Food Day at Lento sold out, but you can still get the tasting menu!

We have reached capacity of the area we are holding our Food Day event. There is still plenty of room in the restaurant, however,
and you can still reserve for the Food Day tasting menu. The only difference is that you’ll be seated nearby our event, and might have to get up to view the videos if you want to. The tasting menu will be available all evening.

Food Day Event at Lento!

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Come to our Food Day event, including a five course meal at Lento and the debut of Food Mythbusters, the first of a series of short videos on the myths that support industrial agriculture! Space is limited, reserve you place soon! more info here

Food Day is a nationwide celebration of and movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food culminating in a day of action on October 24 every year. Food Day aims to bring us closer to a food system with “real food” that is produced with care for the environment, animals, and the women and men who grow, harvest, and serve it.

Films at Greentopia

Check out the films at the Greentopia Festival this week of great interest to Slow Food Rochester. Tickets and more information on the Greentopia films available online.

Cafeteria Man

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6:45 pm at the Forest Cinema

“Healthy eating in schools has to start somewhere, and Baltimore is as good a place as any. Enter Cafeteria Man and Tony Geraci, a food-industry veteran who launches an audacious plan to transform the diet of Baltimore’s public school students by trading pizza and processed foods for balanced meals featuring healthier alternatives with organic, locally grown ingredients. Chisolm’s film matches Geraci’s wit and good-natured determination as the chef-turned-activist battles bureaucracy and encourages kids, parents and even school administrators to contemplate what’s on their plates.”

Soul Food Junkies

Thursday, Sept. 13, 6:00 pm at the Little Theater

“With a mixture of fondness and tragic fascination, Byron Hunt recalls growing up with soul food at his family dinner table – fried chicken, collard greens seasoned with ham hocks, macaroni and cheese, fried pork chops and more – as well as the effects of that diet on his father, whose premature death from pancreatic cancer prompted this culinary retrospective. The intimate and respectful Soul Food Junkies explores the origins of this quintessentially African American cuisine whose history is as rich as the food itself, and its enduring legacy – in terms of both health and culture. It will make you think. It will make you hungry.”

Symphony of the Soil

Friday, Sept. 14, 6:00 pm at Nazareth College

This is the film we watched previews from and discussed at a Slow Food Evening last April. Now you can see the entire film!
“It’s no coincidence that we use the same word for the dirt beneath our feet as for the planet on which we live. While the Earth gives us a home, the earth – the soil – sustains us. With Symphony for the Soil, filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia draws insights from a broad field of experts – farmers, scientists and more – about the delicate balance of our fertile soil, and the importance of maintaining that balance for sustainable agriculture, energy, water and other key elements to human survival. Symphony of the Soil celebrates that importance, and asks us to think differently.”

Garden Visit and Tour: Saturday Aug 18, 9:30AM

Garden at the Church of the Transfiguration

Start your weekend off right with a tour of the Transfiguration Gift Garden, at 50 West Bloomfield Rd. in Pittsford. Its free, and starts at 9:30 and we’ll have coffee, tea and snacks.
The Transfiguration Gift Garden started in 2010 with the mission to provide food for local soup kitchens and food pantries, as well as providing plots for families to garden. We have about 1/8 acre for the gift garden, and about 1/8 acre for the private plots. Last year we harvested about 1200 pounds of produce from the gift garden. We distributed the produce to Blessed Sacrament and St. Martin's soup kitchens, the Pittsford Food Cupboard, House of Mercy, the Open Door Mission, as well as others. This year we are at about 200 or so pounds donated, with much more on the way. We've faced challenges of pests (large and small), dry spells, standing water, too many green beans ripening at the same time - all things gardeners are familiar with.

The garden is south of the back parking lot at the Church of the Transfiguration, 50 West Bloomfield Road  Pittsford, NY.

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Announcing our Blog: Slow Food Rochester Board Notes

We are please to announce our new blog, Board Notes, written by board members of Slow Food Rochester and other invited guests. We’ll be blogging about slow food events, local farms and businesses of interest, food politics and sustainable agriculture, climate change, biodiversity, cooking, and any other items the board members believe important to share! In the coming weeks, the blog will have several entries describing a two day intensive workshop at Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farms that some of us attended.
You can access the blog from our home page in the sidebar on the right hand side, or can subscribe using RSS.
Read the Board Notes Blog

Garden Visit and Tour, Sunday Aug 12 at 3PM

The Brighton Community Garden

(For a report on this event, check out the Slow Food Rochester Board Notes blog!)

The Brighton Community Garden is an all-organic community garden tended by community members who grow food for their own use using all organic methods. Started on 2009, the garden consists of 100 plots, which now in August have an abundance of a wide variety of produce and other plants. Come meet with Sue Gardner Smith, the organizer of the garden, and learn about its history and community gardens in general. In addition, some community members will be there to share about their own garden plots, including one that is experimenting with Hugelculture.

