Friday, August 6, 2010
World Kitchen Garden Day: 22 August 2010!
I received this message from Roger Doiron, who, among other things, is the founder ofKitchen Gardeners International.
It was important enough a message for me to pass along ;).
Yes, it's hard to believe but we're apparently not eating enough potato chips, cookies and fluorescent orange cheese puffs, at least not according to the Snack Food Association (SFA) which has joined forces with the National Potato Promotion Board to address this national crisis. Their response: christening February as National Snack Food Month.
As advocates for healthy, sustainable and socially-just foods and gardens, we can't let this hijacking of the country's culinary calendar go unanswered. Although we won't be able to outspend the SFA and their 590 members (Kraft, ConAgra, Fritolay, ExxonMobil...I swear I'm not making that last one up), we can outdo them in terms of people-power, spirit and creativity with a food holiday of our own which is as local, healthy and sustainable as it gets.
World Kitchen Garden Day is an annual, decentralized celebration of food produced on a human-scale. It is recognized each year on the 4th Sunday of August. It is an opportunity for people around the world to gather in their gardens with friends, family, and members of their local community to celebrate the multiple pleasures and benefits of home-grown and locally-grown foods.
Please help us make this year's celebration of Kitchen Garden Day a success. Here are some different things you can do depending on your interests, time, and talents:
1) "Attend" our event on Facebook and invite your friends to do the same (5 minutes)
2) Put your own Kitchen Garden Day marker on our global Meetup map (5 minutes) and use Meetup's tools to bring some like-minded people together in your area
3) Share the event on your website, blog, or online calendar using text from this message and one of the graphics (10-15 minutes)
4) Share this email broadly within your personal and professional networks (5 minutes)
On August 22, we will be enjoying homemade mead with some good friends in Poland, and perhaps, we'll bring along some of our garden bounty ... and maybe a chicken or a rabbit to roast, but they'll have to let us know if that will work for them, as it's their house ;). Hope ...?