Global Food Initiative calendar

Food events across the UC system

Jan. 26 – DFS Roundtable: Haroon Akram-Lodhion: Hungry for Change: Farmers, Food Justice and the Agrarian Question

The Berkeley Food Institute and Food First sponsor a roundtable with Haroon Akram-Lodhion, a professor of international development studies at Trent University and a fellow of Food First. From 4-5 p.m., Morgan Lounge, Morgan Hall, UC Berkeley.

Jan. 26 – Edible Education 101: A Brief History of the Modern Food System with Michael Pollan
The Edible Education 101 course kicks off the spring semester with “A Brief History of the Modern Food System” with Michael Pollan, author and John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Edible Education 101, a UC Berkeley course with live streaming open to the public, is presented by the Edible Schoolyard Project, Berkeley Food Institute, UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources and UC Global Food Initiative with support from the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office and the Epstein/Roth Foundation. The course instructor is renowned soil scientist Garrison Sposito, Betty & Isaac Barshad Professor emeritus and Chancellor’s Professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, with co-hosts Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist, cookbook author and Berkeley Food Institute distinguished visiting fellow, and Robert Hass, Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics at UC Berkeley. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each lecture will stream live on the Edible Schoolyard Project’s YouTube channel and will be archived on the Edible Schoolyard Network.

Jan. 27 – Global Food Initiative Open House
The UC Irvine Sustainability Initiative is hosting an open house about the UC Global Food Initiative. The open house will feature the work of UC Irvine’s five GFI student fellowship recipients as well as provide an informal time to exchange stories about the myriad ways that UC Irvine is engaging in the Global Food Initiative and food scholarship and action more generally. From 1-2 p.m., Student Center South, Room G460 (Fourth Floor), UC Irvine. RSVP by Jan. 23 at www.eventbrite.com/e/uc-global-food-initiative-uci-food-fellowship-recipients-open-house-tickets-14947619733.

Jan. 28 – When Cuisines Cross Borders
UC Riverside Global Studies and the UC Global Food Initiative are hosting a lunch and lectures to celebrate the new UC Riverside Agriculture Institute (California Agriculture and Food Enterprise) with Gustavo Arellano, author of “Taco USA,” and David Karp, freelance food writer and associate in the Agricultural Experiment Station at UC Riverside. From 12-2:30 p.m., UC Riverside Alumni Center. Limited capacity; RSVP to UCRCafe@gmail.com.

Jan. 28 – Avocado Production Class for New Growers
UC Cooperative Extension San Diego and the California Avocado Commission are sponsoring six weekly classes in avocado production for new growers, plus Ag Waiver Water School Training and a field trip to the UC Cooperative Extension high-density trial. The instructor will be UC Cooperative Extension advisor emeritus Gary Bender. From 2-4 p.m., San Diego County Farm Bureau, 1670 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido. Cost is $105; register at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=14332.

Jan. 28 – Berkeley Food Institute Open House
All are invited to the Berkeley Food Institute’s first open house, celebrating a successful past year and kicking off the new semester. Meet and network with faculty and staff affiliates, students, community members, and other friends who are involved in food and agriculture issues. New BFI staff, visiting fellows and affiliates will be introduced. The event will include a raffle, food and beverages. From 4-6 p.m., Giannini Hall, Room 23, UC Berkeley.

Jan. 28 – Make Every Drop Count: Food Gardening in a Drought Year
UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County are sponsoring a talk on food gardening in a drought year. The talk will include practical irrigation solutions, how to prepare and condition your soil, and what to plant and when. The discussion will encompass both vegetables and fruits. From 7-8:30 p.m., Cupertino Community Hall, 10350 Torre Ave., Cupertino.

Jan. 29 – UC Riverside Citrus Day for Professional Industry Members
UC Riverside and the Citrus Research Board are partnering to host their fourth annual citrus field day designed for citrus growers and citrus industry representatives. From 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., UCR Agricultural Operations, Riverside. Registration costs $20. Space is limited. The deadline to register is Jan. 16 at http://citrusresearch.org/register/citrus-day. Pending approval, three hours of California Continuing Education Credit for Pest Control Advisers will be offered.

