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  • Gardens to Tables Food Day 2014 at Saint Louis University

    This event is to promote sustainable, healthy, and just agricultural practices.  We will be hosting the event in our garden, just a block and a half away from our office in the Allied Health Building at the corner of Compton and Rutger.  Parking is free in the Hickory East Garage!

    The event will kick off with a speech from our awesome keynote speaker, Rachel Deffenbaugh (biography below) - the Farm Manager of City Seeds Urban Farm of Gateway Greening.  We will start this at 11 am on the bleachers at the SLU track across the street from the garden.  Then, we will all cross the street to the garden where the stations and food will be presented.  For the stations, we will have a variety of experts such as agencies that work with these topics to teach of their individual disciplines. 

    Along with having stations teaching ways to get involved, we will also be serving an artisanal lunch (menu below) for the mere price of $5.  You can pay at the door, or beat the lines and pay online now!  

    Artisinal Menu:

    - Pickled Golden Delicious Apple, Goat Cheese, Vegetable Ash, Sorrel Oil,
    - Spiced Butternut Squash, White Bean Puree, Chorizo Oil, Date Barley
    - Slow Roasted Carrot, Labneh, Black Mole Paste, Brown Butter Masa, Lime, Sesame Seed
    - Togarashi Russet, Sweet Onion Soubise, Pickled Onion Relish, Steamed Bun Balls, Basil Seed
    - Mapo MOFU with Hen/Chicken of the Woods, Grits, Watermelon Radish
    Tofu from MOFU
    - Braised Mixed Greens, Pink Eyed Purple Hull Peas, Turnip Caramel, Roasted Garlic Cornbread



    Rachel Deffenbaugh Biography:

    Rachel Deffenbaugh has had a zeal for food since her childhood crush on Alton Brown.  Saturday morning “cartoons” consisted of Good Eats marathons and any other available Food Network shows.  This early interested has grown into a passion not only for cooking & eating, but even more so for agricultural production, food systems and the potential socioeconomic empowerment surrounding food.  

    During her time at Knox College, Rachel participated in a sustainable development studies program in Thailand.  As you might guess, agriculture is an integral part of sustainable development, thus she spent a great deal of time on various different farms throughout the country.  Upon her return, Rachel focused the remainder of her studies on sustainable agriculture, including a thesis feasibility study on establishing an educational farm on campus (established fall 2011).  Post graduation, she worked & volunteered at a number of different farms, including an educational organic farm called Hidden Villa.

    Rachel has also been involved in various forms of education for a number of years, including GED tutoring, literacy education and garden & outdoor education.  She strives to use every possible opportunity as a teaching and learning moment.  This trait worked well for Rachel, when she started as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Gateway Greening    Before her year of service had even ended, Rachel was hired on as the Farm Manager for City Seeds Urban Farm.  As the Farm Manager, she is in the unique position of having to balance the traditional agricultural needs of an operating farm with the educational & personal needs of the St. Patrick Center clients who participate in the City Seeds’ Therapeutic Horticulture and Job Training programs.  Over the last four years, Rachel has managed to increase crop production by 45%, improve upon & create teaching materials and impact over 250 clients.

    Rachel approaches her work though the following philosophy: Every single individual on this planet eats.  Therefore, food has the incredible potential as a tool to build relationships, foster personal well-being and empower individuals & communities.  What better way to inspire meaningful and positive change than through food?


    October 24, 2014 at 11am
    Gardens to Tables Garden
    3209 Rutger St
    Saint Louis University-Doisy College of Health Sciences
    St. Louis, MO 63104
    United States
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    $5.00 USD · 27 rsvps rsvp

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