Come to the Table Newsletter


Winter Newsletter 2014

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Dear Friend,

It has been a year since the 2013 Come to the Table conference series brought us together in many joyful and sacred moments in Kinston, Greensboro and Sylva. We listened to the Conetoe Family Life Center youth sing their garden song in eastern NC. We joined Joy Williams in a circle at the close of the Piedmont conference to sing a jubilant version of “This Little Light of Mine.” And in Western NC, as we broke bread together, we listened to inspiring community gardeners growing for local food banks, hunters for the hungry donating venison to food pantries, and farmers and market managers who now accept SNAP benefits (food stamps). We convene these conferences every other year, which means that we are now on the road to the 2015 conference series. Will you join us?
  • Join a regional steering committee meeting. Steering committees meets regularly the year leading up to the conferences to provide input on content, speakers, and to identify key issues to be addressed at each event. Contact if you would like to know more.

  • Attend a Rural Life Committee meeting.

  • Tell us your stories. Have you started a garden or food ministry since the 2013 conferences? Formed a food policy council? Gotten involved with an existing food project? We want to hear your stories!

  • Follow us on Facebook, subscribe to our newsletter. We’ll be sharing our learning tour dates, Come to the Table conference dates and locations, plus short videos, community announcements, and much more! If you have a food ministry-related event that you’d like us to advertise, please let us know.

As we continue to be faithful in our daily work of addressing hunger and strengthening local, sustainable agriculture, we prize opportunities to be in fellowship and to learn from each other. I’m looking forward to the occasions in 2014 that bring us together, and am grateful to your part in this movement.
In gratitude, Francesca Hyatt, Come to the Table Director

New Video Featuring Conetoe Family Life Center

We have released our first video in a series of Come to the Table interviews highlighting the work of our partners and collaborators. We launch the series with Rev. Richard Joyner and youth leader Tobias Hopkins of the Conetoe Family Life Center in Eastern North Carolina. Take a look! To view all of our videos, click here. Rev. Richard Joyner & Tobias Hopkins, Conetoe Family Life Center from RAFI-USA on Vimeo.

Seasonal Quiche Recipe

Warm up the dinner table with this quick and easy seasonal quiche! Prep time = 10 mins. 1 cup of cooked, mashed winter squash (pumpkin or butternut, roasted or boiled, then smashed) 1/2 cup chopped onion 2 cups (or 8 oz.) shredded cheese (Swiss works well) 1 1/2 cups milk 3 eggs 1/4 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper 1/8 tsp. nutmeg Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. In a skillet, saute the onion in a bit of oil until tender. Transfer to a greased 9-inch baking pan and sprinkle with cheese. Separately, whisk together milk, squash, eggs, salt, pepper and nutmeg until smooth. Pour over the onion and cheese, and bake for 50-60 mins. This recipe is diabetic friendly, gluten free and low carb.

Quick Tricks for Better Finances

RAFI accountant Lisa London has recently released the phenomenal guide entitled Quickbooks for Churches. Church accounting is quite different from business accounting and most guides don’t cover what a busy church administrator or treasurer actually needs to know. With her easy-to-understand style, step-by-step instructions and screenshots, Lisa guides new QuickBooks users every step of the way. She also covers everything you need to know to ensure that your church’s money is always protected. As an added bonus, $5 of all books purchased through Come to the Table will be returned to support our ongoing programing! Click here to order:

Rural Life Committee

RAFI and the NC Council of Churches convene the Rural Life Committee on a quarterly basis to provide representatives from diverse denominations the opportunity to stay informed and strategize on issues affecting rural NC. Our January meeting topic was: Health Care: The Impact of ACA on Rural Communities. Click here to access information and resources on the ACA. Our next meeting will be on April 10 from 11am – 2pm. St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Pittsboro will host us, and the topic is: Hunger: The Church’s Role in Food Security. We will be joined by the Reverend Pattie Curtis from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sylva, a representative from the Community Food Network in Martin County, and others. Our apologies for scheduling this event the same day as the NC Farmworker Institute’s Networking event. We had difficulty finding a date and time that worked for everyone, and regret that some folks have to choose between two very worthwhile events.

Upcoming Events

In response to your feedback at the 2013 Come to the Table Conferences, we will be hosting a series of events and learning tours that will allow you to see firsthand some of the exciting food ministries across the state, and maybe even an opportunity to get your hands dirty! We will start in early spring, so watch your inbox and keep an eye on Facebook! Anathoth Community Garden internships and harvest share are now accepting applications, deadline is March 15. They also run a Community Supported Agriculture project and are now selling shares for the coming season. If you have not added your church garden to the NC Community Garden database, please do so. This is a great tool to help expand your work to community members!