The Friends of Real Food gather at the Urban Ecology Center for high energy programs and conversation, a tasty potluck dinner and a memorable evening centered on the pleasure of shared meals and learning.
The Friends of Real Food educate themselves about mindful eating, sustainable food systems, the local and national food movements, and other food related issues. All are invited to join this welcoming community of real food enthusiasts – if you forget to sign up in advance, don't worry, please come and enjoy!
Since the summer of 2006, the Friends of Real Food have learned together about a wide range of timely food related topics from speakers, farmers, films (e.g., King Corn) and their own lively discussions. The topics have included:
- Why and how to eat locally
- The Farm Bill
- Mindful eating (how to choose the food we eat)
- Growing our own food
- Planning food preservation
- GMOs (genetically modified foods)
- Heirloom seeds and heritage breeds
- How to strengthen the food system in Milwaukee
The group has also taken field trips together to listen to authors like Michael Pollan and to visit local farms including an organic strawberry U-pick. Whether you are new to the group, or a veteran member, you are always welcome to suggest new meeting topics and to get involved in other real food activities at the Urban Ecology Center, including volunteering at the Local Food and Farmer Open House, the Eat Local Challenge and other programs.