This year’s Harvest Dinner features our local 4th generation farmer Faith Van De Putte. Faith and her husband David Bill operate Midnight’s Farm. They raise grass-fed, rotationally grazed Murray Grey beef, heritage pork, a bit of produce and sell compost made in the only Department of Ecology certified compost operation in the county. Values of stewardship, community, education and climate resilience guide their management decisions. Faith grew up working with her family in the commercial fishing industry in Alaska and never thought she would return to Lopez and become a farmer. After graduating from Fairhaven College in Bellingham with a self designed major entitled “The Ecology of Health” she moved to Seattle to attend massage school. After 14 years of private practice and teaching massage in the city, she returned to Lopez in 2008 and built a home in Common Ground. Her interest in agriculture grew in part from serving on the LCLT board and recognizing the importance of farming in our island culture. In 2018 she took a position with San Juan County as the Agricultural Resource Committee (ARC) Coordinator. The ARC advises the County Council and government on agricultural policy, advocates for farmers and works to preserve farmland.
Come join in the “world’s best potluck” featuring locally grown food. Prizes are given for the best use of local foods and best presentation. Everyone with their potluck contribution is welcome. Please bring your own place settings to minimize garbage and waste. Come at 5 p.m. October 26, Saturday, at the community center. For more information, call 360.468.3723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.