Food as Medicine Conference with Keynote Sally Fallon Morell in Portland

FOOD AS MEDICINE CONFERENCE

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 13, 2016

8 AM – 5 PM

National College of Natural Medicine Campus

049 SW Porter Street

Portland, OR  97201


 

Confused about healthy eating? Join The Food as Medicine Institute for this one-day event, to learn from physicians and nutrition experts how to use specific diets to prevent disease. Learn which foods to create optimal wellness! 

 

This event is perfect for anyone that wants to learn how to optimize their health with the foods they eat every day. Everyone is invited! Individuals, families, foodies, chefs, and anyone interested in deepening their knowledge of nutrition and learning practical tips for the kitchen.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Sally Fallon Morell, MA
Nourishing Traditional Diet

The Key to Vibrant Health

This three-hour lecture includes the following topics:

• The pioneering work of Dr. Weston A. Price

• The importance of fat-soluble vitamins

• Why pasture-fed foods are needed in a diet

• Health benefits of raw milk

• Proper preparations of grains and dangers of soy

• The vital role of lacto-fermented foods, dietary salt and bone broth

 

Early bird registration ends on  January 11, 2016, register here today!

http://foodasmedicineinstitute.com/2016-food-as-medicine-symposium-healing-with-traditional-foods/


July 26: DVD – Introduction to the work of Dr. Weston A. Price

“Introduction to the Work of Dr. Weston A. Price

by Sally Fallon Morell

Friday, July 26th, 2013
DVD begins at 6:30 PM
Please come around 6:15

Location:
Market of Choice
67 West 29th, Eugene
Upstairs in the Community Room

Since I was sick last month and had to cancel, I plan to show these same  several short DVDs.  These are all excellent introductions to the work of Dr. Price and the Weston A. Price Foundation.  This would be a great time to bring a friend!

Animal fats, properly prepared whole grains, enzyme-enriched foods and nourishing bone broths kept our ancestors healthy. Sally Fallon Morell, author of Nourishing Traditions, explains why these are vital factors for maintaining good health today. Beginning with a presentation of Dr. Weston Price’s unforgettable photographs of healthy traditional peoples, Ms. Fallon explains the underlying factors in a variety of traditional diets, which conferred beauty, strength and complete freedom from disease on so-called primitive populations.

Sally Fallon Morell, MA is founding president of the Weston A Price Foundation and founder of A Campaign for Real Milk, Mrs. Fallon Morell lectures extensively around the world on issues of health and nutrition. She is a prolific writer of numerous articles and books and serves as editor of Wise Traditions, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation. In 1996, Mrs. Fallon Morell published the best-selling Nourishing Traditions (with Mary G. Enig, PhD), the cookbook that launched her career in alternative health. Visit her website at www.newtrendspublishing.com.

More info:

If this is your first time attending our Popcorn Review:
Please see our Notes On Popcorn Reviews for more information.

June 28: DVD – Introduction to the work of Dr. Weston A. Price

“Introduction to the Work of Dr. Weston A. Price

by Sally Fallon Morell

Friday, June 28th, 2013
DVD begins at 6:30 PM
Please come around 6:15

Location:
Market of Choice
67 West 29th, Eugene
Upstairs in the Community Room

This month I am going to show several short DVDs.  These are all excellent introductions to the work of Dr. Price and the Weston A. Price Foundation.  This would be a great time to bring a friend!

Animal fats, properly prepared whole grains, enzyme-enriched foods and nourishing bone broths kept our ancestors healthy. Sally Fallon Morell, author of Nourishing Traditions, explains why these are vital factors for maintaining good health today. Beginning with a presentation of Dr. Weston Price’s unforgettable photographs of healthy traditional peoples, Ms. Fallon explains the underlying factors in a variety of traditional diets, which conferred beauty, strength and complete freedom from disease on so-called primitive populations.

