“Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love—that makes life and nature harmonize.” -George Eliot
Fall is a beautiful time of year filled with chilly mornings, crisp leaves and spooky Jack-O-Lanterns lit up on the front porch. As with everything else, this fall season looks a little different as the world has changed around us. One tradition that remains almost the same is visiting your local pumpkin patch or corn maze. Many of our Salmon-Safe farms offer fall activities that provide an opportunity to get the family out to do something fun, while being in fresh open air with plenty of room for social distancing. So if you are feeling cooped up and ready to get in the fall spirit, consider visiting one of our local farms and buying a Salmon-Safe pumpkin or other goodies!
Join Salmon-Safe on October 29th for Salmon in the City 2020 – Registration is live! This free, virtual event will highlight innovations in ecologically sustainable urban design and development that protect water quality and our urban watershed. NOAA Fisheries will present groundbreaking research regarding the impacts of urban stormwater on salmon and watersheds. The event will feature pioneering design collaborations bridging architecture and ecology as well as case studies of projects incorporating Salmon-Safe stormwater design principles. Register Today
Despite the challenges of 2020, we were able to keep the annual tradition of Feast on the Farm alive from the comfort of our own homes. The pivot of our yearly event to a virtual experience wouldn’t have been possible without our supporters, sponsors, farmers, and chefs. Feast on the Farm at home raised $55,400, which will directly support the conservation and restoration initiatives in Puget Sound! While this is a third of what we typically raise at Feast on the Farm, we are grateful for the support and commitment to stewarding our water and land during these difficult times. If you would still like to donate to our organization, click here. A huge thank you to our sponsors, farmers, and chefs, and most importantly, our supporters. You can see all the fun (and amazing food) that was had by looking up #feasthomedelivery2020 on Instagram or Facebook!
“While we were missing the farm, the feast certainly did not disappoint. Thank you Stewardship Partners and Chefs Ethan Stowell, Joe Ianelli, and Zoi Antonitsas for your gourmet farm to table CSA box. Our bellies are full and our hearts are thankful for learning more on how we can become better caretakers of our Pacific Northwest land and the water that sustains us.” -Cassie and Jeremey Johnson
This year, we aren’t able to gather at a community farm table, but the urgency of sustainability is more clear than ever before. Along with it, the need for community has never been more felt. So rather than postpone we are bringing the Feast to you and your pod. Introducing Feast Home Delivery, a world of sustainability brought to your doorstep. What does this look like? A fun-filled evening with a private farm to table experience, unlike any other.
Each meal kit serves two and is priced at $150 and features a vast variety of local fresh veggies from Full Circle Farm, sustainably caught wild salmon from Halmia Fish, Salmon-Safe wines from Novelty Hill Januik Winery and coffee from Caffe Vita. Through collaboration Seattle chefs and restauranteurs, Zoi Antonitsas, Ethan Stowell (Ethan Stowell Restaurants), and Joe Ianelli (Harvest Beat) have curated a three-course meal that will come from the farm straight to your table. Meal kits will be delivered to your doorstep on October 2nd or 3rd, including an opportunity to watch these three chefs prepare the meals with a step by step cooking video guide.
Join us Saturday October 3rd for a virtual experience with an exclusive panel discussion with farmers, Andrew Stout, and Wendy Munroe to learn about local, sustainable farming practices and stewardship. To keep the spirit of the Feast alive and to connect us now more than ever, we will have a virtual toast, raise the paddle and a live performance by a local musician. We hope you can join us for an unforgettable night.
King Salmon with Warm Sunchoke, Farro and Leek Salad with Parsley Lemon dressing, prepared by Chef Ethan Stowell
Wild Foraged Lobster Mushroom Bisque topped with Marcrina Potatoes Crostini and Tonnamaker Roasted Pepper Relish, prepared by Chef Joe Ianelli
Griffin Creek Farm Salad, prepared by Chef Zoi Antonitsas
Choice of red, white or rosé from Novelty Hill Januik Winery
Coffee from Caffe Vita
Macarons from Trophy Cupcakes
Vegetarian option: Smoked delicatas Squash cup stuffed with Celery Root and Cashew Cheese, served with warm Sunchoke, Farro and Leek Salad with Parsley Lemon dressing.
Delivery Details: -Delivery is available to homes within 30 miles of Seattle (excluding locations requiring ferry travel) -A pickup location will be available to individuals outside of delivery area
Please contact us if you are interested in sponsoring, donating or volunteering. All proceeds from Feast Home Delivery go directly towards Stewardship Partners’ conservation and restoration initiatives.
At Stewardship Partners we are always thinking about the ways we can change our world. Over the last 5 years of convening the Puget Sound Green Infrastructure Summit, we have learned a lot about the intersection between environmental and social issues. We have tried to center racial equity and social justice in this community and make green infrastructure a tool for improving the most impacted environments first and foremost. This year, we adapted to a global pandemic and brought forward 9 virtual panel discussions over 4 weeks. We covered big ideas and impacts that go way beyond water alone. Topics of discussion included incentives, education, communication, trees, authentic community engagement, racial equity in green infrastructure and we shined a spotlight on innovative leadership in the south Puget Sound.
Looking back on those discussions and the amazing people leading them and looking ahead to the incredible challenges in front of us, it is this collaborative group of brilliant and compassionate people that gives us hope. Our community is poised to respond and is responding right now. The green infrastructure community is building innovative new systems, both social and physical, that account for what might be downstream.
