the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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california matters


Here is an awesome video series on food in California. Topics include: the health of farming families , UC Santa Cruz’s farm program, school lunches for food justice, the pollinator project at Full Belly Farm, wage justice in the restaurant industry, monitoring ocean acidification with oysters, the history of Chinese food, and wild edibles as meaningful nutrition. Hosted by Mark Bittman, brought to you by the New York Times. Watch the videos here! (they are pretty darn  cool)

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wool symposium, nov. 7, point reyes station, california

Wool Symposium

The fourth annual Fibershed Wool & Fine Fiber Symposium
November 7th, 2015 • Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

In addition to hands-on activities and demonstrations, there will be informative presentations on collaborations between fiber farmers and designers, as well as on carbon farming, soil carbon sampling and drought tolerant breeds. The fee to attend the Symposium is $40, or $20 for seniors and full-time students.

The Fibershed Marketplace (open to the public at no charge from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm) will offer an array of beautiful local fibers and handmade goods, on sale in the Dance Palace church building, as well as on the lawn (weather permitting).

To purchase tickets and view the schedule click HERE.

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birthing a new compton: richland farms

Birthing a New Compton

Matthew Williams, September 14, 2010, KCET


‘”My neighborhood, explain it…it’s joy, peace, love, and happiness, and the best riding we can do,” Richland Farm resident and town horseshoer, Andrew Johnson explains at the end of Birthing a New Compton, a short documentary video produced by high school students from Environmental Charter High School.

The video explores the Richland Farm community, a small agricultural pocket of Compton in South Los Angeles, demystifying society’s negative portayal of the area through popular culture and mass media. What the students from Lawndale discover is a much more peaceful and closely knit community of farmers and horse riders who all know each other and work together to maintain the area’s unique “old country” vibrancy.”

explore the history, the people, the website, and read the full article here.

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butter is back!

When: November 13th-16th

Where: Anaheim, California

The 16th annual Wise Traditions nutrition conference, hosted by the Weston A. Price Foundation, is coming to Anaheim, California, November 13-16. Conference participants will learn why butter is a health food, and why animal fats and coconut oil should be a part of everyone’s diet.

The conference will be held at the Anaheim Marriott, 770 West Convention Way, in Anaheim, California. The International conference is open to the public and offers CEU credits to some health professionals.

“If you are aiming to improve your diet and your health, the most important step you can take is to understand which fats are healthy and how you can incorporate them into your diet,” says Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation. “This conference will highlight the science that supports the need for traditional fats in the diet, for everything from hormone production to weight loss to protection against cancer and heart disease.”

Featured speakers include:

• Allan Savory, founder of Africa Center for Holistic Management and the Savory Institute, which is teaching the world how holistic management practices restore desert regions to fertile pastures. Continue reading

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bolinas, CA: fibershed is hitting the big time

Grow your jeans! Meet the farmers, ranchers and skilled artisans who grow our clothes from the soil to our skin on Saturday, October 3rd at the Mann Family Farm in Bolinas, CA.

Celebrate the creation of locally grown and sewn denim jeans while enjoying the tastes and terroir experience of our land’s foods and wines, along with demos of indigo dyeing, spinning and weaving, and listening to music by Arann Harris.

Grow Your Jeans, a Fibershed program, brings together the work of 56 regional ranchers, farmers, and designers, many of which are either part of Marin Organic, or connected via a strategic geographical connection. Fibershed has worked for 4 years on the pilot to grow all the indigo (much of it grown in West Marin), the biodynamic cotton, and find local people to weave and construct these utilitarian garments, and offer them through a CSA model

Included in the evening’s festivities will be a fashion show that weaves the Fibershed producer community together through the pairing of our denim with ‘grass-fed’ tops. Funds raised from this event are being used to provide education & outreach that speaks directly to the importance of regional textile cultures and economies, and to assess the expansion potential of regenerative agriculture and value-added artisan supply chains in our community.

When: Saturday, October 3rd
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Mann Family Farm
Bolinas, CA

Buy your tickets HERE

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3 days left to see RUNOFF in theaters in los angeles & claremont

“As an experience, it’s amazing. If you want to be able to say you were there when a great American filmmaker’s career kicked off, you need to see Runoff.”

– RogerEbert


We are so pleased to bring the narrative feature film RUNOFF to California. Coming off an extended run in New York City where it played to sold-out screenings, RUNOFF has been lauded by The New York Times, RogerEbert, Variety, Indiewire, The Village Voice, Joyce Carol Oates and many more.

RUNOFF was directed and written by Kimberly Levin. It tells the story of a woman driven to desperate lengths when her family is threatened from their land. Shot entirely on working farms, the film takes us into the dark underbelly of agriculture, a world not often seen onscreen. The film stars Joanne Kelly (Warehouse 13, Hostages), Neal Huff (Meek’s Cutoff, The Grand Budapest Hotel, HBO’s “The Wire” ), Alex Shaffer (Win Win, The Lifeguard) and Tom Bower (Crazy Heart, Nixon, Out of the Furnace, Die Hard 2).

Opens July 24
Laemmle’s Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Boulevard
Get your tickets here 

Special Events for Los Angeles Screening:

July 29 – Post-screening conversation with Filmmaker, Kimberly Levin, Cast Member, Tom Bower & Director/Writer/Producer, Rose Troche (Go Fish, The L Word, The Safety of Objects, Concussion) following 7:10 p.m. screening

July 30 – Post-screening conversation with Filmmaker, Kimberly Levin; Producer, Kurt Pitzer & Special Guest TBA following 7:10 p.m. screening

Opens July 24
Laemmle’s Claremont 5, 450 West Second Street
Get your tickets here



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