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Our No-Waste, Low-Impact, Local Picnic

Local Picnic

We met under a grove of apple trees, on a beautiful day in Seattle. We discussed our gardens, farmer’s markets, local food sources, and sustainable lifestyles as we gobbled tasty local foods. We were garden bloggers, knitters, green and sustainability bloggers, and locavores….

Rob's Dandelion Fritters

On our table were Rob’s dandelion fritters and homemade pickles, Shibaguyz’s homemade bread, jam, and mango salsa with local cheeses, the Crunchy family’s salad from their garden, Matt’s apple crisp, Renee’s goat cheese and roasted squash sandwiches, plus several beautiful tomato dishes, savory salads, and mouthwatering desserts including nectarine upside down cake, carrot cake, and blackberry bread.

Jenn's Dazzling Daughter

We brought our own reusable cups, plates, silverware, and napkins. We carpooled and biked when we could. We composted our scraps. Our name tags were locally made paper infused with wildflower seeds to plant in our gardens. And all the food was not only made from local backyards and farmer’s markets, but it was all vegetarian (note the latter was not planned).

A Shibaguyz Shiba

Children frolicked on the playground, some of us meandered through the Seattle Tilth gardens. But most of us just talked. And ate. I enjoyed the demystification process as we fellow bloggers came out of our computers to talk, learn, and laugh together.

Local Talk

We exchanged recipes, gardening tips, and phone numbers. Several bloggers planned to meet in a couple of weeks for a local farm tour. Tonight I may just head to a Sustainable Capitol Hill meeting, invited by two neighbors I met for the first time yesterday, Gabriel and Jill.

Thanks to all of you for coming – I enjoyed meeting you! Thanks to Crunchy for organizing with me, and to Laura, Rob and Jenn for all their help. If you missed us this time around, I hope we find the time to all meet up again.

The Table of Goodies

And if you were too far away, please consider hosting such a meetup yourself. If nothing else, meeting other people interested in sustainability and local living makes you feel less like one voice in the wind. Other people do care.

Have You Met The Locals?

For the other thousands of you out there who didn’t join us, have you found a local get-together? Have you arranged one? Please, if you have any questions about arranging something in your area, ask away!

And if you joined us at the picnic, please do leave a link to your post so we can come find your pics and your debriefing!

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