Zoom Chat - Climate-Friendly Farming with Maggie Price, July 25, 2021

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Maddie Price Bio & Meetup Event Link

A life-long outdoor enthusiast, Maddie Price grew a deep interest in the interdisciplinary linkage of environmental conservation, sustainable agriculture, and food justice during her university studies across the US, Panama, and the UK, where her research explored paradigms from the consumer to the national policy level toward understanding, embracing, and scaling up sustainable food production. She holds a M.S. in Conservation & Rural Development from the University of Kent, as well as experience as an environmental educator and volunteer coordinator to engage the public in ecological stewardship, citizen science, and organic farming. Now working as Farm to Community Program Manager at Seattle nonprofit Harvest Against Hunger, Maddie coordinates programs that provide funding and technical support for food assistance providers around WA to purchase produce grown by local small farms. Locally, she is also actively involved with the Beacon Food Forest and Seattle Community Fridge.


Curated Chat


Maddie posed the question:  What's the value of trees in agroforestry? Group answers were:
  • prevents erosion
  • promotes carbon sequestration 
  • maintains topsoil
  • draws nutrients from deep down to the surface soil
  • let trees communicate with each other
Stephen Antupit:  direct to consumer sales are CRITICAL for local farms’ economic viability (Farmers Markets!!!) 

laurazeffer: The food pantry outside Octopus bar in Wallingford is great. They have a refrigerator and a cabinet. I place food there regularly.

Sarah H:  I think you can purchase compost from the city.
Sheila Lynch: I thought Cedar Grove compost was from the city’s compost program?
Stephen Antupit:  Cedar Grove makes the industrial compost. its a retail item bagged and sold
Sarah H:  Plus they charge to pick it up!  But it's a good cause.

laurazeffer:  I don’t own a home but have always wondered if you had a backyard compost if critters come and wreak havoc and eat out of it. Does it attract rats?
Chris Meinig:  multi bins help to put dirt over the food. totally manageable, but takes thought.
Don Parda:  I keep a rat trap inside my primary (kitchen) compost bin.

Jae Geller:  it would be great to have a company or nonprofit that could safely compost pet waste. There is so much dog and cat waste! I can do wonderful compost from my pet bunny!

Chris Meinig:  Thanks so much Maddie. Do you have thoughts on vertical indoor urban farms and potential to address some of the issues you brought up, along with co2 reduction in transport, reduction in water use, etc? Downsides?

Stephen Antupit:  Fresh Bucks, EBT, Rx Bucks, etc. usage at Farmers Markets are effective, community-focussed investment tools to expand and diversify affordable food access AND powerful local economic multipliers (in both rural and urban parts of the local food system)

Suellen Mele:  Here is a link to City of Seattle information about backyard composting. https://www.seattle.gov/utilities/protecting-our-environment/sustainability-tips/landscaping/for-residents/compost-and-soil/backyard-composting
Chris Meinig:  these are big commercial vertical farms like AppHarvest and Farmbox in seattle

laurazeffer:  Thanks all. I don’t have a yard but I make the most of my deck with patio vegetables. Luckily our condo bldg does compost. Alas condos have limitations. Ours won’t allow solar on the roof for the bldg use, or electric chargers for e-cars.

Chris Meinig:  can we take our extra harvest from our home gardens to food banks?

Don Parda:  Unrelated. If your green bean seedlings keep disappearing as soon as they come up, maybe it's birds - like it was for me this year for four plantings.  Hanging shiny stuff, e.,g, old mylar balloons, appears to have finally solved the problem.

Mary Cate:  It looks like Hopelink has gleaning opportunities but I don't know if these volunteer opportunities get snatched up quickly

Shannon Markley:  I'm redoing my entire  yard, beginning with sheet mulching the major growing area last October.  I'm looking for someone, preferably with a similar  background as yours, who would help do the redesign.   Seems that most landscapers don't have much training along the lines of  regenerative agriculture,  even if they are organic gardeners.
Jae Geller:  I have been doing this for over 30 years and am happy to help anyone in the area who would like assistance. jaegeller@live.com or ping me on Basecamp


