Dime In Time: The Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition

by Amanda Snyder, Food Coalition member.


The Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition (PCFC) is a community based initiative bringing a collaborative, grassroots approach to growing the local food system.  PCFC concentrates efforts to enhance the sustainability and vitality of the Palouse-Clearwater food system. PCFC’s intent is to improve community access to healthy, locally grown foods in northern Idaho and eastern Washington.

The Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition sponsors and co-sponsors multiple events during the year and our highlight event is the annual Food Summit.  The 2017 Food Summit will be held January 27 at the 1912 Center in Moscow with a focus on the Value of Local Food.  Morning presentations from community members, University faculty, local food businesses, and a special presentation from middle school students from Palouse Prairie Charter School in Moscow will highlight various aspects of community, culture, and commerce around our local foods.  The event includes networking opportunities, entertainment, lunch, and snacks.  We plan to include a local food business showcase as part of our day.  We encourage all from the community to attend, and registration is based on sliding-scale with a limited number of scholarships available for those who need assistance. 

In addition to our annual Food Summit, the Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition had several reports on studies done for the Food Coalition by former UI students and AmeriCorps volunteers.  PCFC is currently developing several outreach publications, such as an Eat Local Guide (featuring local restaurants, wineries, brew pubs, and coffee shops that source local products), a Local Food Resource Guide, a Fresh Food Donation Guide for Latah County, and a Community Supported Agriculture Guide.  PCFC is also hosting a quarterly speaker series, with focus on various aspects of our local food system.   

For updates on our various events, and to register for Food Summit 2017, please visit our website: www.pcfoodcoalition.org or contact Amanda Snyder: amsnyder@uidaho.edu