Have You Been to the Orinda Farmers’ Market?

  On the occasion of this market’s 25th anniversary, come see how this beautiful park-like setting adds to the market’s value as a community gathering place. Stroll through and meet its close-knit community of vendors who work to bring you hyper-fresh food. When farmers can sell directly to consumers, it helps strengthen our local food…

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Emeryville’s Annual Art Exhibition Teams Up with a Favorite Local Dining Destination, October 7–30

  Come enjoy an exhibition featuring the creativity of artists and craftspeople who live and work in Emeryville, California. At the 36th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition—a juried show of over 150 artworks created by 96 Emeryville artists—works range from paintings, sculpture, photographs, and prints to ceramics, glass, textiles, and jewelry. Additional highlights include a site-specific…

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Corks, Forks, Rhythm & Brews at Alameda Point: October 1

  On Saturday, October 1, 1–4pm, Alameda Point’s City Hall West Parade Lawn becomes the site of the island’s annual food and drink festival featuring local wineries, breweries, restaurants, and spirits. This epicurean event and outdoor regional festival showcases the wider Northern California food and drink culture. All proceeds support the Alameda Boys & Girls…

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Nourishing Meals Lift Community Spirits

The Table Catering offers delicious meals with a focus on sustainability By Rachel Trachten   “How do we offer high-quality, farm-to-table meals that are accessible to a broad audience while honoring our farmers, our team members, and our own expertise?” Nicole Callis and her chef husband, Peter Callis, try to answer that question each day…

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A Cool-Season Trio to Seed in September

Gardener’s Notebook by Joshua Burman Thayer     Your summer crops are winding down and the first autumn rains have come to the Bay Area. That means it’s time to reload the gaps and edges of your patch with cool-season veggies. These three are easy to grow from seed. Radishes are easy to sprout and quick…

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Learn the Secrets of Dill Pickles and Sauerkraut at Berkeley Hort, September 24

  Join Elizabeth Vecchiarelli, the owner of Preserved in Oakland, as she demonstrates how to make the most of your veggie garden by fermenting nutrient-dense probiotic pickles. Enjoy the magic as Elizabeth makes sauerkraut and New York deli-style dill pickles. Come learn about the history, nutritive value, and basic techniques of fermented pickling. This event is…

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The Decolonized Kitchen: Indigenous foodways, ethnobotany, and cooking, September 17 in Oakland

  The Decolonized Kitchen is a gathering focused on Indigenous foodways, ethnobotany, and cooking. Maribel Garcia leads a morning of connection and reclamation while teaching about our native plant relatives. This two-hour session includes a discussion, presentation, and tepary bean salad cook-along. Maribel is a descendent of the Purépecha people from the state of Michoacán,…

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Back to (Pretzel) School at Squabisch Bakery in Berkeley

  Come out to Squabisch Bakery on a Tuesday evening to learn how to make authentic German soft pretzels. You’ll glean a bit of German culinary culture as you learn how to form, dip, and bake pretzels at one of these twice-monthly, hour-and-a-half-long hands-on classes. You also get to eat your creations with the group…

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Farm Fest Brings Finance Back Down to Earth: August 28

  Join a group of entrepreneurs, investors, and food activists on August 28 for an outdoor event on a working farm in Petaluma. Slow Money’s Farm Fest at Tara Firma Farms offers a chance to network and learn about the impact of investing on sustainable food and ag businesses. The festival includes farm tours, a…

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Tomato Tasting at Berkeley Horticultural Nursery: August 27

    Come to Berkeley Horticultural Nursery on August 27 for a tomato tasting event part of the 100th Anniversary festivities. “We had to put this off for the past two years for obvious reasons,” says a spokesperson for Berkeley Hort. “Our goal is to have at least 10 different varieties—from heirlooms to hybrids—to sample…

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Art in the Nursery: August 6

  Edible East Bay will be well represented on Saturday, August 6, 11am–3pm, at Art in the Nursery, one of Berkeley Horticultural Nursery’s many 100th Anniversary Celebration events. Spend a lovely afternoon with the art, the artists, and the nursery’s beautiful greenery as you enjoy live music by Montalvo Strings. Art in the Nursery August…

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How to Hug a Hügel: July 21 Workshop at Cloverfield Organic Farm

While you can’t actually hug a hügel, you can learn about this bio-intensive garden-building technique while helping to build a hügel at Cloverfield Organic Farm in El Sobrante on Thursday, July 21 during the farm’s Summer Volunteer Workshop. Susan Truscott, who founded this small u-pick farm in 2011, explains that building a hügel is a…

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Sprout Your Fall Seeds in Coconut Coir Fiber

Gardener’s Notebook by Joshua Burman Thayer When midsummer brings loads of tomatoes and zucchini into your weekly harvest bowl, it’s time to start planting for fall. Back in the day, I used to sprout seeds in black garden soil, but I would often lose up to half my sprouts to dampening off (a horticultural condition caused…

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Are Pests or Pesticides the Problem? Learn more on July 8

  In this virtual program by the Sierra Club SF Chapter, Angel Garcia, Organizing Director with Californians for Pesticide Reform, speaks on the need to reduce pesticide use as a critical environmental health and environmental justice issue. Californians for Pesticide Reform Virtual Program Friday, July 8, 7:30pm Register here for link to attend  

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Reduce Your Plastics Footprint During Plastic-Free July!

  An international effort, Plastic-Free July began in Western Australia in 2011 to raise awareness and seek lasting solutions to the crisis of plastic pollution. In 2017, the City of Berkeley joined the effort when it declared July a “Plastic-Free Month.” Each year since 2017, Berkeley’s Ecology Center has welcomed the public with Plastic-Free July events…

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Get Academic with Your Local Food Interests

  Explore your local community through the lens of food and agriculture and take a deep dive into the social issues surrounding agriculture, such as food sovereignty, accessibility, and justice at this Merritt College course, which runs August 22 through December 17, 2022 at the campus in Oakland. Learn more about cultural and traditional foods…

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Midsummer Garden Bed Reload

By Joshua Burman Thayer Your tomatoes are in, your beans are climbing tall, your squash is creeping wider by the day. Time to sit back? Well, maybe it’s a good time to assess spots in your garden where you can plant more food. Check around the edges and margins and you may find good places…

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Call for Art: July 15 deadline

  The Bankhead Gallery is seeking artwork that captures the central place that all things fermented and distilled play in our lives, including the beauty of the growing areas, the excitement of the fermentation process, and the pleasures at the table. Called FERMENT, this spirited exhibition, produced by Livermore Valley Arts, will be on display at…

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Send Me to Seaweed Camp!

  “Do you like your food super fresh and your outdoor experiences rugged with plenty of nature connection, exercise, cool science, and brisk open air? Then you might enjoy a weekend of seaweed foraging with community herbalist, nutrition consultant, gardener, permaculturalist, ethnobotanist, licensed commercial kelp harvester, and longtime Berkeleyite, Tanya Stiller,” wrote Edible East Bay…

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Bring in the Pollinators! Free Webinar, June 9

  In addition to bees and butterflies, the insects, birds, and mammals that pollinate plants are vital to sustaining our food supply and ecosystems. Come learn who these garden visitors are, how to create environments to attract and protect them, and see the wide variety of nectar and pollen-rich flowers you can plant in your…

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Fermentation Legend Sandor Katz Hits the Bay Area!

