If you are local to Seattle or just happened to be in town this time of the year, we highly recommend checking out the Seattle Bon Odori Festival. For those that may be unfamiliar, Bon Odori - Also known as Obon, is an official Seafair event held at the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple. It is a traditional japanese summer festival that celebrates our ancestors who have passed on, remember and appreciate all they have done for us, and honor their ongoing presence in the lives we enjoy today.Read More
Last weekend, we had an opportunity to be a part of the Community Alliance for Global Justice Teach Out at Kamayan Farm, a Filipina-owned vegetable, medicinal herb, and education farm just east of Seattle, Washington. Kamayan, in the Filipino language, means "with your hands" - a way to describe our traditional way of eating. Ari, the owner-operator of Kamayan, refers to it as 'a reminder of the intimate connection between ourselves and our food, the joy of a large meal cooked with love and shared with family, and survival of culture through food.'
Shoutout to my sister and her partner for informing us of the event. If you are thinking of joining your local community teach out, here are some good reasons you and your kids to go check it out:
GETTING INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY
Community involvement has always been an important part of our family and we have been actively looking for ways for Neela to be an active participant. When we first received her diagnosis, we decided to surround her and our family with diverse and nurturing community circles. We truly believe that community building gives her a broader view of the world and a better chance to adapt, despite her disability. Regardless, kids of every ability can benefit from being part of their local communities. It is also great way to gain awareness about your local growers and vendors the initiatives they work towards and vendors.
Another objective of ours is to give Neela the opportunity see the food we eat everyday as a lot of love and hard work. Having immigrated from the Philippines, our parents were very aware of what it's like to grow and harvest your own food. Though we are thankful for bountiful resources we enjoy in the United States, it is very easy to forget where your food comes from. Being a part of this process definitely makes us think about the way we consume things and re-iterate the value of what we eat everyday.
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT Community Alliance for Global Justice (CAGJ) & KAMAYAN FARM?
Visit their website at www.kamayanfarm.com