Jan. 31 – 2nd Annual Mid-Winter Beekeepers Feast
The UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center will host a Mid-Winter Beekeepers' Feast: A Taste of Mead and Honey. The event includes an evening of food and drink with a menu by Ann Evans and catering by Buckhorn Catering in Winters. Proceeds support the mission of the Honey and Pollination Center, "becoming the world's leading authority on honeybee health, pollination and honey quality." From 6-9 p.m., Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, UC Davis. Register by Jan. 26; tickets: $125.

Feb. 2 – Food Exchange: Innovative Business Models in Food Systems, Aiming to Increase Equity, Sustainability and Health

The Berkeley Food Institute and Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley sponsor this panel discussion. In recent years, a large array of innovative businesses has attempted to address issues of food insecurity, obesity, food distribution, sustainability and improvements to nutritional qualities. Also potentially significant are collective public-private initiatives to develop food hubs. This forum will address examples of these collaborative business initiatives from different regions to address critical questions about the true costs and values of such efforts, the progress and health/societal impacts, as well as challenges. From 2-6 p.m., Tamalpais Room, David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley.


Feb. 2 – Edible Education 101: The Ecological Crisis as a Crisis with Garrison Sposito and Linking Farm Policy to Health Policy in the Global Economy with Marion Nestle
The Edible Education 101 course continues with “The Ecological Crisis as a Crisis” with course instructor and renowned soil scientist Garrison Sposito, Betty & Isaac Barshad Professor emeritus and Chancellor’s Professor emeritus at UC Berkeley. It also features “Linking Farm Policy to Health Policy in the Global Economy” with Marion Nestle, a food studies, nutrition and public health expert and New York University professor who has a visiting appointment with the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and affiliation with the Berkeley Food Institute. Edible Education 101, a UC Berkeley course with live streaming open to the public, is presented by the Edible Schoolyard Project, Berkeley Food Institute, UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources and UC Global Food Initiative with support from the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office and the Epstein/Roth Foundation. The course is co-hosted by Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist, cookbook author and Berkeley Food Institute distinguished visiting fellow, and Robert Hass, Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics at UC Berkeley. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each lecture will stream live on the Edible Schoolyard Project’s YouTube channel and will be archived on the Edible Schoolyard Network.

Feb. 5 – 3rd Cooperative Extension Showcase
Interested in getting your research out to stakeholders? Want to know more about the applied research and education work going on in agriculture, nutrition, wildfire regimes, small farms and more? Come to the Cooperative Extension Showcase! Cooperative Extension (CE) is a division of the University of California that is devoted to performing applied research and extending research findings out into the community to effect change on the ground. The showcase brings CE advisors and specialists to UC Berkeley to present their extension programs and connect with UC Berkeley graduate students and faculty. This year the showcase is being organized by the Graduate Students in Extension and sponsored by the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. From 2-4 p.m., 103 Mulford Hall, UC Berkeley.

Feb. 5 – Lentil Underground Book Release
Michael Pollan, Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism at UC Berkeley, hosts a book release for “Lentil Underground,” the new book from Liz Carlisle, fellow at the Center for Diversified Farming Systems at the Berkeley Food Institute. This event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., 105 North Gate Hall, UC Berkeley, will be followed by a reception and book signing in the North Gate Hall Library. Enjoy a lentil tasting prepared by Montana farm-to-table chef Claudia Galofre-Krevat, and meet the Montana farmers featured in the book. The event is sponsored by the Berkeley Food Institute, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and Berkeley Student Food Collective.

