We are pleased to announce our upcoming workshop “Making the transition: Meal planning and time saving meal prep methods” on May 4, 2011 at 6:45pm. Meal planning is the answer to “I am too busy to cook”. Preparing a meal is a labor of love. Instructor Rene Garrity will present ideas and techniques to ease the way towards preparing high quality, nutrient dense foods in a clear and concise format. Welcome all who desire to make a change in their daily rhythm. Please bring your copy of the cookbook “Nourishing Traditions” if you have one.

When: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 6:45pm
Where: Ann Arbor Center for Natural Healing, 2433 Oak Valley Drive, Suite 100B, Ann Arbor (734-929-4048)
Class fee: $25

Pre-registration required by April 27. Class size is limited. To register, contact Jessica at info@aawapf.org.

Join us on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, for an exciting chapter gathering where we’ll be welcoming three special guests to discuss local foods. Our guests will be David Klingenberger of The Brinery, Aubrey Thomason of Zingerman’s, and John Savanna of Mill Pond Bread. Dr. Mark Perlmutter of the Ann Arbor Center for Natural Healing will lead a panel discussion on local foods. And our guests will have some of their wonderful foods available for purchase!

When: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 6:45pm (** NOTE: This is the 4th Wednesday of the month of April, rather than our usual 3rd Wednesday of the month)

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!

Most of us know someone affected by the downturn of our economy. Some have lost jobs, some have lost homes, and some can’t feed their families.

Thankfully some are coming together to help their neighbors.

One such project is the Empty Bowls Project. At a recent AAWAPF forum it was brought to our attention that Ypsilanti New Tech High School at Ardis is putting on an Empty Bowls event to raise money for Food Gatherers. It was also brought to our attention that the soup served to children and their families at this event could easily be the very foods that we take care to avoid feeding our own families every day.

Fortunately, we have been given the opportunity to help. We would like to pull together as a local community to not only nourish children and their families with a nutrient-dense soup for this event, but also to introduce people to traditional foods possibly for the first time.

We are looking for donations of food to make a 20 quart pot of soup including bone broth, grass-fed hamburger, and plenty of good vegetables. We are also looking for those who might spare some time to help pull together in the spirit of “stone soup” to lovingly prepare the meal.

We would like to coordinate ingredients and effort so that we can be sure that every need is met and therefore every mouth is fed.

We need the following:

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

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

Chopped vegetables:

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

We will need all ingredients by Sunday, April 24 in order to prepare the soup on time. 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.

Thank you.

Join us on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, for our chapter gathering, where we’ll be showing the film “One Man, One Cow, One Planet” (http://onemanonecow.com/). This film is about the work of biodynamic farming pioneer Peter Proctor and the success of organic/biodynamic agriculture across India.

When: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 6:45pm
Where: Ann Arbor Center for Natural Healing, 2433 Oak Valley Drive, Suite 100B, Ann Arbor (734-929-4048)

Popcorn and kombucha will be served.

This event is free and open to all!

We are pleased to announce our next workshop, “Digestive Health”, on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, with Frances Farmer.

Contrary to conventional wisdom which encourages a high-fiber, low-fat diet, Frances will counter with the facts supporting the importance of a low-fiber, low-starch diet and the need for a higher percentage of saturated fat. Constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, and Crones disease are examples of digestive issues related to diet. To understand what happens in digestion it is important to understand healthy intestinal flora. Frances will explain both the small and large intestine and how the manifestation of our health is evident in the state of our stools. With sensitivity and clarity Frances will present information which will empower each of us to diagnose our own stools and understand what is happening in our own bodies. Suggestions for increasing healthy robust gut flora will be included. A helpful class for those who are choosing to do the GAPS diet.

A record number of you enjoyed Frances’ talk on this subject last spring at one of our chapter meetings, affectionately known as the “poop talk” – this workshop delves deeper into the issue of digestion and gut health.

When: Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 6:45pm
Where: Ann Arbor Center for Natural Healing, 2433 Oak Valley Drive, Suite 100B, Ann Arbor (734-929-4048)
Workshop fee: $25

* Program cancelled if public schools are closed for inclement weather.
Pre-registration required. Class size is limited.

