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JULY-AUGUST 2006

Mon. July 31st - Fri. August 4th

EAT IN, ACT OUT WEEK
Local Food Challenge, National Week of Action

How can you spend your food dollars in a way that builds a sustainable future for San Diego? San Diego has the second-highest number of small farms in the entire US and yet, very little local produce is used in our restaurants or sold in our markets. Instead, our produce is shipped away, while the average store-bought fruit or vegetable has traveled over 1500 miles to our plate!

During this week of action, people across the country are choosing to eat locally and think critically about their food choices. "Eat in" refers to using local food, cooking food yourself instead of eating fast food, and "Act Out" means speaking up and taking action to change our food system and promote local food! This week's events are made possible by San Diego Food Not Lawns and the International Rescue Committee.

We'll kick-off the week on Monday with a Tomato Taste-Off and Puppet Show in Downtown San Diego (near 4th and Broadway). Don't miss the chance to taste the difference between an Organic Heirloom Locally Grown Tomato and one you buy in a large corporate grocery store chain! On Tues, Wed & Thurs, we will host a Film Series covering a variety of food related issues. On Friday, we challenge you to buy food from restaurants and grocery stores that have food available from local farms. Come to one of our other events to get the list!

Download a flyer:  Eat-In, Act-Out Week (PDF)  ||  Film Fest Details (PDF)

Tuesday, August 1st

FILM: Earth on the Edge

When: Tuesday 8/1 at 7 pm
Where: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 Front St, 92103 (Hillcrest)

Every day brings news of human beings’ impact on the life-support system known as Earth. But what is the truth behind the headlines? Bill Moyers takes viewers past the numbers, journeying from the Midwest to Mongolia and introducing people who are pioneering solutions to ecological problems. Reports from Kansas, British Columbia, Brazil, South Africa and Mongolia illuminate the ways in which human demands over the past century are wearing holes in the fabric of life.” Co-sponsered by the Unitarian Universalist Church. Film Fest Flyer (PDF)

Wednesday, August 2

FILM: Super Size Me

When: Wednesday 8/2 at 8 pm
Where: Adams Recreation Center, 3491 Adams Ave. 92116

SUPER SIZE ME explores the horror of school lunch programs, declining health, food addictions and much more when filmmaker Morgan Spurlock challenges himself to live on nothing but McDonald’s for an entire month! The whole family will enjoy this satirical jab in the stomach, overstuffed with fat and facts about the billion-dollar industry besieged by doctors, lawyers and nutritionists alike. “Would you like fries with that?” will never sound the same! Outdoor showing: bring your lawns chairs and blankets. Co-sponsered by the City of San Diego Parks and Rec Dept. Film Fest Flyer (PDF)

Thursday, August 3

FILM: The Future of Food

When: Thursday 8/3 at 8 pm
Where: Kung Food Restaurant, 2949 5th Ave. 92103 (Hillcrest)

DESCRIPTION: THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. From the prairies of Saskatchewan to the fields of Oaxaca, this film gives a voice to farmers whose lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this new technology. The film also explores alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture, placing organic and sustainable agriculture as real solutions to the farm crisis today. Film Fest Flyer (PDF)


OCTOBER 2006

Action Alert

Proposed changes to WIC food packages
Deadline: November 6th

The proposed changes in the current Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) food packages have enormous potential to benefit lower income women and children, and farmers' markets and farmers. In brief, the proposed changes would put $2.2 billion over the next five years in the pocket of WIC recipients to purchase fruits and vegetables. And, for the first time in the history of the regular WIC Program, these funds could also be used at farmers' markets.

What: To ensure that these proposed changes become a reality, we ask you to please send comment letters to USDA.

When: To be assured of consideration, comments must be postmarked or sent electronically on or before November 6, 2006

How: Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods:

  • Mail: Send comments to Patricia N. Daniels, Director, Supplemental Food Programs Division, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 528, Alexandria, Virginia 22302. SAMPLE LETTER LINKS BELOW.
  • E-mail: Send comments to -- Include "Docket ID Number 0584-AD77, WIC Food Packages Rule" in the subject line of the message. It would be helpful to also include in your message your organization and your city/state.
  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Online Form: Use the online form to submit comments. You will receive a confirmation page and your comments will be sent by email to FNS.

