Irvine Outdoor Education Center

August 21st, 2014 by Linda Elbert

The Irvine Outdoor Education Center (IOEC) was a recipient of our microgrant funds last January. This is a facility where many Orange County school children attend science camp. Our funds went to building additional growing space in the Life Science program for raising produce to sell to restaurants and farmer’s markets. This goal was to provide an ongoing source of funds to sustain the program. This area has been built and is waiting to be planted. Anna Maria, the Life Science instructor is working on an update for us!

The weekend of August 2 & IMG_2217 IMG_2226 IMG_22423 Slow Food OC organized a work weekend at the IOEC. The weekend was a joint project with Transition Laguna Beach and the Permaculture students from the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano. Although Slow Food OC was the organizer, most of the volunteer workers can from these other organizations. Hard work and a good time were had by all.

Anna Maria received a donation of 200 native plants from a nursery.” We planted about 50 plants along the orchard perimeter to begin to create a living fence and deer barrier which was part of a permaculture design plan as well as extended the bed surrounding a demonstration garden. It was a great service event that created a sense of community among the volunteers. We were also given the opportunity to try out the zip line and given a beekeeping demonstration. There were about 15 people as well as Anna Maria and the resident WOOFers. Slow Food was able to feed the workers who camped out overnight providing smore’s for dessert and breakfast the following morning using a Whole Foods gift card given to us by SEEDS as a thank you for the Ark of Taste event.

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Slow Food California Chapter

August 19th, 2014 by Linda Elbert

Dear Slow Food Orange County,

In August 2012, Slow Food leaders from California began meeting with representatives from the national office about the concept of “regionalization”  ̶  to help the Slow Food USA national office in Brooklyn be of more support to the local chapters.  At the initial meeting two committees  began working: a structure committee and a policy committee.  The structure committee began working on bylaws and tax status while the policy committee began working on advocacy for legislative issues related to food policy issues within California.

There were also several regional meetings with training and the opportunity to get to know members from chapters throughout the state.  The policy committee worked hard on issues such as Prop. 37, the Ag-gag bill, and it is currently working on concerns related to the Slow Meat program.  The structure committee has been waiting on the “go ahead” from Slow Food USA.  Slow Food USA has created 5 regions within the United States.  California will be part of the Pacific Region that will include Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, California and possibly Nevada.  Instead of having one staff person in the national office acting as a liaison between all the chapters in the USA, a staff person will be hired for each of the five regions. This is part of a decentralized approach to management as each staff person will live in the region which they represent. Within each of the regions, the individual states will have the opportunity to form a chapter.  California is leading this trend.

The role of Slow Food California will be to provide a chapter affiliation for people living in areas with no local chapter, to promote awareness and membership in Slow Food throughout the state, to provide a centralized web presence for travelers to find Slow Food events throughout the state, create a large base for food policy advocacy, and plan statewide events. The first statewide event is planned for Terra Madre Day in December. Details will be forthcoming.

Ted Wright, Co-Chair, and I will be attending a Slow Food California meeting in early September by which time we anticipate it will be a legally functioning chapter.  Members of local Slow Food chapters within California will automatically be part of the statewide chapter. I am excited about these changes because I believe they will help create a greater presence for Slow Food within California and will facilitate support and an exchange of ideas and resources among the local chapters that will help build individual chapters.

At this time, my intent is to keep Slow Food OC informed about the changes within the larger organization;  however, I soon hope to be reporting about events that you can enjoy as well as offering you resources.
Linda Elbert
Slow Food OC, Chair

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Boldo Bol Snail of Appreciation Award

July 24th, 2014 by Larry Elbert

SFOC SoA Window Decal

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Slow Food Orange County presented the third  Snail of Appreciation Award to Boldo Bol, Paul & Judy Chamberlin proprietors, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at their new restaurant at 305 E. 4th Street, Suite #105 Santa Ana, CA 92701

The Snail of Appreciation award recognizes Boldo’s unwavering commitment to serve delicious, artisanal food that is fresh and healthy, and is produced using ingredients that they have verified to be organic, sustainably and humanely raised, and ‘very’ local.  Boldo will be using Slow Food Ark of Taste ingredients.

Boldo is committed to work with and support local non-profits and the Santa Ana community.
Boldo Boldo-award

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