Civic Minds + Creative Hearts: Local Food and Local Makers

Join us to learn from community professionals about the broader landscape of the local food movement and meet four farmers who are cultivating a more sustainable land ethic and creating art.


Thu, April 27, 2023

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM PDT


Port Angeles Fine Arts Center

1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Port Angeles, WA 98362

United States



Thursday, April 27th, 2023 | 5:30- 7:30PM $12 PAFAC Members | $15 Non-members $5 for people using SNAP Inspired by the food related themes from our exhibit "What’s For Lunch?” we are excited to have 4 local food champions join us for the evening. Clea Rome, Director of our local Washington State University Extension office, will give an overview of agriculture in our region and how and why our local farmers, along with people in communities all over the United States, are working to build more sustainable localized food systems. Local farmers Rachel Shyles, Jenson, and Melissa Levenstein will share how their passion for community connection, dedication to sustainable food system, and how art is informed by their ties to our local land. Shyles, a wildlife biologist and ecologist by trade, is the co-owner of the Wildling Farm, a micro farm tucked along the Elwha River just outside of Olympic National Park. In partnership with her husband she delivers a lineup of homemade locally sourced provisions and fresh produce for the local community. Jenson is the owner/operator of SisterLand Farms and has been farming and consulting for over a decade. They co-founded our local Food Not Bombs chapter, and developed the Clallam Growers’ Collective, which aims to bring regional farms together in the spirit of collaboration and collectivization. Melissa Levenstein is the owner/farmer of Hidden Penny Farm. She spends her days in her boots watering, weeding, planting, and tending her small farm nestled in the foothills. There will be plenty of time for questions, mingling, and exhibit viewing. Additionally, we will offer a one-night only pop-up makers market of wares, provisions, and art provided by Rachel and Jenson. We hope you will will walk away inspired to create and with tangible ideas for supporting a more sustainable and fair food culture. Light refreshments with, you guessed it … a local theme, and drinks for purchase will be available.

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