With every seed we plant (or don't) with every bite we eat (or can't), we are choosing a food system. Our food choices--if we have them--impact people, animals and the environment--from close to home and to far away. What does a just, equitable and fair food system look, smell, and taste like? Who is included, who isn't and why? What is the relationship between social and environmental justice when it comes to every sandwich? An exploration and dialogue with Ali Berlow. Not all the answers. Some challenging questions for transformative, inclusive, peaceful, change.
Free! Waquoit Bay Summer Science School
Waquoit Bay Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway
For information, location, registration go here.
For a complete listing visit their website here.
On Sunday, Oct. 16th, from 9:30am-11:30, I'll be presenting with my colleagues Noli Taylor, Jefferson Munroe and Rick Karney at the Harbor View Hotel:
Join Jenny Johnson, found of Champy and Co-Host of NESN’s Dining Playbook as she leads an engaging conversation about the Vineyard’s flourishing Resilient Food Initiative. Jenny will be joined by Noli Taylor, Program Director of Island Grown Schools and Ali Berlow, author of The Food Activist Handbook and Founder of Edible Vineyard, who will share their perspective on why the Vineyard’s network of farmers, fisherman and growers are so passionate about leading a movement to increase awareness, education and access to locally sourced food on the island.
Guests will dine on fabulous brunch fare prepared with locally-sourced ingredients by the Chefs of the Harbor View Hotel, and sip on Bloodies and Bubbles, courtesy of Champy Sparkling Wine and Tito’s Vodka.
Come join us!
For a complete schedule and more info go here.
I'll be on the panel: Citizen Eaters: Your Influence on the Food We Buy, Eat, and Grow
As citizens, we all have something to contribute to the conversation. Join Ali Berlow, author of The Food Activists Handbook; John Piotti, president of the American Farmland Trust; food safety activist Darin Detwiler; Doug Rauch of Daily Table, and Chef Evan Mallett from Black Trumpet Bistro to talk and dish about where food and politics mix.
Judging the WGBH Culinary Stewardship Award is an honor! The winner will be announced on Saturday evening, 8:45pm.
On Sunday I will be signing copies of my book, 'The Food Activist Handbook' and will be on the panel discussion: Journey into the Mind of Chefs (Yawkey Theater) from 2:15-315pm
For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit WGBH's website. Hope to see you there!
- Friday, June 17th: Cookbook Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Party. Tickets available to the public for: $50
- Saturday, June 18th: Culinary Festival featuring cooking demos, seminars & more. FREE to the public.
I will be on the panel: Writing Food with a Conscience on Saturday, June 18th. More info to come!
I will be at the opening day of the Falmouth Farmers' Market in Falmouth, MA, with books to sell and conversations to be had!
Discover Your Inner Food-Activist
What does a healthy and resilient regional food system look and taste like? Who is included, who isn’t and why not? From the fields and farms to the ocean and the docks in our communities, region and beyond, how do we create access to fresh, healthy, fair, safe, just, and good food for all? Join me at the historic Old West Church in Boston for a lively presentation about how you can effect positive change in the food system today and for future generations.
This event is free and open to the public. I will have books to sell and sign. Looking forward to speaking in this historic church with colleague, Orion Kriegman, co-director of the Boston Food Forrest Coalition.
Ali has been invited to be a speaker at the second annual Food Tank Summit on April 20th. From their website:
The focus of the Food Tank Summits are to highlight creative and innovative ways to cultivate a better food system. This year, Food Tank is quadrupling the number of summits. In 2015, Food Tank hosted the 1st annual summit in partnership with The George Washington University. The event sold out within minutes, bringing together 400+ in person attendees and more than 15,500 livestream viewers. We are thrilled to expand this platform to Sacramento, Chicago, and Sao Paulo, Brazil this year, in addition to Washington, D.C. again.
Food Tank Summits bring together policymakers, academics, youth, members of the funding and donor community, and advocates to inject new energy into the international dialogue around alleviating hunger and obesity, preventing food waste, recognizing the role of women and youth in the food system, and ensuring access to safe, affordable, and nutritious food for all.
The Summit will be two inspiring days, the first will be filled with interactive discussion, including a variety of speakers from around the world. The first day of events will include dynamic panel discussion and exciting keynote speakers. The second day will be experiential, creating opportunities for networking, advocacy, touring urban farms, workshops, seasonal, local food, and lots of fun.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has nominated 'The Food Activist Handbook' as aBooks for a Better Life Award Finalist. The 20th annual award ceremony will take place at The Times Center, 242 West 41st Street, New York, NY, April 18th, 2016. Ali will be in attendance!
