Tag Archives: Local food web

Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County – Spring Garden Market

Join the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County for their annual Spring Plant Sale.  Lots of seedlings will be available for purchase for your spring garden.

The Spring Garden Market is their annual spring extravaganza that you do not want to miss!  It’s a huge plant sale with educational talks and information tables.

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

Food Worth Celebrating

Join Hidden Villa as we learn from and honor the people and processes contributing to a more resilient, just, and thriving regional food system. This year’s event will take attendees on an experiential journey through the principles of regenerative agriculture and its impact on our environmental and social landscape:

  • Sip handcrafted cocktails from Shoots & Roots Bitters while unpacking soil health in our Educational Garden and Greenhouse Field
  • Investigate the intersections of animal welfare and ecological resilience in our pasture with Hidden Villa’s animal husbandry team and other partner farmers
  • Savor the outcome of a life well-lived with a selection of local cheeses and wines courtesy of Whole Foods
  • Uncover the links between strong, diverse communities and healthy, diversified agriculture with Marsha Habib of Oya Organics, and learn about what it means to cultivate an equitable and inclusive food system
  • Test out our tomatoes, enjoy live music from Handsome Hound over a spot of locally made ice cream, and get your hands on unique Hidden Villa goods at our silent auction
  • Digest it all over a feast of roasted Hidden Villa chicken and pork loin, vegetarian-friendly portobello mushrooms stuffed with goat cheese and fresh herbs, seasonal vegetables, and summer tomato salad served up by Roadside Rotisserie

There is room for everyone at the table, including the littlest eaters among us! Kid-friendly activities and farm animal visits will run throughout the evening

Come taste Hidden Villa’s mission to inspire a more just and sustainable future!

* We have so many great things happening during the evening, we extended the program to ensure folks have time to enjoy it all!

Creating a Native Pollinator Garden

Creating a Native Pollinator Garden

Native plants are integral to an effective pollinator garden design. Juanita Salisbury from the California Native Plant Society will discuss the relationships among plants, pollinators, insects and animals and their role in the ecosystem. You will learn how to take advantage of California’s biodiversity in designing your own pollinator garden.

 

Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Sunnyvale Public Library.

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” Panel Discussion

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

How do we build a food system that reflects our deepest values?The current “Silicon Valley Eats: A Taste for Innovation” exhibit at the Los Altos History Museum  shares stories of the orchards and canneries of the Valley of Heart’s Delight, shows how food technologies were developed in Silicon Valley and celebrates today’s diversity of cuisine, while also putting a spotlight on the future of food.

With this in mind, Slow Food South Bay brings together local food experts and celebrities, Jesse Ziff Cool, owner of Jesse Cool Restaurants, author of seven cookbooks and a pioneer in the movement for organic, seasonal, local food; Sibella Kraus, founder of the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market as well as SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education), which cultivates urban-edge places where farming and local fools culture can thrive; Peter Ruddock, a Slow Food California board president and Coordinator of the California Food Policy Council; and Blair Thompson, Hidden Villa’s Animal Husbandry Manager to discuss how our food choices can solve some of society’s biggest problems.

Thursday, August 15,

6:30 pm, Reception at Los Altos History Museum

7:00 pm, Panel Discussion at Los Altos Library

This event is free, but registration is encouraged.  Light refreshments will be served.

https://www.losaltoshistory.org/events/eating-your-values-panel-discussion/

Kids Cooking Classes & Silicon Valley Eats Exhibit

From our agricultural roots to today’s cutting-edge sustainability efforts, the way we grow, eat, and share food has been shaped by innovation.

Visit Los Altos History Museum’s“Silicon Valley Eats” food exhibit.

May – September

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.

Activities include ~

* Registration required in advance, fee applies.

As part of their spring/summer exhibit “Silicon Valley Eats,” Joni Sare will teach three different SLOW-inspired hands-on classes which include Instant Pot, Braising, and an improvisational “stump the chef” classes in July 8.

3rd Annual Edible Tree Walk Los Altos

Join local food policy expert Peter Ruddock, GreenTown executive director and local permaculturist Kris Jensen, and a local chef for a fun and informative walk near downtown Los Altos. We’ll meander through a residential neighborhood stopping to identify and discuss the wide variety of trees we have that produce something edible.

Pathways to Farm Ownership – Webinar

Join the CCOF Foundation, California FarmLink, and the National Young Farmers Coalition for a webinar that will guide you through the key steps in negotiating and composing a lease that has a built-in pathway to ownership. 
Every farmer hopes to own their own property. But with high startup costs and sky-high land prices in places like California, it often doesn’t make sense to purchase property before starting your farm business. Learn about different types of lease structures, clauses, tactics that can lead to farm ownership, and how to position yourself financially to be able to execute a purchase option.
By 2030, more than two-thirds of all private agricultural land in the United States is expected to change hands. Additionally, over the past decade, the average cost of farmland has doubled, and land prices continue to climb. Unless you stand to gain farmland the old fashioned way—inheritance—new and scaling farmers need “out-of-the-box” strategies to stand up against the tide of U.S. farmland transition.
This webinar will provide ideas on choosing a land tenure method that’s right for your growing organic farming business, and how to best position yourself to consider a possible farmland purchase in the future, including financial planning through the National Young Farmer Coalition’s Finding Farmland Calculator tool.