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Event Series Event Series: Corn Workshops

Corn Workshops: Community Cooking with Corn

September 23, 2023 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm EDT

Bring your corn stories, your corn recipes and your thoughts about corn! Join Amy Halloran, Azuré Keahi, and Ellie Markovitch as they cook as a community and make a variety of cornbreads for our annual StoryHarvest later that afternoon. This workshop will take place in person in the kitchen at People’s Health Sanctuary, which is located on the 2nd floor of NATURE Lab at 3319 6th Ave, Troy, NY 12180.

dried corn in a baset. The corn kernels are dark red, yellow, and yellow and white.
Amy Halloran taking a selfie wearing a bike helmet with a river behind her

Amy Halloran is a writer and change agent, working to add social values and economic viability to farms and communities. The author of The New Bread Basket, her activism for specialty grains and changing emergency feeding programs share a common thread of restoring human values to the work of farming and the act of feeding each other. She is working on a history of herself, bread, and Troy.

Ellie Markovitch leans over jars with cooking material for a picture. She has a beige cap and has earbud headphones around her neck

Ellie Markovitch is a Lecturer at the University of Maine Department of Communication and Journalism. Her work revolves around media and food literacy. Applying her passion for innovative and sustainable food practices, she uses food as a starting point for conversations and community building. Her approach draws individuals into engaged visual storytelling that build experiences and engage communities. Born in Brazil, Ellie spent childhood weekends at her grandparents’ small farm. “There was a story behind everything we did with our food – how it was grown, harvested, cooked, and shared.” Follow her at and @elliemarkovitch.

Azuré Keahi is a mixed race Kanaka ʻŌiwi mother, grower, writer, creator and record keeper continuing the sacred legacy of her ancestors on Mohican soils of Upstate New York. Centering land-based healing, she offers her values as an islander to post-industrial landscapes through poetry, plants, and play. 

We are committed to lowering the barriers to access for events at The Sanctuary for Independent Media. For people who are hard of hearing or deaf, blind or low-vision, or whose physical limitations can interfere with a satisfying experience, let us know two weeks in advance so we can make appropriate arrangements.

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