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No Such Thing as a “Typical Farm to Freezer Volunteer”

By Jenny Roe Volunteers at Farm to Freezer are an eclectic group, coming from all different backgrounds, varying ages and experiences.  Some volunteers are retired while others work full time, some are mothers and mothers to be, and there are those … Continue reading

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Noticing the Real Impact: My First Sunday with Farm to Freezer

by: Jenny Roe Ever since I heard Cheryl’s inspiring speech at the TedX Manhattan event  last February, I have been looking forward to spending my weekends in the kitchen with Farm to Freezer. I recently graduated with my Master’s from … Continue reading

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Launched July 6th!

by: Cheryl Kollin We launched Farm to Freezer this weekend!  After many months in the planning, it was great to see so many friendly faces and supporters come out on our first weekend. On Saturday, we purchased surplus produce from Spiral Path … Continue reading

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Examining Your Plate: Considering the Environmental Impacts of Your Meal

Blogging about the issues that Farm to Freezer tackles has made me more conscious of the environmental impacts of individual purchasing choices we, as consumers make every day. Food Waste I recently dedicated an entire post to food waste since the Natural Resources … Continue reading

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Learning From the Past to Build a Better Future

Learning From the Past to Build a Better Future Jennifer Roe Farm to Freezer could have written the following passage from A Place at the Table, a newly released book and documentary that examines the problem of hunger and food insecurity … Continue reading

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Food Waste: We are the Problem and the Solution

Food Waste: We are the Problem and the Solution Jennifer Roe It is difficult to picture mountains of food rotting in landfills across the country when one in six Americans is food insecure, living each day not knowing what their … Continue reading

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Live from New York…It’s TEDxManhattan!

Farm to Freezer Debuts on  National Stage What a thrill it was to share the New York stage with famous food experts, respected CEOs, and budding entrepreneurs! On February 16th, we gathered for the TEDxManhattan Conference to talk about “Changing … Continue reading

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On Tomatoes, TEDx Talks, and Tweets

Learn more about the aspiring #socialenterprise, @farmtofreezermd through our new twitter account! You can check out our twitter handle @farmtofreezermd, and join the conversation about reducing food waste, nutritious meals for homeless populations, community service, and all other values that Farm to Freezer embodies. We’re … Continue reading

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Join us at Bethesda Green for a TedXManhattan viewing party!

Dear Friends of Farm to Freezer, The news has travelled far and wide that Farm to Freezer will be among this year’s ideas worth sharing at TEDxManhattan’s “Changing the Way We Eat” conference. Cheryl Kollin will present our innovative startup … Continue reading

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While the Fields Like Dormant – Lots of Growing to Do

In the depth of winter while the fields like dormant and farmers order seeds for next year’s crop, Cheryl is hard at work developing plans for Farm to Freezer as a self-supporting social enterprise. Can Farm to Freezer earn revenue … Continue reading

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Farm to Freezer Wins the TEDxManhattan Speaker Challenge!

By Cheryl Kollin Farm to Freezer rose to the challenge and won! We are thrilled to announce that I will present Farm to Freezer at the third annual TEDxManhattan, “Changing the Way We Eat,” conference. The all-day conference will be … Continue reading

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Your Vote Counts! VOTE FOR FARM TO FREEZER AT TEDXMANHATTAN

Click HERE to Vote. Click on “take our survey” Voting ends December 15th so vote today! We are very excited that Farm to Freezer is a speaker finalist the TEDxManhattan Challenge! TED itself is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading … Continue reading

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Vote for Farm to Freezer’s Inclusion at TEDxManhattan 2013

Vote Today! Deadline: December 15th “We have a wonderful problem!”, Sue Kirk, executive director of Bethesda Cares explained to me as we chatted between sessions of the TEDxManhattan 2012 viewing party. It was just ten months ago, that the idea … Continue reading

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Test Markets in November!

As the days get shorter and the weather colder, we approach the end of this year’s supply of fresh produce. Even though FreshFarm Market Bethesda closed for the season on October 27th, Farm to Freezer will be hard at work … Continue reading

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Food Day – Join the Celebration!

