January 17, 2011 Comments Off on C’Ville Slow Food Class!
One the hardest things about doing something that in contrary to what the majority of people are doing is that it takes a lot of practice and hard work. Often it is pretty easy to get bogged down with the weight of it all. That is why it is great to go and learn something new and get re-energized. So I wanted to share a non-credit class offered through the U.Va School of Continuing and Professional studies. Below is the information from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies website. I haven’t quite figured out if I can fit it in my schedule, but it looks to be a really interesting class!
Planet to Plate:A Study in Slow Food (Goat Cheese)
Slow food is a global, grassroots movement that connects the pleasures of the table with a commitment to the craft and heritage of food and drink production. This short course examines localized food production through the lens of the Slow Food movement to explore chevre, or goat cheese, a favorite regional European product that is increasingly finding a place in Central Virginia’s cuisine and landscape. while building a working knowledge of the heritage of goat cheese( seasonality, craftmanship, animal husbandry, and land stewardship), students also gain insight into small scale dairy farming in Virginia and it’s challenges. Using the framework of Slow Food, and through tasting and discussion of locally produced chevre, student will become familiar with the concepts of provenance, regionality, terroir, and good taste.
Instructor: Lisa Reeder is a local foods advocate and educator who work to promote a sustainable food system in our region. She holds a BA in Commerce from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of the Chef’s Training program at the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in New York City.
Mondays, 7-9pm Mar 28- Apr 11. UVa School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Zehmer Hall, Lounge. Includes tasting trip on Saturday, April 9, 10am – noon.
January 4, 2011 § 1 Comment
In March it will be one year since I started eating local. I have been pretty proud of what I have have accomplished, I have only bought local and sustainable meat in my home for the last year. Where I have come up short is when I eat out or eat over at family and friends or when I eat out at a restaurant. When at a restaurant my rationale is that I want to get my moneys worth so I order meat. When over a family or friend’s house I don’t want to be offensive or act high and might so I eat whatever they serve. Now I am at a fork in the road. I can continue to use this rationale , which is basically an excuse and keep eating meat other places that I feel bad about eating or I come up with a better explanation for what I believe and and start to eat only ethical and/or sustainable meat. So for my New Years resolution when I eat at someone’s house or out at a restaurant, if I don’t know where the meat is from I will be going vegetarian or bringing my own meat. It’s important to know that the animals that are feeding me are abused and living a horrible life, it’s important to me that I support local farmers, and it’s important to me to be committed. I know I won’t be able to eat only local vegetables, but as a counter I hope to eat at more local restaurants, so at least the money I spend stays in the community.
I also want to start my garden planning and actual planting earlier!
Happy New Year Everyone(if not a little late)
January 4, 2011 Comments Off on 2010 in review
Here’s a little review of this year in my blogosphere, so thought I would share. I can’t wait for the my next gardening season(more on this later) and I’m hoping my motivation stays high.
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 69 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 146 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 148mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was June 16th with 30 views. The most popular post that day was Lessons learned: Container Gardening and Travel.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, Google Reader, healthfitnesstherapy.com, facebook.com, and mail.yahoo.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for cost of spinach, sedum reflexum, micro celery, eat sleep garden, and spinach cost.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Lessons learned: Container Gardening and Travel June 2010
Know Thy Plant: Sedum Reflexum April 2010
A Cost Comparison- Spinach March 2010
Micro Celery!! June 2010