Registered: October 2011
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For several years, I have volunteered with the local Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association by planting trees along stream beds. I brainstormed of how I could continue to support their mission of restoring sustainable salmon runs. I drew off my love of salmon and came up with the idea of packaging my spice recipe and selling it to benefit NSEA. I worked with a local vendor to create the packaged mix, David's Spicy Salmon Rub, and then became a youth vendor at my local farmers market. Throughout this past summer, I have set up a stand at the Ferndale Public Market and sold the spice mix. (Note: This is located along the Nooksack River, the largest river in Whatcom County which currently has salmon runs.) More importantly, I engaged people in conversation about importance of restoring our local salmon runs. I even branched out to other local events, such as the NSEA Salmon by the Bay event, where all the salmon burgers were spiced with my spice mix and the local Fiesta Patrias festival. Each month, I send a check to NSEA of the proceeds from each sale of the DSSR spice mix. To keep my friends updated, a facebook page is kept current with photos from the various venues. I enjoy the outdoors in many ways, such as fishing, kayaking and snowboarding. I feel strongly in keeping our environment healthy now and for next generations.
I feel good that I have helped people become more aware of protecting and restoring our salmon runs and raised money in support of this important local environmental issue.