National Children and Youth Garden Symposium

The American Horticultural Society invites you to join them in Austin, Texas for the 2015 National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS), with local co-hosts the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the International Junior Master Gardener Program.

NCYGS is the only national event of its kind where you can network with like-minded teachers, garden designers, community leaders, program coordinators, and others involved with connecting kids to the natural world.  NCYGS 2015 attendees will be able to:

Visit the symposium site for more information:

Day on the Farm

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 8.02.32 PMRain or Shine, come out to Soil Born Farms for a Day on the Farm and learn about American River’s Native Plants, Gardening, Raising Chickens, Composting, Beekeeping and more.

Located in Sacramento’s very own urban farm, Rancho Cordova’s Soil Born Farms will be hosting their annual Day on the Farm for children and adults alike!

The Day’s Events Include:

  • Farm Stand – purchase fresh, local, organic vegetables and fruit
  • Organic Plant Sale
  • Cooking Classes
  • Farm Tours
  • Workshops
  • Kid’s Garden Activities
  • Community Education Tables
  • Morning Food, Snacks & Lunch
  • And Much More!
For more information Visit:

California Farm to School Conference

The first ever California Farm to School Conference will bring together Farm to School stakeholders from all regions, and from a broad cross-section of school foodservice, educators, parents, farmers, distributors, and government and nonprofit allies around a central theme of “Connecting.Growing.Leading.”  The conference will span three days, including one day of tours and a short course, and will also have a fun and delicious Taste of Farm to School Reception catered by the heroes of the California Farm to School movement.

Visit the California Farm to School conference site here: to register.


Edible School Yard Academy Applications Due

The Edible Schoolyard Academy trains educators to create powerful and sustainable edible education programs in their schools and communities. Learn and experience first-hand the core principles and practical tools for bringing academic subjects to life in the kitchen, garden, and lunchroom.

Each June, we invite teachers, administrators, and advocates from around the world to spend five days behind the scenes at the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley. Whether you are a new or seasoned practitioner, the Academy will strengthen your program and build your leadership in the field.

Applications for the 2015 Academy are now open. Completed applications are due by March 8, 2015 and applicants will be notified of their acceptance by March 27, 2015.

If you have any questions, please email us at For more information about the Academy, please see our FAQ page.

Find out more and apply at the Edible Schoolyard site.

Soul Food Farm’s FarmSchool: Grazing On Grasslands 101

On March 1st, 2015, Soul Food Farm will present an exciting conference on revitalizing the world’s damaged grasslands and the key role cattle grazing plays in its success highlighting speakers Allan Savory, grassland ecosystem pioneer and founder of both the Savory Institute and the Africa Centre for Holistic Management and  Nicolette Hahn Niman, former environmental attorney, sustainable food and farming expert, and author of “Righteous Porkchop” and the just released “Defending Beef.”

Purchase tickets for this event and find out more about the event here:Soul Food Farms

Slow Food U: Fermentation Fever

Fermentation Fever was our latest Slow Food U class on Sunday, April 6, at the Sacramento Natural Food Co-op’s learning center. We were in good hands with our instructor, Janet McDonald, who teaches numerous classes at the Co-op and whose kitchen is filled with vats and crocks of various fermentation projects. Janet demystified the fermentation process, so the fifteen participants now feel comfortable experimenting with fermenting at home. One participant said, “It changed my life! I always wanted to pickle but I thought it was too hard and involved cooking. I found out it did not! Janet MacDonald was a terrific teacher.” Everyone went home with a jar a sauerkraut and a jar of fermented carrot pickles.

The goal of Slow Food U is to provide low cost education classes, taught by Slow Food Sacramento members or our partners in the community. We strive to keep the classes low cost so they are accessible to everyone. Past topics include Bacon Curing, Lemons Lemons Lemons, Thai cooking, Winter Gardens, bike tours of edible gardens, and Foraging Along the Parkway.

Please contact Karen Auwaerter if you have a class suggestion or if you would like to teach a class.