Green Food Choices

LOCAL FOOD PROJECT

When it comes to food, what’s healthiest for the Earth is often what’s healthiest for ourselves and our neighbors as well. That’s why, in partnership with the Crabgrass Christians Initiative at the Quixote Center, we’ve formed a grassroots group in Washington, DC to connect congregations with farmers and provide low-income folks with near-organic produce delivered straight to their communities. Folks with higher incomes will pay more, and those who have less will pay less. We’ll be facilitating discussions about the importance of fruits and vegetables for our bodies, our communities, and our planet in order to shift behaviors.

Want to get involved? If you’re in DC, join the Food Justice listserv or Facebook group.

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SUMMER CAMP CURRICULUM

The Baltimore Food and Faith Project has created a summer camp curriculum called Growing Faith with Food.

Growing Faith with Food is a fun and educational interfaith curriculum for 5 to 11-year olds that teaches about gardening, cooking, eating healthfully, caring for the environment and others who are less fortunate, being thankful, and understanding just how awe-inspiring God’s good Earth is in its beauty and ability to provide what we need to thrive.

Click here to download the full curriculum for free.

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GARDENING, MOVIES & A COOL POTLUCK

FREE KIT DOWNLOAD

We’re excited to announce that we have created a special Sow a Cool Harvest FREE gardening kit for congregations. It’s available to order now FOR FREE this gardening season. Don’t have the space or time for a garden? There are other tips you can use, like how to green your pantry or host a local farmers’ market.

This kit is a follow up to last year’s Enjoy a Cool Harvest program. If you missed it, and would rather start with that introductory program, your order will automatically include access to the free organizer’s kit as well. Enjoy a Cool Harvest is our entry-level ‘cool potluck dinner and a movie’ program for faith communities to gently raise awareness about the rather large, but not often discussed, connection between our daily food choices and global warming.

It’s all part of our Cool Harvest food, faith, and climate program for congregations. Did you know that almost one-fifth of climate change pollution comes from the food industry? And as you will learn in this program, the foods that are healthier for the planet are also healthier for our bodies.

We have also secured for congregations an excellent price on companion DVDs for $15 each, including shipping and handling. We wish to extend a special thanks to the producers for this generous offer for the Interfaith Power & Light community. DIRT! is the companion film for Sow a Cool Harvest. And, Nourish is the companion film for Enjoy a Cool Harvest. However, no purchase is required to order your FREE downloadable kits.

 

Companion DVDs at a Special Price:

When you order the free Cool Harvest program, you will have the option of purchasing one or both of the discounted DVDs for $15/each:

DIRT! — Companion DVD for Sow a Cool Harvest

DIRT! the Movie (86 minutes, DVD) narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis

DIRT! takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation. The opening scenes of the film dive into the wonderment of the soil.Made from the same elements as the stars, plants and animals, and us, “dirt is very much alive.” Though, in modern industrial pursuits and clamor for both profit and natural resources, our human connection to and respect for soil has been disrupted. “Drought, climate change, even war are all directly related to the way we are treating dirt.” It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.

Special thanks to Common Ground Media for its partnership on Cool Harvest.

 

NOURISH — Companion DVD for Enjoy a Cool Harvest

Nourish (30 minutes, DVD) narrated by Cameron Diaz

With beautiful visuals and inspiring stories, Nourish traces our relationship to food from a global perspective to personal action steps. Nourish illustrates how food connects to such issues as biodiversity, climate change, public health, and social justice. In addition to a half-hour television special, the Nourish DVD includes a collection of 11 short films. Among the offerings: “Supermarket Secrets” with Michael Pollan, “Edible Education” with Alice Waters, and “Herbs” with Jamie Oliver. Appropriate for all ages.

Special thanks to the Nourish Initiative (a Program of WorldLink) for its partnership on Cool Harvest.

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