Food, Faith and Earth Day – Sun, April 3rd, 1-7pm

Food, Faith & Earth Day

Join Sustain Dane on Sunday, April 3 at James Reeb Congregation. 1 pm – 7 pm. Keynoter John Leonard, Professor of Religious Studies at Edgewood, talks about building community through food. Event is free.  Register for the family-style dinner, catered by Underground Food Collective; $12. 

From seder dinners translating tradition and hertiage through generations, to Thanksgiving dinners celebrating annual harvests, food plays practical and symbolic roles in organizing communities around the world. Each year, Sustain Dane coordinates a day-long conference that discusses this central role that food plays in our families, neighborhoods and belief-systems. With speakers and representatives from a wide number of faiths and denominations, the day-long event is complete with panels, workshops, keynote speakers and, of course, a family-styled meal, the Food, Faith & Earth Day is both hands-on as well as inspirational.

1 pm              Doors Open
 1:30 pm            Welcome, Peggy Haack, James Reeb Peace, Justice & Sustainability Group
 1:45 – 2:30      Keynote:  John Leonard, Professor of Religious Studies, Edgewood College
 2:30 – 2:45      Break
 2:45 – 3:45      Panels and Workshops
 Panel I:   Growing Awareness and Action:  From offering program on the care of the Earth to creating “Green Teams,” a movement towards sustainable practice in our congregations, homes, schools and communities often starts as one idea and one person.  Our panelists provide reflections, thoughts and suggestions about how to build community and congregational support for sustainability programs. Moderated by Kara Slaughter, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish
Panelists:  Sara Roberts, Orchard Ridge UCC; Rev. Marshall Norman, Unity of Madison; Huda Alkaff, Islamic Environmental Group of Wisconsin; Nico, West High student
Workshop A:  Canning and Jarring:  Does your garden yield than you can cook and eat?  Wouldn’t you love to open jars of your own healthy soups, meats, pickles, fruits,and vegetables next winter?  Food preservation is easier than you think, and you can save money all year-round if you learn to can, dry, freeze and pickle.   Come learn what your options are, what equipment you’ll need, and basic instructions.  You’ll also learn where to go for more hands-on instruction.  Presenter:  Phyllis Hasbrouck, Fitchburg Fields
 Workshop B:  Growing Community One Person at a Time:  Frustrated by a lack of participation in your faith community?  Looking for new volunteers with a passion for social justice issues?  Consider looking at methods that have proven successful in community organizing: one-to-one relationship building.  Presenter:  Rev. Tisha Brown, Pastor, Community of Hope and Steering Committee Member, Dane County United
 3:45 – 4:15      Break
 4:15 – 5:15      Panel and Workshops
 Panel II:  Planting Seeds, Growing Community:  Planting and caring for community gardens and sharing the harvest with neighbors and food pantries has proven to be a wonderful community building experience. Our panelists talk specifically about the role that food plays in building community and outreach. Moderator: Winton Boyd, Orchid Ridge United Church of Christ
 Panelists: Jill McLeod, Madison Christian Community; Tom Parslow, Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens; Joe Mingle, Manager, Salvation Army Community Center in Darbo-Worthington neighborhood; Kim Neuschel, Public Health Nurse, Public Health Madison and Dane County
Workshop:  The Eat Local Challenge:  Are you finding it difficult to find enough variety as you increase your consumption of locally produced foods?  Where can you expect to find truly local produce?  What are the challenges to big box distributors when looking to represent local sources?  Presenter:  Megan Blodgett, Willy Street Coop
 5:15 – 5:30      Break
 5:30                 Convocation, John Leonard
 5:30-7              Dinner, catered by Underground Food Collective


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