Greening My Plate Month Activities in April

Published Monday, April 4, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Greening My Plate Month is a time to celebrate spring and our growing season. Events were organized by the ‘Greening My Plate Gang’, a coalition of non-profits and individuals. This coalition is dedicated to improving the economic and personal health of our community by encouraging the consumption of fresh, locally produced food.

The very first Greening My Plate took place from April 27th – May 4th, 2014, when over a dozen community groups joined together to put on a farm tour with greens harvested by high school students, a greens culinary contest and tasting at the high school, film viewings, educational workshops, children’s book readings and activities, and even county and town proclamations. Now in its THIRD year, Greening My Plate Month will feature over 26 unique events, including: 22 FREE events, 13 Cooking Demonstrations & Classes, several Community Garden Workdays, and fun for everyone!

For more information, see the list below or click here for events in Watauga.

Tuesday, April 5th

Know Watts Cooking: Science of Energy Efficient Cooking

Description: Join Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and Carla Ramsdell for a lively cooking workshop to discuss the best way to prepare food with our earth in mind.

When: Noon until 2:00 PM

Where: Agriculture Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd, Boone, NC

Who: All are welcome

Cost: $10 Regular Admission, $8 Student Admission

Contact: Sadikshya Aryal at sadikshya@brwia.org

Website: http://www.brwia.org/know-your-watts.html

Cooking Matters Class

Description: Join the Hospitality House for a Cooking Matters class! All are welcome to attend! Cooking Matters centers on the MyPlate nutritional guideline, which uses a place setting to illustrate how to balance the five food groups during meals. Building on the MyPlate eating plan it teaches people the basics of reading food labels, choosing the correct portion size and kitchen safety.

When: 2:00 PM

Where: Hospitality House, 338 Brook Hollow Road in Boone.

Who: All are welcome

Cost: Free

Contact: Allison Jennings at foodservice@hosphouse.org

Thursday, April 7th

Western Watauga Food Outreach: Cooking Demo

Description: Join Western Watauga Food Outreach & Appalachian Student Dietetic Association for a Cooking Demonstration!

When: 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM

Where: 1081 Old US Highway 421, Sugar Grove, NC 28679

Who: All are welcome

Cost: Free

Contact: Allison Jennings at foodservice@hosphouse.org

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Western-Watauga-Food-Outreach-398913350316840/

Friday, April 8th

Food Waste Tabling Event

Description:Educating the public on ways to reduce food waste, while giving out kale salad samples in the produce section of Food Lion.

When: 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM

Where: Food Lion at 350 Watauga Village Dr. in Boone.

Who: All are welcome

Cost: Free

Contact: Samantha Gladden at gladdensk1@appstate.edu

Hospitality House Open House

Description: Greening My Plate Open House Meal at Hospitality House. Emphasizing food recovery and eating locally.

When: 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM

Where: Bread of Life Dining Room at Hospitality House, 338 Brook Hollow Road in Boone.

Who: All are welcome

Cost: Free

Contact: Allison Jennings at foodservice@hosphouse.org

Saturday, April 9th

Playhouse BuildFest

Description: Looking for a fun filled day to engage your kids? Let them sell produce at a play farmers market and paint with fruits and vegetables to learn about eating healthy and buying locally. There will be many other hands on activities for them to engage in, offered by community groups, businesses, and ASU organizations. For kids aged 2-12 accompanied by their parents.

When: 9:00AM until 2:00PM

Where: Watauga High School

Who: Ages 2-12 accompanied by parents

Cost: Free

Contact: Kathy Parham at kathyparham@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 12th

Cooking Matters Class

Description: Join the Hospitality House for a Cooking Matters class! All are welcome to attend! Cooking Matters centers on the MyPlate nutritional guideline, which uses a place setting to illustrate how to balance the five food groups during meals. Building on the MyPlate eating plan it teaches people the basics of reading food labels, choosing the correct portion size and kitchen safety.

When: 2:00 PM

Where: Hospitality House, 338 Brook Hollow Road in Boone.

Who: All are welcome

Cost: Free

Contact: Allison Jennings at foodservice@hosphouse.org

Thursday, April 14th

Western Watauga Food Outreach: Cooking Demo

Description: Join Western Watauga Food Outreach & Appalachian Student Dietetic Association for a Cooking Demonstration!

When: 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM

Where: 1081 Old US Highway 421, Sugar Grove, NC 28679

Who: All are welcome

Cost: Free

Contact: Allison Jennings at foodservice@hosphouse.org

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Western-Watauga-Food-Outreach-398913350316840/

Friday, April 15th

Food Waste Tabling Event

Description:Educating the public on ways to reduce food waste, while giving out kale salad samples in the produce section of Food Lion.

When: 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM

Where: Food Lion at 350 Watauga Village Dr. in Boone.

Who: All are welcome

Cost: Free

Contact: Samantha Gladden at gladdensk1@appstate.edu

Saturday, April 16th

Village Vision Service Day: “Lettuce Learn”

Description: Join the Village Vision Team as they will be prepping the garden for the Lettuce Learn Project. This Service Day supports Village Vision (5/7), a community collaborative event that seeks to raise funds for the purchase of High Country Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares for families in the county in need of food. By doing so we wish to support local farmers and feed our community with healthy, fresh food.