Sally Fallon Morell, MA is founding president of the Weston A Price Foundation and founder of A Campaign for Real Milk, Mrs. Fallon Morell lectures extensively around the world on issues of health and nutrition. She is a prolific writer of numerous articles and books and serves as editor of Wise Traditions, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation. In 1996, Mrs. Fallon Morell published the best-selling Nourishing Traditions (with Mary G. Enig, PhD), the cookbook that launched her career in alternative health. Visit her website at www.newtrendspublishing.com.

More info:

If this is your first time attending our Popcorn Review:
Please see our Notes On Popcorn Reviews for more information.

September 21-22: Wise Traditions Conference in Portland!

For the first time ever the Wise Traditions Conference is coming to Oregon!

SAVE THE DATE!
September 21-22, 2013
Portland, Oregon
Regional Wise Traditions Conference

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
8235 Northeast Airport Way
Portland, OR  97220

Register Now!


We will be offering:
  • A Showcase for Delicious Traditional Food
  • A Unique Opportunity for Health Professionals and Laymen interested in Diet and Health
  • WAPF Networking, Friendship and Fun
Seminars include:
  • Nourishing Traditional Diets
  • The Vital Fat-Soluble Vitamins
  • Myths and Truths About Vegetarian Diets
  • A Healthy Pregnancy
  • Taking the Fear Out of Fermentation
  • Passing the Bone: The Lore and Life of Bone Broth
  • Death by Food Pyramid
  • How to Maintain Optimum Joint Health as We Age
  • Empowering Fertility With a Nutrient-Dense Diet
  • The China Study
  • The Explosion of Autoimmunity
  • Raw Milk Babies
Featured Speakers will include:
  • Sally Fallon Morell, MA
  • Chris Masterjohn, PhD
  • Dale Jacobson DC
  • Kaayla Daniel, PhD
  • Denise Minger
  • Charlotte Smith
  • Nora Gedgaudas
  • Lisa Bianco-Davis
Location and Accommodation
Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
8235 Northeast Airport Way
Portland, OR  97220
Conference Food
As always, the conference will feature two delicious lunches of traditional foods. Interested in donating/bartering food items?  Phone our office at (304) 724-3006 or email paul@ptfassociates.com.
Exhibit and Sponsor Information
For information about becoming a sponsor or exhibitor at the conference, please contact Paul Frank at PTF & Associates at (304) 724-3006 or via email to pfrank@ptfassociates.com. Space is extremely limited. Early registration is strongly encouraged.

Please tell others about this conference!
Download the flier (right click and “save as”)

Sponsoring Partner
Green Pasture
For further information visit
or call (304) 724-3006.
I am pleased to announce that I (Lisa) have been asked to give a presentation on fermentation at the conference.  You local members in Eugene can hear me talk anytime, but don’t miss this opportunity to hear the other great speakers in person!  I don’t know how long it will be before the conference returns to Oregon.  If you’ve never heard Sally Fallon Morell’s Nourishing Traditional Diets presentation, you owe it to yourself to attend!  And the food is always awesome, that alone is worth the admission!
We hope many Eugene members will attend.  Please use our WAPFEugene list on Yahoo groups to coordinate sharing rides or rooms with other local members.

Register Now!

Fourfold Path to Healing Conference: Long Beach, CA – Feb 8-10th

If you know anyone in California, or need an excuse to go down there, I highly recommend The Fourfold Path to Healing Conference.  Seven years ago, my friend Katie, and my (then) 5-month-old son and I went to this conference when it was in Vancouver BC.  We had a great time and I am sure you will too.

Location:
Conference and Accommodations on the Queen Mary (www.queenmary.com)
126 Queens Highway, Long Beach , California 90802

Dates:
February 8th – 10th

Cost: $310/$360
Student/Seniors: $190/$240

To Register, call 304-724-3006
or Register Online

Includes wonderful WAPF food!

This comes to us from The Weston A. Price Foundation:

Below is a note from Sally Fallon Morell about the upcoming Fourfold Healing Conference sponsored by New Trends Publishing.  If you know anyone who would like to attend but cannot for financial reasons, please suggest they call our registrar to arrange for assistance: Paul Frank (304) 724-3006.  We would love to have as many as possible hear these great speakers.

