This year, Icebox’s major initiative is the PUSH (Preserving the Urban Seasonal Harvest) program. Driven by the fact that the residents of low income neighborhoods often rely on cheap, highly processed foods and suffer from a higher incidence of diet-related illnesses, Icebox has been partnering with other organizations to encourage healthy, sustainable local food production and consumption for many years, and we have seen great successes. But success brings further challenges. Many in the Harrisburg community are producing and purchasing fresh, local, healthy food, and families are reaping the benefits.
The opportunity before us now is to demonstrate how the abundance of fresh, local food can be preserved for use during offseason months, and to provide the training and materials needed to do so. The PUSH (Preserving the Urban Seasonal Harvest) program will teach participants the basic methods of freezing, canning, dehydrating and freeze-drying foods, increasing the availability and use of local, healthy, preserved foods to families during offseason months. The PUSH program will reduce at least ONE TON of food waste, reclaiming nutrient-dense, locally produced foods that would otherwise be lost.
The PUSH (Preserving the Urban Seasonal Harvest) program will enable individuals to stock tomorrow’s pantries with today’s healthy, local food choices. The PUSH program is made up of several components:
1) Community Freezer Space
2) The League of Urban Canners program
3) Shared Dehydrating and Freeze-drying Equipment
4) Culinary Reference Library
This year will be the third year of our participation as the educational component of the Fruit and Veggie Prescription program that is funded by Wholesome Wave of Georgia and managed by Augusta Locally Grown. This program is run by a combined effort between the Harrisburg Family Clinic, the Veggie Truck Farmers Market, Helms College Culinary School, Wholesome Wave Georgia, Augusta Locally grown and Icebox Ministries.
If you know someone who could benefit from these workshops or if you feel led to be involved please contact us.
THE CULTURE CLUB — A MONTHLY GATHERING OF FERMENTATION ENTHUSIASTS
• May 4th, 2017: Kombucha - $5 donation - email us to register
Icebox Forum is a small group for those interested in the spiritual importance of food issues, from production, to distribution, to consumption. We meet at the Icebox Ministries Harrisburg campus for six-week sessions several times each year. We also hold Icebox Forum-type classes and sessions at off campus locations such as churches and other gathering places.
AT ICEBOX FORUM...
• We meet together
• We eat together
• We share our ideas and our stories
• We read the Scriptures and other writings
• We watch videos (like Babette’s Feast, Food Inc and others)
• We have special speakers
• We plan projects that make a positive impact on our communities
JUST A FEW OF THE QUESTIONS WE CONSIDER IN ICEBOX FORUM SESSIONS ARE:
• What is the place of food in the scriptures? In our theology? In worship? In our daily lives?
• What are the connections between our methods of food production and our spiritual and physical health?
• How should we relate to the land, to the crops, and to the animals we consume?
• What insights can scripture and theological tradition provide regarding our relationship to our food? To our neighbors? To ourselves?
• How can gardening, farming, and preparing meals be doxological activities?
Check out our calendar of events for Icebox Forum sessions that are happening or coming soon. We’d love to see you there!