Bloomington Food Policy Council

Healthful Food For All: Community Gardens Supplying Local Foods

Join us for the Bloomington Food Policy Council’s Food Day Celebration as we tour gardens that are providing produce for those populations who do not have easy access to local foods. The fun begins at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard (1100 W. Allen St.) at 1:30 PM with hot apple cider all around. You’ll receive a map (available below for download) and can follow the caravan by bike or car, or go at your own pace.

This is a FREE event, but donations are welcome!

UPDATE: Food Day participants can sign up to get a fruit tree (apple, tart cherry, pear, or peach)!

Here's how:

  • FIRST: Attend a tree-planting demonstration. Jonas Carpenter from Bread and Roses Nursery will be facilitating demo's at Mother Hubbard's Cupboard at 2 and 3. BFPC chair Michael Simmons is running demo's at IU’s Hilltop Garden at 2 and 3. Choose whatever time and location is convenient for you!
  • SECOND: After the demo, sign up for your tree (as long as supplies last).
  • THIRD: Folks will be notified when the trees are ready to pick up at the Bloomington Community Orchard in November.

This tree giveaway has been coordinated by our hardworking friends at the Bloomington Community Orchard. The trees are sponsored by a generous grant from the ACT tree grant from the CSX which will provide a whopping 75 trees!

Come on down to food day and sign up for your tree!

Below is a map of our locations for the self-guided tour available for download! For more information about Food Day, visit www.foodday.org.

Check out our event on Facebook! 

 

Date: 
10/26/13
Time: 
1:30pm - 4:00pm
Location: 
Various
Cost: 
FREE

Summer Quarterly Meeting

The Bloomington Food Policy Council (BFPC) is pleased to announce its Summer Quarterly Public Meeting, to be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 31 July in the Winslow Woods Park shelter, opposite the YMCA on South Highland Avenue (between the Bloomington Community Orchard and the Willie Streeter Community Gardens). The meeting will begin with a potluck dinner, and those who wish to participate are invited to bring table service and a beverage, as well as a dish to share. At 7:00 p.m., Dr. Martha Crouch will give a brief presentation on the labeling of GMO foods and lead a discussion on that topic. Following the discussion, 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.

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, Chair
Bloomington Food Policy Council, Inc.
simmonsm@zoho.com
(812)272-2297

Date: 
07/31/13
Time: 
6:30-8:30 PM
Location: 
Winslow Woods Park shelter
Cost: 
FREE

BFPC Quarterly Meeting

You are cordially invited to attend the next quarterly meeting of the Bloomington Food Policy Council at John Galuska's home.  Stephanie Solomon will talk about Mother Hubbard's Cupboard's new facility and plans for the future.  Working Group chairs will give brief reports on their activities.
 
Parking is limited at John's house.  Car pooling and bicycling are encouraged.  Additional parking is available down the street at the City of Bloomington Utilities' parking lot.  This is also shown on the attached map.  Google maps advises that it is a 5 minute walk to John's house from there.
 
There will be a potluck supper at 6:00 p.m. before the meeting starts.  
 
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Date: 
4/18/13
Time: 
6PM potluck, 7PM meeting
Location: 
Miller St. (see map)
Cost: 
Free

Education Working Group Meeting

Our next education working group meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 19, at 5:30 pm in the Monroe County Public Library room 214. We will discuss plans for the next year and upcoming projects.  Anyone is welcome to attend and participate. 

Contact Brian Lloyd at blloyd@backyardclassrooms.com for more information.

Date: 
11/19/2012
Time: 
5:30PM
Location: 
Monroe County Public Library, Room 214
Cost: 
Free

Bloomingfoods Presents an Evening with Dr. Drew Ramsey

Join us for a special dinner, a book signing, and a conversation about food and mood.

"Everything you need for a healthy, happy brain can be found on a farm.  Plants and animals provide the vitamins, minerals, fats, and phytonutrients that are necessary for optimal brain function."

Happiness is a biological event and in order for our brains to fire on all cylinders, they must be properly nourished.  Most books about attaining happiness focus only on improving psychological well-being and your outlook on life.  Dr. Drew Ramsey holds the perspective that the food many of us eat contributes to the soaring rates of mood disorders in this country.  Before we can start changing our outlook, we need to start changing what's on our plates.

Dr. Drew Ramsey, a member-owner of Bloomingfoods, grew up eating from the family garden on a Crawford County, IN farm. He completed his specialty training in adult psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, received an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2000 and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Earlham College.  He is an assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.  Visit http://drewramseymd.com

For more information, call 812-339-4442, ext. 204 or email Jean Kautt, Member Services Coordinator at at memberservices@bloomingfoods.coop

Reservations required by August 24th, email memberservices@bloomingfoods.coop

Date: 
8/28/12
Time: 
5:30PM
Location: 
Bloomingfoods Near West Side, Community Room (316 W. 6th St.)
Cost: 
$35 for dinner and a copy of "The Happiness Diet" OR $15 for dinner only (prepared by Bloomingfoods)
Registration Required

Local Growers' Guild Annual Meeting

As someone interested in local foods, we invite you to join the Local Growers' Guild Board of Directors and Guild Manager for our Annual Meeting. You’ll hear about the new activities of the LGG, such as our fall grower workshops and instructive videos giving you a glimpse of member farms. We'll introduce you to Farm Connect, an online buying club we hope to initiate for LGG members. We’ll also have time to visit with one another, share some food, and take a stroll through the Butler Vineyards. There will be opportunities for you to get involved in our projects too!The LGG Annual Meeting will be take place at 4pm on Sunday, July 15th at Butler Winery (6200 E. Robinson Rd.). Located high above the Bean Blossom Valley, Butler Winery is one of the oldest wineries in Indiana. Wine tasting and light refreshments. If possible, please bring a potluck item and your own dishware.

www.localgrowers.org

Facebook Invite

Date: 
06/15/2012
Time: 
4:00PM
Location: 
Butler Winery (6200 E. Robinson Rd.)
Cost: 
Free, Bring Potluck Item and Your Own Dishware

Sustaining Nature and Your Land Day

Want to learn how to manage your land for nature?

Whether you own ¼ acre or 100 acres, your land can be habitat for an amazing assortment of native plants and animals. Join us for a fun and enlightening day at Flatwoods Park in Monroe County at the first annual Sustaining Nature And Your Land Day (SNAYL Day). SNAYL Day is an outreach of Monroe County - Identify and Reduce Invasive Species (MC-IRIS) to help landowners gain the knowledge and skills to create resilient native habitat that is free of invasive plants.

Session topics include:

  • Rain Gardens – How To Build Your Own
  • Beautiful and Benign Choices for Landscaping
  • Convert Your Lawn to Natives
  • Total Pond Management
  • Tools of the Trade for Invasive Control
  • Deer Resistant Landscaping
  • Back to the Basics: Invasive ID Hike
  • Butterflies – More Than Just Pretty Bugs
  • Talk With The Invasive Control Experts

Free Event - including lunch!

Sponsored by Monroe County Farm Bureau and EcoLogic LLC

RSVP Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/3215322115?ref=ebtn

Date: 
6/2/2012
Time: 
10am-3pm
Location: 
Flatwoods Park (9499 Flatwoods Rd. Ellettsville, IN)
Cost: 
Free and lunch included!
Registration Required

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