  In his two decades of worldwide travel, Katz has been teaching and learning about the many fascinating and delicious techniques humans have developed for fermenting foods. Wherever he’s gone, he has gleaned valuable insights into the cultures and traditions of local and indigenous peoples, whether they make familiar ferments like sauerkraut or less common…

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Learn to grow organic herbs in outdoor containers, May 22 in Berkeley

  Want to harvest herbs at your doorstep? It’s easy to grow fresh, thyme, oregano, parsley, and more in outdoor herb containers. Join certified landscape designer Patricia St. John (a former teacher at the Merritt College Landscape Horticulture department) for a planting demonstration at Berkeley Hort. You’ll find out which herbs do well in containers,…

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Flight of the Salsas, May 15 online class

Here’s  a salsa double header: First, join Chef Alison Mountford on Sunday, May 15 as she takes on the challenge of creating four kinds of salsa without fresh tomatoes. In this online class, she’ll demo making roasted chipotle, salsa verde with avocado, pico de gallo, and pineapple habanero salsas. Next, taste these salsas and more good…

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Feast in a Basket: a Regenerative Culinary Experience, May 19

  Sit back at home and savor an exquisite supper curated by Alice Waters of Chez Panisse as you tune in for a unique culinary experience, presentation, and panel discussion on cultivating a climate-friendly food system. The Feast Alice Waters has put together is a basket of farmers’ market provisions plus a prepared soup and…

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Have You Suffered These Garden Indignities? Tune in May 12

  Join the Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program for this special webinar about how to manage common spring garden pests. You will learn how to identify, reduce, or even prevent common problem pests in the garden and home, including leaf- sucking insects, slugs, ravenous rodents, and more! This class is for gardeners of all levels.…

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Planning Your Medicinal + Pollinator Herb Garden

  Learn how to plan, plant, and enjoy a medicinal + pollinator-friendly herb garden. This recorded class from Anna Beauchemin of East Bay Herbals focuses on herbs that are easy to grow in pots and raised beds. You’ll learn that many of our most common kitchen herbs and spices are powerhouses in the medicinal world…

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Springtime in Italy Virtual Cooking Class, May 14

  Celebrate spring with a cooking class exploring foods of springtime in Italy. Join Chef Maria Capdevielle for an afternoon of learning, laughter, and delicious food. You’ll make asparagus risotto and lemon budino. A week before the class, you will receive a shopping and equipment list, prep instructions, and a link to the virtual classroom.…

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Food Forests Book Event with Joshua Burman Thayer, May 14

  Come for this one-hour lecture and discussion with the author and break bread on light refreshments provided by host Dig Deep Farms Permaculture Collective. The event is a fundraiser for this nonprofit, and you’ll take home your own signed copy of Food Forests for First Timers!   Food Forests for First Timers Book Event…

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The California Artisan Cheese Festival is Back In-Person, May 7

  California’s premier cheese festival, the California Artisan Cheese Festival, is returning on Saturday May 7, 2022, for a one-day in-person event! Cheese-lovers from across the Bay Area will be able to sample products from over 60 award-winning cheesemakers, winemakers, breweries, and crafters of other local artisan goods at this 16th annual festival for the senses. This…

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Medicinal Plant Walk in Dimond Park, May 7

  Are you curious about medicinal plants and where they grow? Join clinical herbalist and permaculturist Maria del Carmen Cortez (Carmen) for an hour of exploration in Oakland’s Dimond Park. Learn to identify medicinal plants like dandelion, plantain, yarrow, willow, blackberry, and mugwort as Carmen discusses they use by herbalists. The group will meet at…

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Diet for a Small Planet author at Bay Area Book Festival, May 7 & 8

  After two years of virtual programming, the Bay Area Book Festival returns to Downtown Berkeley on May 7 and 8 with some of the most perceptive, spellbinding, lauded authors and thinkers of today, writing in many genres and representing a wide diversity of backgrounds appearing on indoor and outdoor stages and via livestream. Literary exhibitors,…

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What is Mantecare? Find Out as You Make This Spring Pasta Dish

  BY ALEXANDER CHRISTIANO* On a recent sunny stroll through the Berkeley Farmers’ Market, I meandered past stalls with seasonal flowers and irresistible prepared foods before stumbling upon the Riverdog Farm stand, where the season’s full spring bounty was on display. There were bundles of vibrantly green asparagus, mounds of fresh fava beans, and an…

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Lamorinda AVA’s Five-Plus-One-Year Anniversary Celebration, May 1

  Covid delayed the community event celebrating the five-year anniversary of the Lamorinda Agricultural Viticulture Area (AVA), but we’re pleased as pinot to share the news of this celebration, which goes one year better on May 1, 2022, noon-6pm, at Wine Thieves in Lafayette. The May 1 ticketed public tasting event celebrates Lamorinda wines and…

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Full Exposure to Full Belly Farm, April 23

  Spend a day in the beautiful Capay Valley north of Davis, California, learning from farmers Dru Rivers and Paul Muller about the myriad of ways their Full Belly Farm has morphed over 40 years to become a diverse vegetable, flower, fruit, grain, animal, value added, and educational center using simple tools and innovative techniques on…

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Foraging and Cocktails: a fundraising walk and party, April 27

  Join Herbicide Free Campus (HFC) and Professor Philip Stark on Wednesday, April 27, 6–8:30pm for a foraging walk in Berkeley, followed by an evening of community + cocktails—made with the plants you foraged!—at a cocktail party in a beautiful Berkeley home overlooking the Bay. A draw to the event is the chance to spend…

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Benicia & Vallejo Food Forest Tours, April 23

  Have you ever seen a food forest? Are you interested in growing your own food or want to replace your lawn with a more sustainable landscape? Tour several demonstration gardens filled with food-producing plants fed by secondary water (roof water and/or laundry-to-landscape greywater system) in Benicia and Vallejo. You’ll learn simple techniques that you…

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Can We Solve the Plastics Problem?

  In two new reports, the Alliance of Mission Based Recyclers (AMBR) firmly opposes “chemical recycling” policies and pending legislation in several states. Chemical recycling technologies use heat, chemical reactions, or both to break down used plastics into raw materials for new plastic, fuel, or other chemicals. Martin Bourque, AMBR founder and director of the…

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Cal Students Welcome the Community for Earth Week Gardening Events, April 15 & 18

  Roll up your sleeves and head over to the UC Berkeley campus as students involved in the Herbicide-Free Campus (HFC) movement welcome the community to two upcoming events featuring herbicide-free gardening. Help students create a space where bees and pollinators will thrive on the April 15 Pollinator Garden Planting Day hosted in collaboration with Haas Sustainability.…

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What’s in Season: Spring Onions!

