Gleaning / Solstice Celebration - Thursday, June 21!
What: End of Gleaning and Summer Solstice Celebration
When: Thursday June 21, 6:30-9pm. Where: Register/RSVP for details.
Join us as we celebrate the end of gleaning season (Suncoast Gleaning Project) and the Summer Solstice, or just come to get to know Transition Sarasota better! We will have some food catered by Sharon Carr, but welcome you to bring a dish to share (local food is always great!). Kid friendly! Please leave your furry family members at home (Sorry! No pets please). We encourage you to bring your own plates, bowls, silverware, cups, etc. (so we avoid using "disposables") and folding chairs (so you are comfortable). The event will take place at a private residence near 1-75 and Bee Ridge Road. Register/RSVP on Eventbrite to receive e-mail with location details. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transition-sarasota-celebrate-gleaning-and-solstice-tickets-46662785648.
Join us Friday, June 22, to see "troubled Waters"!
"Troubled Waters" is being shown as part of the Green Movies That Matter Film Series. Join us! For $10 (or a slight discount when purchased online in advance) you get a light supper, film screenings and discussion with others who share concerns about our environment! Can't beat that! Greek salad, make your own pitas, stuffed grape leaves, chips and drinks included. Doors open at 6pm, screenings begin at 7pm.
Mark your calendars! 2018 Eat Local Week - October 19-28!
Transition Sarasota’s Eat Local Week Returns for Eighth Straight Year
Eat Local Week, Transition Sarasota’s popular annual celebration of local food, will return for the eighth consecutive year Oct. 19-28, with a mix of local food dinners and tastings, tours of local farms and food operations and educational events covering a range of topics, from permaculture practices and urban gardening to sustainable aquaculture.
The 10-day festival gets rolling on Friday, Oct. 19, with a keynote presentation by Koreen Brennan, a well-known teacher and practitioner of permaculture based in Brooksville, Florida. Permaculture is a system of ethical design that balances the needs of people and the environment to develop sustainable systems, especially in agriculture and local food economies.
Brennan’s presentation is followed the next day by the third annual Big Mama’s Collard Green Fest, which challenges local chefs and cooks to create mouth-watering samples out of their best collard green recipes. Locals are encouraged to sample a mix of Cajun, Creole, Southern and Caribbean flavors, while also enjoying live music.
While the complete Eat Local Week calendar has not yet been set, events planned include plant walks and horticultural classes, restaurant meals highlighting local ingredients, the official kickoff of Transition Sarasota’s Suncoast Gleaning Project season at Jessica’s Organic Farm and a tour of the Mote Aquaculture Research Park. More details to follow!
This interview on WSRQ is a great "primer" on Transition Sarasota
Do you know about our Suncoast Gleaning Project?
During the 2017/18 Suncoast Gleaning Project season alone, over 280 volunteers have harvested and donated over 30,000 pounds of fresh, local, organic produce to go to the needy! Since its inception in 2010, the Suncoast Gleaning Project has donated over 270,000 pounds of fresh produce! Read more about the Suncoast Gleaning Project at http://www.transitionsrq.org/gleaning/.
That's something we can all support!
The project was recently highlighted in Edible Sarasota - Read it here!
Below - A collage of photos from our 2017/18 gleaning season.
Thank you for "Be(ing) The One"!
Green Movies That Matter!
We're partnering with the the US Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast, Solutions To Avoid Red Tide (START) and Sarasota Ready for 100 Monthly Meeting) to bring you movies that make a difference. Films are scheduled the 4th Friday of every month from April through October at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, as well as selected dates at Mote Marine Theater. Buy tickets ($10) on Eventbrite.
Above - Photos From Our 2018 Eat Local Farm Tour!
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Below, a video of the Eat Local Farm Tour by Steve McAllister !
ABove - OUr Bonfire/Potluck in February, 2018: Click to scroll through
living in a community that is walkable, bikeable, and busable. One where your food is healthy, fresh from a local farm or straight from your own garden. Where people know and look after each other. Where there is a network of local businesses that can thrive in any economy. Where our energy comes from clean, renewable sources. Where people are united by a common purpose and nature is protected to be enjoyed by all.
This is the vision of Transition Sarasota. Together, we can work to make it a REALITY.
Growing a more sustainable, just, and prosperous local food system.
Harvesting surplus produce from local farms to benefit the food insecure in our community.
Screenings of the most eye-opening documentary films you probably haven't seen yet.
We're already planning our 2018 Eat Local Week (October 19-28) - an annual, week-long celebration of the best of local food and farming. Watch for details!