Animal Welfare Approved, the nation’s leading certification label for family farmers raising their animals with high welfare standards, is hosting Jeanette Orrey, the United Kingdom’s famous “Dinner Lady” (that would be a lunch lady on this side of the pond) the week of January 11th. Orrey is a leader in the U.K.’s efforts to provide school lunches made of fresh, local organic food. She will be visiting with school officials, farmers and proponents of healthy school lunches in New York City, Baltimore, Maryland and Arlington, Virginia. Accompanying Orrey on her journey will be Animal Welfare Approved staff, Bill Telepan, chef/owner of Manhattan’s Telepan Restaurant, and Nancy Easton, a New York City teacher for 20 years. Telepan is a long-time Animal Welfare Approved supporter and a board member of Wellness in the Schools. Wellness in the Schools is a grassroots organization that promotes children's environmental health, nutrition and fitness within the New York City public schools. Easton co-founded Wellness in the Schools and serves on its board. The New York City school system serves approximately 1.1 million students.
We are excited to partner with Slow Food Nation in the first-ever American gathering this Labor Day weekend in San Francisco. Slow Food is a vibrant movement of people who advocate food systems that are good, clean and fair-goals we also support in our promotion of high-welfare husbandry. We will be involved in many events throughout the weekend, and will continue to post these on our blog as they develop.
Sunday, August 31, 2008: Join us for a fund-raising “Slow Dinner” for Animal Welfare Approved, to be held at Woodward’s Garden-a San Francisco gem known for its intimate hospitality and expert preparation.
The evening provides the opportunity to hear from some outstanding farmers, including Animal Welfare Approved farmer Will Harris (White Oak Pastures; fifth generation grass-fed cattle farmer). These stewards of the land will share their experiences in practicing humane husbandry, and explain how tradition and innovation have shaped their farming practices today. The reception and dinner will feature wine donated by Beringer, a California winery known for its commitment to sustainable agriculture, and will include light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets for the Reception and Slow Dinner are purchased separately. To purchase tickets for the Slow Dinner ($125), please contact Julie Munk at (703) 836-4300. A contribution of 15% of every ticket sold will benefit the Animal Welfare Approved program. If you can’t make it to San Francisco, keep checking our blog and stay tuned for the next newsletter.