Native Edible Plants in your Garden – Fullerton Arboretum

October 31st, 2014 by Linda Elbert

Native Edible Plants in your Garden

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Inviting California to Dinner: A look at old and new ways to use native plants in your garden and your meals

With all the talk of local food and saving water during the drought, why not turn to native plants to do both!? Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Production manager, Antonio Sanchez leads this unique and informative talk on edible natives. This lecture covers many of the more common edible natives like Miner’s Lettuce (salad green) and Wild Grape (edible grapes), but also goes into some of the more obscure but equally as useful native plant foods like Saltbush (edible and tasty roasted seeds), Cleveland Sage and local onions (combined to make a California pesto!).

Samples of California pesto and other unique dishes will be available, along with recipe cards and a list of the easiest native edibles to grow in your garden.

Time: 9:00-10:30am

Instructor: Antonio Sanchez, Production manager at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Tickets $30 ea.    50 available

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The Future of Food: A Series of 4 Talks Hosted by the Aquarium of the Pacific

October 29th, 2014 by Ted Wright

AoPThe Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California will host a series of talks titled The Future of Food hosted by Los Angeles Times Food Editor Russ Parsons. At the first event, Monday, Nov. 10, from 6:30 – 9:00 PM, Paul Greenberg will discuss and sign copies of his books, Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food and American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood.

Why is an aquarium hosting a series of events about food? Because agriculture is one of the two main activities impacting the environment (along with the kinds and amounts of energy we use), and what humans do on land affects the ocean.

For more information and to purchase tickets ($8/member; $10/non-member), please go to

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Community Seed Swap

October 26th, 2014 by Linda Elbert

Slow Food Orange County is sponsoring at community seed swap by SEEDS Art and Education, Inc. at  Annaliese’s School in Laguna Beach.

web WHAT: Trade your old seeds for new ones.

 WHEN: Sun., Nov. 16, 2014

 TIME: 2-4 p.m.

 WHERE: Anneliese’s Willowbrook Campus, 20062 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach

 WHO: All ages

 FEE: Free

 Join us for an afternoon in the bountiful Anneliese Willowbrook garden. Bring your extra seeds to share or trade! Guest will learn how to save seeds, why it’s important to eat locally, as well as learn about  The SEEDS Library of Laguna Beach.  Light refreshments will be served..

Thank you to our generous sponsors!  

Slow Food Orange County Chair Linda Elbert will be discussing the importance of local food at the community seed swap.

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