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.   



Friday, March 1, 2013

Marmalade Making Workshop

Join Gail Wadsworth for a free marmalade making workshop on Saturday, March 23 from 2- 5 pm. Come with an empty 8 ounce canning jar and go home with a jar of marmalade.  You will learn how to sterilize jars, prepare fruit and make marmalade at home.  Fruit has been harvested and donated by Anna Chan, The Lemon Lady.  

For more details and to sign up for this limited space workshop, email gailwads@earthlink.net