Spring 2016

PLANT FOR PEACE

Growing Together “We plant trees for peace and food justice,” says Mallika Nair, who started the Oakland organization Growing Together in 2013. The group plants fruit trees throughout the city, especially in East Oakland and other underserved areas. “The bigger goal,” says Nair, “is to reforest the city.” Growing Together has planted more than 450…

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Investing in the Youth

MENU OF OPPORTUNITY The Town Kitchen delivers sandos and salads, plus jobs for low-income youth BY RACHEL TRACHTEN | PHOTOS BY CAROLYN FONG With lunch-hour delivery fast approaching, a team of young sous chefs busily assembles a row of boxed salads. Chef Jefferson Sevilla, otherwise engaged, looks up mid-sentence, spies a missing ingredient, and utters a…

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Alameda Bees

AID FOR THE APIS An Alameda grocer is looking out for the bees BY ERIK FERRY | PHOTOS BY OLIVIA VIGO Let’s just face it, there’s nothing better to spread on a slice of artisanal pistachio levain than some fresh, aromatic, local honey. Praised be the baker, and praised be the bee. In case you…

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Foliar feeding in your garden

  FEED IT THROUGH THE LEAVES STORY AND PHOTOS BY JOSHUA BURMAN THAYER In spite of challenges like poor soil and drought, the Bay Area is a great place to grow your own food. Organic gardening practitioners like me are constantly working to build our soil by amending with organic matter and green mulch from…

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Community-Supported Agriculture

 By Jillian Laurel Steinberger Every day, more and more of us look for a connection to our foodshed. At the farmers’ market, we meet our thoughtful, local organic farmers and learn about what they are growing. Or we take it several steps further and become participants in community-supported agriculture (CSA). That term was coined in…

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Learning in the Garden

LIFE LESSONS From the Independent Study Garden BY SAMI MIRZA, 8TH GRADE, BERKELEY INDEPENDENT STUDY PHOTO BY OLIVIA VIGO Imagine you are walking through a typical city neighborhood, grey sidewalks and faded paint surrounding you. Ahead, however, you see a clump of green sticking out. As you approach you realize that it’s a grove of…

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At Camp in the Kitchen

Kids stir up fun and great dishes at Sprouts Cooking Clubs Seventeen eager kids can barely wait to get their hands into the cookie dough set out in bowls on a kitchen counter. The youngsters, ages 7 to 12, are spending their winter break at Sprouts Cooking Club, where they chop, stir, and sauté alongside…

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Good Food Awards

WHAT MAKES GOOD FOOD GOOD? At the start of each new year since 2011, food producers all over the country have waited expectantly to learn how their entries have fared in the Good Food Awards. San Francisco–based Seedlings Projects says the awards “celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic, and…

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A BAY AREA COFFEE HISTORY

THE RIGHT BLEND A history of Bay Area coffee culture By Shanna Farrell | Illustrations by Margo Rivera-Weiss The Pacific Northwest may be one of the most recognized hotbeds of specialty coffee, but the Bay Area gives it some stiff competition. Stemming from San Francisco’s 19th-century history as a port city and building upon foundations…

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Pixie People

An Ojai orchard and its coveted citrus find a following in Berkeley By Sarah Henry Photos and art by Lisa Brenneis The first in a series about the backstory behind East Bay farmers’ market vendors and their sought-after, seasonal bounty. Nothing says the start of a new year quite like citrus season. Meyer lemons, Cara…

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