Celery growing in the fertile Puyallup River Valley.

Community planners can learn the tools to support local food production.

Do you know where your food comes from? For most of us, it’s the grocery store. But, in the growing season, I want to support local agriculture and my local farmer. We can only do that if we have local farmland. Join me, Kathryn Gardow of Gardow Consulting–Land Matters Food Matters, and Nicole Capizzi of Amaranth Urban Farm on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 from noon until 1:15 p.m. at Mercer Island City Hall for our presentation on Preserving Farmland: Planning for Local Food Production. This presentation is one of the Brown Bag Series organized by the Puget Sound Section of the American Planning Association. Nicole and I will explore available tools and suggest new opportunities that planners can use to encourage local food production in our communities.

About Kathryn

Kathryn Gardow, principal of Gardow Consulting–Land Matters Food Matters, provides project management, land use planning and permitting services to visionaries, such as developers, jurisdictions, and landowners that include food production lands in their communities, development projects, and land use codes. Kathryn has applied planning, regulatory and civil engineering expertise to soils, steep slopes, wetlands, flooding, drainage and other land use issues in many development projects. Until 2010, Kathryn directed PCC Farmland Trust, a Seattle non-profit dedicated to saving local, organic farmland from non-farm development. Kathryn’s tenure at PCC Farmland Trust awakened her to how disconnected many of us are from our food sources.

Kathryn is Vice Chair of the State of Washington’s Public Works Board, a policy and advocacy board for financing local government infrastructure. This position keeps her connected with many business leaders and policy decision makers in Olympia and across the state.

About Nicole

Nicole Capizzi operates Amaranth Urban Farm in Seattle, Washington and has been making her living farming, teaching, and writing about sustainable agriculture since 2002. She’s created viable urban farm businesses in Seattle and Milwaukee and aims to redefine the place of urban agriculture within the re-emerging local and sustainable business economy. Nicole is a 2003 graduate of the organic farm apprenticeship at UC Santa Cruz, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. She also serves as a board member of Seattle Chefs Collaborative and as a newly appointed commissioner for the King County Agriculture Commission.

Join us for lunch

No RSVP is necessary to attend the event or buy a lunch, but if you would like a sandwich, please RSVP before Noon on Monday, March 5 to Stan May at stanleymay@gmail.com to help estimate the number of sandwiches to order. Lunches are only $5!