When: Noon until 3:00 PM

Where: Parkway School

Who: All are welcome

Cost: Free

Contact: Christina Bailey at villagevisionfestival@gmail.com

Monday, April 18th

Farm Transition & Estate Planning Workshop

Description: Attorney Andrew Branan will lead a workshop on Farm Transitions and Estate Planning.

When: 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM

Where: Watauga Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road, Boone 28607

Who: All are welcome

Cost: Free

Contact: Dave Walker at craft@brwia.org

Tuesday, April 19th

Cooking Matters Class

Description: Join the Hospitality House for a Cooking Matters class! All are welcome to attend! Cooking Matters centers on the MyPlate nutritional guideline, which uses a place setting to illustrate how to balance the five food groups during meals. Building on the MyPlate eating plan it teaches people the basics of reading food labels, choosing the correct portion size and kitchen safety.

When: 2:00 PM

Where: Hospitality House, 338 Brook Hollow Road in Boone.

Who: All are welcome

Cost: Free

Contact: Allison Jennings at foodservice@hosphouse.org

Thursday, April 21st

Western Watauga Food Outreach: Cooking Demo

Description: Join Western Watauga Food Outreach & Appalachian Student Dietetic Association for a Cooking Demonstration!

When: 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM

Where: 1081 Old US Highway 421, Sugar Grove, NC 28679

Who: All are welcome

Cost: Free

Contact: Allison Jennings at foodservice@hosphouse.org

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Western-Watauga-Food-Outreach-398913350316840/

Monday, April 25th

SEAM Micro-grant Dinner

Description: Supporting Economic Alternatives in the Mountains (SEAM): A locally-sourced dinner that unites innovative business ideas with local investments, providing a platform for emerging entrepreneurs to pitch their project to a room full of community members.

When: 6:00 PM

Where: The New Public House, Blowing Rock

Who: All are welcome

Cost: $30

Contact: Dave Walker at seamnc@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 26th

Village Vision Service Day: The Hunger & Health Coalition

Description: Join the Village Vision Team as they will be prepping the garden for the Lettuce Learn Project. This Service Day supports Village Vision (5/7), a community collaborative event that seeks to raise funds for the purchase of High Country Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares for families in the county in need of food. By doing so we wish to support local farmers and feed our community with healthy, fresh food.

When: Noon until 3:00 PM

Where: Parkway School

Who: All are welcome

Cost: Free

Contact: Christina Bailey at villagevisionfestival@gmail.com

Cooking Matters Class

Description: Join the Hospitality House for a Cooking Matters class! All are welcome to attend! Cooking Matters centers on the MyPlate nutritional guideline, which uses a place setting to illustrate how to balance the five food groups during meals. Building on the MyPlate eating plan it teaches people the basics of reading food labels, choosing the correct portion size and kitchen safety.

When: 2:00 PM

Where: Hospitality House, 338 Brook Hollow Road in Boone.

Who: All are welcome

Cost: Free

Contact: Allison Jennings at foodservice@hosphouse.org

Thursday, April 27th

Greens Culinary Contest

Description: Students in the Foods II Enterprise class will compete in groups, preparing dishes featuring locally grown greens for the faculty and staff to judge. All recipes will be made available for the judges. Prizes will be awarded on April 28th.

Where: Watauga High School

Who: Students, faculty and staff at the high school

Cost: Free

Contact: Margie Mansure at margie_mansure@ncsu.edu

Western Watauga Food Outreach: Cooking Demo & Community Meal

Description: Join Western Watauga Food Outreach & Appalachian Student Dietetic Association for a Cooking Demonstration and Community Meal!

When: 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM

Where: 1081 Old US Highway 421, Sugar Grove, NC 28679

Who: All are welcome

Cost: Free

Contact: Allison Jennings at foodservice@hosphouse.org

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Western-Watauga-Food-Outreach-398913350316840/

Friday, April 30th

Hospitality House Open House

Description: Greening My Plate Open House Meal at Hospitality House. Emphasizing food recovery and eating locally. This meal will be hosted by an Appalachian State University Community Nutrition Class.

When: 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM

Where: Bread of Life Dining Room at Hospitality House, 338 Brook Hollow Road in Boone.

Who: All are welcome

Cost: Free

Contact: Allison Jennings at foodservice@hosphouse.org

Saturday, May 7th

Farmers Market Opening Day!

Description: Join us on the first Saturday in May for the opening day of Watauga County Farmers’ Market. Spring will be in full bloom as the market opens with live music from local musicians, cooking demos from local food enthusiasts, activities in the kids corner, and the unbeatable atmosphere that makes the market “Boone’s Town Square Since 1974!”

When: 8:00 AM until Noon

Where: Horn in the West Parking Lot – 591 Horn in the West Dr. Boone, NC 28607

Cost: Free

Contact: info@wataugacountyfarmersmarket.org

Village Vision Festival

Description: The Boone Community Network is excited to host the 2nd Village Vision Festival this Spring! Village Vision is a community collaborative event that seeks to raise funds for the purchase of High Country Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares for families in the county in need of food. By doing so we wish to support local farmers and feed our community with healthy, fresh food. Themed “Local Food and Community”, the festival will appropriately take place right after the first Farmers Market of the season at Horn in the West and the Daniel Boone Gardens.

When: 12:30 PM until 8:00 PM

Where: Horn in the West Parking Lot – 591 Horn in the West Dr. Boone, NC 28607

Cost: Donation based

Contact: villagevisionfestival@gmail.com

 

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