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9th Annual World On Your Plate Forum To Be Held Saturday, October 13

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm

The 9th Annual World on Your Plate food forum kicks off Friday, October 12 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and continues Saturday, October 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Daemen College’s Charles J. Wick center, 4380 Main Street, Amherst.

Friday night begins with a screening of, “Farmageddon,” the documentary that highlights the plight of the American family farm, the urgency for food freedom, the importance of taking action to preserve individuals’ rights to access safe food of and farmers’ rights to produce these foods safely. Viewers will enjoy movie treats provided by local bakeries, vendors and caterers. A moderated discussion will follow the film.

Saturday’s program includes two exciting guest presenters. At 9 am, Brendan Brazier, will begin the day with his keynote address. Brazier is one of only a few professional athletes in the world whose diet is 100 percent plant-based. He’s a professional Ironman triathlete, bestselling author of The Thrive Diet and creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called Vega. Recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on plant-based nutrition, Brazier is a guest lecturer at Cornell University and teaches an eCornell course called The Plant-Based Diet and Elite Athleticism.

Following the first workshop session of the day, and a delicious, healthy, locally-grown organic lunch, Mark Kastel, Co-director of the Cornucopia Institute will present. The Cornicopia Institute is dedicated to supporting the ecological principles and economic wisdom underlying sustainable and organic agriculture and provides research and information to consumers, family farmers, and the media. Mr. Kastel has played a key role in a number of cooperative ventures designed to empower farmers in the marketplace and his development work has focused on creating sustainable farmer-owned businesses with an emphasis on dairy production and marketing.

World On Your Plate offers participants their choice of three workshop sessions on Saturday including Cooking demos; What you need to know about GMO’s; Raw Chocolate; Superfoods; Japanese Gardens as Event Spaces; The Yoga of Food, Dirty, Sexy Greens; Homepathy; Hydrofracking in NYS; Sprouting; Natural Pet Wellness and more!

In addition, WOYP offers a Saturday Youth Conference: World In Your Backyard, a full-day of interactive, informative, and inspiring workshops for youth, ages 10 to 16.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn about sustainable and healthy living practices and will be encouraged to go local, think global and be healthy. The Youth Program will also include attending the World on Your Plate conference to hear keynote speaker Brendan Brazier, as well as attending cooking classes and workshops with Dave Bauer, president of Sustainable Earth Solutions, Inc. and Mary Hughes, Naturalist with the Tifft Nature Preserve, who will present, “Wild Edibles.”

 World on Your Plate concludes with a social hour for people to network, discuss the day and enjoy the entertaining music of the popular AW Jazz Quartet as well as more tasty, local food, cider and snacks.

 Cost is $25 for adults who pre-register and $30 at the door. Youth are admitted free with a paying adult. Students with ID are admitted free but must pre-register. Registration includes Friday night film and food and Saturday programs, organic lunch, and ongoing access to local vendors and information tables.

This is an event that will appeal to people who are passionate about locally grown and raised food, health, sustainability and other food and farming issues.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Jordana Halpern at

Post courtesy of Jordana Halpern

First Earth Bowl Festival To Take Place Saturday, June 30 In Grand Island, NY

In Uncategorized on June 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

The first Earth Bowl Festival will take place Saturday, June 30, 4-7 pm, overlooking the scenic Niagara River, at the Riverside Salem United Church of Christ Environmental Cottage on Grand Island, NY. The afternoon features music by local singers Nan Hoffman, Joe Tumino and the Bloodthirsty Vegans. There will be food demos, film screenings, plant sale, games, family activities and more. People will be invited to walk the unique Labyrinth that is marked by rocks from around the world, enjoy woodland trails, and visit the only Straw Bale building on Grand Island, constructed with green materials such as earth, straw, sand, bamboo, wood and recycled glass.

A delicious, vegetarian dinner including entrees, salads, breads and desserts, with vegan, wheat free and dairy free options will be served in beautifully designed, hand-thrown artisan bowls, created by potter George Schaeffer and six local potters. Once the meal has ended, the bowls will be sent home with diners who can continue to enjoy using them.

Earth Bowl Festival is a fundraiser to help support the 9th annual World on Your Plate, a community food forum that seeks to restore the earth by promoting sustainability for farmers, farm workers, and consumers alike; advance education and action on issues of food safety, security, and sovereignty; and create a table where all are welcome. World on Your Plate takes place October 12 and 13 at Daemen College in Amherst, NY and will feature keynote speakers Mark Kastel, Co-Director of the Cornucopia Institute, the country’s premier industry watchdog, as well as Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathalete and creator of Vega nutritional foods.

Tickets for the event are $40/adult, and includes dinner, concert, all activities and games, and a unique bowl. Children under 12 may attend for $10, but no bowl is included. The concert begins at 4 p.m., and dinner will be served around 5:00 p.m. The church is located at 3449 West River Road and parking is available along the road.

For more information, contact June Licence at 716-773-1426 or or Eveline Hartz at 716-741-8815 or

To reserve your space, send payment by check to RSUCC and indicate WOYP – Earth  Bowl on the memo line. Please send payment to RSUCC, PO Box 207, Grand Island, 14072-0207.

Post courtesy of  Jordana Halpern Geist