You can do it ALL this Sunday!


Friends:

You can do it all this Sunday!

You’ve probably heard that there’s a big event going on about food at SteelStacks…   Taste: a celebration of farms and food.   This is a great opportunity to support local farms and local food between noon and 4 p.m.  Lynn Prior of Buy Fresh Buy Local has been working hard to make this a fantastic experience and we encourage you to support it.

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In concert with this event, for those who understand that there are issues with our food systems and appreciate the power of personal narrative to move mountains, RenewLV has been working with Northampton Community College to organize a community conversation on the topic of food, “Getting into the Kitchen.”

We believe that open-hearted story-telling in a safe space among people of different cultural backgrounds is critical to building relationships, increasing empathy, creating community healing and ultimately solving our most challenging community problems.  Joining us for this next discussion is a proactive step that you can take in this direction.  After past discussions like this, participants have said that they connected to people and made new friends.  Please join us on Sunday.

Please reserve your seat today at http://tinyurl.com/zklsn8t 

The aim of this discussion is to collect “Food Stories” rich with the flavors and textures of your family and culture.

The community conversation will take place from 12:15 to 2 p.m., with registration starting at noon at the NCC Fowler Center at 511 E. 3rd Street, Bethlehem — just a block from the Taste event!

You can do both.  You can do it all.

Come join us at the Fowler Center at noon, for the guided conversation about food, family, community and culture.  Then head over to the Taste event.

Our discussion is part of a six-month project, Food in the Public Square,, an exploration of the local food supply coordinated by Northampton Community College in conjunction with RenewLV, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Hispanic Center, BuyFresh,BuyLocal Lehigh Valley, and the Penn State Agricultural Extension.unnamed (1)

As such, we are collecting “Food Stories” from people like you.   We think you have a story and we’d love to hear it.

All participants will have their story captured with a audio recorder.   Some will be captured by video.  If you’re wondering what this might look like…here are three short (60-90 second) videos of Food Stories from the last event:

Marylou Seixas from the Southside of Bethlehem spoke about cross-generational cooking.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZq0GoWA8E0

CACLV’s own Javier Torros shared his insight regarding food and cultural preservation.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_02xPtkMLI

As many of you know, food access and security are issues with too many people in the Lehigh Valley.  Hasshan Batts, social worker and inspirational speaker “Coach Batts” shared his thoughts on the topic.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hIVAEXCCoY

We want to hear the “Food Stories” most precious to you, your family, your community and your culture.  After the event a team of scholars from area colleges and universities will see how your story fits within the larger intellectual conversations focusing on food policy and food justice.  That’s when the mountains can start to move.

Please join us at noon at the Fowler Center and then come to the Taste event at nearby SteelStacks.  Other food related activities you can enjoy after the discussion include cooking demonstrations, tastings, children’s activities, the screening of two movies:  “What’s on Your Plate”( 2 p.m.) and “Plant This Movie” (3:45), as well as “Food Poetics” workshops led by award-winning poet Marilyn Hazelton for both children and adults.  It’s going to be fun!

There is no charge for the community conversation, but space is limited.  Reserve your spot today:  http://tinyurl.com/zklsn8t

Native Spanish-speaking individuals who feel more comfortable speaking in their native tongue will be able to share their stories in Spanish as we will have native Spanish-speaking table hosts.

Refreshments will be served, thanks to donations by Giant and Fresh Market grocery stores.

If you want to learn more about this project, go to the website at: Food in the Public Square – The Collective Human Experience

Posted on July 21, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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