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October 28 Newsletter

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Local Food on the Eastside Hill

More and more, we hear and read about local foods and their benefits to people and their communities. Increasingly, people seem dissatisfied with the conventional food system and are interested in taking more control of their food through growing it, harvesting it, making it and knowing it. In a walk through our neighborhood one sees fruit trees, vegetable gardens, local food bumper stickers and an occasional hanging deer; one also sees many Eastside Hill neighbors at the Eau Claire Farmers Market. At the same time, we we have little idea of the wider range of local food activities in which members of our community are involved.

In an effort to better understand what local food actually mean to us and what it provides in our lives, I and the students in my Geography of Food class have created survey which we want to administer to residents of the Eastside Hill. The survey is anonymous and is intended to help us better understand our local food perspectives and practices in which we are involved. We hope that ALL residents take the survey, no matter what each household’s specific experiences or perspectives on local foods are.

Some students will be going door to door with the survey, but the survey is available online. Please see if you can make the time to take the survey. We will post the results on the Eastside Hill website later in the semester. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at kaldjian@uwec.edu. We look forward to your participation.

ACTION! Take the Eastside Hill Local Food Survey

From Paul Kaldjian, Eastside Hill resident and Associate Professor of Geography, UWEC

Flynn Fall Market: Nov. 6

Fynn Elementary will be holding their “Flynn Fall Market” on Saturday, November 6. The market offers holiday gifts, crafts, prizes, food, and family fun. It runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm right at the school (1430 Lee Street). And it’s free!

Wanna be a vendor? Booths cost $30 or ($50 for two). Table rental available. You’ll need to donate an item for a door prize. Set up is on Friday, November 5. For more details, contact Jeff Cesafsky at 830-9253 or jcesafsky@charter.net. Find out more on Facebook.

Next Steering Committee Meeting: Nov. 18

As always, Eastside Hill residents and interested parties are welcome to attend all steering committee meetings. This meeting may feature the formation of some subcommittees, and hopefully the election of a new president. Public comments will be welcomed near the beginning of the meeting.

Thursday, Nov. 18 – 6:30pm
Our Savior’s Church (library)
1310 Main St., Eau Claire, WI

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Helpful links:
Your Eastside Hill political channels
Our Neighborhood Plan
Steering Committee Contact

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