Archive for March, 2008

Dear Friends,

A few happenings as we march into April (pun intended).

Wishing you the first of the spring salad greens,

Saturday, March 29
Just Food 8th Annual CSA Conference at Teachers College
Teachers College Columbia University 525 W. 120th St. in Manhattan


Saturday, March 29 2pm-4pm
Slow Food: Health, Herbs, and Cooking
Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Health, Herbs, and Cooking class taught by Sandra McLean

Slow Food is a growing international movement dedicated to preserving authenticity and diversity in our food traditions. Slow Food promotes the use of many locally-grown fruits and vegetables, instead of the narrow range of food plants typically grown on huge factory farms and shipped around the world. In a city renowned for its fast pace, local chapter Slow Food NYC savors and defends the slow traditions that make our city unique. In this two-day workshop, you will learn what the Slow Food movement is and how you can become a part of it in your daily life.

2 Saturdays: March 29; April 5 | 2–4 p.m.
$44 member, $48 nonmember
(Fee includes $5 materials charge.)
Registration Information

Sunday, March 30 5-8
Greened Edge Supper Club Conversation: Urban Composting
reBar: 147 Front Street, DUMBO


Bring your favorite organic seasonal dish to share for the monthly local smorgasbord.  Also bring a copy of your recipe to enter to win a copy of The Real Food Revival by Sherri Brooks Vinton.  Also you can bring your ConEd account number to sign-up for WIND Power and receive $10 off your next Eco-Eatery Tour.  Daniel Tainow, Compost Educator, from the Queens Botanical Garden will discuss how we can compost in our urban homes. The average New York City household throws away two pounds of organic waste each day. This adds up to over one million tons of organic waste per year, most of which is transported to landfills. The transportation of waste is very expensive and causes pollution. When organic waste is buried in landfills, it is cut off from oxygen and decomposers. By throwing away compostable materials we not only use up precious landfill space, we also discard a valuable resource that can help to grow beautiful gardens, lawns, and houseplants.

Saturday, April 5 12 noon
Food for Thought Film Festival
Community Space at Good Shepherd
108 Cooper St. at 207 St. in Inwood
Directions: A train to 207 St.


Nani Ola Productions is presenting the second annual Food For Thought Film Festival for April 2008, presenting films about our most important life sustaining resource; food. The purpose of the film festival is to educate the public on issues regarding our current food systems including modern food production, distribution and consumption, and their effects on our health, the environment, human rights, and local and global economies. The screenings will be free to the public to encourage the maximum community attendance.  This year’s program will include three feature films: King Corn, Life and Debt and Black Gold. There will also be a screening of the trailer for Asparagus: Stalking the American Life and an excerpt from the film Birdsong and Coffee, and other short films.

Michelle Obama on Food

Here’s an excerpt from Lauren Collins’ recent profile on Michelle Obama ‘The Other Obama’ in the March 10, 2008 New Yorker.


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Dear Friends,

It’s “Spring Ahead” this Sunday somewhere in the ball park area of 2 a.m. on Sunday morning…don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour!  The birds are singing, the Greenmarket is selling apple blossom branches…can you feel it?  A new season is whispering “I’m on my way…”

In the mean time, here are some more local food events to look forward to this week:

Friday, March 7th @ 7 PM – $10
Edible Estates: Attack on the front lawn
New York Public Library, 5th Ave. at 42nd St.
A panel of diverse professionals discuss the merits of trading in the old front lawn.  “One front lawn at a time, the Edible Estate project is replacing the domestic front lawn with a highly productive, edible, organic garden landscape.” ($10 either on-line or at the door)

Friday, March 7th @ 7PM – Free
Reading: Mark Winne “Closing the Food Gap”
Bluestockings 172 Allen St.
In “Closing the Food Gap,” food activist and journalist Mark Winne reports how access to healthy and affordable food has widened in the U.S. since the 1960’s. Looking at community gardens, food banks, farmers’ markets and food policy, Winne offers a realistic vision for getting locally produced, healthy food onto everyone’s table.

Saturday, March 8 10 AM-4 PM –
27th Annual Making Brooklyn Bloom
Edible NYC: Green it! Grow it! Eat it!

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Palm House, 1000 Washington Avenue
http://www.bbg.org/vis2/2008/mbb/ (check out website and print flier for free admission)
All day event at the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Garden complete with panels, workshops, networking, movie screenings, and book signings

Wednesday, March 12 6:30-9
Tastebuds NYC at Marshall Stack

66 Rivington  (corner of Allen St.)
“Tastebuds is a community for those of us who work in the food biz and love food.  Whether you work behind the scenes on food security issues, toil at the sauce station, are planning the next Farm to Table project, or regularly use “grassy” and other snobby adjectives to describe your favorite cheese, this is your opportunity to expand your network and community.”  The minds behind Eating Liberally (http://www.eatingliberally.org/) will be this month’s special guests!

Bon apetit and see you soon,

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