Don’t see your event listed below? Add it to the Food Day website here, and send an email to debs at seattle local food/com.

What’s happening in the East Bay for Food Day?

EVENTS SORTED BY DATE. Food Day events happen in the weeks surrounding October 24th. Events are to the best of our knowledge, based on organizers’ posting information to the Food Day website. Organizers may have since changed or cancelled events and not noted their changes to Food Day.

October 15 – 17

Creating Year Round Edible Gardens Workshop Want to harvest from your own garden? This workshop presented by our friends from the Bay-Friendly program will provide practical information on how to produce lots of food in a small space while conserving resources! Each participant will receive a detailed manual on growing edibles. For more Food Day events, click here. Saturday, October 15. Time: 10am – 11:30am. Location: Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main St., Alameda. Cost: Free. Info: 510-755-1102,

Urban Adamah and Friends Present: Eat, Pray, Lulav: A Sukkot Harvest Festival at the Urban Adamah Farm. Join us for Music, Food, DIY Activities, Animals, Storytelling, Farm Tours, and More! Special Guest: Octopretzel! ( Sunday, October 16, 2pm to 6pm.

Lorin Station Crop Swap. All are welcome – Bring your backyard crop. Trade Lemons for Lettuces, Cucumbers for Beans. No crop? No worries … Trade, Barter, or just pick up something for the day’s meal. Come out to meet your neighbors ~ Chat with edible garden experts.Trade edible and flower plants to grow at home. Sunday, October 16, @ 1 pm @ Alcatraz and Adeline Streets, Berkeley.

Urban Homesteading with Rachel Kaplan at Urban Adamah. Urban homesteading is a growing movement, not only in the Bay Area, but across the country. Concerned about climate change and peak oil? Thinking about localizing your food sources? Wondering how to manage water, waste and energy better? Interested in community building and local self-reliance? Looking for resources for taking care of yourself while taking care of the world? The urban homesteading movement offers strategies, skills and solutions for all of these concerns. Come join the conversation with Urban Homesteading co-author, Rachel Kaplan, at Urban Adamah, Monday, October 17, 2011, 7 p.m. We’re firing up the pizza oven, so bring some fixings. $5-25, no one turned away for lack of funds. 1050 Parker St, Berkeley

Thursday, October 20

Fair Food From the Field to the Table. Through the stories and voices of farmworkers, growers, businesses and fair food advocates, come learn about the realities of farmworker conditions and, more importantly, the promise of improved farm labor practices in American agriculture. Join us for a special, interactive evening featuring dialogue with speakers Jose Gutierrez, former farmworker and health advocate, Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety; Tim Mueller, farmer, River Dog Farm; Bob Gerner, grocer, Natural Grocery Company. We’ll use the multimedia presentation “Fair Food: Field to Table” to frame the conversation. You’ll get a glimpse into the current reality of farmworker conditions in the U.S., meet a farmer who is providing good farm labor conditions and “doing well by doing good”, and hear from a local grocer at the forefront of fair practices. The growing movement for “fair food” is tapping into rising consumer demand for food produced in accordance with fair values. Come honor Food Day 2011 by participating in this important and hopeful discussion to make everyday a fair food day! 7 pm @ 2530 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Saturday, October 22

Heart2Heart Mobile Health Van: Harvest Time (Gardening). Heart 2 Heart (H2H) uses a holistic, community-based approach to address health inequities while preventing high blood pressure and heart disease in South Berkeley. H2H serves as bridge between community, programs, resources, and services that are necessary to address the needs of community members. 10am – Noon @ Sacramento & Oregon Streets, Berkeley

Farm Tour & Salsa Tasting with Sabor Mexicano, Inc (which includes Cancun in Berkeley, Chilayo & Tlaloc in SF)! Sabor Mexicano is excited to host a Farm Tour & Salsa Tasting! Sabor Mexicano Farm stretches from Guerneville’s country river road over one hundred acres to the top of the ridge and across. Join us for a tour of our farm, and a salsa tasting. noon to 4:00pm @ 16790 Armstrong Woods Rd. Guerneville, Ca 95446 Free Admission, please RSVP to Salsa at sabormexicano dot com

Oakland Food Day at the Lake Merritt Trials Garden! Learn how to grow your own food with seed starting demonstrations, tours, workshops, and free seeds.  11 – 3 @ Lake Merritt Trials Garden, 666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland

