Apartment dwellers in Sacramento share an informal community garden. That's one way to grow your own food if you live in a tiny apartment with no family backyard. You can get a tour of such projects on this week's event on September 7, 2013, at the Slow Food Sacramento's 3rd Annual Slow Food Edible Garden Bike Tour from 9:30 am to 1:00 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Check out the 3rd Annual Slow Food Edible Garden Bike Tour.
The event begins at the River City Food Bank, which is located at 1800 28th Street, Sacramento, CA. For directions see the Google Map. Do you think you don’t have space or appropriate light for a backyard garden? Join Slow Food Sacramento to see how several ingenious Sacramentans are using found spaces to grow their own food. On the tour, you'll visit an aquaponics operation that uses the natural fertilizer from fish metabolism to grow greens for a local restaurant; an informal community garden shared by several apartment dwellers.
Natural fertilizer from fish metabolism grows greens
You'll also see a large garden on a vacant lot. In addition, if you're on the tour, you'll visit the Midtown Farmers’ Market to learn about the Food Literacy Project and attend a press conference proclaiming September as Food Literacy Month. You'll also visit the River City Food Bank to learn how they are sourcing fresh and healthy food for their clients. Meet at the River City Food Bank, 1800 28th Street, 9:30.
You’ll have an opportunity to purchase snacks or drinks at the Midtown Farmers’ Market if you’d like. Since this is a bike tour, bring a helmet, bike lock, water, money (if you wish to purchase anything from the farmers’ market or join us for lunch or snacks at the end of the tour). Everyone will be required to sign a liability release. The bike ride will cover about 3-4 flat miles in Midtown and Southside Park areas of Sacramento. Children are welcome to join the tour, the Slow Food Sacramento website notes. Check out the site, the 3rd Annual Slow Food Edible Garden Bike Tour. Other events in the next few months presented by Slow Food Sacramento include the Annual Harvest Dinner at Mulvaney's B&L and the Terra Madre Day & Annual Meeting.
The Slow Food Sacramento Book Club
If you enjoy reading books about growing, processing, preparing, and/or eating food, the Slow Food Sacramento's book club is ideal for readers who enjoy food-related literature, both non-fiction and fiction. The club meets at 6:30 pm on the second Thursday of every other month at one of our member’s homes. Everyone who attends brings an appetizer to share, and the guests enjoy an evening of lively literary discussion.
At the close of each meeting the guests choose their next book based on recommendations from the group's members. New members are always welcome. If you are interested in participating or if you would like more information, please contact Kathleen Albiani at email@example.com.
Here are the names of some of the books selected for the remaining months of 2013 and some comments on the books from the Slow Food Sacramento Book Club website:
October: Change Comes to Dinner: How Vertical Farmers, Urban Growers, and Other Innovators Are Revolutionizing How America Eats by Katherine Gustafson.
“A fascinating exploration of America’s food innovators, that gives us hopeful alternatives to the industrial food system described in works like Michael Pollan’s bestselling Omnivore’s Dilemma Change Comes to Dinner takes readers into the farms, markets, organizations, businesses and institutions across America that are pushing for a more sustainable food system in America.”
December: The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious – and Perplexing – City by David Lebovitz
“Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city in the 1980s. Finally, after a nearly two-decade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he moved to Paris to start a new life. Having crammed all his worldly belongings into three suitcases, he arrived, hopes high, at his new apartment in the lively Bastille neighborhood. But he soon discovered it’s a different world en France."
From learning the ironclad rules of social conduct to the mysteries of men’s footwear, from shopkeepers who work so hard not to sell you anything to the etiquette of working the right way around the cheese plate, here is David’s story of how he came to fall in love with—and even understand—this glorious, yet sometimes maddening, city.
February: Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan.
“In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer.”
April: Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson
“In Consider the Fork, award-winning food writer Bee Wilson provides a wonderful and witty tour of the evolution of cooking around the world, revealing the hidden history of everyday objects we often take for granted. Knives—perhaps our most important gastronomic tool—predate the discovery of fire, whereas the fork endured centuries of ridicule before gaining widespread acceptance; pots and pans have been around for millennia, whereas plates are a relatively recent invention. Many once-new technologies have become essential elements of any well-stocked kitchen—mortars and pestles, serrated knives, stainless steel pots, refrigerators.”
If information about raw vegan, gluten-free food is what you're looking for, check out the site, Sacramento, California - Raw Food Meetup Groups - Meetup and the site, Raw Sacramento. It's a surprise to many that some people think growing your own food is an extremist stance.
Do you think those who grow their own organic vegan foods or any foods are extremist as an entire group?
See the August 31, 2013 Natural News article by J.D. Heyes, "People who grow their own food labeled extremist by Department of Defense." According to a new Pentagon "training manual" mentioned in the Natural News article, a section explicitly labels farmers who grow their own food as such. But is the manual available to the general consumer to check out personally?
Discovered by legal watchdog Judicial Watch via a Freedom of Information Act request, the manual was part of 133 documents provided by the Air Force. The January 2013 Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute "student guide" carries the title of "Extremism." The document says that it is "for training purposes only" and "do not use on the job."
What does the Pentagon label as extremist? Is an extremist someone who thinks and feels compassion for all and reads books or articles on making the world a kinder and gentler place for all, or someone who is an activist and does something such as advocating an opinion? Is it a topic most people even think about?
The manual defines an "extremist" as "a person who advocates the use of force or violence; advocates supremacist causes based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or national origin; or otherwise engages to illegally deprive individuals or groups of their civil rights." But in addition, it says, "Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publically espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states' rights, and how to make the world a better place."
Now, the average consumer thinks is there a link between making the world a better place and growing organic vegan food in your yard for your personal use? The Natural News articles refers readers to learn more at the Department of Defense Farmers Extremists website (Check out the article.) It's a topic to discuss at the dinner table with your family, perhaps depending on how you digest your vegetables.
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