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Join farmers and doctors for Cultivate dinner Nov. 2 in White Salmon

— WHITE SALMON — Did you know that even a tiny increase in our consumption of local fruits and vegetables has a powerful impact on health and its costs?

Join farmers and doctors as they toast to good health and celebrate over a four-course farm-fresh dinner with wine pairing at Cultivate Columbia in White Salmon on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening will feature the top culinary talents of the gorge serving local specialties, unique art, the talented music duo The Quiet American and a lively auction.

Cultivate Columbia is a fundraiser for Skyline Foundation, which has partnered this year with Gorge Grown Food Network to bring awareness to people across the gorge of the good things happening that makes this place one of the healthiest places to live.

“More and more we’re partnering up with health providers because they recognize the connection between local food, mindful eating, and preventative medicine,” said Michelle McGrath, executive director of Gorge Grown Food Network. “We are thrilled to support the work of the Skyline Foundation through Cultivate Columbia by drawing dinner guests’ attention to this connection in a vibrant and delicious way.”

In fact, according to a report produced by the Union of Concerned Scientists, “if we upped our average intake of fruits and vegetables by a single serving daily — an apple a day, essentially — more than 30,000 of those lives would be saved. Each additional serving of fruit or vegetable would reduce mortality from cardiovascular disease by about 5 percent, to the point where if we all ate the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, we’d save more than 100,000 lives and something like $17 billion in health care costs.”

To make a reservation (recommended) call 509-637-2602 or reserve your table online at www.cultivatecolumbia.com.

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