Get ready for a good time on Martha's Vineyard at Pub Night at Rockfish Pizza in Edgartown. WCAI's Pub Nights are always free and open to the public, so make a date to join WCAI staff and other listeners for a fun evening of conversation and public radio, Thursday, March 10th at Rockfish, for our Martha's Vineyard Pub Night. As always, we'll have WCAI give-a-ways, and our host will provide appetizers, and a cash bar.
Slow Food New Orleans announces it will host Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans: Gateway to the Americas, March 10-13, 2016 at the Old US Mint and French Market. Slow Fish is Slow Food event that is an international gathering of fishers, scientists, chefs, students and food artisans to address the many environmental, ecological, economic and political challenges that impact fisheries, habitats, oceans, sustainable fishers and cultural seafood systems. Slow Fish has been held every two years in Genoa, Italy. Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans will be the first time the event will be held in the western hemisphere.
Ali will be moderating the panel discussion on 'Does "Local" Matter':
Does “Local” Matter?:
The concept of local foods is not new but revived consumer interest and the booming local food production and marketing in recent years reveal one thing: local foods are coming to the marketplace more readily than ever before. This panel will look at the present, as well as the future of marketing local food and seafood, the who, what and why consumers choose local products, what ‘local’ means to them, how ‘local’ as a marketing strategy and the economic impact that buying local has. Learn how connecting to your community can be leveraged in your efforts to increase sales, visibility and your business' overall success.
Location: at the Curry Student Center, Northeastern University. Details to come. Save the date and register here.
SEMAP is dedicated to preserving and expanding access to local food and sustainable farming in Southeastern Massachusetts through research and education.
Whether you’re a professional farmer, a backyard gardener, or just curious about locally grown food, this is the event for you! Each year, the lineup includes workshops for the general public as well as info-packed sessions for farmers and gardeners of all experience levels. For registration and workshop lineup go here.
Keynote address: Food Activists, One and All
What does a healthy and resilient regional food system look and taste like? Who is included, who isn’t and why not? From the fields and farms to the ocean and the docks in our communities, region and beyond, how do we create access to fresh, healthy, fair, safe, just, and good food for all?
Bristol County Agricultural High School
135 Center St
Dighton, MA 02715
Invited by Ellen Rovner, Ph.D.
Gastronomy Program, Boston University
Women's Studies Research Center
Healthy Soul Food with a Side of Activism
Sunday, Nov. 22nd 1:30 p.m. / Rm. 6100 (Bldg. 6, 1st Floor)
Bestselling author Alice Randall teams up with her daughter to redefine soul food by mining the traditions of four generations of black women and creating 80 healthy recipes to help everyone live longer and stronger, in Soul Food Love: 100 Years of Cooking and Eating in a Black Family.
The Food Activist Handbook: Big & Small Things You Can Do to Help Provide Fresh, Healthy Food for Your Community by Ali Berlow shows how small steps can create big changes in your community’s food quality and food security.
I'll be meeting with the students of Prof. Daniel Faber's Political Ecology and Environmental Justice class, Nov. 16th. For more information email me directly: email@example.com
Nov. 12th-15th, 2015: Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY.
Friday, Nov. 13th, 9:45am-11:15am
Workshop: What is the Food Movement? And What is Your Next Move?
What IS the food movement? How can we most effectively mobilize everyone who has a stake in the food system? It's not just about 'voting with your fork.' Drawing from social movement theory and practice this workshop will explore the strengths and challenges of "our movement". We'll get into what you and your organization can do to advance food systems change at all levels.
Presenters: Kathy Ruhf, NESAWG Senior Fellow, & Land for Good; Ali Berlow, author and founder, Island Grown Initiative
Oct. 24th is Food Day! and the perfect day to talk about 'Local Food Solutions with Ali, Alan Guebert, and Gracie Foxwell' alongside local farmers for a discussion of how we can all engage with the food we eat. Enjoy a discussion of practical approaches and common challenges to eating sustainably and present tangible things you can do to improve the food system.
Reception and Book signing from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, at Carolina Vineyards & Hops, 1111 South Marshall St., Winston-Salem, NC
Oct. 12th and 13th, 2015: Carolina Meat Conference, Winston-Salem, NC. I will be on a panel Monday, Oct. 12th, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm entitled: Inspected and Exempt Poultry: Options and Obstacles with Amanda Carter, Foothills Pilot Plant, Alan Wade, NCDA Meat and Poultry Inspection Division, Lee Menius, Wild Turkey Farms, and Ali Berlow, author of The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse. Moderator: Casey McKissick, Foothills Meats
Book signing Monday morning.
Book signing 'The Food Activist Handbook, 3pm-4pm.
I cancelled my appearance due to stormy wind and tides but the Festival continues on!