Thank you! The number of letters received really counts and your comments are taken seriously. These changes are particularly important to those who are seeking ways to connect local agriculture to the health needs of lower income citizens.

More Information:

  • WIC SAMPLE LETTERS (Word doc with space for comments): English | Espanol
  • California WIC website - Action Alert page
  • USDA Web page for Proposed Rule for WIC Food Packages
  • Community Food Security Coalition - general letter instructions
  • Community Food Security Coalition - letter to USDA (long)

Note: The "how" information was taken from the CalWIC.org website. They also mention that the substance of the comments and the identities of individuals/entities submitting the comments will be included in the record (of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service) and will be made available to the public, perhaps online at www.fns.usda.gov/wic

Sat. October 14th

BIKE TOUR OF "EDIBLE SAN DIEGO" & CELEBRATORY POTLUCK

Rescheduled to Sun Nov 12th (Due to Weather)


NOVEMBER 2006

Sat. November 4th

Harvest Festival for Peace and Justice - Join Schools for Chiapas and La Milpa Organica in a celebration of GE-free corn, local food systems, organic farming, slow foods, and indigenous cultures. The day-long harvest festival program will include a kids program, corn harvest, the slow roasting of red, white and blue corn grown from Zapatista seed, theatre, music, poetry, workshops, storytelling, indigenous artesian work andorganic food.
     Location: La Milpa Organica Farm (9988 Protea Gardens Rd., Escondido)
     Time: 10am until 7pm

Sun. November 12th

BIKE TOUR OF "EDIBLE SAN DIEGO"

In honor of harvest season, SD Food Not Lawns is hosting this bike tour, where we will...

  • Explore the worm bins at Grant Magnet Elementary School.
  • Visit Central Elementary's thriving school garden for a raised bed construction workshop.
  • Stop by one of the emerging City Heights Back Yard Community Gardens for a Food-Not-Lawns demo.
  • Get quick tips for city composting at the Golden Hill Community Garden.
  • Forage a salad along the way with an edible weeds expert.
This is a FREE event and everyone is welcome (even without bikes).
Please RSVP!   When you tell us you are coming, it helps us plan and run the event even better.

12 noon - Meet at WorldBeat Center (2100 Park Blvd) for intro
12:30 pm - Start bike tour, approx 15 miles, possible to follow in car (map confirmed at event)
Approx 4:30 pm - Finish ride back at WorldBeat

Help spread the word and download a flyer...
Full page PDF (English)  |   Quarter size JPG (English)  |   PDF en Espanol

Check out the proposed route... (final details available at the event)
Bike map (jpg)  |   Car map (word doc)

Don't forget to RSVP! You may call us at 619-641-7510 (ext. 234 or 244) or .

Thurs. November 16th

Farmer's Market at USD, from 4-7 pm on campus

An environmental group at the University of San Diego is trying to put on a Farmer's Market on campus. They are a small group just getting started, but expect it to be a popular event because many students commute to other Farmer's Markets on a regular basis. Please stop by and show your support! If you want more info, please contact SDFNL and we'll forward your info to them.


DECEMBER 2006

Fri. December 1st

FARM BILL COMMUNITY FORUM

When: Noon - 3:00 PM (Light food & refreshments served at start)
Where: City Heights Wellness Center
      4440 Wightman St. #200, San Diego, 92105
      (Free parking in Albertson's parking lot next to center)

The Farm Bill is the dominate piece of legislation that affects farm and food policy in the U.S and it will be revised by congress in 2007. This forum is for anyone who is committed to better food, farm and nutrition policy that protects and provides opportunities for small farmers and ensures that everyone has access to healthy affordable and local food. Community food issues addressed through the farm bill:

  • Access to farmers markets
  • Preserving local farms
  • Hunger and food stamps
  • Access Fresh fruit and vegetables and obesity prevention
Download the flyer... Full page JPG (right click, save as)

PLEASE RSVP: (619) 641-7510 X244 OR email: info(AT)CAFoodJustice.org

Co-hosted by: CA FOOD & JUSTICE COALITION www.CAFoodJustice.org
INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE www.theIRC.org
TIERRA MIGUEL FOUNDATION www.TierraMiguelFarm.org

Sat. December 9th

ANNUAL PEACE ON EARTH HOLIDAY BAZAAR

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2006, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 4011 Ohio Street (at corner of Lincoln in North Park).

