To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Kansas City chapter announced its Top 10 Green Tables Initiatives:
1. $3,000 for Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture
2. $3,000 for Kansas City Community Gardens
3. New Roots for Refugees is a program that helps refugee women put down new roots to start their own small farm businesses. Dames met with Burmese, Somali, and Burundian women. KCCUA staff developed a brochure for each of the women highlighting her story, her approach to farming and cooking, and featuring her recipes translated into English. The brochures are distributed at farmers markets.
4. The Kansas City Community Gardens Fall Festival featured dames demonstrating grilling vegetables and making vinaigrette with groceries provided by Whole Foods Market and produce provided by KCCUA. A donation of $3,000 was given.
5. An educational series incorporating aspects of the LDEI Green Tables Initiative, Learning to Live Green, was held at the Whole Foods Cooking Studio. Dames and their friends learned how to be green at events, at businesses and at home.
6. The chapter was selected to receive 5% of the revenues of Whole Foods Market for one day on Wednesday, December 10, 2008. These monies will fund chapter philanthropic projects for 2009. The event was promoted to members and the community.
7. A Farmer's Table Dinner with Dame Diana Endicott of Rainbow Organic is planned for Saturday, January 17, 2009 at Blue Bird Bistro. After cocktails, Dame Diana will discuss her path to providing locally grown food to our community. Following will be a five-course dinner prepared exclusively with locally grown food.
8. Something To Talk About: A quarterly discussion group for Dames and their guests led by Dame members is set for Monday, April 20th, 6:30 pm at Whole Foods Community Room. Topic: “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan.
9. Food Policy Council is a new initiative spearheaded by KC Healthy Kids to bring together individuals, organizations and businesses involved in different aspects of the KC food system to promote policies that will lead to a healthier diet .
10. The Philanthropy Committee proposed that Dames collaborate with Slow Food to organize an Outstanding in the Field event that would take place in the fields at Drumm Farm Institute in Independence. The event would feature local foods prepared by celebrity chefs as a fundraiser for KCCUA, KCCG, the KC Food Policy Council and children’s gardening activities at Drumm Farm.