Movie – Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm

Movie – Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm

Movie night with Transition Palo Alto’s 4th Friday Movie feature

• MOVIE: Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm
• Friday, Aug 25, 2017
• 7:30pm
• Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
• 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
• Free, donations appreciated to pay for the room and the movie

The Masumotos have been featured in food documentaries for their love and passion of our planet and its inhabitants. Their 80+ acres of fruit is near Fresno.

About the movie:

“How many harvests do you have in you?” is the perennial echo that reverberates across the Masumoto Family farm. Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm chronicles a transitional year-in-the-life of famed farmer, slow food advocate, and sansei, David “Mas” Masumoto, and his compelling relationship with daughter Nikiko, who returns to the family farm with the intention of stepping into her father’s work boots. Mas’ hopes and hesitations for the future are shored up with his daughter’s return, as the family must navigate the implications of Mas’ 60th birthday and triple bypass surgery. The film is interspliced with moments of Nikiko’s razor sharp meditations on her family’s internment during WWII and her role as a queer, progressive farmer in the Central Valley. See the trailer…

Friday August 25, 7:30-9:30pm
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
FREE (donations appreciated)

Sponsored by Transition Palo Alto and Slow Food South Bay

masumoto family

Movie night: “Of the Sea,” with the filmmaker

Each year, Slow Food South Bay joins “Transition Palo Alto” to show an educational and thought-provoking food documentary. Watch the movie trailer, below.

This year, we will watch:  “OF THE SEA,” and have a discussion with the filmmaker, Mischa Hedges from Santa Cruz.

DATE:  March 24, 2017
TIME:  7:30 – 9:30pm
MOVIE:  Of the Sea Film
GUEST:  Mischa Hedges, filmmaker, from Santa Cruz
COST:  free, donations appreciated

This new documentary brings a local Santa Cruz angle to the challenges and opportunities of a fishing industry hoping to balance jobs and environmental sustainability. “The industry isn’t dying, it’s changing,” according to filmmaker Mischa Hedges, who will be at Fourth Friday to lead a discussion following the film.

Mischa adds, “Our main goal for the film is to reconnect people who eat seafood with the places and people who catch it, and hopefully get some conversations started about local seafood.

Don’t miss this delicious opportunity to dive in and learn about our local fisheries and how dedicated folks are working to help them thrive, and to find out how you can help support them.

Fireside Room, at the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
505 East Charleston Road in Palo Alto
(near Middlefield Road)

“Of the Sea”

Mischa Hedges is the Founder + Chief Storyteller at TrimTab Media, and OF THE SEA will be his fourth documentary. Melissa Stevens is co-producer. She works with the Nature Conservancy on fisheries projects and is a great connection to the fishing industry. Justin Lewis is director of photography and is helping capture some absolutely stunning footage at sea. Sashwa Burrous is a cinematographer capturing additional footage, and some amazing time lapses for the film. Carrie Pomeroy and Irene Reti are advisors on the project.

Transition Palo Alto, a group who is building a vibrant and resilient society for people and the planet, shows a movie every 4th Friday of the month. Films of Vision and Hope  – educational and thought-provoking films and discussions about creative and resilient solutions to the environmental and social challenges of our time.

Edible Tree Walk, 2nd annual

Edible Tree Walk, 2nd annual

“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” ― John Muir

Click here for info about our Edible Tree Walks — an overview, resource links, recipes and more.

Our 2nd annual Edible Tree Walk –is the same route as last August, but a different season. Dozens of people were on the waitlist for last year’s event, so, we decided to do the same trek, for them.

Walk –with us and fans of Canopy– under the edible tree canopy in Palo Alto, from Johnson Park to Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden. This will be a guided tour, by arborists, historians, botanist, and culinarians, to introduce you to 20+ (public and private) edible trees along this route.

WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2017; 10am – 12pm
LOCATION: Tour begins at Johnson Park (corner of Waverly St & Everett Ave) and the tour ends at Gamble Garden.
DISTANCE: 1 mile (a one-way tour, a van shuttle is available if needed)

We’ll see a variety of trees while learning about the delicious fruits they provide!

Van shuttle:
Please note that this is a one-way tree walk. The Canopy van will be available to shuttle 7 people at a time back to the starting point, about 1 mile.

Go here to sign up for our “Edible Urban Forest” and any other tree walks that Canopy offers:

Tree Walk Sign-Up


Tree walks, 1x month!
Once a month, Canopy leads a guided tree walk in or near Palo Alto. The walks are their signature events throughout the year, providing education and awareness to folks, young and old of the glorious canopy of trees.

Meanwhile, check out their “self-guided” tree walks:

This is an opportunity for us to put the supporting actors of our landscape scene – front and center.

About Canopy:
Canopy was created in 1996, to support the City’s urban forestry programs and engage residents in learning about the importance of trees and how to care for them. Canopy became an independent 501(c)3 in 2002, and has extended its programs to the neighboring communities of East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, and to Mountain View through its affiliate Mountain View Trees.

Canopy, a  counts on hundreds of volunteers annually to plant, care for, and survey Palo Alto and East Palo Alto’s City trees. Board members dedicate countless hours to educating and inspiring the community on the importance of urban trees. A wide network of donors and friends offer advice, resources, and support along the way. It takes a village to raise a forest!

Go here to learn more about their tree walk program:

Click to access the login or register cheese