Personally, I have attended and enjoyed this conference greatly.  I could hear all three speakers over and over. I usually take Jaimen’s class and find it very healing and energizing- it is like a retreat.  If you don’t know about him, here is one of his videos that will give you a taste of his work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFEsjGZ5TGg

Kathy Kramer

While centered on the book The Fourfold Path to Healing, the speakers at this conference are constantly promoting WAPF membership and it always turns out to be a beneficial conference for the Foundation.

The Friday evening reception and two days of lectures will be held on the beautiful Queen Mary. Because the number who attend is typically below 300, this is a great opportunity to meet and talk with Tom Cowan, Jaimen McMillan and myself. Many of you have heard me and Tom speak, but if you have not attended Jaimen’s classes you are in for a fascinating, helpful and entertaining experience learning about healing through movement. And, of course, the reception buffet and two meals we serve will be completely WAPF-approved!

Many thanks!

Sally

Wise Traditions Conference 2012 – Thursday

Wise Traditions Conference 2012:

Thursday:

Sally Fallon Morell at the Chapter Leader Meeting

Thursday morning the conference started with the Chapter Leader meeting. This had up until this year been held on the Monday following the conference, but they moved it this year.

The Chapter Leader’s meeting, where you might think we learn the secret handshakes and other mysterious stuff, was actually taken up with presentations of information for us to take back to our chapters.

Sally Fallon Morell:

Our first speaker was Sally Fallon Morell (president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of Nourishing Traditions). We learned that there are now 15,700 members in WAPF! There are 580 chapter leaders worldwide.  Ten percent of them are overseas with New Zealand having the highest number of members per capita of any country.  Sally keeps saying; This is truly an international organization now.

Pete Kennedy:

Our next presenter was Pete Kennedy, is a lawyer and president of the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund (http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/). The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund was created by Weston Price people to “Protect the constitutional right of the nation’s family farms and artisan food producers to provide processed and unprocessed farm foods directly to consumers through any legal means.” (read the FTCLDF mission statement)

Pete spoke about membership in the FTCLDF. There are 4 membership categories:

  • Farmer – $125/yr
  • Consumer – $50/yr
  • Associates – $250/yr
  • Artisan Producers – $125/yr

The memberships include free legal advice, and the possibility of legal representation (see http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/benefits.html for more info). They provide a 24-hour 1-800 number for members to call in the case of situations such as the health department coming to your door. We highly recommend everyone join this organization.

Chapter Leader group photo

Pete also gave us updates on some recent cases they had taken on. You may have heard about one in particular that resulted in a statement by the FDA that made the rounds on the internet. The FDA went on record as saying that (in their opinion) we have no fundamental right to consume or feed our children the foods of our choice! (see more: http://farmtoconsumer.org/litigation-FDA-status.htm) Wow, and who gave them that power? I say its time to take that power back into our own hands.

Chapter Leader Photo:

Next we took a break for our Chapter Leader group photo.

Elisa vander-Hout-Schmidt:

Next we heard from Elisa vander-Hout-Schmidt, who is the wife of Michael Schmidt. Michael is a raw milk farmer in Canada where it is illegal to sell raw milk. Michael has gone to jail and on a hunger strike in order to forward the raw milk movement in Canada.

Gary Cox:

Gary Cox

What to do during a raid

Gary Cox from the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund gave a wonderful presentation on what you should do in case of a farm raid (We also had in the audience Victoria Bloch, a chapter leader from Los Angeles, who went to jail in the raid on Rawsome Foods. She said she was going to have a T-Shirt made that said “I’ve been strip-searched for Raw Milk!”)

None of us like to think of the possibility of a raid happening to our farmer, but the presentation was very good. I am going to try to get a hold of the PowerPoint to show locally. Contact me if you would like more info.

