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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.

The National Heirloom Expo

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….

Eating Your Values & Silicon Valley Eats Exhibit

A panel discussion on the ethical questions we should be asking ourselves when we buy and eat food.

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.

Visit the Los Altos History Museum’s“Silicon Valley Eats” food exhibit to learn more about how our agricultural roots to today’s cutting-edge sustainability efforts, and the way we grow, eat, and share food has been shaped by innovation.

 

Silicon Valley Wine Auction Grand Tasting

Sip, sample and bid! Meander Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, enjoy an individual picnic lunch as you taste over 150 wines from 40+ Santa Cruz Mountains vintners, and bid on over 200 wine lots in the silent auction.  Launched in 2015 by the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Education Foundation, the Silicon Valley Wine Auction showcases the diversity of the valley – from a long a storied history of pioneering vintners of making local wine – to a social innovation ethos that champions transformative education. Now in its 5th successful year, the Silicon Valley Wine Auction has raised over $3.7 M to support innovative programs, initiatives, and activities benefiting children in our community.

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.

Real Food Real Stories with Tracy Harding of Capay Valley Farm Shop

What comes to mind when you think of wellness? Trendy ingredients, Instagram influencers, yoga retreats?
This spring, hosted by Asana, we’re rounding out the conversation. Wellness isn’t just pretty images of self-care. Wellness is mental, emotional, spiritual, and communal health. More importantly, access, privilege, and diversity must be included in the conversation.

Join Asana for a meal + story with Tracy Harding of Capay Valley Farm Shop. As the general manager of this community-owned social enterprise, she manages the marketing and distribution of food from 40 family farms to the San Francisco Bay area. This dynamic rural food hub and the agricultural producers in the region have long been at the leading edge of sustainable farming and the local food movement.

Join us to hear Tracy’s story! We promise you’ll leave with nourished and inspired.

Free, but RSVP is required!

Tastes & Tales of Terra Madre Dinner – Sonoma

Join the Slow Food Sonoma County North Chapter for their bi-annual, Tastes & Tales of Terra Madre Dinner to celebrate Slow Food and their chapter’s delegates to Italy’s Terra Madre in 2018! Three delegates represented Sonoma County North: Kathy Matonak (chapter leader), Kelly Osman (Oz Family Farms), and Ellen Shick (food writer). Come join us as we hear Tales of their adventures and have Tastes that are inspired by this international food event.

Farm to Fork to Film – Dinner & Film Celebrating Women in Food

Join Filmmaker Joanna James, Slow Food San Francisco, and host Airbnb for an evening of food, film, and friends celebrating female heroes in the food system. This special advanced screening is part of an 11-State Screening Tribute Tour of A Fine Line, in honor of Women’s History Month. Being recognized will be the tremendous work of Tanya Holland, award-winning chef, author, and Oakland restaurateur of Brown Sugar Kitchen; winemaker Kim Nicholls of Markham Winery, winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen of MacRostie Winery.

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