Offshore Drilling Oil and Recreation Don’t Mix

Join Surfrider San Mateo at REI in San Carlos for a special video and presentation to learn about the threat of offshore oil drilling to our local beaches and coastal waters in California. The presenter is Delia Bense-Kang, Northern California Campaign Coordinator for Surfrider Foundation.

The Trump administration has announced plans to expand offshore oil drilling in all US waters including off the California Coast. These plans include oil exploration using deafening seismic blasts that are capable of injuring or killing marine animals. Come learn about these threats and how we can help prevent this from happening. There will also be the opportunity to learn about what the San Mateo Surfrider Chapter is doing to keep our coastline and local marine sanctuaries healthy and clean, and how to get involved and make a difference!

This event is free. Attendance is limited and registration is required.

Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food

Join organic farmer Bob Quinn and Stanford Lecturer Liz Carlisle for highlights from their new book, Grain by Grain.  Drawing on Bob’s 30-year journey in regenerative organic agriculture and renewable energy, they will discuss how transformation of regional food systems can drive big changes over time: creating good green jobs that rebuild rural communities, while providing healthier food and better environmental stewardship.  Along the way, they’ll shed some light on the recent epidemic of gluten sensitivity, and offer some suggestions for how to restore a healthy relationship with wheat. Organic snacks will be served, including samples of kamut-based products. Books will be available for purchase.

Hidden Villa Homesteading Day

Join us as we celebrate the practice of sustainability and self-reliance through home-scale agriculture and the cultivation of culinary and craft skills! Hear from local experts and passionate enthusiasts and learn to use natural resources in your community. With demonstrations and conversations in sheep-shearing, fiber arts, food preservation, backyard chicken care, composting, fruit tree pruning and so much more, you are guaranteed to leave with knowledge and inspiration!

Note – this is a ticketed event and may sell out.  Tickets are sold for the Morning Session, Afternoon Session, or Both.

Slow Food East Bay’s Nourishing Roots: Celebrating Immigrant Traditions

Come join Sacred Kitchen and ITK Culinary for the kickoff of Slow Food East Bay’s 2019 series celebrating diverse culinary traditions. Come to eat and drink and dive deep with several Bay Area chefs showcasing heritage, culture and community through their culinary endeavors.

Slow Food East Bay’s upcoming series of events celebrates how culture, homeland and ethnic community informs the preparation and serving of meals. Attendees will be inspired by stories from chefs and community organizations, learning how diversity and migration have helped our food system evolve…. And, frankly, be more delicious!

As our political discourse gets more polarized, it becomes ever more important to have places where we can have meaningful connection discovering inherent connections to one another. Join us for an evening of delicious food paired with just as delicious conversation, leaving with both your belly and mind full.

This event is hosted by ITK Culinary, an Emeryville based cooking school, and Sacred Kitchen, chef Jesse Bloom’s culinary experiences company.

Rural Justice Summit

This year’s theme is “Creating a Road Map for Change”. Friday will feature a Welcome by Professor Mario Sifuentez, director of the Center for the Humanities at UC Merced, and a day of tracks focused on farmer justice, youth organizing, immigration, labor, climate, incarceration, and story-telling. Art and music will infuse these conversations with inspiration and empowerment.

The goal with the Rural Justice Summit is to open channels of communication between researchers and community members– including advocates and organizers– about historic and current struggles for access to resources in the Central Valley. After our 2016 launch we realized there is a need to continue to host this summit as a place for both conversations and action, the Rural Justice Summit is now a major annual event. Every year our waiting list is almost as long as our list of attendees. We find ourselves booking larger spaces every year and now for 2019 we are expanding our event to two days. Our core organizing team has also expanded to include the UC Davis Center for Regional Change and Dulce UpFront Arts Collective.

The Summit draws diverse participants from across the State of California and from other states with similar challenges. While our audience is primarily rural Californians, we have had participants from Montana, Colorado and Arizona — states where rural residents are marginalized and immigration policies have a negative impact.

Each year, we focus our strategic conversations around a set of key rural issues that Summit participants have decided need urgent attention. These include immigration reform and response; improving access to clean water for underrepresented rural residents; incarcerations impacts on communities; and building political power and voice in youth communities and through local elections. In 2019 the Summit will also be a key organizing space for the Farmer Justice Collaborative.

With our 2019 theme –Creating a Roadmap for Change — we will be focusing conversations on practical, actionable steps for moving the Valley towards justice. We want to change the narrative of rural California– and in doing so, change the landscape.

NOTE: Friday registration is required, Saturday no registration is required

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