March 20-21, 2014
Did you know that the Austin area has the second fastest growing senior citizen population in the nation? This explosive growth means demand for Meals on Wheels and More’s life-sustaining services will continue to grow as the number of older adults living here increases. Your generous support of our mission helps us meet that need and allows our clients to stay in their own homes instead of living in an assisted living facility.
TEDxManhattan, “Changing the Way We Eat” will feature a dynamic group of speakers addressing issues in sustainable food and farming. As in the past 3 years, TEDxManhattan will promote innovative work being done by groups large and small, for-profit and nonprofit, from around the country. Speakers include Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, LAUSD Director David Binkle, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, and many others.
The event will be webcast worldwide live from New York City on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 10:30am-6:30pm EST.
Rather than watch the webcast alone at your computer, why not host a viewing party; invite friends over so you can join the discussion and join the global Twitter conversation @TEDxManhattan (hashtag #TEDxMan) or engage on our Facebook page.
A better-food movement is spreading across our country. And you can be a part of it.
The new documentary, Food Patriots, follows average American families who are changing how and what they eat – and having fun doing it. You don’t have to be a farmer, earthy-crunchy or an activist. You just have to commit to eating 10 percent local and sustainable, and things will start changing.
We’ll be streaming this film on the Internet for FREE at 7 p.m. CST, Wednesday, Feb. 26th. Afterward, we’ll be holding a Twitter chat with the filmmakers, Consumers Union staff and other organizations on ways we can all get involved and make a difference.
Register here, and we’ll remind you before the film begins so you don’t miss it.
On Feb. 20, the UVa Food Collaborative is showing “A Place at the Table,” cosponsored with Market Central and Whole Foods. This film wakes us all up to the fact of prevalent hunger/food insecurity, this time not in developing poor nations across the globe, but in widespread neighborhoods of our own notably wealthy nation. Featuring Jeff Bridges, a long-time hunger activist, it follows three Americans and their challenges dealing not with any shortage of food overall but with poverty and “food desert” areas that ironically contribute to obesity.
Join us at Nau Hall 101 for a Whole Foods reception just outside 101 in Manley Commons at 5:30-6:00, the film at 6:00 pm, and a rich panel of experts following the film at 7:30. Bring your comments/questions for Dr. Jewel Hairston, Dean of the Agriculture School, VSU, and primary author of the newly released “Food Desert Report for Virginia“; Dominic Barrett of Shalom Farms, Richmond, and of the Va. Food System Council; and Ryan Blosser, a JMU permaculture educator and creator of Project GROWS and Dancing Star Farm, Waynesboro. We’ll hear about the Food Desert Report, called for by last spring’s General Assembly, and now being rolled out to State administration, legislators, and other stakeholders. Moderated by Paul Freedman, Associate Professor, Dept. of Politics.
EASY FREE PARKING: lot adjacent to NAU Hall. From JPA turn onto Brandon; Brandon is approximately across JPA from the back of Old Cabell Hall, slightly in the direction of the hospital. After turning on Brandon, the lot will be on the right.
High-Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop
Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
Hosted by SoilSHARE (Soil – Soil Health Assists Rural Economies)
Growing Nutrient-Dense Food Is the “Next Big Thing” in the Food Movement
We’re fortunate that Dan Kittredge, a second-generation organic farmer and nutrient-rich food grower, is coming to Madison to teach an intensive two-day workshop on biological farming (click the image on the left to download the flyer). You’ll learn how to test and analyze your soils so you can apply the right mix of nutrients to build your soil up to peak vitality. Dan will share how he saves time and money to grow the high-quality food that his customers have grown to appreciate and have made his business a success.
This is a rare opportunity to learn biological farming from a successful commercial grower. Go to http://bionutrient.org/workshops to register, click the“Sign Up Online” button near the bottom of the page and select the “Madison, VA”class location. The fee is $150.00 for the two days with scholarships available for farmers (contact firstname.lastname@example.org to apply).
How to Test Your Soil & Bring Lab Report to Class
- Download and print the form. Note: enclose a payment of $30 (not $25) per test with the completed form (make sure to check the box for “AEA Base Test Plus EC, Mo, Co, Se, Si”).
- Collect your soil sample(s) following the instructions at http://bionutrient.org/soil-test (be sure to include your email address so Logan Labs can send you a digital copy of your report).
Please allow 4-5 business days to receive the test results and be sure to bring your lab report to class.
SoilSHARE is a Madison-area group dedicated to helping our local growers, gardeners and farmers improve soil and raise food quality. Successful farms will stimulate our economy, attract visitors, and celebrate our agricultural heritage. For more information, please contact Steven Schwartz.
Corporate Accountability International is partnering with Anna Lappé, the Food MythBusters and a coalition of leading food & farming groups to launch a short film about Big Food marketing junk to kids TONIGHT at 8 pm EST on foodmyths.org
The film exposes the fast-food industry’s aggressive marketing to children (driving an epidemic of diabetes & obesity) and shows how parents, communities, and teachers can stand up for a better food system and for real food.
The film will be followed by a live on-line conversation.
Corporate Accountability International
10 Milk Street, Suite 610
Boston, MA 02108