A mini-series of free workshops focused on food access and community food system resilience are being offered by the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, Amherst Survival Center, the Center for Human Development’s Not Bread Alone Soup Kitchen and the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, starting July 27.
The community is invited to tour the UMass Food For All Garden, located at the Agricultural Learning Center, 991 North Pleasant St., on Sunday, July 27 from 1-2:30 p.m. The garden is working to fill the gaps in donations received by local relief organizations like Amherst Survival Center and Not Bread Alone. Growing based on its projected needs, Food For All plans, grows, maintains and harvests organically grown produce contributed to daily meals and distribution to the western Massachusetts community at large.
The garden hosts summer volunteer hours Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, and Wednesdays, 11a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers hours by appointment with garden leaders Cate Elliott and Sarah Berquist. During these times, the general public is invited to join their efforts while learning and practicing organic food production among fellow community members.
A diverse panel of educators, farmers and community organizers representing a range of work in the Pioneer Valley food system will be sharing various perspectives, stories and challenges in their work and strategizing to bring more local, healthy food to all areas of the community on Wednesday, July 30 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hitchcock Center, 525 South Pleasant St. The panel will be followed by a potluck.
A workshop on food preservation will be presented Monday, Aug. 18 from 5-7 p.m. at Not Bread Alone, 165 Main St. Participants will sample different kinds of preservation including fermentation, canning and making pesto. There will be rotating stations so participants can get their hands on multiple types of food preservation practices.