In case you can’t read the points on the What to do during a raid photo, they are (you can also click on any of the photos to view them larger):

  • Read the warrant
    • Specificity of places to be searched
    • Specificity of items to be seized
    • Demand copy of inventory
  • Notify all members
  • Bring Camera/video recorder / take notes
  • Follow course of inspection
  • Do not hinder, thwart, obstruct or delay the inspection
  • Do not make any statements

And of course, if you are a member in the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, the very first thing to do is call the 1-800 hotline and get some legal advice! Gary talked about situations where the health inspector was in the process of telling the farmer to dump all their food in the trash, when the FTCLDF discovered that the warrant didn’t give them the right to do this at all.

Beef Stew, Herb Roasted Acorn Squash, Winter Greens with Shaved Fennel and Celeriac, Sauerkraut and Butter

Lunch:

Lunch was provided by New Trends Publishing (publishers of Nourishing Traditions and many other great books). We had the first of our wonderful meals at this conference.

We had Beef Stew, Herb Roasted Acorn Squash, Winter Greens with Shaved Fennel and Celeriac, Sauerkraut and Butter.  The Herb Roasted Acorn Squash was my favorite! Makes my mouth water just to think about it. For desert we had roasted bananas with coconut. It was way too sweet for my tastes, and I wished I’d finished with a second helping of the squash.

Charlotte Smith:

After lunch we had a presentation from Charlotte Smith of Champoeg Creamery (right here in Oregon!). Champoeg Creamery is the first farm to be certified by the Raw Milk Institute (RAWMI). The Raw Milk Institute was launched last year. Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures Dairy in California was one of the founders.

Charlotte Smith

She gave a touching account of the situation that lead to her creating the Oregon Raw Milk Producers Association. Charlotte told the story of a farm in her area that had a recent serious outbreak of disease. She had heard that this farm wasn’t clean. She felt so helpless to watch this terrible thing happen, and wanted to do something to prevent future outbreaks. So she got the idea of founding the Oregon Raw Milk Producers Association in order to provide safety, structure and education to raw milk in Oregon. Mark McAfee joined her on stage and she and Mark talked about their common goal of responsible and safe raw milk production. We saw photos of her farm, and heard about her experiences with becoming certified with RAWMI. I was very pleased to hear about the work that Charlotte is doing with raw milk producers. She is also the organizer of the Raw Milk Seminar in Junction City (at Deck Family Farm on November 19th).

Sara Pope:

Sarah Pope

Sara Pope is a chapter leader in Florida, and has contributed many videos on the Weston A. Price website. She talked about introducing raw milk to moms. She started off saying that she was from the South, and they have a saying:

“If Momma ain’t happy… Noooooooobody happy”

She said that the mommas she came into contact with are not happy. More moms are having to work outside the home, run single-family households, take care of their families, and their kids are getting more and more sick. The moms she sees have lost their fear of raw milk, and are desperate for anything that will help their children. She gave some strategies for introducing raw milk to moms. She said to talk one on one. Moms are getting more suspicious of “authorities” telling them what to do. Especially when so much of the info is in conflict with each other. Raw milk is helping children recover their health.

Judith McGeary:

Judith McGeary

Judith McGeary is a lawyer and organizer that has been instrumental in fighting back the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). She said that for a history of the farm bureau, etc. a great book was called “Dollar Harvest”. She also said that in the 2008 campaign Obama made a promise to label GMOs. She said there is a good YouTube video of this.

I found this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqaaB6NE1TI

We ended the Chapter Leaders meeting with a panel discussion. In years past we had breakout sessions, in which we meet in small groups around tables, and each table discusses a different subject. I was kind of disappointed not to have one this time.

Thai meal at restaurant in San Jose

After the day’s events my traveling companions and I drove into San Jose to find some dinner. We ate at a Thai restaurant. We had some roast duck, a chicken thing (that I can’t remember the name of), salad, and a couple of sauces. One side dish was a pineapple chutney-type sauce that we figured had traditionally been fermented. Jasmine rice was served in a cup made from a piece of real bamboo.

Wise Traditions Conference 2012:

"The Oiling of America" now at the Eugene Library!