Open Community Garden Day Join us for a day of open community gardens in North Berkeley. The historic Peralta Community Garden, Northside Community Garden and Karl Linn Community Garden will be open to the public on this day with a $4 lunch served, the rest of the event will be free. You will get to explore these three amazing gardens.  11am – 3pm @ Peralta St @ Hopkins St (Note: Event is Saturday, although Food Day page says the 24th)

Composting for Renters workshop with Ecology Center! This workshop is geared for those with limited outdoor space or no yard. We’ll cover common dilemmas that renters face and discover options for composting your kitchen scraps indoors, as well as possibilities for how to use your finished compost. One popular and accessible method is worm composting using red wiggler worms, which we’ll explore in detail. We will discuss choosing a bin, care and feeding of compost worms, troubleshooting, and harvesting the finished worm castings. Sources of worms, where to get a bin, and reference materials will also be covered. Cost: Free. Space is limited; pre-registration ensures a spot. Time: 10am – Noon. Info: 510-548-2220 x239, ASL interpreted upon request. 1305 Hopkins St.

Monday, October 24

Event: UC Berkeley Food Day UC Berkeley will host a full day of events for Food Day. Events will include a local produce stand on Sproul Plaza, a BYO lunch picnic on the Campanile lawn, games, lectures, and information. At the noon – 1:30 picnic, Michele Simon will be a guest speaker! Bring your own sustainable, healthy lunch to the UC Berkeley picnic for a convivial gathering of students, staff, and faculty in celebration of Food Day. All people and lunches welcome! A list of campus eateries with special Food Day options coming soon. Visit for more information about this and other UC Berkeley Food Day events.  11 am, noon, 5 pm, 7 pm

 Edible Occupation 101: Careers in Sustainable Food and Agriculture! Now that UC Berkeley students and community have gained an Edible Education, it’s time to find an Edible Occupation. Agrariana and the Berkeley Student Food Collective (BSFC) present an evening with young voices sharing how you can start a career in sustainable food and agriculture. Edible Occupation 101 will begin with a panel featuring many luminaries. The panelists will discuss the multitude of career paths related to the food movement, how they embarked on their chosen career paths, and the barriers they’ve encountered along the way. The panel will be followed by a mixer catered by the BSFC. $5 donation requested. No one turned away. 7 pm @ UC Berkeley Campus, 159 Mulford Hall, Berkeley.

Mo’ Better Food Farm Market and Launch Event. Spend Food Day at the Mo’ Better Food Farm Market! Since 1996, Mo’ Better Food has been working with the African American farmers of California to reconnect their produce to the food system of the West Oakland community. On October 24th, 2011, (the official Food Day) we will launch The Four Steps of Hotep- The Educational Kit for Building Healthy Economics in any community. 4 – 6 pm @ the school garden of Claremont Middle School – 5750 College Ave, Oakland

At Oakland City Center there will be a Food Day Veggie Food Giveaway. We’ll be giving away free samples of garden chick’n tenders, Field Roast sausages, and other delicious meat-free foods. 12 pm @ 1111 Broadway, Oakland

Oakland Unified School District plans to celebrate with their students by serving a locally sourced school lunch and using the Food Day curriculum in schools!

Farm Tour: Visit Farms of the Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets. Join us for a day on the farm as we visit two of the farms that make the Ecology Center markets so special. We will meet at the Ecology Center offices before carpooling to the Petaluma area. While there we will visit Tara Firma Farm, an integrated farming operation that raises both animals and vegetables on 250 acres and La Tercera, a one-woman operation specializing in unusual French and Italian varieties of produce. Bring your own lunch, warm clothing, and comfortable shoes. Meet at 9:45 at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Open to current Ecology Center members only. Space is limited. Registration required. Time: 9:45am – 5:30pm. Cost: Free if you can drive others, $5 if you need a ride.

At Alameda County Community Food Bank, volunteers the week of Food Day will be treated to a brief but engaging presentation on how the Food Bank addresses the goals of the Food Day movement. Come volunteer all week! 7900 Edgewater Drive, Oakland

Oliveto Cafe helps celebrate Food Day with Whole Grain pizza made with wheat grown & milled in northern California by Community Grains. 5655 College Ave. Oakland

Lindencroft Farm Harvest Dinner. As summer fades and autumn begins, we are treated to a wide variety of produce from Lindencroft Farm in the Santa Cruz mountains. The October harvest brings late summer heirloom tomatoes and peppers as well as fall’s first sunchokes and squashes. Join us at Gather on October 24 for a Harvest Dinner showcasing the best of both seasons from one of our favorite purveyors. 4 courses – $47 Vegan and omnivore choices available for each course Wine pairings for each course will be offered for an additional $25. 2200 Oxford St, Berkeley, 5 pm on.

