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GREAT Free Food Series

Week 7 | Wednesday, February 28: Food and Farmers With Guest Speakers Judith Redmond and Craig McNamara

One of the most opaque relationships in the food system lies behind the relationship between eaters and the farmers who make it possible for us to eat. This class aims to bridge the connection by exploring life as a farmer.

Judith Redmond is a native Californian who has been farming in Northern California since 1989.  She is one of four owners of Full Belly Farm where a diverse assortment of fruits, nuts, and vegetables are grown, sheep and chickens are pastured, and training for interns and children’s educational programming is offered.

Craig McNamara is the president and owner of Sierra Orchards, a diversified farming operation producing primarily organic walnuts. Craig serves as the founder Center for Land-Based Learning, the President of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, on the UC President’s Advisory Commission and the UC Davis Dean’s Advisory Council. He is an advisory board member of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, and active in the American Farmland Trust, Roots of Change, and the Public Policy Institute of California.

Edible Education 101 meets at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in the Anderson Auditorium on Wednesday evenings 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

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.

SPRING EQUINOX FARM TOUR! March 18

FarmFresh DATE & TIME Saturday, March 18  11:00 am – 2:00 pm

WHERE: Capay Organic Farm 23808 State Highway 16, Capay CA

You can come see where it Happens! Head to the farm in Capay! Get to know your farmer, harvest your own fruits and veggies, ride the tractor-tram, picnic near the fields and participate in our fun farm activities!

  • Farm Talk with your Farmer–Get to know your farmer! Meet us at the lower event site at noon. Thaddeus and Brendan will share tidbits about Farm Fresh To You, organic produce and sustainable agriculture. Get your questions answered!
  • Kids’ Activities — We will have tractor-tram rides every 15 minutes touring you around the farm. The Esparto/Capay 4-H Club will have a mini petting zoo set up and we will also have a face painting booth!
  • Organic Market Stand — Our Farm Fresh To You Market Stand will be selling seasonal, organic produce as well as fun Farm Fresh To You swag! Pick up a canvas tote featuring one of our favorite fruits/vegetables and load it with seasonal produce.
  • Tasty Treats  — Tacos 911 will have authentic, Mexican tacos available for purchase. Luciano’s Scoop will be selling their artisan gelato, The Rustic Puff will be selling their homemade marshmallows, and Pachamama Coffee will be serving up hot coffee and cold brew. We will also have Township Valley Farms selling their homemade pesto, and Capay Valley Ranches offering premium olive oils.

FARM TOUR ADMISSION:

$5 per adult | Children 12 and under FREE!

No RSVP necessary for Farm Tours. Just come out and have fun!


For more information please visit us at
WWW.FARMFRESHTOYOU.COM

 

Food you can LOVE … and … Customize

Sun Basket—the USDA certified organic meal kit service that delivers the ideals, flavors and freshness of California’s food culture straight to your table—expands nationwide. Founded in San Francisco and with deep Northern California culinary roots, Sun Basket is the only service of its kind with a James Beard Award-winning chef at the helm, developing every single recipe and ensuring they’re responsibly sourced, delicious and take less than 30 minutes to make.

  • New Parent Survival Strategies: No time to shop and prep? Count on Sun Basket to deliver healthy and balanced meals for busy new parents.

  • Get (and Stay!) in Shape Bride: In a recent survey of its users, Sun Basket found that a majority of customers report that they are cooking healthier meals, feeling healthier and eating more fresh produce, while many report losing weight as well. From Paleo and Vegetarian to Gluten-Free, there’s a menu to suit all healthy eating plans.

  • Easy Summer Entertaining: Create a new twist on summer entertaining with Sun Basket’s fresh and seasonal recipes. Grab some friends and follow along with the recipe cards for low key summer dinners.

  • Weekend Warriors: From Tahoe to the Hamptons, take Sun Basket on the road for stress-free and delicious weekend meal planning.

  • Power Up Your Breakfast: Discover new ways to cook with chia, and favorite no-cook breakfasts like overnight oats and smoothie bowls.

  • The Data Driven Chef: Only someone who has worked in restaurants would say tech startup life is saner. Sun Basket Executive Chef Justine Kelly shares more about the opportunities that technology has opened up for her.

  • Father’s Day Gift Guide: The perfect gift the whole family can take part in. Treat your father to the perfect home cooked meal that is as fun and easy to make as it is nutritious and delicious.

