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Published on January 24th, 2013 | by growwny

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A Preview into Slow Food Buffalo Niagara’s Upcoming Public Event

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BY ELISE STEVENS, GROW SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT

As a follow up to our What is Slow Food? blog from November, we have the details regarding its upcoming public gathering. On Monday January 28th, Slow Food Buffalo Niagara will be holding its first official event that is FREE and open to the public. The inaugural event will be held promptly at 6:30p.m. at Frizlen Group Architects, located at 257 Lafayette Avenue in Buffalo.

Slow Food Buffalo-Niagara is a chapter of Slow Food USA and shares its belief that everyone has the right to good, clean and fair food. Slow Food USA advocates for food and farming policies that are good for the public, good for the planet, and good for farmers and workers.

Professional beekeeper Geri Hens will be the keynote speaker of the evening. Hens is the owner of Hens Honey Bee Farm in Pendleton, the only New York State producer of USDA raw organic New York Native Wildflower and Tree Varietal Honey. For more than 20 years, Hens Honey Bee Farm has met and exceeded USDA standards for organic honey production for bees, honey and beeswax. The farm has 1,000 colonies in 11 counties in western and northern New York. They produce 16 kinds of wild vegetation honey in three forms: liquid, cream, and comb. Hens is proud to be an environmentally responsible honey producer and organic apiculture industry leader. She provides organic apiculture consulting and mentoring, educational presentations, swarm collection and relocation services. Former vice president of the Western New York Honey Producers Association, she serves as a bee specialist for the local Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), including Erie and Niagara counties, as well as several other New York CCE programs. In addition educating the public, growers and beekeepers, she offers a swarm collection of services and consults regarding issues pertaining to pollination insects (especially honey bees, bumble bees, and native bees).
Accompanying the discussion of Hens work as a beekeeper and the lives of bees, she will provide an overview of new directions in farming and farm products within Western New York and New York State. She also will have some products from her farm to sell after the meeting.

Light refreshments compliments of Martin Cooks and Buffalo Cheese Traders, LLC will be served beginning at 6 p.m. So, come a little early to meet and greet with those in attendance and enjoy a light bite.

Come join the Slow Food effort and learn more about our very own, local Slow Food Buffalo-Niagara chapter.  Available at the meeting will be a schedule for up and coming Slow Food events and topics, one event per month. Make Slow Food Buffalo Niagara part of your New Year routine, vow to learn and gain awareness and camaraderie. Sink your teeth into Slow Food.

If you are interested in becoming involved or sharing information you might have about a local grower or locally sourced product, please contact Slow Food Buffalo Niagara through its website.

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