Support local peace, social justice and environmental organizations (INCLUDING SD Food Not Lawns!) and avoid the commercialization of the holidays by doing your holiday shopping for alternative gifts at the Annual Peace on Earth Holiday Bazaar. Gift items will include t-shirts, holiday cards, calendars, buttons, peace jewelry, books, imported goods, free trade coffee and tea, ornaments, soap products, lotions and more! Come hungry! Come thirsty! Middle Eastern food, ice cream and other goodies including baked goods, coffee, cold sodas and hot spiced cider will be available for purchase. For more information, please contact the Peace Resource Center of San Diego.

PLEASE come out to support us! And tell your friends... Download the flyer (PDF)


JAN-FEB 2007

SD Food Not Lawns Meetings - planning for "Cultivating Food Justice" conference


MARCH 2007

Sat. March 3rd

CULTIVATING FOOD JUSTICE: Growing a Local Movement

This is an all day conference/festival event on Saturday, March 3rd and is free for everyone. The day will be filled with defining, discovering, and doing; as well as strategizing, inspiring, and celebrating. We'll have skill-based workshops (composting, gardening, cooking, etc.), discussions (learning about and examining food security, globalization, land and water access, health issues, etc.) and trainings (how do you organize a food-focused project, reclaiming space, starting a school garden, etc.) as well as music, kids activities, speakers, and of course food!

Keynote Address by Dolores Huerta, co-founder of UFW (more info at D.H. Foundation)

FEEDBACK: We would very much appreciate all attendees giving us feedback about the conference. Please fill out our online form or you may print and mail it (call us for the address).

Schedule Details:  English  ||  Español

Conference Map:  PDF updated 3/1/07

CONFERENCE FLYERS:

  • Detailed flyer in color PDF (11x17 long)
  • Mini (Black & White): PDF2 (2 on one 8x11 page)
  • Español: PDF (11x17, todos detalles) o PDF 2 (sin color, 4x5.5)
  • KEYNOTE:  English  ||  Español


May 2007

Wed. May 23

WORKSHOP ~ Presentation on Organic Gardening by Paul Maschka
6 - 8 pm at Activist San Diego, 4246 Wightman St 92105
(map)

    Description:This talk will be an overview of alternative gardening methods and concepts -- past, present and future. This class would give people a taste of the myriad methods our ancestors developed to feed us. I will discuss the many benefits and reasons why we should grow some of our own food organically. Topics we will touch on: heirloom plants vs. hybrid plants, companion planting, attracting beneficial insects, poly-culture vs. mono-culture, planting guilds, compost and vermiculture, mulching, dry-farming, permaculture gardening, bio-intensive (French-intensive) gardening, no till farming, pest control, integrated pest management (IPM), synthetic fertilizers vs. organic fertilizers, water conservation, irrigation methods. * The lecture will be followed by a hands-on demonstration Sunday June 2nd.

    Bio:Paul Maschka is a passionate environmentalist. During the last 16 years he has been employed in the horticulture department for the San Diego Zoological Society, presently in a Lead Organic Gardening position. He is also the President of the San Diego Mycological Society. While Paul’s main interests and studies focus on organic urban food production, he also teaches courses and lectures on a number of Earth-Friendly topics, such as sustainable bio-intensive gardening methods, bee keeping, alternative natural construction with cob, bamboo, and earthen plaster. Other workshops he loves to do are mushroom cultivation and "food not lawns."


