Cooking For Mom Workshop at the Friendly Kitchen

May 10th, 2013  |  Published in Uncategorized

Why celebrate Mother’s Day only once a year?

The Chautauqua County Rural Ministry (CCRM) will be hosting a workshop titled “Cooking For Mom” on Sunday, May 19th from 2:00 to 3:30pm.  The event will take place in the dining room of the Friendly Kitchen, 131 Central Ave. in Dunkirk.

The workshop will be led by Carmen Quinones, an experienced home-cook and resident of Fredonia who has led several workshops in the past at the Friendly Kitchen.  During this workshop, Carmen will be teaching attendees how to make a few delicious and healthy dishes that you can cook at home for your mother.

All participants will experience a cooking demo, as well as receive recipes, informational materials, and a free gift.  Fresh ingredients are always used, and a healthy meal that your mother will love will be distributed. Participants are encouraged to bring their mothers and mothers are encouraged to bring their daughters!    

RSPV by Friday, May 17th, by calling Hannah Farley at 366-1787 or email her at; include information on special dietary considerations or allergies at this time, if applicable. There is no cost to attend the workshop and enjoy the free meal and free gifts.  All are welcome to attend!  These workshops are made possible by a grant through the NYS Department of Health Division of Nutrition.  CCRM is a United Way Community Partner.


MAP Urban Agriculture Training

April 27th, 2013  |  Published in Community Gardens, Gleaning

This past weekend, one of our Gleaning Project Interns attended the Massachusetts Avenue Project-Urban Agriculture Training in Buffalo. This three day, weekend long event included ten different workshops involving Urban Agriculture techniques and challenges that the MAP group has faced.

Friday evening held the registration and welcoming reception to the twenty-seven workshop attendees. During this time MAP explained their decade long journey and an overview of their day to day operations. They also discussed future goals that they have established to further expand MAP. One of their main concerns looking into the future is the change of Urban Agriculture policies within the city of Buffalo. They have won several key policy battles such as allowing the raising of chickens within the Buffalo city limits and allowing for compost to be made to name a few.

Saturday morning marked the start of the Urban Agriculture workshops. On both Saturday and Sunday attendees had three timeslots of workshops throughout each day where they would choose one of the two workshops being offered at each time slot. There were a total of ten workshops being offered during these six times slots; two of the workshops would be repeated due to popular demand. The workshops that were offered throughout the weekend were a mix of hands on learning and instruction as well as lecture type training. The ten different workshops included: Farm Planning, Urban Agriculture Policy, Urban Chickens, Youth Leadership and Education, Composting and Worms, Farm Sales, Aquaponics I and II, Value Added Products and Community Gardens.

Along with these workshops the Massachusetts Avenue Project also had a very special guest speaker in Dr. Samina Raja of the University of Buffalo. Dr. Samina Raja is the principle investigator at the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab at the University of Buffalo. Her research of the food systems of the city of Buffalo and cooperation with MAP have created policy change in the city of Buffalo dealing with food issues and urban agriculture. She discussed the issues with the lack of opportunity for Buffalo resident to acquire healthy food options. Due to the “Food Deserts” that Buffalo has there are growing health concerns in the community. Her research helps open the eyes of city policy officials and their restructuring the food systems within in cities such as Buffalo.

MAP is using innovative techniques to help build a tighter, healthier Buffalo community. Their continuing decade-long journey has provided many opportunities for neighboring youth to become more educated in making healthier food choices as well as providing freshly grown produce in the Buffalo food deserts. To learn more about the Massachusetts Avenue Project story please visit

2013 Growing Season Underway

March 22nd, 2013  |  Published in Community Gardens

With the Spring Season finally here and the 2013 growing season right around the corner, we have recently started our seed starting in collaboration with Taylor Greenhouses in Portland, NY.

This year we have a total of ten gardens planned in the Dunkirk/Fredonia area and neighboring communities. Four of these gardens that we have planned will involve garden education programs for children from Dunkirk School’s 3 and 7 as well as children from Dunkirk Boys and Girls Club and the LoGuidice BOCES Center. The garden education will include a variety of gardening techniques such as seed starting, composting and the overall fundamentals of creating a garden. Other gardens that we have planned include God’s Garden in Forestville, the Brocton/Portland community garden, the Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Camp Community garden, the Cornerstone community garden near the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, a garden on Porter Street in Fredonia and a garden in Westfield.