The DVD “The Oiling of America: How the Vegetable Oil Industry Demonized Nutritious Animal Fats and Destroyed the American Food Supply” is now available at the Eugene Public Library!

A Eugene Chapter, WAPF member worked with library staff to get this DVD into the library. Circulation numbers count. If you want more WAP-related DVDs in the library, be sure to check out this DVD!

Links:

As of this writing, the DVD is already checked out, with three people on the “hold” list, if you want to check it out you will need to log into your library account and place the item on hold for pick-up on the first floor of the library.

We showed this DVD at our Popcorn Reviews in December 2010 and January 2012.  Click on the links for more info.  The Eugene Chapter also has one copy remaining for sale.

Interview with Sally Fallon Morell by Local Member

Local Eugene Chapter member, Donna Crow, recently conducted an interview with Sally Fallon Morell.  Donna sent us the link so you can listen to this interview free online!

Listen to free Interview/Class with Sally Fallon on Blog Talk Radio with Donna Crow, President of Fountain of Life Healing School of Eugene, Oregon.

On January 17th, 2012, Sally Fallon did a one hour Internet radio broadcast with Donna Crow.
You can listen to the archived program here:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/donna-crow

Just look for Sally’s smiling face, click on the show title, and you can listen right through your computer.
The class is free, so enjoy!

Donna Crow
http://www.donnacrow.com

January 20th: DVD – The Oiling of America

The Oiling of America: How the Vegetable Oil Industry Demonized Nutritious Animal Fats and Destroyed the American Food Supply
by Sally Fallon Morell

Friday, January 20th, 2012
DVD begins at 6:30 PM
Please come early.

Location:
Market of Choice
67 West 29th, Eugene
Upstairs in the Community Room

In our Vital Fats class last fall we gave a summery of Sally Fallon Morell’s “The Oiling of America”.   If you missed the class, or would like to get more of the story, please come to this event.  This DVD is a great introduction to how doctors, the media and “the diet dictocracts” got hoodwinked into doing the vegetable oil industry’s bidding, and why we, in the Weston Price Foundation, don’t fear animal fats.   Bring guests.  Bring your friends or family members who look at you funny when you say that butter doesn’t cause heart disease.  Or better yet, bring your doctor!

Margarine is the bad guy and butter and eggs are the good guys

For fifty years, big business, government agencies and medical organizations have campaigned deceptively against animal fats, meat, eggs, butter and other nutritious, traditional foods, leading to huge profits from the sale of toxic margarine, shortenings and liquid vegetable oils, and the foods that contain them. Scientific data contradicting current anti-animal fat public health policy was suppressed and censored for many years. Dr. Enig and Sally Fallon now tell you the truth about how that happened.

The Oiling of America will open your eyes to fraud and deception behind the lipid hypothesis of heart disease. Topics include:

    * How scientists cheat in scientific studies
    * Why cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease
    * The dangers of cholesterol-lowering diets and drugs
    * Why trans fatty acids and liquid vegetable oils are so dangerous to human health

Download our flier and invite a friend!
(Right click, and Save File As to save to your computer)

Please RSVP if you think you will be attending. If your plans change, always feel free to just show up.

Cost:
Donations of $5-10 donation to the Eugene Chapter are suggested and appreciated.
Sliding scale for low-income people is $1-4, or volunteer to help the Eugene Chapter.
(A donation is suggested from everyone who can afford it, but no one should miss a showing because of cost. Please volunteer to help the Eugene Chapter).

Discussion:
We have had such interesting conversations before and after recent DVDs that we now offer time for discussion (6:00 to 9:00 PM).

Dinner and a Movie:
You are welcome to buy food downstairs in Market of Choice or (shh, don’t tell them I told you this) bring something from home to eat in the room.

Nutritional Therapy Practitioners:
You can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by attending many of the Eugene Chapter’s DVD showings.