Join us on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, for a Family Game Night! Bring the whole family and your favorite game for an evening of fun, socializing, and, of course, eating healthy WAPF-style snacks. We’ll have some WAPF-themed games prepared and some of our favorite snacks, but feel free to bring your favorite game and/or snack to share.

When: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 6:45pm – 8pm
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!

And be sure to mark your calendars for our February chapter gathering on February 16, where the topic will be highlights from the November 2010 Wise Traditions conference on “The Politics of Food”, presented by Frances Farmer! If you weren’t able to attend this excellent conference in November, then you won’t want to miss the recap of all the fantastic talks.

Also, watch for announcements soon on upcoming workshops: “Bone Broth” on February 2 and “Digestive Health” on March 2.

Huge thanks to Rene Garrity and Michelle Clemens for planning and organizing another round of fantastic events for the new year!

Our Ann Arbor WAPF monthly gatherings are starting up again after the summer vacation! Please join us on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 for our September gathering. We’ll be watching the film “The Botany of Desire” (http://www.pbs.org/thebotanyofdesire/), based on the book by Michael Pollan. This interesting film explores the relationship between us and the plant world, from the plants’ point of view.

When: Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 6:45pm (Note: Our monthly meetings are generally on the third Wednesday of each month, but due to scheduling conflicts in September, the gathering is on the fourth Wednesday for this month only.)

Where: Ann Arbor Center for Natural Healing, 2433 Oak Valley Drive, Suite 100B, Ann Arbor (behind the Target store on Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., and just down the road from the AA library)

No RSVP necessary. This event is free and open to all!

And please mark your calendars for our fall picnic, which will be held on Wednesday, October 20!

Join us for a special monthly gathering of the Ann Arbor chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation: “Know your farmer, know your food – learn how and why to support our local small farmers”. For our last monthly gathering before the summer break we’ll be discussing the importance of supporting our local farmers, from both a nutritional and an economic point of view. Dr. Mark Perlmutter will kick off the evening with a lively talk about why supporting our local farmers improves our health and the health of our community. Then we will have a special panel discussion with representatives from the Community Farm of Ann Arbor (http://www.communityfarmofaa.org/), Back Forty Acres (http://www.backfortyacres.com/), and Dairy Delight Cow Boarding (http://www.dairydelight.org/).

Our guests will have farm-fresh foods available for sale after the discussion, too!

When: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 6:45pm – 8:30pm

Where: Ann Arbor Center for Natural Healing, 2433 Oak Valley Drive, Suite 100B, Ann Arbor (behind the Target store on Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., and just down the road from the AA library)

A special buffet of yummy, nutrient-dense snacks will be provided.

No RSVP necessary. This event is free and open to all!

(Since our last few events have been quite packed, we’re asking that if you have a favorite folding chair that you’d be willing to bring for yourself, that would be very helpful!)

Join us on Wednesday, April 21 for the monthly gathering of the Ann Arbor chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation. We’ll be showing the documentary “King Corn” (http://www.kingcorn.net/), a film about two friends who “move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, nitrogen fertilizers, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most productive, most subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat – and how we farm.”

When: Wednesday, April 21, 6:45pm – 8:30pm

Where: Ann Arbor Center for Natural Healing, 2433 Oak Valley Drive, Suite 100B, Ann Arbor (behind the Target store on Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., and just down the road from the AA library)

Yummy snacks will be provided (including popcorn, of course!).

No RSVP necessary. This event is free and open to all!

(Since our last few events have been well-attended, we’re asking that if you have a favorite folding chair that you’d be willing to bring for yourself, that would be very helpful!)

We are pleased to announce the upcoming workshop “Culturing Dairy Products” on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 6:45pm.

Organic, raw milk is a whole food. It is not processed and still contains all of its probiotic bacteria, enzymes, and fat. The process of culturing or fermenting dairy products results in numerous beneficial changes. Many of the recipes in Nourishing Traditions call for fermented dairy products in the form of yoghurt, kefir, yoghurt cheese, whey, and cultured cream. An evening of culturing demonstrations from beginning preparation stage to finished product.

The workshop fee is $25. Pre-registration required and must be received by Thursday, April 1.