Garden Planning with Urban Food Warrior Caitlin Moore

image4On February 19th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sustainable Renton will be hosting a garden planning workshop with Caitlin Moore, also known as The Urban Food Warrior. This workshop will give you practical advice on how to yield the most produce that you can using the space you have available. Caitlin is extremely knowledgeable and gives a wonderful workshop.

This workshop has a suggested fee of $25.00 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

This workshop will be held at the Sustainable Renton Office at 970 Harrington Ave. N.E. Renton 98056

Beverages and light refreshments provided.

Renton Food Co-Op to hold its first membership drive

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Renton Food Co-Op will be hosting its first membership drive in February! Renton Food Co-Op is a grassroots movement to bring a food cooperative to the Renton area. We are in the Organizaing Stage of our process and are looking for people to support this effort. You can show support a number of ways. You can come to our monthly meetings held the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6 pm at the Sustainable Renton Office located at 970 Harrington Ave N.E. in the Renton Highlands, or you can become a member/owner and support this effort financially as we strive to make the Renton Food Co-Op a reality.

If you would like to become a member/owner of Renton Food Co-Op, come on down to Luther’s Table on February 25th at 7 pm and we will get you signed up. The cost for membership is $150.00 per household…

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Meaningful Movies of Renton has a NEW location

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Meaningful Movies of Renton has joined forces with Luther’s Table. We will now be hosting our events in a new venue. Luther’s Table is a beautiful space that offers a welcoming environment for our community documentary film viewing, and they serve delicious beverages.
Our new day will be the last Tuesday of every month at 7 pm.
We will be starting the year out with a series of films covering the topic of alternative economics. Tomorrow night, January 27th, we will show two short films-Sacred Economics, which highlights the ideas of economist and activist Charles Eisenstein, followed by Prosperity Without Growth, which is a TED Talk given by Tim Jackson, a professor of sustainable development and an economist.
Then, on February 24th we will show Shift Change. This film shows the amazing economic transformation that Cooperatives have had on the Mondragon Region of Spain.
On March 31st we will show The Economics of Happiness, this film describes the effects of globalization on culture, peoples ability to achieve happiness and what we can do to change it.
Our community discussions after the films will always concentrate on what positive steps we can take to make a difference within our neighborhoods as well as ourselves.
Our goal is to educate and empower folks using the tool of film. An educated populace makes richer, more intentional communities for Renton.

The address for Luther’s Table is 419 S. 2nd St. Renton Wa 98057

See you all there!

Meaningful Movies of Renton has a New Home

Meaningful Movies of Renton has joined forces with Luther’s Table. We will now be hosting our events in a new venue. Luther’s Table is a beautiful space that offers a welcoming environment for our community documentary film viewing, and they serve delicious beverages.

Our new day will be the last Tuesday of every month at 7 pm.

We will be starting the year out with a series of films covering the topic of alternative economics. Tomorrow night, January 27th, we will show two short films-Sacred Economics, which highlights the ideas of economist and activist Charles Eisenstein, followed by Prosperity Without Growth, which is a TED Talk given by Tim Jackson, a professor of sustainable development and an economist.

Then, on February 24th we will show Shift Change. This film shows the amazing economic transformation that Cooperatives have had on the Mondragon Region of Spain.

On March 31st we will show The Economics of Happiness, this film describes the effects of globalization on culture, peoples ability to achieve happiness and what we can do to change it.

Our community discussions after the films will always concentrate on what positive steps we can take to make a difference within our neighborhoods as well as ourselves.

Our goal is to educate and empower folks using the tool of film. An educated populace makes richer, more intentional communities for Renton.

The address of Luther’s Table is:

429 S. 2nd St Renton, Wa 98057

See you there!meaningfulmovieslogo

Buy Local!

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Some of you may already be familiar with Rely on Renton and their buy local campaign. Well, Sustainable Renton is now selling the Local Rewards card. If you are not familiar with the program, here’s how it works: (taken from the Rely on Renton site) Local businesses want to reward you for your loyalty and support by offering you special deals on everything from your daily coffee to a new roof for your house. These rewards can save you a few cents on a car cash or a few hundred dollars on car repair. And, the best news is – the cards are valid for one full year! Businesses will post their ever-changing “Rewards” right on the Rely on Renton site. Or you can use the cool mobile app to access them on the go! All you need to do is show your own Local Rewards card to the vendor in order to receive their special reward.