June 2007

Sat. June 2

WORKSHOP ~ Hands-on Gardening by Paul Maschka (follow-up from talk)
Time: 11 am - 2 pm
Location: Circle A Ranch Garden at 3316 B Street, San Diego 92102

    Description:This hands-on workshop will also include a potluck, so please bring something to share! In the workshop, we'll explore the many ways you can turn your yard or community space into a thriving food jungle! As the first workshop in our summer series, we’ll focus on two of the biggest challenges for SoCal gardeners—building soil and saving water. Together, we’ll learn how to make and use compost, worm castings and mulch as well as try our hand at dry-farming, a technique developed in Africa where you plant your plants or seeds and water only one time at the beginning of the dry season. First timers and experienced gardeners all welcome!

Sat-Sun. June 23-24

Compost Bins for Sale from City of San Diego
Only City residents eligible. See flyer (jpg) for details.

Wed. June 27

COMPOSTING DAY OF ACTION
4 pm - 7 pm at Ocean Beach Farmer's Market (Newport Ave)
SD Food Not Lawns and Zero Waste San Diego are teaming together to host this event. There will be composting workshops and demonstrations, free bags of compost, compost bins for sale, and more!

Film and slide presentaion by San Diego Roots
7 pm at Rock Paper Scissors Galleria, 4976 Newport Ave 92107

    Description:Short film about Fairview Gardens called "Beyond Organic," followed by a slide-show presentation about the Willow Glen Farm project. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Fairview Gardens before the field trip, and see why we love this as a model for Willow Glen Farm. Members of the Willow Glen Farm team will be there to answer questions about the project and share our excitement with the community. More info at San Diego Roots.org


July-Aug 2007

Sun. July 8th

WORKSHOP with Paul Maschka ~ Top 10 "Super" Food Plants
11 am in Ocean Beach ~ Space is limited.
Please RSVP here and your confirmation will include the address.
This event is updated/rescheduled from a previous date.

    Description:Local gardening guru will present this hands-on workshop. Includes talk, cooking demonstration, and potluck. Learn about the 10 "super" food plants that everyone should consider having in their own San Diego garden ~ what they are, how to grow them, their various benefits, and how to prepare into tasty meals.
    ** Please bring a food dish to share!

    Bio:Paul Maschka is a passionate environmentalist. During the last 16 years he has been employed in the horticulture department for the San Diego Zoological Society, presently in a Lead Organic Gardening position. He is also the President of the San Diego Mycological Society. While Paul’s main interests and studies focus on organic urban food production, he also teaches courses and lectures on a number of Earth-Friendly topics, such as sustainable bio-intensive gardening methods, bee keeping, alternative natural construction with cob, bamboo, and earthen plaster. Other workshops he loves to do are mushroom cultivation and "food not lawns."

July 29 - August 5 (Sun. to Sun.)

EAT IN, ACT OUT WEEK: Local Food Challenge, National Week of Action

How can you spend your food dollars in a way that builds a sustainable future for San Diego?
       San Diego has the second-highest number of small farms in the entire US and yet, very little local produce is used in our restaurants or sold in our markets. Instead, our produce is shipped away, while the average store-bought fruit or vegetable has traveled over 1500 miles to our plate!
       During this week of action, people across the country are choosing to eat locally and think critically about their food choices. "Eat in" refers to using local food, cooking food yourself instead of eating fast food, and "Act Out" means speaking up and taking action to change our food system and promote local food!

