10/26/17 – Megan Sell: “The UNREFINED Art of Lacto-Fermentation”

Please join us for our FREE quarterly presentation about fermented foods on Thursday, 10/26/2017, at the United Steelworkers Hall in Bethlehem. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Our presenter is Megan Sell, a Certified Nutritional Consultant and owner of Nature uNreFiNed Nutrition and Wellness Center. In this presentation, Megan will be providing you with the tools you need to begin getting predictable, delicious and healthy results from your home-made lacto-fermented foods. With just a bit of patience and some coaching, you will be on the right path to being able to make your own probiotic-rich dishes. Early humans figured out an extremely healthy and uncomplicated way to preserve food before refrigerators ever existed. She will be presenting 4 different fermentations including Kefir, Kombucha, Sauerkraut, and Kimchi.

About Megan Sell

Megan was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2005. She found that Crohn’s was completely debilitating. However, it propelled her into researching and education on the importance of whole-foods and nutrient density. She was chronically ill and her health was quickly deteriorating when she made the choice to treat herself naturally. She wanted to use Nature UNREFINED! No medications, no processing, no genetic modifications; just pure and simple, unadulterated Nature Unrefined. She found that organic and nutrient dense foods were pivotal and the critical factor in restoring her personal intestinal health was Lacto-Fermented Foods.

Additional event details

Doors open at 6:30! Come and check out a variety of local farmers and producers that 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.

Megan’s presentation will begin about 7pm.

These quarterly meetings are free. However donations are greatly needed and appreciated as contributions are our major source of funding.

Meeting Location and Parking

United Steelworkers Hall, is officially at 53 East Lehigh St (a one block long street; gps might send you off to West Lehigh Street), Bethlehem, but the entrance and event parking is around the back of the building. You enter its big parking lot from Center St at the equivalent of 316 Center St (gps can find this), just north of the New Street/Fahy Bridge, around the curve to the east.

About The Weston A. Price Foundation

The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the American diet through education, research, and activism and supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective, including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Specific goals include establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy-based infant formula. www.WestonAPrice.org

About the Lehigh Valley Chapter (WAPF-LV)

WAPF-LV hosts quarterly public presentations dealing with food, nutrition, health, and food-producing systems, fourth Thursdays in January, April, July, and October, and publishes a newsletter. As part of WAPF-LV’s efforts to connect local food producers and consumers, we also publish a directory of local farms. For more info, email wapf-lv@wapf.org, visit our website, visit us on Facebook, or contact Martin Boksenbaum (610.767.1287).

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7/27/17 – Krisztina Powell: “Lessons in Lyme Disease”

Krisztina Powell, CNC, LSHC, HHP, is a certified nutrition coach and homeopathic practitioner. She will discuss her work on Lyme disease at the Summer meeting of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Thursday, 7/27/17, 6:30-9pm, at the United Steelworkers Hall, Bethlehem, PA (enter via the large parking lot in rear at the equivalent of 316 Center St).

About the Presentation

When her second child contracted Lyme disease at the age of 5, it turned out to be a life changing experience for this mother of two. Her daughter, Natalie developed a bullseye rash after the initial tick bite. She was treated with antibiotics for a month but unfortunately remained ill. After exhausting the options of conventional medicine for Lyme disease and seeing no progress, Krisztina turned to her knowledge of homeopathy.

Combining her knowledge of nutrition and homeopathy with the principles of homotoxicology she was able to rebuild her daughter’s health. Today Natalie is a happy, healthy child with a bright future ahead of her. Krisztina’s success in treating her daughter’s Lyme disease has inspired her to share this knowledge with other Lyme sufferers.

About Krisztina Powell

Krisztina studied homeopathy in Budapest, Hungary, her birthplace. After moving to the United States, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry for many years, reviewing and translating pharmaceutical trial test documentation from Europe.

Over the last 5 years she has developed her clinical skills. She studied Nutritional Balancing Science under Dr. Wilson, a pioneer in the new field of energy medicine. She has become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist receiving her license 3 years ago. In addition, she attended the International College of Bioenergetic Medicine.

Additional event details

Doors open at 6:30! Come and check out a variety of local farmers and producers that 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.

Krisztina’s presentation will begin about 7pm.

These quarterly meetings are free. However donations are greatly needed and appreciated as contributions are our major source of funding.

Meeting Location and Parking

United Steelworkers Hall, is officially at 53 East Lehigh St (a one block long street; gps might send you off to West Lehigh Street), Bethlehem, but the entrance and event parking is around the back of the building. You enter its big parking lot from Center St at the equivalent of 316 Center St (gps can find this), just north of the New Street/Fahy Bridge, around the curve to the east.

About The Weston A. Price Foundation

The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the American diet through education, research, and activism and supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective, including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Specific goals include establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy-based infant formula. www.WestonAPrice.org

About the Lehigh Valley Chapter (WAPF-LV)

WAPF-LV hosts quarterly public presentations dealing with food, nutrition, health, and food-producing systems, fourth Thursdays in January, April, July, and October, and publishes a newsletter. As part of WAPF-LV’s efforts to connect local food producers and consumers, we also publish a directory of local farms. For more info, email wapf-lv@wapf.org, visit our website, visit us on Facebook, or contact Martin Boksenbaum (610.767.1287).


