Celebrate 2nd Annual Akio Suyematsu Day

Come Celebrate Second Annual Akio Suyematsu Day!

Please join the Suyematsu & Bentryn Family Farmers Guild, The Suyematsu Family, EduCulture and others in remembering this locally grown hero. All are welcome to attend.

Monday, August 19, 2013, 6-9pm
At Historic Suyematsu & Bentryn Family Farms, Day Road East, Bainbridge Island (Farm Stand Entrance)

Akio Suyematsu

Following his passing in 2012, the City of Bainbridge Island proclaimed August 19 “Akio Suyematsu Day” in honor of this iconic farmer. Akio Suyematsu was the last of the original Japanese American Bainbridge Island berry farmers, who created an agricultural and community legacy on a working landscape second to none in the Puget Sound region. His life’s work has kept alive a taste of Bainbridge for over nine decades and inspired generations of local farmers.

This celebration will feature a memorial display of Akio Suyematsu’s life, an historic walking tour of the farm, live music, and locally grown food and refreshments.

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Only What We Can Carry Project Helps Host National Tour of Historic Suyematsu Farm

DSCN2172On July 7, about 150 visitors from around the US toured Bainbridge Island as part of a National Conference hosted by the Japanese American National Museum.   Our Only What We Can Carry project was honored to be involved in this special event.


OWWCC’s Jon Garfunkel organized the historic tours of Suyematsu Farm, accompanied by members of the Suyematsu family and farmers from Suyematsu & Bentryn Family Farmers Guild.  Visitors were treated to a locally grown lunch featuring greens, potatoes and raspberries from the farm.


Along with visiting the farm, these visitors also toured Bainbridge Gardens, Sakai School, and the BI Japanese American Exclusion Memorial.

There were almost as many docents hosting the event as guest visitors.  It was a special day that made one feel proud to be a part of our Island Community.

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Photos courtesy of Ray Tabata

EduCulture Partners to Launch 1st ever “Specialization in Edible Education”

EduCulture is proud to be partnering on another ground breaking professional education program with our higher education partner Antioch University Seattle.  Edible education is an up and coming pathway to teach preK-12 students about sustainability and connections to land, our health, and our communities. This summer, we invite you to join a cadre of graduate students, formal & informal educators, and farmers to participate in the first ever course specializing in Edible Education!

Aims & Outcomes of this Pilot Course for K-12 Education:

  • Understanding food in context
  • Examining the role and place of food in our schools
  • Developing a better understanding of edible education in theory and practice
  • Understanding theories and practices that inform Edible Education curriculum and link to what children are already learning
  • Delving into the world of Food Justice and edible democracy
  • Learning about our Northwest Foodshed through three local food communities
  • Build your professional repertoire in bridging classroom and communities
  • By participating in this course you will be an integral part of a pilot program leading towards a professional certificate in Edible Education.

Classes: July 25, Aug. 8, & Aug. 22, 10am-4pm

Locations: Suquamish, Bainbridge Island and Seattle

Offered in 3 Professional Education Tiers:

  • Degree Credit (2-3 credits EDUC 600-ESE)
  • Degree Auditing Option (EDUC 600-ESE)
  • Professional Development Option (up to 15 clock hours)

– For more info about the AUS Degree Tiers, contact: emikel@antioch.edu

– For more info about the Prof. Dev. Tier, contact: admin@EduCultureProject.org

Presented by Antioch U. Seattle through a Community Partnership with EduCulture.


Summer Celebration & Work Party


Join us to celebrate the end of spring seeding and the beginning of summer!
Our celebration will showcase the hard work by our partner schools, our teachers, students, and their families. Come have fun with us for this part farm tour, part work party, and part “farm-raiser”.

Bring your work gloves to help weed, transplant, and hunt ripe strawberries. Our new chicks will be on display, as well as our fast growing worker rabbits.
We will serve a light brunch sourced from our partner farms and catered by Food Shed.

EduCulture is deeply grateful for the continued support of donors and volunteers. Please plan for our “Farm-raiser” as we seek to fund our developing edible education learning centers. Donations of $10 will get you a chance to take home a baby chick of heritage breed, or a young rabbit.

10483020-red-wild-strawberry-a-berry-and-a-white-flowerHave you tasted a Shuksan strawberry? You would remember if you did. These strawberries are so incredible, and we are lucky to have two rows of them growing. They will be served by Food Shed at our event, and some are available to pick that day. Take home your own strawberry plant for a donation of $5.

Call or email to RSVP or for more details:

 admin@educultureproject.org  206-780-5797

Taking Applications for Summer Internships

EduCulture is seeking talented high school students for part-time summer internships.

Positions are open to assist with the maintenance of our demonstration plots at Morales Farm and Heyday Farms. Interns will oversee the care of farm animals and plants, help manage volunteers for work parties, and create interactive educational displays. Internships include some educational research and writing. Inters will gain first hand experience of small scale farming, form valuable connections to our master farmers, and develop skills in educational instruction.

