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Year of Plenty archive for Jan. 1, 2009

THURSDAY, DEC. 31, 2009

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30, 2009

TUESDAY, DEC. 29, 2009

SATURDAY, DEC. 26, 2009

THURSDAY, DEC. 24, 2009

Roundup Ready Alfalfa Under Consideration By USDA

Roundup Ready Alfalfa is next up on the genetically modified crops debate. The USDA has released it's draft Environmental Impact Statement and is open for comment. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service released the draft Environmental Impact Statement for Roundup Ready Alfalfa last…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23, 2009

What is the real cost of food? 

Check out this brief video that packs a punch. (updated so now there is actually a video) Mindblowing statistic: In 1959 4% of American Children were overweight and in 2009 19% are overweight. The punchline: Nutritious meals are the key to vibrant health and longevity.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 22, 2009

MONDAY, DEC. 21, 2009

Could Spokane Have a "Ministry of Food"? 

I am intrigued by Jamie Oliver's work in England and beyond promoting healthy food. One of the itierations of his work is the Ministry of Food Center in Rotherham;The Ministry of Food Centre in Rotherham was the starting point for Jamie's campaign. It's somewhere for…

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SATURDAY, DEC. 19, 2009

FRIDAY, DEC. 18, 2009

THURSDAY, DEC. 17, 2009

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2009

TUESDAY, DEC. 15, 2009

MONDAY, DEC. 14, 2009

SATURDAY, DEC. 12, 2009

Year of Plenty Weekend Web Links

Here are some links worth exploring:Chipotle, Just Food and Human Rights Excerpt: In Florida, the human rights crisis engulfing farm labor is perhaps most starkly visible. Tomato pickers have received virtually the same harvesting piece rate since 1980: 40-50 cents for every 32-pound bucket they…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 11, 2009

Natural Start Bakery Postmortem 

I spoke with the current owners this week of what was formerly the Natural Start Bakery. They are leading the coffee shop in a new direction after almost two years of being part of a high profile experiment in sourcing all of their ingredients for…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 10, 2009

"Real Live Farmers"

Lily (pictured above at last summer's impromptu lemonade/farm stand) is doing a "culture basket" presentation at her second grade class where you take artifacts from family life and do a presentation about your family culture. One of Lily's artifacts is the ribbon she won for…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 8, 2009

MONDAY, DEC. 7, 2009

Year of Plenty

The Year of Plenty blog was created by Craig Goodwin in the winter of 2008 to chronicle the experiences of his family as they sought to consume everything local, used, homegrown or homemade. That journey was a wonderful introduction to people and movements in the Spokane area who are seeking the welfare of the community through local foods, farmers markets, community gardens, sustainable transportation, and more fulfilling and just patterns of consumption. In 2009 and beyond the blog will continue to report on these relationships and practices, all through the eyes of a family with young children. Craig manages the Millwood Farmers' Market, is a Master Food Preserver and Pastor at Millwood Presbyterian Church. Craig can be reached at

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