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Check Out the Farm to Table Lecture Series

The New York Restoration Project gives you a good reason to head to northern Manhattan.

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New York Restoration Project has started a new series of lectures that are well worth a trip way uptown in New York City. The Farm to Table Lecture Series will discuss, as the title might suggest, our relationship with food from the farm to the table. And, fittingly enough they will take place at the NYRP's New Leaf Cafe where you can enjoy cocktails during the lecture and perhaps dinner afterward.

NYRP, founded by Bette Midler in 1995, is responsible, among many other green initiatives, for many of the incredible well kept community gardens around New York City.

Farm to Table Lecture Series

New Leaf Restaurant & Bar
One Margaret Corbin Drive
Fort Tryon Park
New York, NY 10040

Drink specials will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with lectures beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Here's some info on the speakers. Hope to see you at the New Leaf.

Annie Novak, Co-founder, Eagle Street Rooftop Farms
Wednesday, March 10
A passionate agriculturalist, activist and artist, Annie is co-founder of Eagle Street Rooftop Farms, as well as the program director for Growing Chefs, a field-to-fork education program in Brooklyn. Annie has installed edible gardens in four of New York City’s boroughs, and eaten local produce in all five. Though she spends several months of the year traveling and investigating different ways people grow and eat their food around the world, Annie also makes time to work with CENYC, Slow Food, Just Food and the New York Botanical Garden, advocating and growing agriculture in NYC.

Ian Cheney, Filmmaker, Wicked Delicate
Wednesday, March 17
Ian Cheney grew up in New England and received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Yale University. A freelance shooter, editor and outreach producer, Ian has directed short films and documentaries including Two Buckets (2006) and The Greening of Southie (2008). He also co-created and starred in King Corn, the Peabody Award-winning feature documentary broadcast nationally on PBS in 2008. Ian’s films have been distributed in France, the UK, Japan, Israel and Poland, and he travels frequently to show his work and speak about sustainability, agriculture and the human relationship to the natural world. Ian’s next film, The City Dark, is expected to be released in 2010 with his Brooklyn-based production company Wicked Delicate.

Louisa Shafia, Author, Lucid Food: Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life
Wednesday, March 24
Louisa is a chef, caterer, and cookbook writer whose food philosophy embraces veganism, raw food and eco-conscious eating. She is the founder of Lucid Food, an eco-friendly fine catering company based in New York City. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she has worked in well-known restaurants in both the San Francisco Bay Area as well as New York. Her 2009 book, Lucid Food: Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life, is acclaimed for its convenient, affordable and delicious eco-oriented recipes and ideas.

For more information, contact Shannon Donohue, NYRP public events manager, at

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