National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – Take Action!

Congress is on the campaign trail – they need to get back to work on the farm bill after the election!

All of our victories so far in the farm bill – a down payment on meaningful subsidy reform, conservation protection for sensitive wetlands, grant funding for local and regional food infrastructure, and more – are on the line in the final months of 2012. When Congress comes back to Washington in November after Election Day, we’ve got to ensure they get a farm bill passed. You’ve helped us get this far, now let’s make this bill even better – and get it to the finish line!

In November, we’ll need your calls, emails, and action! Sign up for Action Alerts below to get the call to action in just a few weeks. And in the meantime – help us welcome Congress back to town with a reminder of why the farm bill matters – click on the image below to share it on facebook and help us spread the word!

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Proposition 37, GMO Labeling Mandate, Wins Support Of 100 Celebrity Chefs

California’s GMO labeling ballot initiative Proposition 37 has already attracted lots of emphatic support and dissent from a host of voices, from Michael Pollan to Danny DeVito. But on Monday, a large contingent of people with a lot of credibility on food issues threw their weight behind the proposal: celebrity chefs.

Over 125 chefs, including some of the most famous cooks in America, have co-signed a strongly worded open letter penned by Alice Waters, the famously pro-organic founder of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif. In the letter, Waters argues that “the future of food is at stake,” so “this is the moment when we need to stand together as chefs, restaurateurs, and people who care about food to support Proposition 37.”

Underneath Waters’ own statement is a pledge in support of the bill:

We, the undersigned, endorse California’s Proposition 37 – The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.

As chefs, we are on the frontlines of feeding America and we have an enormous stake in ensuring transparency in our food system. It is our duty to nourish our guests, both in body and soul. However, we can’t prepare the best food we know how when information about the ingredients we purchase is hidden from us with labels that are missing basic facts. This includes foods that are genetically engineered or contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). While Proposition 37 does not require restaurants to label their food as genetically engineered, it provides chefs the ability to knowingly source ingredients made without GMOs.

Fifty countries around the world—representing more than 40 percent of the world’s population—already require GMO labeling, including all of Europe, Japan, India and China. Polls show that more than 90 percent of Americans want to know if their food is genetically engineered.

We demand the right to know what’s in our food and we are adding our collective voices to this movement!

via Proposition 37, GMO Labeling Mandate, Wins Support Of 100 Celebrity Chefs.

A Better World Cafe Celebrates Three Years of Community Outreach

A Better World Cafe, a community cafe in Highland Park, NJ,
is celebrating their 3 Year Anniversary on Thursday, October 25, 2012.
Please join them to celebrate–there will be great food, local musicians
Spook Handy and Albert Valeri and complimentary anniversary cake!

The Cafe is located at 19-21 S. 2nd Ave in Highland Park, NJ
Come for Lunch: 11:00-3:00 Cake cutting between Noon-1:00

This social enterprise, a partnership between Elijah’s Promise and Who Is My Neighbor? Inc., hopes to makehealthy eating accessible and affordable for all. A Better World Cafe
follows a community cafe model pioneered by Denise Cerreta of
One World Everybody Eats“  in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In addition to serving the regular cafe guests, A Better World Cafe serves
a complimentary item each day and free meals to volunteers in exchange for
their time.  Guests that choose to make a donation help pay for the
complimentary and volunteer meals.

Throughout the entire anniversary week (Oct 22-26), an anonymous donor will  MATCH ANY DONATIONS to the Cafe 3 for 1
A $1 donation will turn into a $4 dollar donation for the Cafe!

For more information:
visit www.betterworldcafe.org or call Rachel Weston 732-510-1572

A Better World Cafe – Who Is My Neighbor? Inc.

A Better World Cafe

This social enterprise, a partnership between Elijah’s Promise and Who Is My Neighbor? Inc., hopes to make healthy eating accessible and affordable for all. A Better World Cafe follows a community cafe model pioneered by Denise Cerreta of One World Everybody Eats in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This new kind of cafe reduces food waste, since customers choose their own portion sizes. It reduces trash because it does not use Styrofoam cups, plastic utensils, or paper plates. And it helps global neighbors because the coffees and teas are fairly traded. The  cafe uses seasonal foods–grown, cooked, and served in ways that make sense for the environment and for the customer’s budget.

  • You select your portions and pay a fair price through one of the following options:
  • You may pay the suggested price or something better. If you pay more, you will help feed someone else who has more limited resources.
  • You may volunteer an hour of time in exchange for a meal.
  • You may dine on the complimentary dish of the day if you can neither pay nor volunteer.
  • You may use the complimentary dish as one of your selections when you are selecting multiple items, to help keep your total cost down.

Links
A Better World Cafe has its own website! Please visit www.betterworldcafe.org for more information. Also, you can follow the cafe’s Facebook page by clicking on the link below.

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Elijah’s Promise – Good Food For All

Good Food For All Elijah’s Promise works to provide good food for all.  In each of our kitchens, we strive to source fresh vegetables and fruits that are sustainably grown by regional farms. We also strive to use meat from animals that have been ethically and sustainably raised. Fresh, local food seems like a luxury for most of us. But the bountiful harvest of quality food from our state and region should not be reserved only for those who have — it should be equally available to all people. Because good food for all means good health, good jobs, a sustainable future, and a chance for a better life.

Food Changes Lives

Community Soup Kitchen
Serving more than 100,000 meals each year through the help of thousands of volunteers, our community soup kitchen feeds the hungry, helps guests connect to available social services, and more.

Support Services
Our social services staff provide guests of the community soup kitchen with information and referrals to other agencies to help them solve their problems.

Farm 2 TableShiloh Community Garden
Built in collaboration with the City of New Brunswick and New Brunswick United Methodist Church, Shiloh Community garden provides neighborhood residents as well as community organizations an opportunity to grow food in one of 30 raised beds for a minimal fee each growing season.

