|Spotlight on Black Farmers
|| Impossible Foods Steps Up
for Hunger Relief
Creators of the plant-based Impossible Burger partner with local food banks.
| Create One-Bowl Vegan Meals
|| What’s at Your Farmers’ Market this Week?
We found lots of squash! Pick your favorite, and try our Roasted Winter Squash and Apple Soup.
| Take a Locavore’s Tour of Alameda
Visit three unique spots with Slow Food South Bay, Feb 28. Read more.
| Increase Your Soil Savvy
The Soil Food Web Course enlightens backyard gardeners and professionals.Read more.
Author Archive | Edible East Bay
Learn practical ways of creating healthier and more productive soil from renowned expert Dr. Elaine Ingham. Participants in her Soil Food Web Course gain an in-depth understanding of soil biology and the ways it affects plant health. The workshop is well suited for farmers, landscapers, ranchers, waste management professionals, and garden enthusiasts. Sign up for one, two, or all five days. Early bird discount ends February 23. Info and registration: here
Dr. Ingham inspired the impressive composting program at Frog Hollow Farm, described in our Spring 2015 story: here
Soil Food Web Intensive
Monday–Friday, March 5–9
GreenFriends Farm/M.A. Center
10200 Crow Canyon Rd, Castro Valley
Join Slow Food South Bay to explore Alameda through three local enterprises. Taste gin and vodka at St. George Spirits, the first artisanal distillery in America since Prohibition; enjoy lunch at Food Shift, a nonprofit that reduces food waste and creates jobs; and visit Ploughshares Nursery, a plant nursery that also trains and employs formerly homeless Alameda residents. Cost: $45. Info and tickets: here
Locavore Landmarks of Alameda
Wednesday February 28, 11:45am–4pm
Carpool and meeting instructions TBA
Create One-Bowl Vegan Meals
Power Plates: 100 Nutritionally Balanced, One-Dish Vegan Meals
By Gena Hamshaw
(Ten Speed Press, 2018)
“My intent is for this book to help bring some simplicity and ease to healthful eating,” says blogger, nutritionist, and Food52 author Gena Hamshaw at the outset of her latest cookbook. And she delivers, with more than 100 complete, balanced, delicious vegan meals-in-a-bowl for every meal of the day. Using nuts, tofu, tempeh, and other vegan protein, every recipe also contains healthy fats and complex carbohydrates, which together make a complete meal. Many of the recipes are gluten free. Hamshaw serves up grain combinations to mix up in the morning, including savory options like kitchari, a rice and lentil dish gently spiced with ginger, turmeric, and cloves. There’s also a creamy breakfast polenta with stewed fruit and hemp seeds, among other appealing dishes. For lunch and dinner, try combinations like a charred broccoli salad with freekeh (a roasted wheat product) and spring herbs, and a roasted kabocha salad with barley and lemon miso vinaigrette. Warm offerings include a curried tomato stew with chickpea dumplings; millet pilaf bowls with barbecue tofu and braised collard greens; and peppers stuffed with farro, herbs, and tempeh sausage.… Read More
Could plant-based protein help solve hunger? Thanks to Redwood City startup Impossible Foods, meal centers run by local food banks are now serving the Impossible Burger, a plant-based food that looks, tastes, and sizzles deliciously like meat. According to Jessica Appelgren, vice president of communications at Impossible Foods, the company wants to address food insecurity. “We want to give back to the communities where we live and work.” To do this, the food-tech business recently started donating its plant-based meat to the Alameda County Community Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
Donations of the product (made in Impossible Foods’ East Oakland manufacturing plant) will be ongoing, with exact quantities determined as the need becomes clear. In Alameda County, one in five residents benefits from the food bank, which relies on a network of 200 food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community organizations to distribute food.
