The Inland FoodWise Newsletter
An Inland Northwest journal dedicated to reporting on issues related to building a regenerative 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.
YOUR CONTENT IS INVITED- The Inland FoodWise Newsletter could 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. All you need to do is contact the editor to submit proposed content. Keep in mind, the newsletter's editorial approach is one of unabashed advocacy journalism with a strong point of view founded on the values of the original organic food movement, progressive regenerative agriculture and permaculture principles. If your content is time sensitive, like an action alert, we can arrange for it to go out to our 800+ subscriber email list of folks like you who care about our food, our planet and our people.
The Inland FoodWise Newsletter is an intermittant journal that's available as an email subscription as well as on-line. It will always be a free publication. Subscribers will receive timely email "FoodWise Action Alerts" informing them of actions they can take to help craft a more regenerative 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!
* 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. At Heartsong he manages an 8000 sq. ft. polyculture garden and various permaculture plantings, crafts and implements the land’s permaculture design and mentors seasonal permaculture apprentices.