Foodshed Alliance – Farm-to-Fork Celebration of Local Foods & Farms

Foodshed Alliance is hosting another Farm-to-Fork Celebration. Get your tickets here!

Join the Foodshed Alliance at Andre’s Restaurant & Wine Boutique in Newton, NJ where Chef and Owner Andre deWaal will prepare dinner for a Farm-to-Fork Celebration of Local Foods and Farms that incorporates locally grown foods into his creations.

 

Sunday, January 27, 2013
Cocktail Hour: 4:00 pm / Dinner: 5:00 pm
Andre’s Restaurant & Wine Boutique
188 Spring Street, Newton NJ 07860

Slow Food Central New Jersey’s EAT LOCAL Winter Farmers Markets

What can be better than sourcing local food? Come to the 2012 Slow Food Central NJ’s “EAT SLOW” Winter Farmers Markets in December, January and February and stock up on locally produced meats, breads, mushrooms, cheeses, wine, baked goods, sweets, pies and much more.

How to…Holiday!

Edible Manhattan is putting on a How to…Holiday event at the Brooklyn Brewery.

Monday, December 3rd from 8pm to 10pm (doors open at 7:30pm)

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start talking pies, turkeys and preserves! Join us for an evening of tasty lectures from the professionals and walk away with a set of tips to make sure your holiday entertaining is seamless and delicious!

Lectures and tips from:

Rachel’s Pies will teach you How To Bake a Blue Ribbon Pie

Fleisher’s Grass-fed and Organic Meats will teach you How To Roast the Perfect Turkey

Brooklyn Oenology Winery will teach you How To Choose a Delicious and Affordable Holiday Wine

Come hungry, there will be food for purchase from the Kimchi Taco truck.

Brooklyn Brewery beers will be available for $5.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, proceeds from the event will be donated to the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Brooklyn Recovery Fund.

Tickets are available on Edible Manhattan!

Vote for the Faces of Farming & Ranching

Earlier this summer, USFRA put out a call for standout farmers and ranchers who are proud of what they do, eager to share their stories of continuous improvement with others and are actively involved today in telling those stories to enter the search for the “Faces of Farming and Ranching”. Farmers and ranchers from different commodity groups, farming practices, sizes and geographies applied – and among all of the quality entrants received, we’re down to nine finalists.
Your Role
These finalists have met with a panel of judges, and now you can learn more about them and vote for who you think is an ideal spokesperson for agriculture. Click on a finalist below to watch a short video and/or read about their story, then vote for your favorite (one vote per day, per person). Online votes will contribute to the final score that will determine the 3-4 Faces of Farming and Ranching winners. After you vote, feel free to share online via the buttons provided. You must be logged into FoodDialogues.com to vote. Registration is required to help maintain the integrity of voting and your email address will not be shared or sold to any third parties.
The voting period ends on Dec. 15, 2012. Winners will be announced in January 2013.

Eric McClam 0

Eric McClam

Columbia, SC

Eric is co-founder and owner of City Roots. This 3.5-acre farm in South Carolina includes approximately 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables, bees (not only for honey…

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Brenda Kirsch

St. Paul, OR

Brenda’s grandfather started this farm over 60 years ago as a dryland farm. Her father took over in the 1970s and Brenda is now being transitioned to run this 1,000-acre…

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Chris Chinn

Clarence, MO

Chris and her husband Kevin are 5th generation farmers – farming with his parents and brother. They raise hogs, cattle, hay and row crops. It is a 1,500 sow farrow-to-finish…

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Bo Stone

Rowland, NC

P & S Farms is owned jointly by Bo, his wife Missy, and his parents. They grow 2,300 acres of row crops (corn, wheat and soybeans). They also have six swine finishing…

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Tim Nilsen

Wilton, CA

Nilsen Farms is a contract turkey grower in California. The ranch was established in 1983 by Tim’s father Norm and has been continually evolving over the years…

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Janice Wolfinger

Morristown, OH

Janice and her husband Jake were both raised on beef/grain farms in Ohio. They built a house on the farm and wanting something of their own, bought a feed yard in central…

