Sunday, November 4th
Oakwood Community Center, 313 Tenth Street, Troy, NY
$2/per person (swap curious, swappers & guests)
This month's guests: Agricultural Stewardship Association
We are throwing a mini-charity event/membership drive for ASA & their great mission to save farmland in Washington & Rensselear Counties.
ANYTHING over the $2 suggested donation goes straight to ASA. If you would like to give your name & mailing address, you will be added as a member of ASA. (ASA doesn't have a tradional membership program. ANY money donated, even a dollar, is considered a membership fee).
What they do:
"ASA is a nonprofit land trust helping landowners conserve farmland in Washington and Rensselaer counties in the upper Hudson River valley. Our goal is to ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy our local agricultural traditions, landscapes, and products. Each family that has protected their land has a unique story, and every conserved farm contributes in its own way to our hope for the continued vitality of agriculture in our region.
There are several options available to landowners who are interested in permanently protecting their land from development. The particular method used for conservation depends on the goals of the landowner, the attributes of the land, the availability of funding and other details.
Once land is protected by a conservation easement, ASA takes on a permanent responsibility for stewardship, including annual visits and meetings with landowners to ensure that conservation goals are met."
Our Second Guest will be Quincy Farm owners Cara Fraver & Luke Deikis who will briefly speak on ASA and how the organization aided them in their dream of owning & operating a farm.
Quoting from their website:
"we found help in the form of two fantastic non-profits, the Open Space Institute and the Agricultural Stewardship Association. Working together, we were able to create a conservation easement on the land that will ensure it retains its agricultural value forever. This easement also lowered the purchase price of the land enough that, with abig stretch, we were able to purchase the Wright's property and continue its legacy as a successful family farm. We can't say thank you enough to OSI and ASA. Without them, this wouldn't be possible."
For more information on Quincy Farm's Conservation Easement, the Wall Street Journal wrote a great article on the process & specifics.
Our Third Guest is SUNY ALBANY Professor in Kendra Smith-Howard, who will speak on:
The role that manufactured dairy foods (butter, cheese, ice cream) have historically played in the upstate NY dairy economy, and in so doing, remind people of both the complicated nature (literally & figuratively) of the words "local" and "processed" foods.
Assistant Professor Kendra Smith-Howard's research explores how environmental history intersects with concerns about health. Smith-Howard's current project focuses on changes in milk and dairy farming in the United States during the 20th century. She previously worked as a seasonal interpreter in Montana's Glacier National Park and taught in Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia. She earned her doctorate in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007.
*I asked Ms. Smith-Howard to speak because ASA was started by a group of dairy farmers in Washington County and with NYS quickly becoming the Yogurt State, its an opportune time to learn more about NYS dairy's past, present and future.
*Items must be on the table by 4:45pm to be eligible for the swap*
4:00-4:45pm: Sign-in, Display Goods & Grab a Refreshment
- Sign in, with your name & email address & blog address
- Display swap items & samples on the tables
- Fill out the swap cards (Name & Item Description)
We will have a refreshment bar (non-alcoholic) for your pleasure!
4:45-5:25pm: SPEAKERS: ASA Director, Teri Ptacek, Cara & Luke of Quincy Farm & Ms. Kendra Smith-Howard
5:25-5:35 FINISH Browsing the Tables
With refreshment in hand, introduce yourself to table-neighbors & new friends and take a peek at what others have brought, eat/drink some samples and start plotting your swapping!
5:35-5:45pm “Silent Auction”
Write your trade offers on others’ tags (i.e. your name & what you’d be willing to trade)
5:45pm OPEN SWAP
Review your tags to see which offers have been made.
Find each other (wear your name tags) & swap away!
Take home your new artisan goods and enjoy!
DETAILS FOR SWAPS AT OAKWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER
1) *NEW POLICY CHANGE: Unfortunately, due to health & safety issues we must change one of our policies: Children at the swaps. Starting at our October 2012 food swaps, only infants in carriers and children of swapping age (6&up) are allowed at the swaps. We can not risk a child ingesting an alcoholic sample or having a serious fall.
2) PLEASE do not show up before 4:00pm. Swap item set-up time is scheduled into the swap from 4:00-4:45pm. That said, we need ALL swap items on the table by 4:45pm.
3) IMPORTANT PARKING DIRECTIONS: Parking Lot behind church fits 10 cars (take SECOND LEFT on 9th street once off Route 7/Bridge) or you can park in the firehouse/office building parking lot across the street from church on 10th street (THIRD LEFT if coming from Route 7/787/87) or on the street: 9th, Rensselear or 10th Street.
4) The entrance to the swap is on the side of the building facing Hoosick Street- there is a light above door.
5) We are being charged to use this space. We kindly request a $2 donation per person who attends. Again, this is only a request and not mandatory. Thank you for your understanding. This money also goes to our photocopying & 'drink table' offerings.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: TICKET POLICY
By "purchasing" a free ticket you agree to the following:
1) Bringing appropriate "to go" containers for all swap items.
2) I will bring nothing that has been canned in 2011. ALL items from the 2012 canning season are welcome.
3) I will contact FSC via firstname.lastname@example.org if I am unable to attend so that my ticket can be released to someone on the wait list.
The Swap: GENERAL INFORMATION
Our food swap is a place where you can trade an item you made for another item that someone else made: items are swapped 1-for-1.
You bring as many or as little items as you’d like to trade; you can bring 1-infinity of one good (X loaves of bread) or X different items (1 jar of blueberry jam, 1 loaf of bread, 1 jar of vanilla extract, 1 tomato transplant, 1 jar of granola. 2 pints of pickled beets and one jar of mustard, ect ,ect). Just remember that items are swapped 1-for-1.
You will place the items on one of the tables, grouped by item so that guests will view the goodies and write their names down if they are interested in trading with you. They will also be required to tell you what they want to swap for your item. Then the last 30 minutes of the event will be the “live action swap” where you will look on your sheet(s) to see who wants to swap with you. Then you will find those people, based on their name tags or knowing them personally already, and starting a conversation with them: “Do you wanna swap” “sure” “great”"let’s do it”…. or if you don't want what they are offering, kindly decline and move on.
The 'swap cards' are only a starting place, you do not have to swap with people on your cards or ones you've signed up for- Please make sure each swap it done FACE TO FACE with the other person agreeing to the swap!
What To Swap?
Muffins, sourdough starters, vinegar mother, infused alcohol, infused vinegar, DIY extracts, canned veg, meat & fruit, fermented items, Kombucha SCOBIES, homemade yogurt, cheese, wine, jam, pickled beets, beer, dried herbs, potted herbs, vegetable plant transplants, cookies, biscotti, backyard garden vegetable bounty, salad dressings, stocks, cookies, pies, breads, dips & spreads, meals, backyard EGGS, lip balm, soaps, salves, anything that is food, drink or a homemade lotion/balmy/soapy item is welcome.
As long as you made/grown/foraged the item, the sky’s the limit.
You can also bring items from your pantry that you can no longer use (such as due to new food allergies or intolerances or bordom): those items are NOT swapped for but instead are given for free, to a good home, to the first takers during the "silent auction" part of the program.
If at all possible, please bring samples of your swap items.
We will be providing all the drinks.
You can always write us an email with any questions or concerns at: email@example.com or visit our blog at www.fromscratchclub.com and make sure to join our FSC Food Swap dedicated Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FSCSwappers