Local Food Justice Events: April-August

Local Food Justice Events: April-August

Boston MAM 2013, photo by Arnold de Souza

Boston MAM 2013, photo by Arnold de Souza


Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22!

** Screening of “Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds”
FRI 4/25 10 am
Patriot Cinemas at the Hingham Shipyard
24 Shipyard Dr, Higham, MA
Get tickets here! ($10)
Green Dad” Mike Gioscia will be there!

** International Seed Day
SAT 4/26 11:30 am – 5 pm
Roslindale Congragational Church
25 Cummins Hwy, Roslindale, MA 02131 (Boston)

ISD is an educational day to share knowledge about seed saving and planting, the advantages of biodiversity, food sovereignty and organic food.  It is the day to bring awareness about farmers’ rights, the disadvantages of bio-piracy and dangers of Genetically Engineered Food (GEF) [aka Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)]
Part of the activities is a FREE workshop to explore farming
The workshop is provided courtesy of New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

** LoveEarthFest
Sun 4/27 12-5 pm, Cape Cod Beer
third annual Earth Day celebration, a free, family-friendly afternoon of local food and beer – but the focus will be on local eco-conscious businesses and organizations, as well as green education

** The Green Dad presents a Screening of “Forks Over Knifes” FREE
Fri May 2, 7 pm
South Shore Natural Science Center

** Sheep Day @ Soule Homestead Farm, Middleborough, MA
Sat May 3rd 
** Wake Up the Earth! Jamaica Plain, MA
Sat May 3rd, noon-6 & parade at 11 am!
Sun May 4th 
**  Local Food Initiatives, The Enterprise Center @ Salem State University
May 14 & June 18 events

“Local food” is big business on Boston’s North Shore.  When the Enterprise Center ran a workshop on the topic as part of it’s “Business of…” series in January 2012, more than 100 people showed up!  That was the beginning.

For an update on the last Local Foods Quarterly Meeting, read our latest post on the Small Business Buzz blog: Local Foods: What’s New on the North Shore?

Networking IV – Wednesday May 14, 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM at Wolf Meadow Farm in Amesbury: Register Here

Quarterly Meeting II – Wednesday June 18, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM  at the Enterprise Center: Register Here

** EarthFest at the Hatchshell
SAT 5/17 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

20h Annual EarthFest, sponsored by Radio 92.9 and Whole Foods Market, produced in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation – past events have drawn in excess of 100,000 people.

** Greenovate Boston
May 31
The Summit is a one-day event that’s all about empowering the Boston community to address climate change and help make Boston the greenest, most climate-prepared city in the U.S. The Summit will include world-class speakers, interactive workshops and training, the Greenovate Boston Awards Ceremony, and a Marketplace of Ideas to showcase local innovations, products, and services. The Summit provides participants with information, tools, and resources needed to take action in their communities and network with leaders to make Boston’s neighborhoods more resilient, energy efficient, and sustainable.

Participants at the Summit will also have an opportunity to provide direct input into the 2014 Climate Action Plan Update, which is due for completion by the end of the year.

*** Herbstalk: Herbal Education for Urban Communities
The Armory, Somerville June 7+8

Herbal classes, plant walks, marketplace: Herbstalk is a community conference that teaches people about plants. We host educational classes on herbal & holistic topics, offer urban plant walks, and bring together herbal vendors from across New England. We intend to inspire and educate diverse groups of people about the craft of herbalism in a fun, accessible and inspiring way. Our purpose is to:
~ share the traditional folk practices of herbal medicine
~ connect & strengthen the local herbal community
~ empower people to take their health into their own hands
~ offer accessible educational opportunities
~ facilitate a direct relationship to plants and the natural world
~ create community around herbs and health

** Special Screening of “GMO OMG”
June 11 in Boston

GMO OMG, presented by Ben & Jerry’s and Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee

GMO OMG explores the systematic corporate takeover and potential loss of humanity’s most precious and ancient inheritance: seeds. Director Jeremy Seifert investigates how loss of seed diversity and corresponding laboratory assisted genetic alteration of food affects his young children, the health of our planet, and freedom of choice everywhere. 

Join with the film-maker, Jeremy Seifert, along with MA legislators and organizers working to pass GMO labeling in Massachusetts for this special presentation.

** Boston GreenFest: Envisioning Our Future
Aug 15-17
Boston City Hall


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