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" 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 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 reviving a local community time bank in our Vashon Island community. 


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Local Living Economies for Community Resilience - a Conversation with Judy Wicks.

Judy Wicks is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, speaker and mentor working to build a more compassionate, environmentally sustainable, and locally-based economy.

A recent interview with Judy on resilient regional economies during these time of pandemic is HERE.

Founder of Philadelphia’s landmark White Dog Cafe, Ms. Wicks is author of Good Morning Beautiful Business and her current projects include: All Together Now PA  Circle of Aunts and Uncles and Proud Pennsylvania.


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Community Resilience Posters

To access high resolution versions of these posters for downloading and printing, visit our Flickr site.

PDFS of each are available at these links:


Health Rules/Reglas de Salud

Grow Food

Wash Yo Hands!

Stay Safe

6 Feet Apart

Bea Thanks You/Bea te Agradece

Paloma and Ellis

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Vashon Food for All Volunteer Survey

If you are interested in helping to increase food production on Vashon, please fill out our volunteer (and assets inventory) survey below. To sign up for volunteer shifts at Matsuda Farm, click HERE.

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Food for All Vashon Zoom Discussion

In light of public health, community safety, and increasing restrictions on convenings and 
movement, folks could be feeling more isolated, and our connections to each other and the land seem even more important. 
Who knows what the economy will do, but wouldn't it be great if we could help make sure there is food for everyone on our Island? 
Vashon Island farmers recently joined for a discussion hosted by Backbone Campaign 

Join the conversation - this moment needs your creativity, skills and ideas.

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Neighbor Power in a Time of Pandemic

Jim Diers, of Neighbor Power on community resilience, neighbor power and localization.

Recorded Friday, March 13th, 2020

Jim spoke about social connection needed, especially during times of this public health crisis. (See his blog post on Community Resilience in light of the COVID-19 virus.)


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