Download pdf flyers:    General Schedule  ||   Workshops  ||   Community Dinner

Schedule of Activities

  • Sun 7/29: 8am-2pm Cobb Building Work Party at the Poetry Bench, Balboa Park
    (lunch not provided, but there will be a potluck around noon)
  • Mon 7/30: 6-8pm Fruit and Vegetable Canning Workshop at City Farmer Nursery
  • Tues 7/31: 6-8pm Healing with Herbs and Whole Foods Workshop, City Heights Wellness Center
  • Wed 8/1: 6-10pm Eat In, Act Out Summer Blowout...community dinner, music, movie and summer grown food swap at the City Heights Performance Annex
  • Thur 8/2: 6-8pm Solar Oven Building and Baking Workshop, City Heights Performance Annex
  • Fri 8/3: 12-1pm Tomato Taste Off, San Diego City Hall, 202 "C" St. downtown
  • Sat 8/4: 1pm-2:30pm Seed Saving/Sustainable Garden Workshop, Vera House Garden, corner of 34th Street & Mountain View Drive in Normal Heights, 92116
  • Sun 8/5: 1pm-4pm Edible Bike Tour of City Heights, meet at the City Heights Performance Annex
Maps (click address for google map)
- Poetry Bench, Balboa Park at Quince St and 6th Ave, near the sheds
- City Farmer Nursery, 4832 Home Ave., San Diego 92115
- City Heights Performance Annex, behind C.H. Public Library, 3795 Fairmount Ave. 92115
- City Heights Wellness Center, 4440 Wightman St, Suite 200, 92115


Sept 2007

Thurs. Sept 13th

ONE YEAR CELEBRATION!
6 pm at Triple Crown Pub
Please RSVP with the evite.

Hear ye, hear ye! Come one, come all! San Diego Food Not Lawns has completed a year of amazing work and it is time to celebrate.

The party will be held on the patio at Triple Crown Pub in Normal Heights (3221 Adams Ave) on Thurs Sept 13th. We will provide light food. Drinks will be available for purchase from the pub. Whether you seek fruitful conversation, a little boogie, a tasty nibble, or just hanging out, don't miss it!


Nov 2007

Sat. November 3rd

HARVEST FESTIVAL

    When:Sat. 11/3/07 all day (11am - 6pm)
    Where:La Milpa Organica Farm
    9928 Protea Gardens Rd, Escondido 92026 (google map)

    Come celebrate an annual harvest festival at La Milpa Organica with Live music; Aztec and samba dancers; Day of the Dead alter; Workshops on composting, mycology (mushrooms), botany; Vegetarian/ raw food available to purchase.


Dec 2007

Sat. December 8th

ANNUAL PEACE ON EARTH HOLIDAY BAZAAR (we'll have a table!)

    When:Saturday, 12/8/07 from 10am - 2pm
    Where:Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 4011 Ohio St(x Lincoln Ave. in North Park).

    Support local peace, social justice and environmental organizations and avoid the commercialization of the holidays by doing your holiday shopping for alternative gifts at the Annual Peace on Earth Holiday Bazaar. Gift items will include t-shirts, holiday cards, calendars, buttons, peace jewelry, books, imported goods, free trade coffee and tea, ornaments, soap products, lotions and more! Come hungry! Come thirsty! Middle Eastern food, ice cream and other goodies including baked goods, coffee, cold sodas and hot spiced cider will be available for purchase. For more information, please contact the Peace Resource Center of San Diego.

    PLEASE come out to support us! And tell your friends... Download Flyer (pdf).


Mar 2008

Sat. March 1st, 2008

FOOD JUSTICE CONVERGENCE with CFJC

    When:Saturday, March 1st ~ Potluck at 12 noon, Work session 1-5 pm
    Where:Sherman Heights Community Center, www.shermancenter.org
       google map link: 2258 Island Ave 92102

        SD Food Not Lawns, in collaboration with SD Roots Sustainable Food Project, the San Diego Hunger Coalition, and Tierra Miguel Farm/Foundation, invite you to help us hammer out a healthier food system in San Diego!
        The California Food and Justice Coalition -- a statewide coalition committed to the basic human right to healthy food -- is coming to town to help further engage San Diego in the movement for a food secure future! We hope you’ll come to the table to help us craft a statewide advocacy agenda and resource sharing network that serves our local communities!
        The purpose of this event is two-fold: To bring together local grassroots organizations and projects that are engaged in, or interested in launching, food security/food justice projects; And to connect San Diego with the larger advocacy agenda of CFJC and like-minded groups across California (because together, we are stronger!).

    Flyers for download: SDFNL Invitation (pdf)| Detailed CFJC Flyer (pdf)

    For more on CFJC, see their website: www.foodsecurity.org/california
    Please RSVPto: jessicabell (at) foodsecurity.org or 510-704-0245


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