Interview with Megan Haupt

Megan Haupt is leading a seminar on Healthy Food Relationships this coming Saturday, January 27th at the Tulpehocken Exchange.

I first met Megan years ago, through our mutual involvement with a variety of community and arts events. The one that stands out in my mind is Swap O Rama Rama, which, as I understand it, Megan facilitated. This was a huge event with easily a thousand people in attendance. It was a clothes swap with workshops, dedicated to reducing textile waste by keeping clothes out of the landfills and waste stream. This was an expertly run event. Handmade Philly was one of the many organizations present, hosting workshops.

Years later, I attended a class hosted by the Permaculture Society, at Wyck House in Germantown. Megan was the instructor, leading an engaging dialogue on miso, complete with history, nutrition, preparation and cooking demos. Again, the information I gathered that day resonated, and I incorporated miso into my life at a much deeper level than before the class.

When we opened the doors to Tulpehocken Exchange, I reached out to Megan and of course, asked her to get involved. These days her focus has been on food education, which leads us to Saturday, when Megan will be leading a seminar on Healthy Food Relationships. We do hope you’ll join us!

Below is an interview I recently conducted with Megan.

Name: Megan Haupt

Age: 46

Hometown:  Langhorne, PA (Bucks County)

Current town:  Flourtown

Job description:  Founder, Hungry Education

Bio:  Megan has been a food educator for over 12 years, teaching adults and children in community-based settings. She believes that food education must meet people where they are in order to be effective, and that educating the entire family is essential to help kids become food-smart. Her areas of interest include: food history, food science, and food culture.

In addition to her education experience, Megan has launched several small businesses and has professional backgrounds in higher education, business (non- and for-profit), and the performing arts.

Megan is an active member of PA Nutrition Education Network.

Upcoming projects:  More picky eating research, designing a summer camp for Reading Terminal Market.

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Describe your work. Forward facing with TONS of research.

What themes and concepts does your work generally revolve around? I am fascinated with food history, food science, food culture, and food futurism and how all of them are currently intersecting.

What are you currently working on? How to get people to pull back the curtains when it comes to diet and food. Most people are afraid to look and I am trying to find ways to make it less scary.

What’s been happening in your life? A LOT of shifting. Delving into these topics of food relationship and personal accountability has been uncomfortable for me as well.

What’s next for you? How do we get people to engage around the topic of food relationships. How do we demystify and how to we bring it to a digital environment.

Describe your current state of mind. Constantly running.

What’s inspiring you? Really exciting changes in storytelling as a whole. Old narratives need to GO!

Is any of your work political? Oh yes, but mostly on an individual level. Food is deeply personal, larger changes can only occur when there is widespread individual change.

What are you trying to communicate with your art? Food is WAY more than just nutrients. Food parallels life. If you are not engaged with your food, you are not engaged with your life.


What is one of the biggest challenges you face? Time and how to balance work and life.

How has the meaning of your work changed over time? Most definitely. I am almost full circle with my understanding of food and life. I see that I will most likely be closer once I go through menopause.

What is your dream project? So many. Maybe a food ed conference for educators around the topic of food relationships.

Are you involved with any organizations? Some food education orgs.

Do you collaborate with other people? All the time. A good collaboration is exhilarating. A bad one is crushing.

What are a few of your favorite spots in your area? Wissahickon, Norristown Farm Park, Erdenheim Farm, The Farm Cooking School, Good Spoon Soupery, Hungry Pigeon, Kensington Quarters.


People in your field whom you most admire: Edna Lewis (the Grandmother of farm-to-table), Heather Thomasan (founder of Eat Retreat, Primal Supply Meats, lady butcher), Marion Woodman

What are you reading? “The Edible Woman” by Margaret Atwood

Favorite comic strips/ comic books/ graphic novels? Krazy Kat, anything by Chris Ware

What are you listening to these days? early Deutschpunk, or

What was the last show you attended? Sleep at Union Transfer, it’s been a while.

What was the last exhibit you attended? PHL Assembled at PMA Perelman bldg.

Your website(s):



Handmade Philly MeetUp: April!


Kelly Kozma: Mixed Media Class at Paradigm Gallery

Kelly Kozma’s mixed media show is currently on exhibit at Paradigm Gallery, located at 746 S. 4th Street, right down on Fabric Row. We are excited to check out the show but equally excited about the class Kelly is going to be leading!

Mixed Media Techniques with Kelly Kozma

Sunday June 7, 2015 • 12pm, 2pm, 4pm*


Make sure to reserve your spot on Ticketleap:

All supplies will be provided for you at the gallery. Sessions will start on the hour at 12:00pm, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm. Check out more of Kelly’s work and get some inspiration here:

All works made in this free art class will be exhibited in our annual Community Arts Project Exhibition this winter and will be sold for $20 each. 100% of funds will support future free art class programming.

A Collection of upcoming Events, Workshops, Craft Fairs

I am a fairly new member to the Philadelphia Arts and Crafting community (a little over 4 months) and finding my way around to what’s going on has been overwhelming because there is SO much going on in the city of Philadelphia and beyond. Keeping track of everything has been cumbersome. I have a full time telecommuting job, I am the mother of a teenaged son who has me chauffeuring him around chasing his pro golf dreams, and I care for 3 lovable dogs. I have found a lot of information through Facebook but even so, not having it in one place, I lose track and miss things. I am a list person so keeping a list of events, workshops and craft fairs in order of date helps keep me sane. I will do a bi-monthly blog listing information that I have found to share with the team and blog about any events that I do attend. I hope you will find this useful. If you know of anything that I have not listed, please feel free to email me at

Lisa Hwang ~ Find me at (where I have to start blogging more), (where I have to start tweeting more) or

Saturday, February 13, 12-3pm

“Cards, Scarves and Emotional Scars”: an exploration of love, hate, fashion, romance and Valentine’s Day, VIX Emporium, 5009 Baltimore Ave, West Philadelphia

Owned by our very own Handmade Philly member, Emily Dorn, this is a Second Saturday trunk show and craft demo featuring Philadelphia artists Sharif Pendleton and Shera Simon.

