Celebrate Food Day: October 24th 2012

Food Day is “a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food, and powered by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders, organizations, and people from all walks of life.” It takes place annually on October 24 to address issues ranging from health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. Several priorities provide the common ground for the the food movement and simultaneous events nationwide:

Last year, we celebrated in conjunction with the Public Health Garden’s First Annual Harvest Festival. This year we would like to encourage our friends and family to take the Eat Real Quiz and spend a little time reflecting on your score. Were you surprised by the positive or negative impact of certain aspects of your diet? Were there any categories that you scored poorly in that could easily be improved?

While the ultimate goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies, we think it is also about raising personal awareness. Vote with your fork!

Honoring Farmworkers: A Celebration of Cesar Chavez

The Accokeek Foundation, Rural Coalition, and Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission co-present the 2012 Food Justice Series. The Series kicks off this Thursday, March 29th, at 6:00pm at Cesar Chavez Prep with “Honoring Farmworkers: A Celebration of Cesar Chavez,” which includes a brief film screening and discussion with members of the Chavez Family.

This four-part presentation of the Robert Ware Straus Lecture Series brings together farmers, policy advocates, community leaders, faith- and government-based initiatives focusing on building local, equitable and sustainable food systems. Topics include a celebration of the legacy of Cesar Chavez, farmworker justice, food access in Southern Maryland, and young and beginning farmers as well as a look at our diverse ancestral farming in this region.