You can purchase a Local Rewards card for the nominal price of $15. This card will provide you excellent savings on a great variety of products and services. It’s up to you how quickly this card pays for itself determined by how loyal of a local customer you already are or hopefully will become. You can buy this card in two different ways, 1) you can go to the Rely on Renton website (www.relyonrenton.com) and purchase a card there. During checkout you will be asked which non-profit you would like to donate the proceeds to and you will check Sustainable Renton and then Rely On Renton will make sure that our organization receives the funds. It’s as easy as that. Or you can order one from us by contacting us at sustainablerenton@gmail.com and we will send you a card.

Not only can you support Rely on Renton and our local business owners, you can also support some really great non-profit organizations in the process. So, get your card today and buy local to start the savings!

2014 Master Recycler/Composter (MRC) Training Announced

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I just spoke with Kim Ducote. She is asking Sustainable Renton to spread the word about an upcoming program being offered through King County offering FREE training for folks who are interested in Recycling and Composting. See the information below:

Spread the word about 2014 Master Recycler Composter program

 Did you know half of what goes to Cedar Hills Regional Landfill could be recycled? We are looking for outgoing individuals who want to inspire others to reduce waste and recycle more. King County Solid Waste Division invites you and your community to upcoming Master Recycler Composter (MRC) training.  Learn all about the do’s and don’ts of curbside recycling, including food scrap recycling, and then put your training to work through volunteer outreach. This is a train-the-trainer program with a community service component.  Applications will be accepted through April 30th. The program is open to King County residents outside of the cities of Seattle and Milton only. The training will be in Kent, Saturdays May 3rd and 10th, with an optional field trip on May 17th. This FREE training is open to King County residents outside of the cities of Seattle and Milton only. For more information, seehttp://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/mrc/index.asp

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Sustainable Renton Meaningful Movies Presents “Feeding Frenzy”

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Every day we are bombarded by marketing, and our diet is one of the main targets. We are flooded with messages trying to get us to consume more fast food, sugar, potato chips, soda, and anything else the industry can come up with. On Friday night at 7PM, Meaningful Movies takes a look at the food industry and its marketing practices with the film “Feeding Frenzy: The Food Industry, Marketing & the Creation of a Health Crisis”.

Here’s a synopsis from the film maker:

“Over the past three decades, obesity rates in the U.S. have more than doubled for children and tripled for adolescents — and a startling 70% of adults are now obese or overweight. The result has been a widening epidemic of obesity-related health problems, including coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes. While discussions about this spiraling health crisis have tended to focus on the need for more exercise and individual responsibility, Feeding Frenzy trains its focus squarely on the responsibility of the processed food industry and the outmoded government policies it benefits from. It lays bare how taxpayer subsidies designed to feed hungry Americans during the Great Depression have enabled the food industry to flood the market with a rising tide of cheap, addictive, high calorie food products, and offers an engrossing look at the tactics of the multibillion-dollar marketing machine charged with making sure that every one of those surplus calories is consumed.”

The film features industry analysts, health experts, and advertising scholars, including Marion Nestle, Kelly Brownell, Sut Jhally, Brian Wansink, and Michele Simon.

The film has received critical praise. Here’s a sampling:

 “Joining Supersize Me and King Corn as one of the decade’s very best food documentaries, Feeding Frenzy covers important and, as of yet, unchartered territory as it turns a keen and critical eye on the marketing practices of the food industry. A must-see!”

– Justin Lewis | Head of the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media, and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University

“Powerful, important, and damning. Zeroing in on the corporate practices of the multibillion-dollar food industry, this film adds a fresh and essential perspective to current debates about corporate power, food, and health. Watch this film and show it to your students!”

– Erica Scharrer | Chair of Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“Given the sheer power of today’s consolidated food industry as a marketing behemoth, it’s a relief to have the critical eye of Media Education Foundation dissect what’s being sold to consumers as a healthy food system. In their new documentary Feeding Frenzy, Sut Jhally and a savvy set of experts and practitioners unpack the contradictory, confusing, ubiquitous, and deeply problematic discourses of agriculture, food, and health, raising critical questions about responsibility, choice, and power without succumbing to the moral panic of many other films. This will be a powerful tool for the public, the classroom, and political discourse.”

– Alice Julier, Ph.D. | Program Director & Associate Professor of Food Studies at Chatham University

“So many videos on food focus on production, but not as much on the market and consumption side. Feeding Frenzy does a fine job of explaining how our food environment is manipulated to get us to buy and eat more than is good for us.”

– Dr. Christine Barbour | Department of Political Science at Indiana University.

Please join us at Sustainable Renton HQ, 970 Harrington Ave NE, Renton, WA 98056, Friday night at 7PM for this interesting film, and great conversation afterwards! See you there!

-Preston