One Seed — UCI student could use your help

November 28th, 2014 by Ted Wright

An amazing and very entrepreneurial student at UCI, Stella Liu, is trying to get support for a business opportunity called OneSeed that could help lots of people start growing their own food. Here is her description of this.

Nowadays, ingredient lists have become more cryptic than ever. Take a look at any food label and you won’t recognize any of the terms. Dextrin? Niacin? Riboflavin? We have all became disconnected with our food. What if we could change this? At Start Up Weekend Orange County 2014, a team of strangers came together for the first time and after 54 hours, they won the competition by coming up with the idea for One Seed! One Seed stems from a vision of a world where everyone with a window sill, balcony, or backyard can reconnect with their food through gardening. We accomplish this by providing a subscription based all-in-one gardening kit that is delivered to your doorstep with three already sprouted plants. For every growth cycle, we will send you a box with soil and seeds that are all ready to grow. On our website, our gardeners can view recipes to cook their food and gardening informational videos.

We are now advancing to the global level and we need your votes! You can vote once every single day! Voting takes just seconds

The polls opened on Thanksgiving and will keep going until Dec 3rd.

Video link that explains One Seed in 2 minutes:

Voting link:


Stella Liu

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Fresh Holiday Cooking

November 15th, 2014 by Linda Elbert

WED, NOV. 19
6:00 PM

Give thanks and celebrate the harvest! Experience a hands-on cooking class for adults, starting in the garden and ending with a meal.

Nopales Salad

Nopales Salad

Our Farm to Fork adult series of cooking classes emphasizes the journey real food takes from seed to plate—beginning with an exploration of the orchard, vegetable, and herb gardens, and ending with the preparation of a meal.

This month, we celebrate the holidays and give thanks to the garden! Join us and learn skills, tools & techniques for preparing healthy Thanksgiving side dishes using fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden.

“When I think about Thanksgiving, one thing that is important to me is giving thanks to and honoring the land that provides the foods in our local southern region. I like to include the ingredients from our southwest regional landscape to create beautiful delicious dishes for the Thanksgiving table.” – Chef Linda Elbert

We will be making:

Nopales Salad

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranates and Vanilla Macadamia Nut Butter

Honey and Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

Instructor: Linda Elbert of Mindful Cuisine/The Basement Table

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School Gardens – Let’s Start Digging!

November 2nd, 2014 by Linda Elbert

i-dig-school-gardens-150x150Slow Food Orange County has an exciting opportunity to help Orange County schools. Slow Food USA is expanding its National School Garden Program, thanks to a grant by Chipotle Mexican Grill, and Orange County has been selected as one of ten focus areas for the program. The goals are to teach children how to grow and cook food, the importance of healthful eating, and the importance and variety of food from different cultures. You can read more about the program here.

SFOC already has experience working with school garden programs. Several projects have been completed in the last year alone. Tustin Memorial Academy received a Slow Food Orange County micro-grant, Ark of Taste seeds, and a hands-on cooking demonstration for students. Annaliese School and SFOC jointly hosted a community Ark of Taste event with local chefs to showcase the importance of protecting biodiversity in our food. SFOC also provided a grant and weekend volunteer workers to the Irvine Outdoor Education Center, where many Orange County students attend science camp and learn about growing food, soil and water management, and pollination. In addition, SFOC has worked with The Ecology Center’s Grow Your Own program to support the teachers responsible for school garden programs.

The National School Garden Program and the Chipotle grant give Slow Food Orange County the opportunity to continue and expand its support of school garden programs through a more formal program and through collaborations with other organizations such as The Ecology Center. We need your help to develop this program and make it work. We want to form a working group as soon as possible, so that we can be ready to help with spring garden projects. If you have experience with planning, developing and managing programs, edible gardening, or just want to help our schools, please get involved. Contact Linda Elbert at as soon as possible.

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