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40th Annual Eco Farm Conference

EcoFarm nurtures just and ecologically sustainable farms and food systems through education, alliance building, celebration and advocacy.

 

 

Intensive / Rotational/ Holistic Grazing on Small Acreage – Workshop

The effectiveness of rotational grazing for improving forage growth and storing carbon in soils depends on many factors, one of the most important of which is adaptation through experiential knowledge and decision making. This workshop will build on the experience of 4 ranchers as they have practiced holistic or rotational management in various geographic contexts with different herd types. The workshop will include an overview of development of a grazing plan, how to observe plant recovery and adaptive management in the context of small acreage. We will also discuss intensive rotational grazing for smaller livestock (goats, chickens and pigs), which are becoming increasingly important in food systems due to the cost of land and production. Following the workshop, we will tour Fiesta Farm, and overview their rotational system. Presenters include Joe Morris (Morris Grassfed Beef), Mark Biaggi (Tomkat Ranch), Rebecca King (Monkeyflower Ranch), Sarah Lopez (Fiesta Farm), and Rich Casale (retired NRCS). Please register in advance to reserve your space: pam.krone@noaa.gov.

Giving Tuesday – Become a Slow Food Member Today!

Give What You Can on December 3

December 3rd is “Giving Tuesday,” and you can become a member of Slow Food USA for a donation of any amount on that day. This link will be live with an open entry form on December 3: slowfoodusa.org/give-what-you-can.

Be sure to note ‘South Bay’ as your designated Chapter.

Hoes Down Harvest Fest

The Hoes Down Harvest Festival is dedicated to honoring and promoting the knowledge of agricultural arts and sustainable rural living through inspiration and education. Our goals extend beyond the weekend of fun and education.

Every year, for 30 years, the Hoes Down has generated valuable resources for local and statewide organizations working on projects which benefit sustainable agriculture and rural communities.

Please note that all tickets will be pre-sale this year. There will be no ticket sales at the gate. Our volunteers are updating the Hoes Down web site. Please check there for more information.

National Co-Op Month

In honor of all of these wonderful things that differentiate the cooperative business model, October has been declared National Co-op Month. It gives nods to the more than 29,000 co-ops across the country, from natural food stores, to banks, manufacturers and everything in between. Local, trusted and serving you.

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/

Summer Soiree with Farmers Guild and CAFF

Join the Farmers Guild and CAFF at beautiful Five Springs Farm for an afternoon of local food, drinks, live music and sweeping views of the North Bay, all to help lift up the voice of sustainable agriculture, family farms and local food systems. Hear farmer stories direct from the field and empower our 41-year legacy advocating for our land stewards and the future of regenerative agriculture here in California.

Grab a cocktail, check out the silent auction, tour the historic retrofitted solar-powered farmstead, visit the lambs, wander the gardens and even try your hand at the lasso! Then enjoy a seasonal feast cooked up by some of our finest local chefs. Your support on this day enables our organization to continue pushing for initiatives like bringing more locally-grown organic fruits and vegetables into school cafeterias, promoting climate smart farming practices and ensuring support for socially disadvantaged farmers.

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.

 

 

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.