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Take Action & Support Island Organizations working on
Growing Food & Food Distribution

Vashon Island Growers Association
VIGA Get Growing
Vashon Fresh - to order home delivered Vashon grown food
Get Growing from VIGA Facebook group
Vashon Seed Project
Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness
Vashon Food Bank
Food Access Partnership and help farmers and people in need of food
Backbone Campaign's Farm Volunteer Project


 

Racial Justice and Food Security - a Conversation with Farmers Lawrence C Jenkins and Aleta Haskins

Racial Justice and Food Security - a Conversation with Farmers Lawrence C Jenkins and Aleta Haskins

Racial Justice and Food Security - a Conversation with Farmers Lawrence C Jenkins and Aleta Haskins

Posted by Backbone Vashon on Friday, June 26, 2020

Susan McCabe facilitated an inspiring interview and profound discussion with Lawrence Jenkins, his wife Aleta Haskins about their work growing food.  The discussion will surprise and move you.  Don't miss this!

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Saving Seeds

Food is a basic need and healthy local food should be a fundamental right.  At the heart of the food system is the seed.  Our current food system is so broken in most all ways.  We will talk about the effects of racism and colonization on our food system and how those oppressive systems relate to growing a garden and saving your seeds.    

SEED SAVING AS AN ACT OF RESISTANCE AND COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT!

Food is a basic need and healthy local food should be a fundamental right. At the heart of the food system is the seed. Our current food system is so broken in most all ways. We will talk about the effects of racism and colonization on our food system and how those oppressive systems relate to growing a garden and saving your seeds. Save your own seeds, distribute them to your community and beyond, and be part of the movement for Food and Seed sovereignty across the Earth. Saving seed and growing food are fundamental to the new, abundant, regenerative world we want to live in. In a conversation with gardener extraordinaire Martha Enson and farmer Jen Williams, we will cover the very basics of seed saving, starting with the Top Five easiest seeds to save from your garden this year: Lettuce, Peas, Beans, Tomatoes, Herbs (like cilantro and arugua), as well as Flowers. We will discuss open pollinated vs. hybrid varieties, the basic botany of pollination and fertilization, and a bit about seed harvesting and storage. There will be time for Q&A at the end. Many resources and links will be shared, where you can learn more about seed saving, plant breeding, and social justice in our food system. RSVP Below. Please donate to Free Lawrence here.

Posted by Backbone Vashon on Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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Partner Survey, Vashon Time Bank

Additional info on Timebanking

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Growing Island Food Resilience

Since the end of March, Backbone Campaign has mobilized over 30 volunteers to safely plant, harvest, weed, construct, and organize at Matsuda Farm, Vashon Island's not for profit farm. They have given over 400 hours to grow de-commodified food!

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#Grounded: A Conversation with Winona LaDuke and Bill McKibben on Decarbonization, Localization & Just Transition

Localization of economies, democracy and resilience requires that we be/get "Grounded" -  reconnected to place, planet and each other. In the old "normal" it was difficult to imagine stopping air travel. Today, it is much easier to imagine. The climate, planet and creatures need the new normal to look dramatically different from the old normal. NOW is our moment of opportunity.

The Backbone Campaign Team and allies held a 1 hour conversation with Winona LaDuke and Bill McKibben on this CoViD-19 moment and its relevance for decarbonization, localization, and system transformation. Check it out! Then take action to #ReMakeTheWorld and let's get #Grounded.

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VASHON COVID-19 TOWN HALL #2 ESPAÑOL

Un panel de expertos de la isla se une al Jefe de Bomberos Charlie Krimmert y líderes voluntarios del Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia de Vashon para responder preguntas sobre COVID-19 y la respuesta de la isla a los despidos, cierres de negocios, disponibilidad de alimentos, pruebas médicas y problemas de transporte.

 

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Nettles - Nature's Free Backyard Food, Medicine & Tea

On Vashon Island, nettles grow everywhere!

March-April is a PERFECT time to harvest this nutrient-rich native food.

As part of Backbone Campaign's Resilience work, we asked our friends Alix Clarke and Eunice Blundt (aka Martha Enson) to demonstrate how to use this plant, as a potential immune boosting food. With a touch of humor - they demonstrated the different stages of preparation from harvesting without getting stung, how to prepare in soup, make chips, and preserve the goodness in tea and tincture.

 

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Propaga la palabra, no propagues el virus.

Hay un grupo talentoso de personas en Vashon que colaboran en carteles, videos y más. Somos muy afortunados

Echa un vistazo al primer "PSA" VashonResilience.org CoViD-19.

Gracias al equipo:
Edición de video James Culbertson
Producción de video, Kathryn True, Jim Farrell y Bill Jarcho
Escritores, Jeff Hoyt (voz en inglés), Mariela Franco (voz en español),
Bill Jarcho Director / productor

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Spread the Word - Not the Virus

There's a talented group of folks on Vashon collaborating on posters, videos and more. We are so fortunate.

Check out all that as well as this, our first VashonResilience.org CoViD-19 PSA.

Thanks to the Video PSA team:
Video editing James Culbertson
Video production, Kathryn True, Jim Farrell, and Bill Jarcho
Writers, Jeff Hoyt (English voice), Mariela Franco (Spanish voice),
Bill Jarcho Director/producer


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Time Banks - a Tool to Remake our World - a Conversation with Time Bank Leaders across the US

Backbone Campaign is considering reviving a local community time bank in our Vashon Island community. We also want to share our research and learning process with communities and change agents wherever they are. We believe that Time Banking is a useful tool for lifting quality of life and building resilience local economies in this time pandemic and system failures. As access to the monetary system and traditional employment are threatened, community connections are a source of well being, health and political power. 

Listen to our interview with Edgar Cahn is the Father of Time Banking. He and his wife, Christine Gray, former Executive Director of TimeBanks USA, were our guests for a 1 hour conversation on time banking as a tool for local resilience and connection. They were joined by Micaela Salatino, of Long Beach Time Exchange and Tamsen Spengler of West Seattle Time Bank. 

Thank you everyone who participated!

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