Wise Traditions 2014, Focus on Food, Nov 7-10, Indianapolis

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Rebuilding our Relationship with Microbes!

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Yes, it’s true.  I am a nerdy lover of all things fermented.  I can’t help it! The idea of transforming something good into something great captures my imagination!  To my great pleasure I had the chance to hang out with a bunch of people as crazy about fermentation as I am and tell anyone braving the Texas heat just how amazing fermenting can be.

 

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New Prize Added to 2014 Food Freedom Fest – Win a Trip for Two to the Shenandoah Valley

Announcement from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:

A new prize has been added to this year’s Food Freedom Fest benefiting the FTCLDF.  (See the previous post about the Fest.)

You can win a trip for two to the Shenandoah Valley

Entries due midnight Friday, August 15, 2014

Spread the word! bit.ly/fff-raffle All-Expense Trip for Two plus Thursday Dinner with Jenny McGruther of Nourished Kitchen & Sarah Pope, The Healthy Home Economist

Enter Now for an exciting chance to win an all-expense paid getaway for two to the historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia for Food Freedom Fest September 5-6, 2014.

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Experience Polyface Farm & Honor Joel Salatin!

Announcement from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:

Experience Polyface Farm & Celebrate Joel Salatin’s Work!

September 5 & 6 - Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

On Friday night, join supporters of Food Freedom for a market and street fair in historic downtown Staunton! Enjoy live music, cause-friendly vendors, dinner by Chipotle, and help us, along with the city of Staunton, honor Joel Salatin and his tireless effort to restore and preserve food freedom.

Then, on Saturday, celebrate the mission and vision of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund as evidenced at the innovative and sustainable Polyface Farm, the Virginia home of Joel and Teresa Salatin.

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USDA Doesn’t Need Submachine Guns: Disarm the Bureaucrats

Action alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

The recent solicitation by USDA for submachine guns raised concern among farmers and local food consumers. Why would an agency tasked with regulating agriculture in our country need such weapons?

Answer: It shouldn’t. Will you help stop this by urging your Congressman to support the Regulatory Agency Demilitarization Act, HR 4934?

Disturbingly, the arming of regulatory agencies has become more and more widespread in our federal government. While the actual number of armed raids has been low, the fear and distrust that they have created in the local foods community has been widespread and damaging. For example, the 2010 raid on a local food co-op in southern California, in which the FDA participated, is still reverberating through the raw milk community.

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Chapter Meeting – Dr. Price’s Research and the Principles of Nourishing Traditional Diets

colorful eggs from pastured chickensOur chapter Meetup group, Houston Real Food Nutrition, is hosting a meeting August 16th to discuss the research of Dr. Weston A. Price and the principles of traditional diets.  See below for more information about time and location.

We will have a video about Dr. Price’s research followed by a slide show and discussion of the underlying characteristics of nourishing traditional diets.

What you will learn about traditional diets:

–What kinds of foods are necessary for a nutrient-dense diet

–What kinds of foods should be avoided for the best health

–Which nutrients are essential

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Farm & Food Leadership Conference: Don’t miss early registration, program lineup

FARFA_wilderness_logoAnnouncement from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

We hope you will join us for this year’s Farm & Food Leadership Conference on September 15-16 in Bastrop, Texas. Hear the latest news on the laws and regulations that govern our food supply, connect with others who are passionate about our food system, and get the tools you need to make a difference in the coming year!

CLICK HERE FOR EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

Registration fees will go up on August 1, so register today to save money!

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Last Organic Outpost Event – Get Fermented!

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Making butter at home

Demystifying butter! How to make butter (and whip cream) with a mason jar.

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Ever since my girlfriend told me I could make whip cream really easily with my KitchenAid (and simultaneously my husband got an espresso machine!) I’ve been popping out batches to go with fruit and cappuccinos all week. Then she said, well, you know if you whip a little longer, it becomes butter…

Hmmm… worth a shot!

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Save Our Farmers: Tell Congress to Oppose New Use of Toxic Herbicide

Action Alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Crop DustingWhat happens when the government approves new herbicide-resistant GMO crops?

The use of that herbicide skyrockets.

We’ve seen it happen with Roundup-resistant crops, and now we face a tidal wave of 2,4-D spraying. The impact would be inescapable. This toxic herbicide can volatilize and travel for miles, killing and stunting non-GMO crops with no way for the farmers to protect themselves.

In addition to destroying non-GMO crops, 2,4-D has also been linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, and reproductive problems.

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