Edible East Bay News

Garden Parties -

Students at Jefferson Elementary learn to be careful observers in their school garden.  Photo courtesy of the BUSD Cooking and Gardening Program.

Local celebrations honor Berkeley’s public-school gardens and a thriving community farm.

In this newsletter:

●   Permaculture in action at the Gill Tract Farm: April 25 & 26
●   Water smarts for gardeners: April 28
●   School garden gala: May 1

 


 

Plant and Plan at the Gill Tract

Honor the 45th anniversary of Earth Day with farming, workshops, panels, music, and dance. Join in the conversation about the past and future of the Gill Tract farm and its role in food system transformation. Plant summer crops along with intentions for the year ahead. Info: here

Permaculture Action Day & Community Farm Birthday Party
Saturday & Sunday, April 25–26, 10am–5pm
Gill Tract Community Farm
San Pablo & Marin Ave, Albany


Use Every Drop

Drought-tolerant plants are among the topics covered in this workshop at the Oakland Public Library.

 
In this free workshop led by permaculturist Carmen Cortez, learn about drought-tolerant plants, methods for collecting rain water and greywater, and watering techniques and irrigation systems. For more info call Rebekah Eppley at 510.482.7844.

Water-Wise Gardening
Tuesday, April 28, 6–7:30pm
Dimond Branch Library
3565 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

 


 

Kids get down in the dirt at the Thousand Oaks Elementary School garden. Photo courtesy of the BUSD Cooking and Gardening Program.

Kids get down in the dirt at the Thousand Oaks Elementary School garden.

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Embrace the Earth -

Find joyful, creative, and useful ways to care for our planet at a local Earth Day event.

Illustration by Lila Volkas

In this newsletter:

●   Earth Day fun and learning at the Brower Center: April 18
●   Volunteer at earth-friendly projects in Oakland: April 18
●   Reflect on soul and soil in Lafayette: April 19
●   Guide to Earth Day events around the Bay
●   Explore new tastes at Oakland Veg Week: April 19–26
●   Book reviews: Eating Plant-Strong!
●   Recipe: Mint chocolate chip milkshake from Café Gratitude


 

Celebrate Earth Day at the David Brower Center with activities about protecting and honoring our planet. Enjoy family art projects, bike tuning, fix-it workshops, children’s storytelling, organic food, a panel on carbon farming, and more. Cost: Free; $10 suggested donation. Info: here

Saturday April 18, noon–6pm
David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

Oakland Earth Day: Clean It, Green It, Mean It

Lend a hand by weeding, pruning, planting, painting, and more at the city’s largest community volunteer event, sponsored by Oakland Public Works. Info: here

Saturday April 18
Various locations


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Illustration by Lila Volkas

The Blessing of Common Ground

All are invited to an Earth Day Festival hosted by Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at the Lafayette Reservoir.… Read More
Rediscover Your Garden -

It’s spring, so go play in the dirt! 

Pollinate Farm co-founders Yolanda Burrell (pictured with Georgette the hen) and Birgitt Evans.
Photos courtesy of Pollinate Farm and Garden

In this newsletter:

●   Celebrate spring at local plant sales: various dates
●   Study compost with soil maven Dr. Elaine Ingham: April 13–17
●   DIY supplies and a hands-on fermentation class at Pollinate Farm & Garden: April 19
●   Grant funding for innovative farmers: application due April 30
●   Recipes: Fermented Carolina-Style Slaw and Lacto-Fermented Vegetables

 


 

Garden Goodies

It’s spring plant sale season. You’ll find California natives, drought-resistant plants, tomatoes of all stripes, and much more at these sales, which are sure to tempt novice and master gardeners alike.

Click here for more details  

 


 

 Digging Deep

GreenFriends Farm hosts Dr. Elaine Ingham’s annual Soil Food Web Intensive. The renowned soil biologist shares her extensive knowledge of soil ecology in a workshop for farmers, landscapers, ranchers, creators and distributors of agricultural products, waste management professionals, and soil and garden enthusiasts.

Dr. Ingham has helped farmers worldwide to grow more resilient crops by understanding and improving their soil. She is the inspiration behind the impressive composting program at Frog Hollow Farm, the subject of a story in our current issue.… Read More

Eating on the Wild Side  -


Open your mind and excite your taste buds with wild foods and other local delights.  

