Call Your State Assembly Member to Support AB 2561
Alert! AB 2561 Neighborhood Food Act
(Bradford) goes to the Assembly Floor May 19. The Slow Food California Policy Committee needs your calls on Thursday or Friday to your Assembly Member - Ask them to vote yes on AB 2561!
California State Assembly Member Steven Bradford has introduced AB 2561, the California Neighborhood Food Act, which, if passed into law, will remove significant legal obstacles to growing produce for personal use or for sale throughout California.
It's time to legalize front yard and backyard gardens, community gardens and farm micro-enterprises! It's time to bring fresh, local produce to all communities in California, regardless of geographic limitations and socio-economic status!
Brenda Ruiz and Charity Kenyon from our Sacramento Chapter and the Slow food California Policy Committee are working with a small coalition that is bound and determined to get the Neighborhood Food Act out of the Assembly so we can start the fight over in the Senate.
Two things we need from you, our Slow Food supporters, this week:
1. Calls to your representatives this Thursday, May 15, or Friday, May 16. We want to concentrate the calls to increase impact. Find and call your representative.
Basically, this is the ask: Please vote yes on
AB 2561. Urban agriculture and all of its benefits for healthy communities and individuals is a priority for me and for your constituents. AB 2561 is an important step toward realizing our goal of good, clean, and fair food for all. (Feel free to insert your personal involvement story in Slow Food). Read the Slow Food Sacramento chapter support letter here.
1. Letters of support are also welcome. Please draft a letter and personalize it with a statement about your involvement in urban agriculture (schools? community gardens? local chickens?) and send electronically to Andrea Perry in Assembly Member Bradford's office (email@example.com) with a copy to Christina Oatfield (Christina@theselc.org) of the Sustainable Economies Law Center.
For suggested language check out the Sustainable Economies Law Center website.
Let's go for it! Calls on Thursday or Friday! Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
School Garden Coalition -
Join Us At Day on the Farm
Slow Food Sacramento proudly invites all school garden educators, advocates, youth and families to stop by the School Garden Expo and Grow Zone at Soil Born's Day on the Farm this Sunday, May 18. We are again partnering with Soil Born Farms to provide an area were you can come and connect with the innovative work taking place everyday on school campuses throughout the region. Interactive activities every hour starting at 10:15 a.m. in the Grow Zone.
**There are still a few booths available for your school/youth garden program to participate! Canopy, table, chairs, and refreshments are all provided for. Contact Brenda Ruiz at:
Not sure what Day on the Farm is...Read on below...
Day on the Farm
Learn, Eat & Celebrate!
Sunday * May 18 * 10am - 3pm American River Ranch * Next to Hagan Park *
2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova
Cooking Classes & Workshops - Farm Tours & Nature Walks - Kid's Garden Activities - Face Painting & Photo Booth - Community Education Tables - Local Artists & Talent Show - Live music with Mind X & more! Morning Food, Snacks & Lunch!
Learn About: Gardening * Composting * Herbs Raising Chickens * Beekeeping * American River's Native Plants * Cooking * Native Edibles & More!
*$5 per person kids & adults to be paid at the event entrance (2 yrs and under free) proceeds benefit Soil Born Farms.
*Between markers 15 & 16 on the American River Bike Trail. Walking & bicycling are encouraged (bike valet available).
*Parking at Cordova High, Cordova Community Center or Hagan Park (fees apply).
*www.soilborn.org for full schedule and more information.
2nd Annual Chenin Blanc Wine Tasting - May 20
Sample Clarksburg Chenin Blanc With Us!
May 20 at Revolution Wines - $10/person
Join Slow Food Sacramento and GRAS (Green Restaurants Alliance Sacramento) for the second annual Chenin Blanc Wine Tasting on May 20 at Revolution Wines in midtown Sacramento. We will taste the latest releases of our region's signature varietal: Clarksburg Chenin blanc.
Featuring: Heringer Estates, Revolution Wines, Rendez-vous, Clarksburg Wine Co., Dry Creek Valley, Pine Ridge, blue plate/Dīner, Twisted Rivers, more.
Industry tasting is from 2-4 p.m., and public tasting is 4-6 p.m. Cost is $10/person.
Chenin Blanc grapes are uniquely suited to growing in our region and to the Clarksburg area in particular. Historically, Clarksburg was one of two regions in the world producing Chenin Blanc grapes. These grapes are now being lost to more popular white wine grapes. By learning, tasting and supporting Chenin Blanc grapes we can help revive this unique, delicious and historically important varietal.
Sacramento Urban Agriculture Coalition
Public Kick-Off Event
Wednesday, May 14
4 - 6 p.m.
Oak Park Sol Garden
3733 Broadway, Sacramento
Interested in learning more about how you can pitch in to help promote urban agriculture in our region? Join the coalition working to expand urban agriculture in Sacramento. The event features speakers, educational materials and several fun activities for all ages. Everyone welcome. RSVP or for more info: Katie@ubunrtugreen.org or 916-8798416.
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