Join us for our April chapter gathering on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. We’ll be discussing the topic of Sacred Foods. In each of the traditional societies studied by Dr. Weston Price, he noted that they all prized certain particularly nutrient-dense foods, which they took special care to provide for growing children, pregnant mothers, and the elderly. These sacred foods are high in the fat soluble activators, vitamins A, D, and K, and are also rich in saturated fat and cholesterol. We’ll discuss the importance of including generous amounts of these sacred foods in our diets, how to add more of the sacred foods to your menu, and why the saturated fat and cholesterol in these foods are nourishing and important for optimal health. Samples of delicious sacred foods will be available!

When: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 6:30pm – 8pm
Where: Aprill Wellness Center, 107 Aprill Drive, Suite 4, Ann Arbor

This event is free and open to all!

Last year our chapter participated in the Empty Bowls Project, a fundraiser for Food Gatherers at the Ypsilanti New Tech High School at Ardis. Many of you participated with us by donating ingredients for a soup in a “stone soup” style. We are happy to be participating in the event again this year, and we need help putting together another delicious, nutrient-dense soup. We’ll be making a 15 quart pot of Beef Vegetable soup.

The 2nd Annual Ypsilanti New Tech Empty Bowls Event takes place on April 19 from 5:30-7pm at the school. We’ll be collecting food donations on Sunday, April 15 at a home in Ann Arbor near the Miller/Maple intersection. We need the following:

(O=ingredient is needed; X=ingredient has been supplied)

  • 8 quarts bone broth (frozen is great; beef, chicken, or turkey stock) X O O O O O O O
  • 4# grass-fed hamburger (size donation: 1 pound pkg) X O O O

Chopped vegetables:

  • 2 x 3 cups (total 6 cups) chopped onions X O
  • 2 heads garlic, roasted and mashed O
  • 2 x 2 cups (total 4 cups) carrots, chopped X X
  • 2 x 2 cups (total 4 cups) celery, chopped X X
  • 4 cups green beans O
  • 10 oz green peas, frozen O
  • 2 x 2 cups zucchini, in circle quarters O O
  • 1 head cabbage, sliced thinly O

Please contact Jessica at info@aawapf.org or (810) 225-2789 if you are able to help and let us know what you will be able to provide.

And remember that even a quart of broth or a pound of vegetables is more than helpful if, as a community, we can all give a little.

We hope you can join us for our fall harvest potluck on Wednesday, September 21, 2011! Visit with other chapter members and sample some wonderful, nutrient-dense food! Bring your favorite dish, or experiment with a new Nourishing Traditions recipe. Please bring your own place settings, if possible. Beverages will be provided.

When: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 6:45pm – 8pm
Where: Ann Arbor Center for Natural Healing, 2433 Oak Valley Drive, Suite 100B, Ann Arbor

We will also be kicking off the October 15 Millions Against Monsanto rally. The Organic Consumers Association is encouraging cities throughout the US to join forces that day in celebrating World Food Day and sponsoring a rally to raise awareness of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and truth in food labeling. A rally will be held that Saturday evening at the Kerrytown/farmers market area, and will feature speakers with the most up-to-date information on GMOs, live music from local bands, and a celebration of organic food and drink from Michigan farmers and food artisans. Karen Myers and Frances Farmer, both part of the organizing committee for the rally, will be on hand at our September 21 potluck to tell us about the event. We will hold a raffle to raise money for the rally.

This event is open to all! We hope to see you there!

We are pleased to announce that Michelle Clemens will be teaching the class “Getting Started with Nourishing Traditions” on Sunday, September 25 from 6:30pm – 8pm. The class will be held in Plymouth at 238 South Main Street. The class fee is $20.

The “Getting Started” class is an introductory workshop to Dr. Weston A. Price and Nourishing Traditions. This highly recommended class presents 4 different pathways to guide folks in eating a nutrient-dense, real food diet. Offering practical advice and an overview of the foundational principles, this 1½ hour workshop will support you as you take those first action steps towards a healthier way of eating.

Pre-register for the class by calling (734) 915-0180 or email your name and phone number to info@michelleclemens.com.

We are pleased to announce that Michelle Clemens will be teaching her class called “Kombucha – The Tea of Immortality” in Ann Arbor on Sunday, September 18, 2011. Kombucha has been around for at least 2000 years providing benefits to many cultures. Recently a new-found interest in this drink has started quite the resurgence in popularity, costing around $3.50 per bottle. Join Michelle for an informative morning exploring the history and benefits of this ancient elixir, as well as learning how to brew your own at home for a fraction of the cost.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Please respond no later than Monday, September 12.

Where: Ann Arbor Center for Natural Healing – 2433 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor 48103

When: Sunday, September 18, 2011, 11am – 12:30pm

Cost: $25 – fee includes class handouts, recipe, light nutrient-dense snack, and all the ingredients you will need to brew your first batch of kombucha tea.

To register, please call (734) 915-0180 or email your name and phone number to info@michelleclemens.com.

The Ann Arbor chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation is pleased to announce an upcoming class “Nourishing Mama and Baby: Nutrition for Pregnancy Before, During, and After”. We will explore traditional wisdom for preparing your body for pregnancy, how to nurture your growing baby belly, and how to continue to nourish mother and baby during the postpartum and breastfeeding period. Practical advice about eating a traditional diet after baby is born and resources for support will be given. And, of course, we will sample some delicious pregnancy superfoods.

When: Saturday, May 21, 2011 10:30am-noon
Where: Indigo Forest, Circle of Life Natural Store, 4121 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 734-994-8010
Class fee: $25

Pre-registration required by Wednesday, May 18. To register, contact Jessica at info@aawapf.org.

Join us for our May chapter gathering, where the topic will be “Farmer and Consumer Rights”. Nicole Paquin will present from the Acres USA conference updates on the Cottage Laws, rules and regulations beyond Cottage Law, new/updated small farm laws, resources, and our consumer rights/responsibilities. A very important topic in these times, not to be missed!

When: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 6:45pm
Where: Ann Arbor Center for Natural Healing, 2433 Oak Valley Drive, Suite 100B, Ann Arbor (734-929-4048)

This event is free and open to all!

If you would be willing to bring a simple snack to share with the group, please let us know by emailing info@aawapf.org.

WAPF member and popular speaker Frances Farmer will be giving two talks through the People’s Food Co-op at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore. “The Sacred Foods” will be presented on Monday, May 16 and “Digestion and Elimination” will be presented on Monday, June 7. These talks are free and open to the public. We hope to have a good-sized AAWAPF crowd there!

The Sacred Foods
Monday, May 16, 2011 7pm-8:30pm
At Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 South Main Street, Ann Arbor

Digestion and Elimination
MondayTuesday, June 7, 2011 7pm-8:30pm
At Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 South Main Street, Ann Arbor