The Lexicon of Sustainability’s Know Your Food short film series on PBS

March 13th, 2014 by Stacey Blaschke

Announcing the premiere of this week’s new PBS short film “CSA”

The Lexicon of Sustainability’s Know Your Food short film series continues to premiere this season on PBS Food. One film will be released every Thursday through June 19, 2014.

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Please share this with your friends and family and help us bring transparency to the food we eat.

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Free Public Showing of the Movie Fresh – Creating a Sustainable Food System

March 12th, 2014 by Stacey Blaschke

The Orange Public Library Foundation is hosting a free screening of the film documentary FRESH, which will be followed by a panel discussion on sustainable food and is inviting all interested in sustainability to attend.

FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.

“FRESH began as a grassroots effort for a grassroots movement, and it’s been tremendously exciting to see the movie spread like wildfire. Within a month of our launch in April 2009, we received over 20,000 visitors and hundreds of screenings were organized. Today, FRESH is a community of over 100,000 advocates for healthier, more sustainable food, a film that’s used all over the world as a platform to raise awareness and connect people to solutions in their community. But that’s not good enough.We want to make fresh food on every plate the norm, not the exception. We want to reach 1 million people: gardeners, doctors, politicians, teachers, eaters. Not just because that would be a nice boost to our ego, but because we believe that FRESH can truly help get us to a tipping point, when sustainable food will no longer be just a niche market.”

Screening Details:

FRESH the movie
Cost: Free
When: Saturday March 15th at 3:00pm
Where: Orange Public Library & History Center
407 E Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92866

This screening is free to the public, and sponsored through the generous support of The Joe MacPherson Foundation.

More information about the movie can be found at


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Microgrant Program Is Launched!

March 12th, 2014 by Wayan Kaufman

Slow Food Orange
County is pleased to announce that our microgrant program has officially
launched. Twice annually, we will be awarding cash microgrants to local
community groups, organizations, and businesses whose programs and
products promote the core values of Slow Food. For detailed information
about the program, deadlines, and forms, visit our newly-created
Microgrant Program website (
Our next application period will be July 1st – 31st so spread the word
and forward this to anyone you know who has a project we might like to

We’ve already awarded our first microgrant of 2014 and
we couldn’t have found a more worthy recipient. The Irvine Ranch Outdoor
Education Center was awarded $1,500 which will be used to create
additional growing space within their Living Classroom, a teaching
garden based on sustainability and permaculture. This additional space
will be allocated to restaurant growing and market selling, creating a
new stream of revenue for the program and leading the way to financial

To learn more about the Irvine Ranch Outdoor
Education Center and the work they are doing to advance the mission of
Slow Food, visit their blog ( or their
website (

OEC, on the amazing work you are doing to promote food that is good,
clean, and fair in Orange County. We look forward to seeing your produce
on local restaurant menus soon!

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