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Katie Pratt

Dixon, IL

Katie and her husband Andy (7th generation farmer) raise corn, soybeans and seed corn. Welcoming tour groups to their farm is a family tradition starting back in the…

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Daphne Holterman

Watertown, WI

Daphne and her husband, Lloyd, are 4th generation farmers. Along with their two daughters, they operate a dairy farm and raise corn for silage and alfalfa hay on 1,300…

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Will Gilmer

Sulligent, AL

Will and his father own/operate a dairy farm in Lamar County, Alabama. The dairy has been in continuous operation since Will’s grandfather established it on his…

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A Little Acre of Unsung Plants

The Linwood Arboretum in Linwood, New Jersey did not suffer much at the hands of hurricane Sandy. This New York Times article highlights the little known flora sanctuary. The arboretum houses hundreds of different species of plants and represents an excellent place to learn about plants that can thrive in the Northeast.

On a chilly afternoon a few days after the storm, the camellias were still in bloom. A fat bud on a towering hibiscus promised one more enormous pink flower; the dark pods of the black cotton plants were bursting with satiny white seeds.

There wasn’t an overused forsythia or Bradford pear in sight. This little patch of ground is all about diversity: a dozen kinds of magnolias; a half-dozen witch hazels; 15 camellias; crape myrtles that will age into sinuous trunks with exfoliating bark; deciduous holly trees loaded with red and yellow berries; dwarf pines and ginkgos as big as medium-size dogs.

Read more from the NY Times article here.

Food Dialogues℠: New York

Food Dialogues New York

Join the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) on Thursday, Nov. 15 for The Food Dialogues: New York. Farmers, ranchers, industry experts, pundits and media will meet for in-depth conversations on today’s most provocative topics concerning food and its production – antibiotics, biotechnology, and media, marketing and healthy food choices.

To RSVP for this event or sign-up to receive more information, please click here.

Panelists – As of October 4, 2012:

The Media, Marketing and Healthy Choices panel will examine how the media’s coverage of food and its health benefits has impacted consumer choice. This discussion also will address what more can be done to answer Americans’ questions about how their food is grown and raised. Expert panelists include:

  • Tracie McMillan, author, The American Way of Eating
  • Debbi Beauvais, RD, SNS, New York School Nutrition President and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson
  • Blake Hurst, President, Missouri Farm Bureau
  • Craig McNamara, California organic farmer
  • Richard Ball, New York vegetable farmer
  • Carolyn O’Neil, MS, WebMD, RD

For the Your Toughest Questions Answered on Antibiotics and Your Food panel, experts will discuss antibiotics and its use and application in animal agriculture. USFRA has secured:

  • Barb Determan, Pork Producer (Iowa), Heartland Marketing Group
  • Dr. Christine Hoang, DVM, MPH, CPH, Assistant Director of the Division of Scientific Activities of the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy Initiatives, Consumers Union
  • Keith Ayoob, pediatric nutritionist, Albert Einstein School of Medicine
  • Dr. Karen Jordan, Brush Creek Swiss Farms, North Carolina – dairy farmer and veterinarian

Your Toughest Questions Answered on Biotechnology (GMOs) and Your Food panel will include experts who are well-versed in the use of biotech seeds, including the benefits and concerns related to long-term health and food labeling including:

  • Dr. Bob Goldberg, plant molecular biologist currently using genomics to identify all of the genes required to “make a seed”, UCLA
  • Jerry Slocum, Mississippi soybean farmer
  • Dr. Julie Howard, Chief Scientist, Food Security, USAID
  • Gregory Jaffe, Director of Biotechnology, CSPI
  • Fred Kirschenmann, president of the board of directors, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and distinguished fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University
  • Cheryl Rogowski, New York organic farmer

In addition to the panel discussions, USFRA has plans to announce farmers and ranchers who are finalists for its Faces of Farming and Ranching program.

There is no charge to attend The Food Dialogues: New York. To RSVP for this event or sign-up to receive more information, please click here.

Post-Hurricane Sandy Volunteer & Donation Opportunities

Hurricane Sandy Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

Neighbors Together

If you are looking for a way to contribute directly to those in need post-Hurricane Sandy, Neighbors Together could use your financial support as they repair the damage to their industrial freezer and refrigerator and recover from food loss at their soup kitchen. Help them be able to resume feeding meals to their members. Neighbors Together is committed to ending hunger and poverty in the Ocean Hill, Brownsville, and Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhoods of Brooklyn, one of the lowest-income areas in New York City. Donate here. Thank you for your generosity!

