Local Food - Green Drinks January

From: user 4.
Sent on: Monday, January 11, 2010 10:45 PM
A sustainable, local food economy is the foundation of a Local Living Economy.

Our speakers will be Trish Strawn of Deep Creek Ranch and Slow Food Orlando and Tony Adams of Big Wheel Provisions.

Trish and Tony will be speaking about their businesses and the local, environmental and health consciousness that guide their operations.

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When: Thursday, January 21,[masked]:00 PM

Dandelion Communitea Cafe - Organic Vegetarian Teahouse
618 N Thornton Ave
Orlando, FL 32803

Deep Creek Ranch

Deep Creek Ranch is a local and responsibile provider of safe, healthy, quality foods and seed stock. They sale grass fed and finished beef and lamb, cared for and harvested on their own land.

"We do not use hormones or other growth stimulants or routine antibiotic treatment, and we manage our pastures cleanly, with an eye toward healthy land and the best lives for our livestock. We believe that grass fed beef is significantly healthier beef, and is more beneficial as food than confinement beef."

"If an animal receives an antibiotic, it is for a specific, transitory condition. The animal's record is noted, and it will not be sold during the period required for complete elimination of the drug from the animal's system. We very rarely have to treat our livestock. Their diet is what nature designed them for, and they stay healthy."

"Herd nutrition is the bedrock of good health, and receives our constant attention. We know the history of every animal, and record every significant health event in each one's life. We believe in humane and kind treatment of our livestock, at all times. We generally follow organic practices for our soil and our livestock."

Big Wheel Provisions

Big Wheel Provisions is a catering and charcuterie company located in Orlando, Florida, owned by Chef Tony Adams and a group of people dedicated to creating amazing food.

"We are all about using the best techniques to make the absolute tastiest food we can. Our food is made in small amounts by hand because, frankly, we think it just tastes better that way. From custom event catering to handmade condiments, pickles, slow simmered stocks, and smoked products, we want to change the way people in our community think about food- demonstrating that local ingredients raised the right way really shine when handled properly."

Slow Food Orlando, Eat Local Week
January 25th - 31st

Participate in a weeklong celebration promoting connection, community, culture and cuisine in Central Florida.? Grab your family, friends and neighbors and head to participating dining establishments during the last week of January, 2010.

Local Living Economies

When enterprises are locally rooted, human-scale, owned by stakeholders, and held accountable to the rule of law by democratically elected governments, there is a natural incentive for all concerned to take human and community needs and interests into account. When income and ownership are equitably distributed, justice is served and political democracy is strong. When needs are met locally by locally owned enterprises, people have greater control over their lives, money is recycled in the community rather than leaking off into the global financial casino, jobs are more secure, economies are more stable, and there are the means and the incentives to protect the environment and to build the relationships of mutual trust and responsibility that are the foundation of community.

Our quality of life would be stunningly different if we based economic decisions on life values rather than purely financial values?a natural choice if owners had to live with the non-financial consequences of their decisions.

- from the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

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