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All are welcome to join us at our monthly meetings: 4th Tuesday, 7 pm. Our next meeting will be August 27, 7 pm at the Westgate branch of the Ann Arbor Public Library.








BANISHED - Movie at Friday Fun Night

mules at the wellJoin us on Friday, September 6 to watch this important movie. Dinner starts at 6 pm in Social Hall, movie starts at 7 pm in the FAHs Chapel.

In the stories of black families whose land and livelihood were stolen, the film illustrates the limits of the American legal system and the need for creative forms of repair. By introducing these families and the white communities who forced them out, BANISHED raises the question of responsibility for past wrongs and what is involved in righting them.



Auction Dinner: Pollinators

On a lovely spring evening in Saline, the Mindful Eating Team gathered to serve a lovely dinner to our guests. Each course had a description of "who" pollinated it. Our Master Gardener, Merrill, guided us through this education. Find these recipes here.


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One of our pollinators!   Eileen and Becky   Ricardo, Bill, Guala
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The Busy Bee Mindful Eating Team   Lillian and Kristin   Rebecca and Jim
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Lots of food..   Merrill discusses pollinators while guests eat   Flowers from Merrill's and Bill's gardens
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  Merrill teaching us about pollinators   Gathering in the sunroom with drinks and
appetizers prior to dinner


Food Gatherers Farm Project (Farmer Bill's)

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ring, then it must be time to get ready for Season 8 of the Food Gatherers Farm Project, on the property of Farmer Bill Schmid!

We had a lot of folks show up for The BIG PLANT on Saturday, June 1. Unfortunately, we had a lot of rain and thunderstorms after lunch, so had to knock off early.

Help us catch up for an upcoming time on a Monday or Thursday evening or a Saturday morning. Sign up here: Food Gatherers Farm Project Sign Up

March was CSA Information Month

fbveggies9.10We hosted several farmers at our table in the social hall, discussing their Community-Supported Agriculture Farms.

If you want more information on CSAs, you can attend the CSA Fair on 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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