Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance (KCAA)

We, Abundantly Green and you, our CSA family members, and Poulsbo Farmers Market customers, and readers of Amicus Agraria are active in the local food movement just by what we do. Several years ago, I became active in moving a community-based agriculture promotion group forward. That group became the Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance (KCAA). The KCAA depends on people like you, community members, to join and work with it to promote and support local agriculture of all types in the Kitsap Peninsula.

The group is headed by our dear friend Nikki Johanson of Pheasant Fields Farm. She is joined by many people. There is a monthly meeting the first Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm at the Norm Dicks Government Center in Bremerton.

The KCAA was a primary sponsor of Joe Salatin coming to Kitsap county in June where he spoke to a sold-out audience at Olympic College on June 4. Mr. Salatin was profiled as one of the most influential independent organic farmers in the country in the book The Omnivores Dilemma.
Jim Freeman, a KCAA member volunteer, created an amazing blog for the KCAA called Buy Local Food in Kitsap, The Blog changes several times a week, featuring a farm, market, or source for local food.

The KCAA Blog features many topics that you might not realize were important to local food in Kitsap. One topic I recommend is “How to Support Local Farmers.” You might think, “I buy locally, I belong to a CSA,” and while essential, it is just one of many things that needs to happen to keep farms like ours farming. The blog is a good way to meet and befriend others who share your love of local, wholesome, farm fresh food, like ours. The blog, Buy Local Food in Kitsap, links to others, including our web page and Amicus Agraria. You can also go to it through the Abundantly Green website. You are invited to join in and comment and blog at both.

You do not have to be a resident of the Kitsap Peninsula to support and join the KCAA. The membership information follows:
• Individual Membership at $20 for a 1 year membership
• Family Membership (one contact) for $35 for a 1 year membership
• send a check to Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance, P. O. Box 11, Keyport, WA 98345
• Or fill out the form from the website
• phone number is 360-779-6523
• email is

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