Artist Gary Handman doesn’t have an exclusive on suffering through the Shelter at Home order, but his new Journal of the Plague Year, now unfolding on Instagram @ghandman, is a good place to laugh as you commiserate. If you’re interested in more entertainment from the pen of Gary Handman, his story on his hardbound food…

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Kids climbing the walls indoors? Get them out to help in the garden. It might seed a lifelong love of gardening and a better appreciation for nature’s wonders. Joshua Burman Thayer, author of our Gardener’s Notebook, offers tips for gardening with kids. Click here. Many local gardening centers can fill orders for plants and supplies. Look…

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Kristina’s Bookshelf   Start Simple: Eleven Everyday Ingredients for Countless Weeknight Meals By Lukas Volger Harper Wave, 2020   Finding a recipe, making a list of ingredients, then shopping for them doesn’t make a lot of sense right now when many people are trying to shelter in place. In his new vegetarian cookbook, Lukas Volger…

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  Due to the impacts of the coronavirus, public agency StopWaste has extended the application deadline for their Waste Reduction Grants program to April 3 at 5pm. Grants up to $20K are available to businesses and nonprofits for innovative projects that reduce waste in Alameda County. Grant categories include Repair & Reuse, Food Waste Prevention,…

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Kristina’s Bookshelf Tin Can Magic: Simple, Delicious Recipes Using Pantry Staples By Jessica Elliott Dennison (Hardie Grant Books, 2020) If the empty shelves and lines at local food markets are any indication, many of you have cupboards full to bursting with canned foods. If you’re wondering what to do with all those tins of beans,…

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    For meal information on school districts not listed here, check the district website or call for updates.   Alameda Unified Berkeley Unified Hayward Unified Oakland Unified Mt. Diablo Unified West Contra Costa Unified Pleasanton Unified School District Child Nutrition Services Continues Meal Service During School Dismissal: PUSD is committed to continuing to feed…

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  Check out these recent articles: The great lengths some will go for a better flour tortilla. An interview with the founder and attendees of Resistance Served, a symposium that centers the experience of Black and African Americans in the hospitality industry. From our friends at Edible Ojai & Ventura County, a story on the road…

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  Looking for safer ways to get healthy food? Your nearby farmers’ market is a good option, and it’s likely to be open! We’ve been checking in with the markets to learn about evolving decisions on closures and find that most are staying open. However, it’s a good idea to check via market websites and…

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Gardener’s Notebook       We survived the winter and March is here. That means it’s time to take action and shape the scope of our summer gardens. Everything we do in the spring months affects the outcome during the coming growing season.    My mission today is to encourage you to plant Ribes uva-crispa, commonly known as the gooseberry. This larger cousin of the currant is a lovely, lacy, and elegant upright plant that might prick you a little if you grab onto its branches. It…

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