 

Sun Basket has also helped its users save time and hone their kitchen skills. According to a recent survey:

  • 87% are spending less time planning meals and shopping for groceries

  • 84% have learned about new ingredients and cooking techniques

  • 78% are more excited to cook at home

  • 62% are learning how to cook with the seasons

Just in case you thought…. that’s nice….. make sure to read this about this new San Jose based culinary up and comer!  In the four bullet points below…. the colors and highlighting are added by me…. THIS IS NEW AND IMPORTANT. Finally, a company that is willing to really make a difference ….. from breakfast to less waste. (If you have every tasted a Lean Cuisine or gotten a wilted veggie box, or bought bulk items that didn’t make sense later)….. you know what I mean!!   — the editor

What Makes Sun Basket Different

  • Together with a culinary and nutrition team hailing from Northern California’s most influential food institutions, Chef Justine Kelly develops nutritionally balanced, nourishing recipes free of hormones, GMOs, preservatives and artificial flavors using only the highest quality organic and sustainable ingredients sourced from the West Coast’s best farmers, ranchers, and fishermen.

  • From morning to night, Sun Basket takes the stress out of mealtimes with simple-to-follow chef-developed recipes and flexible meal plans that include Paleo, Gluten-free, and vegetarian options.

  • Sun Basket is the only service of its kind to offer 5-minute healthy breakfasts as part of the regular subscription–a perfect option for when you’re too busy to cook three dinners per week.

  • Committed to reducing food and packaging waste, Sun Basket uses pre-measured ingredients, 100% recyclable packaging, and sauces made with “ugly produce”. Leftover ingredients are never thrown out: Sun Basket makes them available to employees at weekly “farmers markets” and donates the rest to local food banks.

About Sun Basket

Founded in San Francisco in 2014 by Webby-winner Adam Zbar and San Francisco’s James Beard Award-winning Chef Justine Kelly, Sun Basket is an innovative healthy cooking service, which delivers the best organic, pre-measured ingredients and easy-to-cook, delicious recipes weekly to your door. Sun Basket saves busy people the time of planning and shopping so they can focus on the fun part of cooking and enjoying the meal. Personalized for your lifestyle and diet, Sun Basket provides a seasonally inspired Chef’s Basket, along with Gluten-Free, Paleo and Vegetarian meal options. Located in San Francisco, Sun Basket is backed by top-tier venture capitalists including the investor behind Instagram. Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence acts as Culinary Co-Founder, and is joined by COO/Board Member, Don Barnett, Co-Founder of organicgirl produce. For more information, please visit https://sunbasket.com or on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.

 

Stomach Ache- won’t go away?

I love to hike, I’ve drinker water from streams.

I love to eat, I’ve eaten food in sidewalk cafes and from street vendors all over the world…

I bet you may have too.

After 2weeksof mind-bending pain … A blood test reveals I have been exposed to H. Pylori. Good News! Not an ulcer; and Treatments are available.

Read more from Web MD:

What Is H. pylori?

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a type of bacteria. These germs can enter your body and live in your digestive tract. After many years, they can cause sores, called ulcers, in the lining of your stomach or the upper part of your small intestine. For some people, an infection can lead to stomach cancer.

Infection with H. pylori is common. About two-thirds of the world’s population has it in their bodies. For most people, it doesn’t cause ulcers or any other symptoms. If you do have problems, there are medicines that can kill the germs and help sores heal.

As more of the world gets access to clean water and sanitation, fewer people than before are getting the bacteria. With good health habits, you can protect yourself and your children from H. pylori.

The Basics of Peptic Ulcers
How H. pylori Makes You Sick
For decades, doctors thought people got ulcers from stress, spicy foods, smoking, or other lifestyle habits. But when scientists discovered H. pylori in 1982, they found that the germs were the cause of most stomach ulcers.

After H. pylori enters your body, it attacks the lining of your stomach, which usually protects you from the acid your body uses to digest food. Once the bacteria have done enough damage, acid can get through the lining, which leads to ulcers. These may bleed, cause infections, or keep food from moving through your digestive tract.

You can get H. pylori from food, water, or utensils. It’s more common in countries or communities that lack clean water or good sewage systems. You can also pick up the bacteria through contact with the saliva or other body fluids of infected people.

Many people get H. pylori during childhood, but adults can get it, too. The germs live in the body for years before symptoms start, but most people who have it will never get ulcers. Doctors aren’t sure why only some people get ulcers after an infection.

Nonprescription Medicines and Products-Antacids and Acid Reducers

If you have an ulcer, you may feel a dull or burning pain in your belly. It may come and go, but you’ll probably feel it most when your stomach is empty, such as between meals or in the middle of the night. It can last for a few minutes or for hours. You may feel better after you eat, drink milk, or take an antacid.

