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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.

Fall Garden Market – UC Master Gardeners

The UC Master Gardener Fall Garden Market plant sale offers a bounty of winter vegetable and flower seedlings plus beautiful low-water succulents. They all thrive in our cool winter conditions and will keep your garden producing year round. Come get inspired! Arrive early for best selection.

UC Master Gardeners will be hosting educational talks, children’s activities, a Green Elephant sale, and an “Ask a Master Gardener” booth where you can ask questions and bring in samples for diagnosis.

8th Annual TOUR de COOP

8th Annual Coop Tour is Coming!

The “Silicon Valley Tour de Coop” is really much more than just a few chicken coops – It’s a celebration of the pleasures and rewards of living in a sustainable and nature connected environment by everything from coops, bees to solar panels, grey water systems, urban farming and healthy live styles and everything in between.

So, for the 2019 Tour De Coop let’s expand our tour to also focus on lifestyle and community …and ways that allows each of us to live healthier lives for ourselves and also for the planet.  

Register now for the 2019 Coop Tour – September 14, 2019; 9am – 4pm

WWW.TOURDECOOP.ORG

This event is FREE and open to anyone with an interest in coops, chickens, biking and urban farming!  Simply register, and you will receive an email with the Tour de Coop map. Print it out, select your coop tour, and GO!  The event and coops will be open from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Each year, the number of coops and various routes is defined by the energy of the coopsters and organizers.  We are just getting started for the 2019 tour!

The first year we had about 11 coops and 20 miles of tours, with 2 tours.

In 2016, our 5th year:
1,937 folks signed up; looking at 38 coops; with 13 different bike loops.

www.tourdecoop.org

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.

 

Vegetarian Educational Institute – Summer Retreat

Our 4th annual Summer Retreat takes place at beautiful Camp Sylvester near Pinecrest Lake in the mountains of Central California. Continuing the tradition of the French Meadows Macrobiotic Summer Camp for the 50th year in a row.

Nestled between Pinecrest Lake and the slopes of Dodge Ridge ski resort, Camp Sylvester is an ideal setting for family vacations. With updated cabins and recreation halls sprawling over nearly ten acres of the Stanislaus National Forest. Camp Sylvester provides the fresh air, green pines and excitement of an outdoor adventure with all of the comforts of a rustic resort.

The picturesque, natural surroundings are an ideal setting to go “on retreat” and provide a unique environment in which to relax, study, and play.

Slow Food Cooking Classes with Joni Sare & Silicon Valley Eats Exhibit

As part of the ongoing exhibit “Silicon Valley Eats” Slow Food Leader, Joni Sare, will teach three different SLOW-inspired, hands-on classes beginning July 8th at the Los Altos History Museum.

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

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.

 

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.

Apricot STEM Fair, a part of Silicon Valley Eats, A Taste for Innovation

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.