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Recipes - from our tasting tables. Here they are!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come to the annual Fall Harvest Potluck!

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Be prepared to experience the BEST POTLUCK EVER! Share and enjoy the bounty of locally-grown foods.

Stephanie Willette, Ann Arbor Farmers Market Manager, will speak to us about changes coming to the Market, as well as other important issues, such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and how it affects people in our area.

We will also recognize Farmer Bill Schmid and the Food Gatherers Farm Project volunteers.
Children are welcome.

For more information, contact Cathy Muha: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Exciting things we've recently done:

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On Saturday, September 30, the Mindful Eating Team hosted Chocolate Dinner at the home of Merrill Crocket. We served ten folks who had been the high-bidders at the UUAA Auction last spring. We also had two guests: Farmer Bill Schmid and Nancy Biehn. Nancy is owner of Sweet Gems Conservingfections in Ann Arbor, and she spoke to the group about the history of chocolate and how it is produced, as well as her personal journey through the chocolate world.

The dinner had chocolate in each course: white chocolate parsnip soup, mixed greens with chocolate balsamic vinegar, chicken with mole' sauce, chocolate-infused sweet potato enchilladas, Spanish rice (actually no chocolate there), and a to-die-for vegan chocolate cake. There was even chocolate wine mixed with sparkling water and chocolate beer! The guests left with a gift package of chocolate truffles (made by Nancy) and a chocolate mint plant.

 

 Food Gatherer's Farm Project

This has been an extremely productive summer at the farm this year. We have donated over 3,600 pounds of food to Food Gatherers!
Here are some photos:

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In April, 2017, a group of German high school students who were in Ann Arbor with Youth for Understanding, volunteered a few wet, soggy hours at Farmer Bills.

 The Coming of Age group were out recently, as was the church's 7th grade class. Lots of help from the young people!

Would you like to volunteer to help outTo sign up throughout the summer, click here.

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Just Eat It: A food waste story

North American households waste 15-20% of all the food they buy. A crowd watched this movie follow a couple from Vancouver who take a six-month challenge to survive only on discarded food.

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This great event was co-sponsored by: Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), Temple Beth Emeth (TBE), Interfaith Council for Peac and Justice (ICPJ), 1st Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor - Mindful Eating Team.

 

 
Plant-Powered Family Potluck 
 
HarvestPotluckDessertLineWe had many fun family-friendly vegan potlucks in the Social Hall. This is on hiatus for the summer. Look again next Fall!
 

 

 

 

The Lives of Farm Workers in Michigan and the U.S.
Sunday, Feb. 5, 1:00 pm
Ever wonder what the lives of farm workers, including migrants, are like in Michigan? In the U.S.? Mental illness, migrant stat
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us, wage violations, working conditions, housing, and sexual harassment are some of the issues were addressed by Kim Daley of the Ann Arbor Solidarity with Farmworkers Collective, an Eastern Michigan student from a Sociology of Work class, and a Florida farmworker.
 
 

 

 

Meet Your Farmer: Dyer Family Organic Farm

dyerSlidesOn Sunday, January 15, Dick Dyer talked to a nice crowd about how the Dyer Family Organic Farm (aka Dick's 'PdyerHoneyretty Good!' Garlic) was started by Dick and Diana Dyer in 2009. He discussed the different varieties of garlic they grow, how being organic is so important, and about their bee hives and the honey they sell.

See their website: http://www.dyerfamilyorganicfarm.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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.