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Troubled Waters: Efforts Underway to Save Oysters

November 30, 2012 civil eats

Ocean acidification is killing baby oysters. But farmers and scientists are teaming up to save briny bivalves.

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Katrina Heron New Edible Schoolyard Project Director

November 7, 2012 berkeley bites

Veteran journalist Katrina Heron takes the reins at The Edible Schoolyard Project.

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Weight of the Nation: Battle of the Bulge Comes to Cable

May 15, 2012 civil eats

HBO tackles the vast and complex problem in a new four-part series, The Weight of the Nation: Confronting America’s Obesity Epidemic.

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Berkeley School Gardening, Cooking Programs Face Cuts

March 26, 2012 berkeley bites

Berkeley has an international reputation for its edible schoolyards, where public school children of all economic means learn what it takes to grow a radish and sauté some chard. Potential funding cuts to the program would represent a significant setback in the city’s pioneering efforts to date.

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Urban Adamah: A Story with Legs

February 28, 2012 berkeley bites

The background behind a popular story of an urban farm with a social justice and spiritual focus.

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The Boxcar Grocer: Rethinking the Corner Store

February 3, 2012 civil eats

A brother and sister team up to provide fresh food in a cool setting in an Atlanta neighborhood long lacking in good grub.

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Homegrown Truths From Chef Aaron French

January 24, 2012 berkeley bites

Sunny Side Cafe chef Aaron French explains why he thinks local, seasonal, sustainable food is important for people and the planet in The Bay Area Homegrown Cookbook: Local Food, Local Restaurants, Local Recipes.

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Best Blog Posts from the 2011 Lettuce Eat Kale Archives

December 28, 2011 baking

Wherein we look back at the stories of 2011 on LEK, pick the best of the bunch, and then take a nap.

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Learning on the Half-Shell: Community Supported Oysters

November 30, 2011 civil eats

Pickleweed Point Community Oyster Farm aims to educate members about the benefits of the briny bivalve.

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Giving Thanks for Farmworkers on Thanksgiving

November 24, 2011 bay area bites

Taking a moment on the biggest food holiday of the year, to thank the people who grow and harvest our food.

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New Guide Aims to Improve School Food Beyond Berkeley

November 17, 2011 bay citizen

At a hands-on workshop at the recent Community Food Security Coalition Conference school food folk test recipes from the new guide, Cooking with California Food.

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Michael Pollan: New Food Rules, No Need to be Neurotic

November 3, 2011 berkeley bites

Author Michael Pollan teams up with artist Maira Kalman — and several reader-eaters — in the new edition of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.

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Growing Demand: Crop Swaps Gaining Ground

October 28, 2011 berkeley bites

Crop swaps – meet ups where people exchange surplus backyard bounty – are thriving from the San Francisco Bay Area to Boston in city and suburban enclaves and online, too.

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CANFIT Wants to Improve the Health of all America’s Youth

October 20, 2011 berkeley bites

Arnell Hinkle, the founder of CANFIT in Berkeley, works to prevent obesity and other chronic lifestyle diseases in low-income youth of color around the country.

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The Bread Project: Cooking up a Future for People in Need

September 30, 2011 baking

A profile of the Bread Project in Berkeley, which provides basic culinary training for low-income job seekers who want to find jobs in the food field.

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Farm-to-fork Tours Spotlight Local Green Businesses

September 24, 2011 berkeley bites

Bay Area Green Tours introduces people to local, successful, sustainable farm and food enterprises.

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Nikki Henderson: On the Frontlines of Edible Education

August 21, 2011 bay citizen

Food security activist Nikki Henderson keeps it real for a new course she’s co-teaching at UC Berkeley, called Edible Education 101.

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First Lady, Food Deserts & New Fund for Hungry

July 21, 2011 bay area bites

First Lady Michelle Obama announces a new food financing initiative designed to increase access to healthy, affordable food in underserved communities in California.

