HHLT Hosts Free Forum on Food Sustainability

April 19 panel and sessions on sustainable cooking

On Sunday, April 19, the Hudson Highlands Land Trust will host Food for Thought: Shopping, Cooking and Eating Sustainably, a community forum, at the Highlands Country Club, 955 Route 9D in Garrison.

The free event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature a moderated 90-minute panel discussion in the morning, and two 40-minute breakout sessions in the afternoon. Participants will enjoy a complimentary lunch and have the opportunity to browse information tables and exhibits during lunch, as well as before and after the sessions.

The morning panelists will discuss the ways in which mainstream food production damages the environment and offer choices that consumers can make to more sustainably shop for food, plan menus and cook meals — whatever the household budget. Panelists include Jocelyn Apicello of Longhaul Farm; Barry Estabrook, journalist and author; Mike Finnegan of Continental Organics; Lisa Hall of Marbled Meat Shop; and moderator Zanne Stewart, former executive food editor of Gourmet magazine.

During the afternoon breakout sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to brainstorm with experts on different aspects of food shopping and preparation for their households. Topics include:

  • Home Economics for the New Age: Preparing Your Pantry for a Sustainable Lifestyle, with Joe Dizney and Katherine Whiteside
  • Maximizing Your Food Dollar: Menu Planning and Cooking Choices that Make a Real Difference, with Celia Barbour and Zanne Stewart, and
  • It’s a Family Affair: Involving Kids and Friends in Growing and Cooking Food, with Jocelyn Apicello and Ava Bynum

The forum is open to the public and free of charge, but advance registration is strongly recommended. Walk-ins will only be accepted on the day of the event if space is available. Contact the Hudson Highlands Land Trust at 845-424-3358, ext. 6, or [email protected] for more information or to make a reservation.

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