A Recipe Contest to Celebrate Princeton Family Dinner Week

Eno Terra Restaurant & Enoteca, and PrincetonEats.Org are sponsoring a recipe contest to celebrate Princeton Family Dinner Week, PADA and Corner House Initiative.

Three winning recipes will be chosen and featured as specials at Eno Terra’s Weekend lunch. Their creators, along with their families, will be invited to a weekend family lunch at Eno Terra. In addition, the top ten recipes will be featured on PrinceonEats.org.

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GMO Film Project (Untitled)

GMO Film Project (Untitled).
THE GMO FILM PROJECT tells the story of a father’s discovery of GMOs through the symbolic act of poor Haitian farmers burning seeds in defiance of Monsanto’s gift of 475 tons of hybrid corn and vegetable seeds to Haiti shortly after the devastating earthquake of January 2010. After a journey to Haiti to learn why hungry farmers would burn seeds, the real awakening of what has happened to our food in the US, what we are feeding our families, and what is at stake for the global food supply unfolds in a trip across the United States and other countries in search of answers. Are we at a tipping point? Is it time to take back our food? The encroaching darkness of unknown health and environmental risks, seed take over, chemical toxins, and food monopoly meets with the light of a growing resistance of organic farmers, concerned citizens, and a burgeoning movement to take back what we have lost.

Food Forward – Let’s Eat. Right. Now. | Trailer

Food Forward – Let’s Eat. Right. Now. | Trailer.

Food Forward goes way beyond celebrity chefs, cooking competitions, and recipes to reveal the compelling stories and inspired solutions envisioned by food rebels across America who are striving to create a more just, sustainable and delicious alternative to what we eat and how we produce it. Created by a veteran documentary film making team led by Greg Roden, Food Forward explores new ideas of food in America as told by the people who are living them. Each episode will focus on a different theme–school lunch reform, urban agriculture, sustainable fishing, grass-fed beef, soil science–and spotlight the real people who are creating viable alternatives to how we grow food and feed ourselves.

Zone by zone to-do list for gardeners in April: Organic Gardening

Zone by zone to-do list for gardeners in April: Organic Gardening.

April To-Do List for Zone 6

  • Clean up the garden in preparation for the season ahead:  Dig up your parsnips Remove last year’s dead plants, rake back winter
  • mulches, and top-dress beds with compost.
  • After you’ve finished preparing your beds, plant potatoes, peas, spinach, and other leafy greens as well as beets, turnips, and carrots.
  • Put up a trellis for tall varieties of peas as soon as they sprout.
  • Dig, divide, and replant perennials, such as helenium, fall asters, Shasta daisies, chrysanthemums, and phlox.
  • As soon as the weather settles, plant transplants of pansies, forget-me-nots (Myosotis spp.), foxglove (Digitalis spp.), and other cool-weather flowers.
  • Sow seeds of sweet peas, bachelor’s buttons (Centaurea cyanus), and larkspur (Consolida ajacis) in flowerbeds.

 

US Ark of Taste : Find Heritage Seeds Here (and more)

US Ark of TasteThe US Ark of Taste is a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. By promoting and eating Ark products we help ensure they remain in production and on our plates.

Describing and Promoting Forgotten Flavors

The Ark is an international catalog of foods that are threatened by industrial standardization, the regulations of large-scale distribution and environmental damage. In an effort to cultivate consumer demand—key to agricultural conservation—only the best tasting endangered foods make it onto the Ark.

Since 1996, more than 800 products from over 50 countries have been added to the International Ark of Taste. The US Ark of Taste profiles over 200 rare regional foods, and is a tool that helps farmers, ranchers, fishers, chefs, retail grocers, educators and consumers celebrate our country’s diverse biological, cultural and culinary heritage.

 

 

Happy Spring! Families Can Learn How to Grown Your Own Together

Rutgers Family Garden Club

These classes are a great opportunity for families to spend quality time together learning to start and nurture a vegetable garden at home. Activities are designed so that adults and children can explore and learn together. Children must be accompanied by an adult; limit two children per adult; adults attend for free.

