Smart Growth


Craven Farm 

You Are Invited to Feast on the Farm

Please join Pilchuck Audubon Society for our annual Feast on the Farm. Our Smart Growth Program is working every day to continue connecting the importance of protecting our county's farmlands, forests, wildlife habitat and rural communities while creating healthy communities.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
6:30 to 9:30 PM
Craven Farm
13817 Short School Road
Snohomish, WA 98290

Tickets are $50 per person. RSVP by August 26.

Pay Online
Click the Pay Online link, then click Smart Growth in Designation drop-down, then type Feast on the Farm in the second box.


RSVP by Email
RSVP by email to Kristin Kelly <> and then pay by check to made out to Pilchuck Audubon Society:
Kristin Kelly, Smart Growth Executive Director, Pilchuck Audubon Society
1429 Avenue D, #198
Snohomish, WA 98290

Our annual Feast combines the talents of our local guest chefs who use local farm products to create delectable bites, complemented by local wines, brews and spirits. Live music and dancing provided by The CD Woodbury Trio.

Proceeds benefit the Smart Growth Program for Pilchuck Audubon Society. Please purchase tickets by August 26.

GUEST CHEFS: Andy Gibbs—Andy's Fish House; Anne Dottai—Grilla Bites; Cindy Sherwood—French Creek Manor; Dana Daniel; Marilyn Rosenberg—Café Zippy; Roger Edyt—Roger's Riverview Bistro; Terra Kelly—The Hungry Pelican

FARMERS AND PRODUCERS: Bailey's Vegetables; Bright Ide Acres; Caruso Farm; Craven Farm; Darigold; Farmer Frog; Hayton Farm; J&S Homestead; Cherry Lane Eggs; Red Barn Community Farm; Skipley Farm

WINERIES/BREWERIES/DISTILLERIES: Dubindil Winery;J Bookwalter Winery; Patterson Cellars; Randolph Cellars; Van Camp Cellars; Prison Break Brewery; Sno Town Brewery; Skip Rock Distillers

CHEF'S CHOICE SPONSORS: County Executive Dave Somers; Fire Commissioner Guy Palumbo; Snohomish Mayor Karen Guzak and Warner Blake; State Representative June Robinson; Sno-Isle Food Coop; Snohomish Conservation District

INDIVIDUAL HOSTS: HopeWorks CSO Ed Petersen; Ellen Gray; County Council member Hans Dunshee; Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson; Julie Meghji; State Senator Marko Liias; Michelle Gundersen; State Representative Mike Sells; Nancy Dawson; Steve Aslanian



The Smart Growth Program works with Snohomish County local governments through education, outreach, activism, coalition building and advocacy regarding comprehensive land use planning and development regulations to achieve more livable, sustainable urban communities, while protecting our county’s natural resource and rural lands, our air and water quality, and wildlife and fish habitat from irresponsible development.

Snohomish County is home to some of the most productive forest and farmland, and diverse fish and wildlife habitat of anywhere in the United States. Snohomish County’s shorelines are among the most valuable and fragile of Washington’s natural resources. Native fish, birds, wildlife and the lake, estuarine, and riparian ecosystems that support them, depend on strong critical area and shoreline protections.

Snohomish County is now home to over 700,000 residents and the prediction is that by the year 2025, this county will grow to 950,000 people. In fact, over the past decade, Snohomish County has grown by 30 percent, outstripping Washington’s overall population growth by almost 50 percent. Salmon habitat, farmland, and open space in our densely populated urban areas are being converted to housing developments and shopping malls at alarming rates. The effects of this growth is impacting our urban neighborhoods; the increase of large rural cluster developments are forever changing the rural landscape; and the pressure to build a new city of 15,000 people out in the pristine rural areas that lack adequate infrastructure is real. The increase in impervious surfaces from roads and rooftops has led to more run-off and pollution of our streams and rivers and lakes, and the loss of wildlife habitat still continues despite some good efforts.

Rapid growth is a threat to the sustainability of our natural resources and rural lands, and will continue to greatly impact our wildlife and their habitats if Snohomish County’s planning process and regulations do not address protections of these areas adequately. As pressures from the development community grows to expand urban growth areas, to allow for more development in our sensitive areas, to rezone open space, forest and farm land into homes, we must be there to educate citizens and help them be involved in the public process to ensure their quality of life.

Pilchuck Audubon Society is part of a larger coalition of organizations, groups and individuals who will be working toward positive change in Snohomish County in order to have more livable communities and protect our environment. The coalition is currently named the Livable Snohomish County Coalition. If you would like to be more involved, please join our coalition to work on a proactive agenda for our future. For more details, contact Kristin Kelly at 425.923.8625 or e-mail