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By Torie Foote, President, Spokane Food Policy Council and Co-owner Footehill Farm, Colbert, WA. The right food is as important to the body as the right gas is for a car. We have gotten to believe that only a doctor’s prescription for a pharmaceutical is really what is going to make us well when in […]
By Spokane Food Policy Council member Elizabeth L. Abbey, PhD, RDN, CDN, Assistant Professor, Whitworth University.
On November 21, 2018, the Spokane Food Policy Council sent a comment to the Congressional Conference Committee leadership to let them know what kind of Farm Bill the Council would like to see come out of the reconciliation process. Here is the text of the comment: To: The Honorable Pat Roberts Chairman Senate Agriculture Committee […]
Letter to the Editor Published in Spokesman-Review Sun., July 22nd, 2018 By: Kitty Klitzke In June the House passed a Farm Bill that increases hunger and poverty. By cutting $20 billion and strictly limiting eligibility for SNAP (food stamps), it takes food away from working-poor families, children, disabled people, veterans, seniors and seasonal workers. The Spokane Food […]
By: Pat Munts Small Farms and Urban Agriculture Coordinator WSU Spokane County Extension The men and women who grow our food are getting older. Who will replace them? Who will step into a job that sends a person out into the heat, dust, rain, snow, cold and an uncertain market? Who will step into […]
By Kendra Dean, Catholic Charities Eastern Washington Food For All Project Manager There are a multitude of reasons to support your local farmers markets here in Spokane County. These include, but are not limited to, enhanced flavor, building your local community, reducing your environmental impact, and supporting local businesses – all great things! We are […]
Written By: Linda Moulder Begun after the Dust Bowl and Depression years of the 1930s, Congress developed a complex set of safety nets for food, fiber, fuel and energy and named it the Farm Bill. $100 billion is allotted annually to support Farm Bill programs. Federal policies are complicated and the Farm Bill is no […]
Spokane Food Policy “SFPC Update: The Spokane Food Policy Council (SFPC) first met October 2013, and since then has been engaged in council organizational/program development, research, and outreach. Some particular areas of current and future interest include: farmland preservation K-12 nutrition institutional purchasing policies policies that allow for local food processing in or near urban […]
Written By: Pat Munts May 2017- Urban Livestock and Market Gardening in the City of Spokane: “How cool would it be if you could walk down the street in your Spokane neighborhood and buy vegetables fruit and flowers from your neighbor who grew them right in their back yard? It can’t be fresher […]