Grateful for Sunshine on National Food Day, Oct 24, 2012
Grateful for Sunshine on National Food Day
A grateful group gathered at Immanuel Union United Methodist Church at Cheswold, Delaware on Wednesday, October 24th in a beautiful fellowship hall to celebrate food and to learn about "re-health-ing" local food systems.
"Songs arise in a garden;
Gardens are places where we feel the need
To express our thanks and our hope."
Joann Balingit sent these words of dedication with regrets and a promise to help develop a public education project for the spring with the theme of "poems from the garden."
Kathy Stroh from "Our Game Table" in Dover, lead us to "Fill the Barn," a great game for grandparents & children alike from HoopCAT Games teaching the unexpected economics and ecology of farming. She also introduced more serious food games and inspired us with a game theory that applies to life: "If you tend to your own store house first, you will not need to do any harm to others in order to succeed." She shared about her community of learning where fun and seriousness are all part of the game of life.
Stephanie Herron shared about eating fish safely and how the Sierra Club is lobbying to protect local fish supplies from pollution.
Local farmer, Alan Reed, provided scrumptious sweet potatoes and other produce. Judy Stang provided paper products and decorations. And many donated books for the swap and give-a-ways for the "free-cycle".
Stan Johnson shared his passion for local history and how Governor Bogg's Tomato Seed Company funded the "unbeatable Cheswold Tigers Baseball Team." He shared how he was hoping for a little league team to start up again and asked for support for his vision for a museum of local history and genealogical center. Walter Durham of Marydel brought up the need to incorporate cemetery care into the center's historic preservation work and all were encouraged to garden around the cemeteries. RuthAnn Purchase with the foundling organization shared her hope for a children’s garden and play ground and offered to help with native plants and learning Lenape language in the garden. Phil Troxler of Dover shared about his time in the Air Force and other travels where he saw many community gardens. "It was normal over there to have a neighborhood garden," he said, describing a place he lived in Germany.
A wide variety of seeds, tool aprons, garden gloves from the National Gardening Association were given as door prizes. And native pollinator's favorite plants came from New Moon Nursery in Bridgeton, NJ.
Audrey Avery was a cheerful hostess in the children’s half moon shaped room of the new Dover Public Library for the uplifting and forward thinking film with Michael Pollan and all the folks at "Nourish Life." The Department of Public Health, Sierra Club, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest all sent valuable handouts and activities for a memorable FOOD DAY October 24, 2012.
For more information on local food activities, to participate in ongoing awareness & fund raising for community garden and park call RuthAnn Purchase at 302-399-1235 or email RuthAnnPurchase@gmail.com