Feb. 9 – Starting a Successful Specialty Food Business
Everyone considering bringing a new food product to the market is invited to a one-day intensive specialty-food workshop hosted by UC Cooperative Extension. In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of the specialty food marketplace and how to start creating their own success story. Specialty-food business experts will give tips for marketing and specialty food producers will tell their stories. All participants will receive the book "Sell Your Specialty Food," and will leave with a clearer understanding of the industry and real-world answers to their questions. From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Community Center, 503 South Palm Drive, Novato. More information and registration is online at http://ucanr.edu/spfoodsmarin. Online registration is encouraged. The fee is $20 for online registration by Feb. 2, or $35 (cash or check) at the door. Lunch and snacks are included in the workshop fee. Vegetarian options are available. The specialty food business workshop also will be offered Feb. 13 in Oakland, with three additional workshops to be scheduled in Northern California this spring.

Feb. 9 – DFS Roundtable: Albie Miles
The Berkeley Food Institute sponsors a roundtable with Albie Miles. From 4-5 p.m., Morgan Lounge, Morgan Hall, UC Berkeley.

Feb. 9 – Edible Education 101: The Hands That Feed You with Eric Schlosser
The Edible Education 101 course continues with “The Hands That Feed You” with Eric Schlosser, a renowned labor activist, author (“Fast Food Nation”) and filmmaker (“Food Inc.,” “Hanna Ranch,” “Food Chains”). Edible Education 101, a UC Berkeley course with live streaming open to the public, is presented by the Edible Schoolyard Project, Berkeley Food Institute, UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources and UC Global Food Initiative with support from the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office and the Epstein/Roth Foundation. The course instructor is renowned soil scientist Garrison Sposito, Betty & Isaac Barshad Professor emeritus and Chancellor’s Professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, with co-hosts Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist, cookbook author and Berkeley Food Institute distinguished visiting fellow, and Robert Hass, Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics at UC Berkeley. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each lecture will stream live on the Edible Schoolyard Project’s YouTube channel and will be archived on the Edible Schoolyard Network.

Feb. 10-12 — World Ag Expo
World Ag Expo is the world's largest annual agricultural exposition. More than 1,400 exhibitors display the latest in farm equipment, communications and technology on 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. Free seminars focus on a variety of topics important to dairy producers, farmers, ranchers and agribusiness professionals. ANR held workshops at the 2014 World Ag Expo as part of UC Cooperative Extension's centennial celebration. The expo is held at the International Agri-Center, 4500 S. Lasina St., Tulare; $15 for general admission, children 12 and under are free.

Feb. 13 – Starting a Successful Specialty Food Business
Everyone considering bringing a new food product to the market is invited to a one-day intensive specialty-food workshop hosted by UC Cooperative Extension. In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of the specialty food marketplace and how to start creating their own success story. Specialty-food business experts will give tips for marketing and specialty food producers will tell their stories. All participants will receive the book "Sell Your Specialty Food," and will leave with a clearer understanding of the industry and real-world answers to their questions. From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Alameda County Public Health Department, 1000 Broadway, Room 5000A, Oakland. More information and registration for the Oakland workshop is online at http://ucanr.edu/spfoodoak. Online registration is encouraged. The fee is $20 for online registration by Feb. 2, or $35 (cash or check) at the door. Lunch and snacks are included in the workshop fee. Vegetarian options are available. Three additional specialty food business workshops will be scheduled in Northern California this spring.

Feb. 17 – Conocimiento: A World Cafe on the Scales of Labor in the Agricultural System
A conversation about labor and the food system. This is a unique opportunity to share perspectives and exchange ideas with youth leaders from Mexico and Nicaragua. Dinner will be served, family style. This is part of the 5th Annual International Youth Exchange for Food Security and Sovereignty – “El Intercambio” – taking place in February, presented by the Community Agroecology Network and UC Santa Cruz student organization FoCAN. El Intercambio is an annual youth leadership exchange that aims to empower youth working towards food sovereignty. From 5-8 p.m., College Eight Red Room, UC Santa Cruz.

Feb. 18 – Food From the Sea Summit
Learn how researchers throughout the University of California system are tackling UC President Janet Napolitano’s goal “to address one of the critical issues of our time: how to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach eight billion by 2025” as part of the UC Global Food Initiative. This summit, presented by UC Santa Barbara, will focus on the role that fisheries and aquaculture should play to address this need. Presenters will come from UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz and other institutions. This summit will kick off a new effort to develop multicampus research collaborations on food from the sea. From 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Marine Science Institute, UC Santa Barbara. Registration is free; however, spaces are limited. Please register at http://tinyurl.com/n7vl9nk.

