The best parts of summer? Luscious, juicy fruit and more time outside in the sun. Gardening classes, a fruit festival, outdoor music and food policy conferences make this June an exciting month in the world of food. Check out our event calendar below to find something that tickles your fancy.
5th Annual NOLA Eat Local Challenge is a monthlong challenge to New Orleans residents to eat food caught, raised or grown no more than 200 miles from home, and aimed at raising awareness of the nutritional, environmental and even economic benefits of eating locally sourced foods.
When? 30 days of June
Where? New Orleans, LA
Cost? $30 includes a slew of goodies including a T-shirt, free or discounted admission to events and much more.
Slow Living Summit: “Food, Mindfully” is in its fifth year and brings food into focus with mindful exploration of food’s journey from farm to belly, with discussion of all the politics that happen along the way.
When? 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, June 5
Where? Downtown Brattleboro, VT
www.slowlivingsummit.org or 802-380-0226
2015 Edible Business Conference brings together today’s great minds in food business, media and policy to discuss a movement toward healthy food systems in regions across the country. From farmers to food tech startups, agribusiness investors to concerned foodies, this event will facilitate the conversations and moves that need to happen for a brighter food future.
When? Friday, June 5 to Sunday, June 7
Where? SUNY Stonybrook in Southampton, NY
Native Pollinator Workshop will teach guests how to attract pollinators to their farms or gardens.
When? 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 6
Where? Kerr Center in Poteau, OK
Succulent Propagation & Container Design Workshop will teach you how to grow and propagate succulents and design a container for your own use. Propagation is the process of using parent clippings to grow new plants—you can start several new plants from leaves and cuttings.
When? Noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 6
Where? Greensgrow Farms, 2501 East Cumberland Street, Philadelphia, PA
Cost? $35, Registration required
9th Annual Upstate Farm Tour gives participants an opportunity to connect with the source of their food. More than 20 farms in nine counties open their gates for people to tour their grounds, pet their baby animals, pick berries, and learn how local farmers grow organic food. Each farm will offer something different. Visit any farm, in any order.
When? 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 6 to Sunday, June 7
Where? Upstate South Carolina
Cost? $30 per vehicle in advance, $35 per vehicle that weekend
Grazing 102 is a two-day workshop to refine the skills of livestock producers, teaching them about topics like plant growth and development, fencing systems, soil fertility and determining forage needs.
When? Tuesday, June 9 to Wednesday, June 10
Where? Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center, Dubois, Indiana
Farm Feast is a festival celebrating homegrown food, drink and entertainment. Chef demos, food samplings and beer tent!
When? Saturday, June 13 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where? Claremont Farm, UK
Cost? $5, children under 12 free
It’s Time Texas Summit unites health professionals from across the state for a conference on community wellness. Workshops are tailored for health-minded (or soon to be health-minded) communities, schools and workplaces, plus sessions dedicated to policy and innovation.
When? Monday, June 15 to Tuesday, June 16
Where? Austin, TX
Cost? $150 general registration, $100 for K-12 educators and nonprofits
Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee is a jubilant evening of fruit tasting and sales of more than 60 varieties of peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and pluots. Live entertainment, farm tours, a kids’ craft corner, jam making, a Japanese tea ceremony, flower arranging and stone fruit drinks, artisan treats and pies.
When? Saturday, June 20, 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Where? Mokichi Okada Association’s Oasis Garden in Clovis, CA 93619
Cost? $5, children under 12 free
World Food System Conference 2015 aims to bring together researchers and other food system stakeholders to address a big issue: how to feed the world’s growing population.
When? Sunday, June 21 to Friday, June 26
Where? Conference Centre Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland
Cost? $212 registration
Maine Fare Food Fest is a homegrown food festival that brings together all of the Maine food biz—farmers, fishermen, food suppliers, nonprofits and foodies! This is a celebration of food, fishing and farming for the future of Maine.
When? June 26 to June 27
Where? Belfast, Maine
Cost? Free admission, Cost for classes and food
Medicinal Herb Tinctures with HerbanMomma will teach you how to make your own herbal extracts in a fun and easy way. Learn the methodology and the process, and walk away with two of your own tinctures—a topical one for salves, and an ingestible one with medicinal properties.
Where? Greensgrow Community Kitchen at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, PA
When? Saturday, June 27, noon to 2 p.m.