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All are welcome to join us at our monthly meetings: 4th Tuesday, 7 pm. Our next meeting will be April 23, 7 pm at the church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Gatherers Farm Project (Farmer Bill's)

fbCathyPaulKenIf it's Spring, then it must be time to get ready for Season 8 of the Food Gatherers Farm Project, on the property of Farmer Bill Schmid!

Here are 3 important things for you to know:

1) FARM PROJECT FORUM - Sunday, April 28, 1-1:45pm

This is a meet & greet with Farmer Bill, where we'll discuss the coming season, things that are new this year, and provide a brief history for new volunteers. Whether you've been with us once before or all seven previous seasons or are brand new this year, this forum is for you. Please plan to attend!

2) FARM PROJECT BEGINS - May 2019

New This Year: We are beginning our work sessions in May, prior to our big planting day. There is much prep work to accomplish before seeds and seedlings go in the ground, and Farmer Bill requests full teams of volunteers throughout May. Sign up here: Food Gatherers Farm Project Sign Up

3) The BIG PLANT (formerly known as the Kick-Off) - Saturday, June 1, 2019

Our big Saturday work day where we request "all hands on deck" has been moved away from Memorial Day weekend by popular demand. This year the event will take place on the first Saturday in June. Sign up for the morning (10am-Noon) or afternoon (1-3pm) shift, or plan to join us all day! Either way, please participate in the potluck lunch Noon-1pm, a great chance to share delicious food, mingle with other volunteers and get to know Farmer Bill and the Farm Project team. Sign up here: Food Gatherers Farm Project Sign Up

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.

 

 

 

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

 

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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