Feb. 19 – Restoring our Roots
Learn about the daily struggles that youth leaders face in Mexico and Central America. Hear directly from them about their efforts to achieve food sovereignty back home in this panel discussion with the International Youth Network. This is part of the 5th Annual International Youth Exchange for Food Security and Sovereignty – “El Intercambio” – taking place in February, presented by the Community Agroecology Network and UC Santa Cruz student organization FoCAN. El Intercambio is an annual youth leadership exchange that aims to empower youth working towards food sovereignty. From 2-4:30 p.m., Kresge Town Hall, UC Santa Cruz.

Feb. 20 – The Flavor of Justice: An AgroEco Coffee Cupping
Meet youth leaders from communities that grow AgroEco Coffee. Taste great coffee while learning about the Community Agroecology Network’s alternative trade model and youth leadership initiatives. AgroEco Coffee cupping is offered by Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co. and sponsored by New Leaf. This is part of the 5th Annual International Youth Exchange for Food Security and Sovereignty – “El Intercambio” – taking place in February, presented by the Community Agroecology Network and UC Santa Cruz student organization FoCAN. El Intercambio is an annual youth leadership exchange that aims to empower youth working towards food sovereignty. From 9-11 a.m., New Leaf Community Market (Westside), Community Learning Room, 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz.

Feb. 23 – DFS Roundtable: Nora McKeon: Food Security Governance: Empowering Communities, Regulating Corporations
The Berkeley Food Institute sponsors a roundtable with Nora McKeon, author of “Food Security Governance: Empowering Communities, Regulating Corporations.” From 4-5 p.m., Koshland Hall, Room 338, UC Berkeley.

Feb. 28 – Great Chefs Series: Patrick Mulvaney
Patrick Mulvaney, a native New Yorker, has been the owner of Culinary Specialists since 2001. In 2005, he opened Mulvaney's B & L in Sacramento. B & L has a menu that features local, fresh and organic ingredients. On the morning of the lecture, 24 participants will meet Mulvaney in the Food Innovation Kitchen, a state-of-the-art learning facility located within the Robert Mondavi Institute at UC Davis. They will enjoy private instruction and get to dine with this world class chef. Afterward, participants will enjoy a lecture and food tasting with a wine and beer pairing. From 9 a.m., Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Building, UC Davis. Registration costs $250; the last day to register online is Feb. 21. Proceeds from the Great Chefs Series support continued excellence in outreach and education at the Robert Mondavi Institute.

March 2 – DFS Roundtable: Slow Food and Ecological Economics: What Global Capitalism Cannot See
The Berkeley Food Institute sponsors a roundtable with Luis Pradanos-Garcia (Inaki), assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Miami University. From 4-5 p.m., Morgan Lounge, Morgan Hall, UC Berkeley.

March 2 – Edible Education 101: The Long Green Revolution with Raj Patel and Mark Bittman
The Edible Education 101 course continues with “The Long Green Revolution” with Raj Patel, writer, activist and research professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and course co-host Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist, cookbook author and Berkeley Food Institute distinguished visiting fellow. Edible Education 101, a UC Berkeley course with live streaming open to the public, is presented by the Edible Schoolyard Project, Berkeley Food Institute, UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources and UC Global Food Initiative with support from the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office and the Epstein/Roth Foundation. The course instructor is renowned soil scientist Garrison Sposito, Betty & Isaac Barshad Professor emeritus and Chancellor’s Professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, with co-hosts Bittman and Robert Hass, Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics at UC Berkeley. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each lecture will stream live on the Edible Schoolyard Project’s YouTube channel and will be archived on the Edible Schoolyard Network.