  Our “What’s in Season” writer Barbara Kobsar made an early April trip out to Brentwood’s Hipolito family and their Berry Best Farm. She was checking in for jam-making ingredients when she spotted these beautiful spring onions, which the farmers’ grandson Logan was helping to pile up at the farm stand. Barbara plans to enjoy…

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#Tomatoes4Ukraine Tomato Plant Sale at MariLark Farms, Berkeley, April 16

  Grow your own food while helping to feed others! You can help provide freshly made meals for Ukrainian refugees when you purchase heirloom tomato plants at Berkeley’s MariLark Farms. All proceeds will be donated to World Central Kitchen, which serves meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises. #Tomatoes4Ukraine Saturday April 16, 11am–2pm…

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What’s at Your Farmers’ Market This Week? Green Almonds

    During this first week in April, pickers at Brentwood’s famed Frog Hollow Farm are choosing a small quantity of the farm’s organic Independence almonds to harvest at an immature stage when this drupe fruit looks like a small green apricot. The farm’s resident chef, Mario Hernandez, describes green almonds as “tart, crunchy, and juicy,”…

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Watch How the Goats Help Make Wine at Frey Vineyards

  You appreciate wine, right? And you’re interested in learning more about regenerative agriculture? How about cute animal videos? Watch Molly Frey talk about how her family’s playful grazing goats benefit their biodynamic gardens and vineyards in Mendocino. Here’s the link to Frey’s YouTube video. And if you want more valuable information about how the goats…

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Seeds Are Essential: Swap and Celebrate at Events on April 2 and 9

April 2 Seed Swap The Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) resumes its popular Seed Swap at the Saturday Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market. You’ll find free educational resources for sustainable gardening and seed saving, as well as a space to connect and learn with other local gardeners. Come share your seeds with BASIL and community…

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Make Eggs, Not War

  Pysanky, a Ukrainian tradition, are empty eggshells covered with elaborate, colorful decorations inscribed in wax. The beautiful shells remind us about the fragility of life. For nearly 20 years, Oakland architect Marcie Gutierrez has hosted an annual spring pysanky-making gathering at her home. This year, her longtime friends Michelle Hlubinka and Casondra Sobieralski suggested…

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Sweet & Savory Tarts Virtual Baking Class, April 16

  Join Chef Maria Capdevielle for a beginner’s baking class where you’ll learn professional but easy techniques as you make an apple galette and spinach-ricotta turnovers. A week before the class, you will receive a shopping and equipment list, prep instructions, and a link to the virtual classroom. During the class, you will cook along…

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Orange vs. Red: a Tasting of Experimental Wines, April 13

  Experience a rare opportunity to taste experimental wines with industry experts and graduate researcher James Campbell, who produced two wines that illustrate naturally occurring pigments’ effect on tannins. The event opens as Campbell discusses the research with Dr. Andrew Waterhouse, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology, and is followed…

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Growing Food the Eco-Friendly Way: Webinar April 14

  Concerned about water use and pests? Learn how you can successfully grow an abundance of food the eco-friendly way, using water most efficiently and managing pest problems using alternatives that are healthier for your family and better for the environment. This webinar, offered by the Clean Water Program Alameda County in collaboration with Our Water Our World, is ideal for any level of…

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Ceramic Artists Set the Table at ACCI Gallery, March 19 reception

  Berkeley’s ACCI Gallery presents “A Place at the Table,” a unique exhibit that interprets the idea of “place” and the visual connection between food and ceramics in works by regional ceramic artists. The juried show is curated by Bay Area artist and writer Maria Porges, who describes her selection process as follows: “I considered both the idea…

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Learn How to Cook Right From Your Fridge, March 26

  Want to cook something yummy without going to the store? Chef Alison Mountford of Ends & Stems shows how to cook frittata and pizza, two of her favorite “from the fridge” recipes. She talks about how easy it can be to reduce your food waste by keeping track of what’s in your refrigerator and…

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A Unique Online Archaeological Garden Talk, April 11

  Tune in April 11 at noon for a fascinating online lecture offered by the UC Botanical Garden. “Finding Solace in the Soil: The Archaeology of Gardens and Gardeners at Colorado’s Japanese American Incarceration Camp,” is an online lunchtime lecture by Dr. Bonnie J. Clark (University of Denver). During World War II, Americans of Japanese…

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Blossom Bathing at Masumoto Family Farm through March 13

  Masumoto Family Farm welcomes the public for a blossom bathing experience amid the peach, apricot, and nectarine trees at their farm in Del Ray. The fruit tree blossoms are especially magnificent during the coming two-to-three-week period  as the trees, certified organic peaches, nectarines, and apricots (plus grapes for raisins), undergo fertilization. Blossom Bathing is…

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Breaking Bread at the Albany Twin through February 22, 2022

In her documentary, Breaking Bread, (showing at the Albany Twin Theater through Tuesday, February 22), director Beth Elise Hawk tells the story of the A-Sham Festival, a three-day annual food celebration in Haifa, Israel. Hawk set out to show how food can build bridges between communities and remind the people of the region that they…

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Leafy Greens: How to Store and Cook Them, Feb 26, online

  Join Chef Alison Mountford of Ends & Stems for an online class on how to maximize the life of our greens and cook them in appealing ways. When we purchase leafy greens fresh and store them correctly, there’s more time to enjoy them and less chance that we’ll have to throw them away. This…

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Seed Swap at MariLark Farms, Berkeley, Feb 26

  If you need some seeds to get your garden started or have some to share, stop by this lovely home-based farm in the Berkeley hills on February 26. MariLark Farms owner Charlie Costello says he’s using the concept of “It takes a village” as he brings people together to support one another in many…

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Soil Basics for Healthy Gardens, March 10

  All gardeners rely on healthy soil for beautiful, pest-free gardens. Learn to build and maintain nutrient-rich soil and find out why healthy soil supports plant growth, reduction of pests, and more efficient use of water. This free webinar, presented by the Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program, is for gardeners of all levels. The Clean Water Program is…

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Bake Sale for Ukraine, order by March 7

Again, the humble bake sale comes to the rescue when we are feeling powerless. Join Annelies Zijderveld in a tasty way to donate to the International Rescue Committee with their focus on helping Ukrainians survive and rebuild their lives by enjoying some handmade conchas and conchinitos here at home. Preorder here by March 7 for…

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Cheers to National Absinthe Day, March 5

  Toast National Absinthe Day on March 5 with a Verte. It’s made by combining equal parts Absinthia Absinthe Verte, Campari, and vermouth. Stir and strain over a large ice cube and garnish with an orange slice. This cocktail was created by Absinthia Vermut, an Oakland gal who acquired that storybook name as she was…

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Meet the East Bay’s 2022 Good Food Awards Winners

  The Good Food Awards represent both superior taste and responsible practices, recognizing the value of craftsmanship and flavor as well as social and environmental responsibility. Nearly 200 winners are selected annually in a blind tasting from over 2,000 entries submitted from all 50 states. Congratulations to these East Bay winners of the 2022 Good…

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Do You Need Funding for a Waste-Prevention Project?

  Attend a free webinar on January 20, 4–5pm, to learn about StopWaste grants to Alameda County businesses and nonprofits, including many for food-category projects. Applications are due by February 25. This new cycle of grant funding in five categories is related to innovation in waste prevention. A total of $700,000 is available to Alameda…

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It’s Never Over Till It’s Over

Oliveto—1986–2021—An appreciation by L. John Harris   It’s Never Over Till It’s Over: Oliveto Restaurant and Café closed its doors for good on New Year’s Eve, 2021 after 35 years in business in Rockridge. But for me it’s just the beginning of a new chapter in a very long relationship with the restaurant, and with…

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Are Weeds Invading Your Garden?

Our gardens are loving the recent rains—but so do the weeds! If you’re seeing dandelion, crabgrass, annual bluegrass, and other weeds sprouting up, learn what steps to take now to ensure fewer weeds all year long. Why reach for toxic herbicides when you can use organic, eco-friendly techniques for safe and effective weed management? Alameda…

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The “Stock Market”: an Online Soup Class

  Ends & Stems founder Chef Alison Mountford returns for her first Ecology Center class of 2022 with more great ideas on how you can reduce your food waste! Using seasonal vegetables, you’ll learn how to make homemade soup stocks (vegetable and chicken), and turn them into hearty minestrone and creamy vegetable soups. The “Stock…

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What is a Food Forest?

