Food Systems Panel
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions to the food system at every level. Join us for a panel conversation with some of Newark’s food system leaders as we discuss and define Newark’s food system and local response to an international crisis. What new initiatives have emerged as a response to the pandemic? What adaptations have been made to pre-existing efforts? What is the path forward?
Community Gardens panel
The community garden movement has gained traction across the country--particularly in cities-- over the last few decades. Evidence suggests that interest in-home or community gardening has especially increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But what is community gardening and how does one actually get involved? Join us for a discussion with some of Newark’s community gardeners as we delve into the role of community gardens and their impact on individuals and communities. What does community gardening look like? Why is it important? How can you get started?
Java's and Michelle Bradley
The Basics of Backyard Compost
Participants will learn what is needed to create nutrient-rich compost from their own food scraps and yard waste. We'll cover: different methods of composting (including how to compost in an apartment); what you can/can't compost; how to manage your ratios and how to avoid odor and pests.
Introduction to Herbal Medicine
Learn how to grow various medicinal plants in your garden and how to use them to benefit your everyday life. Here we will show you through our Young Farmers Badge Program curriculum how to make and grow your own Honey Garlic Ferment, Calendula Oil, and Herbal Tea bags.
Beekeeping Basics in New Jersey
In this presentation, Pat will walk through the tasks that are taken to maintain a healthy and productive honeybee colony while outlining the most major issues that face all bees and beekeepers in the county. His talk won't equip you with all the tools and knowledge to start a hive yourself but it will get you on the right track to do so.
Introduction to Homesteading
This workshop will introduce homesteading, what it is, and why it is so beneficial in today's world. We will give an overview of homesteading on our farm, Meadows Bee Farm, looking at how we began, what it was like in the early years, and where we are now 14 years later. We will share images of our cows, sheep, peacocks, bees, and more. We will discuss how we share our skills in our educational program, the Young Farmers Badge Program, giving an overview of our subjects and our educational structure. If you are interested in homesteading, please join us to follow our journey in the mountains of Southern Vermont.
Family Fun In the Kitchen
Cook along, or just watch along, as Megan demonstrates two hearty, plant-based breakfast recipes - overnight oats and veggie tofu scramble! This is a monthly family-friendly program.
Ms. Megan will be making not one, but TWO breakfast recipes in honor of Beds & Breakfast! Make either or both of these customizable recipes.
Recipe 1: Overnight Oats (Sweet, can be Vegan)
If you’re always in a rush in the morning, make this recipe the night before and you will have breakfast waiting for you when you wake up! As the name implies, you won’t be able to eat this recipe right away, but it will be ready for the following day’s breakfast! You will need:
- A container (mason jar or tupperware)
- Old fashioned rolled oats (not steel-cut, not instant)
- Your favorite milk (dairy or plant-based)
- Optional: Greek yogurt (makes it creamier and adds protein)
- Optional: chia seeds
- Honey or maple syrup
- Suggested toppings: fruit (blueberries, banana, strawberries, kiwi), vanilla, granola, nuts, sunbutter, or nut butter
Recipe 2: Tofu Scramble (Savory, can be Vegan)
Do you want to cut back on eggs? Have an egg allergy in the family? Interested in experimenting more with tofu? Here is the perfect recipe! This is also a great way to incorporate a variety of veggies into breakfast. Use the suggested veggies below, or add your favorites! You will need:
- 1 block of firm or extra firm tofu
- 1/2 onion (or 1 small onion)
- 1/2 bell pepper (any color)
- A few sliced mushrooms
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tomato
- A handful of spinach or kale
- Your favorite seasonings: salt, pepper, turmeric, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne for spice, nutritional yeast for vegan cheesiness
- Any other toppings you like for breakfast! Cheese, avocado, jarred roasted red peppers, toast for serving
Soil Health for the Home Gardener
Understanding the health of your garden soil will help you reap many benefits, including improved harvest quality and quantity, reduced watering requirements, and reduced reliance on pesticides and herbicides. Learn the principles of developing healthier soil, from adding compost and other necessary amendments to cover cropping. You'll be happy you did!
Creative Placemaking: Interventions for Underserved Communities
Education, health, and well-being initiatives target the under-served Black and Brown people in the community whose needs are not adequately catered to by the existing education and healthcare systems. Al-Munir LLC empowers its community partners to serve the communities better, using culturally responsive programming to enhance transparency and community development. In this workshop, attendees will be able to identify creative placemaking strategies that positively impact the health and well-being of disadvantaged populations. Strategies discussed: culturally responsive advocacy initiatives, urban farming, vacant lot revitalization, and community engagement initiatives.
Emilio Panasci and Cindy Duran
The Cooperative Market: Learn about Newark's Online Farmer's Market
Chat with the Executive Director and Market Manager of Urban Agriculture Cooperative! Learn about the Cooperative Market’s Farmer boxes and their mission to heal and grow the local food system by working with Newark based farmers and suppliers. If you run a food or agriculture business find out how you can work with UAC's Cooperative Market!