March 9 – Edible Education 101: Mimicking Nature: Woodleaf Farm’s Ecological Design with Carl Rosato and Helen Atthowe
The Edible Education 101 course continues with “Mimicking Nature: Woodleaf Farm’s Ecological Design” with Carl Rosato and Helen Atthowe of Woodleaf Farm, an organic farm in the Sierra foothills. Edible Education 101, a UC Berkeley course with live streaming open to the public, is presented by the Edible Schoolyard Project, Berkeley Food Institute, UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources and UC Global Food Initiative with support from the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office and the Epstein/Roth Foundation. The course instructor is renowned soil scientist Garrison Sposito, Betty & Isaac Barshad Professor emeritus and Chancellor’s Professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, with co-hosts Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist, cookbook author and Berkeley Food Institute distinguished visiting fellow, and Robert Hass, Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics at UC Berkeley. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each lecture will stream live on the Edible Schoolyard Project’s YouTube channel and will be archived on the Edible Schoolyard Network.

March 10 — BigIdeas@Berkeley Food System Innovations contest

Big Ideas@Berkeley is an annual contest aimed at providing funding, support and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students who have “big ideas.” This year a new category in Food Systems Innovations, sponsored by the Berkeley Food Institute, the UC Office of the President and the Blum Center on Developing Economies, will provide funding for projects that develop innovative solutions or approaches that address challenges in food systems. Applications were open to students from all 10 UC campuses. Mandatory preproposal applications were due Nov. 13. Full proposal applications are due March 10. The Grand Prize Pitch Day will be April 28 and the awards celebration will be May 5. Learn more about the new category.

March 12 – Urban Expo
The UC San Diego Urban Studies and Planning program hosts its 25th annual Urban Expo. From 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Price Center Ballroom B, UC San Diego. From 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. there will be an open house viewing of student posters and exhibits plus some faculty research. The students’ research covers a broad range of subjects, including architecture and urban design; community and economic development; environment; housing; public health, safety and welfare; transportation planning; urban and regional planning; and U.S.-Mexico border planning. A reception at 5 p.m. will be followed from 5:30-7 p.m. by a short formal program, keynote speech, student presentations and granting of awards.

March 12-13 – Green Revolution 2.0: 2015 Food & Fuel for the 21st Century Symposium
UC San Diego’s Food & Fuel for the 21st Century will be holding its annual symposium. This year’s theme is Green Revolution 2.0. This symposium will feature top researchers from around the world presenting the latest research in genetics, synthetic biology, bioinformatics, economics and biomanufacturing of algae and plant-based biomass to propel the Green Revolution 2.0 forward. Early bird registration deadline is Jan. 11; registration deadline is Feb. 26. From 8 a.m. March 12 to 7:30 p.m. March 13, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego.

March 15 – 2015 Zero Waste Youth Convergence
The UC Berkeley Zero Waste Research Center will be hosting Zero Waste Youth USA’s 3rd Annual Zero Waste Youth Convergence. From 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 155 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley. The convergence is the kickoff event for the annual Bay Area Zero Waste Week.

March 16 – Edible Education 101: Of Peaches and Power: Myths, Legends and the Mundane of Family Farming with Mas and Nikiko Masumoto and Robert Hass
The Edible Education 101 course continues with “Of Peaches and Power: Myths, Legends and the Mundane of Family Farming” with Mas and Nikiko Masumoto of Masumoto Family Farm, which grows organic peaches, nectarines and raisins on a farm south of Fresno, and course co-host Robert Hass, Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics at UC Berkeley. Edible Education 101, a UC Berkeley course with live streaming open to the public, is presented by the Edible Schoolyard Project, Berkeley Food Institute, UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources and UC Global Food Initiative with support from the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office and the Epstein/Roth Foundation. The course instructor is renowned soil scientist Garrison Sposito, Betty & Isaac Barshad Professor emeritus and Chancellor’s Professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, with co-hosts Hass and Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist, cookbook author and Berkeley Food Institute distinguished visiting fellow. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each lecture will stream live on the Edible Schoolyard Project’s YouTube channel and will be archived on the Edible Schoolyard Network.

