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This video is from last night's amazing Slow Food South Bay's dinner party with Hendrik Haase and Doniga Markegard

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Hendrik Haase / wurstsack

Bauer sein im #SiliconValley? Geht das? 👩‍🌾👨🏻‍💻

Nur wenige Kilometer von der Apple-Zentrale entfernt habe ich Scott und Doniga getroffen.

Doniga ist Rancherin ...und hält Galloway Rinder auf Weiden in der Region. Mit dem Fleisch der Grass fressenden Tiere versorgt sie hier Bauernmärkte auf denen auch viele Angestellte von Facebook, Google und Instagram unterwegs sind.

Scott arbeitet eigentlich in der Tech-Branche und ist nebenbei Urban Farmer, baut Gemüse an und hält Hühner in seinem Garten.
Er ist hier nicht der Einzige. Über 2.000 Menschen besuchen bei der von ihm organisierten Fahrradtour urbane Gärten und Hühnerhalter in der Region.

Das Bewusstsein für gute Lebensmittel wächst auch dort wo sich sonst alles um Tech dreht sagen die beiden.

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Calling all sustainable MEAT enthusiasts! Dinner, my home, this Wednesday. Featured guests are Hendrik Haase / wurstsack and Doniga Markegard.

Join us for dinner and a potent conversation with 2 authors who are in the world of sustainable MEAT. This is our opportunity to strengthen our Slow Meat community. Ranchers, butchers, consumers are welcome.

"Row 7 Seed Co." Nice. This makes us hap-pea!

"Row 7 hopes to sell seeds that are easier to grow in farms and gardens, taste better and offer more nutrition, and are meant to increase seed diversity, accessibility, and affordability from the ground up. A basic rule of the company is that if it doesn’t thrive in both kitchen and field, or exhibit both deliciousness and scalability, it won’t make the cut. The company plans to release a second batch of seeds before the next growing season, if not sooner."

Can a renowned chef, a seed breeder, and a farmer reinvent your favorite vegetables? That's the hope behind Row 7 Seed Co.
Where our food crops come from Explore the geographic origins of our food crops – where they were initially domesticated and evolved over time – and discover how important these “primary regions of diversity” are to our current diets and agricultural production areas.Read more about the stud...

Interested in learning more about the Three Sisters before digging in this spring? This article explains why the beans, corn and squash do so well together and ...offers some tips to grow and enjoy a thriving Three Sisters garden.

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Corn, beans, and squash: North America’s most successful companion planting trio for 6,000 years!

TONIGHT -- you have an opportunity to visit with Doniga Markegard, one of our Slow Food South Bay delegates for "Terra Madre 2016" (the bi-annual international Slow Food festival in Turin, Italy).
If you have plans this Saturday evening - Cancel Them! and come to San Francisco. This restaurant is leading the way to ...a regenerative diet. It is this type of work, educating the consumer and really walking the talk, that will make regenerative agriculture viable. Join Erik and I Saturday at The Perennial.

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Meet Doniga Markegard + Climate Beneficial Beef Tasting + Two Year Anniversary! Saturday, January 20, 2018 4:30pm – 6:30pm16:30 – 18:30 The Perennial (map) Come celebrate The Perennial's two-year anniversary, meet local, sustainable rancher Doniga Markegard and sample a special climate beneficia...
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Slow Food USA

Thanksgiving may be over, but this is still the season of giving thanks – and #GivingTuesday is just around the corner. On Tuesday, 11/28, is a special Give Wha...t You Can Day, when any gift makes you a member of Slow Food USA. We are raising money for Slow Food International to support projects around the globe, so every gift will be passed on to Slow Food International.

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This morning's story on NPR's Weekend Edition featured John Coykendall's seed preservations work and his film "Deeply Rooted."

"Deeply Rooted" tells the story ...of John Coykendall’s monumental work in saving the heirloom seeds and farm heritage of a small Louisiana community, through volumes of hand written and illustrated journals over four decades. Coykendall is a renowned seed saver, classically-trained artist and Master Gardener at the acclaimed Blackberry Farm. "Deeply Rooted" has been nationally distributed by American Public Television and screened at Slow Food Nations in Denver this past summer.

You can watch the full, updated hour-long film for free until November 25 on Louisiana Public Broadcasting's "Deeply Rooted" page:

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Gardener John Coykendall has collected hundreds of rare heirloom varieties and records their heritage in illustrated journals. Knowing the history of our food, he says, is part of knowing who we are.

Request: to give this your attention, put it on your calendar to revisit this - monthly. monitor your progress.

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Slow Food USA

By consuming fresh, local, seasonal products as much as possible, made without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers, we can reduce emissions and send a... clear message worldwide: we demand an alternative to the dominant, industrialized food system, and we're not prepared to wait. Learn more here:

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Using this opportunity to say: Mark your calendars! - for our own SEED DAY celebration / exchange on Saturday Oct 14th in Cupertino.

Seeds from Syria Hold the Secret to Our Species’ Survival – Mother Jones

The fertile crescent offers a strategy for adapting to climate change.

Attention educators...

Lauren Ladov

If you are an educator - for any age, please take a moment to check out the digital lesson guide I created for ideas on how to help students develop a sense of interconnectedness and empowerment through gardening.

