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Edible Education 101 – Free classes

FOOD! and FOOD Politics, Processes, Philosophies, it is all here in this series of classes. They are free. You can attend in person or join a streaming conference from your own computer. Sign up!

Public conversations about food have flourished since the 1960s. In the wake of these conversations, it is important to ask, is the “food movement” a social movement? This class will explore what details a social movement and what it will take to shift the power balance.

Building on her vast experience as co-founder and co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Saru Jayaraman will discuss ways to take fights for bold social change goals and transform them into sustained action.

Edible Education 101 meets at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in the Anderson Auditorium on Wednesday, January 31 from 6:15-8PM Pacific Time. You can watch the conversation live online or join us in class on campus. Participation to the community is free of charge. WATCH ONLINE or ATTEND IN PERSON


NEXT UP! Yes there are more classes available –

Week 4 | Wednesday, February 7: Regenerative Cooking: Food, Soil, and Seeds Presented by Chef Dan Barber

Chef Dan Barber will discuss the role of chef and seed breeder collaboration in reshaping our food system and share examples of new vegetable varieties inspired by and celebrated in the Blue Hill kitchen. Dan Barber is the chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and the author of The Third Plate.  His opinions on food and agricultural policy have appeared in the New York Times and many other publications. Appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Dan continues the work that he began as a member of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture board of directors, bringing the principles of good farming directly to the table. Barber has received multiple James Beard awards. In 2009 he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Missed Week Two? Check out our livestream recordings! Thanks to special guests Clair Brown, author of Buddhist Economics, and Margiana Peterson-Rockney for a lively discussion. Watch now >

 

We live in the SF Bay Area, a  NIRVANA for food-lovers! There are classes, professional leadership seminars, food hackathons, tours, gourmet field to table extravaganzas, and also this wonderful opportunity made available by Alice Waters and Will Rosenzweig, leaders in thoughtful eating, great food, and sustainability.

  • CLASS: Edible Education 101
  • DATE: Begins Wednesday 1/17
  • Details below:

It is my privilege to join Alice Waters to co-host Edible Education 101 again this semester.  This uniquely UC Berkeley course, now in its seventh year, is available to undergraduates, graduate students and the local community and is live-streamed and archived online. EE 101 meets Wednesday evenings (6:15 to 8pm Pacific Time) beginning January 17, 2018. We’d encourage you to share this invitation with friends who are passionate about shaping a healthy and regenerative food system.

Once again we are honored to hear from the thoughtful, informed and provocative voices shaping and leading the food movement. The course explores current food issues against a backdrop of systems thinking, ethical action, creativity and innovation. This semester we will also showcase the work of inspiring, emerging leaders who are making a difference in diverse disciplines. Our intent is to help our community of learners develop “food systems intelligence” — a way of seeing and acting in our local and global food ecologies with clear intent and an understanding of our personal and collective impacts. We also hope to build a bridge for students to envision how they can apply themselves personally and professionally in the world of food. Here is the schedule of guest lecturers and topics (with special surprises in the works). All classes are on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm PST.        Our teaching team will be creating a weekly newsletter with a link to the class readings and video archive. Each edition will preview the coming class content and will provide a recap of the prior week’s highlights. We will also post weekly invitations (space permitting) to obtain a ticket to attend the class in person, on campus. If you received this email from a friend or colleague and would like to join the class and get weekly updates, click here. If you do not wish to receive weekly course updates or invites, you can opt-out by clicking on the link at the bottom of this email.  We look forward to seeing you in class! With all good thoughts, Will Rosenzweig Social Impact Fellow Special thanks to Berkeley Haas Center for Responsible Business, The Edible Schoolyard Project, Food Venture Lab, and Steve Silberstein for the generous support and collaboration that makes this course possible and broadly available.

It is my privilege to join Alice Waters to co-host Edible Education 101 again this semester.  This uniquely UC Berkeley course, now in its seventh year, is available to undergraduates, graduate students and the local community and is live-streamed and archived online. EE 101 meets Wednesday evenings (6:15 to 8pm Pacific Time) beginning January 17, 2018. We’d encourage you to share this invitation with friends who are passionate about shaping a healthy and regenerative food system.

