Wealth of Information Offered at World on Your Plate About Locally Grown Food, Health, and Sustainability

2011 World on Your Plate Offers a Community Dialogue About Food and Sustainable Living


 Daemen Campus October 14 and 15




Contact :   Jordana Halpern Geist, Chair





Contact:  Sharon Benz-Steering Committee




Web:       http://www.worldonyourplate.org


The 8th Annual World on Your Plate food forum begins Friday, October 14 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and continues Saturday, October 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Daemen College’s Charles J. Wick center, on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street, Amherst.


Friday night begins with a screening of “The Economics of Happiness,” a documentary that focuses on how developing local resources is a powerful strategy to repair and build stronger ecosystems, societies and ourselves. The film features: Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Michael Shuman, and Samdhong Rinpoche. Viewers will enjoy movie treats provided by local bakeries, vendors and caterers. A moderated discussion will follow the film lead by Sarah Bishop, Buffalo First, and Dr. Brenda Young, Daemen College professor of biology.


Saturday’s program includes a keynote address from Judy Wicks, founder and former owner of the White Dog Café, a Philadelphia restaurant that features fresh local food with a national reputation for community involvement, environmental stewardship, responsible business practices, and leadership in the local economy movement.  Wick is also co-founder of the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and founder of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia.


World On Your Plate also offers participants their choice of thee workshop sessions on Saturday with topics such as Garden-based Education, Vermiculture, Healthy School Lunch Programs, Holistic Health, Raising Organic Animals, Medicinal Herbs, Raw Foods and more!


Also presenting are featured speakers: Sarah Bishop, Executive Director of Buffalo First and Christina Abt, a regular radio commentator for WBFO/NPR Radio and author of Chicken Wing Wisdom, a collection of stories about Western New York Women who have clearly demonstrated their unique sense of wisdom as it’s connected to food. 


In addition, WOYP will offer a full-day of interactive, informative, and inspiring workshops on Saturday for youth, ages 10 to 14.  Youth will have the opportunity to learn about sustainable and healthy living during hands-on, entertaining sessions targeted for their age group. Offered throughout the day, workshops will feature making homemade ice cream with local, organic farmers, the Thorpes family, participating in a discussion with peers about their activities, experiencing a yoga class, learning all about seasonal foods and creating delicious, healthy recipes.


Cost is $25 with pre-registration and $30 at the door. Youth are free with a paying adult. Students with ID are admitted free but must pre-register. Registration includes Friday night film and food and Saturday programs, organic lunch, and ongoing access to local vendors and

information tables.


This is an event that will appeal to people who are deeply passionate about locally grown and raised food, health, sustainability and other food issues.


For more information or to register, visit www.worldonyourplate.org .

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