Bloomington Food Policy Council

Winter Farmers Market is Now Open

The Bloomington Winter Farmers Market is now open! Join us each Saturday from 9:00 to 12:30 now until March 28th at Harmony School for breakfast, freshly roasted coffee, produce, eggs, meat, fresh juice, flowers, plants, bread and baked goods. Find more information here.

  

Pie Fest

Pie Fest, Saturday, October 25, 2014,  2pm-4:30pm at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard (1100 W. Allen)

 

Pie makers, start your ovens. In partnership with Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, the Bloomington Food Policy Council is hosting a pie extravaganza of sorts for the 2014 Annual National Food Day celebration titled “Pie Fest.” The free afternoon event includes pie baking demonstrations, fruit tree care demonstrations, and a pie-in-the-sky community food summit to identify problems and brainstorm solutions critical to our local food system. The event is a potluck, and all participants are encouraged to bring their favorite sweet or savory pie to share. Hot apple cider will be provided. Free parking is widely available.

Visit the event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/697001747039802/

For more info, contact outreach@bloomingtonfpc.org.

 

Program Overview2-4:30pmPie Making Demonstration (15 min. each)--lattice top pie crust @2:15; using pie weights @2:45Fruit Tree Care Demonstration (15 min. each)-- 2:15, 2:45Fall Quarterly Meeting with Bloomington Food Policy Council (30 min.)--3pmPie in the Sky Food Summit (1 hour)-- 3:30pm*Pie potluck with hot apple cider will be available throughout for guests to help themselves!

Date: 
10/25/2014
Time: 
2:00pm-4:30pm
Location: 
1100 W. Allen
Cost: 
Free

Food Chain

Food Chain: A Discussion of Policies Affecting the Bloomington Food System

Please join the Bloomington Food Policy Council and Local Growers Guild for this exciting panel discussion as part of Bloomington Lifelong Learning Week on Monday September 8th from 7pm-8:30pm. Panelists include Mike Record from New Ground Farm, Larry Howard from Maple Valley Farm, Chef Sasha Divine from No Coast Reserve, and Kroger Public Affairs Manager John Elliott. The discussion will be moderated by Annie Corrigan from Earth Eats. Following the panel, attendees are invited to stay for the Summer Quarterly meeting of the Food Policy Council. 

Parking:

Free parking is available in the 4th street garage and the following downtown surface parking lots: the Library, 6th & Lincoln (across from the Library), 6th & Dunn (IU permits not enforced after 5pm), Von Lee (IU permits not enforced after 5pm), 4th & Washington (behind Buskirk-Chumley Theater), and Dunn & 4th (off Restaurant Row). Paid street parking is widely available. For more info, visit http://bloomington.in.gov/parksmart.

Panelist Biographies

1. Larry Howard, his wife Tina, and three children run Maple Valley Farm, a pasture-based livestock farm in Bloomington Indiana. They raise cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, turkeys, meat chickens, laying hens and rabbits in a continuous movement, pasture-based system and recently began experimenting with raising tilapia and garden crops using Aquaponics. They have been involved in helping get recent legislation passed including provisions to re-instate the Federal Poultry Exemption in Indiana enabling the on-farm processing of poultry, eliminating local licensing and inspection of egg producers and introducing on-farm processing of rabbits. They are Bloomington’s chapter leaders for the Weston A. Price Foundation and are very involved in issues surrounding the sale and distribution of raw dairy products in Indiana.

2. Mike Record and his wife Lisel are new to Bloomington, having lived and farmed in Colorado, running a vegetable CSA program. Mike represents the Local Growers’ Guild on the Monroe County Urbanizing Area Plan Committee and has been navigating other local policies and rules that effect local farmers. In addition, the Records have been watching the progress on the Food Safety Act and getting an understanding of the implications it may have for small farmers.

3. Sasha Divine is a chef at No Coast Reserve, a restaurant in Bloomington. In addition, Sasha serves as a Market Assistant at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, where he has developed personal relationships with the vendors. Sasha works directly with local farmers to source fresh produce for the menu at No Coast.

