Yelm Food Sovereignty Project Hopes to Create a More Self-Sufficient Society
From the Nisqually Valley News:
The Yelm Food Sovereignty Project started as a “call to arms” in response to the concerns about potential food shortages, escalating prices and interruptions of food deliveries to the area.
The project is sponsored by grassroots organization Food Prosperity Central, founded in 2019 by Susie Kyle and Amy Malik.
“The goal has been to get local people involved in growing food, preserving food and becoming less reliant on a food distribution system that is based on trucking food from far distances that depends on only a handful of large national food chains for people to access,” organizer Amy Malik said. “Our primary goal is to bring neighbors together to support the local production of food by buying from farmers/gardeners directly, growing more of their own food and supporting local businesses involved in providing local healthy food to our communities.”
The focus of The Yelm Food Sovereignty Project is to bring back self-reliance on a local level, while valuing neighbors as a rich resource of knowledge, manpower and support for things people need.
On Oct. 13, there will be an event focused on food preservation at the Yelm Community Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Speakers will talk about canning, fermenting, dehydrating, freeze drying, root cellars and freezing vegetables and fruit.
On Oct. 20, founder of the Wildkind Academy Jessica Caldwell will talk about connecting with nature’s abundant resources at the Yelm Community Center from 6 to 8 p.m. More information about Caldwell can be found online at wildkindacademy.com.