Louisville Biodiesel

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Slow Food Bluegrass members … You Can Help Kentucky Recycle Waste Cooking Oil into Biodiesel … the non-toxic, high performance, local alternative.

Ask for your FREE 1-gallon recycling bin (waste cooking oil from your kitchen) courtesy of a partnership between the Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) + Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh’s Green Triangle & The Louisville Biodiesel Cooperative.

Why you ask? Two good reasons:

1. Help local farmers get low cost, high performance, non-toxic, non-carcinogenic biodiesel = the food you eat and the air you breath will be less toxic.

2. Help our school-children breath BETTER with biodiesel (higher performance than petroleum diesel + lower cost than petroleum diesel & non-toxic/non-carcinogenic versus petroleum diesel) made ethically and sustainably right here in Louisville.

Thought for the day:
If every household in our community recycled 1 gallon of waste cooking oil from their kitchen every month for a year … then every single school bus in our community and a fair portion of the small family farmers would have 100% non-toxic, non-carcinogenic, high performance, lower cost biodiesel to completely replace their use of petroleum diesel.
For more information please contact Christian Thalacker at Louisville Biodiesel Cooperative – Telephone: (502) 727-5673 and email christian@louisvillebiodieselcoop.org.

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Smart Gardens and Landscapes at Bernheim Forest: Planning the Fall Garden

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July is the perfect month to start planning and planting your fall garden. Extend the life of your edible landscape by planting cool-season crops! Discover vegetables that thrive in fall and winter months and learn tried and true techniques to lengthen the growing season. Equipped with this information, you will be able to harvest well into the winter months.

Mark your calendar today for this Smart Gardens and Landscapes program, “Planning the Fall Garden” on Saturday, July 21. Learn more at bernheim.org and register today.

Slow Food Bluegrass School Garden Grant

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Slow Food Bluegrass and the Kentucky School Garden Network are very pleased to announce the Slow Food Bluegrass School Garden Grant. The Grant is a total of $5,000 distributed over 3 years to be used to support a school garden project in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. To be eligible for a Garden Grant, an applicant must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or nonprofit k-12 school that is developing a school garden project that will help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables. Download the grant application here.

The grant application deadline is March 1, 2012.

New Roots recieves $1000 from SFBG Chair’s New Faces of Philanthropy Award

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Slow Food Bluegrass Chair’s Maggie Keith was chosen for one of 5 New Faces of Philanthropy awards by Nfocus Magazine last month. The award came with a $1000 donation to the award recipient’s organization of choice. Maggie Keith gave her $1000 to Louisville non-profit, New Roots. New Roots mission is to meet the needs of urban communities by improving access to fresh food for urban residents and marketing opportunities in the city for local and regional farmers.

The New Roots program has impacted the local food system through the development of the Fresh Stop Project, a community-driven fresh food distribution program. New Roots also provides nutrition education, conducst health research, and spearheads policy campaigns that will improve the disparities currently present in our food system.

Click here to read the full article. Congratulations Maggie!

Rockin’ RAMP Benefit for Appalachia

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Please join Whole Foods Market for the Rockin’ RAMP Benefit for Appalachia!

Saturday December 10, 7:30pm

The Green Building
732 East Market Street
Louisville, KY

$35 suggested donation – Cocktail Attire

Hosted by WHAS-aa’s Claudia Coffey

Mixology courtesy of Maker’s Mark & Woodford Reserve
Kentucky Inspired Menu brought to you by Whole Foods Market and Brown Forman
Executuve Chef and Slow Food USA Regional Governor Mark Williams

Live Bluegrass with Maiden Radio

Wine Tasting Challenge, Auction Items and much more!

Menu:

Oysters shucked to order with Lover’s Leap Cynthiana Mignonette, Tabasco and Horseradish
Chucken and Dumplings, Collard Greens, Country Ham, Ricotta Gnocchi, Maker’s Mark Bourbon Browned Butter
Pimento Cheese Fritters with Sour Cream and Pepper Jelly
Buttermilk Fried Chicken in a Lemon Rosemary Waffle Cone with Spicy Maple Aioli
Seared Scallops with Bacon Jam
Shrimp and Grits
Cheese and Cold Item Displays
Sarsaparilla Floats

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Rockin’ Appalachian Mom Project (RAMP) and its Martin County Kentucky programs: The Community Co-Operative Bus, School Backpack Snack program, the Homecoming Food Pantry, Microloans for Martin County entrepreneurs, Community & School Gardens, “Healthy Kentucky Kids” and more!

Please RSVP at www.RAMPAmerica.org or by calling 502-899-9597