  Imagine a dense, multilayered garden hosting a wide diversity of food-producing plants. The permaculture practitioners who like to create such gardens model them after healthy natural forest environments. That’s where they go looking for clues on how to establish and maintain a healthy plant community. A food forest can provide a long-lasting food system…

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Spirits to Lift Our Spirits

  With winter solstice upon us, we decided we needed to spike up our Winter Wassail recipe, so we wandered over to Wine on Piedmont at 4183 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland and asked Adriana Fabbro what she would pour into such a drink. “It would be Home Base Bourbon Batch 22, one of our local favorites,”…

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An East Bay Urban Farm Tour: January 14

The East Bay has some of the most diverse and advanced urban ag projects in the country, and on this bus tour, you’ll get to visit and experience hands-on activities at six notable projects (plus enjoy a plant-based lunch with seasonal ingredients). You’ll see how urban agriculture goes far beyond backyard gardens and community plots…

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Simple Recipes for Complex Times

  A member of Edible East Bay’s editorial team for many years, artist Helen Krayenhoff has a fall tradition of creating an illustrated book each year. This time, it’s a small, colorful cookbook with 12 simple vegetarian recipes that she’s illustrated with watercolors. The recipes were created with Sandy Sonnenfelt, an expert olive oil taster…

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A Raw Cannabis Culinary Delight

  By Nicole Riggs “I got into fresh-infused foods when a friend of mine sent a recipe for making bhang tea with fresh ganja,” recalls Sunshine Cereceda, a well-known small-farm cannabis cultivator in Humboldt County. “Well, shoot!” I thought, “I have fresh ganja in my backyard, I’m going to make it.” She ground up the…

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Oakland’s Freedom Farmers’ Market Goes Year Round

  This exciting multicultural market in Oakland’s Temescal district, which features produce from Black and other under-served farmers, has now gone year round. Come on the second Saturday each month for delicious, affordable, chemical-free fruits and veggies grown in California. Stay for activities like a sweet potato pie tasting, live music, chess championship, trash fashion…

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Outdoor Olive Oil Tasting — December 11 at Rockridge Market Hall

  Taste some of California’s best new olive oils at Market Hall Foods, Oakland, Saturday December 11, noon–2pm. Meet the makers, producers (including Samir from the Olive Truck), and olive oil experts, discuss harvest news, milling innovations, and the differences in varieties. Taste and enjoy a 10% discount on these new oils from Bondolio, CaliVirgin,…

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Shop the Good Food Awards Pop Up!

  The Good Food Foundation has announced its finalists for the 2022 Good Food Awards and created this opportunity to shop from 150 of these celebrated makers. Through November 14, the Good Food Awards Finalists Pop-up Shop is live, with an outstanding selection of food and drink items. Shipping costs are included and revenues from…

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Learn to Make Fire Cider: December 6

  A traditional herbal remedy, fire cider has become a staple in the herbal health world. It’s a go-to elixir for supporting the immune system throughout the winter months. This easy-to-make recipe can be crafted using simple kitchen ingredients and can be taken by the whole family. Join East Bay Herbals on December 6 for…

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Outdoor Botanica and Learning at Sol Root Farm | 11/6/21

  Join the folks at Sol Root Farm to learn about caring for plant allies, farming according to the lunar cycles, and working with plants for health and wellness. Herbal products at the outdoor botanica include simple tea blends, Rosemary herb wands, herbal balms to nourish your skin, and more. Sol Root Farm Pop-up Saturday…

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Foraged Holiday Wreath Workshop: December 4

  Yolanda Burrell of Pollinate and Helena Sylvester of Happy Acre Farm invite you to the Happy Acre olive orchard to make your own gorgeous natural holiday wreath. The two have foraged a load of local natural materials perfect for wreath making, and they will tell you all about these plants as they speak about the…

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The Local Butcher Shop Celebrates 10 Years and a Big Transition

  Celebrate with The Local Butcher Shop as the business arrives at a milestone anniversary and transitions shop ownership to the employee team. The shop’s philosophies about sourcing environmentally responsible meat and fostering a transparent, respectful workplace will continue as strong as ever. Take part in the fun and enjoy beef sliders, samples, live music, and a…

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Ghouls and Goblins in the Kitchen

  Join food writer and cook Annelies Zijderveld for a class that will make your kitchen smell like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Bake scrumptious, scary Spiderweb Cupcakes, mix up some Matcha Peanut Butter Cups, and top things off with spooky Fig Spiders and Ghosts. Young kids are welcome to participate with an adult; teens can come…

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Tune in for a Talk on Decolonizing Mainstream Food Culture

  Celebrated food activists Rowen White and Jocelyn Jackson join Real Foods Real Stories (RFRS) for a conversation on decolonizing mainstream food culture. Rowen is a Mohawk seed keeper, farmer, and activist, and Jocelyn is a Black cook-activist, artist, and cofounder of the People’s Kitchen Collective. The two will explore food culture and the way…

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October Ain’t Over Yet, So Let’s Talk Beer

  East Brother Beer Company and Book Passage present a conversation between Jeff Alworth, author of The Beer Bible: Second Edition and Paul Liszewski, head brewer at East Brother Beer Company. First, enjoy a guided tasting of four of East Brother Beer’s classic styles, followed by an audience Q&A. Ticket holders will receive a signed…

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New Classes Pop Up at Biofuel Oasis

  Biofuel Oasis is offering three pop-up classes open to the public: In Botanical Drawing, you’ll learn how to draw seed pods and flowers with artist Susan Lorraine. Bring a pad, pencil, eraser, and pen. A gardening class with Biofuel’s intern, Ellie, focuses on growing sprouts and microgreens. The third class is a double header:…

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An Olive Oil Festival for Garden Lovers: November 20

  Spend an afternoon at the UC Davis Olive Center celebrating the fall olive harvest with an olio nuovo tasting, an olive oil food pairings demo, a self-guided garden tour, and a gardening workshop. The centerpiece of the event is a special olive oil made in collaboration with the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and the…

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Olive Crush Festival in Capay Valley | November 13 & 14, 2021

  At this time each year, Séka Hills celebrates the transformation of their estate olives into a seasonal treasure, olio nuovo. This special olive oil, with its bold, bright, and distinct flavor, is a reward of the harvest that represents the work and dedication of the past and the promise of a bountiful future. At…

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Plan Your Thanksgiving as a Thank You to the Earth at this 11/14/21 class

  Join Chef Alison Mountford for ideas on creating an earth-friendly, sustainable Thanksgiving. Get great tips on shopping lists, portion planning, table settings, zero-waste cooking, food storage, and using up leftovers. Learn the details of roasting a turkey and preparing delicious alternatives to turkey. This class should help you enjoy a holiday with less stress and more…

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Turn Holiday Classics into Healing Meals 11/16/21 class

  Learn creative ways to enhance classic holiday dishes, simply by utilizing healing herbs and spices. This online session will go over the medicinal value of classic holiday herbs and spices and teach students how to use them intentionally in their holiday cooking. Students receive a holiday e-recipe book and take part in a tea…

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Fall Festival on an Alameda Farm 11/13/21

      Alameda Point Collaborative Farm welcomes the public to a Fall Festival to enjoy apple tasting, pumpkin painting and carving, a petting zoo, and many fall treats. Members of the Food Shift team will be there to showcase their newest product, dog treats made with human-grade ingredients, including brewery spent grains. This is…

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Javelins & Jack-o-Lanterns at Tomales Bay

  Nick’s Cove hosts its second annual Javelins & Jack-o-Lanterns at Tomales Bay. Come carve pumpkins and watch the sun set as the jack-o-lanterns come to life atop javelins set against the hauntingly beautiful backdrop of Tomales Bay. A spooky good time is guaranteed for all at this free, community event. Javelins & Jack-o-Lanterns Sunday…

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Justice for Black Farmers Online Event

    The introduction of the Justice for Black Farmers Act in 2020 and the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act of 2021 was the first time many Americans learned about the historical and ongoing discrimination against farmers of African descent by local farm service agencies and private entities like banks. Yet, it was…

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Learn to Make Focaccia

Join Italian chef Maria Teresa Capdevielle online on October 23, 11am, and learn how to make this popular Italian flatbread using a variety of seasonal ingredients. You’ll make two flatbreads: sage with parmigiano and pesto with artichoke. This is an online class via zoom. A week before the class, you will receive a shopping and…

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What Steps Can Community Leaders Take Toward Food Justice?