Once again we are honored to hear from the thoughtful, informed and provocative voices shaping and leading the food movement. The course explores current food issues against a backdrop of systems thinking, ethical action, creativity and innovation. This semester we will also showcase the work of inspiring, emerging leaders who are making a difference in diverse disciplines. Our intent is to help our community of learners develop “food systems intelligence” — a way of seeing and acting in our local and global food ecologies with clear intent and an understanding of our personal and collective impacts. We also hope to build a bridge for students to envision how they can apply themselves personally and professionally in the world of food. Here is the schedule of guest lecturers and topics (with special surprises in the works). All classes are on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm PST.        Our teaching team will be creating a weekly newsletter with a link to the class readings and video archive. Each edition will preview the coming class content and will provide a recap of the prior week’s highlights. We will also post weekly invitations (space permitting) to obtain a ticket to attend the class in person, on campus. If you received this email from a friend or colleague and would like to join the class and get weekly updates, click here. If you do not wish to receive weekly course updates or invites, you can opt-out by clicking on the link at the bottom of this email.  We look forward to seeing you in class! With all good thoughts, Will Rosenzweig Social Impact Fellow Special thanks to Berkeley Haas Center for Responsible Business, The Edible Schoolyard Project, Food Venture Lab, and Steve Silberstein for the generous support and collaboration that makes this course possible and broadly available.

An East Bay Gem: Garin Regional Park

GARIN PARK:: An amazing park full of activities and places to explore!

LOCATION: Garin Regional Park Cattlemen’s Picnic Area 1320 Garin Avenue Hayward, CA

The summer Park Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. There is a visitor center where you can learn more about Garrin Park and its history- there are hiking trails,, a kite flying area, horse back riding trails, native plants garden and many other features. Link for more information on the Park. This is a beautiful historic park in the East Bay. To Reach the Park. . This park is beautiful with so much to do, take a look.

FOOD BIZ – Plant based Food Seminar

Online, Thursday, May 25 @ 1pm PST / 4pm EST How is Impossible Foods scaling up its environmentally-friendly, plant-based food products? David Lee, the COO and CFO of Impossible Foods discusses how the success of this food startup begins with an innovative approach to selling its products to suppliers and consumers. Join us on May 25th as David sits down with FBS host Will Rosenzweig to discuss how Impossible Foods uses social media and celebrity chefs to generate buzz—as well as create revolutionary products that taste great and positively impact climate, sustainability, and public health during this month’s FOODBIZ+ Climate session. (click to sign-up)

Impossible Foods = The world loves meat. But relying on cows to make meat is land-hungry, water-thirsty, and pollution-heavy. That’s why we set out to do the impossible: make delicious meats that are good for people and the planet.

A Garden of Inspiration: Quotes

Gardeners will love this book! Full of beloved quotes and new ideas too, all about gardening. Who has Spring Fever? They will love this book.

“We gardeners are healthy, joyous, natural creatures. We are practical, patient, optimistic. We declare our optimism every year, every season with every act of planting.” — Carol Deppe author of the book The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-reliance in Uncertain Times.

From the book of Quotations: A Garden of Inspiration.

Real Garden Schools

Not many nonprofit organizations listget your hands dirty” as one of its core values.

For REAL School Gardens, that’s exactly what it’s all about. Since 2003, the organization has built more than 100 learning gardens at low-income elementary schools throughout Texas. It then implements a multiyear training program on how to best use the garden as a teaching tool, based on each school’s unique design.

According to the organization, schools with gardens have seen standardized test score pass rates increase by 12-15 percent.

When I first started reading to kids we often read stories about gardens or growing plants. When I asked them about BEES, they often yelled “I hate bees” or “I’m scared of bees”…. this lead me to talk more about gardens and add information about pollination. We also discuss how bees navigate, where honey comes from, what the Queen and Workers do! It is a great way to learn science. When they start their spring time gardens at school, I have noticed that they are more curious. Gardening opens minds, inspires kids and encourages curiosity. — the editor

The gardens also have a number of immeasurable outcomes, “from the teacher who can truly engage her students in a meaningful way, to the student who maybe doesn’t get some of the teaching when it’s in the classroom, but out here (in the garden), boom, a light bulb comes on — and they know what it means because they can see it, touch it and feel it,” said Lannie McClelen, senior project manager for REAL School Gardens.

