4-23-2015 – Thaddeus Jett: “Nutrient Dense Gardening”

On Thursday, 4/23/2015, 7pm, Thaddeus Jett will do a presentation on “Nutrient Dense Gardening” at the United Steelworkers Hall, Bethlehem.

This presentation of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of The Weston A. Price Foundation®  is our Earth Day event.

Thaddeus Jett has made it his priority to build up the soil naturally and safely. He started farming using organic methods in 2006 and has since learned how to farm with more than 20 different organic micro nutrients. Farmer Thad grows produce 52 weeks a year using high tunnels. His main concern at all times of year is growing the highest quality, nutrient dense food to nourish your body and soul. His farm is one of the produce farms at the Easton Farmers’ Market.

Thaddeus Jett
Jett’s Produce
87 Ridge Road
Telford PA 18969

Also at the meeting: local producers may bring grass-fed / organic / biodynamic products for sampling or sale – check out their tables before & after the presentation (doors open at 6:30pm) – and bring your coolers! Books & Videos will be available.

10/23/14 – Mark Smallwood: “Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change”

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, Mark Smallwood, Executive Director, Rodale Institute, will discuss: “Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: Building healthy soil can reverse climate change” at the United Steelworkers Hall, Bethlehem. Doors open at 6:30pm. The presentation begins at 7. Free admission (donations invited). Ample on-site parking lot is accessible from Center St (at the equivalent of 316 Center St, if you’re googling).
About this presentation:
Folks at Rodale Institute have noticed something significant about recent climate change reports, whether from large international organizations or small agricultural research stations alike. They have suddenly changed direction. Dire warnings and costly initiatives for slowing it down have given way to reports on how to deal with what is already coming to pass: warmer agricultural regions, super weeds, and extreme weather events like droughts and floods.
But Rodale Institute asserts that our food supply and our farmers, both affected by and so often contributors to climate change, could also be our salvation. Climate chaos seems overwhelming and unsolvable, but Rodale’s new position paper, “Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming“, explains how we can begin reversing the destructive trend today.
On October 1st, their Executive Director “Coach” Mark Smallwood started his 162 mile walk, from the Rodale Institute to Washington DC, to hand deliver the Rodale research to United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. On the heels of the Climate March in New York City, this walk is the next step in bringing widespread public attention to the benefits of regenerative organic agriculture in reversing climate chaos. Rodale Institute will use this opportunity to encourage Congress to create legislation that helps farmers transition to organic and supports existing organic farmers.
Mark Smallwood, Executive Director of the Rodale Institute, will discuss all this as the featured presentation of the October 2014 quarterly meeting of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of The Weston A. Price Foundation. Co-sponsors of this presentation: Alliance for Sustainable Communities-Lehigh Valley; GMO Free PA-Lehigh Valley Chapter. 
Also at the event: 
Local producers may bring grass-fed, organic, and/or biodynamic products for sampling or sale. Attendees can check out the produce tables before and after the presentation (bring your coolers!). Books & videos will also be available.
About Mark Smallwood: 
Coach has been dedicated to promoting organic agriculture, environmental stewardship, efficiency and conservation for over thirty years. He is a long-time organic farmer and biodynamic gardener, raising chickens, goats, sheep and pigs, and driving his own team of oxen.
As Executive Director of Rodale Institute, Coach has focused his efforts on training a new generation of organic farmers. In partnership with Delaware Valley College, the Institute hosts a one-year organic farming certification program designed for military veterans. In addition, Coach began the Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) program at Rodale Institute which brings fresh, high-quality organic food to underserved communities and provides an intensive training program for new or established farmers.
Coach has expanded research efforts at Rodale Institute to explore the connection between soil, food and health. He brought heritage livestock back to Rodale Institute’s 333-acre farm, created a Honeybee Conservancy to train and steward backyard bee keepers, and launched “Your 2 Cents,” a national campaign to support and promote new organic farmers.
Prior to joining Rodale Institute, Coach served as the Mid-Atlantic Green Mission Specialist and Local Forager at Whole Foods Market, and was the first Environmental Coordinator at MOM’s Organic Market. As his nickname suggests, Coach was also a public school educator and basketball coach.

4/24/14 Allison Czapp on “The Local Food Economy”

This presentation will review findings of the recently published Assessment Report: Lehigh Valley Local Food Economy, which identifies both challenges and opportunities related to our local food system. Topics such as the loss of farms and farmland, fresh food access issues, and food waste will be presented. The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission expects another 146,000 people to move to the Lehigh Valley over the next 20 years. How will this affect our ability to feed ourselves? Various strategies to protect and improve our local food economy will be discussed.

Allison Czapp, Outreach Coordinator, Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter Buy Fresh Buy Local, is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Anthropology with a minor focus in Food Studies (New Mexico State University). Her thesis research, which involved examining the motivations and challenges facing beginning farmers, along with her roles promoting BFBL-GLV’s local farm partners and managing the Bath Farmers’ Market, has given Allison the opportunity to work with many Lehigh Valley farmers.

On the flip side, Allison has partnered with several organizations to improve food access in low-income communities, such as assisting with a community food assessment in the New Mexican colonias of Vado and Del Cerro, managing a Farm Share program in South Side Bethlehem, and presenting BFBL-GLV’s Farm to School program in several urban school districts.

This Earth Day mindful presentation is the April quarterly meeting
of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of The Weston A. Price Foundation:

April 24, 2014 – Thursday – 7 pm at the United Steelworkers Hall
53 E. Lehigh St, Bethlehem (you enter the big parking lot from Center St
at the equivalent of 316 Center St using Google maps or Mapquest)
just north of the New Street/Fahy Bridge.

Local producers may bring grass-fed / organic / biodynamic products for sampling or sale – check out their tables before & after the presentation (doors open at 6:30pm) – and bring your coolers! <> Books & Videos will be available. Free Admission (donations invited). On-site parking.