Other signs of an ulcer include:

Bloating
Burping
Not feeling hungry
Nausea
Vomiting
Weight loss for no clear reason
Ulcers can bleed into your stomach or intestines, which can be dangerous to your health. Get medical help right away if you have any of these symptoms:

Stool that is bloody, dark red, or black
Trouble breathing
Dizziness or fainting
Feeling very tired for no reason
Pale skin color
Vomit that has blood or looks like coffee grounds
Severe, sharp stomach pain
It’s not common, but H. pylori infection can cause stomach cancer. The disease has few symptoms at first, such as heartburn. Over time, you may notice:

Belly pain or swelling
Nausea
Not feeling hungry
Feeling full after you eat just a small amount
Vomiting
Weight loss for no reason
Getting a Diagnosis
If you don’t have symptoms of an ulcer, your doctor probably won’t test you for H. pylori. But if you have them now or have in the past, it’s best to get tested. Medicines like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can also damage your stomach lining, so it’s important to find out what’s causing your symptoms so you can get the right treatment.

Food – Thinking out Loud

We have learned about Slow Food and Food Hacks are exploring alternatives in thinking / food / distribution / next steps. There are many new Schools that will help you learn, TV shows and a wealth of Farmer’s Markets.  Here are a few favorites about food:

Food Hacks

Food Business School and the War on Big Food article (watch the video), FoodTank thinking about food

Quote: “Major packaged-food companies lost $4 billion in market share alone last year, as shoppers swerved to fresh and organic alternatives.”

Small batches, made with pride, local favorites…. like this pickle-loving business.

Go Green, a small change makes a big difference

Grow yer Own, garden stores, How To Books, community gardens, New magazines to enjoy, collectives and gardening events just like these!

Superfoods — there are long lists now….. coconut oil and recipes, 101Cookbooks.com has so many more great recipes from amaranth to kale to sweet potatoes and more.

Look in the search bar of GREENEROO there are 1000 articles for you to enjoy.

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Think New! Think UnCharted!

Explore What’s Next 
with Nobel prizewinner Randy Schekman, Pulitzer Prize composer John Adams, marriage equality pioneers
Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, social psychologist
Claude Steele, author Adam Mansbach and
dozens of other dangerous thinkers

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UNCHARTED: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas 

Two Days of Thrilling Discussion, Debate, and Dining
October 24 & 25, 2014
“Early Bird” Tickets Now On Sale

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Innovators from the worlds of technology, science, culture, food, arts, politics:
two days of conversations and workshops designed to engage and inspire
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Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas is the Bay Area’s first “ideas festival,” a dynamic two-day public program featuring some of the world’s great thinkers taking on some of the world’s great challenges. The bold exchange of ideas from an extraordinary and varied line-up of speakers, experienced as a series of conversations and interactive workshops, is presented in a festival-style program, combined with exceptional dining and drinking opportunities and exciting Berkeley locations, all delivered at a substantially lower cost than other “idea” conferences. Uncharted, presented by Berkeleyside, happens on October 24 and 25.   **  Tickets are now on sale, with an “early bird” reduced price available for a limited time. **
At Uncharted, new ideas are viewed through the diverse lens of over 40 prominent thinkers representing technology, science, culture, politics, education, economics, the environment, food and all aspects of our lives. There are no “talk-to-you” lectures: at Uncharted stimulating conversations and creative exploration dominate, and participants are encouraged to participate. This interaction goes even further in “Uncharted Lab” sessions when collaborative brainstorming as a group is the format. And attendees are challenged to consider bold provocative new concepts by speakers during “Mind Bomb” presentations.
“Uncharted provides people who are passionately engaged with ideas with an opportunity to engage with some of today’s most provocative, pioneering thinkers,” said Lance Knobel, curator of Uncharted. “The Bay Area has become the world’s leading crucible for important new ideas in so many areas, and Uncharted is the only ideas festival in the region.”
Northern California’s Bay Area is renowned as a hub for creativity and innovation, making it a natural place for an annual gathering of exceptional thinkers who push boundaries and ask questions.

Uncharted, which launched last year and is produced by Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s independent news site launched in 2009, grew from Berkeley’s well-known tradition of challenging the status quo while looking toward the future with optimism. Uncharted evolved out of the belief that the most intriguing ideas – and solutions to today’s big challenges – emerge from the collision of different visions and perspectives. The 2014 Festival represents the blossoming of this concept.