Complete Chat

15:35:52 From Sheila Lynch to Everyone : Prevents erosion
15:35:57 From Chris Meinig to Everyone : carbon sequestrtion
15:36:07 From Chris Meinig to Everyone : maintain topsoil
15:36:27 From Sarah H to Everyone : Lets the trees talk to each other
15:36:34 From Chris Meinig to Everyone : communication between trees
15:48:39 From Stephen Antupit (he/him/his) to Everyone : direct to consumer sales are CRITICAL for local farms’ economic viability (Farmers Markets!!!)
15:50:28 From laurazeffer to Everyone : The food pantry outside Octopus bar in Wallingford is great. They have a refrigerator and a cabinet. I place food there regularly.
16:08:21 From Sarah H to Everyone : I think you can purchase compost from the city.
16:08:42 From Sheila Lynch to Everyone : I thought Cedar Grove compost was from the city’s compost program?
16:09:26 From Stephen Antupit (he/him/his) to Everyone : cedar grove makes the industrial compost. its a retail item bagged and sold
16:10:15 From Sarah H to Everyone : Plus they charge to pick it up!  But it's a good cause.
16:12:55 From laurazeffer to Everyone : I don’t own a home but have always wondered if you had a backyard compost if critters come and wreak havoc and eat out of it. Does it attract rats?
16:14:48 From Chris Meinig to Everyone : multi bin help to put dirt over the food. totally manageable, but takes thought.
16:15:17 From Chris Meinig to Everyone : 'bins'
16:15:31 From Don Parda to Everyone : I keep a rat trap inside my primary (kitchen)compost bin.
16:16:07 From Jae Geller to Everyone : it would be great to have a company or nonprofit that could safely compost pet waste. There is so much dog and cat waste! I can do wonderful compost from my pet bunny!
16:17:02 From Chris Meinig to Everyone : Thanks so much Maddie. Do you have thoughts on vertical indoor urban farms and potential to address some of the issues you brought up, along with co2 reduction in transport, reduction in water use, etc? Downsides?
16:17:21 From Stephen Antupit (he/him/his) to Everyone : Fresh Bucks, EBT, Rx Bucks, etc. usage at Farmers Markets are effective, community-focussed investment tools to expand and diversify affordable food access AND powerful local economic multipliers (in both rural and urban parts of the local food system)
16:17:46 From Suellen Mele to Everyone : Here is a link to City of Seattle information about backyard composting. https://www.seattle.gov/utilities/protecting-our-environment/sustainability-tips/landscaping/for-residents/compost-and-soil/backyard-composting
16:17:50 From Don Parda to Everyone : My yard waste compost bins don't seem to have a rat problem.
16:18:58 From Chris Meinig to Everyone : these are big commercial vertical farms like AppHarvest and Farmbox in seattle
16:20:58 From laurazeffer to Everyone : Thanks all. I don’t have a yard but I make the most of my deck with patio vegetables. Luckily our condo bldg does compost. Alas condos have limitations. Ours won’t allow solar on the roof for the bldg use, or electric chargers for e-cars.
16:21:27 From Chris Meinig to Everyone : can we take our extra harvest from our home gardens to food banks?
16:22:58 From Don Parda to Everyone : Unrelated. If your green bean seedlings keep disappearing as soon as they come up, maybe it's birds - like it was for me this year for four plantings.  Hanging shiny stuff, e.,g, old mylar balloons, appears to have finally solved the problem.
16:24:20 From Mary Cate to Everyone : It looks like Hopelink has gleaning opportunities but I don't know if these volunteer opportunities get snatched up quickly
16:25:02 From Shannon Markley to Everyone : I'm redoing my entire  yard, beginning with sheet mulching the major growing area last October.  I'm looking for someone, preferably with a similar  background as yours, who would help do the redesign.   Seems that most landscapers don't have much training along the lines of  regenerative agriculture,  even if they are organic gardeners.
16:26:52 From Jae Geller to Everyone : I have been doing this for over 30 years and am happy to help anyone in the area who would like assistance. jaegeller@live.com or ping me on Basecamp
16:27:09 From Jae Geller to Everyone : Thank you so much, Maddie! This was awesome!
16:27:44 From Sarah H to Everyone : Yes -- you certainly covered a lot of ground!
16:28:09 From Mary Cate to Everyone : Thank you so much!  This was great!
16:28:58 From Kurt Hanish to Everyone : Thank you!!
16:29:39 From Chris Meinig to Everyone : thank you Maddie



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