Masbia

Masbia needs help feeding 600+ relocated seniors at the Park Slope Armory. For only $6 they can serve one person a freshly cooked nutritious hot dinner. Donate here. Masbia soup kitchen network is where the rubber meets the road in the fight against hunger. They feed hot, nutritious meals to hungry men, women and children. No statistics. No bureaucracy. No middleman. They deposit food in empty stomachs.

Jimmy’s No. 43

Jimmy’s No. 43 has been a long-time friend and supporter of Food Systems Network NYC and other like-minded good food organizations. Last year, Jimmy’s raised thousands of dollars for relief when Hurricane Irene came through and hurt local farmers. Now, Jimmy’s, located in the East Village, needs help getting power restored to their restaurant and bar. Help them out by buying a gift certificate to the restaurant or ticket to one (or more) of their amazing fall events. Jimmy is committed to making these events happen. They’re down, but not out! To purchase a gift certificate and see a list of available ticketed events, visit the Jimmy’s No. 43 website.

City Meals on Wheels

Leading up to Hurricane Sandy and in the aftermath, Citymeals-on-Wheels has been taking emergency measures to ensure New York’s homebound elderly have access to food. Given the impact on transportation and power, many of the senior centers they work with are understaffed. If you are able to volunteer for meal deliveries, they will need extra help throughout the week. Please see more information here. In addition to volunteers, they need to raise funds to replenish the depleted supplies in their warehouse. Please make a gift today to help them respond to this crisis and prepare for the coming winter months.

City Harvest

Now serving New York City for more than 30 years, City Harvest is the world’s first and the city’s only food rescue organization. Whether you’re part of a group or just one person, there are plenty of ways for you to help in our fight against hunger. If interested in learning more about our volunteer opportunities please contact volunteerservices@cityharvest.org. Or, donate to help feed children, the elderly, and all hungry New Yorkers.

Food Bank NYC

Since before day one of Sandy’s assault on our city, Food Bank For New York City has continued to serve their network of charities and needy families. Sandy’s impact is so much more than damage to buildings and trees. As new supplies of water and other supplies requiring no electricity roll into their warehouse, they know that they will be able to continue to meet the needs of hunger and poverty for those who have experienced it in the past and those meeting it for the first time as a result of this disaster. To join them in the fight, please: Donate Now, Volunteer, and Donate Food.

Youth Farm at the High School for Public Service Storm Clean-Up

  • Location: 600 Kingston Ave, between Rutland and Winthrop Ave
  • Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012 – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • What: Join the Youth Farm at the High School for Public Service this Saturday. They will be spending the day cleaning up the farm from the storm, and putting everything to bed for the winter. Stay for a free workshop on GARLIC.

WELLNESS IN THE SCHOOLS, (WITS) inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools across the country.

Through meaningful public/private partnerships with school leadership, teachers, chefs, coaches, parents and students, Wellness in the Schools creates healthier schools and families. WITS believes that healthy bodies make healthy minds, in order to shape both we provide hands-on programs like Cook for Kids, Green for Kids and Coach for Kids. These programs create healthier meals, healthier environments and opportunities for regular play and fitness activities.

DID YOU KNOW? We spend $147 billion annually on obesity related illnesses in the United States.

In partnership with local Departments of Education, Wellness in the Schools (WITS) operates the Cook for Kids program in public school cafeterias and classrooms to promote healthy eating and combat childhood obesity.
WITS invests in training culinary graduates who work as partners with cafeteria staff in preparing daily scratch-cooked meals and educating families about the importance of eating healthy food. WITS cooks also teach children and their families how to cook healthy, delicious, and affordable recipes featuring whole, unprocessed foods through our WITS Labs, a series of seasonal cooking classes.

As a member of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools planning team, WITS realizes the importance of engaging the culinary community, and partners with local chefs and restaurants who inspire students, lead special events, and act as wellness ambassadors.

