Tag Archives: food education

California Small Farm Conference

Workshops • On-farm Demos
Field Days • Annual Ag Policy Forum
Agrarian Lovers Ball
Local food, innovation, community roots and healthy soilsjust a few of the things you’ll find growing on small farms all across California. Join us in February 2020 for the 32nd annual California Small Farm Conference where farmers, ranchers and local food advocates gather each year to explore hot topics in sustainable agriculture, work to bridge field and fork, sharpen their skills, network and give voice to those growing a more resilient food system from the soil up.

40th Annual Eco Farm Conference

EcoFarm nurtures just and ecologically sustainable farms and food systems through education, alliance building, celebration and advocacy.

 

 

Intensive / Rotational/ Holistic Grazing on Small Acreage – Workshop

The effectiveness of rotational grazing for improving forage growth and storing carbon in soils depends on many factors, one of the most important of which is adaptation through experiential knowledge and decision making. This workshop will build on the experience of 4 ranchers as they have practiced holistic or rotational management in various geographic contexts with different herd types. The workshop will include an overview of development of a grazing plan, how to observe plant recovery and adaptive management in the context of small acreage. We will also discuss intensive rotational grazing for smaller livestock (goats, chickens and pigs), which are becoming increasingly important in food systems due to the cost of land and production. Following the workshop, we will tour Fiesta Farm, and overview their rotational system. Presenters include Joe Morris (Morris Grassfed Beef), Mark Biaggi (Tomkat Ranch), Rebecca King (Monkeyflower Ranch), Sarah Lopez (Fiesta Farm), and Rich Casale (retired NRCS). Please register in advance to reserve your space: pam.krone@noaa.gov.

Giving Tuesday – Become a Slow Food Member Today!

Give What You Can on December 3

December 3rd is “Giving Tuesday,” and you can become a member of Slow Food USA for a donation of any amount on that day. This link will be live with an open entry form on December 3: slowfoodusa.org/give-what-you-can.

Be sure to note ‘South Bay’ as your designated Chapter.

Fourth Sunday – Local Garden Share & Community Gathering

Fourth Sunday – Local Garden Share

Happening every fourth Sunday since July 2011!

Come let your fellow gardeners know what you are planting in your seasonal gardens, how you are tending your soil and what you are doing to conserve water. Please bring whatever you have extra from your garden to share, including fruits, veggies, clippings, tools, seeds, and even if you don’t have goods to bring, please come and share in the community.  Bring a friend or two!

 

 

Food Champions – From Farm to Workplace

Small Farm Food Safety – Online Free Webinar

Have you heard conflicting information on how the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) applies to small produce farmers? Has a buyer asked you to be “FSMA Compliant?” Have you heard conflicting information about food safety from different people? Join the CCOF Foundation and Community Alliance with Family Farmers and the Farmers Guild (CAFF/FG) for a webinar that goes over FSMA frequently asked questions for produce growers, as well as clears up common myths and misconceptions about small farm food safety.

On-farm food safety is a complicated topic that many small farmers are left to understand on their own. With the start of FSMA inspections on the largest produce farms this year, there’s lots of talk within the produce industry about food safety. Sometimes farmers hear or are told incorrect information.
In this webinar we will go through the top FSMA and small-farm food safety questions we hear from farmers and provide clear, practical, and correct answers. We will cover food safety topics including FSMA overview information, postharvest handling, personnel training, and using manure as a soil amendment.
Ample time will be reserved for questions from the audience.
About Our Speakers
Kali Feiereisel serves as CAFF and the FG’s Senior Manager for Farmer Services. She provides food safety technical assistance to farmers as they further develop their practices to meet new requirements. In addition to her background in organic farming, Feiereisel studied food safety, local food systems, and food and agriculture policy while completing her graduate degree in public health nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley.
About Our Partners
USDA NIFA: This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number USDA-NIFA-FSMA-2018-70020-28869.
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National Food Day 2019

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 for the environment, farm animals and the people who grow, harvest and serve it. 

In 2012, there were 3,200 events taking place from community festivals to a national conference in Washington, D.C. to thousands of school activities.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy some of your favorite healthy foods and use #NationalFoodDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) initiated National Food Day 2011. It is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies.  This project builds throughout the year and culminates on October 24 of each year.

Bioneers 2019 Conference – “Seeding the Field: Growing Transformative Solutions”

Worldviews create worlds. Our civilizational crossroads reflects a crisis of consciousness. Everything’s going to change, and the only question is how.

For our 30th conference, “Seeding the Field: Growing Transformative Solutions,” we’ve assembled a visionary program reflecting decades of transformative solutions and trail-blazing pathways that this growing community has so brilliantly developed.

An idea whose time has come is unstoppable. Please join with us to help realize 30 years of transformative solutions and make the Revolution from the Heart of Nature and the Human Heart.

Bioneers is inspiring and realizing a shift to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other and future generations.

Bioneers is an innovative nonprofit organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. Founded in 1990 in Santa Fe, New Mexico by social entrepreneurs Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, we act as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.

A celebration of the genius of nature and human ingenuity, Bioneers connects people with solutions and each other. Our acclaimed annual national conference and local Bioneers Network events are complemented by extensive media production including a vibrant online media presence, award-winning radio and podcast series, book series, and role in third-party media projects such as Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie The 11th Hourand Michael Pollan’s best-selling book The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

Our dynamic programs and initiatives focus on game-changing initiatives related to Restorative Food Systems, Biomimicry, Rights of Nature, Indigeneity, Women’s Leadership and Youth Leadership.

World Food Day 2019

World Food Day is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger. Held annually on 16th October, people from around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate worldwide hunger from our lifetime.

Celebrating the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. The focus of the day is that food is a basic and fundamental human right. Yet, in a world of billions, over 820million people worldwide suffering chronic undernourishment, 60% women and almost five million children under the age of five die of malnutrition-related causes every day.

It’s also important to note that while millions go hungry, 672 million people suffer from obesity, and a further 1.3 billion are overweight. We can change this.

World Food Day 2018 focused on SDG 2 – Zero Hunger, with a theme of “Our Actions are our Future”.

8 Reasons Why Zero Hunger Changes the World

  1. Zero hunger could save the lives of 3.1 million children a year
  2. Well-nourished mothers have healthier babies with stronger immune systems
  3. Ending child undernutrition could increase a developing country’s GDP by 16.5 percent
  4. A dollar invested in hunger prevention could return between $15 and $139 in benefits
  5. Proper nutrition early in life could mean 46 percent more in lifetime earnings
  6. Eliminating iron deficiency in a population could boost workplace productivity by 20 percent
  7. Ending nutrition-related child mortality could increase a workforce by 9.4 percent
  8. Zero hunger can help build a safer, more prosperous world for everyone

The details of World Food Day 2019 have not yet been announced. This page will be updated as more information is released. For more information on World Food Day, please visit the FAO website.