Welcome to Slow Food Russian River

Supporting joy and justice for Sonoma County food communities

Heritage Turkey Project

Connecting our food traditions to our children's future.

Gravenstein Apple Presidium

Working to promote and protect farmers who nurture their apples from tree to table.

School Garden Project

Every child deserves to grow up knowing where food comes from and how to grow, cook, and share it.


We are the Russian River chapter of Slow Food, the international organization dedicated to a food system that is good, clean and fair for all.

We are located in Sonoma County, California, in an area covering Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park and Cotati, and further towards the Pacific Ocean, with towns and hamlets such as Sebastopol, Freestone, Valley Ford, Bodega and Bodega Bay,

Occidental, Graton, Forestville, Guerneville, Jenner, Duncan Mills, Rio Nido.

Sonoma County is well known for the wealth and breadth of its agricultural heritage and its open spaces. Our grapes and wines, our apples, cider and Eau de Vie de Pomme, our barley, hops, and beers, our sheep, goats and cows, and milk, yoghurts, and cheeses, the wools and meats, charcuterie.

Our activities include tours and events showcasing the best Sonoma County has to offer in good, clean and fair agriculture and food, a monthly book group, a summer film series, and education through this website with its blogs, our newsletter, and our social media activities. Our main projects are the Gravenstein Apple Presidium, the Heritage Turkey Project in partnership with 4-H, and our School Garden Project.We are active within Slow Food California in the area of Farm and Food Policy and on the Ark of Taste Committee.

The Fig Café and Bar

Food in a Foodies Paradise: A Tale of Taste in the Valley of the Moon

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When a popular restaurant closes, albeit briefly, it seems to cause consternation whether in small villages such as Glen Ellen or big towns such as San Francisco. This winter when…


How We Are Saving the Gravensteins, One Apple At A Time

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One hot day, in June of last year, my mom and sister and I drove to Sebastopol for, what my mom told me, was a Gravenstein Apple video shooting for…

Slow Food  Russian River Media Team dinner meeting

Slow Food Russian River is looking for Pinners!

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Slow Food Russian River is expanding its education and outreach on social media.  On our Facebook page.we invite you to have a conversation about the good, the clean, the fair, the…


Plant Sale at Steele Lane Elementary School

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This coming Thursdays April 23rd and 30th, and Friday, May 1st, help support the school garden project at Steel Lane Elementary School in Santa Rosa by purchasing plants for your…