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.
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.