Summer Greetings!

  You are invited to our WAPF Columbia County chapter meeting in August:
When:  Saturday, August 4, 2012, 3-5 pm
Where: Hawthorne Valley Learning Center, 327 Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075

Main Topic/ Agenda:  Book Review of The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith, led by our chapter co-leaders, Betsy Cashen and  Nina Kelly.   We will also make time for sharing real life kitchen practices with each other.

Bring:  $5.00 to go towards outreach materials.  Note, this meeting will not be a potluck.    Also please come prepared to tell the group about some of your favorite meal ideas from your own kitchen.

Prepare by reading The Vegetarian Myth, or by reading about it on the links below.

Helpful links:
review of the book from WAPF website –   up-reviews/vegetarian-myth

review of the book from Dr. Michael Eades –

our local chapter blog site at for local resources, recipes and more.

Questions?:   Call Lilia Angello at 672-7360 or Betsy Cashen at 851-5101

note:  The Hawthorne Valley Farm Store is open until 7 pm on Saturdays

Recap and Fall meeting:
There are two WAPF-related events in the next month:  Tim Wightman talk and potluck at the farm of Gianni Ortiz on Sunday, July 29th.  And the following weekend, is this book review and conversation at HV Learning Center on Sat, Aug 4.
In addition, mark your calendars now for the fall meeting to be held on Saturday, October 20, 3-5 pm at HV Learning Center.


Sunday, July 29, 4 – 6 pm, Chatham

We have a very special treat for the group and feel free to invite anyone you would like. Tim Wightman, President of The Farm To Consumer Foundation, will be in our area the last weekend of July and has offered to speak to our group about nutrient dense food and farming. It will be an informal potluck gathering, so bring your favorite dish to share and any questions you might have. Tim is knowledgeable in all areas of food and agriculture, and he has lectured and taught extensively on raw milk dairying, rural economies, seeds & soil health.


The gathering will be in my Kitchen Garden in Chatham Village , Sunday July 29th from 4-6pm. Please RSVP  with a head count and consider bringing a folding chair. We will also do a taste test of 3 different milks from local farms, I think many will be surprised at the wide variations in color, texture and flavor of these beauties –each tastes very much like the place they come from.

What: Special Guest Tim Wightman, Milk Tasting & Potluck

When: Sunday, July 29th, 4 til 6pm

Where: 57 Spring Street, Chatham, NY       The house (yellow) is set quite far back off the road and is easy to miss. There’s a white mailbox and you can see a little red barn in front of the parking lot. Heading East on 295, it is just past Grove St. on the right and if you see a large cedar sided Colonial set close the road, you have gone one house too far. Please park facing the barn, there is additional parking at 55 Spring Street (immediately next door) in the paved area in front of the house (white). Walk to the top of the drive and go through the gate.

Contact: Gianni Ortiz, 518.392.8545,