitation center located on Bainbridge Island.
They are the best and closest place to take injured wildlife.
They do wonderful work. We have taken several injured songbirds to them.
They accept donations in person and on-line.
Sunwind Concepts of Bainbridge Island
West Seattle Natural Energy of (as you might imagine) West Seattle.
And before all the "rainy Puget Sound" jokes start flying -
solar power load has rendered solar systems quite efficient in our
Western Washington area, despite cloud cover.
And we all know that, if the sun is not shining, the wind is usually blowing!
The National Solar Tour site is at www.nationalsolartour.org/
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