Potato Day at Grade A Gardens, April 23

Want to help stock local food pantries with local produce? Join Farmer Jordan at Grade A Gardens next Sunday, April 23, and help plant potatoes!

Here’s the Potato Planting ‘Party’ info:

When: Sunday, April 23
11-2 PM

Where: Grade A Gardens
9050 NW 62nd Ave
Johnston, IA 50131

What / Whom: We need about 10 people to help plant potatoes — although Jordan says he’d gladly take “up to 20 volunteers, it just means we will be done sooner.”

Why? Food security is a concern for many families in our community. Local organizations that help to feed the hungry, and help stock the pantries of families in need, are always in need of fresh produce to share with their clients. Slow Food Des Moines is working with Grade A gardens this season to plant and harvest a small potato crop to help meet this need.

How: Volunteers can sign up in advance by contacting Jordan directly:
P: 515-554-4306
E: GradeAGardens@gmail.com

Be prepared to get dirty! Wear old jeans and shoes that you do not mind getting very muddy. Watch the weather forecast! We will not be planting if it is raining.

Light refreshments and a snack provided.

More information and the most current updates about the event is on the Slow Food Des Moines Facebook page.

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April 17: Kitchen Takeover at IHYC

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Volunteer with us, Monday, April 17, as we feed the youth for the day at the Iowa Homeless Youth Center (IHYC) in downtown Des Moines.

Slow Food Des Moines is taking over IHYC’s kitchen at 612 Locust Street for the day, from 8 am – 6:30 pm.

Volunteers are needed for three 2-1/2 to 3-hour time slots:

  • 3 people Morning  7:30am – 10am
  • 3 people Lunch  11:30am – 2pm
  • 3 people Dinner 3pm – 6:30pm

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Slow Food Soup Potluck February 19

We’re cooking up an instant (lol) get-together next weekend: just add friends (and some soup).

The Slow Food Des Moines annual Winter Soup Potluck is coming up Sunday, February 19, at the Cherry Glen Learning Farm.

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Time: 3 – 5 pm

Bring: a dish to share (it’s a soup potluck, but it can be whatever you’d like to share – bread, cheese and crackers, fruit and veg, desserts all taste great with soup)

Also bring: bowls, flatware, serving utensils, beverages

We’ll provide: water, iced tea, and coffee

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Permaculture Classes at Cherry Glen

Slow Food Des Moines board members Sue and Ray Meylor are hosting a series of Permaculture classes over the next several weeks. Permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems which are intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.

permaculture-news-geometric-what-is-permaculture-900x900Taught by Jeff Reiland of Abundant Design Iowa, the classes are on Thursdays from 6:00-8:00 pm at Cherry Glen Learning Farm, 3989 NW 94th Ave., Polk City, IA.

Class Schedule
Session  1,  February 9,  Permaculture Ethics, Principles & Observation
Session 2, February  16,  Site Assessment & Energy Flow
Session 3, February 23, Plant Propagation Techniques
Session 4, March 16, Contours, Earthworks & Water Catchment
Session 5, March 23, Site Prep, Building Soil & Sheet Mulch
Session 6, March 30, Design Presentations & Discussions
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Announcing the Slow Food Nations Conference

slowfoodnations-logoSlow Food Nations is a national Slow Food event that will gather leaders and eaters, farmers and chefs, educators and families for a weekend of tastings, tours and talks, July 14 – 16, 2017.

Organizers say that over those three days, the host city, Denver, “will become the center of the North American food universe.”

Eating, drinking, and learning. The Slow Food Nations conference will include culinary workshops, seminars, dinners, tours, informal eating and drinking, and a Festival of Flavors marketplace.

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Food Tank: Twelve Organizations Promoting Urban Agriculture Around the World

new_crops-chicago_urban_farmFood Tank, a US organization which advocates for changes in the food system, shared their recent article, “Twelve Organizations Promoting Urban Agriculture Around the World.”

Why care about urban agriculture? Allyn Rosenberger, the author of the article, cites figures from the Resource Center on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF) Foundation predicting that by 2020, 85 percent of the poor in Latin America, and about 40 to 45 percent of the poor in Africa and Asia will be concentrated in towns and cities.

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Slow Food USA ‘Give What You Can’ Day, November 29

SLow-Food-USA-come-to-the-tableMembers are the lifeblood of Slow Food USA and leaders in the food movement.

We want membership to be accessible for all, so on Tuesday, November 29, you’re invited to join Slow Food USA for ANY amount!*

Your donation to Slow Food USA helps the national organization to carry out its mission: to inspire individuals and communities to change the world through food that is good, clean and fair for all.

When you make your one-time donation to Slow Food USA, please be sure to scroll down the page and select Iowa – Des Moines as your local chapter.

Designating Des Moines as your local Slow Food chapter helps in two ways: 1) we’ll be sure to have your e-mail address, so that we can send you the Slow Food Des Moines monthly e-newsletter; and 2) we need to maintain a roster of at least twenty-five current, paying members in order to maintain our Slow Food USA chapter status.
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