Jamestown, N.Y. – When Willow Fodor joined Audubon Community Nature Center’s Board of Directors recently, she learned that one of her responsibilities would be to help with fund raising.
Then Fodor had an idea: She could prepare dinners before the GreenUp Jamestown Events planned for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on February 28, March 7, 14 and 28, and May 2.
As Fodor explained, “Catering the GreenUp Jamestown events while supporting Audubon combines two of my passions: Food and Nature. I recently joined the Audubon board and was excited to learn that one of our initiatives this year will be looking for ways to use our time and talents to raise funds for the innovative work being done there. I immediately thought of food, since gardening, cooking, and preserving food are some of my favorite activities. Second only to my number one passion: spending time outside enjoying nature – camping, hiking, biking, swimming, running, and skiing.”
A conversation with her husband, the priest at St. Luke’s and one of the initial planners of GreenUp Jamestown, inspired the way to bring both of her interests together.
St. Luke’s has partnered with Audubon, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, Robert H. Jackson Center, Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, and Zion Covenant Church to establish the GreenUp Jamestown Coalition. The Coalition is hosting a series of lectures and events from February to May that aim to develop a community-wide love of nature, promote environmental awareness, and create local-to-global sustainability.
Fodor believes that serving a meal before the presentation will give those who attend an opportunity to share in the most human of gestures, the breaking of bread and sharing of ideas. Donations from participants will support the nature education work of Audubon Community Nature Center.
All the dinners will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday evenings before the 7-8:30 p.m. programs at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 410 North Main Street, Jamestown. Mature children aged 9 and older are welcome when accompanied by an adult.
The delicious vegetarian menu for the first dinner on February 28 includes roasted eggplant and white bean dip with sliced vegetables, roasted vegetable lasagna, winter citrus salad, and brownies. On March 7, the meal will be butternut squash soup, apple walnut salad, roasted vegetables with quinoa, cornbread, and dessert. The March 14 menu is Italian chopped salad, a trio of soups: African peanut soup, golden coconut lentil soup, and potato kale soup, vegetable stromboli, and dessert.
Gluten free and vegan options are available upon request by contacting Fodor at (347) 495-1536 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The February 28 program will be “Earth Stewardship/Creation Care: Seeking Nature’s Truths through Science, Philosophy, and Faith,” presented by retired Jamestown Community College (JCC) Professor of Biology Becky Nystrom.
On March 7 James Colby present “Visionary Earth Stewards and Environmental Triumphs: Now, What Can We Do in Our Homes, Communities, and Planet?” Colby is an artist, curator, and environmental activist, now retired from his position as Weeks Gallery Director/Curator of Exhibitions, Galleries, and Collections at JCC.
The March 14 program will be “Food Ecology Forum: Farming Our Fragile Island Home,” a panel discussion with local farmers, growers and food organizers about sustainable agriculture in our region. Confirmed panelists include Jessica Fredrick, principal behind the Steady Plow Farm in Sherman, and Linnea Carlson, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation Public Market Manager.
“Water Politics: Saving the Great Lakes, the Largest Fresh Water Ecosystem on the Planet” is the topic for March 28. It will be presented by SUNY Fredonia Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science Program Coordinator Dr. Sherri “Sam” Mason.
GreenUp Jamestown will close on May 2 with a presentation by the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy on “Saving Chautauqua Lake, Our Greatest Natural Asset, Tourist Attraction, and Economic Engine.”
Dinner spaces are limited. Reservations are required by the Monday before each dinner and can be made online through the Programs page at www.auduboncnc.org.
GreenUp Jamestown Coalition 2018 sponsors are Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Episcopal Church Advisory Council on the Stewardship of Creation (NYC), Jamestown Community College (Earth Awareness Club, JCC Foundation, Faculty Student Association, Katherine Jackson Endowment for the Humanities, Scharmann Theatre, and Weeks Gallery), Rotary Club, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Jamestown, New York.
For details about all the activities planned for GreenUp Jamestown, visit www.greenupjamestown.com.
Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways. Visit at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa., or online at auduboncnc.org.