    Tune in for this discussion about social justice and food justice issues with effective solutions presented by a group of BIPOC community leaders. Bay Area nonprofit Acterra talks with Nikia Durgin and Jeneba Kilgore from Mandela Grocery Cooperative, who will highlight local solutions they’ve implemented in Oakland. Topics covered include grocery cooperatives, access…

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Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter and Sage

  Learn to make this Italian fall classic and three other dishes at “An Italian Fall Farmer’s Table,” an online class offered by Chef Maria Capdevielle. Bring the flavors of the Italian countryside to your kitchen with this online class offered by East Bay chef Maria Capdevielle. You will learn how to make pasta from…

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Tomato Day and Pumpkin Festival at Smith Family Farm, Brentwood

  September 25 is Tomato Day at Smith Family Farm in Brentwood. It’s also the official opening to the farm’s Pumpkin Patch, which runs through October 31. “We invite guest chefs—often ones that have used our tomatoes for many years in their restaurants—to sample some of their favorite dishes, and we have an heirloom sampling…

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Fruits of Labor on Screen at The New Parkway Theater

Directed by Emily Cohen Ibañez, Fruits of Labor is the story of an American teen in an agricultural town on California’s central coast. ICE raids in her community threaten to separate her family, and she must become the breadwinner. Her dreams of graduating from high school are disrupted by long days of work in the…

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Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition Celebrates 35 Years

  View over 200 pieces of artwork by 85 Emeryville artists at the 35th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition, which begins October 1 with its opening reception and continues through October 31, Thursday through Sunday. The East Bay enclave of Emeryville is well known for its active and diverse arts community, and this juried exhibition serves…

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Call for Mushroom Poster Art

  The call is out for a poster design to represent the Mycological Society of San Francisco’s 50th Golden Jubilee Revival Fungus Fair. Art submissions are due by September 22, and the winner will be announced in late October. The contest winner will be awarded $250. After a three-year hiatus due to Covid and other…

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Food Changemakers Share Stories about a Future of Plenty

    Real Food Real Stories serves up this intriguing question: How can we meet this moment of unprecedented upheaval in our food system with long-term visions of abundance, equity, justice, and care? Join three food changemakers to hear their personal stories and ideas about a future of plenty. Speakers include Afrofuturist writer, food scholar,…

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How the Golden State Warriors Teamed Up with Pollinate Farm

  By Rachel Trachten It’s a little circuitous, but here’s a story of how the Golden State Warriors became part of a team of volunteers helping Yolanda Burrell of Pollinate Farm find new footing during the challenging summer of 2020. It was during the chaotic month of July, 2020 that Burrell, co-founder of East Oakland’s Pollinate…

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Wrap it Up with Beeswax!

Learn to make useful, planet-friendly gifts and gift wrap. A great alternative to plastic cling wrap and plastic bags, beeswax wrap is washable and reusable and offers an easy way to reduce plastic pollution and help others do the same. Gather the ingredients yourself from the list you’ll receive when you register, or pre-pay and…

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Fall Gardening Essentials

  In this free webinar, local IPM expert Suzanne Bontempo talks about why fall is the best time to plant. You’ll also learn out how to keep pests like ants, rats, and mice away from your home and garden.  This webinar is part of a series sponsored by the Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program, working…

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Make Mead, Fast!

  Got extra honey? Traditional meads need a year or more to age, but it’s possible to speed up the process and have mead that is drinkable in one month. Learn how at this Biofuel Oasis class with Jim Vetch, a Berkeley beekeeper who has been making fast mead for years and experimenting with different ingredients…

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Gravensteins Guarded by Bobcat

Photos courtesy of Laura’s Apples “Gravensteins are amazing apples,” says Laura Cheever, who has a bumper crop of them headed to Oakland from her organic orchard in Sonoma County.  “They’re sweet, tart, crispy, and juicy,” she adds. “A bite fills your whole palate with flavor. They make excellent pies, juice, sauce, dried apples, and hard cider.”…

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Summer Fruit Tree Pruning with John Valenzuela

  Biofuel Oasis Cooperative hosts leading local horticultural expert John Valenzuela on Saturday, August 28, 1–4pm at the Bancroft Community Garden in Berkeley for a hands-on best-practices class on fruit tree pruning. Winter-only pruning encourages trees to respond with excessive growth, while summer pruning and training maintains an accessible height, and better fruiting, with less…

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More Food, Fewer Garden Pests

  Summer veggies rely on nutrient-rich, healthy soil and good growing conditions to stay vigorous and produce high yields. Learn techniques that help prevent pests and disease instead of relying on harmful chemicals, and grow an abundance of food for a season-long harvest. This webinar is part of a series sponsored by the Alameda Countywide…

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California’s New Bill on Plastic Cutlery

    A New Bill Bans Plastic Utensils with Food Delivery Except Upon Request By Rachel Trachten Ever opened a bag of takeout food to find plastic utensils, paper napkins, and tiny packets of ketchup and mustard you don’t need and didn’t ask for? That will be happening a lot less once California enacts legislation…

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Mending Matters Outdoor Sewing Workshop

  Berkeley’s Biofuel Oasis hosts this three-hour outdoor workshop where you’ll learn a Japanese technique of visible mending and patching aimed at repairing and reusing ripped clothes rather than throwing them away. Mending is a meditative and slow-paced activity that can serve to soothe us in our often-busy lives. This workshop will allow mending beginners…

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Cooking with Grapes

  Enjoy this little national tour of grape recipes from Edible Communities magazines starting with a favorite from Edible East Bay.   Crispy Chicken Legs with Zante Grape Panzanella from Edible East Bay   Grits Roasted Pork and Grapes in Honey Balsamic from Edible Nashville   Monica’s Grape Pie from Edible Finger Lakes   Spiced…

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How Do You Make a Tomato? A Talk and Tasting

  Indie tomato breeder Fred Hempel discusses his newest tomato varieties, Blush and Green Bee, at a talk and tasting called Blush and Green Bee: Unconventional Tomatoes Bred by Traditional Partnerships. “These are unconventional tomatoes bred by traditional partnerships,” says Hempel, who developed the new varieties in partnerships with his two kids. Alex helped with…

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Freedom Farmers Market Reopens July 17, 2021!

