‘Saving the Soil’ book release set for September 22

  • Written by Valley View Staff

"Saving the Soil" is the latest production of Pacific NW photographer/writer, Jerry Mader. Since April, 2009, Mader has been documenting the activities of nine organic farms in the Snoqualmie Valley. The result is a photography/audio installation and book to be presented at Carnation Tree Farm in the historic Hjertoos Barn loft, September 22, 2011 at 7 pm. The public is invited to meet Jerry Mader and the farmers and share in the celebration.

The installation contains over two dozen 2" X 4" photo collages (300 plus images) presenting a kaleidoscope of each of the nine farms covered in the project: Jubilee Biodynamic Farm, Changing Seasons Farm, Local Roots Farm, Two Sisters Dairy, Game Haven Farm, Growing Things Farm, Oxbow Center, Blue Dog Farm and The Root Connection. The photo collages are arranged in a "virtual" tour of each farm’s placement in the Valley. Mader, a classically trained musician and composer, prepared a 30 minute "sound scape" for the installation which runs continuously during the exhibition.

In addition to the photo documentary, Mader interviewed each of the farmers, 16 in all, plus eight of their workers and nine individuals from the wider King County community who are involved in agriculture, food production and distribution. Mader assembled all the interviews plus his commentary and research into a new book "Saving the Soil—the New American Farmer," published by his company, Tolt River Press. The book will be formally released at the exhibition with copies available for sale.

The interviews are in the form of oral histories to be archived in historical society collections throughout King County. "These new farmers are at the threshold of an agricultural renaissance here in the valley and the U.S. generally," Mader said. "Their stories have enormous historical value, especially since they have in large part revived the agricultural tradition which was the foundation of Snoqualmie Valley history."

King County 4Culture Heritage Special Projects provided a grant to assist Mader in the transcription and archival preparation of the photographs and oral histories for the project as well as preparation of materials for the exhibit/installation. The show will be offered to all appropriate venues in Washington state and the Pacific Northwest.

Family child care programs host open house – prize offered to participating families

  • Written by June Still
Children of all ages enjoy parachute play at one of the local child care programs. Courtesy photo.
Bring the kids, let’s have some fun! Six local family child care providers are hosting a collaborative open house. Each of the six homes will be open from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 24th. Families can tour each of the homes and meet the child care providers. The children will participate in an activity at each home.

"This is a way for home child care providers in the Duvall and Carnation areas to expose more options to parents for child care," said organizer Shelly Burtis of Cherry Valley Kid’s Kastle. "There are many good quality child care programs in the valley," she continued. "My program offers a Monday-Friday child care, a preschool program, and computer education for kids ages 2 and up." The program also takes advantage of watching several kinds of wildlife near her property.

Little Sweet Peas Home Daycare owner, Laura Whitehead, offers a homey learning environment. "I provide a safe, loving environment for children so their parents can feel secure while they are at work."

Laura’s children love the field trips they take to the afternoon movies at the North Bend Theatre. "We also had fun this summer at Remlinger Farms," she said. "The children loved the farm animals, the rides, and the picnic lunch they helped pack." The children at Little Sweet Peas also do arts and crafts, read, play outside, and work on preschool concepts.

"It’s exciting to see infants who start in my program, grow up and become one of the ‘big kids’," said Irvina Mizell. As owner of Family Childcare & Preschool, Mizell stays in contact with most children even after they get too old for daycare. She recently served as mentor to a young man as he earned his Eagle Scout badge. "He started in my program when he was an infant," she said."We still stay in contact. Children who stay with the same provider for years become completely comfortable with their environment. That gives them the opportunity to be free to explore and learn, and become school ready. That’s one of the joys of family child care."

As small business owners, child care providers offer completely different programs that serve the needs of the diverse families they contract with. Providers who offer child care in their home must be licensed by the state, must have current CPR/first aid, and take regular continuing education classes.

Parents can find out more about each of the programs participating at The website includes a map to all the locations along with contact information for the participating programs.

"Each parent will be given a card when they visit a program on the 24th," said Burtis. "If they visit all six programs, their name will be entered in a drawing for a gift card to Starbucks."

Sno-Valley Seniors complete temporary move

  • Written by Valley View Staff

The Sno-Valley Senior Center has received funding through CDBG to do an extensive remodel on the center, including retro-fitting sprinklers and filling in the soaring hall with program rooms upstairs. As a result, the center has moved just down the road to Camp Don Bosco. Staffers anticipate that they will be at that camp location for 4-6 months.

The majority of programs are moving to Camp Don Bosco, 1401 327th Avenue Northeast, Carnation. The camp is located two miles south (toward Fall City) of the current location just off highway 203.

To drive there, the SAFEST access is to turn onto NE 11th, from Highway 203, then follow the signs. Or call the shuttles at (425) 333-4009 or 1-877-415-3632 for a free ride.

What won’t be there:

• The Bastyr Naturopathic Clinic will be at Carnation Bible Church, in the portable behind the main building. It’s just off Entwistle at 32615 NE 45th St.

• Steak dinners will be at Carnation Elementary starting on October 8th. November 19th will be the annual pie auction.

• Fall auction will be at the Restaurant at Mount Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie October 22nd.

Enhance Fitness and lunch have begun at Don Bosco.

On Monday, September 12th the center started its full slate of programs including ADH at Camp Don Bosco.

For more information, visit or call (425) 333-4152.

Geni Venable elected Senior Class Senator of Associated Students of Whitman College

  • Written by Valley View Staff

WALLA WALLA–Duvall native Geni Venable ’12 was elected as one of this year’s Senior Senators of the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) by her peers.

ASWC provides advocacy for student issues, diverse involvement opportunities, and financial support for student initiatives.

A 2008 graduate of Inglemoor High School, she is the daughter of Becky Venable of Duvall.

At Whitman, Venable is a politics major and has served as president of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta.


Orchestra rental night Sept. 21

  • Written by Valley View Staff

The fall string rental night for the ROC (Rivervew Orchestra Club) will be Wednesday, September 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Carnation Elementary multi-purpose room for all district elementary students grades 3 – 5.

Rent the best instruments or upgrade your instruments to a bigger size.

ROC beginning strings meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:10-9:00 a.m. at Carnation Elementary school beginning on Tuesday, September 27th.