“I have a question,” Iliana said raising her hand and beckoning me over to her seat just before class ended. “Maybe you won’t be able to answer this,” she paused. &#82…

Congratulation to Hillie! ...for her story being chosen for 3rd place in the #storiesofsolutions contest, by "The Building Resilient Communities Permaculture Convergence"

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Hilya Salo to The Building Resilient Communities Permaculture Convergence

SEED THE LOCAL REVOLUTION!! #storiesofsolutions
There are almost 50 gardens from Redwood City to Gilroy, growing the Petaluma Gold Rush Bean, a local heirloom b...rought to this region during the Gold Rush era. As told in the book , 100 Vegetables and Where They Came From by William Woys Weaver, a sailor "jumped ship from a whaler in 1840 and started up a vegetable ranch near San Francisco. He later moved his produce business to Petaluma-- hence the beans' name." The Seeds were said to come from Peru.

San Jose was a great supply center for the miners during the Gold Rush and even the capital of the state. Undoubtedly, the Petaluma Gold Rush bean was found here in Silicon Valley.

These committed gardeners are growing this bean to give to our local Seed Libraries; so that next year, future gardeners will be able to borrow LOCALLY GROWN LOCAL HEIRLOOM SEEDS from their LOCAL SEED LIBRARIES.

Our Local Seed Libraries are located in these public libraries: East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, San Jose Berryessa.

Those prospective gardeners are encouraged to continue the cycle. Continuing the cycle gives the seed the potential benefit of adaptation to our local environment, such as soils, weather, seasons.

A seed packet may be the entirety of the genetic diversity of a variety in your garden. A seed packet is a very small gene pool indeed. Current thinking is that a larger population gives you a much greater gene pool and thus greater genetic diversity, enabling that variety greater ability to survive in a crisis.

Gardeners using a seed library create a larger gene pool. Some crops such as corn require greater than 200 plants to assure a large enough gene pool. Most of us do not have gardens that allow us to grow 200 corn plants; but participating in the seed library in your community can create that possibility together.
Seed Libraries contribute to greater food security. Support your local seed library!
Third Annual SEED DAY in honor of World Food Day(Oct 16)
Rancho Rinconada Pk&Rec Ctr
18000 Chelmsford Ave. Cupertino
Seed Exchange
Saving Seed Talk
Petaluma Gold Rush Bean Weigh Off
Movie: Seed the Untold Story

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Slow Food International

If a project improves even only slightly the living conditions of a community, then it is never a futile project. Self-referential projects or those that feed e...xtravagant wages and privileges compared to their context are useless. But, for example, starting a food garden in Africa, launching a coffee Presidium in one of the poorest parts of Guatemala or helping Mauritanian women create an efficient and hygienic salt works for their fish processing business might be modest interventions, but they concretely help communities.

Read more about what exactly Slow Food did to help communities around the world in our Social Report for 2016, available here:…/creating-virtuous-net…/

Direct Link:…/ING_bilancio_sociale_2…

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10:30-11:30a Set up
11:30-12:00p Accepting seeds for Seed Exchange
12:00-1:00p Seed Saving Talk by Master Gardener Janet Waagon
1:00-2:00p Honoring of Seeds with Yvette Valenzuela...
Seed Exchange (seed exchange available all day)
2:00-3:00p Ark of Taste with Peter Ruddock &
The Great Petaluma Gold Rush Bean Weigh Off
Seed Stories with Max Contin
Special Guest: Rosalind Creasy
3:00-4:00p Potluck
4:00-5:30p Movie: Seed, The Untold Story
5:30-6:00p Clean up
6:00+ On the Patio: Conversation and Wrap Up

This is a free community event.

Hosted by Slow Food South Bay with Silicon Valley Grows! One Seed, One Seed to create biodiversity and strength in numbers –both seeds and gardeners– in our community.

Connect with local gardeners, share your seed stories, talk with experts (master gardeners, permaculturists​), receive and give advice, get to know local resources.

We will have our Grow-a-Row weigh off. Some of you have been growing the “Petaluma Gold Rush Bean” so, bring your harvested seeds. Our goal is to reach 50 pounds, which will be given to our local city (seed) libraries.

This event is for novice and expert gardeners – for homes, community and school gardens.
This is your opportunity to partake in one of the most ancient practices — sharing seeds.

We will show the humorous, beautifully and artfully created: Seed, the Untold Story. …a movie for everyone, young and old.

This event is for you to learn all about seeds, and take some home with you, too!

You will learn:
• how to harvest and save seeds
• how to recognize GMOs in your food
• how to cook with seeds
• where to get seeds

Remember: we are proponents of seed packs with 5 – 7 seeds, which is just enough for average-sized urban gardens.

Food will be provided throughout the day, bring some to share

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One-Time Donation request.
Please. Thank you.

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Slow Food USA

Love the earth, defend the future! Your donation to Slow Food promotes biodiversity, youth gardening, our national gathering Slow Food Nations, and much more.

A great write up showcasing National farmers market week and Nick Prevedelli

They're great for you the shopper, and fantastic for the farms you're buying from.