Every month of the harvest season, Promise Culinary chefs, culinary students, and guest chefs from central New Jersey come together for a night of seasonal, local food tasting. If you are interested in participating, please check our calendar of events for upcoming dates.

visit Elijah’s Promise – Good Food For All
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Shady Hill Homestead

Here piggy, piggy!We are very excited to announce our farmers’ market debut!

While we initially started out inquiring about next year, we learned there is still time this season. We will be testing the waters at the Chatham Borough Farmers’ Market. The Market Manager has the patience of a saint and we wouldn’t have attempted this so soon without her support.

So assuming all our paperwork is approved, we plan to be in Chatham this Saturday. Our acorn finished, natural and antibiotic-free Berkshire Guinea Hog pork will be available and sold by the pound. It’s been USDA inspected and flash frozen in vacuum sealed packs. We’ll be bringing several varieties of sausage, ground pork, loin roasts, pork chops, and shoulder and fresh ham roasts.

We hope hope to see you there! To assure availability, we would be happy to set aside any advance orders. Just drop us a line and let us know quantity and cuts. We will email back pricing.

 

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Eat Wild – Your #1 Site for Grass-fed Food & Facts

CowEatwild’s Directory of Farms lists more than 1,300 pasture-based farms, with more farms being added each week. It is the most comprehensive source for grass-fed meat and dairy products in the United States and Canada. To find pastured products near you, click on your state in the map below or from the alphabetical state list at the bottom of this page. Or choose Canada or Outside the US & Canada.Producers listed on Eatwild certify that they meet our exacting criteria, assuring that their animals and the land are well-treated, that their products are exceptionally high in nutrition and free of antibiotics and added hormones. Products include: Beef, Pork, Lamb, Veal, Goat, Elk, Venison, Yak, Chickens, Ducks, Rabbits, Turkeys, Eggs, Milk, Cheeses, Produce, Nuts, Berries, Wild-Caught Salmon and more! Eat Wild – Find Your State.

Foodie Things To Do This Weekend & Beyond | Jersey Bites

Visit Jersey Bites for information on all of the following events.

Jersey Shore Wine Weekend, Friday – Sunday, October 12th – 14th. Asbury Park, NJ. From the creators of Jersey Shore Restaurant Week comes four great events to enjoy wine and food.

Friday, Oct. 12th; Joseph Drouhin Burgundy Wine Dinner. Saturday, Oct. 13th; Wine sessions, tastings, cooking demos, grand tasting, ultimate wine and cheese pairing. Sunday, Oct. 14th; Champagne and bloody mary brunch.

9th Annual SJ Pumpkin Show, Friday – Sunday, October 12th-14th. Salem County Fairgrounds, Woodstown. The South Jersey Pumpkin Show and Festival is one of the largest and best in New Jersey. Come out and enjoy live bands, great food, contests, Fall Home Show, over 150 craftsmen, NJ Largest Baked Pumpkin Pie, Amusement Rides and Pumpkin Baking Contest and more.

Our Lady of the Lake Oktoberfest, Saturday, October 13th from 6pm-11pm. Verona, NJ. The Oktoberfest festivities begin with a ceremonial beer tapping, followed by German music, great food and other live entertainment. There are also raffle baskets, 50/50 tickets and the Kinderfest. .

Pacific Ave Cornhole & Craft Beer Festival, Saturday, October 13th. Pacific Avenue in Wildwood. Great morning of fun with a cornhole tournament and craft beer tastings. .

Oktoberfest, Saturday, October 13th from 1pm-6pm. Westmont. Keg and Kitchen will host their first ever Oktoberfest featuring over 40 beers, German cuisine, specialty brews, a root bier garden for kids and entertainment.

Cooking Demonstration, Saturday, October 13th from 11am-2pm. Sara Moulton will teach a demonstrations class of recipes from her book, Everyday Family Dinners, at Kings Food Markets in Short Hills (778 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills). To register, click or call 973-463-6500.

via Foodie Things To Do This Weekend & Beyond | Jersey Bites.

Edible Jersey: October is…

EDIBLE TIDBIT

October is filled with harvest treats and Halloween hauntings, but it is also a very important month for food awareness. In spite of the bounty and celebrations we enjoy, there are many areas of concern in today’s food system; several October initiatives have been launched to raise our awareness.

For starters, October is Fair Trade Month. As much as we love local, we also have a great appreciation for certain food items that can only be got elsewhere: coffee, chocolate, etc. Being committed to our own healthy sustainable food system, we naturally respect and support the same in other regions. Buying products that are fair trade certified assures that farmers, families, local economies and ecosystems are supported in the most sustainable ways.

October is also Non-GMO Month. As GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) infiltrate our food system, concerned Americans are making a case for their right to know what is in our foods, insisting that producers ‘Just Label It.’ A watershed case for this issue is the upcoming vote on Prop 37 in California, where citizens can vote for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food.

If you’re still undecided about what food issues you might like to get behind- make some time on Food Day (October 24) to investigate other issues that might speak to you. Food Day is “a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food”. By addressing issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, ag policy and farm worker justice, Food Day rallies support to create some real change in our nation’s food policies.

Whatever cause piques your interest, your support will help ensure our cherished food celebrations for years to come!

KR

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NOFA-NJ Center For Working Lands Beginning Farmer Open House

On *Saturday, October 13th*, NOFA-NJ will be hosting the Center for Working Lands Beginning Farmer Open House to kick-off New Jersey milestone Beginning Farmer Program and we hope that you will be a part of the day with us! The event is free and open to the public. Please click here to download a PDF version of the schedule of events!

via NOFA-NJ Center For Working Lands Beginning Farmer Open House.