Food Justice Workshops and Fresh Stop Training Institute (FSTI)
Last Food Justice Workshop of the Season!
Are Tractors Sexy? Come to the J Thursday night and get the answer to this burning question and others from our Kentucky farmers.
Where: The Jewish Community Center, 3600 Dutchmans Lane
When: Thursday, March 9th, 5:45 to 7:30 PM
What: A round table discussion about organic agriculture in Kentucky
Who: Ben Able (Rootbound Farm) and Joseph Monroe (Ashbourne Farm), Oldham County
Sponsored by New Roots, the Gendler Grapevine Fresh Stop Market @ The J, and the JOFEE Program
Food! Snacks will be available
Bring your kids, your aunt, your sister...we all eat!
RSVP’s appreciated: Ms. Mary, 502-509-6770
Kentucky is primarily an agricultural state. Yet, most of the food we purchase in the supermarkets and eat out at restaurants comes from far away. Much of it is sprayed with chemicals, such as Roundup, that health leaders now believe may cause cancer. See http://www.organicauthority.com/monsanto-denied-request-to-overturn-california-cancer-warning-on-roundup-weed-killer/. The chemical is also considered an endocrine disruptor, which can lead to serious health issues including metabolic disorders, weight gain, type-2 diabetes, and other serious illnesses.
In 2016, New Roots and the Fresh Stop Markets officially moved away from conventionally grown vegetables and toward organically-grown and certified. While we still struggle to access local, organic fruit, 100 percent of the vegetables at our Fresh Stop Markets are organic.
This Food Justice Workshop will bring together eaters and our Fresh Stop Market farm partners—organic, small family farmers—to discuss the world of local organic agriculture. Hear from other shareholders about how eating organic food has changed their lives. Understand why organic farmers grow weird stuff like Bok choy, and why it is so difficult to grow organic corn. Find out more about the Fresh Stop Market movement and how to get involved.
This is the last Food Justice Workshop in the New Roots 2017 season. Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming leadership development workshops…our Fresh Stop Training Institute (known as FSTI, pronounced FEISTY, just like us!
Keep your eye out for the 2017 Fresh Stop Training Institute Schedule
The Fresh Stop Training Institute (FSTI) is a pay-it-forward coaching program focused on developing neighborhood leaders who create, implement, and sustain their own solutions for increasing food security in their communities. Calling on the experiences of seasoned Fresh Stop Market leaders, FSTI sessions cover topics such as price negotiation, ordering, forecasting, community organizing, Microsoft Office/Google Drive, and food stamp certification. These transferable skills will be critical not only for working to build a more just food system in your neighborhood, but also for succeeding in any professional setting.
The next set of FSTI sessions will begin in March 2017. Please check back here for more updates, and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.