Bloomington Food Policy Council

The Food Revolution: Elitist or Essential?

"The Food Revolution: Elitist or Essential?" a panel discussion. Is the local food movement an elitist phenomenon? How is our community helping low income citizens gain access to healthy local food? What are the barriers and what more can be done? Join panelists Julio Alonso of the Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Marcia Veldman of the Bloomington Community Farmers Market, Tim Clougher of Community Kitchen, Stephanie Solomon of Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, and Brandi Smith formerly of the Hoosier Hills Food Bank Garden Program and former emergency assistance recipient for a discussion about access to local food for low income citizens in the Bloomington area. Prepared questions surrounding issues regarding the availability of local food in the regional area will be addressed, along with time for public Q&A.

Part of the 2011 Lifelong Learning Week: Food for Thought.

Date: 
9/13/11
Time: 
7pm-8:30pm
Location: 
MCPL Meeting Room 1B
Cost: 
Free

Big Red Eats Green: A Festival Celebrating Local Food

Co-sponsored by Indiana University, the Indiana Memorial Union, IU’s Office of Sustainability, and Slow Food Bloomington, the festival will offer attendees opportunities to sample a variety of foods prepared by local restaurants that support local farms and food producers, including BLU Boy Chocolate Café and Cakery, Bloomingfoods, Dunn Meadow Café, Feast, Finch’s Brasserie, Happy Pig, Laughing Planet, Lennie’s, Nick’s English Hut, Pizza X, Restaurant Tallent, and Upland Brewing Company. Food selections emphasize ingredients that are in season and locally grown and will cost $1, $2, or $3. Campus and community groups will be present to offer information on their missions, including Bloomington Food Policy Council, Hoosier Hills Food Bank, IU Food Studies, IU Office of Sustainability, Local Growers Guild, and Slow Food IU. For further information, contact Christine Barbour barbour@indiana.edu.

Part of the 2011 Lifelong Learning Week: Food for Thought.

Date: 
9/14/11
Time: 
3pm-6pm
Location: 
Dunn Meadow
Cost: 
Free

America’s Food System: A Cause for Concern, a Time for Action

“America’s Food System: A Cause for Concern, a Time for Action,” a free talk by Mark Winne of the National Food Security Coalition, author of Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin' Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture and Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty, in the Duke Energy Room of the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center. Boxcar Books will host a sale of Mark Winne’s books and a book signing by the author at the event.

Part of the 2011 Lifelong Learning Week: Food for Thought.

Date: 
9/15/11
Time: 
7pm-8:15pm
Location: 
Duke Energy Room of the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center
Cost: 
Free

Urban Agriculture Tour

Join our free Urban Agriculture Tour to find out what three homeowners in Bloomington are doing to produce food for themselves and our community. Sponsored by Bloomington Commission on Sustainability, the tour will meet in the upper parking lot at the YMCA at 2125 S. Highland Ave. From there we will take a bus to Ann Kreilkamp's neighborhood garden, Dave Parkhurst's permaculture garden and Nathan Harmon's urban farm, ending at the Bloomington Community Orchard. Please bring water and a hat. Although the tour is free, we ask that participants preregister by emailingUrbanAgTour@gmail.com. Site descriptions are below.

Ann Kreilkamp's garden:
The Green Acres Neighborhood Garden, started by Ann Kreilkamp in the yard of a house which she owns next door to her own home in 2009, is worked by volunteers from the neighborhood, who are then welcome to harvest its vegetable bounty. The garden has been the site for numerous permaculture workshops on various aspects of food production, as well as a demonstration site for Melissa Clark's SPEA classes in sustainability.

Dave Parkhurst's garden:
My operation lies at the “small” end of urban agriculture, being a 25x40 foot garden with a variety of vegetables. Special features include raised beds to deal with drainage problems in my heavy clay soil, and a drip irrigation system fed from a thousand-gallon tank that fills from roof runoff. Yields are more than sufficient for us, and the surplus goes to Mother Hubbard's Cupboard.

Nathan Harmon's farm:
We have a fairly big fenced polyculture garden, a 45 tree orchard, and a shiitake mushroom building I'd like to show, in addition to compost systems, a cob oven, and a little slip-straw cottage which always elicit a lot of interest.

The Bloomington Community Orchard:
Bloomington Community Orchard is an organization devoted to growing fruit for the community to share and enjoy. The publicly owned orchard is maintained entirely by volunteers and the harvest is available to everyone in the community.

Part of the 2011 Lifelong Learning Week: Food for Thought.

Date: 
9/17/11
Time: 
1pm-3:30pm
Location: 
Meet at YMCA at 2125 S Highland Ave
Cost: 
Free
Registration Required

I Dream of Zucchini: BFPC Benefit Show

Regina Sweet's "I Dream of Zucchini" Burlesque Benefit Show for the Bloomington Food Policy Council at Rachael’s Café. Ages 18 and over.

Part of the 2011 Lifelong Learning Week: Food for Thought.

Date: 
9/17/11
Time: 
9pm-11pm
Location: 
Rachael’s Café 300 E. 3rd St.
Cost: 
$9

Bloomington Food Policy Council explained at next Green Drinks

Founding members of the Bloomington Food Policy Council will be featured presenters at the next Green Drinks Bloomington meeting Wednesday at the Upland Brewing Co. banquet facility at 350 W. 11th St.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and from 6-6:30 p.m., Stephanie Solomon and Michael Simmons will discuss the role of the Food Policy Council and its potential impact upon the community.

Green Drinks is a monthly networking event for the local environmental community. It is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. A donation of $5 is suggested; some food is provided. Learn more about Green Drinks at www.greendrinks.org.

Date: 
6/22/11
Time: 
6pm-6:30pm
Location: 
Upland Brewing Co. Banquet Facility
Cost: 
$5 donation
Attendees must be 21+

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