Family and Permaculture Garden Activities at the Irvine Ranch

January 30th, 2014 by Linda Elbert

The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center is gearing up to offer Sunday Family Day here onsite on the second Sunday of every month. Bring your kids who can enjoy open shooting sports or riding the zip line with our trained staff. See our website for full details (

While your kids enjoy their time outside, join us at the The Living Classroom for a series of workshops focused on Permaculture practices such as citrus pruning, composting, beekeeping and more. After our workshops families can come together for a craft session taught by our WWOOFers (check out and finishing the evening with a community dinner hosted by the IROEC.

Our first of this series is scheduled for February 9th! Mark your calendars for the second Sunday of the month through May and look forward to another email with more details on workshop topics and dinner events.

Local Mandarian Orange Honey -BEES are responsible for pollinating 1/3 of the food you consume. Enjoy the fruit of their labor with a hint of Mandarin Orange from the IROEC’s citrus

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Orange County’s Wheat and Sons Recipient of Good Food Award 2014

January 22nd, 2014 by Stacey Blaschke

Ashly Amador and Nate Overstreet, are two chefs who this March will open Wheat and Sons Butcher/Rotisserie

Slow Food Orange County sponsored the entry fee for  their  charcuterie and on January 16th they were among the recipients of a coveted and well earned Good Food award. Their winning entry was Pickled Beef Tongue under the Charcuterie category.  A list of of all the winners can be found at

Congratulations Nate and Ashly!

photo-62014-01-19_09.56.56From the press release:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 16, 2014) – Nearly 700 people assembled tonight to fete the 2014 Good Food Awards winners at the fourth annual Good Food Awards Ceremony at San Francisco’s historic Palace of Fine Arts. The evening honored this year’s 130 winning food and drink producers from 32 states with a shared a passion for delicious, mindfully produced food. Culinary luminaries Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl and Nell Newman honored the 2014 winners onstage. The Ceremony commenced with opening remarks from M.C.Dr. Zeke Emanuel, co-founder of the Farmers Market at the White House andadvisor to President Obama on health care, who noted the integral link between health and the growth of sustainable food communities across the country.

Sarah Weiner, Director of Seedling Projects in her closing remarks, summed up the potential impact for small producers as she congratulated winners for their integrity and likened them to the cultural revolutionaries of the 60’s:

“We are living in a time of great shifts and uncertainty. People are tiring of the accumulation of things, faster, more information, more productivity, and seeking a different way to live. But they need someone to show them the way. A way to cut through the surface and reach human generosity, a thoughtful way, a connected way, a joyful way to live. Food is the way, and you are the poet-revolutionaries to lead us there.”

This year’s winners were selected from 1,450 entries from all 50 states in a Blind Tasting held in September. The 225 judges, experts in their various industries, flew to San Francisco for a full day of blind tasting. Those that rose to the top were subject to a rigorous vetting process to verify they met the sustainability and social responsibility criteria to win a Good Food Award. This year’s Good Food Award winners exemplify excellence in both taste and responsible production.

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Thank you to all our Slow Food OC volunteers this past year

January 21st, 2014 by Stacey Blaschke

Today is Martin Luther King Day and it is also National Day of Service. So today is an appropriate day to extend a big warm round of thanks and tremendous gratitude to everyone who has volunteered and helped at our events throughout this last year. Without all of your help we would not have been able to have held a variety of events from tamale making classes, mixers, cocktail crafting, chicken coop tours, a tour of the Carlsbad Aquafarm, food swaps, tabling at events like Patchwork and the Persimmon Festival, an adventure through the Great Park’s Food + Farm Lab and more. Your volunteer hours have helped us spread the word about the importance of a good, clean, fair, food system and it is much appreciated!

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