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.

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We are Slow Food Russian River, Sonoma County, California, a chapter of Slow Food, the international organization dedicated to a food system that gives us Good Food, Healthy Food, Clean Environment, Fair Pay, and Food Justice, for all.

We are Slow Food Russian River, Sonoma County, California, a chapter of Slow Food, the international organization dedicated to a food system that gives us Good Food, Healthy Food, Clean Environment, Fair Pay, and Food Justice, 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 in West County, 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.

Portuguese Fish

Six Days Eating Like A Portuguese Villager

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Santo Isadoro is a small, coastal Portuguese village rising above the ocean mists of the Atlantic. On sunny days, tourists flock to the neighboring city of Ericera, where they can enjoy the waves, go to surf school, and read billboards in English. While two miles away, the residents of sleepy…

The Parts of the Pig

Consider The Pork Liver

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Growing up in Southern California in the 70s, we rarely ate liver. On those occasions when it was on the dinner table, my mom would serve calf liver with onions and bacon. For my siblings and I, the reaction was always the same. Liver? For dinner? Yuck. Unanimous. Every time….

Paula Shatkin is a cofounder of the Gravenstein Apple Presidium

A new video about our Gravenstein Apple Presidium

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Totally cool to see that Slow Food International has produced this 3 minute video about the Gravenstein Apple Presidium project, which I am glad to have helped launch, 16 years ago now, with its intrepid leader, Paula Shatkin. This effort to raise awareness about the threat to the apple and…

Petaluma Bounty Hunters

New state regulation AB 234 could curb gleaning efforts

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Increased food safety regs = less produce to people who need it most. Dear allies in food recovery, community health, getting good food to good people, this is Suzi Grady, Program Director a Program of Petaluma Bounty. I am writing you how a new state regulation AB 234 could curb gleaning efforts! Link to online…