On Monday, October 24, members of the public are invited to share a potluck dinner and learn about local efforts to promote a food system that is affordable for all residents, profitable for farmers and ensures access to land for future generations.
The free event is sponsored by the San Mateo Food System Alliance in honor of Food Day, a nationwide grassroots campaign to encourage Americans to “eat real” and support healthy, affordable food grown in a sustainable, humane way. The Alliance’s mission is to inspire and connect people to the source of their food.
The event will also include a series of short films about Pie Ranch, a nonprofit educational farm in Pescadero, and a brief panel discussion on the Alliance’s work to promote a sustainable food system. It will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Foster City Library.
The Alliance encourages participants to join the potluck and bring a dish prepared with a local ingredient.
The three films, approximately 5 to 7 minutes each in length, will show how local high school students learn about food by baking pie. On a pie-shaped farm, Pie Ranch focuses on three key activities: growing food with sustainable farming practices, educating youth, and training future farmers. They also offer apprenticeships for aspiring farmers.
Alliance members will discuss their efforts to increase access to agricultural land, promote garden-based education in all schools, support sustainable food policies, and connect county grown produce to schools and hospitals. Panelists will include: Jered Lawson, executive director of Pie Ranch; Ned Conwell, co-owner of Blue House Farm; Robin Galas, Garden Program Director of the San Mateo County Court and Community Schools; Cindy McCown of Second Harvest Food Bank; and others.
On October 4, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation supporting the San Mateo Food System Alliance and Food Day and endorsed “the continued efforts of the Food System Alliance to improve access to locally, sustainably produced and healthy food in San Mateo County.”
Event Details: When: Monday, October 24, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The films will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the panel discussion and Q&A at 7 p.m.
Where: Foster City Library, 1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City.
Space is limited and residents should RSVP to Juvy Ann Reyes at email@example.com or 650-573-2398 by October 19.
For more information about the event and the Alliance, please contact Nicole Wires at 650-324-2769 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit http://www.sanmateocofsa.org for more information.
Hundreds of other Food Day events can be found on an interactive map at FoodDay.org.