7/28/16 – Joseph R. Heckman, PhD: “Parallels in the Raw Milk and Organic Agriculture Movements”

On Thursday, 7/28/16, Joseph R. Heckman, Ph.D., will discuss ‘Parallels in the Raw Milk and Organic Agriculture Movements’, at the United Steelworkers Hall, Bethlehem. It is the featured presentation at the Summer meeting of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of The Weston A. Price Foundation. 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 the Presentation

In recent decades a diverse community of dairy farmers, consumers and nutrition advocates has campaigned to secure and expand the right for individuals to produce, sell and consume fresh unpasteurized milk, commonly referred to as “raw milk”.  Their efforts to increase public access to raw milk share important parallels with the emergence of the organic food movement over the past century.  Both the raw milk and organic food movements originated with farmers and consumers who sought to replace industrialized food production and processing practices with more traditional ones.  Both movements equate the preservation of natural integrity in farming and food handling with more wholesome, nutritious food and environmental conservation. Advocates for both movements have had to work diligently to overcome perceptions that the food production and processing practices they endorse are relevant in the modern era, notably with regard to organic agriculture’s productivity and the safety of raw milk.  Finally, the raw milk movement has the potential to economically benefit family farmers much as organic agriculture has proven capable of doing.

About Dr. Heckman

Joseph Heckman, Ph.D., is a Professor of Soil Science, Rutgers University, where he teaches courses in Soil Fertility, Organic Crop Production, and Agroecology.  He conducts research and extension programs on optimizing nutrition and soil quality in support of plant, animal, and human health. Dr. Heckman has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of American Society of Horticulture Science.  He has served as chair of several professional organizations including Council on History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Soil Science, Committee on Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Management Systems Community of the American Society Agronomy, and as President of the Northeast Branch of the Crops, Soils, and Agronomy Tri-Societies.  In 2012, Dr. Heckman organized and hosted a symposium on Silicon Nutrient Management for the Soil Science Society American Meetings. Dr. Heckman was the lead author of a book chapter on Soil Fertility in Organic Farming for Tri-Society book entitled Ecology of Organic farming Systems. He has published several articles in Wise Traditions.  He most recently co-authored a book on Fresh Milk Production, The Cow Edition.  He also publishes a newsletter called The Soil Profile: http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/soilprofile/ 

On August 3, 2016, Dr. Heckman is invited to participate in a Raw Milk Debate sponsored by the International Association of Food Protection.  The program is available for viewing here: https://iafp.confex.com/iafp/2016/webprogram/Session3207.html

Also at the 7/28/16 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.


4/28/2016 Sarah Hinsch: ‘Achieving an Alkaline Environment Where Disease Can Not Thrive’

On Thursday, 4/28/16,  Sarah Hinsch will discuss ‘Achieving an Alkaline Environment Where Disease Can Not Thrive’, at the United Steelworkers Hall, Bethlehem. It is the featured presentation at the Spring meeting of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of The Weston A. Price Foundation. 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).

Sarah Hinsch is the owner and founder of the Lehigh Valley’s own Greenmouth Juice Bar and Café. After a lifetime of eating a diet that starved her body of minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients, thereby creating a very acidic environment in her body, Sarah began to have some health problems. She was inspired back in 2005 to take control of her life and her health by shaking off the information she had learned by growing up in the 1980’s (the “fat free era”) and perusing studies in holistic nutrition, food therapy, and other healing modalities. In December 2013 Sarah became a Certified Health and Wellness Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC. She now owns Greenmouth Juice Café with locations in both Easton and Allentown.

Sarah will be discussing creating and maintaining a proper pH environment in the body by following the 80/20 rule of eating: 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic foods. She will draw from the expertise of practitioners such as Dr. Rangnor Borg and Gary Taubes as well as touching on some controversial healing modalities for cancer. Sarah will also, of course, discuss the benefits of juicing and how you can use this powerful nutrition tool in your life.

Also at this quarterly meeting of WAPF-LV

Farmers/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, presentation at 7pm). Books & Videos will be available too.

 


7/24/14 Aptaker: “Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms at Home”

In recent years simple techniques have been developed which allow home hobbyists to cultivate and grow oyster mushrooms, shiitake and a variety of other delicious and healthful fungi with a minimum of equipment and materials.  Unlike the grocery store button mushroom, these edibles do not need specialized growing conditions.  Many can be grown on straw, wood chips, compost, as companion crops in vegetable gardens, or on storm killed or recently cut softwood or hardwood trees trunks and branches.  It’s even possible to grow some varieties on coffee grounds or waste paper.

This presentation will offer an overview of the types of fungi that home growers can cultivate, the ideal growth media (substrates) for each, and the techniques for inoculation and production.  Nutritional and medicinal properties of various kinds of fungi will be discussed, and sources for spawn and other supplies will be shared.

