Newest School Garden Hosts 1st “Empty Bowls”

March 17, 2014 in Past Events

A fundraiser to benefit the Shelter Island Edible School Garden
and the Shelter Island Food Pantry

Sunday, Marcy 30
Shelter Island School Cafeteria
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tickets at the door: $15 adult, $10 senior, $5 children, $30 max per family

Kiddie arts and crafts & 50/50 raffle

4th Annual Joshua Levine / Slow Food East End Dinner & Cocktail Party

February 19, 2014 in Past Events

Please join us on Sunday April 6th, 2014.

Event Details:
5:00 PM – Cocktail party & silent auction at Dodds & Eder, Sag Harbor, NY (SOLD OUT)

7:00 PM – Dinner at American Hotel (SOLD OUT)

The Online Silent Auction is still available: Click here to place your bid!

Support Hampton Bays School Garden with Soup and Ice cream Supper

January 29, 2014 in Past Events

Soup and Sundae Night, Wednesday,February 12th,  5:00-7:00 PM.
Hampton Bays Middle School Cafe

Featuring soups prepared by chefs from from Hampton Bays restaurants. Bring a bowl, buy a hand painted bowl, or use one of theirs.
Taste as many soups as you like and enjoy ice cream from Carvel.
Admission $5 children and seniors; $10 adults.

Winter Farmers’ Markets Open in Riverhead and Bridgehampton

January 13, 2014 in Past Events

Riverhead’s  a new, weekly indoor market will on Saturday, February 1, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.. at the former Swezey’s, 117 East Main Street, across the street from Suffolk Theater.

Holly Browder of Browder’s Birds in Southold, who is helping organize the market, reports that 35 East End purveyors have already signed up to offer up local goods. A Taste of the North Fork, Long Island Livestock Co., Goodale Farms, Carissa Breads, Merkin Fisheries and the Southampton Soap Company are among the vendors. Only locally produced products and food are permitted.

The market will run through May 17, and vendors are still being recruited.  Click here for a registration form.

Topping Rose House Restaurant and Inn in Bridgehampton is also hosting a winter farmers market on a monthly basis in its Barn event space. The next market will be held on February 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and it will continue every third Saturday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. for the duration of the season.


LI Agricultural Forum January 16-17, 2014

January 13, 2014 in Past Events

The Long Island Agricultural Forum (Ag Forum) returns for its 33rd year to Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus in Riverhead on Thursday and Friday, January 16th and 17th.

This two-day conference will include topics focusing on the interests of Long Island’s agricultural and horticultural industries. All growers and dealers in these industries are encouraged to attend. The Forum provides the opportunity to keep up-to-date on the latest issues and technology, as well as to accrue important pesticide recertification credits. Registration is $45/person. For more information or a registration form, call Linda Holm at 631-727-7850, ext 341, or visit for the complete schedule.

Schools Gardens To Host Benefits

January 11, 2014 in Past Events

 “Souper Bowls”: Second Annual North Fork Benefit,

Sunday, March 2 at the Greenport School Cafeteria, Noon to 3 pm.
Admission $10 for adults and $5 for children
Bring your bowl and spoon, sample as many luscious soups as you’d like provided by local restaurants.

Music by Second Hands. Arts and crafts.

Proceeds to be shared by Greenport and Southold School Gardens

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spring seedlings






Gerry Hayden Fundraiser Event: Sunday Feb. 23, 2014, 4:30pm-7pm

January 11, 2014 in Past Events

gerry haden videoSOLD OUT! The Gerry Hayden Tasting Event at Kontokosta Winery has reached maximum capacity and we have stopped taking reservations. The support for Gerry has been overwhelming. Thank you for your interest in attending this event. If you would like to make a donation that will go directly to help provide for Gerry’s quality of life care, you may do so by clicking here.

If you would like to make a DONATION that will go directly to help provide for Gerry’s quality of life care, you may do so by clicking here.

We hope to see you at a future Slow Food East End event.

Celebrate Chef Gerry Hayden & The North Fork Table and Inn at a very special tasting event at Kontokosta Winery, 825 North Road (Route 25), Greenport, NY.

