Earth Day celebration links food system, healthy planet

By Marissa Harshman, Columbian health reporter

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— This Earth Day, local nonprofits are hosting an event that aims to connect the dots between a healthy food system and a healthy planet.

Urban Abundance, Slow Food Southwest Washington and the Clark College Environmental Club are hosting the Earth Day event, which includes a seed swap, the Spring Food Challenge and speakers.

The event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 22 at Clark College Gaiser Hall, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. The seed swap and food challenge will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The Earth Day celebration and speakers will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Event organizers have 100 pounds of free vegetable seeds to give away, and attendees are encouraged to bring seeds to share.

The Spring Food Challenge will feature chefs from three local restaurants — Mill Creek Pub, Foody Blues and Clark College Food & Wine — preparing small-plate courses.

Chefs will receive a box of produce from Clark County farms and a $50 gift certificate to New Seasons Market to purchase additional ingredients. The chefs will then create the courses using those ingredients. Attendees can pay $6 to taste all three menus and vote for the Spring Food Champ.

Finally, speakers from local farms and Waste Connections will speak about how a health food system leads to a healthy planet.

The Clark College Environmental Club will provide seasonal snacks and the Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.

For more information, email info@myurbanabundance.org or call 360-436-6144.