Author Archives: Shanti Christensen

VB6: Mark Bittman’s Vegan Diet for Meat Eaters

With a lot of news reporting on the rise in child obesity, the effects of genetically modified foods (GMOs), and the scarcity of natural resources such as water and oil, we all want a ray of hope – we want some good news, already! What can we eat? What is the healthy diet? How can we eat and live while leaving less of a carbon footprint?

The August / September 2013 issue of  The Commonwealth magazine printed an excerpt of chef Joey Altman’s conversation with Mark Bittman, New York Times food columnist and author of the book VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health… for Good. Bittman has long been a conscious eater, offering his discriminating taste and opinion, but also meshing his appetite with social and environmental consciousness. While an ever growing number of us are excited about eating locally, seasonally and buying directly from the farmer to support our health and our local food sheds, Bittman’s new diet is a serving of good news we’ve been waiting to hear.

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Grow Mixer for Farmers & Foodies at Aqus Café, Petaluma

If you’re a foodie, Petaluma may very well be the best place to run into another foodie.  Last night at Aqus Café, around 50 food enthusiasts, local farmers, cheese makers, distributors, food bloggers and more gathered for the event Grow Mixer: What Do You Cultivate?  The room was lively with chatter as everyone shared their stories and backgrounds, sipped on drinks and nibbled on the delicious spread.  One of many events that Aqus Café holds each month, this night was all about fostering community, bringing together those involved in the local food scene and building connections.

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Sponsored by Whole Foods Petaluma, attendees not only enjoyed amazing local cheeses, hummus, fresh spring rolls, and breads from local vendors such as Rustic Bakery and Spring Hill Cheese, but got an introduction to the Whole Foods Healthy Eating campaign that promotes healthy food choices, recipe planning and works with customers to support dietary needs.

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Featured Farmer Spotlight: Paul Underhill of Terra Firma Farm

Every week, we’ll spotlight a FarmsReach Featured Farmer. Our Featured Farmers are brimming with great ideas and knowledge to share with the farming community. Feeling a spark of curiosity? There’s no question too simple or tough. Ask a question or add a Conversation and we’ll be sure it’s answered within a day or two.

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This week, we’re featuring Paul Underhill, from Terra Firma Farm – “a non-traditional version of a ‘family farm’“.  Paul is a partner on the farm along with Paul Holmes and Hector Melendez-Lopez, who has several family members who all work intrinsic positions on the farm.

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Featured Farmer Spotlight: Emma Torbert of The Clover Leaf Farm

Every week, we’ll spotlight a FarmsReach Featured Farmer. Our Featured Farmers are brimming with great ideas and knowledge to share with the farming community. Feeling a spark of curiosity? There’s no question too simple or tough. Ask a question or add a Conversation and we’ll be sure it’s answered within a day or two.

Emma Torbert of The Clover Leaf Farm

This week, we’re featuring Emma Torbert, from The Clover Leaf Farm. Emma got her masters in Horticulture from University of California at Davis and currently works for the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI).

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FarmsReach Newsletter – August 5, 2013

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Fish Meat: Can aquaculture be sustainable?

Lately when I think of fish farming, I think of congested cesspools of disease and ineffective antibiotics that I can’t stomach the thought of eating. Last night, 18 Reasons held a screening of Fish Meat, a film by Ted Caplow. Canapés of Anchovy, Trout and Albacore were served, sourced from TwoXSea and prepared by Chef Michael Mauschbaugh of Sous Beurre Kitchen.

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The documentary provokes new perspective about aquaculture – also known as fish farming. Can fish farming be safe? Can it be sustainable?

“This century is the last century of wild seafood” was one line from the film which sent shivers down spines. While extinction is a fate wild seafood is heading quickly towards, the documentary suggests an alternative fate if aquaculture practices like some ancient practices in Turkey are followed.

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Featured Farmer Spotlight: Pilar Reber of Sunnyside Organic Seedlings

Every week, we’ll spotlight a FarmsReach Featured Farmer. Our Featured Farmers are brimming with great ideas and knowledge to share with the farming community. Feeling a spark of curiosity? There’s no question too simple or tough. Ask a question or add a Conversation and we’ll be sure it’s answered within a day or two. 

featuredFarmer_Pilar-ReberThis week, we’re featuring Pilar Reber, founder of Sunnyside Organic Seedlings and a graduate of the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems program. Sunnyside Organic Seedlings focuses on providing quality certified organic seedlings that are produced in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.

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Market to Table: Marin Civic Center Farmers’ Market

It’s foggy in San Francisco, but over the Golden Gate Bridge and through the rainbow (tunnel), it’s sunny and blue skies. Eva and I had a hankering for a market-to-table meal, so we drove out to the Marin Civic Center Farmers’ Market (California’s third largest farmers’ market) to hob nob with organic farmers and ranchers, local chefs, gourmet-food purveyors, and a lot of wide-eyed hungry appetites. Our goal was to create a simple, fresh meal using recipe ideas from the market purveyors.

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Featured Farmer Spotlight: Helmut Klauer of Classic Organic Farm & Market

 

Every week, we’ll spotlight a FarmsReach Featured Farmer. Our Featured Farmers are brimming with great ideas and knowledge to share with the farming community. Feeling a spark of curiosity? There’s no question too simple or tough. Ask a question or add a Conversation and we’ll be sure it’s answered within a day or two. 

featuredFarmer_Helmut-KlauerThis week, we’re featuring Helmut Klauer, soil management expert and owner of Classic Organic Farm & Market. His honor-system organic market feeds the local community as well as travelers from all over the world as they drive along highway 101 and arrive at the ever-welcoming Peace Barn.

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Featured Farmer Spotlight: Jim Leap of Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS)

Every week, we’ll spotlight a FarmsReach Featured Farmer. Our Featured Farmers are brimming with great ideas and knowledge to share with the farming community. Feeling a spark of curiosity? There’s no question too simple or tough. Ask a question or add a Conversation and we’ll be sure it’s answered within a day or two. 

Jim LeapThis week, we’re featuring Jim Leap, a long-time passionate farmer and educator. With a variety of experiences in agriculture from researcher and activist, to educator, and then farmer, Jim lives and breathes farming.

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