We are also looking for one intern to help us archive and research the Suyematsu Family Homestead for our Only What We Can Carry programs. This is a position for a High School student with a serious interest in social studies, along with a penchant for research, writing, working and cataloging historical artifacts. This internship is a unique position allowing the intern an up close look at the original agriculture community on Bainbridge Island, and access to historical artifacts, as well as providing professional experience. Upon completion, the intern will have contributed towards building an educational and historic foundation that will serve local schools. Intern works closely with managing director and partners at the Bainbridge Island Historic Museum.

Internships are part time, with a weekly commitment of 2-3 days. We are looking for candidates to make minimum commitment of four weeks from June 19-the end of August. Hours served can be applied to community service hours, senior project, independent study contracts, etc. Interested students should contact us for more details.

Summer Farm-School Work Party Schedule


Summer is here! It is time to roll up our sleeves and get dirty. Our demonstration plots at Morales Farm and Heyday Farms need help this summer to maintain the hard work our students seeded this spring. We have work parties throughout the summer, on weekdays and weekends, at both plots. If you can’t make a scheduled work party, but still want to help, call us to schedule your own private farm time.

Bring your work gloves, wear your sunscreen, pack a picnic lunch. Sweet strawberries are ready for the picking!

Tuesday mornings 10-12 @ Morales Farm (Wilkes, Ordway, Island Coop)
June 18th
July 2nd,     July 16th,     July 30th
August 13th,    August 27th

Saturday mornings 10-12 @ Morales Farm (Wilkes, Ordway, Island Coop)
June 29th: RESCHEDULED to July 6th,    July 27th,    August 24th

Monday mornings 10-12 @ Heyday Farm (Blakely partners)
June 24th,    July 29th,   August 26th

We are immensely grateful for the community support that keeps our programs going.

Those interested in becoming docents are welcome at all work parties. Docent training is ongoing throughout the summer.

Check our Calendar for updates.


New & Safer Farm-School Path for Wilkes Elementary

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 Photos above and below show Wilkes students and teachers using their new walking path to the farm, Spring 2013.

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In Fall 2012, work was done to formalize a new walking path for students and teachers to take from Wilkes Elementary to Suyematsu & Bentryn Family Farms.   This new path from Vista Road offers safer and more direct access to and from the farm.  Many thanks to Brian Stahl from the Kitsap Conservation District, Bart Berg from Friends of the Farms, and the Washington Conservation Corp for their dedicated time and resources constructing this walking path for our farm-school programs.

New Washing Stations for Spring Season!

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New washing stations were installed at Morales and Suyematsu & Bentryn Family Farms just in time for our spring farm-school programs.  A generous grant from the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation funded these welcome additions to support our edible education programs at these partner farms.  Mike Paulson of Coyote Construction designed and built the student-friendly stations with the help of former farm and EduCulture intern, Hamilton Anderson.  We are so grateful to BI Parks Foundation for underwriting this project.  What a big step forward from the wash and rinse buckets we have been using for the past 3 years!

Bite of Bainbridge, 1-31-13

On Thursday, January 31, the Bainbridge Island School District lunch program will feature another round of locally grown-student sown potatoes cultivated by Wilkes, Ordway and Blakely elementary students though EduCulture’s Farm-School Programs. These potatoes were raised as an act of education, and have been donated to the school lunch program as an act of community service.

Organically grown German Butterball and Yukon Gold potatoes raised from seed to harvest by three elementary schools on two local farms will be served roasted to approximately 1100 Bainbridge Island K-12 students and teachers.  These potatoes were cultivated from seed to harvest through our farm-school partnerships at Morales Farm with all of  Wilkes Elementary (for the 6th year) and Ordway Elementary 1st Grade students (for the 1st year), and at Heyday Farm with students from Blakely Elementary grades K-3 (for the 2nd year).

Our Edible Education program at Morales Farm is through a partnership with Butler Green Farms and Brian MacWhorter, Friends of the Farms and the City of Bainbridge Island – a model of public farmland, serving public education, to grow public produce. Our edible education program at Heyday Farm with Craig and Alice Skipton is a model of private historic farmland in partnership with public education to grow public produce.  Thank you to BISD Food & Nutrition Services Director, Mark Sperazza, and his talented staff for arranging and preparing these Bites of Bainbridge throughout the district’s lunch program.  Additional thanks to our many community partners, families and friends who are involved in supporting these edible education programs.

Place and taste will come alive in school lunch. Here’s to the Bite of Bainbridge program, with deep gratitude and admiration to the students, teachers, farmers, parents, cooks, and other school-community stakeholders who make them happen!

Global Source receives Wall of Fame Award for Human Rights Education

L-R: GSE Board Member Ed Mikel, Jon Garfunkel, KCCHR Board Members Tom Fairchild & Rob Purser

L-R: GSE Board Member Ed Mikel, Jon Garfunkel, KCCHR Board Members Tom Fairchild & Rob Purser

On December 6, 2012, Global Source Founder and Managing Director, Jon Garfunkel, was presented with a lifetime achievement award by the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights and Kitsap County Commissioners for Global Source’s leadership in local human rights and social justice education in our region. Contributions to the educational community from our EduCulture and Only What We Can Carry projects were cited during the presentation.  This special honor was received on behalf the entire learning organization, and serves as a valuable affirmation that our work is making a difference.  Click here for more information about the award.