March 26-28 – NACUFS Pacific Regional Conference 
UC Santa Cruz and San Jose State University will co-host the National Association of College & University Food Services’ Pacific Regional Conference. From 7 a.m. March 26 to midnight March 28, Santa Cruz.

March 30 – Edible Education 101: Sustainable Farming Through Agroecology with Stephen Gliessman and Mark Bittman
The Edible Education 101 course continues with “Sustainable Farming Through Agroecology” with Stephen Gliessman, a retired UC Santa Cruz agroecology professor who was founding director of the Agroecology Program at UC Santa Cruz, and course co-host Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist, cookbook author and Berkeley Food Institute distinguished visiting fellow. Edible Education 101, a UC Berkeley course with live streaming open to the public, is presented by the Edible Schoolyard Project, Berkeley Food Institute, UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources and UC Global Food Initiative with support from the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office and the Epstein/Roth Foundation. The course instructor is renowned soil scientist Garrison Sposito, Betty & Isaac Barshad Professor emeritus and Chancellor’s Professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, with co-hosts Bittman and Robert Hass, Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics at UC Berkeley. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each lecture will stream live on the Edible Schoolyard Project’s YouTube channel and will be archived on the Edible Schoolyard Network.

March 31 – Food Exchange: Cultivating Justice in Food Systems: People, Power and Policy
The Berkeley Food Institute sponsors this panel discussion featuring Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist and food writer, and visiting associate researcher, Berkeley Food Institute, and Saru Jayaraman, lecturer, Goldman School of Public Policy; director, Food Labor Research Center; founder, Restaurant Opportunities Center; and visiting fellow, Berkeley Food Institute. From 5-7 p.m., Bancroft Hotel, Great Hall, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.

April 6 – Edible Education 101: Fixing a Broken Food System: Some Ideas with Claire Kremen
The Edible Education 101 course continues with “Fixing a Broken Food System: Some Ideas” with Claire Kremen, a professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley. Edible Education 101, a UC Berkeley course with live streaming open to the public, is presented by the Edible Schoolyard Project, Berkeley Food Institute, UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources and UC Global Food Initiative with support from the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office and the Epstein/Roth Foundation. The course instructor is renowned soil scientist Garrison Sposito, Betty & Isaac Barshad Professor emeritus and Chancellor’s Professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, with co-hosts Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist, cookbook author and Berkeley Food Institute distinguished visiting fellow, and Robert Hass, Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics at UC Berkeley. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each lecture will stream live on the Edible Schoolyard Project’s YouTube channel and will be archived on the Edible Schoolyard Network.

April 13 – Food Exchange: Fostering Resilient and Healthy Food Systems in the Face of Crisis

The Berkeley Food Institute sponsors this panel discussion. From 2-6 p.m., Tamalpais Room, David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley.

April 13 – Edible Education 101: Teaching Slow Food Values in a Fast Food World: Who Will Grow Tomorrow’s Food and Who Will Be Eating It? with Alice Waters, Craig McNamara and Robert Hass
The Edible Education 101 course continues with “Teaching Slow Food Values in a Fast Food World: Who Will Grow Tomorrow’s Food and Who Will Be Eating It?” with Chez Panisse chef and owner Alice Waters; Sierra Orchards President and Owner Craig McNamara, president of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture and member of the UC President’s Advisory Commission on Agriculture and Natural Resources; and course co-host Robert Hass, Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics at UC Berkeley. Edible Education 101, a UC Berkeley course with live streaming open to the public, is presented by the Edible Schoolyard Project, Berkeley Food Institute, UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources and UC Global Food Initiative with support from the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office and the Epstein/Roth Foundation. The course instructor is renowned soil scientist Garrison Sposito, Betty & Isaac Barshad Professor emeritus and Chancellor’s Professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, with co-hosts Hass and Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist, cookbook author and Berkeley Food Institute distinguished visiting fellow. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each lecture will stream live on the Edible Schoolyard Project’s YouTube channel and will be archived on the Edible Schoolyard Network.

