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 MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee Empty Bowl Supper

Mary Trotochaud of Everyday Pottery in Belmont donated these bowls for the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee's April 30 Empty Bowl Supper in Belfast.

Beautiful Bowls, Savory Soup, Art, Music and Friends

MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee Empty Bowl Supper

With music by Happytown and hands-on pottery demo by Russell Kahn

The April 30 Empty Bowl Supper in Belfast, a benefit for the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee's work, promises to be better than ever this year, with a celebration of 15 years of sistering and solidarity and with a chance to try your hand at making a clay pot.

The Sistering Committee, part of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), holds this fundraiser annually, thanks to the generosity of the Unitarian Universalist Church, which donates the space; to many Maine potters who donate their beautiful bowls; to the Back 40 Bakehouse, which donates bread; and to the Belfast Co-op Store, which donates drinks, butter and more.

Participants get to buy one of these handsome bowls and fill it with soup made by Cheryl Wixson of Cheryl Wixson's Kitchen and featuring Maine organic ingredients from MOFGA-certified organic Happytown Farm and Rabbit Hill Farm – all for just $15 ($35 maximum for families).

The supper has a new feature this year: Belfast potter Russell Kahn will have a portable wheel where people can try their hand at throwing a clay pot to take home and air dry. "Make it and take it," says Kahn, who will have a donation jar to help cover the cost of the clay. He will also be selling some of his own pots as well as donating a few to the supper.

Diners can also enjoy the music of Happytown, an Orland-based band that performs "harmonies featuring the soulful voice of Raeleen Erskine, percussive rhythm guitar by Melissa Estes, slide, harmonica and whatever by Brian Estes."

Whether this is your first or 15th Empty Bowl Supper, this is a spirited evening to enjoy with enthusiastic supporters and with new and old friends. It is also a chance to meet some MOFGA staff and board members.

Funds raised have helped bring Salvadorans to Maine to tour farms, to meet with community organizers and agricultural officials, and to participate in the Common Ground Country Fair; helped fund events relating to the Central American Free Trade Agreement for our sistering organizations in El Salvador; and helped with work to prevent mining companies from destroying our Salvadoran sisters' mountains, water supplies, communities and agricultural lands.

Please join us at 6 p.m. on April 30 at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Miller St. in Belfast for delicious soups, breads, drinks and desserts and to socialize. For more information, please call MOFGA or check this web page. Tickets will be available at the door.

Empty Bowl Suppers started in Michigan in 1990, when a high school art teacher helped his students raise funds to support a food drive. A class project to make ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal evolved. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world. Subsequently, Empty Bowls developed into a project to support food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations that fight hunger. The Imagine/RENDER Group, a 501(c)3 organization, promotes the project, and Empty Bowl events raise millions of dollars worldwide to help combat hunger.


  

 El Salvador Sistering Project Minimize

MOFGA's El Salvador Sistering Project maintains a relationship between MOFGA and two Salvadoran grassroots organizations working toward sustainable agriculture.

The committee explores issues such as organic certification, free trade, marketing, etc., that affect farmers in both countries.

Several delegations from Maine have visited El Salvador, and delegates from El Salvador have come to Maine to tour farms and participate in the Common Ground Country Fair.

Each April, the El Salvador Sistering Committee hosts an Empty Bowl Supper in Belfast to raise funds for the ongoing collaborative work. Dinner guests make donations to the efforts, enjoy a hearty meal, and take home beautiful, handcrafted bowls made by Maine artisans. We are always looking for donations of handmade bowls (including seconds!) from potters. If you have bowls to donate, contact Karen Volckhausen. Thanks!

Information for Prospective El Salvador Sistering Project Committee Members

Reports from Past MOFGA Delegations to El Salvador


    

 US-El Salvador Sister Cities Minimize

MOFGA's El Salvador Sistering Committee works closely with the U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities Network, a grass-roots organization of U.S. citizens and residents who have ongoing partnerships with small rural communities in El Salvador. Those partnerships began in 1986 as a citizen-based response to the U.S. intervention in El Salvador’s civil war. Today, twenty sister cities from across the U.S. are paired with Salvadoran communities in six of El Salvador’s fourteen provinces. The Association for the Development of El Salvador, or CRIPDES, facilitates these efforts. Sister Cities works to connect and strengthen movements for social justice in the U.S. and El Salvador by sharing experiences, support, and accompaniment. The organization strives to build a new kind of globalization, one built from the ground up and united by human values of justice and solidarity. More information about Sister Cities.


    

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