Hakone Matsuri Festival – Sunday May 21

Hakone Gardens festival URL   | Visitor Information

Address: 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: 408.741.4994

Hakone Matsuri Festival – May 21st, 2017

The Hakone Estate and Gardens are a cultural treasure, and located in Saratoga, CA.
Japanese cultural presentations include:  
  • Japanese music
  • Martial Arts
  • Japanese food
  • luxury Japanese wedding kimonos (uchikake gowns)
  • kids’ corner – which includes: Origami, Shuji (calligraphy) and Soroban (abacus)
  • Japanese tea ceremony
What’s new this year?  These beautiful luxury Japanese wedding kimonos (uchikake gowns) are available for purchase at a discounted price.  Price starts at $1,500 and up. (The estimate market value is $2,000 and up.)
 
Some confirmed performance: Tsugaru Shamisen, Aikido, Japanese Calligraphy, Shorinji Kenpo.
Japanese cultural activities for kids: Origami, Shuji(calligraphy), Soroban(abacus)
 
  • Date: Sunday May 21st, 2017
  • Time: 11am – 4pm
    Advance Admission ticket: only $5. Children aged 4 years old and younger, and Hakone members are free. Hakone members still need to get tickets. Tickets are $10 at the event.
  • Shuttle: 10am – 5pm (The first shuttle departs West Valley College at 10am. The last shuttle departs Hakone at 5pm.)
     
    The gardens are beautiful and the various events, food and demonstrations are not to be missed!
    Check the Hakone Facebook page for updates.

NOTE: You may not park or walk into the gardens on this festival day, you may take the shuttle from Parking Lot 5 at West Valley College.  Hakone will be closed for vehicle access and walk-in access for safety reasons.

  

CUESA Volunteer Orientation at the FERRY PLAZA

CUESA Volunteer Orientation, San Francisco Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact

Extended!… more Bees! The exhibition is extended now through June 2017.

Odell Hussey Photography

Buzz on in to OMCA’s Gallery of California Natural Sciences for the can’t-miss, family-friendly exhibition, Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact. Immerse yourself in the wildly diverse and intricate world of one of the most exciting creatures we know, with exciting activities in the gallery:

  • Touch on topics of Bay Area beekeeping and the diversity of bee species by trying on a beekeeper suit and examining real bee specimens under a giant microscope.
  • Put on your research cap to contribute to citizen science projects at home, like counting bees in your backyard or hunting “ZomBees.”
  • Discover the similarities and differences between bees and humans while you crawl through a person-sized honeycomb.
  • Check out a beautiful handcrafted bee hotel installed in the OMCA Garden and plan your own bee-friendly garden.
  • Explore the causes of bee population decline, learn about the significance of bees to California’s economy and ecosystems, and discover how your own actions can help bees to survive in a changing world.

Bring the whole family to see Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact, and take a closer look at one of the most important creatures to human agriculture and the natural environment.

A Garden of Inspiration – a lovely book

Contemplating beauty or hearing an inspiring thought as you read aloud, is part of what makes this book of quotes and thoughts so grand!  There are so many quotes in five chapters focusing on Joy in the Garden, Gifts, Beauty, Garden Wit and the changing seasons. You’ll love it and it is perfect for EARTH DAY, or if you are a one of the people (like me) that insists on EARTH YEAR… you will love it.  I have found a favorite quote or a new quote on every page.  Here are a few of the hundreds of quotes  (88 pages)  in this book:

There is peace in the garden. Peace and results.  — Ruth Stout

The earth is absolutely honest; it gives back what is put into it plus interest on the time, money and effort invested. Treat soil handsomely and it will give you a rich return.  — Patience Strong

Anything which grows is always more beautiful to look at than anything which is built. — Lin Yu Tang.