4. John Elliott is Manager of Public Affairs & Media Spokesperson for The Kroger Co.’s Central Division. His responsibilities include managing all media interactions and government relations at the state and local level involving Kroger operations in 136 stores, primarily in Indiana and Illinois. As a member of Kroger’s division senior leadership team, John is involved in key decisions impacting operations, merchandising, economic development, financial management and workforce.

 

For more information, contact outreach@bloomingtonfpc.org.

Visit this event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1468652146723085/

Date: 
9/8/14
Time: 
7pm-8:30pm
Location: 
Monroe County Public Library meeting room 1C
Cost: 
Free

Global Climate Disruption and Local Food Security

Bloomington Food Policy Council Chair, H. Michael Simmons, will present "Global Climate Disruption and Local Food Security," an overview of some potential effects of climate change on the local food system. The talk will include suggestions for adaptive and mitigative strategies for local growers as well as proposals for helping the local food system respond effectively to the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing climate. Between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m., there will be a tour of Hilltop's new Phenology Garden, which will help us monitor climate change locally. Following the tour, we will conduct normal meeting business, including working group updates.

Date: 
April 15th
Time: 
6:30PM
Location: 
Indiana University's Hilltop Gardens
Cost: 
Free

Annual Meeting

The BFPC annual meeting will be in the Yoga Room at Harmony School following the Winter Market at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday January 25. There will be a potluck lunch from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m.The meeting will start at 1:00 p.m. with a panel discussion titled “Food Fight.” Peter Bane of Renaissance Polyculture Farm will speak about food sovereignty, Stephanie Solomon of Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard will speak about food security and a guest from IU’s EHS department will speak about food safety. This discussion is expected to last 15 to 20 minutes. The annual business meeting will comprise the remainder of the meeting with a financial report, working group updates and member sign-up / renewals.We hope you can join us! And, as always, BYOP (Bring Your Own Plate + mug +utensils) for the potluck. Thanks!

Date: 
01/25/14
Time: 
12:30PM
Location: 
Winter Market
Cost: 
FREE

Fall Quarterly Public Meeting

                                                                                                                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

10 October 2013

The Bloomington Food Policy Council (BFPC) is pleased to announce its Fall Quarterly Public Meeting, to be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Monday, 21 October at Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St.  At 7:00 p.m., Dr. Carl Ipsen, director of Collins Living-Learning Center and co-chair of the Indiana University Office of Sustainability Food Working Group, will speak about his proposal for the creation of the Indiana University Food Project.  Dr. Ipsen, an historian of modern Italy and a member of the faculty at Indiana University since 1994, created the Sustainable Food Committee at Collins and has been active on the steering committee of the Edible Campus Initiative.  He will discuss his proposal to create a structure that will facilitate communication among the various Indiana University departments, offices, and organizations with food-related interests.  A component of the Food Project will be a certificate program for students interested in pursuing research in the area of sustainable food.  Following Dr. Ipsen’s presentation, there will be reports from the BFPC working groups and information on how to become involved in the work of the organization.  The meeting is free and open to the public.  For updates and additional information, please visit our website: http://www.bloomingtonfpc.org.

The Bloomington Food Policy Council exists to develop and support policies that increase and preserve access to sustainably produced, locally grown, healthful food for all residents in Monroe and surrounding counties and envisions a sustainable, innovative food system that nourishes our whole community.

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:H. Michael Simmons, ChairBloomington Food Policy Council, Inc.simmonsm@zoho.com(812)272-2297

 

 

 

Date: 
10/21/13
Time: 
7:00-8:30pm
Location: 
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center
Cost: 
FREE

Fall Quarterly Meeting

There will be a brief overview of our current goals and progress and an update from each committee chair.The public is invited and encouraged to attend! Let your voice be heard regarding our local food system!

Guest Speaker TBA

Date: 
10/21/13
Time: 
7pm – 8:30pm
Location: 
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center
Cost: 
Free

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