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Kind Wine Competition and Tasting

Sunday, November 6, 2016, 3-6pm

1899’s Grand Ballroom on NAU’s Flagstaff campus

NAU is hosting the first and only sustainable packaging wine competition in the world. Wineries are jumping on the bandwagon as the growing trend for premium or even super premium, appellation-specific, vintage dated, boxed wines increase in availability. You be the judge, and vote for your favorite “People’s Choice Award.” The public tasting follows the sustainable packaging wine competition which will have a panel of professional judges as well as student and alumni participants.  

The wine industry is becoming more involved in developing packaging systems that minimize carbon emissions, with recyclable, reusable, and compostable containers. Wines must come in boxes, tetra packs, cans, or kegs to qualify for the competition. Learn how sustainable packaging impacts our environment and how small changes you make will manifest into an enormous difference.  

The millennial factor demonstrates how the largest generation of consumers is influencing today’s packaging landscape. Stella Carr, an NAU student reflects this sentiment precisely, “I’m really excited for our campus to be leading the way by creating a sustainable packaging wine competition. College campuses should be on the frontline of sustainability and education of the public, both of which will be accomplished at this inaugural community wine tasting. Building interest for sustainably packaged wines will help to support this new movement where the industry is already headed. I’m glad I can be a part of something trailblazing like this.”

Tickets are $25 for the general public and $20 for students. You must be 21 to enter. Entry includes tasting of dozens of wines, a commemorative wine glass, appetizers, and there will be local crafts and merchandise at the silent auction.

Proceeds benefit NAU’s Office of Sustainability, dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship on campus and throughout the world.

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Summer Book Review: Karl Weber’s “Food, Inc.”

Gaining infamy in 2008, the film Food, Inc. exposed the dark secrets of the American Food Industry. Director Robert Kenner showcases first hand accounts of animal cruelty, environmental degradation, food-borne illness, and public health concerns via the testimonies of farmers, industry workers, consumers advocates, and people like you. Working with Kenner, author and editor Karl Weber released the participant guide Food, Inc. This film to book companion became a New York Times Best Seller including contributions from experts like Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, Anna Lappe, and many more.

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Hungry for Local Alternative Food?

Check out Local Alternative’s monthly Supper Club!

The Flagstaff Supper Club; an opportunity to eat fresh, delicious and highly nutritious food w/ tremendous local value. Our ingredients are purveyed from local sources year round. This includes all the organic quality Meats and Produce as well as the Legumes, Dairy and Bakery. We look forward to serving you a special meal and in the enjoyment of it all learning what you would like for your next Supper.

All meals served from 5:30 to 7:00pm at The Green Room – 15 N. Agassiz St, Flagstaff

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Next Supper Club Events:

Oct. 11th 2012: Moonrise Farms, Music: Pick n’ Grin 6pm, Live Jazz 6:30pm
Nov. 8th 2012: Flying M Ranch
Dec. 13th 2012: Ridgeview Farms and Summer Place Pecan Farm Flying M Ranch

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Spring Break Ride for School Gardens

Sam Hagler and Tim McKinley—two Graduate students in the Sustainable Communities program—have decided to throw the traditional spring break to the wind and participate in a worthy cause instead. According to their facebook page their mission is to:

bicycle 250 miles in Northern California, to raise awareness for the importance of school gardens as supplementary educational tools. With your help, we hope to raise $5,000 to support the schools’ independent gardening programs.

The money they raise will be used to fund school garden projects in the Flagstaff area in coordination with the Foodlink and School Gardens Aciton Research Teams (ARTs) on campus. Currently, they have raised $375 of their $5,000 goal. To donate, please visit the Ride for School Gardens Razoo page and be sure to follow their journey this week by tuning in to their facebook page.

Good luck Sam and Tim!


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Flagstaff Garden Starts CSA has shares left!

foodlinkThe Flagstaff Garden Starts CSA still has some shares left! If you sign up for a share you will get:

–20 packs of high quality vegetables starts
–onion bulbs
–7 varieties of seeds for direct sowing
This project is an initiative of Flagstaff Foodlinkand we are partnering with Native Plant and Seed. Your dollars help to support Foodlink’s mission to connect the Greater  Flagstaff area to local, regional food. More specifically, your membership to the Garden Starts CSA will help support school gardens throughout Flagstaff. You are also supporting local agriculture and will become part of the community of backyard and front yard gardeners.

Individuals who qualify for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) will be able to pay for their share with their EBT card. All they have to do is register for the Garden Starts, and then fill out the EBT member form I have attached.

If you have any questions regarding the Flagstaff Garden Starts CSA, please contact Regan Emmons.

 Happy growing in 2012!