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A Letter From The Rap For Food Team


Dear Rap For Food Subscribers,

Thank you so much for your interest in Rap For Food! We're sorry for the lateness in communication-- things have been moving so fast it's been hard to keep up. We have included you on our e-mail list, but in order to get involved please "Join the Network" by filling out our form today! Since our last e-mail, we've performed at shows and events in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Ypsilanti, and Lansing! We've had offers from Eve Aranoff at Frita Batidos interested in hosting an event with us, to an offer to jam out with Malik Yakini from The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network! We've been invited to a four day intensive training for environmental educators with the Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition (SEMIS) on the 25th-- and that is after we lead the Harvest By Bike as part of the Ecology Center's Ecoride on June 24th-- Michigan's biggest bike-a-thon for the environment!

What do we want to see happen? Why are we working so hard to promote Rap For Food? We want to see more environmental education and school gardens in our community. We want to see more local food production and to influence consumer preference towards local products. We believe that localizing our food system and increasing the accessibility of fresh vegetables will help to solve the economic, health, and environmental problems we face today. We also want to start with the youth-- as the next generation will ultimately determine our future.

Our Rolodex is starting to read like the who's who of local food and music! In a whirlwind few months we've gone from just an idea to being on the radar of non-profit all-stars like Amanda Edmonds of Growing Hope and Oran Hesterman of The Fair Food Network. We've played shows with well known local musicians like Vienna Teng and The Appleseed Collective. Just last week we performed at The Michigan Good Food Summit-- where we shared our mission with Foodcorps members, food banks, farmers, and policy advocates from across the state. We've even just signed on to coordinate the acoustic stage and children's activities at The Homegrown Festival in September! We are networking and making these connections in order to gain support from the existing community of educators, musicians, and food producers we want to connect with! This support could be in the form of advice, partnerships, or sponsorships.

It is clear that we have the momentum needed to launch an organization. It's clear that the existing networks of groups working towards a sustainable local food system are ready to work with us. We know in our hearts that Rap For Food will be a force for good in our community-- the only question is whether you will be a part of it. Our mission is not possible without your help. We want you to be able to look back five years from now and say I was a part of making that possible. Like any good social enterprise, Rap For Food is being built from the ground up. Wether you're an artist inspired to take up the cause of promoting healthy, local, and fair food-- or a local producer/grower interested in sponsoring an event. Wether you're a gardening or community leader -- or want to become one. Even if all you want to do is listen to great music and eat good food-- All are welcome to join! Our seeds have been sown and they are growing wildly. Help us tend to this garden today!

With gratitude,

The Rap For Food Leadership Team
Lucas DiGia, Alexi Ernstoff, Tanya Meftah, & Zach Lemis
e-mail info@rapforfood.org - phone - 734.369.8695 - webwww.rapforfood.org

Upcomming Events - June 24th EcoRide - Sign Up Today!

The Rap For Food team needs your help! We still need to get the word out and get more riders, and the event is only 5 days away! This is a bike-a-thon with a minimum donation of $50, but it's easy to raise the money with the help of family and friends! You also have until July 20th to raise funds, so don't worry if you don't hit $50 by Sunday all we ask is that you TRY:). If you are interested in hearing more, click here. If you do decide to register, make sure to join the Rap For Food Team!

Our Next Meeting is July 10th 6pm @ Growing Hope! - RSVP HERE

Please join us for a Potluck and Jam on Tuesday, July 10th at 6pm. We will have RF2 artists playing music for you, and delicious homegrown food for you to enjoy while we get you up to speed on Rap For Food's activities. We would like to drum up excitement, share food and music, and tell you more about how to get involved! We met with Amanda Edmonds on Monday, and she was glad to help us organize a meeting. We hope to invite more people and organizations from Ypsilanti and enjoy the beautiful new space with garden and hoop-house adjacent!

More Events:

6/21 - 6pm Concert @ West Side Farmer's Market
6/23 - 6pm Open Mic @ Mark's Carts Saturdays!
6/24 Big Event: The EcoRide! 
6/24 Concert: The Art of Local @ The Produce Station
6/26 Concert: The Lunasa Online Farmer's Market Grand Opening
6/30 Concert: Barn Dance @ Barry Lonick's to support Tillian 
7/10 - 6pm Meeting: Potluck N Jam with RF2 @ The Growing Hope Center
7/14 - 12pm Concert: "Imagine A Park" Block Party

Recent Press, Links, and Other News...
Guest Appearance on Issues on the Environment with Dave Fair WEMU 89.1 6/20
AnnArbor.com Article by Kim Bayer about the EcoRide Harvest By Bike 6/20
Awesome Compost Rap Video by Foodcorps Member Daniel M. In Traverse City!

Open Mic
The Open Mic - Saturdays 6PM
The Open Mic is back on for Saturday! Come on out to Mark's Carts at 211 W. Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. The open mic runs from 6pm to 8pm, and all talents are welcome as long as the performance is family friendly. We provide the following:
  1. Two microphones with stands
  2. one two-channel amp, with plug-in for mp3 player
  3. one keyboard
Feel free to bring your own instrument, you can play acoustic or we can plug you in via a 1/8 inch or an XLR cord. Each participant can perform a few songs, and depending on how many takers we have you can play more! If you have any questions feel free to contact us at info@rapforfood.org.

Honey Creek School Assembly
School Assemblies & Snap-Ed Funding
Bringing programming into the schools will be the bread and butter of Rap For Food. With help from Amanda Edmonds, we have identified a process by which we can be an approved performer for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Education through the Michigan Nutrition Network. We are currently filling out the application and would be eligible to join this list in October. If approved, schools could book us to visit them using federal dollars allocated for nutritional education. Some of the other performers currently on this list include: Jump with Jill and Foodplay. You might have guessed it, but we've already reached out to Jump with Jill about a collaboration because that would be awesome:). 

On Your Dinner Plate - WCBN - Thurs - 8pm
OYDP w/DJ Smackdab is on hiatus this week, but will be back for another edition on June 28th at 8pm on 88.3 or wcbn.org. The Guest is TBD but we will update you ASAP. What we can guarantee you is some excellent dinner jazz to enjoy while you hear more about your local food shed! Visit bit.ly/onyourdinnerplate to hear past episodes!
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