Gathering Our Voice

Nature of North Central Washington

Foodways & Byways Showing in Leavenworth March 2

February 28th, 2012

Join us at Barn Beach Reserve in Leavenworth on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 7 pm for a showing and discussion of Foodways & Byways – The Story of Food in North Central Washington .

For more information contact:
Nancy Warner, Gathering Our Voice Project Director, 509-881-1812,
Gail Roberts, Barn Beach Reserve Naturalist, 509-548-7584,

Foodways & Byways DVD

January 10th, 2012
Available Now
Foodways & Byways – The Story of Food in North Central Washington

This half-hour DVD seeks to answer the question: “What can we learn from the past that can help us build a strong local food system today?” Through a tapestry of music, video and photographs the DVD features people both young and old, of Latino, Tribal and European descent, sharing their stories of family, community and eating. In these first-hand interviews you can see how harvesting, processing and sharing your food helps strengthen community and family bonds.

See the Foodways & Byways page to view the six video segments that make up the DVD. You will also find links to interview and discussion guides designed to start conversations that can move us toward a more self-sufficient future.

Order copies of the DVD online for $15 each, plus shipping and handling.

DVDs are also available for purchase at Farmhouse Table Local Foods Market and the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center Museum Store.

Foodways & Byways is off to a good start

December 13th, 2010

The 2010 – 2011 Gathering Our Voice project is highlighting past and present food harvest and distribution practices in the region. See the Foodways & Byways page for photos and excerpts from the initial interviews gathered as part of the project.

Do you have photos that you can share with us? We are looking for photos from the 1880s to the 1960s to tell the story of food harvest and distribution in our region

  • Photos of people harvesting food, sharing it with neighbors, and moving it to market
  • Photos of people hunting, fishing and gathering foods from the wild
  • Photos of people farming, processing and transporting food to packing sheds, grain elevators, railheads, creameries, butcher shops, and stores

We’re interested in photos from the whole region. We’ll take good card of your pictures, return them when we’re finished, and credit your contribution in the video we will be producing, “Foodways & Byways of North Central Washington.”

Contact: Nancy Warner or Kristi Roberts by email or phone at 509-888-7374, or your branch librarian at the North Central Regional Library.

Watch the 2009 Signature Story Video

March 2nd, 2010

Watch the 18 minute 2009 Signature Story video about stewardship in North Central Washington, then share your story.

Sustaining Success, Stewardship Stories from NCW

December 8th, 2009

Sustaining Success DVD Cover
Order your own copy of the recently released 2009 Gathering Our Voice Signature Story DVD–Sustaining Success, Stewardship Stories from North Central Washington. Download an order form here. (pdf document will open in new window)

Gathering Our Voice – Building on Success in North Central Washington

September 22nd, 2009

Download a Gathering Our Voice brochure (PDF file) that describes how the program aims to build a network of story gatherers and storytellers to collect and preserve positive stories of economic, community and environmental stewardship throughout North Central Washington.

Under Way for 2009

June 25th, 2009

In 2009, the Gathering Our Voice program is collecting stories of diverse people adapting, learning, and cooperating. We’re looking for stories from old-timers and newcomers alike that show how the acts of appreciating, enhancing, and hoping shape our future. Self-reliance, inventiveness, and building on the good work of others will be the cornerstone of many stories.

In November, we’ll roll up our results and tell one Signature Story highlighting what we discover about stewardship success in our region. Visit the Regional Projects page to sample stories gathered so far.

Homegrown Ski Areas of NCW

February 3rd, 2009

Order your own copy of the 2008 Gathering Our Voice Signature Story DVD–Homegrown Ski Areas of North Central Washington.
Download an order form here. (pdf document will open in new window)

Credits and notes for Homegrown Ski Areas of North Central Washington (pdf document will open in new window)