Here’s an opportunity to see the many gardens and interact with the gardeners and other Slow Food members about community gardens. The event is free and all are welcome! It starts at 3PM, and will be followed by light refreshments and conversation. Please feel free to bring a dish to pass if you feel inspired!

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For an inspirational talk on how community can revive their local food cultivation and culture, check out Pam Warhurst TED talk!

The Brighton Community Garden is on Westfall Rd next the Buckland House.

Don't Miss the Next Slow Food Evening, July 8th

Understanding and Changing our Food System: Soils and Gardens

The next potluck evening will continue our examination of soil and the making of gardens. If we are to create a robust and sustainable food system, we need more local production of food, and there is nothing more local than producing some of your own food! Even in urban environments there are lots of opportunities: backyard gardens, rooftop gardens, gardens in vacant lots and schoolyards, portable gardens in trailers, and even urban food forests in parks. We’ll look at videos and discuss a few examples of such endeavors and what we all can do. Come join our potluck and an evening of sharing knowledge, building community, creative thinking and challenging assumptions about our food system.

At the last potluck, one of the participants was inspired to open up her garden of a tour the next weekend. We’d like to continue having tours of people’s gardens. It was such a positive experience we’d like to encourage others to do the same.

RSVP for July 8th, 6PM (if this doesn’t work, email slowrochester@gmail.com)

More Information here

Don't miss our Home Garden Tour this Sunday, May 6th

At the Slow Food Evening last Sunday we found out that one of our guests has an garden from which they harvest vegetables almost all year round! They are offering a spring vegetable garden tour from 3-5 PM, this Sunday May 6.

2012 begins my fourth year of home gardening.  Each year I am doing more things and finding new ideas to try:

1. rodent and deer proof fencing
2.  seedlings indoors on heated seed bed and under lights
3. raised beds
4. cold frame lettuces being harvested now
5. cover cloths for winter protection
6. netting for bug protection
7. wintering over herbs
8. 'Garden of Eden' cabbage patch - I just set up a 2x8 bed this way
9. Rye cover crop - unless we till it in before Sunday
10. ceramic pots witha  cloche for spinach and lettuces
11. wide row peas planted the beginning of March, now 4' tall, others planted later just starting to sprout
12. Garlic planted and mulched last fall up and growing one foot tall
13. Beginning pickings of 30 year old asparagus bed

We were able to have herbs and greens through December both this year and last year with the use of the cover cloths.  And this year having set up the cold frame last fall we've been harvesting lettuce and herbs such as spinach, arugala, kale, asian greens, radishes, pea spouts, romaine, dear tongue lettuce, corn lettuce, parsley, rosemary,chives, sage, burnet, french sorrel since the first of March.  I have full size plants of escarole and broccoli that will be ready for picking very early.

While the focus is on seeing the garden possibilities, we will offer some appetizer/snacks and welcome any food or beverage offerings.  Guests are welcome to wander around the yard rain or shine.

Our home is off Holt Road in Webster, about 3 miles north of route 104.

Stan and Maria Raczka
1149 Hidden Valley Trail
Webster, NY 14580

For more information: call 585-330-4410

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New Monthly Series! Slow Food Evenings: Understanding and Changing our Food System

The first of the Slow Food Rochester Evenings: Understanding and Changing Our Food System start this month - April 25th and 29th. These monthly meetings involve a potluck dinner where we discuss a film or reading, or have a speaker. The goal is to keep these group small and intimate, so we will offer two dates each month and space will be limited. RSVP is required! The April meetings will focus on healthy soil, the origin of all healthy food, and include two videos by Debra Coons Garcia: Soil in Good Heart and Walking and Talking with Vandana Shiva.

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Its Ramp season in Rochester!

April is the time for hunting for Wild Leeks, more commonly called ramps!
Learn more about ramps, where to find them, and how to cook them from Slow Food Rochester.

Interested in foraging? Here’s
a great article on getting started in your own back yard!

Join a CSA this year

A CSA is a great, affordable way to have fresh, locally produced food throughout the season. And here’s a way to meet the farmers and find a CSA that fits your needs!

Rochester Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair

 Date: Saturday, March 3rd
 Time: 3 PM- 6PM
 Location: Third Presbyterian Church at 4 Meigs Street, Rochester, NY
Join NOFA-NY at Third Presbyterian Church on Meigs Street at our 2012 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair! A CSA gives consumers the opportunity to receive high quality food straight from farms on a regular basis. The CSA fair gives consumers and farmers the opportunity to meet, and for the consumer to find the right CSA for them. Show your support for local farmers and food by attending this CSA Fair!
Contact: info@nofany.org
                (585) 271-1979

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For Inspiration...
A regular feature showing possibilities for change....
Pam Warhurst created a grassroots movement that has transformed the town on Todmorgen in the UK, with food plants throughout the town, creating a vibrant local food economy!
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Changing the Food System…
A regular feature on the politics of food....
Ann Cooper talks about the coming revolution in the way kids eat at school -- local, sustainable, seasonal and even educational food.
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