Interview with Megan Haupt

Megan Haupt is leading a seminar on Healthy Food Relationships this coming Saturday, January 27th at the Tulpehocken Exchange from 2-3:30 pm.

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 do 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.

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.

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:


Join us for Megan’s seminar on Healthy Food Relationships this coming Saturday, January 27th at the Tulpehocken Exchange from 2-3:30 pm. 47 East High Street, Right Entrance.

Please rsvp by emailing:

$15/ per person, sliding scale (pay what you can). Suggested for Ages 15+.

Light refreshments served.

Handmade Philly’s March Meet Up!

March’s meeting will be held at the Clay Studio.Handmade Philly events are open to the public and are free of charge.
Date: March 9th
Time: 3-5 pm
Address: The Clay Studio, 139 N Second St., Phila.This meeting is being hosted by Handmade Philly member Meg Perine. Thanks Meg!

Details: “The good people of the Clay Studio have agreed to us having the next meet up in the gallery space.

The Curator, Garth Johnson, wants to be involved so he is giving us a tour of the whole building which includes the Resident artist floor, the School, and the Associate floor (where I share in the communal rented studio space). You can look at the Clay Studio website to see which exhibitions will be in the gallery by then.

Decal activity planned! Bring an item of smooth, shiny, white ceramic (or choose from pre-bought thrift store items from Ruth and me) and decorate it with decals! Decals will be in the form of colored paper so you can cut out a design and put it on the item to be fired, and it will be a permanent surface decoration. If anyone has stencils or things, feel free to bring them too!

Here's a look at the items Meg and I scrounged up at the thrift store.

Here’s a look at the items Meg and I scrounged up at the thrift store.

The Clay Studio is very near the 2nd st MFL stop in Old City. The street parking is so-so in that area, but there are several lots around. There are 3 doors, which can be confusing for first timers, enter through the gallery double door entrance.”

(Call for volunteer): We are looking for someone to take photos at the meeting, and to post about the meeting afterwards, on our blog.

Bring a snack to share!

If you are on FB, please be sure to RSVP:


Handmade Philly Around Town and Beyond

There is a lot going on in the next few days and Handmade Philly members are in the middle of the action – all the events listed are indoors

FRIDAY – April 16

Open Studio with Steel Pony, Joanne Litz and Dennis Wolk
824 Reed St, Philadelphia

Friday 10 am-6 pm , Saturday 10 am-4 pm,

SATURDAY – April 17

Pecha Kucha Night: Volume 5,  7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Studio 34: Yoga | Healing | Arts ,  $5 suggested, 4522 Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia. Take SEPTA’s 34 trolley.  (215) 387-3434

VOLUME 5 will have a mini-theme of “Made By Hand,” and according to their newsletter they  “have amassed an awesome team of presenters who will take us through their creations at 400 second intervals”.  Check out Handmade Philly member Dana Henry who will be speaking and presenting slides on behalf of our group and focusing on our projects and events.  Dana will be going on as the next to the last presenter.

The Philadelphia Designers Market  123 South 17th Street @ First Baptist Church of Philadelphia  11 am – 6 pm

It is an independent fashion marketplace spearheaded by a small group of local designers, artists & shop-o-holics that are all determined to see that independent designers receive more exposure and have a platform to explore their talents and test their markets. Set up as a fashion retail/shopping experience the Market allows designers to directly interact with their customers at low cost, little hassle and high exposure. This format provides designers an environment in which they can foster relationships between themselves, other businesses and consumers.

Look for Handmade Philly members:  
Tracy Weidman,,  
Dawn Boyer;

SUNDAY – April 18

Coffee and Craft – Saxbys Coffee in Newark, Delaware.   Located by the University of Delaware’s campus at 57 Elkton Rd at Amstel Square.  11 am – 2 pm

Handmade Philly member, Jan Cohen will be presenting her newest items from “the JMC collection” at the coffee shop on Sunday.  Items will be on display and for sale through the end of May.  Meet Jan and find out how she creates her one-of-a-kind handmade handbags.

MONDAY – April 19

Entrepreneurship Week Launch Party 5 pm – 7 pm  Sponsored by World Café Live – 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia

Entrepreneurship Week is created by the Empowerment Group, a nonprofit organization committed to building a better Philadelphia by spurring economic growth.

In partnership with Handmade Philly, this lively event features food, music, and opportunities to purchase goods from local artisans and producers. Celebrate small business and network with other local enthusiasts, while preparing for the week ahead!  Light fare will be provided.

Handmade Philly members participating: Allison Ostertag-,
Jan Cohen –, Lisa Hwang –, Lisa Volta –, Kimberlee Mason and Christina Guerrero –, Pidge Molyneaux –


That’s alot of great work to see.  Go out and have fun!

If your event is not included, please post the information in the comment section.


Craftadelphia this weekend!

Posted On November 20, 2008

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Don’t miss the Craftadelphia! Sale this Saturday at Mew Gallery (906 Christian St. next to Sabrina’s) from 11 am – 4pm. The vendors will all be Philly Etsy Team members with fantastic gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list. A great way to shop local and support the handmade movement!

Be sure to check out the Temple News article written about this show!