Give Us Bread — Free Shows 4/17 & 4/18

CSA Member Jesse Ash passed along an invitation to a free production of Give Us Bread, about the food riots in NYC circa 1917 in Rutgers Square.

Presented by The Anthropologists as part of the 7th Annual Immigrant Heritage Week, the show can be seen Saturday, April 17 at 8pm and Sunday, April 18 at 2pm at The Milagro Theater/Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center, 107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington & Delancey).

Food prices shot up overnight.
Starvation threatened families from Williamsburg, Brooklyn to the Lower East Side to the Bronx.
A group of women came together to demand action.
Boycotts accelerated into riots.
The year was 1917.

Tickets are free, with a suggested $10 donation.

Meet the Farmers Recap

We had a great meeting last night where we got to bring all the pieces of our CSA together: Abrons Arts Center, represented by Jay Wegman and Rose Ortiz; Henry Street Settlement, represented by David Garza; Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry, represented by Nivia Mendez; and our farmers, David and Julia Smagorinsky.

Thanks to everyone who participated, and all our members who came and tried the cheese!

The light was pretty dismal for phone camera pictures, but for the record is our slide show below:

Meet the Farmers

We’re really glad to be holding this event next Tuesday night at Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand St.). Dave and Julia Smagorinsky of Woodbridge Farm will join us, as will representatives from Breezy Hill Orchard. In addition, we expect to be joined by staff members of Henry Street Settlement and Abrons Arts Center, who host our distribution during the season, and Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry, where any extra food goes at the end of distribution.

Core Group members will be available to answer your questions about the CSA, and we’ll be presenting you with information about extras you can sign up for: fruit, from Breezy Hill Orchard; eggs, from Knoll Crest Farms; cheese, from Woodbridge Farm; and 100% grassfed beef, from Kezialain Farm.

You’ll also have the chance to sign up for your two volunteer spots, pay off the balance of your membership, buy a Grand Street CSA canvas bag for $10.

Community Gardens Forum

The New York City Community Gardens Coalition (NYCCGC) holds an important forum on the future of New York’s community gardens on Feb. 6 at the New School. From their flier:

In 2002, most community gardens were “saved” by a legal agreement. That agreement expires in September, 2010. After that, no city garden is “safe.” United we will demand to know from our state and city representatives what is being done to make our community gardens permanent! All community gardeners and supporters need to be at this Forum!

If you’re interested, you can get more info at their website,  and register for free here.

Community gardens are a bigger part of life above Houston St. than in our corner of the lower east side, but the principles NYCCGC fights for could affect the future of empty lots all around us.

Hungry Filmmakers

“Hungry Filmmakers” offers a sneak peek at six fresh films that offer unique perspectives and arguments on food, agriculture and eating more healthfully, from teen mothers who become urban farmers in an unlikely setting to a low-impact bike tour that hits up small farms throughout the country; from challenging the regulation of “organic” to celebrating young farmers battling the odds to grow food with greater integrity.

A lively panel discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers moderated by food activist and author Anna Lappé will follow the screenings. At 9:00pm, there will be an after-party at Jimmy’s No. 43, located at 43 E. 7th St.. Snacks from local purveyors including Flying Pigs Farm, Schoolhouse Kitchen, Blue Isle Oyster Company, Hot Bread Kitchen and more will be served. The bar will feature specials on Ommegang Beer of Cooperstown, NY. Any proceeds garnered from the evening will be donated to the nonprofit organization Just Food

The films:

BIG RIVER and TRUCK FARM Curt Ellis & Ian Cheney
THE GREENHORNS Severine von Tscarner Fleming
GROWN IN DETROIT Manfred & Mascha Poppenk
FACES FROM THE NEW FARM Liz Thylander, Kat Shiffler & Lara Sheets

When: December 15, 2009. Doors open at 7:00pm. Screenings begin promptly at 7:30pm.

Where: Anthology Film Archives. 32 2nd Ave, New York

Cost: $9.

Advanced tickets can be purchased from Brown Paper Tickets.

For more information visit this blog.

Add this to your calendar.

Help Scope Gulick/Sheriff Park!

You probably know Gulick/Sheriff Park as the treeless cobblestone expanse next to the handball courts, in the shadow of the Wiliamsburg bridge. That’s because the once-verdant park lost all of its trees a number of years ago due to an Asian beetle infestation and they were never replanted. Well, the Parks Department is finally planning to remedy the situation, and your input is requested at a park meeting THIS THURSDAY.