November 13, 2018
The Spokane Food Policy Council (SFPC) is hosting a summit on “Growing Food Partnerships” food summit this fall to 1) connect people involved in our local food system, and 2) gather input for setting the SFPC’s future policy advocacy objectives.
Growing Food Partnerships
Summit Mission:“To connect food system stakeholders in the Spokane region and identify key concerns and opportunities to shape the SFPC’s policy objectives.”
Location: Gonzaga Hemmingson Center
Date: November 13th
Time: 9 am- 4pm
Nationally Recognized Food Advocate Keynote Speaker: Mark Winne
“Mark is a co-founder of a number of food and agriculture policy groups including the City of Hartford Food Policy Commission, the Connecticut Food Policy Council, End Hunger Connecticut!, and the national Community Food Security Coalition. He was an organizer and chairman of the Working Lands Alliance, a statewide coalition working to preserve Connecticut’s farmland, and is a founder of the Connecticut Farmland Trust. Mark was a member of the United States delegation to the 2000 World Conference on Food Security in Rome and is a 2001 recipient of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Plow Honor Award. From 2002 until 2004, Mark was a Food and Society Policy Fellow, a position supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Mark serves part time as a Senior Advisor to the Food Policy Networks Project at the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future.”
“Mark currently writes, speaks, and consults extensively on community food system topics including hunger and food insecurity, local and regional agriculture, community food assessment, and food policy.”
For more information or to volunteer to help plan the event please contact [email protected]
Growing Food Partnership Sponsors
“Education Coordinator for the City of Spokane’s Solid Waste Disposal Department. In her position, she works with all ages and audiences teaching about waste reduction, recycling, re-use, and composting. Kris is a Master Composter/Recycler (MC/R), and teaches and coordinates the MC/R program in Spokane County. Graduates of the program volunteer hundreds of hours each year doing waste reduction outreach in the community.”
“In 1969 I earned a BS in Environmental Sciences from Calif. State Univ. – Northridge, completed graduate classes at UC Berkeley while working on campus at the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, transferred to a position at UC Davis, and ultimately worked for Alameda Co. Health Dept. before immigrating with my wife and two children to Norway to begin our farming career. I was an organic farmer for more than 27 years, beginning in Norway in the early 70’s, and in then in Whatcom County, Washington. In 1983 we decided to practice the concept of vertical integration and opened the first farm to table restaurant in WA. In 2006 I became the Small Farm Coordinator at the Washington State Department of Agriculture.”
“April Gunderson is a graduate student in the Master of Public Health program at Eastern Washington University with background in urban planning and geography. She is interested in how the built and natural environments affect public health. She works for the City of Spokane and Eastern Washington University. During her internship at the Spokane Regional Health District, she worked with community partners to map food sources in Spokane County in relation to vulnerable populations. Her hope is that this story map will facilitate discussion among community members and stakeholders and bring to attention the inequities of Spokane County’s food environment.”
“Ellen Gray has over 30 years of experience managing nonprofit organizations that advance the sustainable use of our natural resources. Her childhood was spent working on Vermont dairy and horse farms where she developed a deep appreciation for farming.
Ellen has a wealth of experience working in collaboration with diverse stakeholders. She served on the Washington State Food Systems Roundtable, a public private collaborative tasked with setting a 25-year vision and action plan for the State’s food system. As Director of The Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network she served as Chair of the Good Food Coalition, a group of organizations and individuals advocating for policies that advanced a more sustainable and just food system in Washington State. Ellen was an advisor to Washington State University’s Center for Sustainable Ag and Natural Resources and the College of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee. She also represented WSU at the national level as their delegate to the Council on Agricultural Research, Education and Teaching. Ellen has a long commitment to advocacy. In 2013 she received Advocate of the Year Award from both Tilth Producers of Washington and the Washington State Farmers Market Association. She has a Masters from the University of Washington and a BA from the University of Vermont. She is currently a consultant to non-profit organizations, providing temporary leadership and support as needed. She loves tennis and coaching the Mount Vernon High School tennis teams. Ellen lives in Mount Vernon Washington.”
“Misty Seaboldt has worked for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service for 16 years and earned her Forestry degree from Washington State University.
Misty began her career as a Field Forester located in the Spokane Valley, WA. Here she learned extensively about intensive farming and ranching operations. After four years she was promoted to an Area Forester position in Colville, WA. She was responsible for all forestry matters in Eastern Washington. While in Colville, she was the sole conservation planner for a number of years, this afforded her some expertise in irrigation systems as well as livestock watering practices. In 2008, she accepted the State Forester Position In Portland, OR. She served in this capacity for eight years before returning back to Spokane, WA as an Area Program Specialist.
Misty was raised in Spokane, WA and considers this her home. She resides with her 2 poorly behaved dogs and a cat.”