Links:
Read The Oiling of America article
The Oiling of America at Amazon.com
The Oiling of America at New Trends Publishing

Notes:
You may want to bring a sweater, as the Market of Choice often keeps this room cool.
We are not able to loan out DVDs at this time.
View our “Popcorn Review” pages (here and here) for information on past showings.

Wise Traditions 2011 (Lisa) Friday

Friday

Wise Traditions 2011, the 12th Annual, Weston A. Price Foundation Conference.  November 11th to 14th, 2011.  The theme of this conference was “Mythbusters”.

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Oatmeal Bar Breakfast

The conference began on Friday with an “Oatmeal Bar”.  Breakfast was not included in the conference registration fee but was provided as a fundraiser for the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund.  I know from experience that I don’t do well with oatmeal for breakfast, even when it is properly prepared.  So I bought two boiled free-range eggs and the sausage and biscuits.   There were also blueberries, crispy nuts, butter, and cream for the oatmeal, and tea, kefir, local grass-fed milk, fruit and other items for sale.

Tracks

The conference was broken into several “tracks” that were all running at the same time.  This made choosing which one to attend difficult.  On Friday the tracks were:

I. TRADITIONAL DIETS
Part 1, 2, & 3 by Sally Fallon Morell
II. GUT & PSYCHOLOGY
Part 1, 2, & 3 by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
III. NUTRITION & METABOLISM:
Part 1, 2, & 3  by Stephanie Seneff, PhD
IV. BIODYNAMIC FARMING:
Part 1 – The Biodynamic Preps by Hugh Lovell
Part 2 – Biodynamic Bovine Care by Michael Schmidt
Part 3 – Biodynamic and Practical Bee Care by Christy Hemenway
V. FOOD PREPARATION
Part 1 – Traditional Cooking by Tara Rayburn
Part 2 – Broth Based Soups and Stews by Jessica Prentice
Part 3 – Gluten-Free Sourdough by Sharon Kane

During the first session I was so excited about being at the conference, that I found I couldn’t sit still to listen to any one speaker, so wandered the sponsor’s tables and peeked in on all the talks.

Traditional Diets by Sally Fallon Morell

Sally’s six-hour presentation is well worth attending.  You owe it to your self to see it at least once.  We have shown a version of this presentation at our Popcorn Review DVD showings, and will show it again sometime in the future.

Gut And Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) by Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, HMC, CCH

Gut & Psychology Syndrome - Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD

When I attended my first Wise Traditions conference in 2007, hearing Dr. Natasha speak was the highlight of my trip.   The basis of her talk is that the brain is intimately connected to what is going on in the gut, and that healing the digestive system can clear up many so-called psychiatric or neurological (and physical) disorders. We have shown her presentations at our Popcorn Review in the past, and will probably show this presentation, as  I understand that there was new information presented that was not available a couple years ago.

Nutrition and Metabolism by Stephanie Seneff, PhD

Nutrition and Metabolism - Stephanie Seneff, PhD

Stephanie’s presentations are very in-depth and interesting.   We have shown two of Stephanie’s presentations at our Popcorn Review.  She makes a clear biological case for needing such nutrients as cholesterol, fat and sulfur in the diet.

Biodynamic Preps - Hugh Lovell

Farming Track

This year I didn’t stay in any of the Farming track presentations.  In 2009 I spent most of one day in the farming track.  I find the farming tracks very interesting even though I am not a farmer.  I like to know what good farmers are doing, and what I, as a consumer of farm products should be looking for.  I would love to show some of the DVDs from this track to local farmers and consumers.

I mostly attended the Food Preparation track.

Lunch

Friday Lunch

Friday Lunch featured some very interesting coconut wraps, cheese, veggies, salsa, chicken and baked apples for desert.

View the conference menu.

Broth Based Soups and Stews

Broth Based Soups and Stews - Jessica Prentice

After lunch I attended Broth Based Soups and Stews.  Jessica Prentice, owner of Three Stone Hearth in California and author of Full Moon Feast, is a wonderful speaker.  She has a great way of grouping together different recipes so that you can see the patterns behind them.  In this presentation she talked about how traditional cultures all over the world used similar techniques to make soups and stews.  She gave examples of recipes that fell into different categories of cooking techniques.  This gave us the opportunity to look at recipes that we decide to make not simply as instructions to follow, but allows us to see the pattern it fits into, and this gives us flexibility to modify the recipe.

