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Culinary Master Courses to support the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture


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Hi Rockwellians!

I am writing to introduce you to Arcadia's new membership program. We have some of the greatest chefs in the area (and a few from outside the area) donating their time and talents to teach Master Courses and host special dinners to benefit Arcadia.

The classes are open to our members first at a discount, and then to the public. (And members get cool swag! t-shirts, high quality farmers market totes, autographed copies of Forrest Pritchard's book, "Gaining Ground," plus invites to members only pop-up events around town)

Here's the link to the classes, and you can navigate around the site from there.

http://www.arcadiamembers.org/#!courses/cust

Arcadia is a 501©3 organization. We are dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system. We have a small farm on the grounds of Woodlawn Mansion -- formerly part of Mount Vernon -- where we grow food for our Mobile Market. The Mobile Market makes 9 stops a week in low-food access neighborhoods. They tend to be low income and don't have farmers markets or grocery stores nearby. We also source food from a dozen farms from within 100 miles, and offer meat, cheese, yogurt, milk, bread, and locally made granola in addition to fruits, veggies, and herbs. Our prices are great to begin with -- we are currently selling the most succulent peaches you've ever had for $1.75 a pound -- and we double the value of SNAP and WIC (food stamps) so low-income people can stretch their food dollars by purchasing more healthy food. We also do cooking demonstrations and tastings, and will soon publish a gorgeous cookbook that combines WIC staples with seasonal produce. That cookbook will be distributed free to our WIC and SNAP customers and sold to others. We're looking for a corporate sponsor for the cookbook if anyone is interested!

We also have a farm education program -- farm camp in the summer with 25 percent of our campers on full, needs-based scholarships, and field trips for school children throughout the year. The kids learn about sustainable agriculture, healthy food -- and pick and eat food straight from our farm. YOu wouldn't believe the variety of veggies kids will eat when they harvest them themselves.

Here's more about Arcadia. We have lots of volunteer opportunities and would love to have you as members!

Please contact me if you have questions or thoughts!

Pam Hess

Executive Director

pam@arcadiafood.org

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