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October 2019

National Food Day 2019

October 24 • 8:00 am5:00 pm

National Food Day is observed annually on October 24. One of the targets that Food Day aims to help people is to “Eat Real,” which is defined by them as “cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and sustainably raised protein.”  National Food Day involves some of the country’s most prominent food activists, united by a vision of food that can be healthy, affordable and produced with care…

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Plants on Plants on Plants – Backyard SJ

October 20 • 12:00 pm5:00 pm
Backyard SJ, 35 South 2nd Street
San Jose, CA
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For plant lovers, plant enthusiasts or even people looking to get into plants, San Jose Made will be bringing to downtown San Jose a whole event featuring plant retailers, florists, DIY gardening workshops, fruit & veggie plant retailers and more to Backyard SJ (https://www.backyardsj.com). Free admission. Backyard SJ is a pop-up community garden featuring local events in San Jose’s Fountain Alley.

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Garlic: Cultivation and Care

October 17 • 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Palo Alto Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Learn how to select the best varieties for our area, how to prepare the soil, when and how to plant, grow, harvest and store garlic bulbs. With proper curing, your garlic will last until next year’s garlic is ready. And with careful planning, you will never have to buy garlic again! Master Gardener Louise Christy will discuss the cultivation and care of garlic both in the garden and containers Presenter: UC Master Gardener Louise Christy

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7th Annual GourdFest

October 12 • 11:00 amOctober 13 • 5:00 pm

Come enjoy the 8th Annual Gourd Festival and Competition. There's fun for all with classes, a gourd art competition, gourd art for sale and demos on making gourd art. Bring the young ones so they can visit our Make and Take booth to paint their very own gourd art piece to take home! Our gourd art classes start on Thursday, Oct. 10th - 11th, with 4 teachers and brand new classes! Our Annual Gourd Art Competition, sponsored by The California…

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6th Annual Seed Day with Silicon Valley Grows & Slow Food South Bay

October 12 • 10:00 am3:00 pm
Rancho Rinconada Park and Recreation, 18000 Chelmsford Drive
Cupertino, CA 95014 United States
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Look forward to interesting Speakers, Seed Exchange, Great Silicon Valley Bean Weigh-In, Potluck Buffet* and Garden Chat 9 - 10             Set up. All are welcome to assist. Seed Exchange - open all day 10 - 11            Joyce Eden & Instant Pot Demo w Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean 11 - 12            Garden & Seed Chat - How does your garden grow? sharing garden stories, brIng your questions. Keep your hands busy cleaning seeds to…

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Urban Permaculture

October 10 • 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Gilroy Grange Hall, 8191 Swanton Lance
Gilroy, CA
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Learn from the various Permaculture schools and apply the lessons in a yard-sized environment. After a quick photo tour of Ecology Action in Willits and the Holzerhof and Kremeterhof in Austria, we will dive into Jesse’s adventure converting his front lawn into a productive miniature food forest. Topics will center around growing soil, water management, and niches. Presenter(s): Jesse Imbach, certified permaculturist & CRFG board member

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Free Screening of “The Biggest Little Farm”

October 8 • 6:00 pm8:45 pm
SJSU Hammer Theater, 101 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113 United States
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Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), Patagonia Palo Alto, Kitchen Table Advisors, Slow Food South Bay and Hidden Villa are pleased to invite to you the free screening in San Jose of The Biggest Little Farm, a film that chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, The Biggest Little Farm provides us all a vital blueprint for…

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Martial Cottle Park Fall Festival

October 5 • 10:00 am3:00 pm
Martial Cottle Park, 5283 Snell Avenue
San Jose, CA 95123 United States
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In addition to shopping incredible local food and drink makers and local makers of handcrafted goods, attendees will be able to picnic, buy and paint pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, play pumpkin carnival games, buy fresh organic produce, participate in DIY craft workshops, enjoy a pop-up petting zoo, explore the park's Master Gardeners' Fall Garden Market, view up-close farm tractors and farm vehicles, enjoy live music, play at the cattle corral and so much, more!

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Supporting Beneficial Birds and Managing Pest Birds – Webinar

October 1 • 11:00 am12:00 pm

Beneficial birds can help farmers keep pest insects, rodents, and pest birds at bay. They act the same way that beneficial insects do in helping with pest control. The overwhelming majority of songbirds are beneficial during nesting season because they feed pest insects to their voracious nestlings. Farmers may be able to reduce their pest-control costs by providing habitat for these beneficial birds and by only targeting detrimental birds at the right time and place. Wild Farm Alliance and two…

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September 2019

Slow Money Farm Fest

September 29 • 11:00 am5:00 pm
Pie Ranch, 2080 Cabrillo Highway
Pescadero, CA
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Come join Slow Money’s legendary Farm Fest, which brings together our community of entrepreneurs, investors, and food activists. Learn and engage about exciting sustainable food and ag businesses in Northern California. The casual setting of a working farm is a hands-on illustration of what it means to bring money back down to Earth. Through the showcase and community potluck, new relationships and friendships are formed that often lead to further conversations about collaboration, funding and other connections.

