Food Choices

The most carbon-intensive aspects of our current food system are:

  1. Processing and packaging food
  2. Use of fossil fuel-based fertilizers and pesticides
  3. 80% of U.S. farmland is used to raise animals (grain feeds 10 times more people)
  4. Release of greenhouse gases (especially methane) from cattle

What’s the Carbon Footprint of Your Diet?
Though veganism or vegetarianism isn’t for everyone, many of us can reduce our meat consumption. Consider implementing Meatless Mondays!

Citizens for Local Food
Learn about local community gardens and how to join one; backyard gardening and planting a row for the Food Bank; as well as gleaning fruits and berries. Take a class in composting.

WSU Gardening Resources
A wealth of information from WSU’s Jefferson County Extension on sustainable agriculture, food preservation, organic farming methods, seed production, small farm classes. Participate in their Master Gardener Training, Plant Clinics, and farm and garden tours. 

Support for Local Gardeners offers free tips on organic gardening, soil, and growing all kinds of vegetables (complete with “from seed to harvest” photos) – tailored to the Pacific Northwest climate.  

Food Coop
Features seasonal food from local growers. Specializes in organically-produced food. Offers in-store classes and informative newsletter.

Port Townsend Farmers Markets
Find local vegetables, fruit, bread, cheese, eggs, salmon, and poultry at the Saturday (May-Nov) and Wednesday (Jun –Sep) Farmers Markets.

Chimacum Corner Farmstand
Features “food from here” – food grown or produced in the northeastern Olympic Peninsula. By selling the finest local goods, the farmstand hopes to support agricultural economy while providing the best in health, community, and eating pleasure.