Saturday, February 23, 2008

Slow Food Nation Request

Along with all the convivia in the Bay Area, Delta Diablo has been invited to prepare and submit a proposal for hosting a field trip during Slow Food Nation. The purpose of the trips will be to educate our members and others about our work, and about the farmers and producers that we support. This would be a great opportunity for us to highlight our unique region. If anyone is interested in working on a proposal, please contact Gail or Kristie. The proposal is due March 30th. The tours will be in August, so if we decide to host a tour, we will need to be thinking of what is in season at that time.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Promotional Events Coming Up

We have 2 opportunities coming up that will help us to promote Slow Food and increase our membership. On March 2nd, the Walnut Creek farmers' market is hosting a ribbon cutting and gala grand opening at their new location on Locust Street. We have a table at this event. We would love members to join in staffing this table! There will be membership brochures and informational pamphlets for people to take. We have requested some promotional materials from Slow Food Nation to assist in getting the word out about that upcoming extravaganza as well. People at the market are usually pretty open minded and interested in our message.

Another event for which we have requested a table is coming up in April at John Muir Hospital. Alison Negrin, the hospital chef, is a member of our convivium and has suggested we participate. We will update the information on this event as we receive it. If you have any ideas for events at which you think we should be present, let us know!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Survey Results

At the beginning of the year, we asked members to log on at Survey Monkey and let us know what you want to happen in 2008. We also wanted to hear how we can make our group successful and relevant in our community. The results of this survey follow as well as the conclusions we have come to from your messages.

Three events split votes for the one you would most like to do in 2008. These were a food and farming film festival, an on-farm dinner and food and farm related tours. In addition, there were comments encouraging involvement in broader Bay Area events like Slow Food Nation.

As a result, we have already determined that we would like to repeat the film event at Los Medanos College in October of this year. At the same time, there will be an exhibition of photos of local farmers and excerpts from their oral histories on display at the LMC art gallery. The gallery is next to the film screening event location and we envision an event combining the 2. We would like some members to volunteer to work with us to begin planning this film festival.

We have decided that the on-farm dinner this year will be a fund raiser for Slow Food in Schools. You can read more about that below.

We have been talking to Renato Sardo, a member of Slow Food west of us. He would like to host an event called "Terroir of Brentwood" in his community sometime this summer. This would be an event to increase awareness among his convivium about Brentwood farm products. This is still in the development stages so if you have ideas, be sure to let us know. In addition, he is a member of Greenbelt Alliance and he thinks his members would also be interested in a farm tour. We think we can partner with Greenbelt Alliance to organize a farm tour that will benefit all parties. Let us know if you want to help on this kind of event or if you have ideas for us.

By far, the large majority of members wants to fund raise for Slow Food in Schools. Last year, we raised a little money for Slow Food Nation with our on-farm dinner. We think we can increase that amount this year with the local focus of supporting a local farm to school project. One of our members is already deeply involved in a successful project with school gardens and healthy eating. We would like to support this ongoing project with the goal of expanding it into a new school.

In addition, we have been talking to one of our new members, Peter Chastain of Prima in Walnut Creek. He has some great ideas for education in the community, increasing membership and raising funds. We look forward to cementing our relationship with him and working to build our convivium and spread the message of good, clean and fair food.

Coming soon to a farmers' market near you: artichokes, asparagus, arugula.

Welcome to our new blog!

Welcome to Slow Food Delta Diablo! We are new at this but are hoping it will inspire action on the part of members and others who want to support good, clean and fair food.