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

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 exchange while we chat and learn from our local experts -> YOU! Screens and seeds will be available to try your hand or Bring YOS to clean and share. Master Gardeners will be available to answer your garden and seed questions.
12 – 1              Peter Ruddock – Slow Food & the Ark of Taste Ark
1 – 1:40           Craig Dremann – Landscape Restoration w/ Native Grasses
1:40 – 2 pm    Great Silicon Valley Bean Weigh-In – bring your Cherokee Trail of Tears beans to share with the community and celebrate our collective achievements. Raffle for all who return CToT beans.
2:00 – 3:00 +
3pm clean up

Free with food and seeds to share OR suggested donation of $5-$20.
No one turned away.

*Please bring plant based food and drink for potluck buffet table & your plate, cup and utensils for zero waste.

This is a community event and community participation is welcome, particularly in setting and cleaning up. Please come a little early to help set up and/or stay a little late to help clean up. Thank you.

Free Screening of “The Biggest Little Farm”

Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), Patagonia Palo Alto, Kitchen Table AdvisorsSlow Food South Bay and Hidden Villa are pleased to invite to you the free screening in San Jose of The Biggest Little Farma 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 better living and a healthier planet.

Doors will open for the screening at 6:00. Come early and meet representatives from local farming groups, or enjoy some refreshments from the concession stand. The film will start promptly at 7:00 PM and has a runtime of 1 hour, 32 minutes. 

Martial Cottle Park Fall Festival

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!

41st Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival

 

The Gilroy Garlic Festival is the world’s greatest summer food festival — three full days of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and cooking competitions. Founded in 1979, this event is hosted by thousands of community volunteers who have raised millions of dollars for local schools, charities, and non-profit organizations.

 

 

60th Annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival

Come together to celebrate California’s official state vegetable! California’s artichoke history began in 1922 when the first artichoke shoots were planted in the Castroville. Today, more than nine decades later, nearly 100 percent of America’s fresh artichoke supply comes from California and nearly two-thirds of that is still grown in Castroville. The annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival started in 1959 as a way to celebrate the iconic artichoke and the region known as the “Artichoke Center of the World.” Over the years, the festival became the primary source of funding for local 501(c)(3) non-profit groups that depend upon a successful event for their viability. Norma Jean Mortenson, better known as Marilyn Monroe, was named California’s first honorary Artichoke Queen in 1948. Since then, the annual festival has continued to grow, appealing to visitors from Castroville, Salinas, Monterey, San Francisco and other cities and states.

Early bird tickets on sale now!

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.

One Seed One Community – Seed/Bean Share – New Santa Clara Community Garden!

This year One Seed One Community is saving the Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean, a black pole bean found on the Slow Food Ark of Taste.

The Cherokee Trail of Tears bean is tasty all season and can be enjoyed as a green bean, shelled bean and dry.  Come to the garden today to pick up yours for your garden!

Join us in planting these beans with intentions of peace, equity, kindness, community, connection, sharing, stewardship, love, and thoughts for those who endured/died on the Trail of Tears or for anyone who is othered–a dedication for belonging and growing a more welcoming and joyful world.

Save a Row for Diversity to share with our local seed libraries and other community groups.

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

Wild Foods Feast

Join Suzanne Elliott, Herbalist  at ENSO Cafe in Half Moon Bay for a very unique dining experience savoring the rich flavors of natures wild bounty.  A delicious family-style dinner will be served using an array of locally foraged greens, edible flowers, and herbs.

RSVP by Wednesday, February 20th.