“Participating in the inaugural Uncharted last year proved to be a thrilling introduction to Berkeley for a recent transplant from the East Coast,” said Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor, University of California Berkeley. “On full display was this incredible ethos of innovation, curiosity and abhorrence for the status quo—the foundational elements of what makes this town and its university so unique. A perusal of this year’s line-up makes it evident that Uncharted is picking up right where it left off; great news for anyone interested in unconventional wisdom.”

The Uncharted Festival takes off in downtown Berkeley’s Arts District on Friday, Oct. 24, and lands that evening at a bash in UC’s exclusive University Club, high atop Memorial Stadium. Sessions resume on Saturday, culminating in the closing session on Sunday afternoon.                  Tickets are now on sale, with an “early bird” special price of $290 available for a limited time. The price includes both days of programming plus Friday evening’s gala. One-day passes are available for $205, also including the gala. To purchase tickets, see the complete list of speakers, and find out more information, please visit www.berkeleyideas.com.                                                        

Charting Uncharted: Fact Sheet

Who is headlining at Uncharted?

  • A few of the speakers include: Nobel laureate in Medicine and Physiology Randy Schekman, composer John Adams, food poverty campaigner Saru Jayaraman, aging expert Laura Carstensen, Go the F*** to Sleep author Adam Mansbach, and marriage equality pioneers Kris Perry and Sandy Stier.
  • See the full speaker list.

What happens at Uncharted?

  • The speaker line-up at Uncharted is carefully curated and diverse, featuring innovators talking about their pioneering work in variety of fields – the environment, food, science and technology, social policy, activism, politics and the arts. Sessions are one-on-one or one-on-two conversations with ample opportunity for audience Q & A.
  • The Uncharted Lab is a series of engaging, interactive workshops and exercises where attendees grapple with questions and search for solutions, orchestrated by Jump Associates, a strategy and innovation firm.
  •  “Mind Bombs,” similar to TED presentations, are short, sharp injections of provocative ideas.
  • At the Friday evening gala, the halfway point in the Festival’s schedule, events will relax even further taking on a party atmosphere as festival-goers mingle with each other and with speakers at a special gala at the VIP University Club, perched on the highest level of Memorial Stadium. There will be tasty locally sourced food and delicious wine and beer.

What’s on the program at Uncharted?
Here’s a sampling of conversation topics:

  • Science and the open society
  • Robotics in the cloud
  • The colorization of America
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • The lure of social democracy
  • Can art bridge social and political divides?
  • The future of medicine
  • The singularity is further than it appears
  • Will data swallow all our freedom?

What is the vision for Uncharted?

Uncharted aims to be one of the world’s leading ideas festivals along with TED, the Aspen Ideas Festival, London’s FutureFest, and Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

Uncharted is produced by Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s independent news website. One of Berkeleyside’s founders, Lance Knobel, has a wealth of experience organizing some of the world’s major business and political meetings. He was Director of the Program for the renowned World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, and has been responsible for the programs of The New York Forum, the APEC CEO Summit, and The New York Times’ DealBook Conference.
Sponsors for Uncharted include AutodeskClouderaDeYoeWealth Management,Berkeley Repertory Theatre, GreenerPrinterUniversity of California BerkeleyBerkeley Startup ClusterDowntown Berkeley Association, and KQED.

Visit the Uncharted website  (www.berkeleyideas.com) for  more information and to purchase tickets.
Watch Video from Uncharted 2013 and hear more about the festival.
Follow Uncharted on Facebook; and on Twitter  (@UnchartedIdeas) to keep in touch and for program updates.

The Food Revolution Seminars: Power Foods

 Neal Barnard, M.D. – Power Foods That Help You Thrive

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Dr. Neal Barnard is one of America’s leading advocates for health and plant-strong nutrition. He is president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Neal is the author of more than 60 published research papers on nutrition and its impact on human health, and of 15 books, including Power Foods for the Brain and The 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart.

He will show you how a healthy diet can give you a stronger immune system, more energy, and better memory and sleep. Find out more about Neal’s work by clicking here.

There are several articles and lots of facts and charts, this article is especially important information:

Meat-Eating is a Risk Factor for Developing Diabetes, February 21, 2014 .

No wonder our meat eating habits in the last few years are lessening by about 1% a year.

Wonderful Ayurveda Event Saturday April 26

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Dr. Rucha is a long time practitioner of Ayurveda and yoga, she has insightful messages to share that will help us de-stress, and learn more about the time-honored techniques of Ayurveda.  ** Contact information, and for more information!