Amagansett Food Institute (AFI) To Operate Food Business Incubator at Stony Brook SH

June 2, 2014 in Latest News

Stony Brook University has leased the commercial kitchen in the Student Center of its Southampton campus to the Amagansett Food Institute (AFI), which will operate the space as a business incubator called South Fork Kitchens.

“Food incubators”  provide local food businesses, including farms, with access to a commercial kitchen as well as business planning and development services. The site also provides storage space for ingredients, finished products and an on-site chef to process produce for added value. A farm to table café will provide food for students, staff and campus visitors while educating guests on the benefits and challenges of eating locally and in season.

This AFI facility will be open  full-time, and available to clients for around the clock. Certified by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, it meets all state and local regulations.

Stony Brook Southampton is located at 239 Montauk Highway in Southampton, NY. For more information on South Fork Kitchens, please contact amagansettfood@gmail.com.

Action Alert: Just Label GE Foods

June 2, 2014 in Events, Latest News

Sign the GMO Labeling Petition
Visit the GE Food Labeling Webpage

DONATE to the NY GE Food Labeling Campaign

Background

In New York State, a coalition that includes GMOFree NY, NOFA-NY, Food and Water Watch, Hunger Action, Consumers Union, NYPIRG and the Sierra Club is campaigning for a newly rewritten state labeling law – A 3525 – S 3835. This bill will require that all genetically engineered food offered for retail sale in New York be labeled as such.

At this time, people in the United States have no way of knowing whether the foods we buy are Genetically Engineered (GE) or contain GE ingredients because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require labeling of GE foods, even though it has full powers to do so. The FDA requires food producers to put labels on products with nutrition facts, ingredients, vitamins, and the presence of known allergens (e.g., milk, soy, and nuts), but does not believe we need to know whether our food contains genetically modified ingredients. Neither does the government of NYS.

A groundswell of energy to push to label GE foods is underway across the country. Since the 2012 defeat of Proposition 37 in California – an initiative that was drowned by a flood of corporate money – labeling initiatives are underway in over 30 states and at the federal level.

The states of Vermont, Maine and Connecticut have passed labeling bills. We all have the right to know what is in our food and the right to make informed choices about what we choose to eat. Let’s make this happen.

The NYS Assembly Consumer Protection and Affairs Committee voted for A3525/SB. The next steps are the Assembly Codes Committee and the Senate. You can help NY join Connecticut, Maine and Vermont in passing GE labeling. GE labeling for the whole country will be next.

The Delicious Nutritious FoodBook Launch Set For Autumn

June 2, 2014 in Latest News, Slow Food Schools

The Delicious Nutritious FoodBook will be sent to print very shortly and we are looking to organize a big launch in the Autumn with distribution to parents on Back to School Night. This has been a very exciting project and members of the Edible School Garden Group are vetting the draft that is being sent to the printer.

 

LI Farm Bureau Elects Aquaculturist Its First Woman President

November 14, 2013 in Latest News

The Long Island Farm Bureau recently elected a woman president for the first time in its 58 year history. Karen Rivara, owner and operator of Aeros Cultured Oysters in Southold, also the LIFB’s first aquaculturist president, will serve a one-year term. Rivara has served on the LIFB board since 2000 in various leadership roles and is an active advocate for Long Island agriculture.  At the same time, Slow Food member Holly Browder of Browder’s Birds in Southold was elected an LIFB Director.

Representing a broad range of Long Island commodities (over 100 products grown and sold) LIFB leaders have come from farms growing vegetables, fruits, nursery, potatoes, equine, greenhouse products, sod and now aquaculture. Rivara was at the forefront of a program started in 2009 in which commercial shellfish aquaculture operations lease certain designated underwater lands in Peconic and Gardiners Bays. New York State ceded title to approximately 100,000 acres of underwater lands to Suffolk County for the purpose of shellfish cultivation, and authorized the County to prepare, adopt and implement a shellfish aquaculture lease program for this region.

 

East End Contributes to Slow Food USA’s New ‘School Garden Guide’

October 2, 2013 in Latest News, Slow Food Schools

Slow Food East End Chair Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz is one of the contributing editors for Slow Food USA’s new “School Garden Guide”. And Slow Food East End’s ‘Master Farmer’ Program and the Josh Levine Farming Internship Application are featured on pages 36-38 of the guide.

It’s exciting to see this beautiful resource for School Gardens and to know that projects managed by Slow Food East End are included in this national publication. The guide is also a good example of how your membership dollars are put to work

The colorful 147-page electronic guide is filled with ideas to help school gardens “Build. Grow. Learn.”  With wonderful graphics and beautiful photographs, it will inspire and inform anyone interested in starting – or improving – a school garden.

Chapters include Build+Design, Volunteers, Fundraising, Curriculum, Marketing, Special Projects, Policy, Evaluation and Appendices.

We urge you to take a look by downloading the Guide here. If you are involved with school gardens, you’ll want to print out the guide to use as a valuable resource with teachers, school administrators and parents.

Join a CSA – farm-fresh veggies, honey, chickens!

