Monday, October 17, 2011

Fair Food from the Field to the Table

Through the stories and voices of farmworkers, growers, businesses and fair food advocates, come learn about the realities of farmworker conditions and, more importantly, the promise of improved farm labor practices in American agriculture. Join us for a special, interactive evening featuring dialogue with speakers Jose Gutierrez, former farmworker and health advocate, Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety; Tim Mueller, farmer, River Dog Farm; Bob Gerner, grocer, Natural Grocery Company. We'll use the multimedia presentation "Fair Food: Field to Table" to frame the conversation. You'll get a glimpse into the current reality of farmworker conditions in the U.S., meet a farmer who is providing good farm labor conditions and "doing well by doing good", and hear from a local grocer at the forefront of fair practices. The growing movement for "fair food" is tapping into rising consumer demand for food produced in accordance with fair values. Come honor Food Day 2011 by participating in this important and hopeful discussion to make everyday a fair food day!

Time: 7pm - 9pm.
Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley.
Cost: Free.
Info: 510-548-2220 x233, beck@ecologycenter.org, www.fairfoodproject.org.
Wheelchair accessible.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Delicious Revolution Films: California

Saturday, October 8th at 4 pm, Slow Food Delta Diablo and the Walnut Creek Public Library will be screening "Eat at Bill's" at the downtown library. This screening is free and a brief discussion will follow.

This film is a video documentary about the phenomenon that is the Monterey Market, a family owned produce market in Berkeley, CA. The focus is on Bill Fujimoto, the market's owner. Bill's enthusiasm and experience fuel the enterprise and illuminate the Market's wide world of small growers and diverse customers.

The Monterey Market's single store supports many dozens of small (and formerly small) farms. Bill's determination to support the maximum number of small growers and his passion for connecting customers with the very best has attracted a small army of restaurant customers.

After an upheaval in management at the market, Bill left to become the produce buyer at Diablo Foods in Lafayette, CA. He has brought his passion and commitment to the east side of the hills. Join us for this intimate look into a California treasure: Bill Fujimoto.