The wild tasting table at Chez Panisse
Photo by Kristen Rasmussen

In this newsletter:

●   Wild Food Week: April 4–10
●   Open house at Standard Fare: April 4
●   Savvy advice for grant seekers: April 8
●   Uncorked wine competition gala in Livermore Valley: April 9
●   Book reviews: Wild local flavor


 

Wild Food Week

A display table at Mission: Heirloom shows a
“Bay Area baker’s dozen of wild edibles.”
Photo by Kristen Rasmussen

Get familiar with some of the wild local bounty during Wild Food Week, a project of Berkeley Open Source Food (BOSF). Among its research projects, BOSF is mapping the abundance of wild edible plants in urban areas, especially food deserts, and testing wild edibles for toxicity and nutrition. The group is also working to develop a supply chain and a market for wild and feral edible plants as a way to reduce food waste, improve farm yields and nutrition, and provide new ingredients for chefs.Events of the week include a wild food identification walk with the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association, the debut of the new BOSF field guide, The Bay Area Baker’s Dozen Wild Greens, and opportunities to taste some of those wild greens as prepared by top chefs. … Read More
DIY Dreamin’ -

Longing to create your own food forest, food biz, or farmhouse cheddar? Upcoming events offer the chance to get savvy and learn plenty of new skills… Oh, and to taste some incredible cheese!

Handcrafted cheeses top the menu at the Artisan Cheese Festival. (Photo by Derrick Story)

Handcrafted cheeses top the menu at the Artisan Cheese Festival.(Photo by Derrick Story)

In this newsletter:

●   Taste, learn, and explore at the Artisan Cheese Festival  March 20–22
●   Create your own food forest – March 21
●   Make sure your food business is legal – March 24
●   Book Review: The Nourishing Homestead
●   Recipe: Bellwether Farms Fromage Blanc Gelato


Say Cheese!

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The Fantasy Cheese Table is a cheese-lovers dream come true. (Photo by Lindsay Katz)

Visitors to the festival's Grand Marketplace can purchase exquisite cheeses, wines, meats, and more. (Photo by Rick Roellke)

Visitors to the festival’s Grand Marketplace can purchase exquisite cheeses, wines, meats, and more. (Photo by Rick Roellke)

There’s plenty to smile about at California’s 9th annual Artisan Cheese Festival, held in spectacular Sonoma Wine Country. Artisan cheese is made following ancient traditions: always in small batches, and using as little mechanization as possible. Over the three-day festival, attendees can meet some of the most celebrated artisan cheesemakers, along with chefs, farmers, and industry experts. They’ll discover new cheeses and pairings with wine, beer, and cider. Executive Chef Erik Johnson from J Vineyards & Winery hosts Bubbles and Brunch, a cheese-centric cooking demo and seasonal meal accompanied by J’s sparkling wine.… Read More

Pi to Die For -

This Shaker Lemon Pie from the Niles Pie Company proudly announces Pi Day.

We’re sending this extra Appetizer your way with tempting events for pie lovers and gardeners too.

In this newsletter:

●   Infinite Fun on Pi Day
●   Get Your Hands Dirty


Infinite Fun on Pi Day

 

Niles Pie Co. offers a special Pi Day t-shirt designed by Dave Longey and modeled here by Ron Warnecke. Right: The Niles Pie Co. stand at the Niles Farmers' Market in Fremont. Photos courtesy of Niles Pie Co.

Niles Pie Co. offers a special Pi Day t-shirt designed by Dave Longey and modeled here by Ron Warnecke. Right: The Niles Pie Co. stand at the Niles Farmers’ Market in Fremont. Photos courtesy of Niles Pie Co.

Still scared of math? Well, no significant math skills are needed when you join Niles Pie Company for Pi Day. But just in case you’re interested, here’s a refresher: pi = 3.14159… More importantly, for the moment, is the fact that Pi Day is always on 3/14. This year, however, we have a High Pi Day, since it’s 3/14/15. Visit the Niles Pie shop in Union City or the new Niles Farmers’ Market in Fremont on March 14 for pi-related fun including prizes for reciting pi to the furthest digit. Niles Pie Company also hosts a Jazz & Pi Dinner featuring live music plus savory pot pies, empanadas, Shaker Lemon Pie, Double Chocolate Pie, and more.… Read More

The Food Movement: -

Women Leaders, Dynamic Careers

Food Warriors (left to right): Professor Marion Nestle, author and food movement leader; Nina Ichigawa, Policy Director, Berkeley Food Institute; Haven Bourque, Founder, Haven B Media; Ashara Ekundayo, Chief Creative Director of Oakland’s Impact Hub; and author Michele R. Simon, food policy activist and lawyer.