WITS Cafe
Our program within the NYC public school kitchens works to support the implementation of scratch cooking, healthier school lunch recipes and the expansion of salad bars. WITS Cooks work alongside SchoolFood staff in the kitchen, and engage students in conversation around healthy eating, encouraging them to try new foods and menu items.

Wellness Lab
The Wellness Lab is the component of the Cook for Kids program that takes place in the classroom. Interactive cooking and nutrition demonstrations are incorporated into the school day for children and in some schools supplemental classes are offered during the evening for parents. In the Wellness Lab for children, we introduce children to seasonal produce and have them prepare and taste the produce in a variety of ways: raw, roasted and in a recipe.

WITS BITS
WITS BITS are simple and short (20 minute) classroom experiences that focus on teaching children nutrition-based lessons. WITS Cooks bring demonstrations into the classroom to teach students hands-on lessons about healthy food and eating that allow them to learn by seeing, listening, and doing.

Check out what else WITS is up to on their website.

GROW! A documentary that captures the energy, passion, and independence of a fresh crop of young farmers…



GROW! A 60 minute documentary that captures the energy and independence of a fresh crop of young farmers.
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It’s not just ‘Old MacDonald’ on the farm anymore. All across the U.S. there is a growing movement of educated young people who are leaving the cities to take up an agrarian life. Armed with college degrees, some are unable to find jobs in the current economic slump. Fed up with corporate America and its influence on a broken food system, they aim to solve some of the current system’s inequities by growing clean, fair food. Mostly landless, they borrow, rent or manage farmland in order to fulfill their dreams of doing something meaningful with their lives.

GROW! Takes a look at this new generation of sustainable farmers through the eyes, hearts and minds of 20 passionate, idealistic and fiercely independent young growers. In the film they speak of both the joys and the challenges involved in tending the land.

Filmed on 12 farms throughout the state of Georgia during an entire growing season, GROW! Provides an honest and inspiring look at this next generation of farmers.

Anybody who appreciates the value of good, wholesome food grown close to home, who cares about our food supply and the future of farming will want to see GROW! http://growmovie.net/,

Slow Food NYC 2nd Annual Snailblazer Award Fundraiser


This year we are thrilled to honor Bill Telepan with our second annual “Snailblazer” Award. At his Snail of Approval restaurant, Telepan, Bill creates menus featuring local, seasonal produce and heritage meats. Beyond simply innovating in his own kitchen, Bill also works tirelessly to help improve the food served to our nation’s school children. His involvement with Wellness in the Schools has grown from working one day a week in a public school cafeteria to promoting the program across the country as well as lobbying Congress to increase funding for child nutrition. With great artisanship and tireless effort, Bill works to ensure that everyone in our community eats better.

Event proceeds from the party support Slow Food NYC programs including Urban Harvest Schools and Gardens. Through these programs, more than 1,000 public school students in the South Bronx, Harlem, Lower East Side and East New York are learning about the importance of good, clean, and fair food for their health, the health of their families and communities, and the health of our planet.

Don’t miss this special evening, put on by our Slow Food NYC board members.

VIP Hour
6:00-7:00pm
Join us to say hello to Bill Telepan, our 2012 Snailblazer Honoree, sip specially created cocktails and mingle with mentors from our Urban Harvest programs.

General Admission
7:00-9:00pm
Enjoy cocktails, delicious food from The Green Table and other Snail of Approval establishments, music, and mingle with some of the finest folks in town.

Afterparty & Dessert
9:00pm-
We’ll move next door to 61 Local for local beers and dessert by Brooklyn Farmacy and One Girl Cookies

Slow Food NYC is the New York City chapter of Slow Food, a non-profit, member-supported organization founded in 1989 to counteract the culture of fast food. Slow Food stands against the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

Simply put, we are the members of Slow Food who live in and around New York City. We, the members of Slow Food NYC, designate a steering committee of twelve members to represent us, and to run the chapter’s events and affairs. Slow Food NYC is entirely organized and run by volunteers, drawing talent, expertise, and ambition from our members and friends around the city.

SFNYC supports the mission of Slow Food, working closely with Slow Food USA, the national association headquartered in Brooklyn.