How “Real” do you eat? This short quiz, sponsored by Food Day, shows to what extent your diet impacts your health, the environment, and animal welfare. By examining the breakdown of specific food in your diet, the Real Quiz connects … Continue reading

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Volunteerism: How Strangers become Friends, and Towns become Communities

Every week, a team of enthusiastic and hard-working people from all walks of life come to work with us in the kitchen. These ten volunteers, most of whom don’t know one another, work together to prepare all of the frozen … Continue reading

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Exciting Events and Seasonal Smells

The drop in temperature in September signaled two things for us at Farm to Freezer – firstly a bit of relief from the heat of the stove; and secondly, delicious applesauce, sent to us with the change of the seasons! … Continue reading

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Being in a Pickle, yet Cool as a Cucumber

Last Saturday, we had our second prep day at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church! With a spacious kitchen, plenty of counter space, and wonderful volunteers, we were able to prep a generous 92 pounds of food for the freezer. While some … Continue reading

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From Farm to Freezer, NOT Farm to Landfill

It’s astounding how much more efficient we can be because of the industrial equipment and pre-set kitchen at Whole Foods. When blanching time decreases from two hours to twenty minutes, and we arrive at a kitchen mostly set-up for us, … Continue reading

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New Intern, New Volunteers, Same Inspiring Initiative

As Saturday was my first full day interning with Farm to Freezer, I was amazed at how quickly the 82 lbs. of vegetables turned into tasty and nutritious components of meals. From the bins of diced zucchini and peppers at … Continue reading

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New Support

The Farm to Freezer project has been successfully running for two months.  Each Saturday we’ve rescued hundreds of pounds of produce donated by Spiral Path Farm.  It used to be a shame to see this food go unsold, until now, … Continue reading

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Productivity with Produce

Earlier this week we had another thrilling prep day with Whole Foods Bethesda, producing 42 lbs. of tomato sauce, 47 lbs. of blanched zucchini and squash, 8 lbs. of blanched green peppers, and 12 lbs. of roasted eggplant in just … Continue reading

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Another Day, Another Kitchen

This past Saturday, we began our 7th prep day, this time in a new kitchen—thanks to Graceful Growing Together who hosted us at Christ Lutheran Church’s awesome commercial kitchen! Not only was this a change of scenery–we also welcomed graduates … Continue reading

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What Brings Us Together?

Over the past month, it’s been amazing to see dozens of people coming together for the first time to support Farm to Freezer. While they don’t know one another, everyone has a desire to support this project. Farm to Freezer is … Continue reading

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Prep for All Ages

July 21st  was a tremendous day for Farm to Freezer as volunteers prepped a record 119 lbs. of food for our freezers, including a tomato sauce base, roasted eggplant, blanched zucchini, and for the first time, blanched green beans.  We also … Continue reading

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Another “Fruitful” Prep Day

Pardon the pun in the title, but for the third week in a row, our produce donations have approached 400 lbs in size.  With a hard-working crew of 10 volunteers, including members of St. John’s Church and Adat Shalom Congregation, we … Continue reading

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Four Hundred Thirty Pounds

It looks like the size of last week’s donations from Spiral Path Farm was not a fluke—the summer is in full force and we are picking up more produce than expected.  St. John’s Church was occupied this week for a funeral, … Continue reading

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Food Rescue

With no power throughout much of the Bethesda area, the FreshFarm market had tons of leftover produce this past weekend. Many people had no way to refrigerate food, and most of the food remained as the market closed. Unfortunately, Whole … Continue reading

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Prep Day #1

A great start for Farm to Freezer! This Saturday, we prepared over 100 lbs of produce, including hundreds of tomatoes, dozens of zucchini, large boxes of snap peas, and fresh herbs.  We had lots of work to do, but prepared … Continue reading

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Why Local?

The main goal of our project is to supplement Bethesda Cares’ meal program for the homeless.  Instead of just raising funds to buy more food, the project uses local farmers’ unsold produce at the end of the market day.  By … Continue reading

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Farm to Freezer Kick-off Attracts Quite a Crowd

Ninty-six people attended the June 7th kick-off of the Farm to Freezer project at Food, Wine, & Company. Many thanks to  host, Bethesda Green and all the attendees. Proceeds from this event will help us get ready for our first … Continue reading

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How to Volunteer

I am thrilled to announce that Farm to Freezer will begin collecting and preparing produce for the freezer on Saturday, June 23rd.  Thanks to the incredible support of Spiral Path Farm who sells at the FreshFarm Bethesda Market, four partner … Continue reading

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The How and Why: Preparing and Freezing

With an average of  135 lbs. of fresh local produce donated per week throughout the summer, Bethesda Cares receives more vegetables than can be immediately prepared and served.  So the question arises, how can we preserve this produce so that … Continue reading

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Introducing the Farm to Freezer Project

Welcome to Farm to Freezer’s blog with its very first blog post! Farm to Freezer is a volunteer program created in partnership between Bethesda Cares Inc. and Full Plate Ventures, LLC.  The goal of the project is to bring donated … Continue reading

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