  Join this multicultural celebration of community building each Saturday, 9am–2pm at the corner of Shattuck Ave and 46th Street in the Temescal Business District. Now in its 8th year, the Freedom Farmers’ Marketplace is a multi-cultural market bringing Black farmers and other socially disadvantaged farmers to the Bay Area for a direct-to-consumer selling experience. On market…

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Join the Pushback on Plastics!

  The pandemic led to a spike in single-use plastics, with the plastics industry stirring up fear about the safety of reusables. While their efforts succeeded in rolling back progress toward reducing disposable goods, it’s time to push back. To celebrate Plastic-free July, the Berkeley Ecology Center is offering a variety of events to teach…

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Dumplings in the Steamer and a Singer on the Roof

Singer-songwriter Holly Tzeigon-Whitaker of Kalinders performed from the roof over Akshay Prabhu’s Bao House for the home-cooked-food restaurant’s soft opening on July 1.   Imagine strolling around a corner in your own residential neighborhood and ducking through a hidden gate to arrive at a tiny and distinctive restaurant venue. A folk-rock musician sings soulful originals…

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Can Ramírez Farm be Saved?

  We recently found ourselves tossed back 10 years in time while driving among the apartment complexes and business parks near the Fremont BART station. Suddenly there was this soothing green growing island: lush rows of corn, thriving pepper, tomatillo, and tomato plants, and thick beds of sunflowers and cosmos. Was this heaven? Had we…

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Reuse Rising

  We first got to know the Re-Up Refill Shop as one of several residents at O2 Artisans Aggregate (O2AA), a former industrial site in West Oakland run by artisans with interests in environmental activism, who also looked for ways to reduce, reuse, and repurpose their on-site generated waste. The Re-Up Refill Shop was a…

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What’s a Step Beyond Organics? Biodynamics!

  Longtime readers of Edible East Bay may remember Willow Summer, founder of West Oakland’s City Slicker Farm and a leader with many other Bay Area urban farming projects. She grew up gardening with her dad in West Sonoma County, and returned there to farm with her husband Lew at their Three Springs Community Farm,…

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Drought Proof Your Garden

  When drought conditions persist for long periods of time, it can significantly impact plant health in a number of ways. Lack of water limits a plant’s ability to produce food, and stressed plants are more prone to attract pests. Excessive heat can also accelerate the reproduction time of pests. But there are simple garden management…

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Study Agroecology and Herbal Medicine at Gill Tract Farm

  Get your hands in the dirt! Check out these in-depth in-person learning experiences offered at Gill Tract Farm in Albany this summer. Introduction to Urban Agroecology Learn about the farm’s agroecological practices, such as intercropping, composting, cover cropping, hedgerows, pollinator plants, and building seed banks. Multiple members of the farm community will give demonstrations,…

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Urban Adamah Reopens with a Lively Afternoon on the Farm

  Get your hands in the soil and reconnect with the land at this outdoors, masked, in-person event.  Help out with farm chores ranging from prepping beds to sifting compost. Lend a hand preparing healthy hot meals for delivery to those experiencing housing insecurity in Berkeley and Oakland, and please bring food staples to donate…

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Looking for a Meaningful Career with a Close Relationship to Nature?

  Looking for a more meaningful career that brings people at risk in closer touch with nature? Check out the nonprofit Insight Garden Program, which is currently seeking Northern California team members passionate about providing trauma-informed programming in prisons, growing gardens, environmental education, “inner gardening,” and also able to navigate prison bureaucracies. The innovative 48-week…

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Rolling Into Your Local Library, a Friendly Kitchen on Wheels

  Charlie Cart, the handy kitchen on wheels used to teach school children about food and cooking, is making its way into public libraries. Currently in 38 libraries across the country, the carts are used online or in person to boost culinary skills and share recipes and nutritional information. “Libraries started taking notice early on,”…

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Ready, Set, Draw!

  All are welcome to join in and decorate the streets of Berkeley at this year’s Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival, where the theme is “Art Sparks Joy.” Artists may work alone or in groups to create chalk art on the sidewalks along Shattuck Avenue and Cedar Street in North Berkeley. The first 25 to…

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How Can We Attract Good Bugs into the Garden?

  Most people don’t realize that about 90% of the bugs in our gardens are actually beneficial. These critters help gardens by effectively reducing pests like aphids. This free gardening webinar focuses on identifying which insects are most beneficial and what you can do to attract them. The webinar is part of a series sponsored…

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USDA Announces Grants for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production

  “Urban agriculture can play an important role in food justice and equity,” says Gloria Montaño Greene, the Deputy Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “Such projects have the potential to educate, innovate, and unify communities to improve nutrition and food access and increase local food production…

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Students Dig in to Create Green Spaces in South Berkeley

    An exciting youth-driven project aims to convert the former Santa Fe Right of Way (SFROW) railroad site into a green space and community garden. Moving South Berkeley Forward is a collaboration that involves Berkeley High School, UC Berkeley, the City of Berkeley, and the Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative. According to coordinator Kayhill Verceles,…

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Food in Community for Healing and Resilience

  StopWaste and Bay Area Green Tours invite the community to a premiere of the short film “Food as Medicine: Community, Healing & Resilience.” Produced by Bay Area Green Tours with grant funding from StopWaste, the film looks at the parallel issues of food waste and food insecurity, and how these overlap with community members’…

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Adventures in Pickling and Greening Your Home

  On May 22, 11am–12:30pm, Chef Alison Mountford of Ends and Stems leads Adventures in Pickling, a hands-on online pickling workshop. Learn to make your own pickles from seasonal fruits and vegetable scraps and how to jazz up your pickles with salt, sugar, and whole spices. Cost: $10–15. Info and registration: here On May 27,…

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It’s Pie-Time with Two Chicks in the Mix

  What’s better than a homemade fruit pie? Making pie with Two Chicks in the Mix! Join this online workshop and learn to make an all-butter pie crust and seasonal pie filling. The chicks will demonstrate how to mix and roll out your crust and how to make a memorable filling with fruit as well…

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What’s at Your Farmers’ Market This Week

  Meet Ruth Stroup the Insurance Lady at the Grand Lake Farmers’ Market on Saturday, May 8, 9am–2pm for the Great Big Bag Giveaway. These “Greetings from Oakland” shopping bags are seriously awesome! Large capacity. Super sturdy, fun, and colorful. Sporting Oakland Love! We asked Ruth what she’ll bring home in her own market bag…

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Bake Love, Not Hate

  Looking for some of those famous Boichik Bagels, a slice of delight from Ono Bakehouse, vegan sweets from Tai Zhan Microbakery, or just a chance to stand in solidarity with our Asian community? Step into the online auction April 30–May 2 to bid on products, services, gift cards, and experiences, or the bake sale…

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Help Save Community Foods Market

  The impact of the pandemic has been severe at Community Foods Market, the full-service grocery that opened in 2019 on San Pablo Avenue in West Oakland. In addition to providing fresh produce and other affordable foods, the store also served as a neighborhood hub with a café, seasonal gatherings, and community wellness events. But…

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Reusable Packaging for Pizza and Ice Cream?

