Saturday, August 23, 2014

"The Real Dirt on Farmer John"



 “In the end, it’s really an optimistic story about the resurrection of the American soul, and it starts with the soil."
Screening & Discussion
Sunday, September 21
4-7 pm
with Nigel & Lorraine Walker, Eatwell Farm, Dixon, CA
Dr. Gail Myers, Moses Omowale & Janell, Farms to Grow, Oakland, CA
And the trailer to the film "The Last Crop"
Free & Open to the Public!

Join us for another film event exploring "Just what is Fair Food?" Taking a nudge from our own multi-media production, "Fair Food - From Field to Table," we are hosting these events to bring films & advocates together, keeping the discussion going.

Next up is "The Real Dirt on Farmer John." Documenting 70 years — the Petersons were prolific filmers of their own lives — The Real Dirt on Farmer John paints a picture of a man whose enigmatic passions went against the grain of life in tiny Caledonia, Ill., a town about 75 miles west of Chicago.
But Peterson's idiosyncrasies, which once brought death threats and rumors, eventually led him to go the organic route, adopting the Community Supported Agriculture model of farming. His company, Angelic Organics, is thriving. It now sends herbs and vegetables to over 1,600 CSA subscribers in the Chicago area. 

We are so lucky to have many wonderful CSAs in our area. Come and learn about how CSA models are as different as the farmers and community groups that use them, and how they create an even stonger community. Our guests are wonderful local examples, they are innovative and feed thousands of people.
Our Special Guests Are
Nigel and Lorraine Walker, owners and operators at Eatwell Farm. Nigel has been farming for 30+ years. He and Eatwell Farm are widely known across the greater San Francisco Bay Area as a skilled farmer & producer of top-quality eggs and veggies, one of the foremost CSA’s in the area, as well as one of the founding farmers of the famous San Francisco Ferry Building Farmers Market. Nigel is also enlarging the farms poultry program, with a Barnraiser project. By breeding their own cruelty-free, dual-purpose, heritage flock, they will increase the resilience, productivity and happiness of their birds while eliminating the need to buy from hatcheries where hatchling destruction is practiced. They aim to set the example to the community for how to transition to this more humane and sustainable system. Lorraine, along with being a partner on the farm is also the developer of the delicious fermented beverage,Drinkwell Softers. They’ll be binging treats to share and CSA boxes plus a discount code for anyone who wants to sign up to be a member of the farm!
Dr. Gail Myers, Moses Omowale and Janell, of Farms to Grow, Inc., have worked with four farmers and provided 360 Harvest Boxes and over 7,000 pounds of food to low wealth families, daycare centers, elders, and other CSA supporters in the Bay Area. Their CSA management team provides the initial infrastructure support to the farmers and after one to two years, farmers are able to maintain their own CSA program. 
Trailer for "The Last Crop" which tells the story of Annie and Jeff Main, of Good Humus Produce, in the Capay Valley. Now in their early 60s, the Mains, like many farmers, are being confronted with the future of their working family farm. It is a story being echoed across the nation. The Mains, true to their pioneering spirit, are now creating an alternative for their farm’s succession that ensures its productive future. The film captures the intractable nature of sustaining a small local farm, and the stakes we all have in making certain they can survive and thrive. This film has been six years in the making.

After the film we'll have a lively Q&A session with the guests and you! 

Our two local Slow Food chapters, Slow Food Delta Diablo & Slow Food Solano will again be partnering with us so you can expect some delicious taste treats! We'll also again have delicious popcorn from POP Mama POP! Come early or stay late to enjoy the hidden gem of the Bay Area, historic Mare Island. The Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve is on the Southern side of the Island, with sweeping views of the Bay, hiking trails, picnic areas and the oldest Naval Cemetery west of the Mississippi, with graves dating back to the 1860's. We'll be watching the movie in their Visitors Center - formerly a 1934 Ammunitions Bunker! The event is free & open to the public, though donations are gratefully accepted! 
Questions?
Email Sarah at scain@cirsinc.org, or call 530.756.6555 xt 17
Visit our website www.cirsinc.org


#StoriesBehindthePlate



Directions
Sadly there is no public transportation onto the Island at this time. We encourage carpooling! Contact us - we may be able to help.

