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All are welcome to join us at our monthly meetings: 4th Tuesday, 7 pm. Our next meeting will be November 19, 7 pm at the Brown Room, 1st UUAA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plant-Powered Family Potluck

HarvestPotlucklineupPlease join us for our Vegan Potluck Saturday, December 7, 2019 in the Social Hall from noon-2pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor (4001 Ann Arbor Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48013). 

Please bring a plant-based vegan dish without meat, fish, eggs, dairy, honey, or other animal products. Enjoy the company of fellow mindful eaters, share information, and eat delicious food! Please bring your own table service and serving tools.  Questions? Contact Sheila Sanders at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 


Agriculture and Climate Change: Can Regenerative and Biodynamic Agriculture Save the Planet?

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Join us on Friday, November 15, 6:30 pm at the Ann Arbor District Library, West Branch, to find the answer to this!

Aquillon Hetrick will discuss Biodynamic Agriculture.

Aquillon spends her days farming at the Community Farm of
Ann Arbor, where she grows many different vegetables to feed the
large member-owned community. It is there that her 10-month old
son also spends his days, figuring out the laws of nature.
She studied Biodynamic Agriculture in Fair Oaks CA. with Harald
Hoven at the Rudolf Steiner College

Hajnal Minger will discuss Regenerative Agriculture

Hajnal is a local food activist and promoter of permaculture and
sustainability.
Born and raised in Transylvania, Hajnal came to the US with a
degree in mechanical design and had a long career in the
automotive sector. However, her interests in sustainability, reuse
and recycling, and the environment, led her to obtaining a dual
science degree in Earth and Environment and Programs in the
Environment from the University of Michigan

On October 13, we visited Tilian Farm Development Center

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Tilian is an incubator farm in Ann Arbor managed by the Michigan Food and Farming System. Tilian provides an opportunity for beginning farmers to learn farming with minimum risk and with guidance from experienced farmers and education on marketing, farming practices and farming systems in Michigan.
Tilian farmers are small diverse operations that are working on environmental, social and economic sustainability.
Hannah Rose Weber, a Tilian farmer and owner of The Land Loom, will showed us
around and explained her farm and the Tilian model.

Food Gatherers Farm Project (Farmer Bill's)

fbCathyPaulKenThe Farm Project had a great summer this year, in spite of a wet spring which delayed some planting. We still donated 2700 pounds of produce to Food Gatherers, as well as over $3500 from the farm stand.

Many volunteer hours were logged, and we all got lots of exercise and had wonderful comraderie.

Want to help next year? Look for info in the spring.

 

 

 

 

BAmules at the wellNISHED - Movie at Friday Fun Night

On Friday, September 6 a large group watched this movie together.

In the stories of black families whose land and livelihood were stolen, the film illustrates the limits of the American legal system and the need for creative forms of repair. By introducing these families and the white communities who forced them out, BANISHED raises the question of responsibility for past wrongs and what is involved in righting them.

We will be discussing this movie on Wednesday, December 11 at the church. Anyone interested is welcome to come, even if you weren't able to see the movie.

The film is available on You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FayMoKwyoO4    in case you would like to review it prior to the discussion.

 

 

Auction Dinner: Pollinators

On a lovely June evening in Saline, the Mindful Eating Team gathered to serve a lovely dinner to our guests. Each course had a description of "who" pollinated it. Our Master Gardener, Merrill, guided us through this education. Find these recipes here.


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One of our pollinators!   Eileen and Becky   Ricardo, Bill, Guala
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The Busy Bee Mindful Eating Team   Lillian and Kristin   Rebecca and Jim
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Lots of food..   Merrill discusses pollinators while guests eat   Flowers from Merrill's and Bill's gardens
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Becky playing a matching game -
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  Merrill teaching us about pollinators   Gathering in the sunroom with drinks and
appetizers prior to dinner

 

 

March was CSA Information Month

fbveggies9.10We hosted several farmers at our table in the social hall, discussing their Community-Supported Agriculture Farms.

If you want more information on CSAs, you can attend the CSA Fair on April 20 at Ann Arbor Farmers Market

 

 

The Future of Washtenaw County: Farms and Open Space

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On Feb. 26th, 2019, we had a wonderful group of speakers: Ginny Trocchio, Superintendant of Park Planning and Natural Areas, Washtenaw County Parks & Rec. Commission; Larry Doll, local farmer and board member of the Legacy Land Conservancy; new farmer, Hannah Rose Weber of the Land Loom; Kathy Sample of Argus Farm Stop; and Remy Long of the Greenbelt program.

Thanks so much to the Ann Arbor District Library, Westgate Branch, for being such good hosts. And thanks to the great crowd, with many interesting questions.