During this past off season for growing, we have been executing proper composting techniques by collecting waste food products from local restaurants and coffee shops. Collecting these old fruit and vegetable scraps along with coffee grounds will provide extra nutrition to the soil once decomposed and added to the gardens. Many of our community and school gardens have their own portable composting bins at the site, allowing us to create nutrient rich soil at each location.

Plants at the Greenhouse


Maple and Applesauce videos on Youtube

January 11th, 2013  |  Published in Uncategorized

We added two new Cooking and Nutrition workshop videos to Youtube:
“Fairbanks Maple” with Linda Fairbanks. Tons of great info about how maple production works; using maple syrup in recipes, etc.)
Canning the Apple Harvest” with Hannah Farley of SUNY Fredonia. Tips about making and canning applesauce, and how to preserve food safely.
The link to our video page is:

Ag training for Spanish-speaking new Americans

December 11th, 2012  |  Published in Uncategorized

Cornell Cooperative Extension is offering a great program for jobs in agriculture for Spanish-speaking individuals. Includes language and culture elements. Here is a nice article about the program:

Fredonia Central garden project

November 21st, 2012  |  Published in Uncategorized

Below is a link to a great article about the Fredonia Central School District’s garden project. Great job everyone!

We are grateful for the produce we gleaned for our clients when students werent yet in summer school.

Fairbanks Maple workshop

November 20th, 2012  |  Published in Uncategorized

Fairbanks Maple products, displayed at their Nov 2012 workshop.

A big thanks to Linda Fairbanks for leading the 7th workshop in our Local Farmers, Local Foods series of 2012. We learned about their process of extracting and processing maple syrup in Forestville, and tasted a huge variety of their products (maple mustard; maple cream; maple candy; maple covered nuts, Chex mix and pretzels). We also enjoyed a demo and samples of a tasty peanut butter maple sauce! The recipes we recieved are great for making holiday snacks sweetened with this local, unrefined product.

Linda Fairbanks shared about maple syrup production and products at our 7th Local Farmers, Local Foods workshop. 2012.




Good Food on a Tight Budget

November 16th, 2012  |  Published in Uncategorized

This is a great guide put out by the environmental working group: Good Food on a Tight Budget.

“Environmental Working Group researchers, in collaboration with Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters and Chef Ann Cooper, created an easy-to-use guide to the top 100 foods that are delicious, nutritious, clean and green.  The guide shows shoppers how to get the best nutritional bang for their buck.  It also provides simple tips for eating well, 15 tasty recipes averaging less than a $1 a serving and easy tools for tracking food prices and preparing and planning meals.”

Cooking and Nutrition videos on Youtube

November 14th, 2012  |  Published in Uncategorized

We started filming our Cooking and Nutrition workshops in May 2012, thanks to a grant from the NYS Dept of Health to purchase a video camera. These workshops are now available on YouTube!
Many thanks to our hosts; also a big thank you to our volunteers, who did all of the filming and help make the workshops run smoothly.
You can find all the videos at this link:
 The following workshops are currently available:
1. Roo Haven Farm workshop (May 2012)
2. Roots and Wings Family Farm workshop (June 2012)
3. Roberto Fred Farms workshop (July 2012)
4. The Herbal Medicine Chest workshop [with Jacqueline Swift]   (Sept 2012)
5. Basic Food Dehydration [with Malinda McGuinn]   (Oct 2012)
6. Taste of Korea workshop [with Minju Kim]   (May 2012)
7. Natural Summer Remedies [with Carmen Quinones]    (July 2012)
Feel free to share the videos widely. We are lucky to have such a variety of local wisdom in Chautauqua County, and we want these talks to be accessible to everyone. All videos are posted with a “Creative Commons” license, so the links can be reposted on your agency websites, blogs, facebook, etc.
Would you like to receive an update each time we add a new video to the site? You can subscribe to the channel by clicking the “subscribe” button on the webpage above.

Gleaning season comes to a close

November 14th, 2012  |  Published in Uncategorized

Though 2012 started off hot and dry, we had a great gleaning year, distributing over 17,000 lbs of produce from local farms and gleaning gardens. Around 25 Chautauqua County agencies were the recipients of this produce. Thanks to all the farmers and volunteers who made this possible!

Harvesting at Anderson’s Farm






Cauliflower at Westfield Garden

Harvesting Swiss Chard and tomatoes at Greystone Nature Preserve