From I-80 both East and West: Take Tennessee St. exit. Go WEST on Tennessee all the way to the entrance of Mare Island, the blue Causeway. Cross the Causeway (which becomes ‘G’ Street) and make the first left at Nimitz Ave. Continue several miles on Nimitz, along the old industrial waterfront to the stop sign at 15th St. Turn right onto 15th. Very soon you’ll turn left onto Railroad Ave, and then continue on Railroad beyond the Army Reserve Building and old guard posts, through the gate with the Preserve sign, to the parking area on the right near the Visitors Center.  

From Napa and Sonoma: Travel south on Highway 29 (which becomes Sonoma Street) to Tennessee St., turn right onto Tennessee and go all the way, which becomes the entrance of Mare Island, the blue Causeway. Cross the Causeway (which becomes ‘G’ Street) and make the first left, at Nimitz Ave. Continue several miles on Nimitz, along the old industrial waterfront to the stop sign at 15th St. Turn right onto 15th. Very soon you’ll turn left onto Railroad Ave, and then continue on Railroad beyond the Army Reserve Building and old guard posts, through the gate with the Preserve sign, to the parking area on the right near the Visitors Center.
  
From Marin and Sonoma: Travel east on Highway 37 toward Vallejo. Just before crossing the Napa River bridge, take the Mare Island exit. Turn right into the north gate of Mare Island and continue on Walnut Ave. At the stop sign at G St., turn left. Go 2 blocks and make a right onto Nimitz Ave. Continue several miles on Nimitz, along the old industrial waterfront to the stop sign at 15th St. Turn right onto 15th. Very soon you’ll turn left onto Railroad Ave, and then continue on Railroad beyond the Army Reserve Building and old guard posts, through the gate with the Preserve sign, to the parking area on the right near the Visitors Center.
  
From Contra Costa County: Cross the Benicia-Martinez Bridge on I-680. Take I-780 west toward Benicia and Vallejo. Continue on I-780 for approximately 7 miles. Continue on the extension of I-780, Curtola Parkway and Mare Island Way, 2.5 miles traveling along the Vallejo waterfront. Turn left at Tennessee St., to the entrance of Mare Island, the blue Causeway. Cross the Causeway (which becomes ‘G’ Street) and make the first left, at Nimitz Ave. Continue several miles on Nimitz, along the old industrial waterfront to the stop sign at 15th St. Turn right onto 15th. Very soon you’ll turn left onto Railroad Ave, and then continue on Railroad beyond the Army Reserve Building and old guard posts, through the gate with the Preserve sign, to the parking area on the right near the Visitors Center.

See you there! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Harvest of Shame



The Groundbreaking 1960 Documentary by Edward R. Murrow
Screening & Discussion
with Anthropologist Dr. Seth Holmes &
Department of Labor Investigator Paul Ramirez
Free & Open to the Public!



 
Well, our first event was a success, and so it's official, this is a series! Join us for another film event exploring "Just what is Fair Food?" Taking a nudge from our own multi-media production, "Fair Food - From Field to Table," we are hosting these events to bring films & advocates together, keeping the discussion going.

Next up is "Harvest of Shame,"  the groundbreaking 1960 documentary that shed light on real conditions for migrant farmworkers in the US on CBS television. "Presented by Dan Rather, Murrow's 'Harvest of Shame' is among the most famous television documentaries of all time. Richly photographed and arrestingly poignant, this long-acclaimed 1960 exposé on the plight of migrant farmworkers resonated deeply for a nation unfamiliar with such brutally honest depictions of living conditions that, as Murrow remarks, 'wrong the dignity of man.' Smartly televised to millions of Americans the day after Thanksgiving to better tap into their emotions, Murrow's indispensable classic led to permanent changes in the laws protecting workers' rights."



With the film setting the historical context, we'll then hear from two experts on current conditions, and find out what, really, has changed. We think all together it will make for a very dynamic event!