  Did you know that over 3 billion single-use cardboard pizza boxes end up in the waste stream each year? Well, you can be sure that plenty of ice cream cartons are piling up next to them, and that’s why MudLab, Oakland’s zero-waste café and grocery store, is fighting back with ways to buy two…

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Berries, Flowers, & Javier Zamora 

If you like heartwarming success stories, then you must meet Javier Zamora of JSM Organics. This is a man whose love for farming started in elementary school in Michoacan, Mexico. His path from growing carrots and radishes at age seven to landing at the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) at 38 in Salinas was a…

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A Conversation with Black Chefs

  Join Farms to Grow, Inc on Saturday, April 24, 3–4:30pm for a conversation with Black chefs celebrating African American foodways, cultural preservation of ancestral agriculture and recipes, contributions to America’s supply chain, and barriers. Panelists include Kevin Mitchell, Jason Wallace, Tia McDonald and the event is moderated by sixth-generation farmer, chef, and author Matthew…

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Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour Returns

  Registration is open for the popular Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, now in its 17th year. This award-winning annual tour of East Bay native plant gardens (running this year, like last, on Zoom) happens on four Sundays, April 25, May 2, May 16, and May 23, 10am–3pm. The tours feature 25 beautiful native plant…

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The First Annual Weeds Appreciation Day Needs You!

  Herbicide Free Campus is calling all visual artists (and poets) to enter its April 21 art contest to help show how weeds can be beautiful and beneficial. The goal is to spread awareness of Herbicide Free Campus’s mission toward reducing use of herbicides and other chemicals that are harming our environment. The idea is…

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Chow Down on Berkeley Food History

  The Berkeley Historical Society has opened its Berkeley’s Fascination with Food exhibit through April, and to amp up the fun, the inimitable L. John Harris is spinning out tales (plus Q&A) of his “50-Year Obsession with Over-Roasted Coffee, Goaty Cheese, Baby Vegetables, Stinky Garlic, Fatty Pastrami, and More” at the virtual Berkeley City Club.…

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Chocolate, Upcycled Flour, and Women Changing the Food System

  Tune in for this live hour-long fireside chat exploring what it means to build an ethical and climate-friendly supply chain for baking staples like chocolate and flour. The discussion comes through the lens of two Bay-Area brands: the beloved Guittard Chocolate and award-winning upcycled food company Renewal Mill. Amy Guittard and Renewal Mill founder…

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TCHO Chocolate Teams Up with Third Culture Bakery

As part of its TCHO Pro initiative, the Berkeley-based chocolate maker tapped into the creativity of Sam Butarbutar, founder of West Berkeley’s Third Culture Bakery. Best known for his wildly popular mochi muffins, Butarbutar came up with Chocolate Truffle Daifuku Mochis, a dessert inspired by renowned cookbook author and truffle maker Alice Medrich. Butarbutar, who…

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Sustainable Gardening for Renters

  Are you a renter who wants to grow a garden but you have no yard? No problem! Most renters, especially if they’re not planning a long stay at their rental, prefer not to spend too much time or money fixing up someone else’s property. But the benefits of home gardening—lowering your grocery bills, making…

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What is Dominican Cuisine?

  A native of New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, Oakland Chef Nelson German of alaMar Kitchen & Bar and Sobre Mesa Afro-Latin cocktail lounge learned about the rich culture and history of his Dominican roots from his mother. His live virtual cook-along event, hosted by The Global Food and Drink Initiative, includes stories of his…

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Celebrate South & Southeast Asian New Year

  The Oakland Asian Cultural Center presents its first-ever virtual South and Southeast Asian New Year Celebration April 12–17 with a week full of events featuring new year’s traditions from Cambodia, Thailand, India, and more. Enjoy an array of engaging demonstrations and performances, shop for good food at the Virtual Community Night Market, and experience…

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Tips for a Zero-Waste Kitchen

  Sustainability Concierge April Apeliski welcomes you into her kitchen on April 15, 6pm, for an interactive online event. She’ll share her favorite ideas for reducing waste and toxins and finding sustainable alternatives for a range of household items. April has worked on the policy level at the San Francisco Department of the Environment and…

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Celebrate Spring with a Dessert Fit for a Ballerina

  There’s no question that the meringue-based fruit- and cream-topped dessert called Pavlova originated Down Under, but Aussies and Kiwis will forever debate who came up with it first. They all agree, however, that the name was attached in the 1930s to honor the beloved Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova. And we think it would be…

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Honor Women’s History Month with a Community Food Box from La Cocina

  Celebrate the power of women with a community food box from the nation’s first women-led food hall. The Municipal Marketplace, created by San Francisco nonprofit kitchen incubator La Cocina, opens this spring for takeout/delivery. These community boxes preview some of the food that will available when the hall opens. Each box features a seven-course…

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Harissa Hummus with Preserved Lemon

  This recipe for the Middle Eastern classic spread comes from Market Hall Executive Chef Scott Miller. It includes instructions for making your hummus come out perfectly creamy plus Chef Scott’s ideas for spiking it up with spice, zing, and heat. Preserved lemon adds a bright pucker of winter citrus. Harissa—the North African condiment of chiles,…

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Slow Food East Bay Seeks New Leaders

  Slow Food East Bay invites enthusiasts dedicated to good, clean, and fair food to join the organization in one of various leadership positions. The group is a volunteer-run nonprofit and a chapter of the Slow Food USA organization. It strives to tailor Slow Food USA’s national principles to serve the cultural and racial diversity…

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Grilled Thai Skirt Steak with Soba Noodle Salad

    Like many businesses, Pleasanton software company Veeva sent its employees home to work during the pandemic. That was best for everyone, but not so much for the company’s executive chef, Jeremy Goldfarb, who had been running a daily family-style lunch program and wanted to keep cooking for Veeva’s 400–500 employees. Goldfarb’s previous experience…

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Dumplings for Unity Cook-Along Fundraiser

  Join in to cook dumplings, share memories of the Lunar New Year, and raise funds for Good Good Eatz. The organization’s goal is to keep residents of Oakland Chinatown nourished and safe amidst two pandemics: Covid-19 and systemic racism. Good Good Eatz is working to create a bridge between Oakland’s Asian and Black communities…

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The Rhythms of the Land Virtual Screening

  Celebrate Black History Month at this virtual screening of a trailer for Rhythms of the Land, a documentary film project spotlighting Black farmers and their struggles and survival against overwhelming odds. By cultural anthropologist Dr. Gail P. Myers, the film is scheduled to be completed in October.  You can help raise production funds by…

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A Chocolate and Cheese Pairing Guide for Valentine’s Day

  By Juliana Uruburu, Market Hall Foods’s retail director and member of the Guilde des Fromagers   At Market Hall, cheese and chocolate are two of our favorite food groups. Both are comforting, craveable and delicious, so each Valentine’s Day, we bring the two together in new and irresistible ways. Here are some basic principles…

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Level Up Your Home Hot Pot Game

  “Have you eaten yet?” It’s a common question among acquaintances who meet on the street in Oakland Chinatown, a congenial neighborhood that’s especially beloved by people who have grown up there. During the pandemic lockdowns, pressures to develop these blocks have been growing due to Chinatown’s location near City Center. The threat has prompted…

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Oakland Celebrates the Year of the Ox

  The ox symbolizes hard work, positivity, and honesty, and all are attributes needed for the year ahead. All are invited as the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) presents a week-long, virtual, family friendly Lunar New Year celebration with new year’s traditions from China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, and more. You can enjoy performances, demos, interactive…

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Alameda Chefs Dazzle in New Online Cooking Series/Benefit

    Join in as Alameda chefs serve up a fundraising series and virtual cooking experience to benefit Alameda Family Services. Take part in one or more interactive cooking demos as the chefs share some favorite seasonal dishes and techniques. Later, you can make the dishes at home with the help of the full recipes…

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Wing it with a Winning Super Bowl at Home or at the Basin

  Here are three classic wings recipes, generously offered by The Kitchen at Rocky’s Brooklyn Basin for a memorable Super Bowl Sunday at home on Sunday, February 7. If game day won’t be the same without a big screen and a chance to watch other people having fun, you could try stopping by the expansive…

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Drink Like a Finn at Home in Your Underwear

  A certain locally famous Berkeley bear has joined in with the #pantsdrunk campaign to raise funds for the James Beard Foundation, and you can, too. @jimmybearberkeley likes the foundation’s “Open for Good” charity to help bartenders and restaurants. Pantsdrunk (or kalsarikännit) is the art of relaxing at home in your underwear and enjoying a…

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Does It Have to Be Wrapped in Plastic?

