Local food events galore this month! Here are a few of note:
CSA Matching Fair – March 22, 2014 from 10 am to 1 pm at Liberty School, 7265 Ann Arbor Street, Saline, MI in their cafeteria. Saline Farmer’s Market is also taking place at this time. Slow Food Huron Valley is partnering with the Saline District Library on this year’s CSA Fair, which will take place during the Saline Winter Farmer’s Market at Liberty School on Saturday, March 22 from 10am-1pm. This is an opportunity to connect in person with the farmers of dozens of our area’s most sustainable and diversified farms. You’ll be able to gather information about CSA options and also sign up for memberships to receive locally grown produce, meat, garlic, frozen fruits and vegetables, roots and grains, and more. We’ll also have representatives from farmers markets, information about the health benefits of CSA membership, and a new business will be selling local, open-pollinated seeds. Locavorious will be there too!
Food, Land and Justice: A Jewish Perspective – Sunday, March 23, 2014, 2 – 5 pm at the Jewish Community Center in Ann Arbor at 2935 Birch Hollow Drive. The symposium will explore connections of our contemporary food consciousness to Jewish traditions and text related to Shmita, agricultural, land and labor practices. Dr. Oran Hesterman, author of Fair Food and President of The Fair Food Network, will provide a keynote speech on Fair Food, Food Justice: A Jewish Perspective addressing sustainability and food justice issues, and how Judaism can inform and enlighten us to make meaningful ethical, spiritual, and sustainable choices. Breakout sessions will explore food production, food distribution, global and domestic fair trade, public health/policy, Jewish text study/Shmita, and regional land use/conservation. Participants will discuss opportunities for continued action, learning and tzedakah. The event is organized and cosponsored by the Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation, Pardes Hannah, Temple Beth Emeth, Beth Israel and the Jewish Community Center. The event is free, but RSVPs are requested: http://tinyurl.com/register3-23
Local Food Summit – Monday, March 31, 2014 @ 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at Washtenaw Community College, Morris J. Lawrence Bldg., Ann Arbor. Pre-summit activities scheduled for the evening of March 30, same location. The theme for this year is “Many Cultures, One Movement.” The focus of this year’s Summit is on youth, our food cultures, and movement building toward the future food system that we want. We will also have a family-friendly potluck and film screening to open the Summit on Sunday, March 30. Program and registration info coming soon. See more information: http://localfoodsummit.org
Local Food, Healthy Community – Thursday, March 13 at 7 pm at the Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor. Hosted by Lucinda Kurtz. Come meet some of the local food movement folks in Ann Arbor – each one a pioneer in his/her own unique way. We’ll explore challenges and successes of different models of growing and distributing food and delicious ways to bring the community together around healthy food. Tomm Becker, Owner, Sunseed Farm, and Member, Ann Arbor Township Farmland Preservation Board; Lisa Gottlieb, Co-founder, Selma Cafe, food activist, and social worker; Dan Vernia, Technical Advisor and Planning Team Member, Washtenaw Food Hub, and Chef, Juicy Kitchen; Facilitated by Lucinda Kurtz, M.A., Brennan Healing Science Practitioner, and Manager, Special Projects, Fair Food Network. For more info, contact Lucinda at: LucindaKurtz@comcast.net.
Wurst Challenge – 3/20
Gardening classes from Project Grow – throughout March & April