Free CSA Healthy Eating program on Thursday, May 2 - Daily Hudson Valley News

Free CSA Healthy Eating program on Thursday, May 2

Apr 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Community Calendar

Huguenot Farm and Safe Harbors offerCSA Health Eating Program on May 2

Huguenot Street Farm has partnered with Safe Harbors, Drew Morrison and Dr. Hannah Brooks to bring the very first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to Newburgh. If you’ve already joined the CSA, if you’re considering joining or if you’re interested in learning about the benefits of healthy eating, we’d like to invite you to a FREE event on Thursday, May 2 from 6:30 pm-8pm at Safe Harbors of the Hudson, 111 Broadway, Newburgh. The event features Bella Garrison, Sharon Christopher, RN, Hannah Brooks, MD and Drew Morrison.

The program is designed to teach you some of the wonderful ways super-fresh, nutrient-rich CSA produce can have a positive impact on your overall health.

The first speaker, Bella Garrison will share important information about why organic foods, greens and proper preparation of these foods can be profoundly beneficial for your health. When we eat well, we maximize our health and longevity. Demonstrations, recipes and samples will be available at the presentation.

The second speakers, Sharon Christopher, RN and Dr. Hannah Brooks, will provide information on the advantages of a healthy organic diet in restoring health during and after cancer treatment and how simple, organic and low fat diets can help maintain immune function and aid the body’s natural healing.

Bella Garrison has studied with many of the leading authorities in health and alternative medicine, is a Digestive Health and Detoxification Specialist. Bella studied with Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Lynn Goldstein, MS, RD, CDN, digestive health specialist. Bella has also studied the works of Donna Gates, Brenda Cobb, David Wolfe, Brenda Watson, N.D., Diana Schwarzbein, M.D., Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine, and attended New York Medical College. Bella is a Lymphatic Decongestive Therapist, Hydrotherapist, Reiki Practicioner, has taken Raw food classes with Raw Chef Dan, owner of Quintessence and Live, Live and attended cooking classes with Viviane Bauquet Farre of Food & Style. Bella is sought out as a speaker providing classes on Holistic Health, and mindfulness. Bella works with private clients supporting them in digestive health, detoxification and incorporating whole foods. Please feel free to contact Bella at

Sharon Christopher, RN has been a Community Health Nurse/Educator for the past 39 years with a variety of roles that influenced health promotion and disease prevention. She earned her BSN from Fairfield University in 1974 and MSN from Yale University in 1980.

Dr. Hannah Brooks arrived in Newburgh in January 2009 to head the Breast Surgical Services at St Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. She obtained her MD at Albany Medical College, did basic research in tumor immunology at New York Hospital and Sloan-Kettering Institute, and completed her residency training in General Surgery at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center. Dr Brooks also served as Chair of the Breast Cancer Task Force for the American Cancer Society, Eastern Division-Queens. Dr. Brooks is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), and a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the New York Metropolitan Breast Group. She is a 1999 recipient of the prestigious Lane Adams Award for compassionate care of cancer patients and their families from the American Cancer Society. Dr Brooks is also a strong advocate of the arts in both Brooklyn and Newburgh communities and has provided both financial and volunteer support for a number of art and cultural organizations.

Drew Morrison, an active and involved volunteer coordinator of the 2013 Newburgh CSA distribution (and artist/designer of our Newburgh CSA logo), will be on hand to teach the basics of composting for those new to the practice.

For more information about this event or the Safe Harbors of the Hudson project, call (845) 562-6940, email or visit For more information on CSA please visit their website at, call the farm direct at 845-419-2164 or email


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