Now available: Food Security Coalition Community Cookbook and Calendar!

Food Security Coalition Cookbook Flyer (1)It is with pride that we announce the release of the Food Security Coalition Community Cookbook and Calendar, the product of months of hard work from a dedicated group of Notre Dame students. The Community Cookbook and Calendar is a compilation of recipes from local farmers, nutritionists, and food lovers dedicated to sustainability and local eating. Organized by season and by month, the recipes in the dual Cookbook-Calendar are healthy, easy, and sourced from local ingredients.

In alignment with the mission of the Food Security Coalition, the book aims to highlight existing local resources and healthy food options available to the South Bend and Michiana area, serving as a guide for all who wish to eat nutritiously and responsibly.

The book is now available for purchase at $18 for those who live in the Michiana area and can be purchased at the Purple Porch Co-op as well as the Monroe Park Grocery Co-op, and $20 for those who would like the book shipped. The proceeds of the sales support the efforts of the Food Security Coalition and the Monroe Park Grocery Co-op, both which aim to address food insecurity in the community.

Special recognition to Christina Gutiérrez for spearheading the efforts behind this initiative. To place your orders, please email



Lunch and Learn Event: “Rethinking Community Health: Innovations in Health Service Delivery”

Dr. James Gingerich, M.DLooking to participate in a dialogue on healthy local communities? Transition Michiana and the Food Security Coalition welcome Dr. James Gingerich in a discussion on strategies of improving community health at the nationally-acclaimed Maple City Health Center, where he and his staff work diligently to develop new approaches to patient care.

Join us Thursday, April 25th in the Geddes Hall Coffee House from 12 – 1:30pm over light lunch to discuss health and communities in a local context.

If interested in lunch, please RSVP to Naomi Penny at


Symposium: “The Future of Food: Urban Bio-Economies in Europe and America” at the Nanovic Institute


With a grant from the European Union Delegation to the United States, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies invites you to celebrate Europe Day by attending a symposium to be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, entitled “The Future of Food: Urban Bio-Economies in Europe and America.”  The event (with the exception of lunch) is free and open to the public.  
The purpose of this convivial event is to gather farmers, chefs, restaurateurs, policy-makers, academics, and members of our wider community to discuss new developments in urban food systems.  As we know, the world’s population is now more urban than rural, a shift that has had enormous effects on food production and distribution. When it comes to feeding urban areas, what are the most pressing problems, ingenious approaches, and sustainable new practices? 
Lunch will be a very special Farmers Market feast, sourced entirely from local farmers and purveyors and designed especially by Chef Don Miller, Notre Dame Food Service Executive Chef.  The menu is below.  The lunch does require a modest fee of $10. 
Farmers Market Luncheon Buffet
May 8th, 2013
Conference Center Dining Room
$10, advanced online registration is required by May 1st
(admission to lunch cannot be purchased at the door)
Salad Greens with Heirloom Tomatoes, Toasted Pecans and Fresh Herbs
Served with a honey citrus vinaigrette
Pesticide free fresh hydroponic lettuces and heirloom tomatoes from McWethy farm located in Three Oaks Michigan 25 miles north of Notre Dame and wildflower honey from Heather Valley, South Bend, Indiana
Lone Pine Farms Grilled Tri Tip with Black Olive Aioli
Served with garlic mashed potatoes from White Pigeon Michigan
and local greenhouse spring peas French style
Indiana Free Range Roasted Chicken Vesuvio
Served with roasted potatoes from White Pigeon Michigan and local roasted root vegetables glazed in Marsala wine and gratineed in Parmesan Cheese from Fair Oaks Farms, Indiana
Farm Raised Fried Yellow Tail Perch from Albany, Indiana
Grilled fingerling potatoes from White Pigeon, Michigan with local sautéed fava beans and button mushrooms from Wheaton mushroom farm in Carol Stream, Illinois
Freshly Baked Local Grown Rhubarb Pie
With Michigan dried fruit compote Ice Cream
Please spread the word on this exciting community event. We look forward to seeing you there!

We’re Back!


