Will Travel for Food (Justice): Meet Me at the Hazon Food Conference
I just picked up my weekly share of the season's Community Support Agricultural (CSA) harvest. Although this early summer share, consisting mostly of assorted lettuces, isn't terribly exciting to my palette, I know from experience that there are great things to come. In the weeks ahead, I'll receive ripe tomatoes, curly garlic scapes, colorful bell peppers and dozens of other freshly-picked, locally-grown vegetables. But that is only part of the reason why I'm back for a second season.
I am a member of a Hazon CSA because of the community that is built around these weekly pick-ups. This community includes city-dwellers and rural farmers, novice cooks and professional chefs, public health advocates, environmentalists and food lovers of all ages. Together, we explore the connections among the food we consume, our Jewish traditions and the role we can play in building a healthier and more sustainable world - locally and globally.
So when I was invited to present at the 6th Annual Hazon Food Conference this August, I leapt at the opportunity to share my personal passion and the Reform Movement's work on food justice issues. I can't wait to meet like-minded individuals and further explore Judaism and food justice issues - and I hope you will join me!
On August 18, I'll head to University of California - Davis for four days of learning, dialogue and celebration with hundreds of others in the New Jewish Food Movement. The Conference includes farm tours, discussion of the 2012 Farm Bill, food writing seminars, joyful Shabbat celebrations, an eco-fair and (of course!) fresh, local and sustainable cuisine.
We'll even convene a special gathering for Reform Jews at the conference! Hazon has offered a discount for the Reform Jewish community; you'll receive $75 off your registration fee when you register by July 5 using the discount code "URJFOOD."
Sign-up now to join this amazing food justice experience - learn more and register today. Hope to see you there!