The 1st Annual Added Value Summer Kick Off Party!

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That’s right folks, you heard right…Added Value will be hosting their very first summer kick off party!!

The party will be Wednesday, June 29 from 6 – 9pm at the farm.

And a party it will be, complete with goodies provided by Red Hook’s own Hometown BBQ, Sixpoint and Calexico. Yum! And of course, there will be farm fresh goodness available as well. Get yer tickets here. See you all there!

Pop-Up Market

Pop Up Market

We all know that in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it’s become increasingly difficult to find fresh produce in Red Hook. Fortunately, Added Value is running a pop-up market in Coffey Park on Saturdays and Wednesdays, from 10am to 3:30pm, where CSA members can buy globally-sourced produce and redeem remaining fruit and cheese shares in the upcoming weeks. The market will run through the end of December. Happy shopping!

Happy Food Day!

Friends, it’s Food Day.

Today around the city and around the country people are gathering to celebrate the growing movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food that is produce with fair and humane practices.

Here in our neighborhood we are working with our Friends at the New York City Housing Authority and our Urban Farm Corps to install a new farm right in the middle of the Red Hook Housing Development.

While we’re in the field many of our friends are in the streets and online advocating for changes in our food system that would ensure a more justice and equitable society. We wanted to share the news of three very important and exciting things happening today.

First, here in New York City, our Council has completed is first report (required under Local Law 52) on how food is produced, processed, distributed, and consumed throughout the region so we can better understand how the food system is operating and what we can do to improve it.

The metrics included in the report cover everything from the amount of local and regional food being purchased by the NYC Department of Education; to the impact of FRESH, Healthy Bodegas, Green Carts and other city programs to increase access to healthy, affordable food; to the efforts being made to make meals served in hospitals, senior centers and homeless shelters more nutritious. Having this data will help the City make better decisions about how we get our food and how to improve its impact on public health and the environment.  You can download a copy of the report here. I am very excited about the publication of this report as I believe it helps all of understand what is happening on the ground and in our city.

On a national level PolicyLink is today issuing a very exciting report, Growing Urban Agriculture: Equitable Strategies and Policies for Improving Access to Healthy Food and Revitalizing Communities.  You can find a link to the PolicyLink page which has the full urban ag report, the urban ag online tool, and a video about Added Value, here.  Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO of PolicyLink, will be blogging about urban agriculture on the Food Day blog page all today. I believe that Policy Links Focus on racial and economic justice in the food system and throughout our society is vitally important to positive transformation of our neighborhood, this country, and the world as a whole.

If we are to transform this system it is critical that we have a detailed understanding of the crisis we are facing in our food system and who is manufacturing it. It is also vitally important that we learn about the successful models being built out there.

Today, FOODMYTHBUSTERS officially launches their website. Food Myth Busters is brought to you by the Real Food Media Project, a collaboration between our friend author Anna Lappé, Corporate Accountability International, and an amazing Coalition of leading food and farming organizations. They offer creative videos, online resources, and grassroots organizing tools that debunk the myths that corporate agriculture are selling us, and that tell the real story about the food we eat and how we can grow a stronger, healthier more just and sustainable food system.

If you have time in the next few days read some of these reports, watch one or two of these great short videos, and share this information with friends and family.

As a shareholder in the farm also please consider becoming a friend of ours on Facebook. You can follow us here.

With respect and gratitude,

Ian and the AV team.

Harvest Festival 2012

Added Value will be hosting our Seventh Annual Red Hook Harvest Festival this coming Saturday, October 20th. The Farm opens at 10am and will close at 4pm.

As always this event is free and open to the public.

We like to think of our gathering as New York meets New England.

As is our tradition great local chefs from our restaurant partners iCi, The Good Fork, Fort Defiance, Kevin’s and Home/Made will be preparing special treats for festival goers. The pumpkin patch will be the place to be as live music is played by Bomba Yo! Children and families can spend time with Llamas and other animals. Milk Not Jails and the Community Farm Workers Alliance will performing, educating and advocating for a more just and sustainable world.

Of course you can shop at our expanded farmers market for produce grown right here in our neighborhood and by our friends in the region like Wilklow Orchards, John Glebocki, Mark Phillips, Nestor Tello, Bread Alone, and Ronnybrook Dairy.

While you shop you can learn from local organizations that willl be promoting health and wellness, urban agriculture and justice as hundreds of your neighbors surround you in celebration of the power of the sun, the soil, plants and people.

If you haven’t been to the festival, or would just like to get excited about returning to this special community event we have some videos of past festivals:

2011 http://vimeo.com/31026841

2010 http://vimeo.com/16033945

and some great children’s voices from past festivals at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_hwj9Nk5Wo&noredirect=1

Hoping to see you Saturday October 20th!

 

 

 

Return to Big Salad

If you missed out on the Big Salad compost event in August, or if you just want to experience the decompositional magic again, you’re in luck. This Sunday 10/7 from 12-4pm, the Big Salad is back. Join master composter David Buckel (and some hardworking earthworms) to turn kitchen scraps into the nutrient-rich soil that grows our food. There’s a lot to be done, and many hands are needed, so come on down and get dirty while putting in some volunteer hours.

This Sunday there will also be a Repurpose Bin at the farm. Please bring one item you don’t use but that you know somebody else might use, put that in the bin and see if you find one item to take home.

Don’t forget to email Redhookbkcsa@gmail.com with updates on your hours. CSA members should complete volunteer hour requirements by the end of November, so get cracking.