Collards and Cornbread Gathering

12 Nov

Collards and Cornbread Gathering

November 2015 gathering

November 12, 2015, 1:30 to 3:15 PM @ Dunn Street Community Garden

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During the Tallahassee Forward meeting few weeks ago,  I met Nathan Ballentine, the Man-in-overalls. I was the moderator for a session titled “Addressing Health Disparities” and he was one of the Panelists. He is the co-founder of Tallahassee Food Network,  Start-up coordinator for iGrow Whatever You Like among other things. He invited me to join the Collards and Cornbread Gathering’s November meeting on Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 at the Dunn Street Community Garden. I was happy accept the invitation and wanted to share some basic information about Thai Pongal (தை பொங்கல்), the South Indian farmers festival with Tallahassee Food Network and iGrow Whatever You Like movement.

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I met many folks at the Collards and Cornbread Gathering  and all of us spoke about our food memories that reminded about why we were thankful to the food we shared with others. We had about 30 folks at the gathering. Karin from Mission San Luis spoke about historical traditions of our area. Then I spoke about Thai Pongal (தை பொங்கல்) and Mattu Pongal (மாட்டு பொங்கல்) and shared the information about South Indian food habits and festivals.

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