Lettuce Turnip the Beet

Lettuce Turnip the Beet Meeting

Location: 
Student Center, Room 336
Date: 
October 26, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Interested in local, sustainable food?

Come to our weekly meetings on Thursdays to talk about food, gardens, getting more local food on campus, planning events for campus, getting out to work on farms, and anything else related to food that interests you.

We love new faces, so please stop by!

Lettuce Turnip the Beet Meeting

Location: 
Student Center, Room 336
Date: 
October 21, 2010 7:00pm

Interested in local, sustainable food?

Come to our weekly meetings on Thursdays to talk about food, gardens, getting more local food on campus, planning events for campus, getting out to work on farms, and anything else related to food that interests you.

We love new faces, so please stop by!

The role of Meat in Sustainability

Location: 
Valentine 103
Date: 
September 24, 2010 1:30pm
Join Shannon Hayes and the students of Lettuce Turnip the Beet for a conversation on the role meat plays in sustainable agriculture. Discussion will be outside if weather allows.

Shannon Hayes writes and farms with three generations of her family on Sap Bush Hollow Farm in West Fulton, NY, where she grew up. The family raises all-natural grassfed lamb, beef, pork, and poultry. She holds a BA in creative writing from Binghamton University, and a Masters and PhD in Sustainable Agriculture and Community Development from Cornell. Shannon's essays and articles have appeared in myriad regional and national publications, including The New York Times, The Boston Review, and Northeast Public Radio. Shannon currenly blogs for Yes! Magazine, and her books are available through most conventional channels, as well as directly from the author at RadicalHomemakers.com and GrassfedCooking.com.

Shannon is also one of the keynote speakers at the Local Living Festival.

This presentation is sponsored by SLU’s Mellon Foundation Grant for Environmental Education.

Dig In! School and Community Garden Training a Success

From a St. Lawrence Health Initiative press release:

"Dig In!  School and Community Garden Training was held on March 30, 2010 on the St. Lawrence University Campus in Canton.  The event was cosponsored by a number of local organizations:  the St. Lawrence Health Initiative's Health Quest MOVE & Eat Well Play Hard Projects, Cornell Cooperative Extension St. Lawrence County, GardenShare, UShare, Lettuce Turnip the Beet of St. Lawrence University, and the St. Lawrence Valley Teachers' Learning Center. 

Over one hundred (100) teachers, parents, students, agency representatives and community members from around the North Country attended this engaging training.  Topics included integrating garden projects into the curriculum, using the harvest in school cafeterias, and first steps to starting a garden project.  Presenters also shared their "Most Valuable Tool" for a successful school or community garden project, ranging from the importance of healthy soil to community connections. 

Participants left with ideas and resources to create or strengthen school and community garden projects, from recipes to classroom activities and planting guides to funding opportunities.  Resources from Dig In! are available on the St. Lawrence Health Initiative website, www.gethealthyslc.org, in the Health Quest MOVE section of the site."

Seminar: "Rethinking Seafood"

Location: 
Carnegie 10
Date: 
April 22, 2010 12:00pm

Dr.Brad Baldwin will present on the subject of seafood and marine conservation.

Meeting Minutes

Date: 
02/18/2010

LETTUCE TURNIP THE BEET

February 18, 2010

1. Julia and Cassie attended the Real Food Leadership Training at UVM

- Made connections with SUNY Potsdam who are interested in starting a group like LTB.

- After a presentation by Julia and Cassie we brainstormed the following ideas:

-Panel Discussion from various faculty, staff and community members: Ask around if anyone would like to give a talk that's food related.  Our 1st step is seeing what topics people are willing to speak on and then we'll brainstorm as to the structure.  Emails are being sent by Laura, Julia and Chloe to departments.

- Post questions around campus to get the school thinking i.e. Have you ever spoken with a farmer? What would you do without him? Think of some of your own and bring them next Thursday

                 - Post pictures of local agriculture around campus.

2. Film Fresh Showing is scheduled for the weekend after break provided that the movie is delivered by then.

3. Food Pantries  need help in Madrid and Hannawa Falls! Look out for Emily's doodle to see when she'll be driving a van so we can help out.

4. Our Canton Crunchies potato chips with an LTB logo are for sale in the Pub.  They would be interested in doing another project with us.

5. Agricultural Plastic Recycling workshop  at Cornell Cooperative Extension next Tuesday, February 23rd between 12:30 and 1.  Laura Dobbs is going and can drive some people.  Check out the website at http://environmentalrisk.cornell.edu/AgPlastics/

6.DigIn. We will need to make the following tools 2 ft x 2 ft each, made of whatever we can find! Bring ideas to next meeting so we can plan them out!

  •  "True Believer":  "a school need[s] a person...who truly believes in the project and is willing to walk through fire to do it"
  • "Crop Staples - Tomatoes, Potatoes, Kale & Mustard Greens":  from school food service director/cook
  • "Community" - "Place and garden-based education starts to reach outside of the classroom, into the garden, the community and beyond. Building strong, vibrant community relationships and commitment is the key to successful school garden projects that are linked to the classroom and cafeteria."
  • "Volunteer Coordinator" - "Our project relies mostly on PEOPLE and their RESOURCEFULNESS to survive and succeed... we really need an instrumental person (or team of people, sometimes) at the center who can be "pleasantly convincing" (hence recruit volunteers to sign up), organized (so every job is covered), on the ball (so everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing), and grateful (so everyone feels appreciated after all is said and done)."
  • "Soil" - "deep, rich, loamy soil"; soil building, structure, chemistry, testing

Reminder that the event is on March 30th and Ellie, Molly, Charlotte, Chloe, Lindsay and Levi have volunteered to help out by either drawing chalk signs or setting up and direction traffic 7:30 -:830am. Only 3 people will be needed to direct traffic.

We also had our yearbook picture taken!

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