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Seed Exchange 2015! and presentations, cooking demo, dinner and movie

October 17, 2015 • 1:30 am9:00 pm

It’s time for a new relationship with seeds!


This event is for you to learn all about seeds, and take some home with you, too!

You will learn how to harvest and save seeds, how to recognize GMOs in your food, and how to cook with seeds. We will end the day with a seed-filled dinner and the popular “Open Sesame” movie.

Seed exchange, presentations, cooking demo, dinner and movie

Saturday, October 17, 2015
1:30pm – 9:00pm

Rancho Rinconada Park and Recreation
18000 Chelmsford Drive
Cupertino, CA 95014
(near Lawrence Expressway and Bollinger Road)

Portions of this event are free, see agenda, below.
Dinner and or movie tickets can be purchased here through Brown Paper Tickets.

Our agenda, come for the whole day, or come and go as you wish:

1:30pm – FREE – Introduction to savings seeds
Silicon Valley Grows” founder (and master gardener), Hillie Salo, will give us an overview of seed saving. She will tell us what it means to save seeds, the impact this has on our lives and the environment. Hillie will also tell us where our local Seed Banks are located.


2:30pm – FREE – Seed exchange
Hillie will lead our seed swap. Bring your seeds to exchange for other seeds. Bring your unidentifiable seeds and we will do our best to identify them for you.

3:30pm – FREE – GMO presentation
Joyce Eden, coordinator of Label GMOs/South Bay, will bring common packaged foods and will read through the labels. We will learn how and why to identify and avoid GMO foods and hidden GMO ingredients. Learn the secret code on your apple.

labelGMOs logo

4:30pm – FREE – presentation by Rosalind Creasy

Rosalind Creasy, author of “Edible Landscaping” and board member of Seed Savers, will tell with us why we eat what we eat today, the historical importance of Seed Savers (saving us from the ‘white-food’ empire, and the comeback of heirlooms). She will have Seed Savers’ catalogs to pass around.

5:15pm – FREE – Cooking demo
Slow Food leader Joni Sare will show you how to cook smart with culinary seeds. You will learn how to store seeds, mix and match them for ultimate flavor, and 4 ways to use seeds in your meals.


5:30pm – $10 – Dinner
Joni will prepare a seed-filled meal, cooked on site. RSVP required, pay through Brown Paper Tickets. This will be a gluten-free vegetarian meal, using seasonal organic local produce. Maximum number of people: 50 (seating is limited, buy your ticket soon!)

During dinner > Rosalind Creasy will do a short show-and-tell of selected food from her garden. And share information and stories on the seeds the Seed Savers have saved, and the current affairs of the “Seed Savers” organization.

6:30pm – $5 – Movie
“Open Sesame, The Story of Seeds,” RSVP required, pay through Brown Paper Tickets. Popcorn will be served. Maximum number of people: 50
(seating is limited, buy your ticket soon!)

“One of our world’s most precious resources is at risk. This dramatic and timely new documentary illuminates what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food… SEEDS.” Links for the movie trailer are below. This movie is brought to us by Victoria Armigo, Full Circle Farm and Transition Silicon Valley.

Full Circle Farm

8:00pm – Movie discussion
This will be led by the leaders of the groups who are co-sponsoring this event, see list, below.

9:00pm – Goodbyes



This event is brought to you by:
1) Slow Food South Bay (https://slowfoodsouthbay.org)
2) Silicon Valley Grows! (http://siliconvalleygrows.com)
3) Label GMO South Bay (http://www.labelgmos.org/san_jose)
4) Full Circle Farm (http://fullcirclesunnyvale.com)
5) Transition Silicon Valley (http://www.transitionsiliconvalley.org)


This event is in honor of FOOD DAY:
Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Every October 24th, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies.


Movie links:




Open Sesame movie


Questions or comments, write to:

Or contact Joni Sare, Slow Food South Bay leader:



Reserve your dinner and /or movie ticket: 



October 17, 2015
1:30 am — 9:00 pm
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Rancho Rinconada Park and Recreation
18000 Chelmsford Drive
Cupertino, CA 95014 United States
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