From the Farm

Please come join us as Empirical Opera members present in this conference panel & discussion session at the Family Farmed Expo-

Teaching and Eating in the Garden:

Enabling educators to utilize the school garden in their curriculum and find new models for nutrition education.

Teaching and Eating in the Garden at the
6th Annual CFPAC Summit Food Policy Breakout Session

March 18, 2011 from 11:30am-1:00pm

At the UIC Forum — University of Illinois at Chicago
as a part of the three-day Family Farmed Expo

Location: UIC Forum / 725 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60607. Click for directions/map.
Purchase tickets (for single event, full day, or three-day pass) at the Family Farmed Box Office.

Join this Breakout Session panel presentation and community discussion-
Teaching and Eating in the Garden: Enabling educators to utilize the school garden in their curriculum and find new models for nutrition education.

Breakout Session Goals:
Establishing and incorporating gardens into schools’ curriculum is a priority. Nutrition education must embrace a broader understanding of the ecological, personal and social impact of the foods we eat. School gardens provide an unparalleled opportunity for engaging in the food system and illustrating it’s complexity.

    Participants will come away with:

  • Motivation and inspiration to begin growing edible plants as educational
    tools in a way that can scale to their needs, be that small herb plants in
    the classroom or a larger in situ garden.
  • Recognition of the school garden as an opportunity to teach a wide variety
    of subjects and skills including: biology, history, team work, math, writing…
  • Strategies to encourage student, parent, community and teacher
    involvement in the school garden.
  • Ability to instruct students in Taste Education.
    Session goals, discussion issues & possible policy changes:

  • Funding allocated for establishing school gardens.
  • Healthful cooking instruction included in curriculum.
  • Professional development for teachers to learn gardening skills, garden based curriculum and cooking curriculum.
  • Require nutrition education to include instruction on of food systems (ie.where food comes from, environmental impact, social impact, etc.) in addition to personal health issues.

By presenting this session, we hope to establish a community of people with a
commitment to school gardening and nutrition education who can share contact
information (on a voluntary basis). Creating this access to each other’s passion and skills will bolster success in projects inspired by this session. The hope is that this group will then
begin their own educational gardening and cooking projects and share their
experiences and discoveries with each other.

The session will also provide a take-away “tool kit” that will assist participants in moving forward with policy action in their community.

    The tool-kit will include:

  • example curriculum from several teachers and schools
  • planning and growing advice for establishing a school garden
  • classroom ready recipes
  • sources for gardening materials
  • possible funding sources
  • resources for gardening advice
  • resources for curriculum
  • a list of professional development opportunities

Panelists/Discussion Guiders:

Megan Larmer is a board member with Slow Food Chicago and the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project. In 2010 she was selected as a delegate to Slow Food International’s Terra Madre conference. Currently, Megan is training as a Master Gardener. Megan is the facilitator & organizer for this CFPAC breakout session.

Lynn Hyndman on retiring from teaching took on the challenge of starting an edible school garden at her former school. The Dawes Garden of Eatin’ begins its eighth year of operation this spring. At the heart of the program is Taste Education along with helping children understand that their food choices effect not only their health but that of the planet.

Patricia Holdredge is a special subject handwork teacher at the Chicago Waldorf School. She is also the master gardener for the school who was instrumental in developing the Sophia Garden for over 10 years and now maintains the school’s beehives and plots in the Ruby Garden in Schreiber Park. In 1999 and 2000 Mayor Daley presented the Sophia Garden with 1st place awards in the City of Chicago’s Landscape Competition.

Jason Greenberg is parent and staff at the Chicago Waldorf School. He teaches sustainable design. As an activist educator he founded the Empirical Opera, the Spring Green Bike Tour, and has collaborated with Angelic Organics Learning Center, Heifer International, Chicago Rarities Orchard Project (CROP) and other locavoure and slow food advocacy organizations.

Jennifer Sandy became involved with Slow Food Chicago through the preSERVE project, a community garden in North Lawndale.


Farmer’s Market Harvest Dinner

Monday, October 25, 2010

Join us for our 5th annual event, benefiting the
Logan Square Farmers Market and
the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce.

They’ll have food from the neighborhood’s best restaurants, a silent auction with wonderful premiums and prizes, and a post-dinner concert where you’ll enjoy music from some of Logan Square’s most talented performers!

Bring the whole family, kids are welcome!

Upstairs at the Logan Square Auditorium.
Doors open at 6:00 PM, Dine from 6:30 to 9:00 PM
Concert continues until 11:00 PM

Tickets are $40 per person in advance, $50 at the door;
children under 12 are $10, and concert-only tickets are $10.
Wine and beer will be available at our cash bar.

Tickets available at the Chamber tent at the Farmers Market, or call 773-489-3222, or e-mail to make your reservation.

Submitted by E.O. member, Paul Levin

The hormone rBGH has been condemned by the American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association and numerous others due to its potential for increasing cancer risk and has already been banned from use in cows in countries around the world such as Canada, Australia, Japan and the 27 countries of the European Union.

American cows? They are given diets and injections with rBGH on a regular basis.

Why are we so far behind the curve? Of course, it’s all about money. The hormone rBGH, now sold by Eli Lilly, was developed by Monsanto to increase cows’ milk production (higher yield = higher profit margin).

Monsanto’s former attorney, Michael Taylor, was put in charge of FDA policy when rBGH was approved and proposed that a disclaimer be put on all rBGH free milk, claiming that ‘According to the FDA, there is no significant difference between the milk from cows injected with rbST compared to those not injected.’

Ohio, along with four other state governments, made Taylor’s suggestion a requirement. Because of Ohio’s high dairy production, the rule would have impacted national dairy standards had it been upheld. Ohio was the last state to maintain the law after an unsuccessful campaign backed by Monsanto a few years ago. Opposition to this rule helped bring attention to this important issue. Activists groups like FRESH  have lobbied for truth in labeling on packaging.

And now we have yet another victory for the whole food movement; this time, it’s over drugged milk.

FRESH sent nearly 3,000 letters to Gov. Strickland demanding that he cancel the absurd law which banned the use of the “rBGH free” label.  Just last week, a federal judge struck down the law, ruling that milk from cows treated with rBGH is compositionally different from untreated milk, and consumers have the right to know if they’re buying milk with synthetic hormones in it.

This is a major victory, and will hopefully set a serious precedent for labeling, especially in light of the battle against genetically modified salmon.  We will keep fighting!

If you want to help keep watchdog organizations like FRESH advocating for safer, healthy foods you can donate here. Help FRESH dedicate more energy and time to educating and organizing around important issues like this. Please help them keep an eye on the powers that be!

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Eat with care!

Post originally submitted by Lisa Madison, Distribution & Outreach Coordinator for FRESH