Food bank staff are thrilled to have a steady supply of protein-rich food donations, since these are typically the most expensive and least donated items. The Impossible Burger boasts more protein than a conventional burger at a tiny fraction of the environmental footprint.… Read More
Come enjoy an evening of memorable films about Black farmers at Pollinate Farm & Garden. The second annual Black Hands in the Soil celebration includes a feature documentary and shorts about the legacy of Black farming in the United States and the United Kingdom. The feature film The Language You Cry In tells a scholarly detective story linking African Americans and their ancestral past. Also showing are two short films: Black Farmer UK, which is about Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, self-proclaimed to be Britain’s only black farmer, and Lest We Forget: The Lost Stories of Southern Sharecroppers. The event honors Black History Month and Black farmers globally. Cost: $5–$25 sliding scale, but no one turned away for lack of funds. Light refreshments served. Info and tickets: here or 510.686.3493
Black Hands in the Soil:
A Film Celebration of Black Farming
Friday February 23, 7–9pm
Pollinate Farm & Garden
2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland
Photos courtesy of Pollinate Farm & Garden.… Read More
About Susan Tibbon
Artist, farmer, teacher, and activist Susan Tibbon explores the wonders of nature daily, both at the farm and in her etchings, paintings, and sculpture. This image is the letter “P” in her alphabet series of intaglios celebrating the gifts of the land. Of this image, Tibbon says:
A small farmer’s workday is often long and tiresome. Shortcuts that work are always appreciated. This particular mole first appeared in our potato patch several years ago.… Read More
Arts, Education & Entertainment
ALIFORNIA ARTISAN CHEESE FESTIVAL Three Days of Cheese Bliss, March 23–25 in Sonoma Wine Country. artisancheesefestival.com
EAST BAY WALDORF SCHOOL Where Children Thrive. Located 20 minutes from Berkeley at 3800 Clark Rd, El Sobrante. eastbaywaldorf.org
INSTITUTE OF URBAN HOMESTEADING Offering the best in Bay Area sustainablility since 2008. iuhoaklnd.com
KOSA ARTS Artisinal fashion supporting high-level craftsmanship, creative process, sustainable material, and meaningful livelihood. 386 19th St, Oakland. kosaarts.com
MRS DALLOWAY’S Full-service, indie neighborhood bookstore. Wide variety of garden books, cookbooks, and author events. 2904 College Ave, Berkeley. 510.704.8222. mrsdalloways.com
MERRITT COLLEGE PLANT SALE AND FAIR Perennial vegetables, rare fruits and heirloom annual edibles. May 5 & 6. 12500 Campus Dr, Oakland. merrittlandhort.com/community/plant-sales
QUANTUM DRAGON THEATER presents Ageless, a world-premiere play, this December. QDT is the Bay Area’s science-fiction/fantasy theatre company. quantumdragon.org
RUTH BANCROFT GARDEN Annual Fruit Tasting Tours with curator Brian Kemble at 11am and 2pm on Saturday, October 14. ruthbancroftgarden.org
SONOS ONE Smart wireless speakers for music lovers with Amazon Alexa. amazon.com
STOPWASTE Helping to prevent food waste through smart planning, storage tips, and easy-to-follow recipes to eat the food you have in your kitchen. stopfoodwaste.org
U MASS AMHERST Earn your Sustainable Food and Farming degree entirely online.… Read More
Munching through a Cultural Cuisine Tour with Local Food Adventures
It’s a sunny autumn afternoon near Oakland’s Lake Merritt, and Lauren Herpich is laying out three principles that will frame our two hours on her Local Food Adventures’ Grand Lake Cultural Cuisine food tour: “No one leaves stuffed or starving. Share history. Have fun.”
The company’s food tours focus on neighborhood favorites rather than tourist hot spots, catering especially to locals who want to explore their own environs. Herpich, not a native Oaklander herself, used food to get to know the community when she moved to the Bay Area a few years back. Now, with her pockets full of facts and favorites, she treats her guests (up to 12 per tour) to a good dose of neighborhood lore and stand-out flavors accompanied by ample servings of her own easy charm and charisma.
The eating begins at Barlago, a bar and kitchen specializing in “Italian comfort food.” Its name, literally meaning bar on the lake, is appropriate, given the location’s front-and-center view of what owner Philip Raskin calls “the Oakland Riviera.” We find comfort indeed in an arugula salad topped with goat cheese, bruschetta, and a hearty plate of meatballs, as well as in the restaurant’s casual feel and rustic interior.… Read More
Skip the Utensils
Thrive Dining makes eating easier and keeps
meals tasty for people with medical issues
By Rachel Trachten | Photos by Aaron Draper
At Bayside Park retirement community in Emeryville, a table is set for lunch with no utensils in sight. Some residents here are using Thrive Dining, an alternative for people with medical issues that affect coordination, cognition, chewing, or swallowing. The list ranges from stroke or dementia to Parkinson’s disease or
The basic idea behind Thrive Dining is to transform a plate of freshly prepared food into small hors d’oeuvre–like portions that can be eaten by hand. For example, spaghetti becomes pasta triangles held together with egg and breadcrumbs, and chicken with rice and vegetables becomes chicken turnovers. The food retains both flavor and nutrients, with enough variety to offer five-week menu cycles of three meals daily.
“People finish their food and don’t need anyone to help them.… Read More