April 20 – DFS Roundtable: Josh Farley

The Berkeley Food Institute sponsors a roundtable with Josh Farley, associate professor of community development and applied economics at the University of Vermont. His broad research interests focus on pedagogy, problem-based learning and the design of economic institutions capable of balancing what is biophysically possible with what is socially, psychologically and ethically desirable. His most recent research focuses on agroecology in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, finance and monetary systems, the just distribution of wealth and resources, transdisciplinary problem solving that integrates research and teaching, and financing the restoration of natural capital. From 4-5 p.m., Morgan Lounge, Morgan Hall, UC Berkeley.

April 20 – Edible Education 101: With Liberty, Justice and Sovereignty for All with Anim Steel, Sara Mersha and Mark Bittman
The Edible Education 101 course continues with “With Liberty, Justice and Sovereignty for All” with Anim Steel, executive director and co-founder of the Real Food Challenge; Sara Mersha, director of grantmaking and advocacy at Grassroots International; and course co-host Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist, cookbook author and Berkeley Food Institute distinguished visiting fellow. Edible Education 101, a UC Berkeley course with live streaming open to the public, is presented by the Edible Schoolyard Project, Berkeley Food Institute, UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources and UC Global Food Initiative with support from the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office and the Epstein/Roth Foundation. The course instructor is renowned soil scientist Garrison Sposito, Betty & Isaac Barshad Professor emeritus and Chancellor’s Professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, with co-hosts Bittman and Robert Hass, Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics at UC Berkeley. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each lecture will stream live on the Edible Schoolyard Project’s YouTube channel and will be archived on the Edible Schoolyard Network.

April 22 – Tales of Microbial Terroir: The Microbial Biogeography of Wine, Beer and Cheese Production
As part of the Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar, speaker David Mills, a professor in the departments of viticulture & enology and food science & technology at UC Davis, will discuss tales of microbial terroir. Mills studies the molecular biology and ecology of bacteria that play an active role in gut health or fermented foods and beverages. At UC Davis, he co-founded the Milk Bioactives Program – a multidisciplinary effort to define, investigate and translate the beneficial aspects of human milk and its role in human health. From 12-1 p.m., 101 Barker Hall, UC Berkeley.

April 27 – Edible Education 101: What’s Next for the Food Movement with Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman
The Edible Education 101 course concludes with “What’s Next for the Food Movement” with Michael Pollan, author and John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and course co-host Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist, cookbook author and Berkeley Food Institute distinguished visiting fellow. Edible Education 101, a UC Berkeley course with live streaming open to the public, is presented by the Edible Schoolyard Project, Berkeley Food Institute, UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources and UC Global Food Initiative with support from the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office and the Epstein/Roth Foundation. The course instructor is renowned soil scientist Garrison Sposito, Betty & Isaac Barshad Professor emeritus and Chancellor’s Professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, with co-hosts Bittman and Robert Hass, Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics at UC Berkeley. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each lecture will stream live on the Edible Schoolyard Project’s YouTube channel and will be archived on the Edible Schoolyard Network.

April 28 — BigIdeas@Berkeley Food System Innovations contest 
Big Ideas@Berkeley is an annual contest aimed at providing funding, support and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students who have “big ideas.” This year a new category in Food Systems Innovations, sponsored by the Berkeley Food Institute, the UC Office of the President and the Blum Center on Developing Economies, will provide funding for projects that develop innovative solutions or approaches that address challenges in food systems. Applications were open to students from all 10 UC campuses. The Grand Prize Pitch Day will be April 28 and the awards celebration will be May 5. Learn more about the new category.

May 5 — BigIdeas@Berkeley Food System Innovations contest 
Big Ideas@Berkeley is an annual contest aimed at providing funding, support and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students who have “big ideas.” This year a new category in Food Systems Innovations, sponsored by the Berkeley Food Institute, the UC Office of the President and the Blum Center on Developing Economies, will provide funding for projects that develop innovative solutions or approaches that address challenges in food systems. Applications were open to students from all 10 UC campuses. The Grand Prize Pitch Day will be April 28 and the awards celebration will be May 5. Learn more about the new category.