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Food Conference Sunday March 9th 2014
Exhibitors Added Below!
Discover Food: Explore, Experience, Engage, EmpowerSunday March 9th, 2014 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
At the Coach Barn of Duke Farms,
80 Route 206, Hillsborough, NJ
BoroGreen is pleased to announce its sustainable food conference, entitled
DISCOVER FOOD: Explore, Experience, Engage, Empower. The first ever local conference exploring the slow food concept and food empowerment will be at the Coach Barn of Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey on March 9, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
Keynote speakers will share powerful information on the health and environmental benefits of using locally produced foods, how this practice strengthens the local economy, and what everyone can do to become more proactive about the food they eat.
Attendees will also be treated to exhibits and tastings provided by local restaurants and food producers, including: Agricola Restaurant, Applegate Organic Meats, Basil Bandwagon, Beechtree Farms, Double Brook Farm, Dogwood Farms, Exo Protein Bars, Foodergies & Food Family Health, Fulper Farms, Lima Farms, Mallery’s Grazin’ Meats, Norz Hill Farm & Market, Rawfully Tempting, Shibumi Farms and Von Thun’s Country Farm Market.
The program will begin with opening remarks by Michael Catania, Executive Director of Duke Farms.
Keynote speakers are Slow Food activist, Jim Weaver, chef/owner of Tre Piani Restaurant in Princeton and author of Locavore Adventures: One Chef’s Slow Food Journey, and Melina Macall, "The Food Activist": Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University, Founder Boxed Organics, Guerrilla Gardening Montclair, Advisor Veggiecation, Harvesting Hope (Madre).
Various aspects of sustainable food will be explored, from socially responsible consumption, backyard food production and food activism to carbon footprint and local food infrastructure. The conference will conclude with hands-on workshops.
Pre-registration and prepayment of $10.00 is required, and space is limited to the first 100 attendees. For more information contact Heidi Cyr at email@example.com
Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/discover-food-tickets-10444412519
Sponsored by BoroGreen, Duke Farms, Sustainable Montgomery, and Sustainable Jersey
Maximum capacity of the Coach Barn is up to 100 participants. Tickets are limited.
Non-perishable, healthy food donations for the local food banks are welcome!
Download the flyer (pdf)
Download the press release (pdf)
Participating Exhibitors at Food Conference 2014:
Blue Moon Acres
Brick Farm Market & Double Brook Farm
Foodergies & Food Family Health
Norz Hill Farm & Market
Shibumi Farm, cooked by Agricola Restaurant
Summer Field Trips 2013Our monthly meeting goes on the road! Join us in our summer field trips:
Lima Family Farms! Friday August 16
Our cows, pigs, sheep, laying hens, chickens and turkeys all live on pasture and are moved to fresh pasture on a regular basis. Grazing poultry and cows on the same pastures with adequate rest between grazing cycles has rewarded us with lush pastures without the use of synthetic fertilizers or chemicals.
Lima Farms field trip details:Friday August 16 at 6 p.m.
Lima Farms 826 Amwell Road http://limafamilyfarms.com/farm-store/
The Lima family will supply their burgers, bring side dishes to share, and wear comfortable shoes to tour the sheep, chicken, and cow pastures, and their bountiful gardens.
Family owned and operated farmer’s market offering natural poultry, beef and pork, organic seasonal vegetables, and eggs.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can ensure enough supplies.
Bees! Saturday July 20
Pier Guidi, Hillsboroughs own local beekeeper will welcome us at 2pm and talk about the biology of bees, their importance for our ecology and economy and open a bee hive and inspect the inner workings. We will also touch on colony collapse disorder and the disappearance of honey bees.
Hillsborough’s green activities by local residentsA local video project to celebrate Earth Month by the Hillsborough High School Interact Club, National Arts Honor Society and BoroGreen demonstrates various things Hillsborough residents do to help the environment. Through the Hillsborough Patch, by email or by using BoroGreen’s Facebook page, Hillsborough residents contributed 30 photos, 11 comments, 13 Facebook likes, and 2 tweets of their activities . Hillsborough High School Interact Club member Zoe Zylowski compiled these into the slide-video below to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, 2013. It’s very encouraging to see the impact we make in our corner of the world. THANK YOU EVERYONE!
Some Earth Day 2013 activities to consider:
Earth Day, Monday April 22 1:30 p.m. Raritan Valley Community College in the College CenterClimate Reality presentation by Nadine Kadell Sapirman at Raritan Valley Community College in the College Center at 1:30pm. It is open to the public.
Nadine is a local Hillsborough Climate Leader, trained by the Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project in 2012.
Earth Day, Monday April 22 3:30 p.m. Cook Campus Center - MPR CThis Earth Day, Author and global warming activist Mike Tidwell, a hurricane expert, will discuss how extreme energy extraction methods -- tar sands oil, mountaintop removal for coal, fracking for natural gas, and deepwater drilling for oil-- are increasingly driving the extreme weather events now besieging America, from droughts to Hurricane Sandy. He will also explain how common sense energy development in the mid-Atlantic region can help provide climate solutions, from electric cars to offshore wind power along the Jersey shore.
Earth Day, Monday April 22 6:00 p.m. Douglass Campus Center - Trayes Hall(Thin Ice) Panel and Dinner 8:00 p.m. (Switch) Rutgers Initiative on Climate and Society:
Thin Ice a geologist and now film-maker shows us how scientists come to know what they know about the global climate change. A panel of our own Rutgers climate scientists will join us after the screening and provide context for this film over dinner.
Switch, a look at the changing energy landscape. This film promises it is an "agenda-free energy documentary, embraced across political lines."
What is BoroGreen?BoroGreen is a loosely knit community of residents, businesses, congregations and likeminded organizations who want to contribute to a more sustainable community in and around Hillsborough, NJ. The goals of this self-governing organization are:
- to help members understand how to adopt sustainable practices and encourage others in the community by partnering with organizations, businesses, experts and government.
- to provide a communication network for people who believe that sustainability should become the norm.
- coordinate with other interest groups that share the same or similar goals.
Who are BoroGreen members?People from all walks of life are growing aware of the vital importance of our environment. BoroGreen is a reflection of this natural diversity and membership is open to all.
But what do you DO?We work and learn together to build a sustainable Hillsborough.
Our diversity naturally means our interests and commitments vary:
We learn and share information about:
- ways to save energy through home assessments and energy auditing
- installing solar panels
- geothermal energy use
- finding and using alternative green energy providers
- reducing our fossil-fuel dependency
- water management and lawn care
- minimizing our encroachment on nature
- the beauty of our natural surroundings
- programs and grants available for those needing assistance to weatherize their homes to make alternative energy sources available to all
- to provide extracurricular environmental education (TEACH)
- support mentoring programs in schools to energize and educate the future sustainable workforce and to teach leadership in energy efficiency
- get kids and youth more aware and more involved in ways to be more sustainable
- growing organic produce at our experimental community garden at Duke Farms
- through hands-on composting workshops
- planting rain gardens to reduce run-off
- walking and biking our kids to school
- provide a central point around which we can work together
- encourage neighborhood groups and task forces on a wide range of sustainability topics
- try to unify the various stake-holders (business, government, media) toward sustainability
- have monthly BoroGreen meetings, task force get-togethers, dinners, coffee, fellowship.