Food + Farm Lab in the Great Park in Orange County Needs Your Support

February 20th, 2014 by Stacey Blaschke

Last summer we were treated to a tour of the Food + Farm Lab by Teena Spindler and now the Lab needs our support.

Food + Farm Lab

Food + Farm Lab in Great Park Orange County

Dear Farm + Food Lab garden supporters,
The Irvine City Council is about to make some very important decisions about the future of the Farm + Food Lab demonstration garden.  

Please let them know in a brief email of your support for the Farm + Food Lab.
I know your time is limited, but please send a few words about your involvement or experiences there or simply copy, paste and finish the phrase below with your personal thought.

The Farm + Food Lab is a great asset to the community because ………………….
Send emails to:  

Over the last few years you have visited, provided a donation, or been a partner in programs at the Farm + Food Lab demonstration garden at the Orange County Great Park.  I can’t thank you enough for your past interest and support of this fun and educational venue!

The Orange County Great Park is about to embark upon an exciting and extensive construction project in which developer FivePoint will develop 688 acres of the Park into a Sports Park, golf course, and agricultural area.  The City Council will be deciding on some of the features to include in this development.  The Farm + Food Lab’s location and funding is one of the items to be decided.  Your support will assure that this worthwhile venue will continue.

If by chance you would like to show your support in person, please attend the special Irvine City Council/Great Park Board Meeting March 18, 2014, time and details will be available on the City of Irvine’s website.

Thanks so much!

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Update – Slow Food California Policy Committee

February 19th, 2014 by Linda Elbert

Update from Slow Food California Policy Committee

The Slow Food California Policy Committee met on February 19, 2014 via a phone conference to deal with the results of a Policy Priority Survey completed by the leadership teams of the state chapters. Five areas emerged as policy preference priorities.  The results and discussions are summarized as follows:

  • Farm Bill – there should be an effort to follow where funding goes to the various programs in the new Farm Bill.  There will be a lot of rulemaking in order to implement these programs and we will need to be involved in crafting comments. One particular program the SNAP Incentive Program has $20,000,000 to incentivize SNAP recipients to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables.  There will also be advocacy efforts necessary during the appropriations process.
  • Food Safety & Modernization Act – There will be another round of rulemaking due to the numerous comments in the early round.  This next round will most likely start in the spring.
  • GMO Labeling – At the state level, Assembly member Noreen Evans (D -Livermore) will be proposing a bill that will require GMO labeling in CA.  At the federal level, the Grocery Manufacturers Association is working hard  to thwart state efforts at GMP labeling by having a federal piece of legislation that calls for voluntary labeling and usurping states rights to pass mandated labeling laws.
  • Cottage Food – the committee wants to know if there has been any implementation problems at the county level and what are the efforts needed to expand the variety of allowable products in the legislation
  • School Food – thus far no legislation has been introduced at the state level regarding School Garden Promotion. The deadline for introducing new legislation in the state legislature is Friday February 21.

The committee also expressed an interest in remaining flexible as new ideas for legislation appear and therefore not just focusing on the areas identified in the survey responses. For example, there was concern about labor and environmental issues.

All of these will be discussed in the Policy Workshop at the Leaders Conference in March.

Lastly, it was reported the Slow Food USA is establishing a list-serve for those who want to be more deeply engaged in these kinds of opportunities to advocate for policy change. To sign up, send an email to with your first/last name and city/state of residence and you will periodically receive requests to sign onto letters, petitions and campaigns and will be notified of important calls to action as issues emerge and evolve.

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What’s on Your Plate panel discussion

February 19th, 2014 by Ted Wright

Feb. 19, 7 p.m., What’s on Your Plate? A panel of speakers (including Slow Food OC co-chair Ted Wright) passionate about food and sustainable practices will help us learn more about the ethical choices that go into feeding our families, community and the planet. This will take place at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Tustin (1221 Wass St.). For more information, please call 714-544-3141.

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