· A student driven Slow Food chapter at Sonoma State University
· Working to promote quality, locally produced food on our campus and in our community.

We are guided and sponsored by the Russian River Convivium.


· Food production is a large contributor to environmental degradation throughout the world. In fact, 25% of all GHG's emissions are the result of industrialized agriculture.
Farm workers are the most exploited labor force in the American economy.
· Our food production system is extremely fragile and is showing signs that it may collapse.
· Food is a culture-creator. It brings people together.
· Food not only nourishes: it gives us pleasure.

Click here to learn about the Manifesto on Climate Change and the Future of Food Security
Click here to learn about the Slow Food Ark of Taste


· If any of these events interest you and you would like to participate, or if you have information or news that would be appropriate for posting LET US KNOW - email: slowfoodssu@gmail.com

SSU Faculty Makes a Film at Sebastopol Farmers Market Showing 12/4 at noon

Please join us at the final Arts & Humanities Forum of the fall 2008 semester.

Film: SomeThingsAboutFood
When: Thursday December 4th
Time: 12 noon
Where: SSU, Shulz 3001

Michael Litle (COMS) will present a film entitled, SomeThingsAboutFood: a film set in a farm
market.” Michael describes the film as follows: During a busy farmer's market in Sebastopol, Wadner Pierre, a foreign exchange student at SSU, attempts to sell his photographs of Haiti.

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SSU Rated #1 in California for Sustainability!

Sonoma State University has been named by The Princeton Review as one of the Top Schools for Sustainability in its annual Review of Best Colleges. SSU scored 98 out of a possible 99 points in the Review's new Green Rating, which gave it a rating of #12 in the nation, and #1 overall in California. The short news report on NPR also gave special mention to "a new program allowing students to participate in sustainability research, the Environmental Studies Department, and the appointment of a Sustainability Coordinator." This is fantastic recognition for the university, and we hope we can use the momentum for creating additional awareness. Here is the SSU press release, which includes a link to the Princeton Review page and info on their new Green Rating:

Pacific Coast Farmers Market Organization

These are not "certified organic" farmers markets but just "certified" (hmm...) - nonetheless a list of more northern CA markets managed by this non-profit.
Here is their market list

Support Slow Food Nation! Buy a Fruit Box

Thank you to everyone who has supported Slow Food Nation by getting a box of hand-picked California fruit delivered to their doorstep. In just three months, we have raised over $7,400 for education and youth engagement at Slow Food Nation. The deadline for ordering a June box is Friday, June 20, and the $59 price includes delivery to any address in California. More information about what is included in this month’s box is available by calling The Fruit Guys at 650.246.1200 or http://www.fruitguys.com.

Traditional, Sustainable Rice Production

Article about dramatically increasing rice production using traditional, sustainable farming methods instead of GMO seed, chemical fertilizers, & mechanized farming.
For the complete NY Times article click here

Support Slow Food Nation! - A Call for Gardeners & Volunteers

Calling All Gardeners

Are you interested in helping to create a productive, beautiful, well-maintained, edible garden in front of City Hall in San Francisco? The Slow Food Nation Victory Garden needs help July 1—12 with garden installation, educational docents and stewards–both new and experienced gardeners are welcome. For more details and to enroll as a Victory Garden Volunteer, please email your contact information and availability to info@slowfoodnation.org with “Victory Garden” in the subject.


Volunteer opportunities of all types are available both before and during the event. Additionally, volunteers who can assist with recruiting, training and supervising others may be eligible for “captain” positions. Slow Food Nation thrives on the participation of the local food community. Sign up to volunteer at here or write info@slowfoodnation.org

Click here for lots of great info on THE SLOW FOOD NATION EVENT WEBSITE

On the Trail of a Sustainable Feast in Sonoma

"...We had come to Sonoma County specifically for the food. Inspired by the “locavore” movement, in which Earth-aware consumers go to great lengths to eat only locally grown, sustainable food from within a 100-mile radius of their home, we decided to take a locavore holiday, creating an entire meal from farms we had personally visited and farmers we had personally met...."
For the complete NY Times article click here

Small Farms Are More Productive and Profitable

  • A 1,000 acre U.S. corporate farm growing genetically engineered crops nets an average of $39 an acre.
  • In contrast, a four-acre family farm nets, on average, $1,400 per acre.
  • Small organic farms are proving to be even more profitable. With oil prices on the rise, growing food without petroleum-based pesticides/fertilizers, and delivering that food to local markets will quickly prove to be the most affordable food available.
For the complete NY Times article click here

