Mission Statement: The Lopez Locavores promote local sustainable food economy and land stewardship by means of locally sourced community meals know as Evening Meals at School, and any other projects deemed relevant and appropriate.

The non-profit organization ‘Lopez Locavores’ grew out of a discussion that rolled around Lopez Island, Washington (pop. 2600) for many months, picking up people and prospects as it drew into consideration issues of local food security, land stewardship, and education. The notion that became "The Evening Meals at School" was proposed by Michele Heller, who envisioned a simple low cost community dinner of primarily local and seasonal foods offered at the Lopez School as a boon to busy families. This would also provide an opportunity for the communlocavores_kidseating_resizedity beyond the school to be introduced to the Lopez Island Farm Education program (L.I.F.E.), an endeavor that Michele has nurtured since its inception in 2002. The L.I.F.E. program, in partnership with the biodynamic farm S&S Homestead, educates students in a hands-on way about growing, preparing, and eating organic foods.

By the end of 2007, the idea of a meal at school seemed a viable possibility. In January 2008, we plunged into our first community meal. With an abundance of pumpkins available, we chose to make White Bean and Pumpkin Chili (with or without local lamb), Cabbage Slaw with Winter Greens, Brown Basmati Rice and Chocolate Blackberry Beet Brownies. We cooked expecting about 125 people; we fed more than 275 enthusiastic Lopezians at an event that was high-spirited and wonderfully chaotic. It was obvious that the meal should continue. Over the course of the last three years, we have produced 22 Evening Meals. We are financed by an initial gift of seed money, donations accepted at the door, and other ongoing contributions. Every meal is staffed by about 25 people, including volunteers, a handful of paid cooks, and school staff who oversee the commotion. A newsletter—Nourishing Ourselves, Nourishing Our Community—is available either at the meal or on our Web site and provides recipes for the foods served and gratefully alocavores_kimbast_sueroundy_andefinley_resizedcknowledges the farmers who grew this food. The newsletter reminds us to look on the island first for food resources, to eat the simplest, least processed food, and to grow a diversity of foods. This fall we changed from monthly meals to four seasonal meals a year to allow the Locavores to organize gardening and cooking classes.

We on Lopez Island are fortunate to live in a community that prizes both self-sufficiency and community involvement, has a long food producing history, and has an abundance of creative and exceptionally productive community members who recognize the value and beauty of eating island-grown foods. Sharing meals sourced primarily from our island is a simple way of also sharing an understanding of the interconnectedness of food, health, and livelihood.  As an organization, the Locavores have been able to collaborate with several other organizations on the island. In addition to our partnership with Lopez School we have worked with the Lopez Family Resource Center, Lopez Center For Community and the Arts, and the Lopez Community Land Trust. The intention of the Lopez Locavores is to be a locus for activities that cultivate mindfulness of our food shed and attention to our mutual and continual well-being.

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We are developing a Directory for Lopez Locavores, a resource of locally produced food on Lopez Island with free listings to farms, growers, retailers and restaurants that grow, sell, and prepare local foods.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get listed and help put our island's resources to work for the community! For a more complete listing of current food sources, download the Lopez Community Land Trust's Lopez Farm Products Guide (pdf).

Links to Additional Information

Project Leader Biographies
Lopez Locavores web site
Lopez Community Land Trust's Lopez Farm Products Guide (pdf)

Contact Information

Sue Roundy, Secretary
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Kim Bast, Treasurer
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681 Lopez Road, Lopez Island, WA 98261
Phone: 360-468-2090
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