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Christ the King Lutheran Church Community Garden

April 29, 2016

One visit to Christ the King Lutheran Church in Coeur d’Alene will leave you feeling humbled and excited by the variety of ways this organization is contributing to the surrounding community’s food needs. Last year they started a community garden that has been received with much enthusiasm since its inception.…

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Eat Local! Eggs

March 31, 2016

Eggs – arguably, the perfect food. Rich in protein and heart-healthy fats, eggs are a gold-mine of nutrients. But, you must eat the entire egg to benefit. For too long, America has throw away the yolk because of cholesterol fears. Yes, eggs are rich in cholesterol, but since 1958, we…

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Miranda Foster – Farmer

March 29, 2016

What inspired you to become a farmer? I was exposed to local, fresh food and meat from an early age; I grew up on farm in Montana with 150 cattle. That experience led me to consider my love for agriculture and I decided to pursue small farming by starting a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)…

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Carolyn Shewfelt

February 29, 2016

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Food Bank Program Manager, Community Action Program What inspired you to work at a food bank? Carolyn Shewfelt was in a crisis when she suddenly found herself unable to put food on the dinner table for her family. She was juggling a divorce and quickly found her circumstances further complicated…

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Eat Local! Swiss Chard

February 29, 2016

Contrary to its name, Swiss Chard is not native to Switzerland. Although it does prefer a cooler growing season, it is actually native to the Mediterranean region. Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote about Swiss Chard’s medicinal properties in the 4th century BC, doting over its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant potential. Today, Swiss…

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Eat Local! Parsnips

February 1, 2016

Parsnips are a sweet root vegetable – like the albino cousin of carrots. They were used in Europe in the 17th century to sweeten jams and cakes before refined white sugar became available to the masses. They can be used to replace carrots or potatoes in dishes – a great…

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Ed Ducar

January 3, 2016

Nutrition Services Director What inspired you to become a Nutrition Services Director? Ed Ducar’s first taste of food service work began with a job at Burger King. After obtaining a degree in Food and Dietetics, he discovered that he also had a passion for the science of cooking. Fresh out…

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Auld Link Sausage

January 1, 2016

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Astrid Rial, @Cycling_Chef Wrapping up 2015, my 12-year old son asked me for one word to describe my year. The one I chose is slowfood. I’m using the URL address spelling to fit into the “one word” rule. Since moving to Idaho in late summer in 2014, I began…

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Eat Local! Pulses

December 30, 2015

The United Nations has declared 2016 “The International Year of Pulses”. What is a pulse you ask? Pulses are the nutritionally-dense edible seed of legumes which includes dry peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas. They are nutrition power-houses that the average American eats very little of compared to other cultures. Those…

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Eat Local! Cranberries

November 30, 2015

Most people would agree that Thanksgiving dinner is not complete without the sweet and tangy contribution of cranberries.  Thanks to wild bogs and local producers, we are lucky enough to have access to fresh cranberries from late October to early January here in the Inland Northwest. If you take advantage…

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Diane Green

November 29, 2015

Farmer – Greentree Naturals What inspired you to become a farmer? There really isn’t a simple answer. My background is horticulture, so I’ve cultivated gardens, worked outside or in greenhouses most of my adult life. My husband Thom has a biology background and grew up working on the family farm.…

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Eat Local! Sweet Potatoes

October 30, 2015

Despite often being called yams, sweet potatoes are a species distinct from that of both yams and potatoes. They are harvested September through December but can be found fresh, canned or frozen year-round at any grocery store. Sweet potatoes can spoil easily so it is best to choose those with…

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Setting the Table: Re-framing the debate on GMOs

October 29, 2015

By Carl Segerstrom Twenty-five years ago there were no commercially produced Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) foods. Fast-forward to 2015 and GMO corn, soy, and cotton each account for over 90 percent of total planted acreage in the United States. Amidst this stratospheric increase of GMO foods there is growing concern…

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Eat Local! Einkorn Wheat

September 30, 2015

From big-box stores to local health food markets, ancient grains are everywhere! The term “ancient grains” usually refers to grains that were cultivated and eaten thousands of years ago in different areas of the World. They are making a comeback on the food scene as consumers demand alternative grains to…

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Heather Threadgill and Renetta Seeley of Bare Culture

September 1, 2015

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Seeds of the Past, Seeds for the Future

August 29, 2015

By Carl Segerstrom Amidst growing concern over a changing climate and the pressure it places on our societies and specifically our food system, there is a desperate need to recapture the vitality of our food systems by preserving the most basic unit of agriculture: the seed. Over the last century…

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Eat Local! Tomatoes

August 25, 2015

Holy smoke! Our bodies are working overtime protecting us from potential oxidative damage by the recent smoke exposure. Until we get a good rain, the issue is likely to persist and we need antioxidants to help protect us more than ever! So it must be a relief to hear that…

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A Place to Grow

July 31, 2015

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Upcoming Events

Jan
3
Fri
7:00 pm Bingo & Brews Benefit @ Slate Creek Brewery
Bingo & Brews Benefit @ Slate Creek Brewery
Jan 3 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Meet us at Slate Creek on the first Friday of each month for fun, community and a good cause. Bingo and Brews night will benefit the INWFN. A $1.00 CASH DONATION is SUGGESTED per card.…
7:00 pm Bingo & Brews Benefit @ Slate Creek Brewery
Bingo & Brews Benefit @ Slate Creek Brewery
Jan 3 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Meet us at Slate Creek on the first Friday of each month for fun, community and a good cause. Bingo and Brews night will benefit the INWFN. A $1.00 CASH DONATION is SUGGESTED per card.…
Feb
7
Fri
7:00 pm Bingo & Brews Benefit @ Slate Creek Brewery
Bingo & Brews Benefit @ Slate Creek Brewery
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Meet us at Slate Creek on the first Friday of each month for fun, community and a good cause. Bingo and Brews night will benefit the INWFN. A $1.00 CASH DONATION is SUGGESTED per card.…
7:00 pm Bingo & Brews Benefit @ Slate Creek Brewery
Bingo & Brews Benefit @ Slate Creek Brewery
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Meet us at Slate Creek on the first Friday of each month for fun, community and a good cause. Bingo and Brews night will benefit the INWFN. A $1.00 CASH DONATION is SUGGESTED per card.…
Mar
6
Fri
7:00 pm Bingo & Brews Benefit @ Slate Creek Brewery
Bingo & Brews Benefit @ Slate Creek Brewery
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Meet us at Slate Creek on the first Friday of each month for fun, community and a good cause. Bingo and Brews night will benefit the INWFN. A $1.00 CASH DONATION is SUGGESTED per card.…

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