Solutions that simultaneously improve social equity and environmental quality must be a part of our path forward. As the nation and the world look for ways to recover and rebuild, there is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in better solutions that meet that challenge, and many of those ideas can be found in the recorded summit sessions here. From every sector and across the region, these are many of the leaders who are already making it happen. Recovering from the current overlapping crises is, by definition, not a matter of going back to the way things were. It is a matter of restoring justice for our communities and restoring the natural systems on which we all depend.
We are immensely grateful to all 53 speakers, 336 attendees, our sponsors, our amazing host committee, advisory committee, Cascadia Consulting and Stewardship Partners teams. Thank you all for helping us lead the first virtual Summit!
Like many of you, we have had to adjust the ways in which we do our work due to COVID-19. One particular challenge has been moving forward with certifying and re-certifying farms as Salmon-Safe, which requires a site assessment that has historically been in person with a third party assessor. After some diligent work by the Salmon-Safe team, we are thrilled to have protocols in place for virtual assessments of farms during the 2020 growing season and beyond. Growers, Salmon-Safe staff, and independent assessors will work together on Zoom or similar online conferencing platforms. These virtual assessments replace customary on-site assessments for the time being. For existing Salmon-Safe certified farms, we also have the flexible options of doing a virtual re-assessment or offering a 12-month extension of certification to these farms. We are very excited to have these new protocols in place that allow us to keep this program running smoothly and continue our partnerships with local farms. If you are interested in becoming Salmon-Safe or re-certifying, please email us.
One specific area we plan to put our virtual assessment practices in place is Mason County. Stewardship Partners recently received grant funding from Squaxin Island Tribe to do Salmon-Safe outreach to growers in Mason County. Our hope is to bring new farms on board with Salmon-Safe, and we also have scholarship funding to help cover the fees associated with certification. If you know of any growers in Mason County who would be interested in learning more about Salmon-Safe, please email us. We look forward to working with new farms and acknowledging the good work being done by local growers.
Stewardship Partners is pleased to welcome Todd Albertson to the office staff. Todd first joined Stewardship Partners in 2018 as an intern. A transplant from Northern California, he received a degree in history from the University of Washington and later a Masters of Public Administration from the Evans School at UW where he specialized in policy analysis and environmental policy. He is excited to use his policy knowledge to better the Puget Sound region through his role managing grants at Stewardship Partners. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, watching sports (Go Dawgs!) and exploring the Puget Sound region.
Stewardship Partners stands in solidarity with and in support of Black lives. As a historically white-led environmental organization, we recognize the intersectionality of racial injustice and our contribution to a system designed to oppress Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We acknowledge that we are part of the problem and are committed to doing our part in dismantling this system that promotes racial violence and injustice.
In this time of great sorrow and reflection, we acknowledge the injustices of our country and the structures of our society. We have been horrified by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Armaud Arbery, as well as the thousands who were murdered before them. Yet, we know that while a simple acknowledgment of solidarity may be necessary so that we do not sit in privileged silence, it is not enough to say that we stand with people of color. We must act. We must do more. We must be part of the solution.
We need to look no further than the purpose of our organization, which revolves around engaging and empowering people, from every walk of life and community, in being caretakers of the land and water. Our actions will fall into the following categories:
Listen – We will give space and listen to the voices of BIPOC communities.
Show Up – We will follow the lead of BIPOC communities and support their vision of the antiracist environmental movement.
Act – We will do the work to dismantle the system of institutionalized racism.
Collaborate – When invited, we will continue to collaborate with BIPOC partners.
As an organization, we are committed to analyzing our practices and policies to push toward more significant racial equity. We know that because BIPOC communities are more greatly impacted by environmental damage, and we must change our behavior to meet the injustices these communities grapple with daily.
In addition to promoting equitable and inclusive programming, we are deepening our commitment to:
Define a leadership (board) recruitment strategy using a racial equity lens
Review and revise our HR recruitment, hiring, and retention policy with a racial equity lens
Continue promotion/messaging acknowledging the moment, the injustice, and the history of racism in the country, as well as our understanding that we still have a lot of work to do internally
Stewardship Partners will continue to create people-based solutions that engage Puget Sound communities as caretakers of the land and water that sustain us. However, we won’t be able to fulfill this mission until we have racial justice on a systemic level. We vow to do our part in that process, no matter how difficult or uncomfortable it will be.
We stand in solidarity with Black lives, Stewardship Partners.
Today is not just any regular Tuesday, today is GiveBIG and GivingTuesday! Our goal is to raise $5,000 for our programs!
Today, you can take a stand for a healthy Puget Sound environment. Together we can achieve clean water, sustainable agriculture, thriving salmon and orca populations, and healthy communities, throughout our region.
Gifts of ANY size have an impact on our work! Donate $25 = buy ten trees for a volunteer to plant at one of our restoration sites Donate $100 = provide a scholarship to a local family farm for Salmon-Safe certification Donate $250 = fund the planting of a rain garden at a local school or park
This year, given the impacts of the coronavirus on Washington’s nonprofits, GiveBIG will be a two-day online giving event from May 5-6, with donations remaining open through May 15. So if you forget to make your gift today, you can still give!
Stewardship Partners’ mission and the essence of what we do on a daily basis is deeply rooted in the Earth Day movement. With today’s 50th anniversary we are proud to have participated in 20 years of Earth Day activities, projects and initiatives. Today we would like to pay homage to Denis Hayes, Earth Day founder/coordinator and presently the president and CEO of Seattle based Bullitt Foundation. Denis continues to inspire, fund and collaborate with organizations such as Stewardship Partners. As we look toward the future and envision what another 50 Earth Days looks like we invite you to join us as we continue make it Earth Day every day!