Tracing food back to the farm and reconnecting with each other
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News & Events for Health Empowerment // June 10, 2021


Back to the Source

Plant Powered Community,

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Earlier this week, my family visited the Rodale Institute’s farm and headquarters in Eastern Pennsylvania where we took a tour of the grounds and learned about their decades-long research and leadership in regenerative organic agriculture. 

Under the hot sun, we spoke with Dr. Gladis Zinati, a soil scientist who is the director of Rodale’s Vegetable Systems Trial, studying the difference between conventional and organic farming on the nutrient quality of vegetables as well as soil health (at different depths of soil and over time), carbon sequestration, and more. What was mindblowing to me was the fact that this is the first study of its kind -- the first to systematically research the difference between the conventional application of pesticides and growing techniques vs. organic agriculture. The latter includes biological approaches to pest management, low-till or no-till farming that maintains the intricate systems in the soil, cover-cropping, and even compost formulations. (Yes, compost can be formulated to address deficiencies in the soil or promote the health of different types of crops.)

I came away from this experience with a deeper appreciation than ever for farming and the wisdom of the earth -- and, of course, even more excitement about living a plant-based lifestyle. As a community, w
e are getting back to nature this month and excited to link what we learn about nutrition to the very source of our food: farms and edible urban gardens. Join us in conversation with growers and build your confidence in choosing and preparing plants for healing!

In health,

Lianna Levine Reisner, Network Director

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After more than a year of ordering food online, moving swiftly through the grocery store, and limiting who we enjoy meals with, many of us are now opening our doors to guests and shopping more leisurely. If you're ready to come out with us, check out our upcoming outdoor events to reconnect with where our food comes from, and with each other.

Sunday, June 13, 9:00 - 10:00 AM:
Farmers' Market Tour:  77th/79th Street Greenmarket
Upper West Side, Manhattan

Saturday, June 19, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM:
Farmers' Market Tour: Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Friday, June 25, 7:00 - 8:30 PM:
An Urban Garden Experience: Nutrition from the Backyard
Astoria, Queens

If you're interested in leading a Farmers' Market or Grocery Store tour, please contact us at info@ppmny.orgPlease note, all tours will be conducted in compliance with state and local COVID-19 guidelines.

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All times below are Eastern Daylight Time.

Food as Medicine: What You Eat Becomes Who You Are 
Presented with Marlene Meyerson JCC  Manhattan 
TONIGHT!  Thursday, June 10, 6:30 - 8:00 PM - Virtual
FREE - register here

Weill Cornell cardiologist Hooman Yaghoobzadeh, MD, will take us on a journey through the science of nutrition, revealing how what we eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner can improve our vitality and reverse or prevent chronic illness. 


Farmers' Market Tour: 77th/79th Street Greenmarket 
Sunday, June 13, 9:00 - 10:00 AM - In-Person, Upper West Side, Manhattan
FREE - register here

Expand beyond your go-to fruits and vegetables, talk with local farmers, and learn tips on how to store and enjoy your fresh produce as you tour the greenmarket with PPMNY Nutrition Educator Kristin Kabay, RD. Register today -- space is limited to 8 participants. Please note: all tours will be conducted in compliance with state and local COVID-19 guidelines.


Family Fitness & Food Workshop 
Sunday, June 13, 10:00 - 10:45 AM - Online
FREE - register here

Get everyone moving with an interactive family fitness routine where we'll learn some basic dance steps and create our own moves. After the workout, we'll demonstrate how to make a sunshine yellow hummus and other hummus variations.

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Cooking with Chef Carole 
Sunday, June 13, 5:00 - 6:15 PM - Online
FREE - register here

Follow along with Chef Carole as she prepares Asian-style picnic food -- perfect for a hot summer day. Learn to make several traditionally cold dishes, including plant-based onigirazu, or sushi-sandwich.



