Outdoors: A Snapshot of Organic Farm Living

It’s a pleasure to be writing for Scoop, and I hope to keep readers up-to-date on what’s new and different in the great outdoors and the environment, both in town and beyond. To that end, this coming weekend, on Sunday evening 9/20 from 5-8 pm, is the 10th anniversary party for local non-profit Stewardship Partners. The event, at the Novelty Hill-Januik Winery in Woodinville, features a photo exhibit, running through November 1, that is the culmination of two years’ work “in the field” on my part taking pictures of life on the farm at several Snoqualmie Valley organic farms. My marching orders from Stewardship Partners included documenting the group’s innovative on-the-ground approach to conservation on private land and showcasing the growing synergy between farmers in Seattle’s breadbasket—the Snoqualmie Valley is just 30 miles east of Pike Place Market—and increasingly aware and concerned eaters all over the greater metropolitan area. Stewardship Partners is the Washington State certifier for the “Salmon-Safe” ecolabel—which demarks an agricultural operation that follows specific guidelines regarding preserving biodiversity and avoidance of certain chemicals known to hinder salmon habitat in the region’s rivers. Some of the farmers featured in the photo exhibit will be there to meet and greet, and will be bringing along some kind of freshly harvested produce that the chef at the winery has agreed to prepare into a compelling delicacy paired with a “Salmon-Safe” Novelty Hill or Januik wine. Seattle Magazine is a co-sponsor of the event. Tickets are $35 at the door; reserve yours by getting in touch with Nikki at the Novelty Hill-Januik Winery at 425.481.5502 ext. 104, or e-mail nikki@noveltyhilljanuik.com