Gardens and Local Food Production: July 8th

Please join us for the next Slow Food Evening, on Sunday, July 8th starting at 6PM.

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.

The events is in Brighton, NY. Because we have limited capacity and wish to keep the evenings more intimate to encourage discussion, you must RSVP. We also have some guidelines to help you plan what to bring.

Here’s some background material you may want to look at before the meeting...

Rebecca Solnit has just written a great article on the significance of urban agriculture, which goes well beyond food production:

Here's an article on Dan Barber, who gives an eloquent defense of the Locavore movement, which has come under attack recently.

Hard to believe that someone would attack local food production, but see
I guess the establishment is getting threatened!!!

RSVP here for July 8th, 6PM or email

Soil in Good Heart: April 25th and 29th

A nation that destroys its soils, destroys itself – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Everything we and animals eat is linked to soil. It is the life support system for plants, animals and eaters. Healthy soil is the basis of a healthy planet – Angie Taglow
RSVP for April 25th, 6PM
RSVP for April 29th, 6PM

The first evening is focused on soil, the source of all food and sustainable food production. We will be watching two short films by
Debra Coons Garcia that have been released as a benefit DVD for The Symphony of the Soil.

Soil In Good Heart, 2008, 13 minutes
Soil in Good Heart is a brief look at why good soil fertility is vital to life. It illustrates how valuable soil is to society and how it’s neglected in current agricultural practices. A mini-primer on how we can fix it! The film focuses not only on how land-based food is dependent on sunlight, water and soil, but seeks to awaken the public to the importance of preserving and rebuilding this foundation of sustainable agriculture. Of local interest, this film includes a brief excerpt focusing on the Martens farm in Penn Yan.

Walking and Talking with Vandana Shiva, an internationally renowned environment activist, named in 2011 by Forbes as one of the 7 most-influential women in the world, a “leading thinker of our time”. Vandana Shiva’s work highlights the fundamental connection between human rights and the protection of the environment. Dr. Shiva offers solutions to some of the most critical problems posed by the effects of globalization and climate change on the poorest and most populous nations.

If you can’t make the evening, or you’d like to listen to something in advance, check out this
recent interview by the CBC with Vandana Shiva. Also, check out the talks at TedxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat, especially the talk by Fred Kirschenmann.

The events will start at 6pm in Brighton, NY. Because of the desire to limit the size of the events, you must RSVP using the links here. You will receive additional information on the event after RSVPing.

RSVP for April 25th, 6PM
RSVP for April 29th, 6PM

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