Gluten-Free Sourdough

Gluten -Free Sourdough - Sharon Kane

For the third session of the day I continued with the food preparation track and attended Gluten-Free Sourdough. Sharon Kane described her experience of learning to make traditional sourdough breads only to discover that she was severely gluten intolerant.  She was told on all the sourdough-making sites that gluten-free sourdough was not possible.  Through her own perseverance she discovered the process needed to work with gluten-free grains and seeds.  She uses kefir (?) to start each batch in order to get the fermentation process going quickly enough to work with these alternative grains.  She does not keep a sourdough starter going at all times, but instead usually starts each batch with fresh starter.

Gluten -Free Sourdough - Sharon Kane

At the end of the session Sharon Kane gave us all samples of her Teff-Carob bread.  Yummy!  She had helpers toasting pieces in the back of the room and the smell was simply wonderful.

I bought her book and hope to be able to teach these recipes sometime in the future.

Friday Dinner

Friday Dinner

Pork sausages, pulled pork, baked beans, garlic sauerkraut, potato chips fried lard, bread and lots of butter.  For a sweet treat there was watermelon slices drizzled with balsamic vinegar.  The sausages were a little too dry by the time I got any, but otherwise fairly good food.  I thought the balsamic vinegar on watermelon was a strange combination, but it was nice.

The meals are all eaten at large round tables that hold at least I had a lovely conversation with someone I met at the table.  She said she was going to blog about it.  I took a picture of her “butter with a little bread”.

We WAPFers like our butter! This was my neighbor's bread & butter

Evening Activities

Sally said that at previous events they used to wonder what people wanted to do in the evening, and tried organizing social events.  When conference reviews came back, they found that what attendees wanted was more education!

So in the evening we had the choice of five more activities:

Radical Medicine: “Removing the Obstacles to Cure” by Louisa Williams
Film: The Greater Good by Leslie (Bradshaw) Manooklan
Obesity Myths by Ben Pratt
Cod Liver Oil by David Wetzel
Real Food – Bloggers Panel

Cod Liver Oil

The History of Cod Liver Oil - David Wetzel

I attended the presentation on Cod Liver Oil.  David Wetzel is the owner of Green Pasture, the first cod liver oil bottler in modern times to make cod liver oil through the original technique of fermentation.

His presentation covered the history of cod liver oil including many photos of original packaging and advertisements for cod liver oil.  He outlined the change that occurred when industrial processes of refining, bleaching, deodorizing the oil took over the market.  Instead of the advertising focusing on the health benefits of cod liver oil (that were well known at that time) they focused on the tastelessness of the product.  They claimed how easy it would be to get your children to take it.  They didn’t seem to know or maybe care, that the tasteless product lost most of its nutritional value.

I thought it was a great talk.  Unfortunately this presentation was not recorded.  I spoke to David Wetzel after his talk and found out that he is willing to come to Eugene (from Nebraska) to give this presentation to us if we have 25 people who are interested in hearing it.  Please let me know if you would be interested in hearing this talk.

Traveling Light

This was the first year I attended the conference without my son along.  He went to his first conference in Virginia, when he was just barely two, and slept through most of it in a carrier on my chest.  He is six now, and had a great time spending the weekend with his grandparents, aunt and cousin.  The conference provides childcare and activities for children for a reasonable extra fee.  My son did fine in childcare,  but  I enjoyed “traveling light” this time.

Stay tuned to the Eugene Chapter Newsletters for more highlights from the Wise Traditions 2011 conference.

Wise Traditions 2012

It is not too early to start planning to attend the 2012 conference, which will be in California!  Several of us from Eugene will be attending, and I am sure there will be opportunities to carpool, caravan, travel by air, or share rooms together.