March 17, 2010 in Features

Tour p.e.a.c.h. community farm Saturday

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See the new p.e.a.c.h. Community Farm this weekend.

People for Environmental Action and Community Health (p.e.a.c.h.), the nonprofit parent of Fresh Abundance, is showing off the new farm they’ve established this weekend with an open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Organizers decided to relocate the farm after zoning laws in the Spokane Valley prevented the group from selling produce and having animals on the sustainable operation it started at Best Road and 32nd Avenue last summer. The nonprofit is part of Fresh Abundance, a local food grocery store and the hub for their doorstep delivery business at 2015 N. Division St., just north of Indiana.

P.e.a.c.h. will give tours of the sustainable buildings on the farm, which include those made with rammed earth brick, passive solar houses and a thermal greenhouse. They’re celebrating the recent donation of a greenhouse from Rotary Club 21. A potluck begins at 11:30 a.m. Bring a dish to share, along with plates and utensils.

P.e.a.c.h. Community Farm is located at 10425 S. Andrus Road in Cheney. Find a map at or call (509) 981-8560.

Make the connection

Spokane Tilth and the Vinegar Flats Garden will host a forum Saturday to help farmers and chefs get more local food on local plates. The forum will be held starting at 9 a.m. at the Community Building, 35 W. Main Ave., in Spokane.

Organizers say the goal is to help each group understand what it takes to get locally grown foods from farm to table in Spokane.

Speakers will share stories of their successful relationships and there will be a panel discussion to offer advice and answer questions. The talk is open to the public.

Speakers include Jennifer Hall of Main Market Co-op, chef David Blaine of Latah Bistro, grower Dan Jackson of Jackson Farms, chef Jeremy Hansen of Santé Restaurant, Trish Vieira of Spokane’s Family Farms and Stewart Fry of C&S HydroHuts

Following the forum, there will be an open house for people who would like to buy a community supported agriculture share during the upcoming growing season.

The CSA open house will allow people to shop the options for buying locally grown and raised food. A CSA share allows customers to purchase a share of the harvest from a grower that is delivered or available for pick-up on a weekly basis. The installments can include fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, dairy products, meat and more. The offerings vary from grower to grower.

The open house begins at 12:30 and ends at 4 p.m. It is sponsored by Spokane Tilth and the Inland Northwest Community Supported Agriculture Association. The groups plan to hold other “meet and greet” events for customers and producers as the growing season approaches.

For more information contact Brian Estes at (509) 521-0606.

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