Up on the Farm, an evening benefit with dinner, drinks and farm tours

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 (
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Queens Harvest Food Co-op and i was really, very hungry present Up on the Farm, an intimate dinner and fundraiser to help make Western Queens’s first food cooperative a reality. This year, Queens Harvest invites its supporters to a true farm-to-table dining experience that also highlights New York City’s urban farming initiatives and features guest speaker Dr. Joan Gussow, who has been called the “matriarch of the eat-locally-think-globally food movement,” by The New York Times. 

Dinner, served among the beautiful bounty of the Brooklyn Grange, Long Island City’s organic rooftop farm, will be prepared by the chefs of i was really, very hungry, and sourced from the Grange as well as other local purveyors.  Additionally, guests will enjoy local beer and wine, and be invited to meet the farmers behind the Grange’s urban farming initiative and take tours of the farm. 

Ticket sales benefit the Queens Harvest Food Co-op. They can be purchased athttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/249687

For more information, please contact event co-chairs Tatiana Orlov and Nicole Murray atfundraiser@queensharvestcoop.com.

About Dr. Joan Gussow:
Dr. Joan Dye Gussow is a serious food producer, a writer, and professor of nutritional ecology. Dr. Gussow currently serves on the boards of Just Food, the Sustainability Fund, and the Frontera Farmer Foundation, as well as on the Board of Trustees of her Hudson River village. She has authored, co-authored, and edited many articles and several books, including The Feeding Web, The Nutrition Debate, and Chicken Little, Tomato Sauce and Agriculture. This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader, based on the lessons learned from 30 years of growing her own food, was published in 2001 by Chelsea Green. A long time organic mini-farmer, Joan now lives, writes, and grows all her own organic produce on the west bank of the Hudson River. Her most recent book is Growing, Older: A Chronicle of Death, Life, and Vegetables (Chelsea Green, 2010). To learn more about Dr. Gussow, go tohttp://joansgarden.org.
About the Queens Harvest Food Co-op:
The Queens Harvest Food Co-op is an up-and-coming food cooperative based in Western Queens. The organization is working together with neighbors and community leaders to bring sustainable and affordable food options to all of the residents of Queens, the most diverse borough in New York City. Founded in Spring 2009, Queens Harvest has grown from a handful of committed volunteers to several hundred strong. Public meetings are held quarterly, where the co-op plans for the future, works together to find solutions, and assesses needs as it moves from planning to opening. To learn more about the Queens Harvest Food Co-op and how you can help, go to http://www.queensharvestcoop.com

About Brooklyn Grange:
Brooklyn Grange is a commercial organic farm located on New York City rooftops. The Grange grows vegetables in the city and sells them to local people and businesses. The goal is to improve access to very good food, to connect city people more closely to farms and food production, and to make urban farming a viable enterprise and livelihood. The Grange is community oriented and open to the public. To learn more about Brooklyn Grange, go to http://www.brooklyngrangefarm.com

About i was really, very hungry:
i was really, very hungry is a Brooklyn-based supper club. Comprised of a group of friends and family, the collective is named after a short story by the legendary food writer M.F.K. Fischer. For more information, go to http://reallyveryhungry.tumblr.com.  

Related Program:  Snail of Approval Urban Harvest