Monthly Archives: April 2009

We Want You…as a Local Food Advocate!

Love local, fresh, good, clean, fair food? Then you might want to become a Local Food Advocate. By participating in this brand-new program, you can be a member of a trained corps of volunteers, helping local food groups talk to the public about sustainable food this summer at the Seacoast Growers Association (SGA) Farmer’s Markets, public fairs and festivals, and a wherever food is on people’s minds.

Slow Food Seacoast, Seacoast Eat Local, the SGA, and Seacoast Local (the “4 Food Groups,” as we sometimes like to call ‘em), are teaming up to offer this collaborative training opportunity. On Saturday, May 2 (first day of the Portsmouth SGA Farmers’ Market!) please join us for a training session that will run from 12:30 – 2:00. We’ll meet at the Farmer’s Market Info Booth at 12:30 to look at the setup for sharing information about the market and local food events. Then, we’ll head over to the Portsmouth Library’s Hilton Garden Room for the “classroom” portion of the training. There, you’ll learn more about the food awareness movement and how our local organizations are working to improve the food system and local economy for everyone. You’ll get fact sheets about each of the 4 Food Groups, information about how a local food system improves our lives, tips and tricks, and answers to frequently asked questions. Also at the training, we’ll sign you up for a day of “shadowing” with an experienced volunteer so you can learn the ropes.

We know many of the supporters of these four groups would really like to spend more time doing outreach with the public – but just want a little help figuring out what to say and which information to share. This training will help you do just that and give you all the tools to be an informative and inspiring Food Advocate. Please join us! RSVP recommended (but not required – come if you can!) to SlowFoodSeacoast@GMail.com

Local Food Advocates Training

Day: Saturday, May 2
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 PM
Place: Meet at Portsmouth Farmer’s Market Info Booth, walk to Portsmouth Public Library about 1:00 PM
Bring: weather-appropriate clothing, notepaper and pen, and your personal story of what got you interested in local food!

CSA Shares Still Available!

Seacoast Eat Local has their ear to the ground this spring, listening for CSA shares that are still unclaimed. Thanks to them we have this information to share:

Looking for a smart way to get your veggies this year? Connect directly with a local farm through a CSA share. The following farms still have plenty of shares available:

Heron Pond Farm still has shares for Portsmouth and farm stand pick ups. Visit the web site for more information.

Sustainable Farm Products LocalMotive CSA – many pickup locations throughout the seacoast! Visit the website for more information.

Andy’s Greens Delivery to downtown Portsmouth available. Online credit card payment option. Visit the website for more information.

Two Toad Farm in Lebanon, Maine still has plenty of full CSA shares left for the 2009 summer season. Full shares cost $475.00 and are designed to feed a family of four. Distribution begins in early June, and extends until the end of September (18-20 weeks). Visit the website for details and a signup sheet. Credit card purchase available at Farmfield Nursery and Greenhouses. Contact: Jordan Pike, 207-252-1103

Earth Day Service at South Church, Portsmouth

Earth Day service with sermon by John Carroll, professor of natural resources at UNH, on “The Soul of Agriculture.” Followed by a community forum led by Professor John Carroll on his book Pastures of Plenty, the Future of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Conservation in New England, at South Church, Portsmouth.

Information: Judy Miller, judymil@comcast.net, 603-433-8572

Sunday, April 26

Service at 10 am

Community Forum at 11:30 am

Celebrate Earth Day with…Clay Hill Unplugged!

Slow Food Seacoast is very excited to be working with a new partner, Clay Hill Farm in Ogunquit, ME – you may know them for the Green Wedding Giveaway contest that was won by friend and frequent partner of Slow Food Seacoast, Jonathan Blakeslee and Joelle Guerard of White Heron Tea! Clay Hill Farm is taking steps into the sustainability movement and has planned a great Earth Day celebration called Clay Hill Unplugged. Slow Food Seacoast will be there!

Clay Hill Farm is on a 30-acre tree farm originally settled in 1780. It’s the only restaurant ever to be certified and congratulated by the National Wildlife Association as a wildlife habitat and bird sanctuary, and is a Maine Certified Environmental Leader. We’re excited that they’ve reached out to the Slow Food movement.

Hope to see you there! This should be a lovely weeknight out.

The Details:

Lights out!
Celebrate sustainability with a candlelit event featuring local music, local food and local resources
Date: Wednesday, April 22nd at Clay Hill Farm
Time: 5:30 pm
Tickets: $15 in advance/ $18 at the door

Hors d’oeuvres ~ acoustic music ~ tastings ~ charity raffle ~ networking and chats with local businesses, growers and earth-conscious folk.

Live Perfomances by:

Jonathan Blakeslee  (the 2009 Green Wedding Giveaway contest groom-to-be WINNER!)

Adam Flaherty of the Sea Captains

Pat Keane Classical Guitar

Presentations by:

Slow Food Seacoast ~ Michelle Moon

Strawbery Banke ~ John Forti

The Green Alliance ~ Sarah Brown

(We think there will be a greens tasting from Andy’s Greens and Smiling Hill farm cheese, too!)

EVENT SPONSORS: Bartram’s Beeswax Candles, Lori D Entertainment, Adam Flaherty Productions, Ovington Produce, Great Works Regional Land Trust, White Heron Tea, Carpe Diem Coffee, Center for Wildlife, Griffin-vites Watercolor Stationary, Haunted Milk Marketing, Purely Organic Lawncare,
Dixon’s Earth-friendly Golf Balls

Candlelight courtesy of Bartram’s Beeswax Candles
Logo by Haunted Milk Marketing & Design