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Food Worth Celebrating

September 28 • 3:30 pm7:30 pm
Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road
Los Altos, CA 94022 United States
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Join Hidden Villa as we learn from and honor the people and processes contributing to a more resilient, just, and thriving regional food system. This year’s event will take attendees on an experiential journey through the principles of regenerative agriculture and its impact on our environmental and social landscape: Sip handcrafted cocktails from Shoots & Roots Bitters while unpacking soil health in our Educational Garden and Greenhouse Field Investigate the intersections of animal welfare and ecological resilience in our pasture…

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LEAF Seed Swap

September 28 • 1:00 pm3:00 pm
LEAF CR Stone Garden, 55 Mowry Avenue
Fremont, California
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Fremont based LEAF will be hosting their first ever seed swap at their Stone Garden where all vegetables are donated to local food bank. Free seeds for anyone that comes!

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Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum Anniversary Celebration

September 28 • 11:00 am4:00 pm
Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, 570 E. Remington
Sunnyvale, CA
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New exhibit dedication.  Activities. Displays.  Demonstrations. Music.  Vintage Fair. Free fun for the whole family.  Bring your friends and neighbors. Museum doors will be open for your viewing pleasure.

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The Reducetarian Summit

September 27 • 8:00 amSeptember 29 • 5:00 pm

The summit will take place over three days in Washington D.C. at The Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel. The goal of the Reducetarian Summit is to bring together people and perspectives from all corners of the world to explore strategies and tactics for reducing societal consumption of animal products and ending factory farming. In addition to several moderated panels, lightning talks, and fireside chats, a greater emphasis will be placed on skills building workshops and curated networking opportunities. The Reducetarian Summit also…

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Sunu – a film about Mexican Maize Farmers and Their Struggle Against GMO’s

September 21 • 2:00 pm4:00 pm
Sacred Heart Community Service, 1381 S. First Street
San Jose, CA
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A documentary by Teresa Camou Guerrero about one of the worlds greatest treasures. Free film screening followed by a panel discussion by  food justice community leaders.  Sunu is is Spanish with English subtitles.

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Creating a Native Pollinator Garden

September 19 • 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Sunnyvale Library
Free

Creating a Native Pollinator Garden Native plants are integral to an effective pollinator garden design. Juanita Salisbury from the California Native Plant Society will discuss the relationships among plants, pollinators, insects and animals and their role in the ecosystem. You will learn how to take advantage of California’s biodiversity in designing your own pollinator garden.   Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Sunnyvale Public Library.

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The National Heirloom Expo

September 10 • 9:00 amSeptember 12 • 9:00 pm

Over 100 nationally and internationally acclaimed on-topic speakers. Join us in three unique speaker halls, all with their own format.  Choose from individual speakers, expert  panels, or in-depth roundtable discussions.   More details coming....

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August 2019

Food For the Future Panel Discussion, a part of “Silicon Valley Eats: A Taste for Innovation”

August 22 • 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Los Altos History Museum, 51 So. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, 94022 United States
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From our agricultural roots to today’s cutting-edge sustainability efforts, the way we grow, eat, and share food has been shaped by innovation. Visit Los Altos History Museum's"Silicon Valley Eats" food exhibit. May - September Gather around the table with us this summer as we remember the orchards and canneries of the Valley of Heart’s Delight, celebrate today’s diversity of cuisine, and learn about the new food technologies being developed in Silicon Valley. Activities include ~ Food for the Future Panel Discussion…

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“Eating Your Values” Panel Discussion

August 15 • 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Los Altos History Museum, 51 So. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, 94022 United States
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A panel discussion on the ethical questions we should be asking ourselves when we buy and eat food. How do we build a food system that reflects our deepest values?The current "Silicon Valley Eats: A Taste for Innovation" exhibit at the Los Altos History Museum  shares stories of the orchards and canneries of the Valley of Heart’s Delight, shows how food technologies were developed in Silicon Valley and celebrates today’s diversity of cuisine, while also putting a spotlight on the…

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July 2019

Summer Soiree with Farmers Guild and CAFF

July 28 • 4:00 pm8:00 pm

Join the Farmers Guild and CAFF at beautiful Five Springs Farm for an afternoon of local food, drinks, live music and sweeping views of the North Bay, all to help lift up the voice of sustainable agriculture, family farms and local food systems. Hear farmer stories direct from the field and empower our 41-year legacy advocating for our land stewards and the future of regenerative agriculture here in California. Grab a cocktail, check out the silent auction, tour the historic…

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