July Newsletter

July 30, 2016
July Newsletter

  Check out our ad in this weeks Boise Weekly!  Thanks to Idaho’s Bounty we have 6 new restaurants participating this year.  We are so happy to honor local restaurants who make the commitment to purchase local food.  The 15 restaurants listed in this ad are committed to supporting the farmers, ranchers, bakers and others who work diligently to grow or produce our food.  Please show your support for them by stopping in.  Look for the certification decal in their front windows. When you dine, post photos to Facebook and tag Treasure Valley Food Coalition  or Instagram @treasurvalleyfoodcoalition.  Use the hashtag #tastytomatoes     Let’s show the restaurants participating in our TIP restaurant promotion how much we appreciate their commitment to local food.  Grab a friend or two or three or more and head to a participating restaurant on the date listed below.  Wear your Tomato Independence T shirt if you have one, take photos of your meal to post to social media and thank the restaurant for being a supporter of local food.  Treasure Valley Food Coalition is on Facebook and Instagram and we suggest you use the hashtag #tasty tomatoes August 1st- Bittercreek Alehouse, Juniper and Mai Thai August 8th- Lulu’s…

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June Newsletter

June 4, 2016
June Newsletter

  Join us on Thursday June 23rd  at 6PM in the Red Feather Lounge Wine Cellar. Seeds of Freedom seeks to challenge the mantra, promoted by the pro-GM lobby, that large-scale, industrial agriculture is the only means by which we can feed the world. In tracking the story of seed it becomes clear how the corporate agenda has driven the takeover of seed in order to make vast profit and control of the global food system. Seeds of Freedom is the first film in a trilogy and provides an overview of the history of agriculture, charting the transition of the farm into a factory, and highlighting the impact of the agrochemical and GM industries. Get your tickets at BPT:http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2561210   Please Consider Supporting Idaho’s Bounty The Treasure Valley Food Coalition strongly supports the important role that Idaho’s Bounty plays in developing a strong local food economy.  They have a Crowd Funding Campaign in process that we encourage you to support. https://www.crowdrise.com/idahos-bounty-cooperative In their own words: Today Idaho’s Bounty is a healthy and growing cooperative owned and operated by our 500+ members: farmers, ranchers, market gardeners, chefs, families, grocery stores, restaurants and consumers. Our members share Idaho’s Bounty’s values of cooperation, advocacy, authenticity and service.…

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May Dinner and a Movie: Symphony of the Soil

May 7, 2016
May Dinner and a Movie: Symphony of the Soil

We will be showing Symphony of the Soil on Thursday May 26th at 6 PM in the Red Feather Wine Cellar.  This a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. Using a captivating mix of art and science, the film shows that soil is a complex living organism, the foundation of life on earth. Yet most people are soil-blind and “treat soil like dirt.” Through the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance, and appreciate that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems. Get your Tickets now at Brown Paper tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2549188

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Care About the Meat You Eat?

May 7, 2016
Care About the Meat You Eat?

Just last week, at our Dinner and a Movie event,  we screened a film about Temple Grandin and talked about the importance of treating animals humanely.  Ed Wilsey joined us to give us his perspective on raising animals.  He mentioned he was certified though the Global Animal Partnership . Global Animal Partnership is a non-profit alliance of producers, retailers, animal advocates and scientists dedicated to improving farm animal welfarethrough the 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Program. They facilitate continuous improvement in farm animal agriculture across the world through their 5-Step® animal welfare standards and third-party certification. Global Animal Partnership is committed to recognizing farmers and ranchers that exceed industry standards and strive to continuously improve animal welfare. They work to empower consumers so they can make informed purchasing decisions. Here’s an updated list of local restaurants serving local and/or grass fed/finished meat and if we’ve missed one of your favorites please let us know! Bar Gernika: serves a burger using beef from Malheur River Meats. Bittercreek Alehouse:  all burgers use grassfed beef and/or lamb “because feedlots aren’t cool”. Highlands Hollow Brew House: their iconic Mess O’ Chops is now made using pork chops from Malheur River Meats. Juniper: serves a Lava Lakes Lamb Rueben Locavore: serves a Meatloaf Wellington using Malheur River…

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Peaceful Belly Plant Sale May 7-8

May 7, 2016
Peaceful Belly Plant Sale May 7-8

This is an amazing and fun sale for those of us who are crazy about plants. This will be Peaceful Belly’s seventh annual Plant Sale. Boise: May 7-8 and 14-15, from 9 am – 5 pm at Peaceful Belly Farm on 14055 N. Broken Horn Road, in the Dry Creek Valley Sun Valley: May 28, 10 am-3 pm at Red Door Design House, 12 Bullion St, Hailey, ID 83333 Here’s what Josie says about the sale: We raise over 170 types of tomatoes from seed, 80 types of peppers, squash, melons, eggplants, herbs, and so much more. It seems a little crazy but we want the folks in our community to understand the massive diversity in the agricultural plant world. Commercial agriculture causes many plant species to become extinct by not growing them for consumers. It is easier for farmers to grow just a few varieties of tomatoes for commercial sale but this practice causes major damage to the preservation of seeds and the diversification of plant species. It is up to small farms and home gardens to save these precious jewels for the future. Every time you grow an heirloom plant and save the seeds, you are doing your part to help preserve seeds for the future.

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