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Building Community through Food at Family Day

April 09, 2014

This past Saturday, more than 1,380 kids and adults connected around the simple idea of food at Family Day: Food for Good. The all-day event, held at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, showcased how food gets from the farm to the table both locally and globally.

Through a variety of hands-on activities from over 20 community organizations, lively music by Ocheami, and storytelling with authors Katherine Pryor and Rick Swann, attendees of all ages were invited to explore what “farm-to-table” means to them, and discover how to grow, prepare, and enjoy healthy foods

As families explored the galleries, they learned about a variety of opportunities to give back too. Here are a few ways you can also get involved:

  1. Take action by volunteering with Beacon Food Forest at family work parties on the third Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Work parties are guaranteed fun for all ages! Visit for more information.

  2. Plant an extra row in your garden this season and provide much-needed produce to food banks, meal programs, and shelters in Seattle. Visit Lettuce Link’s website for a list of places that accept backyard-grown produce.

  3. Read books while raising money to give animals and training to families that need nutrition and income. During April you can even earn books for your classroom! Find out more at

Here’s a look at Family Day: Food for Good through photos.

Family Day: Food for Good
Hands-on games and art activities showed families how easy and exciting it can be to make a difference.

 Family Day: Food for Good
Kids cheered on their favorite worm at Beacon Food Forest’s Earthworm Races.

Family Day: Food for Good
Families experienced West African drumming, dance, games, and storytelling with Ocheami.

Family Day: Food for Good
Farm fun with interactive learning activities from the Washington State Fair Traveling Farm.

Family Day: Food for Good
Children’s author Rick Swann shared how a community can grow from a garden through his book, “Our School Garden.”

Family Day: Food for Good
Family Day attendees discovered what others in the world eat and the importance of small- scale farming with Heifer International.

 Family Day: Food for Good
Seattle Tilth helped kids create their own newspaper pot and plant seeds to take home to nurture.

Find more photos from Family Day: Food for Good on the Visitor Center’s Facebook page.

For information on our community partners, please visit 1,000 Days, Beacon Food Forest, Bastyr University, Beecher's Flagship Foundation, Bon Appétit, Cascade Harvest Coalition, City Fruit, FareStart, Green Plate Special, Heifer International, “Sylvia’s Spinach” by Katherine Pryor, Ocheami, ONE, Readers to Eaters, “Our School Garden!” by Rick Swann, The Seattle Public Library, Seattle Tilth, Solid Ground, Washington State Fair Traveling Farm, Washington Farmers Market Association, and WSU Extension/4-H.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center is located at 440 5th Avenue North, Seattle, Wash. and open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Save the date for our Teen Action Fair on Saturday, May 10, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Join the Visitor Center for a youth-led, community celebration featuring youth speakers, volunteer opportunities, and hands-on activities

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