“Nourish: food + community” ~ A special film, panel discussion & reception with exhibits
Sunday, April 10
At Audubon Greenwich
Celebrate springtime with a short, inspiring film about the ‘organic & real food’ revolution and learn from panelists and exhibitors who will discuss ways to source local foods, enhance nutrition and the myriad benefits of a community & home garden. The film, NOURISH, is narrated by Cameron Diaz and studded with food personalities Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, Jamie Oliver and more. With a distinctly positive vision, NOURISH explores the story of our food – where it comes from, how it affects our health and environment, and how food choices create a ripple effect that is felt around the world. As Michael Pollan has said so well, “Food is not just fuel. Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity. And we nourish all those things when we eat well.”
Panelists & Discussion Topics:
- Patty Sechi ~ The Armstrong Court Community Organic Gardens & Goals for Establishing More In Greenwich
- Analiese Paik ~ Local & Sustainably Grown Food that Nourishes our Community (Plus our special Greenwich Guide to Local-Sustainable Food)
- Betsy Keller, MS, RD ~ The Cure for the Unbalanced American Diet: sustainable, fresh produce, and whole foods.
Kids are free & $12 donations accepted at the door to support ‘Audubon At Home’ Initiatives.
- Fairfield Green Food Guide
- Fairfield Organic Teaching Farm
- Armstrong Court Community Organic Garden
Tables & Exhibits
- Armstrong Court Community Organic Garden (Patty Sechi)
- Fairfield Green Food Guide (Analiese Paik)
- Fairfield Organic Teaching Farm (Pamela Jones & Jennifer Cole)
- Audubon At Home: organic food & garden-related resources (Audubon Staff)
- Mike’s Organic Delivery Service (Mike Geller)
- And more….
Patty Sechi is a Connecticut native who has been inspired by her love of the natural world since her earliest childhood. A graphic designer and illustrator by profession, Patty has increasingly focused her time and energy on her first love – nature – becoming involved with a number of greening projects throughout Greenwich. Most notably, in April 2009 she led the effort to reclaim the inactive garden at the Armstrong Court Housing Complex. Since that time, serving as Garden Director, she has been the driving force behind the success of the Armstrong Court Community Organic Garden, leading a group of volunteers and gardeners to transform the once-dormant, 15,000 square foot garden into a now-thriving center of organic community gardening, education and culture. Patty also serves on the Board of Directors of the Greenwich Tree Conservancy.
Betsy Keller is a Registered Dietitian with a background in Nutrition and Health Communications as well as experience implementing local public relations campaigns. Over the past 25 years, she has planned and implemented PR campaigns for clients ranging from healthcare companies to local non-profits. Most recently, she has worked locally to inspire children to choose healthful diets and raise awareness of sustainable lifestyles. Her projects include teaching sustainable nutrition to children, planting children’s organic vegetable gardens, co-chairing the first Town of Greenwich Eco-Fair and producing an Environmental Teen Film Contest. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and was awarded a Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition from Boston University. Her dietetic internship was completed at the Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the ADA Hunger and Environmental Nutrition practice group.
Analiese Paik is a local-sustainable food advocate and founder and editor of the FairfieldGreenFoodGuide.com, a free web site that provides readers with a unique blend of local-seasonal food guides, a green food events calendar, in-depth features stories, green food resources, and advocacy opportunities. Analiese worked in marketing management positions in various sectors of the financial services industry before starting her career as an independent marketing consultant, now specializing in local-sustainable food and social media marketing. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree, is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, and studied wine at the International Wine Center in New York City where she received a certificate in wine from the UK’s Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Paik is an avid organic gardener and home cook and delights in teaching these skills to her two sons. Analiese is a regular monthly guest on News Channel 8’s Good Morning Connecticut show and has been featured in Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine, The Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Connecticut Cottages and Gardens magazine, Westport Magazine, Fairfield County Life magazine and various online media. Analiese is a member of Slow Food USA, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (NOFA), Aspetuck Land Trust, Friends of Ambler Farm, and is a registered American Farmland Trust and Seafood Watch Advocate. www.fairfieldgreenfoodguide.com
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