Our Special Guests Are
Dr. Seth Holmes is a cultural and medical anthropologist, a physician, and the author of "Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies." A wonderful book, It "is an ethnographic witness to the everyday lives and suffering of Mexican migrants. Based on five years of research in the field, traveling with and working with migrants, his book uncovers how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine health and health care." Seth will read from his book and take part in the question and answer session.
Paul Ramirez is a U.S. Department of Labor Investigator for the Wage & Hour Division. Paul grew up as a child farmworker in Brentwood, living with his family in farm labor camps. He really gives you an insiders perspective on how agricultural field investigations work, what hampers them, and a reality check on how investigators work very hard, with limited staff & resources. Since he has a deep personal connection to the farmworker community,  his job as an investigtor makes his story more stirring. Paul has a slide presentation, and will take part in the question and answer session. 

After the film we'll have a lively Q&A session with the guests and you! 

Our two local Slow Food chapters, Slow Food Delta Diablo & Slow Food Solano will again be partnering with us so you can expect some delicious taste treats! We'll also again have delicious popcorn from POP Mama POP! Come early or stay late to enjoy the hidden gem of the Bay Area, historic Mare Island. The Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve is on the Southern side of the Island, with sweeping views of the Bay, hiking trails, picnic areas and the oldest Naval Cemetery west of the Mississippi, with graves dating back to the 1860's. We'll be watching the movie in their Visitors Center - formerly a 1934 Ammunitions Bunker! The event is free & open to the public, though donations are gratefully accepted!

Questions?
Email Sarah at scain@cirsinc.org, or call 530.756.6555 xt 17
Visit our website www.cirsinc.org


#StoriesBehindthePlate



Directions
Sadly there is no public transportation onto the Island at this time. We encourage carpooling!

From I-80 both East and West: Take Tennessee St. exit. Go WEST on Tennessee all the way to the entrance of Mare Island, the blue Causeway. Cross the Causeway (which becomes ‘G’ Street) and make the first left at Nimitz Ave. Continue several miles on Nimitz, along the old industrial waterfront to the stop sign at 15th St. Turn right onto 15th. Very soon you’ll turn left onto Railroad Ave, and then continue on Railroad beyond the Army Reserve Building and old guard posts, through the gate with the Preserve sign, to the parking area on the right near the Visitors Center.  

From Napa and Sonoma: Travel south on Highway 29 (which becomes Sonoma Street) to Tennessee St., turn right onto Tennessee and go all the way, which becomes the entrance of Mare Island, the blue Causeway. Cross the Causeway (which becomes ‘G’ Street) and make the first left, at Nimitz Ave. Continue several miles on Nimitz, along the old industrial waterfront to the stop sign at 15th St. Turn right onto 15th. Very soon you’ll turn left onto Railroad Ave, and then continue on Railroad beyond the Army Reserve Building and old guard posts, through the gate with the Preserve sign, to the parking area on the right near the Visitors Center.
  
From Marin and Sonoma: Travel east on Highway 37 toward Vallejo. Just before crossing the Napa River bridge, take the Mare Island exit. Turn right into the north gate of Mare Island and continue on Walnut Ave. At the stop sign at G St., turn left. Go 2 blocks and make a right onto Nimitz Ave. Continue several miles on Nimitz, along the old industrial waterfront to the stop sign at 15th St. Turn right onto 15th. Very soon you’ll turn left onto Railroad Ave, and then continue on Railroad beyond the Army Reserve Building and old guard posts, through the gate with the Preserve sign, to the parking area on the right near the Visitors Center.
  
From Contra Costa County: Cross the Benicia-Martinez Bridge on I-680. Take I-780 west toward Benicia and Vallejo. Continue on I-780 for approximately 7 miles. Continue on the extension of I-780, Curtola Parkway and Mare Island Way, 2.5 miles traveling along the Vallejo waterfront. Turn left at Tennessee St., to the entrance of Mare Island, the blue Causeway. Cross the Causeway (which becomes ‘G’ Street) and make the first left, at Nimitz Ave. Continue several miles on Nimitz, along the old industrial waterfront to the stop sign at 15th St. Turn right onto 15th. Very soon you’ll turn left onto Railroad Ave, and then continue on Railroad beyond the Army Reserve Building and old guard posts, through the gate with the Preserve sign, to the parking area on the right near the Visitors Center.

See you there! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Yes! We are Ripe for Change!