March 16, 2013 in CSAs, Latest News, Slow Shopping

CSA’s on the East End

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way for a community of consumers to directly support small local farms.  Members (“subscribers,” or “shareholders”) pay a fee to join, which is repaid in fresh produce throughout the growing season (mid-May to November in our area). Each week, members collect boxes of fresh, local, seasonal produce on-site at the farm, or at other designated locations.  Some CSA’s feature ‘pick-your-own’ options, some offer or require work contributions, and all offer the opportunity to participate in the life of the farm and its cycles of planting, weeding, and harvesting. New in recent years are chicken and egg CSA’s, (Browder’s Birds and Deep Roots Farm) and a seafood “FSA” (Dock to Dish).

Buying a share allows the farmer to grow for a guaranteed, direct consumer.  The farmer has funds for the yearly operation of the farm, the members enjoy a bounty of locally grown, fresh vegetables and fruits, and the arrangement promotes the survival of sustainable, local, small-scale agriculture. One of the greatest benefits, CSA members find, is the “sense of community” instilled by knowing and supporting a local farm.

Some CSA’s do not require an up front payment (you pay weekly) and farms vary in the contents of their boxes, including optional additions (eggs, cheese, poultry, etc). Many CSA farms also sell at local farmers’ markets.

The following is a list of CSA farms on the East End. Please inquire directly for hours, policies, offerings and practices.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR THIS SEASON’S CSA’s

NORTH FORK

Biophilia Organic Farm
Phil Barbato
211 Manor Lane, Jamesport
(631) 722-2299

Browder’s Birds
Chicken CSA
Chris and Holly Browder
3005 Young’s Avenue (Charnews Farm), Southold
www.browdersbirds.com
(631) 477-6523

Deep Roots Farm
Fresh chickens and eggs
Tom Hart
57685 Main Rd, Southold
thomashart3@gmail.com
631-745-7928

Dock to Dish
Fresh Fish weekly
www.docktodish.com
pickup in Sag Harbor

The Farm
Ira and KK Haspel, Owners
59945 Main Road, Southold
www.kkthefarm.com
(631) 765-2075

Garden of Eve Organic Farm
Eve & Chris Kaplan Walbrecht
4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead
www.gardenofevefarm.com
(631) 523-6608

The Golden Earthworm Organic Farm
Matt & Maggie Kurek & James Russo
652 Peconic Bay Boulevard, Jamesport
www.goldenearthworm.com
(631) 722-3302

Goodale Farms 
250 Main Road, Aquebogue, NY
Hal@Goodalefarms.com
www.goodalefarms.com

(631) 901-5975

Invincible Summer Farms
www.invinciblesummerfarms.com
Southold, NY

MarGene Farms
Organic Produce Certified by NOFA
Maryann and Gene Krupski
Three pickup sites: Southold, Cutchogue 10am, & Farm in Mattituck
margene.farms5@gmail.com or on Facebook
(631) 298-7688

Natural Earth Farms
2806 River Road
Calverton, NY
www.naturalearthfarmsny.com

Sang Lee Farm
Fred and Karen Lee
25180 Country Road 48, Peconic
www.sangleefarm.com
(631) 734-7001

SHELTER ISLAND

Sylvester Manor Farm
Julia Trunzo
116 North Ferry Road (Rt 114), Shelter Island
www.sylvestermanor.wordpress.com
(631) 749-0626

SOUTH FORK

Amber Waves Farm
Catherine Baldwin & Amanda Merrow
375 Main Street, Amagansett
www.amberwavesfarm.org
(631) 213 200 8500

Balsam Farms
P.O. Box 2172
Amagansett
(631) 316-8784

Bhumi Farms
Frank Trentacoste
Amangansett
www.bhumifarm.com

The Bees Needs
Mary Woltz
Honey CSA
Sag Harbor
mgwoltz@optonline.net

The Green Thumb Organic Farm
Raymond Halsey Family
829 Montauk Highway, Watermill
www.greenthumborganicfarm.com
(631) 726 1900

Quail Hill Farm
Scott Chaskey
Deep Lane/Side Hill
Amagansett
(631) 267.8492

 

Meet New People with a “Snail Supper”

March 8, 2012 in Events, Latest News

2013potluckmeetingGood news! Slow Food East End leaders have decided to extend our summer “Snail Suppers”  and make them year-around.  At these communal dinners, members get together at private homes or other venues on the East End to socialize with other foodies. Admission is a $20 per person donation to the Chapter. Participants are asked to bring a dish or a beverage to share (in winter as local as you can make it; other times seasonal and local). The host provides the main dish. If you’re not a members, this is a great incentive to join!

Interested in Hosting a SF Snail Potluck Dinner (click here)?

If you are interested in hosting a Snail Supper, please fill out the form here, or contact Linda Slezak: Lndslzk1@gmail.com. It can be a small, intimate gathering or a larger event. The main goal is to celebrate food as a cornerstone of pleasure, culture and community and have a great inexpensive meal with old and new friends.

Click here to see photos of past Chapter gatherings.