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Issue Position: "Encouraging A Local Food Community"

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"Everything I want to do is illegal," is a title of a popular book by farmer Joel Salatin who ascribes to sustainable farming practices in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. You may have read about him in "Omnivore's Dilemma," a best selling novel by Michael Pollan. Joel is a pioneer in the "slow-food, buy local" movement and has inspired my family to move toward a life of environmental farming the same way most of our grandparents did. At our small-scale Shangri-La Farm in Fern Prairie, we utilize biodynamic farming practices to grow our own free range meat, poultry, and organic vegetables and fruits. I am not trying to limit the industrial food industry but rather, I would like consumers in Washington State to have a choice of locally grown food that can be purchased through direct farm sales, local farmers' markets and food co-ops without farmers' fear of being shut down by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. I will work hard for a common sense solution. One that provides a choice for our citizens to experience the satisfaction of knowing where their food comes from, meeting their farmer, and building a local, sustainable food community that offers a clean meat connection. Together, we can make this a reality.


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