  In this free webinar produced by the Santa Cruz Master Recyclers, eight industry professionals examine the role plastics play in packaging. Regional waste management representatives from Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties discuss how plastics get recycled in their counties, consumer challenges, goals for sustainability, and how the public can help in transitioning…

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Get the Scoop on Kamala Blossom

  East Bay–based Koolfi Creamery honors Vice President-elect Kamala Harris with a new, velvety-smooth, rose-pink ice cream flavor. Made with lotus seeds, rose water, and a sprinkle of pistachio nuts, Kamala Blossom celebrates our first Black, first Indian-American, and first woman elected as vice president of the United States. The name “Kamala” means “pink lotus” in…

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Oakland Joins Nationwide ONE FAIR WAGE Events

  On Tuesday, January 19, in cities across the country, essential restaurant workers, and restaurant owners are holding celebratory pre-inauguration events to welcome the incoming Biden-Harris Administration and support President-elect Biden’s #BuildBackBetter plan to provide one fair wage to all workers. Khalid Kaldi of One Fair Wage describes Oakland’s local event as an opportunity to…

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Eat from Nature with a Forage Box

With the recent rains, ForageSF founder Iso Rabins says they are now seeing tons of delicious mushrooms as they lead their safe, socially distanced foraging walks through the Santa Cruz Mountains, Sonoma, and Mendocino. “With so many people cooped up in their houses, and everything in cities closed, there’s never been a better time to get…

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Prep Your Edible Garden for Spring

    Join “Compost Gal” Lori Caldwell for a jump start on the edible garden you’ll enjoy this spring and summer. Learn about seeds vs. starts, crop rotation, building healthy soil, watering and irrigation, best spring crops, and how to transition from your fall garden. Instructor Lori Caldwell is an Alameda County Master Composter, a…

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Electrify Your Ride in the New Year

Join Sustainable Contra Costa and Drive Clean Bay Area to learn about EV (electric vehicles) and e-bike models, incentives, and how to charge at home and on the road. Chat with EV and e-bike owners and ask questions in breakout rooms. According to the California Air Resource Board, driving electric and plugging into clean energy…

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Farm-Direct Food and a Social Justice Mission

Our long-running Farm Direct Food and CSA Guide has become a hot spot on the internet as people seek out the safest ways to get farm-fresh food and simultaneously support our local farmers during the pandemic. The options below emphasize social equity, so check them out first, and then head to our full, updated guide.…

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Mochi Magic Cookbook Giveaway!

  Kristina’s Bookshelf   Looking for a new adventure in your pandemic kitchen? Author and Edible East Bay contributor Kaori Becker is offering free copies of her book, Mochi Magic: 50 Traditional and Modern Recipes for the Japanese Treat (Storey, 2020) to the first four readers who contact us. Send an email to info@edibleeastbay.com, or get in touch on Facebook.…

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A Lively Short Film Portrays the Home Cooking Movement

  The home cooking movement continues to gain steam as counties throughout the state begin to set up systems to allow home cooks to sell their food. According to the COOK Alliance, the City of Berkeley passed their MEHKO (Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operation) ordinance and hopes to begin issuing permits in early 2021. In Alameda…

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The Effortless Appeal of Pineapple Bread Pudding

  Recipe by Corinne Kinczel of Two Local Girls Catering and Rocky’s Market “This recipe is super simple and so yummy with ham or as a dessert. My mom used to serve this with ham, and I remember sneaking bites out of the pan after dinner when I was a kid… oh wait, that was…

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Help Oakland Businesses Build Parklets

The need for pedestrian-friendly gathering spots predates the pandemic, but efforts to rescue our restaurants make the need for parklets hyper-apparent. You can pitch in with your time and/or dollars to help create more parklets for small businesses in Oakland as outdoor space for dining and other purposes will help keep these businesses going during…

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Month-by-Month Seasonal Posters

  You’ll want to frame and hang these seasonal posters made by architects and graphic designers Meghan Dorrian and Brian Friel. The duo, who run the architectural firm Young America Creative, started making posters in 2012 following a good-natured argument about when citrus was in season. They realized that even though they’d both grown up…

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Ruby’s Winter Open House in the Great Outdoors

  This year, artist and farmer Ruby Blume’s traditional winter open house and sale goes outdoors. Wear warm clothes and your silliest mask while shopping for hand-crafted items like mustard, shrubs, salves, tinctures, CBD on the cheap, soap, ceramic tiles, sachets, pickles, lip balms, hand-spun yarns, and lots more. Ruby also offers short workshops on…

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Holiday Pop-up at the Station

    Come to the old West Oakland train station to find unique handmade gifts. Choose among lots of plants including organic veggies, herbs, and ornamentals to fill your fall garden. Peruse botanical aprons, cotton bags, notecards, calendars, naturally hand-dyed knit hats, wreaths, granola, salsa, pickled goods, and more—all made by local artists, growers, bakers,…

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A Few of Our Favorite Gift Boxes

  You’ve heard of FOMO (fear of missing out). Well, you’ll be feeling some ROMO (regret over missing out) when you see what was in this great box that’s already sold out! So why are we showing it to you? Because you can buy from each of those local businesses separately on your own, and…

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Make Your At-Home Holiday Weekend a DIY Fest

  Gifts For the Season is our new e-book made from an article we first published in 2012. It includes recipes for culinary spice mixes and handmade dog biscuits, plus artistic labels you can print. Also from our archives are numerous fun DIY gifts from Anna Beauchemin of East Bay Herbals, who shows how to make…

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The Ecology Center Celebrates its 50th Year 

  Take part in a virtual community sharing as the Ecology Center celebrates 50 years of creating a more sustainable, healthy, and just community. This event is free and features key figures from the Ecology Center’s past and present. In addition, guests have the option of enjoying a meal sourced from the Berkeley Farmers’ Market…

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DIY Olive Oil?

  Making your own olive oil is not a simple DIY, but if you have a tree loaded with olives, you might want to check out Community Milling Day at Il Fiorello in Fairfield. Healthy olives of all sizes and types are welcome, and no amount is too small. Once your olives are weighed and…

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Lebna Bil Shwandr (drained yogurt with beets)

    Waiel Majid, chef of the now-closed Berkeley restaurant Zatar, grew up near the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Iraq, where he recalls that plants would self-sow in the riverbed in the summertime when the water level would drop and the sandy, fertile bank would widen. Suddenly eggplant, squash, and tomato plants would emerge…

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Learn How the Yocha Dehe People Tend to Nature

  Enjoy a sneak peek at how the Yocha Dehe people produce premium olive oil in California’s Capay Valley by combining ecological knowledge with modern science. This free screening of the episode “Reclaiming Agriculture with the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation” is part of KCET’s documentary series Tending Nature. Join in for the 30-minute screening and other events…

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