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All are welcome to join us at our monthly meetings: 4th Tuesday, 7 pm. Our next meeting will be March 26, 7 pm at the church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plant-Powered Family Potluck

Please join us for our Vegan Potluck Saturday, April 6, 2019 in the Fahs Chapel from noon-2PM at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor (4001 Ann Arbor Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48013).
Please bring a plant-based vegan dish without meat, fish, eggs, dairy, honey, or other animal products. Enjoy the company of fellow mindful eaters, share information, and eat delicious food! Please bring your own table service and serving tools.
**If you bring a non-vegan friend or family member, you will be entered into a raffle for a $20.00 gift card to Vege Café  or a $20.00 gift card to Meijer.**
Questions? Contact Sheila Sanders This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

March is CSA Information Month!

fbveggies9.10Stop by the Mindful Eating table between services on March 10, 17, and 24th and meet farmers who offer CSA shares (Community-supported Agriculture).
With a CSA you pay an up-front fee, which gives the farmer the resources to buy their seeds and other materials, and once the crops start coming in, you share in the bounty! Our area is rich with these farms.

If you want a wider selection of CSA farmers to talk to all at once, attend one of these CSA fairs:
March 17 in Chelsea
March 24 in Ann Arbor
April 20 at Ann Arbor Farmers Market

 

The Future of Washtenaw County: Farms and Open Space

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On Feb. 26th, 2019, we had a wonderful group of speakers: Ginny Trocchio, Superintendant of Park Planning and Natural Areas, Washtenaw County Parks & Rec. Commission; Larry Doll, local farmer and board member of the Legacy Land Conservancy; new farmer, Hannah Rose Weber of the Land Loom; Kathy Sample of Argus Farm Stop; and Remy Long of the Greenbelt program.

Thanks so much to the Ann Arbor District Library, Westgate Branch, for being such good hosts. And thanks to the great crowd, with many interesting questions.

 

 

 

Seeds of Change:

Incarcerated Women and Youth; Adult Ex-Offenders Find Purpose in Gardening

On Friday, November 9Mindful Eating hosted a panel discussion about the powerful changes that take place when incarcerated or formerly incarcerated people nurture plants through gardening. The panel discussion featured:

  • Melvin Parson, founder of "We the People Growers Association" in Ypsilanti, whose goal is to provide jobs for men and women who are reintegrating into the community after incarceration.
  • Emily Griswold, Director of the Chelsea Farmer's Market. She has connected with youth in the Jackson County Youth Center through yoga, meditation and gardening.
  • Ellen Baron, Vocational Horticulture Instructor at the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility. She teaches entry-level horticulture skills
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Ellen Baron   Emily Griswold   Melvin Parson

 

Wasted: The Story of Food Waste

foodWasteMovieAs part of the UUAA Friday Fun Night, the Mindful Eating Team, in conjunction with Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice (ICPJ) presented this acclaimed movie with discussion following. Did you know that 40% of the food produced in the U.S. goes to waste? Through the eyes of famous chefs, we saw how they make the most of every kind of food, transforming what might be considered scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system. 

 

Mardi Gras Murder Mystery Auction Dinner

Saturday, July 27th, the Mindful Eating crew cooked and served the lucky 13 auction winners at a murder mystery at the home of Cathy & Mike Muha. We enjoyed New Orleans style food. The governor (John Russell) was murdered when the lights went out! Then the other guests set out to solve "who done it". Don't worry, John came back to life as the groundskeeper and helped solve the mystery. Here are some pictures of the evening.

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