The event at Mare Island was a big success!
We had between 60 and 75 attendees and a very lively conversation after the film.  We want to thank both Jed Riffe and Gail Meyers for sharing their work and knowledge with us all.

Get ready for the August screening of  Edward R. Murrow's classic "Harvest of Shame" on Sunday the 17th. Same time (4-7 pm) same place. We will have some very special guests.

Details will follow but save that date!

Photo by Doreen Forlow

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Join the pie bake off to support Slow Food Delta Diablo


At
"Ripe for Change"
Film Screening & Discussion
with Filmmaker Jed Riffe
& Sneak Peak at "Rhythms of the Land"
by Dr. Gail Myers

Free & Open to the Public!
Hosted by
California Institute for Rural Studies 
Sunday, July 13th, from 4-7pm
at the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
1595 Railroad Avenue, on Mare Island, Vallejo, CA 94592

Enjoy a slice of pie baked by local Chefs and members.
Your donation will help build a
good, clean and fair slice of the pie’
for our local Slow Food Delta Diablo projects.



Bake a pie   Bring a pie    Eat pie

Questions contact
Shelley Somersett
Slow Food Delta Diablo

925-788-9265

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Are you ripe for change in our food system?



"Ripe for Change"
Film Screening & Discussion
with Filmmaker Jed Riffe
& Sneak Peak at "Rhythms of the Land"
by Dr. Gail Myers

Free & Open to the Public!

Sunday, July 13th, from 4-7pm
at the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
1595 Railroad Avenue, on Mare Island, Vallejo, CA 94592
Scroll down for directions

 

Join California Institute for Rural Studies for what we hope will be the first in a series of engaging events on "Just what is Fair Food?" Taking a nudge from our own multi-media production, "Fair Food - From Field to Table," we wanted to host an event bringing films & advocates together, keeping the discussion going.

For our first film we'll be featuring "Ripe for Change," by Bay Area filmmaker Jed Riffe, who will be with us to talk and take questions after the film. Part of the California and the American Dream series, it spawned it's own community engagement training program, sponsored by the California Council for the Humanities.

"This fascinating documentary explores the intersection of food and politics in California over the last 30 years. It illuminates the complex forces struggling for control of the future of California's agriculture, and provides provocative commentary by a wide array of eloquent farmers, prominent chefs, and noted authors and scientists. The film examines a host of thorny questions: What are the trade-offs between the ability to produce large quantities of food versus the health of workers, consumers, and the planet?"

We're also excited to show a sneak peak trailer for a new film in the works, 'Rhythms of the Land," by filmmaker, anthropologist & activist Dr. Gail Myers, and she will also be with us to introduce her film and take part in the questions and discussions after the film.
"Rhythms of the Land" is a documentary film project, a valentine to generations of black farmers from the enslavement period to the present, whose intense love of the land and dedication to community enabled them to survive against overwhelming odds.  They struggled without either reward or recognition, and have been written out of the dominant narratives of American agriculture."

After the films we'll have a lively Q&A session with the filmmakers and you! 

Our partners from Slow Food Delta Diablo & Slow Food Solano will be there with us, keeping everything convivial, and come early or stay late to enjoy the hidden gem of the Bay Area, historic Mare Island. The Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve is on the Southern side of the Island, with sweeping views of the Bay, hiking trails, picnic areas and the oldest Naval Cemetary west of the Mississippi, with graves dating back to the 1860's. We'll be watching the movie in their Visitors Center - formerly a 1934 Ammunitions Bunker! The event is free & open to the public, though donations are gratefully accepted!

Questions?
Email Sarah at scain@cirsinc.org, or call 530.756.6555 xt 17



The Stories Behind the Plate



Directions
Sadly there is no public transportation onto the Island at this time. We encourage carpooling!

From I-80 both East and West: Take Tennessee St. exit. Go WEST on Tennessee all the way to the entrance of Mare Island, the blue Causeway. Cross the Causeway (which becomes ‘G’ Street) and make the first left at Nimitz Ave. Continue several miles on Nimitz, along the old industrial waterfront to the stop sign at 15th St. Turn right onto 15th. Very soon you’ll turn left onto Railroad Ave, and then continue on Railroad beyond the Army Reserve Building and old guard posts, through the gate with the Preserve sign, to the parking area on the right near the Visitors Center.  

