Announcing the Birth of the
Inland FoodWise Newsletter

It's high time the Inland Northwest region had its own journal dedicated to reporting on issues related to building a sustainable local food system. We all eat, and we all have a stake in what goes on in our foodshed.* Not only that, but because food is so fundamental to our existence on so many levels (our health, productivity, economic well-being, quality of life, sense of community... where does one stop?), the intention is for this journal to be a vehicle that informs as well as activates its readership to take positions on food policy and push our decision-makers to refine their perspectives and make the right choices.

The Inland FoodWise Newsletter will include interviews with local food activists, farmers and gardeners, profiles of local food businesses and non-profits and write-ups about current food policy issues. The newsletter's approach will be one of unabashed advocacy journalism with a strong point of view founded on the values of the original organic food movement, progressive sustainable agriculture and permaculture principles.

The Inland FoodWise Newsletter will start out as a quarterly journal that will be available as an email subscription as well as on-line. Going to monthly might happen if our team of writers is up for it. Later on we will explore also publishing a printed version. It will always be a free publication. In addition to the newsletter, in between published editions, subscribers will receive timely email "FoodWise Action Alerts" informing them of actions they can take to help craft a more sustainable and equitable food system. You will not be deluged by emails from us, but the ones we do send be selected because your voice will make a difference in some of the most crucial issues facing our region today. In addition, you may also choose to register a user account on this Inland FoodWise Newsletter website, which will enable you to engage in conversations by commenting on the articles posted here. Subscribe!


Are you, or do you know someone with a passion for local food advocacy and a talent for wordsmithing? Let the Editor know (contact info below). This is a golden opportunity for up and coming and experienced writers alike to practice their skill and influence the world for the better. Get involved in a dynamic movement whereby our community re-asserts its influence over how food is produced, distributed and enjoyed in our beautiful Eastern Washington, Northeast Oregon, Northern Idaho and Western Montana region. There's no money in it, of course, at this point, but that could come down the road if together we create a successful journal.


With all the preparation that has gone into this premier edition, we procrastinated when it came to designing a logo and masthead. If you are an artist and you would be willing to donate your skill and talent to the Inland FoodWise Newsletter to help design one, please contact the editor. Your work would be credited in all issues and communications.

* A foodshed is the geographic region that produces the food for a particular population. The term is used to describe a region of food flows, from the area where it is produced, to the place where it is consumed, including: the land it grows on, the route it travels, the markets it passes through, and the tables it ends up on.

About the Editor

Chrys Ostrander was born in New York State in 1957 and grew up in Chappaqua, N.Y. He attended College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine in the 1970’s as well as the University of California at Santa Cruz in the early 1980’s. In Santa Cruz he joined a workers' collective that distributed organic produce around Northern California, later working as a farm-worker on two organic farms in the area. He moved to Washington State in 1990 and settled at Tolstoy Farm, an intentional community in Davenport, WA. At Tolstoy, where he lived for nearly 20 years, he engaged in micro-scale market gardening and became active in sustainable agriculture advocacy. He is currently Caretaker at a former retreat center known as Heartsong in Tumtum in Eastern Washington State. Chrys is active in organizing educational permaculture events and informational outreach through his affiliation with the Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild. Chrys keeps a small, personal herd of dairy goats at Heartsong and experiments with cheese-making. At Heartsong he manages an 8000 sq. ft. permaculture garden and various permaculture plantings, crafts and implements the land’s permaculture design and mentors seasonal permaculture apprentices.