Seeds & Suds! Annual Meeting, 20-year celebration

Seeds & Suds! Annual Meeting, 20-year celebration

We are 20 years young, come celebrate with us.

4 alerts:

1) Bring a lawn blanket/beach blanket and lawn chairs

2) for the 6pm POTLUCK, bring a dish to share, and bring your own meat / veggies to grill (and seasonings). There are 2 grills at the picnic site. We will provide the charcoal, utensils and cutting boards.

3) Before our event: At 11am will be a “farewell” garden share at Full Circle Farm, across the street. Click here for the details.  At 12p – 1pm they will have a potluck lunch, and at 1pm they will walk over to our event at Raynor Park.

4) GAMES: At 7:30pm, Transition Palo Alto will take the lead after our potluck dinner with offering several games: a bean bag toss to test your coordination and memory, to board games, to cards, there will be something for everyone.

Slow Food South Bay’s
Annual Meeting
Sunday, July 23, 2017
1 – 8 PM
Raynor Park
1565 Quail Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

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Seeds and Suds!
Slow Food, Slow Money …and more

  • Share seeds …bring seeds, and /or take seeds home
  • Make beer …this is a Silicon Valley Beer Week event
  • Conversations …talk with Slow Food friends and our Slow local experts on grey water, insect hotels, policies, GMOs, solar cooking, whole grains, and more
  • SLOW MONEY” …will present the world of  “cooperatives”
  • SLOW FOOD” …will share stories of our past 20 years, and conduct elections for new board members.

Our agenda…


Seed exchange: At 1pm, master gardener Hillie Salo, from Silicon Valley Grows & Slow Food South Bay will lead a seed swap. Also, a representative from Master Gardeners will be with us to answer any questions. Hillie will specifically talk about our Slow Food South Bay’s “Curate a Crop” project and the foods that are on the “Ark of Taste.” NOTE: it is not required to bring seeds to share in order to take seeds home with you. Also, the seed sharing will continue throughout the day.


We will celebrate “Silicon Valley Beer Week” …

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At 1:30pm, a beer making demo will begin –by the “Umunhum Brewing Cooperative.”  This is one of their “brew days” and their beer making process will continue until 4pm. About every hour, they will talk for 10 mins to discuss their process. Come any time, see the set up, the ingredients, learn the nuances of the process, tips and techniques from local experts and enthusiasts.


Conversations will be led by local experts, come talk with:

NOTE: If you want to lead a conversation, please write to

Snacks and beer tastings will be available throughout the day. Bring your favorite beer, or –if you have enough–bring your home brew to share small tastings with others. Please bring local, wholesome snacks to share (homemade is best!).


“Slow Money South Bay” will introduce itself and talk about cooperatives.  Bob Gulino, President of Umunhum Brewing Cooperative  – will talk about the 1st beer co-op in California!   Hank Herrera, President of New Hope Farms  – will talk about the worker cooperative farm in the East Bay and borrowing money from Slow Money friends.  Slow Money is a ‘cousin’ to Slow Food –where local entrepreneurs and local investors meet and greet.


“Slow Food South Bay” is turning 20! Hear stories of the past 20 years, including Terra Madre festival in Italy (Sept 2016), and Slow Food Nations festival in Denver (July 2017). Set the scene for the next 20 years by being a participating member, and fill the 2 Board positions that are open. If you are interested, or want to nominate someone, please write (asap) for details:


POTLUCK and BBQ: Bring a drink or a home-made dish to share. Please bring a list of the ingredients (some people have allergies and need to be able to eat without worry of having a reaction). Include your name, too, because we want to give kudos to who made the dish. Also, there are 2 grills at the picnic site, we will have charcoal, utensils and cutting boards. …so, bring your own meat/veggies to grill.


GAMES! Transition Palo Alto will take the lead after our potluck dinner with several games: a bean bag toss to test your coordination and memory, board games, cards,  …there will be something for everyone.


Please bring your own cup, plate, bowl, napkin and utensils (fork, knife, spoon). We will have some cups, plates, bowls, forks/spoons/knives, napkins for those who don’t bring their own.

Bring a sunscreen, beach blanket, beach chair, umbrella —any shade item is fine. Bring an ice chest to keep your potluck item cold, or bring a haybox to keep it hot.

We will have a couple of 5-gallon jugs of filtered water.


Questions? thoughts? ideas?
Contact Joni Sare:

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

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

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.

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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 (
2) Silicon Valley Grows! (
3) Label GMO South Bay (
4) Full Circle Farm (
5) Transition Silicon Valley (


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:

Slow Sip: coffee at the farm

Sorry to say this event is canceled due to low sign ups.

Watch for Slow Sip coffee events in the future. We would love to hear from you, so please contact us with your ideas, suggestions.


Taste and learn all about 4 of our South Bay coffee roasters. Find out who they are, and hear their stories, get to know their process, their business model and their sources.

Your morning brew is a reflection of your life!

Slow Food South Bay and Full Circle Farm Sunnyvale put this event together to bring awareness and introduce you to our local coffee roasters who believe in sustainability. This is your opportunity to get to know them, taste their coffee and take their beans home with you.

Slow Sip! 4 coffee roasters, organic chocolate, baked goods and farm stand (buy seasonal produce right from the farm)

1) Barefoot Coffee – “cold brew”
2) Big Mug Coffee Roaster – “Korean cold drip”
3) Epic Coffee – “pour overs”
4) Chromatic – “cold brew”

Cosmic Coffee is unable to join us
Snake and Butterfly – this is the only chocolate maker south of San Francisco, and they use organic fair trade!

Baked goods:
2nd Story Bakeshop – their style is long-fermented, naturally leavened, hearth baked breads, and with whimsical combinations of ingredients.

Entry fee:
$10 advance purchase (through Brown Paper Tickets)
$15 at the gate

  • Entry fee includes a small tasting of each signature coffee.
  • Entry fee will be split between Full Circle Farm and Slow Food South Bay.
  • Price for full cup of coffee is set by each roaster.
  • Price for chocolate, baked goods, and other goodies is set by each attending vendor.
  • Gratuity continues on the farm, so don’t forget to tip!

Farm stand:
Full Circle Farm’s farm stand is open 10-2pm Sundays; buy your locally grown goods here!

Event date:
Sunday morning, October 4, 2015
10am – 12pm

Full Circle Farm Sunnyvale
1055 Dunford Way

This event will be at the east end of the farm, there is limited parking inside the gate.

Slow Food South Bay:
is the local chapter of Slow Food, a the world-wide non-profit organization. (

This year, Slow Food South Bay is bringing awareness to our local food shed: who is growing what and where does the food go. Events such as “Slow Dining Adventures” have been at restaurants that included not only getting to know the food, the chef and owner but also the farmer who they buy their food from. “Slow Sips” are events focused on anything liquid and bringing awareness to their sustainable practices, such as this coffee tasting event.

Full Circle Farm Sunnyvale:
is an 11-acre educational farm project of the non-profit organization “Sustainable Community Gardens.” (

Take time to stroll around this large urban farm, see what they are up to, visit their chickens, walk through the orchard, see their summer camp set up. Talk with the farmers, learn about their volunteer program, their CSA, soon-to-arrive animals and so much more.

Contact us if you are a vendor and want to participate in this event, write to or
Questions or comments, write to:

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