Jan 12th Potluck

Come to the first of the Winter 2014 Slow Food Evenings this Sunday, Jan 12th, at 5:30pm. Our special guest this month with be Fred Forsburg, from HoneyHill Farm. Fred is a passionate advocate for sustainable local food systems and producing a wide range of produce throughout the year. But to us he is best known for his magnificent chickens - they are the best tasting chickens you can find! In addition, we’ll have a featured local business, short videos, and great discussion. Finally, we’ll have the slow food quiz where your table can compete for prizes as we test your knowledge of food and food Issues.

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This Months Guest Speaker ….
Fred Forsburg founded HoneyHill Farm in 1978 and is dedicated to sustainable farming of high-quality food. While the farm produces many products, we are particularly fond of his pasture raised chickens and will be preparing some for the potluck dinner!
Here is an except from his website on his farming practices:

Sustainable Management
Our sustainable management strategy employs four essential themes: profitability, environmental stewardship, organic production and a diversified organizational model. This model distributes production over three major enterprises: garlic, high tunnel tomatoes and pastured livestock. As there are no intercrop dependencies or competing management requirements, difficulties in one enterprise won’t jeopardize the farm’s fiscal sustainability.We maintain a strong and active commitment toward continuous process improvement and frequently introduce improved methods reflecting sustainable concepts whenever prudent. This, along with membership in many agricultural organizations and the cultivation of personal relationships, helps us maintain cutting edge knowledge of both sustainable and organic methodology. We also believe in—and practice—buying locally. Most purchases of farm products and services come from local and independent businesses. 
Soil
Soil is our most valued resource—rather than depleting it, our soil is continually improved. Water and air pollution are eliminated and our food tastes better and is both safe and healthful. The intended consequence is an improved environment for current and future generations and that Honeyhill Farm is a functional example of a sustainable system.We employ many types of cover crops to protect and build soil, to fix nutrients left over from previous crops and to smother weeds as part of a larger weed management strategy. We maintain a comprehensive and multi-year soil rotation plan for all crops.Typical irrigation methods require large amounts of water and harm soils through runoff and erosion. We employ drip lines to deliver a precise and metered quantity of water and fertilizer at the appropriate time and locale for optimum growth. 
High Tunnels
We utilize high tunnels for growing heirloom tomatoes. High tunnels support our commitment toward producing high quality products without toxic compounds and supplemental energy inputs. All seeds, whether for cash crops or cover crops, are sourced through small independent operations that produce organic seeds.
Pastured Livestock
Nature is the basis for everything that takes place on Honeyhill Farm. Animals utilize pasture in a controlled rotation. Carefully managed grazing ensures the pasture is not abused and that animal droppings are evenly dispersed. In this process, the grass is nourished naturally so that the pasture is lush and green the next time the animals visit the site. With no need to apply chemical fertilizer and with natural growth of lush grasses, there is no run-off into local streams; we are good neighbors. As a result of the way operations are carried out, our animals live happy and healthy lives with the added benefits of improved nutrition and flavor. A recent USDA-funded study revealed that pastured animals, relative to conventionally raised chicken and beef, are lower in cholesterol, fat and calories. Importantly, there is a significant taste advantage.


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The map shows the location of the Village Gate. The Rochester Brainery is on the first floor, across the hall from Espada Brazilian Steak House, towards the center of the mall where the staircase is.


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