FREE Cheese & Wine Tasting May 16th, 4PM at the SSU University Club (attached to the Commons)

FREE Cheese and Wine tasting plus a lecture on the process of making cheese with professional cheese maker, Jonathan White of Cowgirl Creamery! Following the lecture on the cheese making process there will be a tasting of three Sonoma County cheeses. Sara Gacek, the president of the student wine appreciation club, Wine Sense, will accompany the tasting offering several Sonoma County wines to pair with the cheeses. This is a collaboration with dining services who will be preparing light appetizers and acoutrements featuring local, in season produce. All are invited. Only those who are 21+ can participate in the wine tasting. There is no charge.

General Meeting May 14 6:30PM on campus

Take a break with us and join us for the last general meeting of the semester.
Campus location: TBD

Event: Bread Making Workshop May 25th, Time: TBD

Hands on workshop with Bill Hawn using his traditional wood-fired, bread baking oven. We will be making bread to take home and pizzas for lunch! Space is limited so please let us know asap is you are interested in participating. Location details will be offered when you register for the event.

ALERT: No Farm Bill Extension! Calls Needed Today

4/15/08 This week Members of Congress will decide between continuing to work on a new farm bill or simply to extend the current bill for another 1-2 years. If the current bill is extended, we will lose significant policy gains and funding increases for conservation, beginning farmer and ranchers, organic production and research, nutrition assistance, renewable energy, and local food systems. Tell your Elected Officials to do their jobs and pass a new farm bill with important sustainable agriculture gains intact!

Potluck Meeting

April 23rd at 6:30 at Environmental Technology Center Bldg (ETC)
Thank-you for helping to make our first potluck meeting on campus a success. In attendance was our beloved Bill Hawn (President of Slow Food Sonoma County) in addition to a visit from the Northern California Regional Governor, Larry Martin (of Slow Food Russian River). Larry shared words of praise and encouragement for bringing the vision of slow food to our campus. We will remain in contact with him for support and event/volunteer opportunities in the future. Thanks Larry! Click here if you are interested in viewing our constitution. In the future you will be able to find our constitution and meeting minutes on this blog, in the link section to the right.

Larry reminded us that Slow Food is not just a club for food enthusiasts. An emphasis of our gathering is on the breaking of bread with our community; but we do so to develop a platform for change. This change can be political, educational, celebratory and profound.

"We envision a future food system that is based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice...a food system that is good clean and fair." (Slow Food USA)

LA Times Article - Treading Lighter With Low Carbon Diets

Students at the University of Redlands cafeteria have low-carbon options at mealtime. A poster invites students: "You've changed your light bulbs, now change your lunch."

Carlo Petrini - Founder Slow Food International

Lecture (12 minutes) April 03,2008, A Night at The Opera - Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food International shares his views about food, politics, and American culture on the road to a sustainable food nation. Explores the meaning of gastronomy, the current impact of food production upon the environment, and the pressing need for fundamental change. From Fast Food Nation to Slow Food Nation sponsored by Kaiser Permanente's Center For Health Research.

Dr. Vandana Shiva - V.P., Slow Food India

Interview (2.52 minutes)

Carlo Petrini - Founder Slow Food International

(9 minutes) Slow Food Picnic - Russian River

Slow Food Nation: An Evening With Carlo Petrini

lecture (2 minutes) August 2, 2007

Slow Food Sonoma County Annual Meeting

April 12, 2008 Healdsburg, CA
Our newly elected leaders were invited to attend the Sonoma County Convivium Annual Meeting on Saturday and the afternoon proved to exhibit all of the warm and sunny flavors you might expect from Healdsburg in the Spring. A generous midmeeting snack of locally produced cheeses, breads, and wine was provided. It was great to get a chance to observe their meeting process. We chatted with SoCo members about event ideas for SSU and some of the obstacles we are facing. We also got a chance to check out their Ark of Taste display.

the wisdom of the snail —Slow Food’s symbol

the wisdom of the snail —Slow Food’s symbol
The snail was chosen because it moves slowly and calmly eats its way through life. The snail not only teaches us the virtue of slowness, but its small, unassuming size reminds us that even one individual, at a grassroots level can yield tremendous power.