Saturday, February 13, 6-10pm

Nice Things Handmade Grand Opening, Nice Things Handmade, 1731 East Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia

A new and exciting boutique gallery carrying clothing, jewelry, ceramics, prints, accessories and art from independent artist near and far.

Sunday, February 14, 1-4pm

Spoken Word Valentines Day Event, Bohema, 6152 Ridge Ave., Roxborough, Philadelphia

Featured guests will include YTG, Claudia Streets (author of upcoming poetry book, “Tatted Talisman”), The Dope Boys of Poetry and Many More; $12 cover charge includes open wine bar, refreshments, desserts and a $5 coupon voucher to any product purchased at Bohema.

Saturday, February 20th, 6-8 PM

Artist Reception: “Odyssey through South East Asia”, Photographs by Cassandra Morgan, Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

Saturday, February 20th, 5-9 PM

Artist Reception: “Meditation on the Chawan”, by Philadelphia fiber artist Ed Bing Lee, Art Star Gallery, 623 N. 2nd Street, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia

Friday, February 26th, 6pm-12am

Last Friday Closing Party featuring paintings by Jen Saemann, Piranha Betty Art Market, 2472 Frankford Ave, Fishtown, Philadelphia

Saturday, February 27th, 3-10pm

PICM 2nd Annual PBR Crafting Show/Challenge/Contest, 2424 Studios, 2424 York Street, Fishtown, Philadelphia

Friday, March 5th 6pm-12am

First Friday featuring artwork by David Aronson, Piranha Betty Art Market, 2472 Frankford Ave, Fishtown, Philadelphia

Artist website:


Friday, April 2, 6-12pm

Twin Peaks Art Show, Piranha Betty Art Market, 2472 Frankford Ave, Fishtown, Philadelphia

Open to artists of all styles and mediums 2D/3D, Theme – Art inspired by the television show TWIN PEAKS (celebrating 20 years). Suggested maximum dimensions 2’x2’. Contact with examples(s) (no more than 3 jpegs) of your previous works that best represent your style / medium.


Thursday, February 18th, 5-8 PM

Wish I Was in Art School Critique Night with Rachel Parker, Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

Sunday, February 21st, 3-5 PM

Painting on Glass with Walter Runge, Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, $15.00 Pre- Registration suggested; 215 360 5548 or email


* looking for Vendors

Thursday, April 1st, 10am – 1pm

Rutgers Craftivists, Rutgers’ Douglass Campus in New Brunswick, NJ; Contact: Dana Henry from the Handmade Philly group if you are interested in going

April 24th 11-6pm

* Fishtown Shadfest, Penn Treaty Park in Historic Fishtown, Philadelphia; Artists & crafters interested in vending may contact Minna Aaparyti:

May 1 & 2, 2010 11am-7pm

* Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue between Union and President Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY; cost to vend is between $200-$250 for the weekend depending on table size; sharing a table is allowed.

May 15 & 16, 2010 11am-6pm

* Art Star Craft Bazaar, Penn’s Landing Great Plaza, Columbus Blvd between Walnut & Chestnut St; $10 application fee and the cost to vend is $250 for the weekend; sharing a table is allowed.

June 5th &6th, 2010 11am-7pm

* Renegade Craft Fair, McCarren Park, Bedford Ave. and North 12th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY; $25 application fee with deadline of March 5; cost to vend is $300 for the weekend; sharing a table is allowed.

Date TBD

* Crafty Balboa, Contact:

Every weekend starting April 3 – October 31, 9am – 3pm

* Piazza Artisan Market, The Piazza at Schmidt’s, N. 2nd Street & Germantown Avenue, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia; $25 Application Fee with a deadline of Feb 15 but they will accept rolling application; cost per weekend is $100 and sharing a table is allowed.

Every Saturday starting June 5 10am-9pm

* The Creative Collective Fine Art and Craft Fair, Historic Headhouse Square, 2nd and Pine, Philadelphia; cost to vend is $75 per day; I believe table sharing is allowed (I am doing it collaboratively with Piranha Betty); Contact Liz Eaby at 215-790-0782 or

Local Events: Hidden City Philadelphia

(posted by Jen McCleary)

Hidden City Philadelphia is an upcoming Philly arts festival (May 30-June 28, 2009) that looks absolutely fascinating! I love secret places that have been lost to time, decaying quietly, with only a few people still aware of their existence.  According to the project’s website:

“There are many historical and architectural landmarks around Philadelphia that at one time were all important to the city’s neighborhoods, but their significance – and in some cases their existence – has been forgotten over the years, making them hidden to the people who walk, run, or drive by them every day.  Performing and visual artists have created dance, music, sculpture, video, print, and mixed media pieces inspired by the history and architecture of their selected sites to draw attention back to the important people and places forming Philadelphia.”

Did you know that Philly had a Metropolitan Opera House on N. Broad St? Neither did I! It’s still beautiful, and will be home to a performance during this event.


This is just one of many interesting forgotten places that will be home to art of various kinds during the event! Check out the website for more information. I hope to go see some of these and report back about them!  (Many thanks to Kathy from Artista and our own Ruth, who coincidentally both let me know about this on the same day.)