Help Fight Cancer with Greens

How much do daily habits like diet and exercise affect your risk for cancer? Much more than you might think. Research has shown that poor diet and not being active are two key factors that can increase a person’s cancer risk according to the American Cancer Society. You can protect your health, feel better, and boost your ability to fight off cancer and other diseases by making smart food choices.

VCU Massey Cancer Center Cancer Research and Resource Center of Lawrenceville is pleased to present to the community a demonstration on “Cooking with the Greens”, Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 11 am – 1pm.  The event will be held at the Center at 221 North Main Street, Lawrenceville, VA. 

Come and learn how to prepare and cook healthy greens. Chef Angie East and Gardner Bernard Jones, Sr. will provide tips on growing greens, selecting greens and demonstrate cooking healthy greens. Samples of their products will be available for tasting at no charge. 

Chef Angie teaches culinary arts at the Brunswick High School for over 5 years.  Her passion for cooking started at a very early age with dappling in the kitchen beside her father and grandparents.  “Family gatherings were always a magical time and I loved helping with all the cooking” Angie stated with a smile. 

Her tip for cooking anything is mise en place. Thisis a French culinary phrase which means "putting in place" or "everything in its place." It refers to the set up required before cooking, and is often used in professional kitchens to refer to organizing and arranging the ingredients. The practice also applies in home kitchens.  Angie stated that many time you are interrupted during cooking and having everything lined up on your counter in the order they go into the recipe will help you pick up where you left off.  “Grandchildren are a blessing but sometimes a distraction.” She added, “You will know exactly where you stopped.”

Chef Angie earned her bachelor’s degree at St. Paul’s College and her culinary arts degree at J. Sargent Reynolds. She is married and has one grown daughter, two granddaughters and one grandson.  You can find her recipes in the Brunswick Times Gazette.

Gardner Bernard L Jones, Sr. lives in Brunswick County and is the Chairman of the Brunswick Board of Supervisors.  He retired from Verizon after more than 37 years. 

His passion for gardening goes back to his early years growing up on a farm.  He continued his agricultural endeavors farming himself in addition to maintaining a contracting company. Now after retirement, he meticulous attends to his garden growing more than 20 varieties of vegetables including cabbage, broccoli, collards, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash and the list goes on.

Very proudly showing some of his greens, Gardener Bernard chuckles and says that he can cook delicious collards in 30 minutes.  This challenge to Chef Angie will be proven at the demonstration.

Gardener Bernard tip on gardening is to start off small.  He said “Do your research on what to plant and when to start planting in your area.”  He also added that you need to test your soil to see what fertilizers need to be applied.  The Brunswick Virginia Cooperative Extension offers kits for soil testing.  They can be contacted at 434-848-2151.

Not only is Bernard very involved in his garden, but also in the community chairing the Mayfield Recreation Center.  From planting and until harvest season, you can see Bernard with his farmer’s hat. He has a grown son and daughter.

Eating well is an important part of improving your health and reducing your cancer risk. We look forward to offering the residents of Brunswick County an opportunity to learn how to prepare and cook greens with delicious samples. 

You may contact the Cancer Research and Resource Center at 434-532-8190 or email Vivian Taylor at vjtaylor@vcu.edufor more information.  The Center is funded by VCU Massey Cancer Center and the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission. Like us on Facebook.

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