Mission Statement:
Slow Food NYC works to create a food system based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice – in essence a food system that is good, clean and fair. We seek to move our culture away from the destructive effects of an industrial food system and towards the cultural, social and economic benefits of a sustainable food system, regional food traditions, and the pleasures of the table.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden at the New York Botanical Garden


October 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28; 6:30-8 p.m.
Grab a Con Edison flashlight and explore the sculptures as you trick-or-treat in the Adventure Garden after dark. Listen for critters of the night, dig around for decomposers, and decorate gourds too. All activities are designed for kids ages 5 – 12, but are sure to be enjoyed by ”kids at heart” too! Full details.

Adults and kids of all ages: Non-Member $20/Member $15
Advance tickets recommended. Get Your Tickets Here!

About The Haunted Pumpkin Garden
Pumpkin sculptures of spooky scarecrows, frightening spiders, sneaky snakes, and more await discovery at every turn in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Pumpkin artist Michael Natiello has again collaborated with the Garden to bring to life The Haunted Pumpkin Garden in the Adventure Garden. The display includes more than 500 intricately hand-carved pumpkin sculptures. These whimsical creations include scarecrows, bugs and insects, bats, spiders and snakes.

Food will be the biggest challenge of the 21st century. Will you be ready?


Mark Winne has worked for 40 years as a community food activist, writer, and trainer. From organizing breakfast programs for low-income children in Maine to developing innovative national food policies in Washington, DC, Winne has dedicated his professional life and writing to enabling people to find solutions to their own food problems as well as those that face their communities and the world.

Mark Winne

Vote Yes on Prop 37!

In the past several months, the Yes on 37 campaign to label genetically engineered foods has seen excitement around this David vs Goliath grassroots effort take off. Already giant chemical and pesticide companies have amassed a $27 million war chest to defeat your Right to Know what’s in your food. Monsanto has donated $4.2 million and DuPont is in for $4 million…

But we’re fighting back!

This week, Yes on 37 launches a series of 60 second ads that will air across Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Diego media markets, to coincide with meal times.

As you know, every day many Californians eat genetically engineered foods but they don’t realize it.

Today, a growing body of research linking GMOs to health problems, and intensifying debate amongst scientists as to their safety and these ads make a simple yet powerful point — Californians have the right to know what’s in the food they are eating every day, and the right to choose whether to feed it to their families.  Proposition 37 gives us that right by requiring GMOs to be clearly labeled.

The Truth About the Opposition

Our ad launch follows the Yes on 37’s first TV ad, which chronicled the long pattern of false consumer health claims made by the leading backers of the No On 37 campaign — which have included vouching for the safety of DDT, Agent Orange, and cigarettes.

Californians are already skepticalabout the wild and inaccurate claims by the opposition and as more people learn about this initiative and the dubious credibility of the pesticide and junk food companies spending $27 million to keep them in the dark, the momentum behind our historic grassroots campaign for common sense food transparency continues to grow.

Why We’ll Win – Truth and Momentum

The most recent polling in the race, released this week by Pepperdine University shows Yes on 37 Campaign at 67% support – up 41 points over its opposition.

Joined most recently by national grocery retailer Whole Foods, the City Councils of Berkeley and Pacifica, the North County Times and the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, more than 2,000 groups have now joined the Yes on 37, the California Right to Know Campaign — a diverse coalition that includes media outlets, elected officials, food manufacturers and retailers, and leading consumer,  environmental, farming, health, women’s, faith-based, political and labor organizations.

The Power of Action, Your Vote Counts!

The freedom to vote is the hallmark of our democracy. It is both a privilege and a civic duty. Yet, in the 2008 elections, only 64 percent of voting-age citizens voted.

Con Edison’s 2012 Get Out the Vote Poster Design Content was designed to encourage civic engagement and voter participation.

We asked teens from New York City and Westchester County to design posters illustrating the importance and privilege of voting. We received more than 60 eye-popping entries, inspired by everything from iconic elephants and donkeys to rock music and traffic signals.

Three winners will be selected, but all of the posters are on exhibit at Federal Hall in Lower Manhattan from October 25 through November 7, 2012.

Check out the Get Out the Vote Poster Contest sponsored by ConEdison