Veggarden vegtable garden

Family Garden Club
Ages: 6-12 years (must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older)
Dates: March 31, April 21, May 19, and June 9, 2012
Time: 9:00-11:00 am
Fee:
$80.00 for 4 classes or $25.00 each
Location:
Holly House

Vegetable gardening is a fun and rewarding hobby that can start in childhood and last a lifetime. These sessions are a great opportunity for families to spend quality time together. Through the use of our vegetable garden and greenhouses you will learn all about growing and harvesting cool and warm season vegetables. Vegetables taste better when you grow them yourself. Come dressed to garden!
Children must be accompanied by an adult; limit two children per adult, 21 or older. Adults free.

March 31, 2012Planning Your Garden- starting seeds; cool weather crops
April 21, 2012Planting Seedlings- Soil and composting; harvesting
May 19, 2012Tending Your Garden- mulching; plant supports; harvesting
June 9, 2012Harvesting the Garden – harvesting; food preparation

Registration Form

For more information contact Debbie Henry

Farm to…where?

Farm to…Bar!

Apothéke is the first cocktail bar to adhere to a strict “Farm-to-Bar” ideology, sourcing the ingredients of our cocktails from local greenmarkets, organic produce venders and our own Rooftop Herb Garden. We take pride in showcasing fresh, top-quality ingredients in an way that supports local farmers and sustainability. See below for sample of local farms that we support and source from.
Farm to Bar | Apotheke
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Eat Local, Meet Local – Pot Luck Dinner

Join us for this great event!

 To register:  http://www.elijahspromise.org/event-registration/

Elijah’s Promise, A Better World Cafe and Slow Food Central New Jersey would like to invite you for an evening of good food and good talk about strengthening our Central Jersey food community.  Come and meet local farmers, restaurateurs, chefs, entrepreneurs, gardeners and other food enthusiasts. All you need to do is to bring a dish to share, featuring your favorite local foods. Get ready to share ideas, make new friends, have fun and change the way we eat.

Bring a dish to share (preferably local). Donations will be appreciated.  Meeting at a Better World Café, located in the Reformed Church of Highland Park.

Register Now!

When:  Monday April 23rd, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where:  A Better World Cafe,Highland Park, NJ
Cost: Just bring a dish (preferably local) to share. Donations to cover  the cost will be appreciated.

Registration:  http://www.elijahspromise.org/event-registration/
Questions: email  info@slowfoodcentralnj.org or call 732-485-0236

Rutgers Farmers Market

Grand Opening will be at Rutgers Day  on Saturday, April 28 from 10 am – 4 pm. For this day only the market will move to Cook Campus.

Regular Season:
When:
        Fridays May 4 — November 16th
Hours:       12 pm -5 pm
Location: At the Entrance to Rutgers Gardens

Rutgers Gardens
112 Ryder’s Lane
New Brunswick, NJ
Directions to the market

Mission Statement:  The mission of the Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market is to provide the local community, including residents, students, university faculty and staff, University Dining, and restaurants the opportunity to experience and purchase fresh, locally grown and/or prepared food products.

Purpose:  The Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences is proud to partner with the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station to offer the Rutgers Gardens Farmers’ Market to the G. H. Cook and surrounding communities.  The market provides a variety of products grown and produced locally, such as grassfed beef, cheese, vegetables, poultry, and baked goods.

Rutgers University and Rutgers Gardens wishes to help support the local farmers, as well as the local community and economy, by utilizing an area at the entrance to the Gardens, adjacent to Ryders Lane, for the Market.  The market will give commuters and students easy access to fresh, locally grown crops and commodities. It will also provide “one-stop-shopping” for local restaurants looking for a variety of products from a diverse group of farms and vendors. The market will promote sustainable farming as well as focus upon recycling and conservation.

For more information on how you can become part of this exciting new venture between local farms and Rutgers University please contact Mary Ann Schrum schrum@aesop.rutgers.edu