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Year of Plenty

TUESDAY, DEC. 1, 2009

MONDAY, NOV. 30, 2009

SUNDAY, NOV. 29, 2009

Local Food, Poetry and the Pursuit of Holiness 

It was interesting to hear Spovegan assess my perspective on local food in the following terms last week. She said;Craig seems to be approaching the idea of veganism from an environmental view point, whereas the Times contributor takes an ethical stance using some rather polarizing…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 27, 2009

Local wheat farming co-op Shepherd's Grain featured on CNN

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 (Craig Goodwin)

Thanksgiving Dinner Debrief

We had a great Thanksgiving dinner from locally sourced ingredients (mostly). The turkey is from Rocky Ridge Ranch and it was great. The highlight of the meal was our tri-colored mashed potatoes from this year's garden harvest. We used purple, red and white fleshed varieties,…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 26, 2009

A web site worth checking out:

I stumbled across today, full of interesting perspectives and provocative ideas about the environment, food, etc. Check out the magazine version too, Good 100. Of the Good 100 here are a few that jumped out to me.The Crap Caper in Chicago where a someone…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25, 2009

TUESDAY, NOV. 24, 2009

MONDAY, NOV. 23, 2009

Is Vegan the New Locavore?

As the great debate about food and the environment has evolved in recent years the argument that eating local is a good way to cut down on carbon emissions has lost its luster. If food is being shipped on average over 1500 miles to the…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 21, 2009

Wendell Berry's Better Economy - Part 2

Volunteerism as I understand it, is a way of compensating for economic or social failure. If you have an economy that impoverishes land and people, as now, then decency will try to compensate by various kinds of volunteerism. But the only effective answer to economic…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 20, 2009

Happy "Thank You Farmers and Ranchers Day"

This just in from Governor Gregoire in Olympia:Whereas, the holiday season is a time to be thankful for America's abundant supply of safe, wholesome and affordable food; andWhereas, Washington's farmers and ranchers produce the food that nourishes our bodies and serves as the centerpiece for…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 19, 2009

Spokane Area Winter Farmers' Markets

Here is the rundown on winter farmers' markets Spokane area for 2009-2010. Millwood Farmers' Market: Wednesdays from 2-6pm at the Crossing Youth Center.Downtown Community Building Market Thursdays: 11am - 3pm at the Community Building.Coeur d'Alene Saturday Market: 11am - 3pm at at the Plaza right…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18, 2009

MONDAY, NOV. 16, 2009

FRIDAY, NOV. 13, 2009

THURSDAY, NOV. 12, 2009

TUESDAY, NOV. 10, 2009

First Slow Food, Now "Slow Money"

Here's an interesting article on the idea of "slow money", or a system of investments that stay local in your own community:What if the money you invested stayed within 50 miles of where you currently live and was committed to local merchants and growers who…

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MONDAY, NOV. 9, 2009

SATURDAY, NOV. 7, 2009

FRIDAY, NOV. 6, 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