Slow Food Rochester is delighted to announce a new collaboration with the Rochester Brainery!!To kickoff the collaboration, we will be restarting our monthly potluck evenings, reviving our popular series Slow Food Evenings: Understanding and Changing our Food System. The first potluck will be on Friday, November 8th at 6:30pm at the Rochester Brainery in the VIllage Gate at 274 N. Goodman St., Suite B134. We will be celebrating the fall food bounty and engage in lively discussion. We will also be introducing new board members and engaging everyone in dialogue. If you want to become more active in Slow Food Rochester and help change our food system, its a great opportunity to meet people and get involved!
Space is limited, so you need to RSVP here for the Nov. 8th potluck (if this doesn’t work, please email firstname.lastname@example.org).See here more information on the potluck event, its location, what to bring, etc.Rochester Brainery offers fun, affordable, and accessible classes to the community and is an ideal partner for many Slow Food events. They offer many classes that should be of interest to Slow Food members, including more than five food-related classes in November. Check them out on the Rochester Brainery website.
and you can still reserve for the Food Day tasting menu. The only difference is that you’ll be seated nearby our event, and might have to get up to view the videos if you want to. The tasting menu will be available all evening.
Come to our Food Day event, including a five course meal at Lento and the debut of Food Mythbusters, the first of a series of short videos on the myths that support industrial agriculture! Space is limited, reserve you place soon! more info here
Food Day is a nationwide celebration of and movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food culminating in a day of action on October 24 every year. Food Day aims to bring us closer to a food system with “real food” that is produced with care for the environment, animals, and the women and men who grow, harvest, and serve it.
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6:45 pm at the Forest Cinema“Healthy eating in schools has to start somewhere, and Baltimore is as good a place as any. Enter Cafeteria Man and Tony Geraci, a food-industry veteran who launches an audacious plan to transform the diet of Baltimore’s public school students by trading pizza and processed foods for balanced meals featuring healthier alternatives with organic, locally grown ingredients. Chisolm’s film matches Geraci’s wit and good-natured determination as the chef-turned-activist battles bureaucracy and encourages kids, parents and even school administrators to contemplate what’s on their plates.”
Soul Food Junkies
Thursday, Sept. 13, 6:00 pm at the Little Theater“With a mixture of fondness and tragic fascination, Byron Hunt recalls growing up with soul food at his family dinner table – fried chicken, collard greens seasoned with ham hocks, macaroni and cheese, fried pork chops and more – as well as the effects of that diet on his father, whose premature death from pancreatic cancer prompted this culinary retrospective. The intimate and respectful Soul Food Junkies explores the origins of this quintessentially African American cuisine whose history is as rich as the food itself, and its enduring legacy – in terms of both health and culture. It will make you think. It will make you hungry.”
Symphony of the Soil
Friday, Sept. 14, 6:00 pm at Nazareth CollegeThis is the film we watched previews from and discussed at a Slow Food Evening last April. Now you can see the entire film!
“It’s no coincidence that we use the same word for the dirt beneath our feet as for the planet on which we live. While the Earth gives us a home, the earth – the soil – sustains us. With Symphony for the Soil, filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia draws insights from a broad field of experts – farmers, scientists and more – about the delicate balance of our fertile soil, and the importance of maintaining that balance for sustainable agriculture, energy, water and other key elements to human survival. Symphony of the Soil celebrates that importance, and asks us to think differently.”
Garden at the Church of the Transfiguration
Start your weekend off right with a tour of the Transfiguration Gift Garden, at 50 West Bloomfield Rd. in Pittsford. Its free, and starts at 9:30 and we’ll have coffee, tea and snacks.
The Transfiguration Gift Garden started in 2010 with the mission to provide food for local soup kitchens and food pantries, as well as providing plots for families to garden. We have about 1/8 acre for the gift garden, and about 1/8 acre for the private plots. Last year we harvested about 1200 pounds of produce from the gift garden. We distributed the produce to Blessed Sacrament and St. Martin's soup kitchens, the Pittsford Food Cupboard, House of Mercy, the Open Door Mission, as well as others. This year we are at about 200 or so pounds donated, with much more on the way. We've faced challenges of pests (large and small), dry spells, standing water, too many green beans ripening at the same time - all things gardeners are familiar with.
The garden is south of the back parking lot at the Church of the Transfiguration, 50 West Bloomfield Road Pittsford, NY.
Check out a 360 degree panorama picture of the garden at http://360.io/K9dAME.
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The Brighton Community Garden(For a report on this event, check out the Slow Food Rochester Board Notes blog!)
The Brighton Community Garden is an all-organic community garden tended by community members who grow food for their own use using all organic methods. Started on 2009, the garden consists of 100 plots, which now in August have an abundance of a wide variety of produce and other plants. Come meet with Sue Gardner Smith, the organizer of the garden, and learn about its history and community gardens in general. In addition, some community members will be there to share about their own garden plots, including one that is experimenting with Hugelculture.
Here’s an opportunity to see the many gardens and interact with the gardeners and other Slow Food members about community gardens. The event is free and all are welcome! It starts at 3PM, and will be followed by light refreshments and conversation. Please feel free to bring a dish to pass if you feel inspired!
photo by Sandra Frankel, Aug, 2009
For an inspirational talk on how community can revive their local food cultivation and culture, check out Pam Warhurst TED talk!
The Brighton Community Garden is on Westfall Rd next the Buckland House.
Understanding and Changing our Food System: Soils and Gardens
The next potluck evening will continue our examination of soil and the making of gardens. If we are to create a robust and sustainable food system, we need more local production of food, and there is nothing more local than producing some of your own food! Even in urban environments there are lots of opportunities: backyard gardens, rooftop gardens, gardens in vacant lots and schoolyards, portable gardens in trailers, and even urban food forests in parks. We’ll look at videos and discuss a few examples of such endeavors and what we all can do. Come join our potluck and an evening of sharing knowledge, building community, creative thinking and challenging assumptions about our food system.
At the last potluck, one of the participants was inspired to open up her garden of a tour the next weekend. We’d like to continue having tours of people’s gardens. It was such a positive experience we’d like to encourage others to do the same.
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2012 begins my fourth year of home gardening. Each year I am doing more things and finding new ideas to try:
1. rodent and deer proof fencing
2. seedlings indoors on heated seed bed and under lights
3. raised beds
4. cold frame lettuces being harvested now
5. cover cloths for winter protection
6. netting for bug protection
7. wintering over herbs
8. 'Garden of Eden' cabbage patch - I just set up a 2x8 bed this way
9. Rye cover crop - unless we till it in before Sunday
10. ceramic pots witha cloche for spinach and lettuces
11. wide row peas planted the beginning of March, now 4' tall, others planted later just starting to sprout
12. Garlic planted and mulched last fall up and growing one foot tall
13. Beginning pickings of 30 year old asparagus bed
We were able to have herbs and greens through December both this year and last year with the use of the cover cloths. And this year having set up the cold frame last fall we've been harvesting lettuce and herbs such as spinach, arugala, kale, asian greens, radishes, pea spouts, romaine, dear tongue lettuce, corn lettuce, parsley, rosemary,chives, sage, burnet, french sorrel since the first of March. I have full size plants of escarole and broccoli that will be ready for picking very early.
While the focus is on seeing the garden possibilities, we will offer some appetizer/snacks and welcome any food or beverage offerings. Guests are welcome to wander around the yard rain or shine.
Our home is off Holt Road in Webster, about 3 miles north of route 104.
Stan and Maria Raczka
1149 Hidden Valley Trail
Webster, NY 14580
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