Kitchen Table Talks are part of an effort to bring healthy, affordable,easily accessible, and sustainably grown food to all. These talks bring community  members together around a shared interest: food. They provide a space for people to talk about their concerns related to food access and affordability, food quality, diet, nutrition, and social and ecological problems surrounding food production and consumption. They also provide a space to collectively build solutions to these problems. October 24th–Food Day! In partnership with Food First and Oakland Food Policy Council 6-7:30pm @ Rockridge Residence, Oakland. Please RSVP for details to Marilyn Borchardt at

Tuesday, October 25

Food Talks at Local Food Stands with Ecology Center! Food Talks are a part of an effort to bring healthy, affordable, easily accessible, and sustainably-grown food to all Bay Area residents. These talks bring community members together and provide a space to talk about their concerns related to food and collectively build solutions to these problems. 3:30 pm @ 8th & Virginia, Berkeley

Kitchen Table Talks are part of an effort to bring healthy, affordable,easily accessible, and sustainably grown food to all. These talks bring community  members together around a shared interest: food. They provide a space for people to talk about their concerns related to food access and affordability, food quality, diet, nutrition, and social and ecological problems surrounding food production and consumption. They also provide a space to collectively build solutions to these problems. October 25th Kitchen Table Talks: In partnership with Farm Fresh Choice and Berkeley Food Policy Council:
3:30 at 8th and Virginia, BAHIA School
3:15 at Bonar and Allston, Berkeley Youth Alternatives and San Pablo Park
3:15 at Bonar and Allston, Frances Albrier Community Center at San Pablo ParkPlease

UC Berkeley is running a campaign with CALPIRG (California Public Interest Research Group) in support of the 2012 Farm Bill. For Food Day and during the week, we are going to do some tabling and visibility on our campus around the issue with regard to reforming subsidies to the largest agricultural corporations. There will be a press conference, to highlight how cheap processed foods are compared to fresher produce, and how easier access to processed foods is hurting children’s health and the people who are cultivating the fresh foods. We are contacting some possible speakers at the moment, ranging from children’s doctors to farmers to health professors to restaurants. 10am on Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley.

Wednesday, October 26

At CounterPULSE, K. Ruby, Esperanza Pallena, Melinda Stone, three experts on Urban Homesteading, will bring their wit and intelligence to a wide-ranging presentation on the growing phenomenon. Find out how to start your own urban homestead from these experts, ask them tough questions, revel in the growing movement…
1310 Mission Street, 7:30

Free Farm Stand (for those most in need) Urban Adamah is hosting a free farm stand every Wednesday from 10-noon for those in the community more in need. 10-noon @ 1050 Parker St., Berkeley.

Sunday, October 30

CoFED‘s turning two years old and look at us go! Come learn about our last year’s highlights and more – on October 30th, join friends and CoFEDerates for a joyous autumn celebration as we approach two years of organizing. A casual Sunday late afternoon potluck. A celebration of successes. On office-warming party. A musical feast. A spooktacular food justice improv show with an all-star cast. 3-7 pm @  The Place, 1121 64th St. Oakland Live music at 4, toasts at 5, food justice improv spooktacular at 5:30

Introduction to Backyard Chickens with Urban Adamah. Ever eaten an egg so fresh its still warm from the chicken’s bottom? That’s what we’re talking about here. Come learn everything you need to know to get started on your own backyard flock. Join chicken expert Deann DaSilva of Just Struttin Farms ( for this morning workshop. The course will cover a range of topics including: coop sizes and structures, feed recommendations, sources for chick procurement, disease trouble shooting and so much more. Bring your favorite chicken soup recipes to swap! (They stop laying at some point). Cost is $5-$25, sliding scale. (No one turned away for lack of funds.) 10 – noon @ 1050 Parker Street, Berkeley
Details and Registration 

Pallet Bed Building with Sid Saunders. How did we build the unique pallet beds that dot the Urban Adamah landscape? Please join us for a rare chance to learn how to build our innovative pallet beds from permaculture designer Sid Saunders. This hands-on workshop will teach you the skills that you need to build a bed from start to finish, from learning to select the right pallet to how to ensure proper drainage. The workshop will be followed by a potluck dinner, so please bring a vegetarian dish to share. No prior building experience is necessary. Urban Adamah farm, 1050 Parker St.  2:00-6:00 p.m. Cost: $5-$25, sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds. Please RSVP.
Details and registration 


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