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Cheese Board Collective: 40 Years in the Gourmet Ghetto

July 8, 2011 baking

A profile of a beloved anchor institution in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, The Cheese Board Collective, which paved the way for other food enterprises and spawned other food cooperatives in the area.

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The Perennial Plate Swings by the San Francisco Bay Area

June 30, 2011 baking

Meet omnivorous chef Daniel Klein and his vegetarian girlfriend/cameragal Mirra Fine, the dynamic duo behind The Perennial Plate, a web-based, weekly documentary real food romp devoted to socially responsible, sustainable and adventurous eating.

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Faith-based Urban Farm Opens in Berkeley

June 21, 2011 bay citizen

Urban Adamah, the community urban farm in Berkeley founded by Adam Berman, marries his interests in food security, environmental stewardship, and spirituality. Meet the man who founded the Jewish Sustainability Corps.

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It’s Gettin’ Real in the Whole Foods Parking Lot

June 16, 2011 bay area bites

An interview with Whole Foods Parking Lot creator DJDave, also known as David Wittman, who penned a memorable little ditty viewed by millions about what goes down in the Whole Foods parking lot for affluent shoppers picking up organic kale and Kombucha.

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Food Forward: A Sustainable TV Show for All Americans

June 5, 2011 bay area bites

The TV pilot for “Food Forward” profiles people across the country making a difference in communities where good food is hard to come by, through their work in small-scale sustainable food production.

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The Artisan Kitchen in Richmond: A Co-op Cooking Space

May 10, 2011 baking

The Artisan Kitchen, a cooperative kitchen in Richmond, California, serves as an incubator for budding food businesses in the Bay Area.

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James Berk of Mandela Foods Brings Produce to His People

May 4, 2011 civil eats

A profile of a young West Oakland man who decided to do something about the lack of good, affordable food in his community. Meet James Berk, one of the owner-workers of the Mandela Foods Cooperative.

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Urban Farmer Willow Rosenthal Plants Seeds in Berkeley

March 4, 2011 berkeley bites

A pioneer of the urban farm movement, Willow Rosenthal founded City Slicker Farms in West Oakland and now tends a thriving backyard edible garden in Berkeley.

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Will Write For Food, Payment Preferable

February 28, 2011 bay area bites

Food for thought: Many online outlets offer writers no or token compensation for their time and talents, including many websites that run food coverage. Find out why you should care.

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Jam Maker Dafna Kory Turns Hobby Into Thriving Business

February 18, 2011 berkeley bites

Self-taught jam maker Dafna Kory turned her hobby into a fully-fledged business, INNA jam, single-source fruit preserves delivered via bamboo trike.

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Berkeley’s School Lunch Program Flawed, Say Insiders

February 14, 2011 berkeley bites

The successes — and shortcomings — of the Berkeley’s revamped school food program received equal billing at the premiere of short films called the Lunch Love Community Documentary Project.

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Joy Moore: Community Food Reformer

February 11, 2011 berkeley bites

Fresh food advocate Joy Moore on school food reform and getting good food to under-served Berkeley residents.

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Berkeley’s Natasha Boissier Forages Fruit, Feeds Hungry

February 4, 2011 berkeley bites

North Berkeley Harvest founder Natasha Boissier picks fruit for people in need.

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Garden Teacher Kim Allen Offers Youth Space to Grow

January 21, 2011 bay citizen

Garden teacher Kim Allen offers youth space to grow.

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Best Blog Posts From the 2010 Lettuce Eat Kale Archives

December 29, 2010 bay area bites

Highlights from the 2010 food files of Lettuce Eat Kale.

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UC Berkeley Grads Grow Thriving Mushroom Business

November 12, 2010 bay citizen

The Mushroom Guys’ zero-waste company uses coffee grounds from Peet’s to cultivate fungi.

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Urban Farmer Jim Montgomery of Green Faerie Farm

October 29, 2010 berkeley bites

Getting to know urban farmer Jim Montgomery of Green Faerie Farm.

