Hangry District At Future Harvest CASA Conference!

Transform Those Winter CSA Shares!

I'm excited to announce that Hangry District (aka me, Michelle) will be leading a Pre-Conference workshop at Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture's 17th Annual Conference!  You can hang with me and learn how to Transform Your Winter CSA Share on January 14 during the morning session of the In the Kitchen Pre-Conference workshop track.

With more and more farms investing in season extension, the availability of local, winter CSA shares continues to increase.  But what to do with all these winter roots and greens?  I'll show you how to transform your winter goodies into a dazzling array of wholesome, home-cooked meals.  

From greens three ways, to utilizing your crock-pot, I will show you simple and delicious ways to create breakfast, lunch and dinner using your winter haul.  Have you ever had butternut squash fries?  They are ridiculously delicious and much better for you than the fried potato version! Keep up with your New Year's resolutions, while supporting local and sustainable agriculture.  It's important to know where your food comes from!  Register here if you're interested :).

Since I'm a DC native, I'm teaming up with Three Part Harmony Farm to source the seasonal shares. I encourage all of you to look into getting a CSA share (you can split them!) and get to know the people that REALLY put the food on your table. From the farm:

Three Part Harmony Farm is part of a community that grows, sells and eats healthy food. Urban Farming in Washington, DC contributes to food security and food safety by increasing the amount of fresh vegetables and fruits available to people in DC. Local food production through urban farming saves energy and promotes food sovereignty by taking a step towards breaking the dependence on a fragile and increasingly unwieldy global food system.

But wait, there's more!  The conference isn't just about me - farmers, food businesses and locavores from all corners of the Chesapeake region and beyond will be gathering for the largest local and sustainable agriculture event in the lower Mid-Atlantic, January 14-16. The conference, now in its 17th year, has expanded to three full days with ten skill-building and homesteading pre-conference workshops, 42 sessions, three keynote speakers and new attractions!

The three keynotes this year start with opener Ricardo Salvador, Senior Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, talking about changing our food system so that all farmers can thrive. His talk is titled: “Leveling the Field for Farmer Success and Healthy Food.” The dinner keynote, Locavore Chef of the Chesapeake, will be delivered by Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, VA. And Saturday, hot off her book tour, Natasha Bowens, author of “The Color of Food” and a recent trainee with Future Harvest CASA’s Beginner Farmer Training Program, will talk about the critical contributions and stories of farmers of color in our region and around the nation.

The conference will end with the Local Fare Fair - 30 foodpreneurs vending local delicacies and libations; including:

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company
The Sweet Farm
District Spice
The Chocolatier's Pallette
HEX Ferments
Saucier Willy
J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works
Michele's Granola

Discount pricing ends TODAY - January 7, so REGISTER HERE for my pre-conference workshop, or the conference in its entirety!

Future Harvest is near and dear to my heart - I have been working with the non-profit since college, and I strongly believe in the company's mission.  I hope you can join me in the kitchen, and in the journey to support local and sustainable agriculture!