Food Warriors (left to right): Professor Marion Nestle, author and food movement leader; Nina Ichikawa, Policy Director, Berkeley Food Institute; Haven Bourque, Founder, Haven B Media; Ashara Ekundayo, Chief Creative Officer of Oakland’s Impact Hub; and author Michele R. Simon, food policy activist and lawyer.

By Jillian Steinberger

Last week, around 100 women packed themselves tightly into a gallery space at Impact Hub in downtown Oakland. Ready for lively discussion, they came to see a panel of “women warriors” talk about waging policy initiatives against Big Food. Marion Nestle, the renowned author of many books including Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health and What to Eat, joined other empowered women—lawyer Michele R. Simon and policy director Nina Ichikawa—to model successful careers in the food movement.

What does it take to become an effective change-maker? How do we organize strategically? What issues unite food activists across race, class, culture, and geography? How do we communicate the message, and does it need to be sexy? What do we do when food safety regulations endanger public health, rather than protecting it? Can we speak truth to power—and win—against the likes of Coke and Pepsi?

These are some of the issues that came up.… Read More

Make Your Day with CSA! -

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Help with our Facebook Switcheroo!

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Illustration by Lila Volkas

Two things to do:

Think Inside the Box

Have you considered signing up for a CSA (community-supported agriculture) subscription? Wondering what it means to be a CSA member, and what’s waiting for you inside that goodie box? Edible East Bay makes it easier to sort through the options with our new online CSA guide, where you can get the juicy details on local CSA programs for veggies, fruit, nuts, cheese, meat, fish, eggs, and even chocolate. Join a national movement to support local farms—February 28 is National CSA Sign-Up Day.

Help with the Great Facebook Switcheroo

Hey! We’re putting our old Facebook “person” page out to pasture in order to become a media page. Please help us with the change. If you’re a friend of Edible East Bay, the person page (or even if you never got around to that), please go “like” our media page by clicking here. And don’t hesitate to post your relevant news. We look forward to connecting with you!

 

People’s Grocery Events Honor Black History Month -

 

Join in for two events celebrating Black History Month with the People’s Grocery. On Friday, February 27 civil rights lawyer and activist Howard Moore hosts a panel on lessons learned in the past to help grow the future. The discussion is followed by an all–ages dance party. On Saturday February 28, a garden event for kids of all ages features planting, drumming, a farmers’ market, cooking demos, and more. Info: Facebook.com/peoples.grocery

 Friday February 27, 6:30pm
Know Our History: A People’s Party
California Hotel
3501 San Pablo Ave
Sliding scale donation
Saturday February 28, 10am–2pm
Grow Our Future: A Garden Event
California Hotel garden(on the Chestnut Street side)
Free

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Breaking Into the Food Biz -

Tempted to start your own food business? Getting launched and staying afloat are tall orders, but help is at hand, thanks to the Food Craft Institute, Food Funded, and Bay Bucks.

 

Jenny Eu learned how to scale up her Three Trees Nutmilk business through coaching at Oakland's Food Craft Institute. Photo courtesy of Three Trees Nutmilk.

Jenny Eu learned how to scale up her Three Trees Nutmilk business through coaching at Oakland’s Food Craft Institute. Photo courtesy of Three Trees Nutmilk.

In This Newsletter:

●   Food Funded Hosts Entrepreneurs and Investors – March 26
●   A Food Craft Institute Success Story: Three Trees Nutmilk
●   Let’s Go Farm Joins the Bay Bucks Barter Exchange
●   Book Review: Good Food, Great Business
●   Recipes: Carrot Cake and Bourbon Chai Spice featuring Three Trees Nutmilk

 


Food-Funded-posterThe Nuts & Bolts of Food Funding

Food Funded: Entrepreneurship & Investor Fair
March 26
The Presidio, San Francisco

Entrepreneurs and investors come together for a day of workshops and presentations to catalyze the funding flow for new ventures. If you’re seeking funding for your food business, apply by Feb 20. Workshops cover financing, crowdfunding, distribution, risks, building buzz, and more. Info and application: here

 


 

FCI-logo-stackcolorCalling All Food Crafters!

Oakland’s Food Craft Institute (FCI) serves up hands-on kitchen skills plus classroom know-how for food entrepreneurs. Their courses in traditional food-making techniques, combined with savvy business instruction, provide a launching pad for artisan food crafters.… Read More

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