ALI BERLOW – AUTHOR, THE FOOD ACTIVIST HANDBOOK
In every chapter, she suggests actions large and small that we can undertake to bring healthy foods to more people. THE FOOD ACTIVIST HANDBOOK offers advice on preserving land for community gardens, creating a community composting program, growing a kitchen garden, contributing to a food pantry, planting and harvesting public fruit trees, getting local food into the public schools, teaching kids to cook or starting a farmer’s market.
Small steps can create big changes in your community’s food quality and food security, helping to get more healthy food to more people and support a better food system. Ali Berlow shows you dozens of things that anyone can do, from creating a neighborhood kitchen for preserving fresh food to mapping farmland, connecting food pantries with food producers, starting a school garden, and organizing a community composting initiative. Every action you take can help keep farmers on the land and family farms intact, keep money in the local economy, reduce the carbon footprint associated with food transportation, and preserve local landscapes. If you’ve had enough of E. coli scares, disappearing farmland, pesticide problems, and hunger in your community, this inspiring book will show you exactly how one person really can make a difference.
Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, food has always been a passion of Ali's. During her college days at the UW-Madison, Ali cooked for cash at fancy catered gigs and flipped burgers at Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry. Wanderlust and fluency in Swahili sent her abroad to Kenya and Somalia. Finding her way back to America, pit stops included her ancestral lands of Northern Germany and France, Italy and various Caribbean isles. Married, two boys, an old black lab and a few cats later — Ali is home and lives on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. She cooks to nurture, to create. She writes passionately about food and all that it means — delving deep into our senses and our emotions.
As the former founding Executive Director of Island Grown Initiative, a non-profit that supports the small family farms and farmers of the island, Ali is committed to raising awareness + raising consciousness about the food that we feed to our families.
Her essay series A Cook's Notebook airs periodically on NPR member stations. All essays can be licensed and downloaded from the PRX.
Ali and her husband Sam Berlow, launched Edible Vineyard in April ‘09. A quarterly print magazine, EV is dedicated to the local community on Martha’s Vineyard, featuring stories and recipes from the Island.
THE TOY INDUSTRY’S PREMIER PLAYER, ELIZABETH WERNER, TALKS TIPS TO KEEP KIDS BUSY & ENTERTAINED THIS SUMMER
Specifically, here is what we are “playing with”:
• The Best in Building
• Documenting the Days
• Outdoor Activity
• Imagination and Creation
• Arts and Crafts
Elizabeth Werner is a renowned toy industry expert. Elizabeth has appeared on live broadcasts locally and nationally on shows such as The View, Fox and Friends and CNN. She was recognized by the Women in Toy Association as the “woman to watch in the toy industry.”