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 jcfayyaz@gmail.com 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’sedibleschoolgardens.org, 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 newyork@farmland.org. To learn more and register, click here.

Edible School Garden Group Meeting

November 14, 2013 in Past Events

Tuesday, February 25, 4 pm

Hayground School

Seed exchange will take place at this meeting.

Potluck Supper Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

November 14, 2013 in Past Events

Slow Food board member Linda Slezak and her husband Jim will host the next potluck supper at their home in Hampton Bays. Participants are urged to bring Mexican or Mexican-inspired food and to enhance the celebration with Mexican dress if they’d like.

Please bring a dish to share that serves 6-8 (or more) and try to keep it as local as possible. Hosts will provide mojitos and Coronas but you are also encouraged to please bring your favorite beverage.

Date:  Sunday, May 4, 2014
Time:  5:00 pm
RSVP: 631-659-3222 or lndslzk1@gmail.com
Cost:  $15 per person for members of Slow Food East End. $20 per person for non-members – or join and we’ll cut you a deal at the $15 rate. 

All proceeds from the dinner will be used for Edible School Garden programs.

Since space is limited to 25 guests and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please reserve promptly – these events fill up fast.  You’ll be rewarded with an opportunity to taste some of the best foods made by some of the best cooks on the East End.

Meet Our New Leaders

October 31, 2013 in Past Events

Two new Leaders joined the Board of Slow Food East End as a result of elections held by members in October. Here are the bios they provided us with at that time.

M. Pierre Friedrichs, East Hampton

Slow Food Experience: I have been a member of Slow Food East End for the past three years with a recent emphasis on helping organize the annual event for the Josh Levine Memorial Foundation Fund, which benefits the Edible School Garden Group. Three years ago I organized, planned, promoted and executed a potluck lunch, tour and fundraiser at Mecox Bay Dairy.

I grew up on Millbank Farms, an 80-acre farm outside of New Orleans that has been in my family for 130 years where we raised our own livestock, poultry and vegetables. Most of the food my family ate was raised at Mill Bank Farms — “we always knew who we were eating.”

My career has been focused on food retailing — as a corporate caterer at Rockefeller Center, restaurant owner and front of house manager, independent caterer and private chef. I am a chef and farmer — engaged in many aspects of local farming, food and community. The past two summers I have served as a private chef for families on the East End incorporating not only products from my own farm, but those from many local growers and purveyors. We are so fortunate to live in a region where we have an abundance of farmers, food producers, fishermen/women, and vintners etc. who embrace the tenets of Slow Food.


Megan Schmidt, Sag Harbor

Slow Food Experience: Since moving to the East End, I have connected with people who see food and cooking the way I do through Slow Food East End.As a leader, I will do my part in keeping the momentum of Slow Food — the conversation, the implementation — strong and beneficial to the entire community. I am a board member of the Edible School Gardens group, co-founder of the Edible School Garden at The Child Development Center of the Hamptons in Wainscott; and a leader of the volunteer food-awareness group, Peconic Harvest.

In 2000, while living on the island of Maui, my family joined its first CSA program. As a city kid who took for granted where my food came from, living next to an onion farm and getting a weekly produce box, completely changed how I saw food, land and our relationship with it.

I am a health-conscious home cook, mother, food advocate and owner of The Good Farm Delivery, a “hyper” local food service for the South Fork that is currently winding down its first season. A year-round resident of the East End for 11 years, I have dedicated myself to supporting local food systems with my new company and promoting healthy food choices and conversation with my blog, The Good Bowl (thegoodbowl.com).

I hold a BA in Art History from Trinity College, and when not delivering local food, I freelance as a design and marketing consultant. A native New Yorker, I currently reside in Sag Harbor with my husband, Marc, and our young daughter.

Officers Reelected

October 31, 2013 in Past Events

We are pleased to announce the re-election of Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz as Chair, and Joan Turturro as Secretary, of Slow Food East End for two-year terms, beginning January 1, 2014.

According to our bylaws, chapter officers are elected by the Leaders (Board). Elections for the offices of Chair and Secretary are held on odd-numbered years. Officers are elected by the Board by an anonymous electronic or written ballot.

Edible East End Magazine Showcases Edible School Gardens of East End in Fall Issue

October 31, 2013 in Past Events

The article highlights how Slow Food East End’s Chair Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz and Vice-Chair Bryan Futerman have led the Edible School Garden movement here, and how our chapter has developed school garden financing with the Josh Levine Memorial Foundation and other sources. Read the full article here.



Newest Edible School Garden Breaks Ground

October 31, 2013 in Past Events

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Shelter Island Edible School garden took place on Friday, October 11 at a 30 by 72-foot area next to the elementary wing of the Shelter Island School. The following information is from an article that appeared in the Shelter Island Reporter by Charity Robey on October 7, 2013. To read the entire article, click here.

New Leaders Elected with Electronic Voting

October 2, 2013 in Past Events

On September 15th, an electronic ballot was sent to all Slow Food East End members asking them to vote for 7 of the 9 candidates running to be Leaders for a two-year term, 2014-2016.  Voting took place September 17-27. Almost one-third of our membership voted, making this the largest and most democratic election our chapter has ever had.

 The following 7 candidates were elected, including the 5 incumbents running for re-election.

  • Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz
  • M. Pierre Friedrichs
  • Bryan Futerman
  • Anne Howard
  • Linda Slezak
  • Megan Schmidt
  • Jeri Woodhouse

Congratulations to our two new Leaders, Pierre Friedrichs and Megan Schmidt, who will join the leadership team that is now expanded from 10 to 12 members. Current Leaders who were not up for re-election this term and whose terms continue include Jeannie Calderale, Tullia Limarzi, Cheryl Stair, Ivo Tomasini, and Joan Turturro.

We wish to thank everyone who ran for office and everyone who took the time to vote Elections do matter, and your Leaders take their responsibility seriously.  We are looking forward to an even better year in 2014.

New York Farm Bureau Offers Ag Scholarships

October 2, 2013 in Past Events

New York Farm Bureau and Long Island Farm Bureau together are encouraging high school seniors who have been involved with agriculture and plan on continuing studies in this field to apply for the New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship, sponsored by the New York Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee. Scholarship award amounts are $1,500 for first place, $1,200 for second and $1,000 for third place.

Students applying must have a family Farm Bureau membership or a student Farm Bureau membership. Students are required to submit a brief essay answering the question, “If you had the power to change something in your community or on your farm, what would you change and why?”

The application submission deadline is November 18, 2013. To nominate someone for the scholarship or to request an application, call 1-800-342-4143 or visit www.nyfb.org and then scroll down to “Farm Essentials” for scholarship information and the application.