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Earth Friendly Friday
February 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Green Team’s Earth Friendly Friday presents…
Canaan Palestine: Building Sustainable Farming in the West Bank
February 9, 2018
Social time 6:30 Program 7:00
Farm families in Palestine face the usual problems of small-scale producers – access to markets, fair pricing, resources for soil and crop improvement, help with on-going development, and more. Palestinian farmers face an unfriendly political environment, but they have assets – good land, strong family bonds, cultural traditions that support community, and a long history of organic-style farming focused on olives and olive oil, wheat, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Through Canaan Palestine and the Palestine Fair Trade Association, farmers have been able to sell products at a fair price and see them exported around the world. This project has increased stability, economic growth opportunities, empowerment of women, care for the land, and development of local leaders.
Deborah Hunley is an Ambassador for Canaan Palestine, representing the company regionally through sales and outreach programs, bringing the products and the story to interested groups. An ordained Episcopal priest, she was for many years Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Roanoke. As a young adult, she lived, worked, and studied in Israel/Palestine for two summers and has made numerous return visits over the years, most recently during the olive harvest in 2015.
Canaan Palestine olive oil will be available for sampling at the conclusion of the program.
This program is sponsored by the UUCR and the Roanoke Group of the Sierra Club. Programs are held on the second Friday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Road SW, in Roanoke at the intersection with Brandon Avenue. Snacks for the social time before and after the presentation are welcome, but not required. For more information contact: Bob Egbert at firstname.lastname@example.org
ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
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