Thank you to all who attended, sponsored and donated to our Urban Ag Fest 2012! Eleven schools participated in the school garden showcase with 12 community sponsors. Another dozen Urban Ag Partners joined us to show how they are supporting school gardens. The dinner on the Senior Lawn catered by Matt & Yvette Woolston (of the Supper Club at the Crocker and Matteo) was a delicious play on the school lunch menu. Speaker Delaine Eastin was truly inspiring. This educational and coalition-building event raised funds for the gardens at Rosemont High Green Academy and O.W. Erlewine Ecology Center.
In conjunction with Rosemont High Green Academy, we launched Slow Food Sacramento’s new Sacramento School Garden Coalition.
Our guests were wowed by the students, parent volunteers, and community support. A few comments:
“Loved those kids” — sponsor
“I loved seeing how excited the children were about gardening.”– sponsor
“Thank you for inviting us to Saturday’s event, it was an honor to be there and see so many supporters. Please keep us in mind for the different resources that the after-school program can use.”–school participant
“Please extend our thank-you to the other Slow Food members for helping our cause. Also, we were thrilled to meet Delaine Eastin and to hear her amazing speech. I’m ready to vote for her for governor!”–school participant.
The schools and their sponsors:
Rosemont High School Green Academy • Teichert, Inc.
O.W. Erlewine Elementary School Ecology Center • Lippe, Gaffney, Wagner LLP and Marguerite Roth
Grant High School GEO Environmental Science and Design Academy • Art & Susan Scotland
Luther Burbank High School • David & Maga Triche
Alice Birney Elementary School • Mennemeier Glassman Stroud LLP
Sam Brannan Middle School • Sam Brannan Special Ed Program
Sequoia Elementary School • David & Maxine Clark
Theodore Judah Elementary School • Tony & Joan Stone
Leonardo da Vinci K-8 • Porter Scott
Fruit Ridge Elementary • Kingbird Farms
Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School Landscaping & Horticulture Careers Program, and Sustainable Environments Academy • Sacramento County Office of Education
Read about the upcoming event: http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/69083/Urban_Ag_Fest_Saturday_at_Rosemont_High_School
On April 17, Slow Food Sacramento announced the latest honorees of the “Snail of Approval” program. The Snail of Approval program recognizes local businesses that contribute to the quality, authenticity and sustainability of food in the community.
This year, Slow Food Sacramento introduced two new award categories: Producers and Supporters. Past awards were conferred on restaurants offering menu items that meet the Slow Food mission of good (authentic flavor), clean (grown so it does not harm the environment) and fair (food producers receive fair compensation). In response to the growing interest by auxiliary food businesses and organizations, the new Producer category recognizes businesses producing locally unique and sustainable foods. The new Supporter category acknowledges organizations that encourage sustainable business practices in the food community.
The restaurants receiving the Snail of Approval are:
- Spataro Restaurant and Bar
- Paragary’s Bar and Oven
- Esquire Grill
- Centro Cocina Mexicana
- Juno’s Kitchen and Delicatessen
Awardees in the Producer category are:
- Soil Born Farms
- Devine Gelateria
- Del Rio Botanicals
- Revolution Wines
Awardees in the Supporter category are:
- Edible Pedal
- Green Restaurant Alliance of Sacramento
- Produce Express
“Sacramento is at the forefront of a national movement of consumers and businesses embracing locally grown, sustainable foods. This is our way of recognizing and honoring the businesses in our region that focus on good, clean, and fair food,” says Karen Auwaerter, president of Slow Food Sacramento.
For more information on Slow Food Sacramento and the Snail of Approval selection criteria, click here.
The Central Valley Region of California was honored to host Paolo di Croce for a regional event on Sept. 11 during his whirlwind visit to Northern California to connect with chapter leaders and Slow Food donors. Paolo is the Executive Director of Slow Food International and serves as International Secretary of the Slow Food International Board of Directors. With him was Shayna Bailey, a Slow Food International staffer who wears many hats, including liaison to Slow Food USA.