From Napa and Sonoma: Travel south on Highway 29 (which becomes Sonoma Street) to Tennessee St., turn right onto Tennessee and go all the way, which becomes the entrance of Mare Island, the blue Causeway. Cross the Causeway (which becomes ‘G’ Street) and make the first left, at Nimitz Ave. Continue several miles on Nimitz, along the old industrial waterfront to the stop sign at 15th St. Turn right onto 15th. Very soon you’ll turn left onto Railroad Ave, and then continue on Railroad beyond the Army Reserve Building and old guard posts, through the gate with the Preserve sign, to the parking area on the right near the Visitors Center.
  
From Marin and Sonoma: Travel east on Highway 37 toward Vallejo. Just before crossing the Napa River bridge, take the Mare Island exit. Turn right into the north gate of Mare Island and continue on Walnut Ave. At the stop sign at G St., turn left. Go 2 blocks and make a right onto Nimitz Ave. Continue several miles on Nimitz, along the old industrial waterfront to the stop sign at 15th St. Turn right onto 15th. Very soon you’ll turn left onto Railroad Ave, and then continue on Railroad beyond the Army Reserve Building and old guard posts, through the gate with the Preserve sign, to the parking area on the right near the Visitors Center.
  
From Contra Costa County: Cross the Benicia-Martinez Bridge on I-680. Take I-780 west toward Benicia and Vallejo. Continue on I-780 for approximately 7 miles. Continue on the extension of I-780, Curtola Parkway and Mare Island Way, 2.5 miles traveling along the Vallejo waterfront. Turn left at Tennessee St., to the entrance of Mare Island, the blue Causeway. Cross the Causeway (which becomes ‘G’ Street) and make the first left, at Nimitz Ave. Continue several miles on Nimitz, along the old industrial waterfront to the stop sign at 15th St. Turn right onto 15th. Very soon you’ll turn left onto Railroad Ave, and then continue on Railroad beyond the Army Reserve Building and old guard posts, through the gate with the Preserve sign, to the parking area on the right near the Visitors Center.

See you there! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Oakley Community Gardens and Farm

Slow Food Delta Diablo has just agreed to sponsor an amazing new garden project in Oakley!

The group of residents who are spearheading this effort are full of energy and ideas and we expect good things to come from them.  They have worked hard to get where they are with the City of Oakley agreeing to  let them cultivate a good sized piece of property.

Now, they are looking for volunteers to help go to the next level.  If you are interested in urban agriculture, building community or are looking for something positive to give back to neighbors, let us know.


Friday, March 29, 2013

We Made Marmalade!

The marmalade workshop on March 23rd was a success! 
 
Everyone who attended brought an empty jar and went home with a full one.  We made a beautiful blood orange marmalade.  Attendees learned the process of marmalade making from start to finish, including sterilizing and processing jars, preparing fruits, quantities and choices of sugar, cooking time, testing for doneness and canning and sealing jars. 
 

                                                               Fruit was donated by Anna Chan, The Lemon Lady.   We used blood oranges and thick skinned sour lemons.
This was a hands-on experience.  Participants learned what equipment and materials are needed, how to adapt common kitchen equipment for preparation of any kind of marmalade.  We also covered how to cut and cook the fruit, how much sugar to add and how to tell when the marmalade is ready to jar.  Then, everyone filled and capped a jar.
 
 
 
 
While the marmalade was cooking, we had a marmalade tasting.  We opened jars of lime, lemon, Meyer lemon, three fruit, sour orange, pink grapefruit and white grapefruit marmalades.  Textures and flavors were compared and discussed to gain an understanding of the differences in fruits and cooking times, which fruits need extra cooking to reduce bitterness and the effect on flavor of cooking time and stiffness of the finished product.  
 At the end of the day, when all the jars were processed and sealed, everyone took home their jar of blood orange marmalade and enough fruit to make at least one more batch of marmalade.  Three recipes were shared and are available on request. Everyone who attended is encouraged to send notes about your experience and photos of your marmalade for posting.