Rob Aptaker, our presenter has been cultivating a variety of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms since 1994.  An avid outdoorsman, he has been foraging and identifying wild edible fungi since the 1980’s.  This interest led Rob to explore small scale home mushroom farming.

In 1996 he traveled to Washington State to take a course in mushroom cultivation from famed fungiphile and cultivation innovator Paul Stamets whose company, Fungi Perfecti, is at the forefront of the field of gourmet and medicinal mushroom research and development.

In addition to growing shiitake, oyster, and wine cap mushrooms, Rob has begun experiments in cultivating the medicinal reishi mushroom. He also leads wild mushroom identification forays in the Fall.

He’ll be bringing fresh mushrooms for sale as well as oak logs inoculated with shiitake mushroom spawn and straw blocks inoculated with oyster mushroom spawn.

This re-skilling presentation is being featured at the July 2014  quarterly meeting of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of The Weston A. Price Foundation:

July 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 – because they’re needed to keep these programs going). On-site parking.

 


10/24/13 Screening of Genetic Roulette

On Thursday, October 24, 2013, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives, a film about the dangers of genetically engineered (GMO) food, will be the featured presentation at the October quarterly meeting of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of The Weston A Price Foundation® at the United Steelworkers Hall in Bethlehem.

GMO Free PA-Lehigh Valley Chapter, which is presenting and co-sponsoring the screening, will lead a discussion and Q&A following the screening.

The film, by Jeffrey M. Smith, leading consumer advocate on GMO dangers, points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the United States. It may change your diet, help to protect your family, and accelerate the consumer tipping point against genetically modified organisms.

GMO Free PA-Lehigh Valley Chapter, a newly-formed chapter of GMO Free PA founded by Mary Ann Bennett, Steph Corby, Kristin Rickert, and Audra Wallis, is on Facebook. Their email address is: GMOFreeLV@yahoo.com

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.

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).


7/25/13 – Jerry Brunetti

On Thursday, July 25, 2013, Jerry Brunetti will be the featured presenter at the July quarterly meeting of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of The Weston A Price Foundation®, held at the United Steelworkers Hall in Bethlehem.

Jerry’s presentation will be on “The Forgiveness of Grass: Feeding the World, Healing the Planet.” How pastures, meadows, prairies, savannahs, and ranges can feed the world and heal our planet.

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.

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 Jerry Brunetti:

In 1999, Jerry was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and given as little as six months to live without aggressive chemotherapy. He instead chose a holistic path of nutrition, detoxification and immune modulation and applied his vast experience with farming and animal nutrition to his own health. The links between healthy soil, truly nutritious food and profitable, sustainable farming are clearly evident in his personal and professional experiences and his skill for communicating this to people has won him extensive praise from holistic health professionals, sustainable farming organizations and many farmers and consumers.

Jerry is a highly demanded lecturer and speaker, both nationally and internationally, on topics that include soil fertility, animal nutrition and livestock health. As a result of healing himself of a life threatening episode of cancer utilizing holistic modalities, he is often speaking to audiences about “Food as Medicine” and “Farm as Farmacy.” Jerry bridges natural and scientific understandings of plant and animal “ecosystems,” such as digestion in soils (microbial decomposition), pre-digestion of foods (fermentation) and the digestion that takes place in the GI tract of animals/humans. Jerry’s “connect-the-dots” systems approach helps farmers and ranchers understand how the health of people and their communities are linked to healthy land, healthy animals and healthy produce.

About his background:

In 1979, Jerry Brunetti founded Agri-Dynamics with a vision of providing ecologically sound agronomic and nutritional consulting services, as well as creating a line of holistic animal remedies for farm livestock, equine and pets. After witnessing first-hand the devastating results of conventional, chemically dependent, grain-based farming practices, Jerry embarked on a systems approach to educate and consult for farmers who made the wise choice to transition to ecologically responsible and sustainable farming and today advises farmers, ranchers, communities and individuals toward creating healthy, regenerative and profitable outcomes and solutions.

In 1991, Jerry co-founded Earthworks Natural Organic Products, a company which provides products and consulting services to the golf course and landscaping industries. Jerry’s aspiration was once again to encourage the implementation of ecological principles of balancing soils, reducing the use of pesticides and eliminating dependence on chemical fertilizers.

Prior to launching Agri-Dynamics, Jerry studied Animal Science at North Carolina State University and then moved to western Virginia to run a cow/calf operation. He served as Regional Dairy Director of the National Farmers Organization in the Northeast for five years. He serves on the Lower Mt. Bethel Township Environmental Advisory Council and is currently on the board of Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), is an honorary board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and is active in other community based organizations devoted to rebuilding local food systems and local democracy. In 2008, Jerry received the Leadership Award from PASA and the Eco-Agriculture Achievement Award from Acres USA. His DVD’s include “Keys to Herd Health,” “Holistic Veterinary Care” with Hugh Karreman, VMD and “Cancer, Nutrition and Healing.” Our website, www.agri-dynamics.com, features numerous interviews with Jerry.