Join us the 2nd Wednesday of each month from
6 - 8 pm at the Urban Ecology Center for a delicious potluck dinner and a program including lively discussion.



Our next monthly gathering:

Wednesday, April 9th
Intensive Indoor Microfarming
Growing nutrient dense food in your living room for health and profit
Speakers: Tony and Hillery Farrell

Farmer Tony and Hillery are proving that it is within everybody's reach to start their own profitable urban farming business at home which generates enough income to earn a living and takes up only 60 square feet of space. Learn why and how they have done this, how they plan to help local job-seeking youth become microgreen business entrepreneurs, their global aspirations to end world hunger, and most importantly how you can start your own microgreen production business in your home to eat healthy and earn a living from it.

Wednesday, May 14th
GreenQuest: the Journey of Local Food Ag Entrepreneurs

Mike and Paulette Flynn share their GreenQuest story. Learn why and how they built their small, local business and joined forces with large scale agriculture. Paulette will reflect on where their business fits within larger food system issues and their vision for future growth. Mike will share ideas for entrepreneurs on scaling a start-up business to meet customer demand.


Wednesday, June 11th
Taking the SNAP Challenge
Learnings & reflections on eating on a Food Stamp Budget for one week
Speaker: Kathy Blair Koch, Nutrition and Foods Education Specialist

In November 2013, just before Thanksgiving, Kathy who is a Friends of Real Food member, took the SNAP Challenge. (The challenge came from the HEN - Hunger and Environmental Nutrition - practice group of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.) She will share with us what she found about trying to eat real and healthy food within the constraints of this very limited budget. Earlier that month, SNAP benefits were reduced to $1.40 per person per meal.