It’s time for lunch at Hampshire Dining Commons, known affectionately by students at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst by its nickname “Hamp.” There may be essays to stress over, majors to choose and friends to catch up with later but for now, the most difficult decision for students is choosing whether to fill their stomachs with hand-rolled sushi or vegetarian tacos with fresh guacamole before their next class.
Soon after taking a position as Director of Food Services for Framingham Public Schools in Massachusetts, Brendan Ryan stood in the courtyard of the high school and had an idea. It had recently come to his attention that many students had no idea where food came from; “most suburban youth have no idea how a vegetable grows!” he says.
Ryan looked out across the nearly two-acre courtyard and envisioned a garden that would not only teach students where their food comes from but highlight the importance and deliciousness of healthy eating.Read More »
In celebration of the tenth anniversary of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, the Savvy Women's Alliance recommends this book for it's summer chapter Gatherings.
Envision: you are entering your local chain grocery store. The glass doors slide open and the produce aisle greets you. On your right are avocados from Mexico, bananas from Colombia, and peppers from Israel. You walk further through the market, snatching some rice from Vietnam and beans from India that you plan to throw together into a meal that you will later wash down with Vermont milk.
Now imagine the items sourced from over 100 miles away vanishing. Bye-bye Mexican romaine lettuce and beef sourced from Brazilian cows. What would be left in your shopping cart? Would you panic?Read More »
I’ve been on the receiving end of many an eye roll when people find out that I shop at Whole Foods. You probably rolled your eyes when you saw the title of this blog post. I get it. Whole Foods has a reputation for being pricey. I used to roll my eyes at the mention of it, too. But now I know that Whole Foods is an essential stop when trying to eat organic on budget. Really. I pinkie swear.
Here are my tips for not spending your whole paycheck at Whole Foods Market:
The Red Flag That Shifted Our Future
Stacy Malkan was looking for a story. She was the co-publisher of a monthly newspaper in Colorado, and was looking for something to feature on her next cover. She thought the controversy over the county’s plan to spray pesticides along a popular bike path might fit the bill and decided to attend an informational meeting intended to put the publics’ fears over the spraying to rest. Stacy and the residents at the meeting were treated to a video portraying pesticides as a safe solution to the terrible scourge of weeds. When the film was over and the credits rolled it was evident that the video was produced by chemical companies, including Dow and DuPont.
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“That’s when the yelling started,” says Malkan.
The more you learn about what’s in your food and how it’s grown, the easier it is to question the food you buy at the market each week. Where did it come from? How was it grown? Is it safe for me to eat? Can I afford it? Is the the only option I have to buy food for myself and my family?
Luckily, there are other places you can get your food and get the answers to your food questions. Farm stands and farmers markets are great, local alternatives to buying your produce and meeting the people who grew it. Farm stands and farmers markets are different than buying from your local grocery store, so let’s talk about what each are and how you can prepare and shop for your produce there.Read More »
Infuse Your Inner Ila
Carving cucumbers into caterpillars and making sockets for raisin eyes just wasn't cutting it. I wished to plant genuine-veggie-appreciation in my children but it seemed to be an ongoing battle. It had to be...fun, so I turned to "Ila."
“Ila” as the grandkids call her, is my dad’s wife and she has a way of turning every task into a delight. As a stay-at-home mother of three in the 70s, Pam was a self-professed slob and wrote Sidetracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise," leading her to appearances on the Today Show, Live with Regis, and Oprah. Housework became manageable as she infused her mantra, “Make it fun and it will get done.”
It was time to infuse my inner-Ila to tackle the reputation of veggies. This process had to be fun or it wasn’t going to happen at all. Over time, we found our own path. Here are our favorite four tips-turned-into-good-times from the parenting toolbox.Read More »
If paint nights can become a thing, you know anything centered on food will be a hit.
When it comes to fun, an interactive activity is the name of the game. Start now and plan a Girls Night Gathering during the summer. Host an enjoyable evening where girlfriends learn about canning, and can a few foods just for the hands-on take-home fun.Read More »