Thanks for your patience with the bugs on the Coalition blog site. We have fixed the problem and are back up and running!

As always, we strive to keep the community informed on news and events related to food security, sustainability, nutrition, and public health. Please keep sending along your comments and emails with suggestions for the site and updates from your community organizations, and we will post them here!


Sarah McGough and Christina Gutierrez

FINAL Transition Michiana Event Agenda and Registration Link!

The event starts tomorrow evening, so to register, please CLICK HERE! 

*We will be accepting on-site registration for the event Thursday through Saturday*

Transition Event

Thursday January 24th

5:30            Welcome

6:00            Dinner

6:30            Performance: Coman Re-enactment of the South Bend Chicken Ordinance and Introduction to “Circle of Pocahontas” (created and developed by Sylvia Williams)

7:00            In Transition 2.0 and Discussion

Facilitators: Krista Bailey, IUSB Sustainability Center

Margie Pfeil, Our Lady of the Road/Monroe Park Grocery Co-op

Friday January 25th

8:00            Breakfast

Words of Welcome (Gavin Ferlic, Council Member At Large)

8:30            Chicken Little (as adapted by Ro Hughes with interpretation from “Circle of Pocahontas”)

9:00-11:00   Skype with Rob Hopkins, Founder of the Transition Movement

11:00-11:30 Break: Exhibitor Tables Open

11:30-1:15   Lunch

1:15-2:30     Panel: Phil Metzler (Transition Goshen), Sara Stewart (Unity                       Gardens), Jonathan Geels (City of South Bend Dept. of Energy)

2:30-3:00     Break: Exhibitor Tables Open

3:00-3:15     Little Red Hen (as adapted by Della Laviene)

3:15-6:00     Open Space Format: Group generates topics for breakout visioning


Saturday January 26th

9:00   Breakfast Address from the Mayor with Q&A

9:30   Breakfast Panel: Rami Sadek and Yael Prizant (Lang Lab), Kathleen Petitjean (Greening the Bend), Jason Shenk (Maple City Health Care Center), Grace Coman (Urban Chicken Alliance)

10:30-12:30 Concurrent Sessions:

Action Planning: Self-selected Work Groups

Youth Session: What would South Bend be like if you were in charge? (using the Circle of Pocahontas)

12:30-1:30 Lunch and Wrap-up

Open Microphone [2 min. limit per person]


In Transition 2.0 Movie to Kick Off the Transition Michiana Event!

The Transition Michiana Event (January 24th-26th) will be kicked off by a screening of the In Transition 2.0 film on Thursday, January 24th at 7 pm at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. More information on the poster below. Make sure you don’t miss it!

There will be a more detailed schedule of events to follow, so stay tuned! For now, please check out our Transition Michiana Event, January 2013 tab for a description of the event.

Check out the new In Transition 2.0 movie!

In Transition 2.0 is an inspirational immersion into the Transition movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. You’ll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localizing their economies and setting up community power stations. It’s an idea that has gone viral, a social experiment that is about responding to uncertain times with solutions and optimism. In a world that is awash with gloom, here is a story of hope, ingenuity and the power of growing vegetables in unexpected places.

For more information, check out this website! 

Updated: Coalition Members

This blog site is intended to foster dialogue and support for all organizations and community members dedicated to food security. Please visit our Coalition Members page for a list, and do visit their websites or contact them if you would like to get involved!

If you would like to be added to the page, please contact Sarah at or Christina at

Transition Movement Launch: January 2013

        The Transition Michiana movement will kick off with a Transition gathering on January 24 through 26, 2013, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in South Bend. The gathering will be held in collaboration with the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns, and will bring together producers and community members looking to engage the conversation of sustainability in Michiana.

To register for the event, CLICK HERE!

Additionally, the Transition Michiana planning group is asking for community leaders willing to lead the breakout working groups and facilitate the conversation process. These “Action Planning” self-selected groups offer a chance for the community to get engaged and continue the discussion on Transition topics. If you’re interested, please contact us for more information about how Transition Michiana values your voice on community resiliency and sustainability issues. Hope to see you there!