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Dorothy Mullen: Nutrition Non-Profit Pioneer

Changing your diet can turn your life around, says Dorothy Mullen, founder of the Suppers Program. She will speak at a January 10 breakfast at Princeton United Methodist Church on Sunday, January 10. “How You Feel is Data! An experiential workshop on brain health and food.” Enjoy a hot and tasty breakfast at 8 a.m., and the program starts at 8:30. A $5 donation is requested.

Mullen explains her vision here.  She founded the Suppers network of nearly free-to-users programs — where people cook, eat, and develop a palate for the kind of food that can often turn around chronic health problems. Suppers hosts 30 to 40 events per month and serves people with diabetes, autoimmune diseases and addictions as well as those who simply want to learn to prepare delicious fresh food from scratch. The program has no bias of its own about which whole food eating style is healthiest, and members are taught to do their own experiments to discern which way of eating benefits them the most.

Mullen has a master’s degree in addictions counseling from the College of New Jersey and uses addiction models to help people turn around entrenched eating behaviors that have placed them at risk for chronic disease. She is also a garden educator, having created garden based-education programs for the Princeton Public Schools for 13 years.

The Suppers program began at Mullen’s house and is spreading, she hopes, nationwide. “Live according to your intentions, not according to your impulses,” she says. She aims for Suppers to be, for those with food problems, like Alcoholics Anonymous is for drinkers.



Earth Day in School Gardens

On April 22, 2015—Earth Day—Community Park School will celebrate 10 years of its school garden.

Karla Cook, a longtime food journalist, was inspired to lead efforts for school gardens as

an academic tool to connect children to the food on their plates, to each other and to the

world around them. Cook’s work inspired her to co-found the Princeton School Gardens

Cooperative (PSGC), a unique, community-scale non-profit, with Dorothy Mullen, Fran McManus

and Diane Landis Hackett. In addition to funding from PSGC, the Community Park School Garden is supported by

the school district and the school’s PTO. The funding goes for supplies and to pay an

award-winning garden educator Priscilla Hayes, who has been leading gardening and

sustainability efforts since the 1990s. For the celebration, each student will make one “recycled” plastic flower from

yogurt cups, decorate it with colorful cast off fabric and tissue paper, and hang all the flowers on the fence

surrounding the school’s Edible Garden.

(this info from a press release)