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A Meat Lover’s Manifesto for Meatless Monday

October 24, 2010 civil eats

Omnivore Kim O’Donnel makes the case for taking a day away from meat.

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Food for Health Forum: An Rx for Doctors

October 16, 2010 civil eats

Today, the man who encourages us all to eat food, mostly plants, and not too much will bring his prescription for a healthier population and planet to a group that, surprisingly, he hasn’t spoken to before: Doctors and other healthcare professionals. The man, of course, is Michael Pollan — who talks about the importance of […]

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Berkeley Student Food Collective: Education & Eating

October 8, 2010 bay citizen

After going without a cooperative grocery store for more than twenty years, Berkeley is about to get a new food co-op. The Berkeley Student Food Collective is slated to open later this month.

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Vanessa Barrington: The D.I.Y. Delicious Diva

September 29, 2010 civil eats

Vanessa Barrington dishes up unfussy, homemade fare in her new cookbook D.I.Y. Delicious: Recipes and Ideas for Simple Foods from Scratch. Ever wondered how to make kitchen staples like pickles, yogurt, or bread? Then this may well be the book for you.

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Hospital Food Gets a Makeover

August 13, 2010 berkeley bites

Unfortunately I can report from recent personal experience that in some facilities hospital food remains truly awful. If you’ve been in a hospital this will likely not be news to you. A couple of in-patient visits over the past few months have given me an up-close view of what gets served to the sick during […]

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Spiral Gardens Helps Needy Feed Themselves

July 30, 2010 berkeley bites

Just around the corner and down the street from where I live on a stretch that includes liquor stores and the dodgy characters who frequent such places, you’ll find Spiral Gardens, a slightly disheveled verdant oasis on a fenced in corner of a formerly empty city lot. It’s a welcome addition to the neighborhood. For […]

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Fermented Food Fans: Meet The Folks From Cultured

July 9, 2010 bay citizen

Alex Hozven and Kevin Farley of the Cultured Pickle Shop talk up fermented food.

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Photographer Sara Remington on Shooting Food

July 1, 2010 civil eats

Photographer Sara Remington talks about shooting food, adventures with bees, and more.

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Berkeley Bites: Samin Nosrat, Ex-Eccolo Chef & Co-Creator of the Pop-Up General Store

June 25, 2010 berkeley bites

A profile of the fleeting food market co-founder Samin Nosrat, a poster girl for the current culinary reinvention trend.

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Operation Frontline: Teaching the Needy to Cook

June 22, 2010 civil eats

A couple of Saturdays ago, on a gorgeous sunny day when many Berkeleysiders were likely heading out for a hike, contemplating another coffee, or barely out of bed, I stopped by a cooking class taught at Ursula Sherman Village on Harrison Street, a transitional living facility for the  homeless in West Berkeley. Sponsored by Operation […]

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Berkeley Farmers’ Market Man, Ben Feldman

June 18, 2010 berkeley bites

Find out what Berkeley Farmers’ Market program manager Ben Feldman loves about his job in this Berkeley Bites post.

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10 Questions for Mrs. Q of Fed Up With Lunch

June 4, 2010 civil eats

Interview with Mrs. Q from Fed Up With Lunch: The School Lunch Project.

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Berkeley Bites

May 29, 2010 berkeley bites

Inotrducing Berkeley Bites, my new local food profiles posted every Friday on Berkeleyside.

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Wild Man Iso Rabins: A New Food Entrepreneur

May 21, 2010 civil eats

Take a walk on the wild side: A profile of Iso Rabins, founder of forageSF, San Francisco’s Underground Farmers Market, and The Wild Kitchen, an underground dinner of foraged foods.

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Inside Berkeley’s School Kitchen

May 10, 2010 civil eats

An ex-Washington Post reporter, who now blogs about school food, recently spent a week embedded in the central kitchen of the Berkeley Unified School District, in my hometown.
Ed Bruske’s mission: To find out how one school community manages to cook food from scratch for its students.

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