Head out to Long Valley, NJ, this spring to celebrate nature and the microbiome at (https://www.ethosfarmproject.org/). Founded by Ron Weiss, MD, PPMNY Medical Advisor, Ethos Farm practices regenerative organic farming methods to build healthy soil and nutrient-rich edible plants. We'll explore the grounds and learn from regional experts how biodiversity in our gut microbiome is deeply tied to food, and the importance of soil that teems with life.
Drive out on your own, or book a seat on Plant Powered Metro New York's chartered bus leaving from Grand Central Station in Manhattan. The drive is less than two hours from the city.
**Our schedule of events:**
* 10:00 AM - Bus leaves Grand Central in Manhattan; *please arrive by 9:45 AM*
* 11:30 - Arrival at the farm and group welcome
* 11:45 - Gentle guided hike, optional
* 12:30 PM - Shop the fresh produce at the Doctor's Farmer's Market
* 1:00 - Bring-your-own picnic, and a talk with Noa Tal, MD, on why and how to build a healthy gut microbiome
* 2:00 - Tour of Ethos Farm with Nora Pugliese, Ethos Farm Manager
* 3:00 - Talk with Gladis Zinati, PhD, on why and how to build a healthy soil microbiome
* 3:45 - Cooking demo with Danielle Medina, PPMNY Brooklyn Organizer
* 4:00 - Farm-fresh refreshments, mingling, music, and group activities
* 5:00 - Departure; *bus is expected back in Manhattan around 7:00 PM*
**Ron Weiss, MD**, Physician/Farmer, is dual board-certified in internal medicine and lifestyle medicine. Dr. Weiss is the founder of Ethos Primary Care and Ethos Farm Project and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is also a botanist and farmer and offers an evidence-based, food-as-medicine approach to healing from chronic illness and optimizing wellness.
**Nora Pugliese**, Ethos Farm Manager, is an expert in organic farming. Nora ran her own organic CSA for over twelve years and was responsible for transitioning the Ethos Farm Project to a certified organic operation.
**Gladis Zinati, PhD**, is the director of the Vegetable Systems Trial and Soil Scientist at Rodale Institute where she evaluates the impact of cropping systems and management practices on nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, vegetable nutrient density, and plant resistance to pests. She conducts research on no-till practices, fertilizers, cover crops, compost formulations, and biological tools to improve pest management. She received her MS in Horticulture from the American University of Beirut and a PhD in Soil Fertility from Michigan State University.
**Noa Tal, MD**, is a plant-based nutrition educator who is completing a residency in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center's Wakefield Campus. She is a graduate of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine and is a certified yoga instructor.
Adult and children's rates are available, as well as discounted and sponsor-level rates. Please give as generously as you are able, to cover our core costs. Included in the cost of the trip is refreshments and a modest donation to Ethos Farm Project.
Questions? Contact Enrica Sacca, PPMNY Queens Organizer, at (mailto:[email protected]) for details.
**Register by Monday, May 2.** Tickets are non-refundable after that time. Limited space may be available through Friday, May 6th.
*By participating in this in-person event, you acknowledge and fully understand that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. You are voluntarily assuming all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold PPMNY or any of its affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.*