Virtual Potluck + Recipe Swap 
Monday, June 14, 6:30 - 7:30 PM - Online
FREE - register here

Connect with community members over a casual virtual dinner to share stories, swap recipes, and show each other what we're eating. If you're looking for meal inspiration or have questions about eating plant-based, you'll find support from like-minded members of the PPMNY community.



Scents to Senses: How to Eat Mindfully (series continues) 
Wednesdays through June 30, 7:00 - 7:45 PM - Online
FREE - register here

Three mindful eating sessions remain -- you’re welcome to join one or all! Take time to slow down, tune into your senses, and learn to eat with awareness. In this series, you’ll learn simple mindfulness practices and how these techniques can help break unhealthy eating habits.



Crave This? Try That! 
Thursday, June 17, 12:30 - 1:00 PM - Online
FREE - register here for a reminder

Join PPMNY Culinary Educator Brandy Cochrane through a livestream on our Facebook Page (anyone can watch!) to talk about whole plant food alternatives for staple dishes of the standard American diet. Whether it’s scrambled eggs or a hearty burger, there are ways to transform traditional meals into healthy plant-based dishes. Bring your curiosity and a wishlist of favorites you’d like to make plant-based!


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Pitch Event to Fund a Plant Powered Jumpstart this Fall!
 Thursday, June 17, 3:00 PM - Online
Join the Facebook Live event to vote for PPMNY

Exciting news! We've been selected as one of five finalists in the #Let'sVeggUp pitch campaign funded by the Louis Bonduelle Foundation, promoting vegetable-based diets. If PPMNY wins the $6,000+ prize, we’ll be able to offer our virtual Plant Powered Jumpstart this fall, open to the public! You can help by tuning in and voting for us in the public voting round.

Save the Date!

Saturday, June 19, 11:00 - 12:00 PM - In-Person, Prospect Park
Farmers' Market Tour: Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket

Monday, June 21, 6:00 - 7:30 PM - Online
Take Charge of Your Health: Protein, Prostate, and Performance
A Virtual Men's Health Event

Friday, June 25, 7:00 - 8:30 PM - In-Person, Astoria
An Urban Garden Experience: Nutrition from the Backyard

Friday, June 25, 8:30 - 9:30 PM - Online
Live from Bangkok! A Thai-Chinese Cooking Demo

Monday, June 28, 6:30 - 7:30 PM - Online
Nutrition Support Circle

Tuesday, June 29, 8:00 - 9:00 PM - Online
Plant Powered Book Club: Hooked

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We shared the benefits of plant-based nutrition at a virtual health fair last weekend, hosted by Brooklyn's Community Board 17. Thanks to Dr. Sapana Shah, PPMNY Organizers Danielle Medina and Enrica Sacca, and jumpstart graduate Rhotochia Atkins-Jones for sharing her powerful story of health transformation (this is a must-see!). Watch the replay here.
In partnership with PlantPure Communities, Plant-Based Pittsburgh, and Salt Lake Thrive, PPMNY co-hosted Reshma Shah MD, MPH and Brenda David, RD, authors of Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families Watch the webinar for loads of information to help your kids or grandkids thrive on plants. 
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2021 Annual NHA Conference: The Health Science of Plant-Based Living
Presented by the National Health Association
Friday, June 25, to Sunday, June 27, 2:00 - 5:00 PM EDT
$97 - register here
Please note this is an affiliate link, and PPMNY will receive a portion of the registration fee.  

Tune in virtually to hear from respected experts in plant-based nutrition, including Joel Fuhrman, MD, Alan Goldhamer, DC, and Michael Klaper, MD, as they share research about food, addiction, exercise, and aging. This interactive event includes morning yoga and tai chi, cooking demos, special networking opportunities with fellow attendees, and live Q&A sessions with the experts.

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Plant Powered Metro New York empowers people to find better health and overcome chronic disease through whole food, plant-based nutrition. We offer evidence-based education, resources, and support to create community and inspire change throughout the New York metropolitan area.

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