Kontokosta Winery, Slow Food East End and notable East End Chefs come together to honor Gerry Hayden’s exceptional culinary accomplishments, his ongoing commitment to nurturing our local, sustainable farm culture and his many efforts to promote education and awareness about the good food movement. Learn more about Chef Hayden as he speaks openly and eloquently about his life-long passion for good food and his ongoing fight against ALS. Money raised will help provide for his quality of life care.


Kontokosta Winery is the North Fork’s first tasting room and winery with a waterfront location on the Long Island Sound.

32nd Annual Organic Farming & Gardening Conference, January 24-26, 2014

January 8, 2014 in Past Events

Join NOFA for its annual, one of the largest sustainable agriculture conferences in the East.  The conference strives to inspire, inform, and provide an unparalleled opportunity for networking and for reciprocal teaching and learning.
More than 80 workshops are offerend as well as a special children’s conference, entertainment, and the most delicious meals made from food donated by NOFA farmers. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced farmer, organic gardener, dedicated homesteader, or food advocate, there’s something for you.
Location: Saratoga Hilton & City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY  
Receive a $10 discount when you register by Dec. 13th.
To register online, click here or call 585-271-1979 x509 Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm to register.

Edible School Garden News

January 8, 2014 in Past Events

Vitamix Machines for School Garden Programs Thanks to the amazing Stefanie Saks, Vitamix has agreed to supply Edible School Gardens with re-furbished Vitamix machines. The Springs Seedlings Project has already received one for their Food Justice and after school programs.  In order to receive a Vitamix, schools must submit a description of their school garden program and how it is incorporated into the school curriculum.  You can see the materials that were supplied by Springs Seedlings as an example of what was accepted by clicking here. (It is not in perfect form but should be good enough!)  Please send completed forms to Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz at with the subject line “VITAMIX” and she will forward them to Stefanie.

Ghana, Africa Inquires About Our School Gardens The Edible School Garden Group has been contacted by a school garden in Ghana, Africa, which found the East End through the group’, maintained by Megan Schmidt. They were very impressed with our programs and wanted to collaborate with us.  It would be great for students from both countries to Skype and/or communicate. This is of great interest to them. The Edible School Garden Group is looking for someone in the group who would like to further investigate how they might be able to help this garden as we did with the “Wings Over Haiti Garden”.

Harvesting Opportunities in New York Conference November 20 at Albany Hilton

November 14, 2013 in Past Events

The American Farmland Trust is hosting its second annul Harvesting Opportunities in New York Conference on November 20 at the Albany, NY Hilton. Interest in the growth of local farm and food economies has never been higher yet New York continues to lose thousands of acres of farmland to real estate development each year. Over the last 25 years, nearly half a million acres of farmland, the equivalent of 4,500 farms, has been lost to housing developments,  shopping malls and big box stores. In fact, over 80 percent of the fruits, vegetables and dairy products produced in New York are grown near urban areas and lie directly in the path of sprawling development.

But, this situation is changing.  People across New York are hard at work supporting local farms and saving local farmland. Townspeople are hammering out zoning regulations that steer development away from the best farmland and don’t inhibit entrepreneurial farmers. More colleges, senior centers and other community institutions are seeking out locally grown food.  And, land trusts, private landowners and others are making land available to young farmers, immigrants, veterans and other farmers looking to expand their farm businesses.

For people who care about New York agriculture and want to work together to grow local food economies, protect farmland from development and support the next generation of farmers. Conference participants will include: farmers, public officials from all levels of government, land trusts, local foods and public health leaders, hunger relief advocates, institutional food-service managers, agricultural organizations and concerned citizens.

Conference Tracks Include:

  1. Buy Local
  2. Save Farms in Your Community
  3. Spread the Word
  4. Farmland for the Next Generation of Farmers

The 2013 conference features 12 concurrent workshops as well as a morning and lunchtime program. A Cider Doughnut Continental Breakfast will jump-start the day and a lunch will be Thanksgiving—Locally Grown!

Discounted registration is available to beginning farmers and students. For information or to register call (518) 581-0078 or email To learn more and register, click here.