On short notice we brought together Slow Food members from 15 counties, including leaders from 8 chapters. Regrettably, three chapters who were signed up had last minute glitches. Those who made the long drive to the border between Sacramento and San Joaquin counties were inspired and energized by the witty, passionate, arm waving Italian. And Paolo was very pleased to hear from chapter leaders about the many and various projects being carried out up and down the valley.
We started with an intimate meeting at my home, where Paolo could hear from leaders of each chapter and could share his thoughts for the future of Slow Food International.
We moved down the road to MacFarland Ranch for the joint Sacramento and Lodi Chapter Heirloom Bean Picnic attended by about 130 people with talks featuring heirloom beans being farmed on the nearby Mohr Fry Ranch. We tasted chef-prepared bean dishes, heard from Ken Albala (author of Beans, A History), the farmers Chip Morris (California’s King of Beans) and Jerry Fry, and from Robert Klein of Olivetto in Oakland (whose Community Grains project is helping create markets for the beans as well as heirloom varieties of flint corn and red wheat). Once again Paolo inspired the crowd—especially to connect to this organization as a global effort. We heard about the Thousand Gardens in Africa initiative and learned that more than 100 chapters in Italy have already “adopted” a garden. We could do that!
The culmination of the visit was a tour of the bean fields. In the height of harvest season these talented farmers had mustered and labeled their equipment and labeled the bean varieties. We wound through the fields learning about the challenges, flexible thinking, and quick action that undergird success. The capper was an exuberant 8 year old who, at about the third stop, announced, “Mom! I want to be a farmer when I grow up, so I can grow beans!” Music to our ears.
Charity Kenyon, SFUSA Governor, Central Valley Region of California
Saturday September 24, 2011
Read about Charity Kenyon our Slow Food USA Governor, Central Valley California Region and Slow Food Sacramento’s Membership Director:
July 15, 2011
The town of Hardwick, Vt., has been celebrated as the scene of a local food revival. In recent years, lots of small farms have started up nearby.
Tom Stearns, president of a local organic seed company called High Mowing Seeds, says there are more organic farms per capita within 10 miles of Hardwick than anywhere else in the world. There’s also a thriving local grocery co-op; a busy farmer’s market; even a classy restaurant — Claire’s — where almost anything you eat grew or grazed on land nearby.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Q: I know you say “vote with your fork,” and I do, as often as possible, but it seems so small a gesture. In what other ways can we, as consumers, speak out or act to change our food system?
A: Vote with your fork and vote with your vote. Today’s food movement gives you plenty of opportunity to do both. Voting with your fork means buying and eating according to what you believe is right, at least to the extent you can.
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By Mark Bittman
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Mass-produced tomatoes have become redder, more tender and slightly more flavorful than the crunchy orange “cello-wrapped” specimens of a couple of decades ago, but the lives of the workers who grow and pick them haven’t improved much since Edward R. Murrow’s revealing and deservedly famous Harvest of Shame report of 1960, which contained the infamous quote, “We used to own our slaves; now we just rent them.”
But bit by bit things have improved some, a story that’s told in detail and with insight and compassion by Barry Estabrook in his new book, “Tomatoland.” We can actually help them improve further.
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By Gina Kim
Sunday, May. 29, 2011
Gleaming stainless steel dominates the long-abandoned fertilizer and supply store along Highway 16, just before the road bends into the dusty town of Esparto.
Meat cases have been cleaned, shelving installed and rails – strong enough to support 800-pound carcasses hanging from the ceiling – line the labyrinth of sterile rooms.
Required inspections are all that’s left to make the Manas Ranch Old-Style Custom Meat Market the only USDA-inspected meat processor within a 100-mile radius when it opens in June, said owner Fred Manas.
“We will be able to ship our meat anywhere in the U.S.,” said Manas, who raises 100 Angus-Hereford grain-finished cows without hormones or antibiotics. “We will be able to sell our meat directly to customers.”
The market will process the beef Manas raises, meat raised by pig, lamb and goat farmers throughout the region and wild game bagged by hunters.