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All are welcome to join us at our monthly meetings: 4th Tuesday, 7 pm. Our next meeting will be November 27, 7 pm at the church.

Recipes - from our tasting tables. Here they are!







Seeds of Change:

Incarcerated Women and Youth; Adult Ex-Offenders Find Purpose in Gardening

On Friday, November 9Mindful Eating hosted a panel discussion about the powerful changes that take place when incarcerated or formerly incarcerated people nurture plants through gardening. The panel discussion featured:

  • Melvin Parson, founder of "We the People Growers Association" in Ypsilanti, whose goal is to provide jobs for men and women who are reintegrating into the community after incarceration.
  • Emily Griswold, Director of the Chelsea Farmer's Market. She has connected with youth in the Jackson County Youth Center through yoga, meditation and gardening.
  • Ellen Baron, Vocational Horticulture Instructor at the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility. She teaches entry-level horticulture skills
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Ellen Baron   Emily Griswold   Melvin Parson


Plant-Powered Family Potluck

veggieFrittataSJoin us for our Vegan Potluck Saturday, December 1, 2018 in the Fahs Chapel from noon-2 PM 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 (734) 645-0405 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Wasted: The Story of Food Waste

foodWasteMovieAs part of the UUAA Friday Fun Night, the Mindful Eating Team, in conjunction with Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice (ICPJ) presented this acclaimed movie with discussion following. Did you know that 40% of the food produced in the U.S. goes to waste? Through the eyes of famous chefs, we saw how they make the most of every kind of food, transforming what might be considered scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system. 


Mardi Gras Murder Mystery Auction Dinner

Saturday, July 27th, the Mindful Eating crew cooked and served the lucky 13 auction winners at a murder mystery at the home of Cathy & Mike Muha. We enjoyed New Orleans style food. The governor (John Russell) was murdered when the lights went out! Then the other guests set out to solve "who done it". Don't worry, John came back to life as the groundskeeper and helped solve the mystery. Here are some pictures of the evening.

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Work at Farmer Bill's Going Strong

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Nancy picked cherries cheerfully! And here they are.


We need volunteers this week, on all shifts. Can you help?

Food Gatherers Farm Project - Sign Up

Please join us on our regular work sessions on Monday & Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.

 Thank you for joining us as we team up with Food Gatherers in the fight against hunger in Washtenaw County.

 In Gratitude,

Colleen Crawley & Farmer Bill Schmidt

We know that a peaceful world cannot exist one-third rich and two-thirds hungry- President Jimmy Carter

Food Gatherers Farm Project - Sign Up


Food Gatherers Farm Project Kick-off!

 On Saturday, May 26, a very large group of motivated people collected at "Farmer Bill's" (Bill Schmid) small farm to work towards growing lots of healthy foods to donated to Food Gatherers. Here's some of what we did:

  • planted onion seedlings (LOTS of onions!)
  • planted tomato seedlings (LOTS of those, too)
  • Planted cabbage seedlings
  • planted pepper seedlings
  • planted corn seeds
  • planted carrot seeds
  • hilled and mulched potatoes
  • planted squash seeds

We also had lots of fun and had a great pot-luck lunch. Here are some photos:

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This is from the Washtenaw County Food Policy Council website:

Farmers’ Perspectives on the Farm Bill

February 27, 2018 · by reistera · in Resources. ·

By Jae Gerhart, Full Council Member and Chair of the Farmers & Institutional Purchasing Policy Action Team

Do you eat food?

The Farm Bill – a huge piece of legislation that is revised every five years – affects the quality of life for each and every American resident and visitor. The Farm Bill connects the food on our plates, the farmers and ranchers who produce that food, and the natural resources – our soil, air and water – that make growing food possible. Through programs such as crop insurance for farmers to healthy food access for low-income families, and from beginning farmer trainings to support for sustainable farming practices, this powerful package of laws sets the course of our food and farming system.

The Washtenaw County Food Policy Council’s Farmers & Institutional Purchasing Policy Action Team has produced two videos that highlight our local Washtenaw County farmers’ perspectives on two Farm Bill programs that are under threat during the upcoming Farm Bill revision: beginning farmer development programs and conservation programs.

Click on the image to view the videos.

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2018 farm bill conservation picture







What is SNAP and why is it important to know?

Hunger is a probsnapImagelem as big as America. Here are eight things you need to know about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the nation’s most successful hunger-fighting program. It helps over 40 million people have enough food to eat, responds to the economy, and has long-term benefits for its participants.











The Ethical Eating Statement of Conscience (SOC) was adopted by our congregation and the national UUA at the spring General Assembly.  The UUAA's Ethical Eating Team (EET) had served its original purpose of learning and exploring with the congregation what ethical ways of eating were in order to help write the SOC (click here to see what we did).

The EET's coordinators, Colleen Crawley and Cathy Muha, met with representatives of  the well-established Locavore group: Guala Lauzzanna, Connie McGuire , Eileen Wright, Merrill Crockett and decided to join together.