September 2021 Enews from Garden Share

“Back to school season is upon us.” The Harvest Kitchen at the CCE Learning Farm. Canton, NY.

Fight Hunger 5K
GardenShare’s Fight Hunger 5K is just two weeks (and a few days) away! Have you registered yet? Have you checked if those running shoes still fit? Now’s your chance!

Who: YOU
What: Running (or walking) a 5K
When: Sunday, September 19. registration begins at 12:30, Run starts at 1 pm

Where: Remington Trail, Canton (or anywhere in the world if you’re participating virtually)

Why: To take action and support GardenShare’s food justice work in St. Lawrence County.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this event possible:

Register Now! https://runsignup.com/fighthunger5k


September is Hunger Action Month
Over the course of the month, we will be sharing articles, videos, podcasts, research, books, and more on the subject of how systemic inequalities contribute to inequities in the local food system.

The goal is to help us all better understand the issues and what we can do to enact change that will ensure Healthy Food, Healthy Farms, Everybody Eats.
Keep an eye on our social media, eNews, and website, and be sure to join the conversation by using #FoodJusticeSLC, #RacialJusticeSLC, and #HungerActionMonth

Growing our Minds
The summer is winding down this week and it’s back to school for many kids and teachers alike. This month, our recommended reads are focusing on our young readers. We want to make sure everyone can participate in Hunger Action Month!

Check out these three reads covering three different food topics: food and culture, food insecurity, and the food system. Click on the cover to find them at our local libraries!

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story, written by Kevin Noble Maillard and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, is a love letter to Indigenous nations and communities centered around a simple food that represents a complex history of survival, relocation, and resilience. (School Library Journal)

Hungry after playing in the park, Sofia opens the fridge in Maddi’s
apartment and finds only a carton of milk inside. With humor and warmth, Maddi’s Fridge, written by Lois Brant and illustrated by Vin Vogel, raises awareness about poverty and hunger. (Google Books)

Right This Very Minute, written by Lisl H. Detlefsen and illustrated by Renée Kurilla, follows children through a day of meals, snacks and dessert to explore what farmers and ranchers are doing “right this very minute” to put food on our tables. (American Farm Bureau Federation)

Fall Farmers Markets
It’s beginning to feel like fall and the farmers markets are thriving! Many of the St. Lawrence County markets will stay open until the end of October, leaving you plenty of time to take advantage of our farmers’ hard work. And to dig around for those tokens left floating in your bag, or your car cupholder, or wherever they’ve landed when you didn’t spend them all.

Tokens don’t expire, but what are you waiting for? Spend them now and pay your local farmers!

Tokens are accepted at the following markets: Canton, Gouverneur, Hammond, Massena, Potsdam.
Closing Dates:
Akwesasne: October 30
Canton: October 29
Gouverneur: October 28
Hammond: September 15
Massena: mid-end of September (vendor dependent)
Ogdensburg: October 28
Potsdam: October 30

Changes to SNAP Benefits Coming
USDA recently re-evaluated the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP), used to set SNAP benefits, which increased the purchasing power of the plan by 21% for the first time since it was introduced in 1975. As a result, on October 1, SNAP maximum benefit amounts will increase.

The temporary, 15% “pandemic boost” expires on September 30 but the impact of that will be offset by the adjustment to the TFP. (USDA)

Restaurant Week
Are you a local restaurant owner or producer selling food to local eateries? GardenShare wants to talk to you about a 2021 Restaurant Week! Contact info@gardenshare.org for more information.

For everyone else, we’ll have more details in the coming weeks…. Are you intrigued? Good!