Santa Barbara Food Alliance

  • Building Our Resilient Food System: Cultivating Connections
    Wed, Oct 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Free
    Santa Barbara Public Library, Faulkner Gallery
    40 E. Anapamu St S.B. CA 93101

    Building Our Resilient Food System: Cultivating Connections is a free community listening and activation session that will explore the vision, progress and next steps planned for the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan

    We invite you to share what your neighborhood, business, or organization is doing, and connect with others engaged in making a secure food system for our county.
    Community members will hear about the goals of the plan and learn about successes from the…Read More

  • Live Well & Spark A Climate Revolution
    Book Signing & Talk
    with Author & NASA Climate Scientist
    Peter Kalmus
    Bicyclist, Backyard Gardener & Beekeeper

    Sunday, November, 12, 6:30–8:30pm
    FREE Event
    Location: Bici Centro, 434 Olive St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    These two disparate things—reducing my own fossil fuel use and increasing my ability to love— are actually intimately connected. There is no separation between me and the rest of the life on this planet. Peter Kalmus

    Join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network as we host Peter Kalmus, author of the newly published book Be the Change; Live Well & Spark a Climate Revolution, on Sunday November 12, 2017, at Bici Centro in downtown Santa Barbara. Special guest Paul Rel…Read More

  • Uniting students for a just and sustainable food system!

    Regional Action Trainings 2016

    This February, we are taking action for a real food economy because we have #NoGroundToLose.

    At each Regional Action Training, we will take action with local student leaders, food producers, and community allies who are escalating their campaigns for real food. We will share direct action training, strategy sessions, and workshops to plan and prepare for our own local actions and campaigns. We will cook together and build community through the weekend – growing the movement for a just, resilient food system!

    Join us in taking action, developing organizing skills, and building the movement for real food.

    REGISTER BELOW to confirm your spot…Read More

  • UN launches 2016 International Year of Pulses, celebrating benefits of legumes

    Pulses are an affordable alternative to more expensive animal-based protein, which makes them ideal for enhancing diets in poorer parts of the world. Photo: FAO/Giuseppe Bizzarri


    10 November 2015 – Under the slogan ‘nutritious seeds for a sustainable future,’ the United Nations, led by its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), today launched the 2016 International Year of Pulses to raise awareness about the protein power and health benefits of all kinds of dried beans and peas, boost their production and trade, and encourage new and smarter uses throughout the food chain.

    “Pulses are important food crops for the food securit…Read More

  • Urban Farmer Curtis Stone launches his first book, The Urban Farmer, with stops throughout California.
    Join him in Santa Barbara on January 20 for an evening lecture – Farming in the City, Q&A, a book signing, and socializing at the Ayni Gallery.

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016
    Ayni Gallery
    216 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    Farming in the City

    In this presentation, Urban Farmer Curtis Stone will take you on a tour of his one third of an acre urban farm, where you will get an inside look at the day to day operations of the farm from vegetable production to sales.

    Curtis will show how he farms commercially, and profitably, in backyards and on small plots of land in the city, land that he doesn’t own. You’ll learn a…Read More

  • 8th Annual Santa Barbara Community Seed Swap
    Sunday, January 31, 2016
    11-3pm, Free

    A celebration to bring seeds & people together

    Join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network as it hosts the 8th Annual Santa Barbara Community Seed Swap on Sunday, January 31, from 11am-3pm, at the downtown Santa Barbara Central Library, Faulkner Gallery.

    More than 400 people attended last year, sharing seeds and knowledge with other backyard gardeners, plant lovers, beekeepers and farmers. Come be a part of this seed saving movement, making sure that locally adapted varieties of seed & plants are passed on to future generations. Special speakers, children activities & live music!

    Local groups will table, including the Santa Barbara Seed Saving…Read More

  • Could Washington, D.C., Become the American Capital of Urban Farming?
    New policies could inspire even more interest in a D.C. land-grant university that teaches Washingtonians how to grow food.

    Forget bureaucratic institutions and monuments to the paper pushers that have walked their halls—Mchezaji “Che” Axum hopes to usurp these dominant images of the nation’s capital: He wants urban farms to come to mind when people think of the District of Columbia. The third-generation Washingtonian envisions the district’s fast-growing urban core dotted with small plots that, together, would be capable of feeding its roughly 700,000 residents fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables.

    “We’re still in the beginning stages of this food revolut…Read More

  • Hardship on Mexico’s farms, a bounty for U.S. tables
    By RICHARD MAROSI DEC. 7, 2014
    A Times reporter and photographer find that thousands of laborers at Mexico’s mega-farms endure harsh conditions and exploitation while supplying produce for American consumers.

    First of four stories.

    At the end of the day, Roma tomatoes are ready for transport in Cristo Rey in the state of Sinaloa. Half the tomatoes consumed in the U.S. come from Mexico.
    The tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers arrive year-round by the ton, with peel-off stickers proclaiming “Product of Mexico.”

    Farm exports to the U.S. from Mexico have tripled to $7.6 billion in the last decade, enriching agribusinesses, distributors and retailers.

    American consumers get all the…Read More

  • Shining the spotlight on urban farming

    In Accra, upto 10 percent of household wastewater is indirectly recycled by urban vegetable farms. Phot: Nana Kofi Acquah/IWMI
    Food production globally is taking on an increasingly urban flavor, according to a new study that finds 456 million hectares—an area about the size of the European Union—is under cultivation in and around the world’s cities, challenging the rural orientation of most agriculture research and development work.

    “This is the first study to document the global scale of food production in and around urban settings and it is surprising to see how much the farm is definitely getting closer and closer to the table,” said Pay Drechsel, a scientist at the Internati…Read More

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