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 USA chapter of Slow Food International. As a worldwide organization we are dedicated to a global food system that gives us Good Food, Healthy Food, Clean Environment, Fair Pay, and Food Justice, for all. We work locally, with a eye on the global.

Who we are

We are Slow Food Russian River, Sonoma County, California, a USA chapter of Slow Food International. As a worldwide organization we are dedicated to a global food system that gives us Good Food, Healthy Food, Clean Environment, Fair Pay, and Food Justice, for all. We work locally, with a eye on the global.

Where we live

Slow Food Russian River is active in Sonoma County, California, in an area covering Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park and Cotati, and further toward the Pacific Ocean, so-called West County. Towns and hamlets in West County include Sebastopol, Freestone, Valley Ford, Bodega and Bodega Bay. Also Occidental, Graton, Forestville, and – along the Russian River – Guerneville, Jenner, Duncan Mills, and Rio Nido.

What Sonoma County grows and ferments…

Sonoma County is well known for the wealth and breadth of its agricultural heritage and its open spaces. Our grapes and wines are world-famous, our apples are rooted in our history, we make cider and some Eau de Vie de Pomme.

Come and look for our hops, and beers. All our sheep are above average, as are our goats and cows, and milk.

For yoghurts, and cheeses, wools and meats, charcuterie, come and celebrate with us all our small producers. Their entrepreneurial spirit will inspire you.

Heritage Turkey Sunday Supper
Reserve the Sebastopol Community Apple Press Now
Book Group: Land Justice: Re-imagining Land, Food, and the Commons, with Caitlin Hachmyer

What we do

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 blog, our newsletter, and our social media activities. Projects of Slow Food Russian River include the Gravenstein Apple Presidium, the Heritage Turkey Project in partnership with 4-H. We also have a School Garden Project and a Book Group. Our Media and Communications Team is pretty productive, and we are active within Slow Food California in the area of Farm and Food Policy and on the Ark of Taste Committee.

Old Hill Ranch & Will Bucklin: Dirt First

Old Hill Ranch & Will Bucklin: Good, Clean & Fair

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Old Hill Ranch & Will Bucklin: Good, Clean & Fair When I think of a vineyard steward and winemaker who embodies the Slow Food philosophy of “good, clean, and fair” I think first and foremost of Will Bucklin at Old Hill Ranch in Glen Ellen. Named after its founder, William…

Roberto Iniguez of Tienda Y Panaderia Iniguez with journalist Jonah Raskin

Tienda Y Panaderia in Sonoma: 5 Reasons to Shop at this Food Store Especial

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Is the family-owned grocery store a relic of the past? What about the local meat market? Has it, too, gone the way of super stores and chains? And what about the small bakery that serves the community? If you think the answers to those questions, are “Yes,” “Yes” and “Yes”...
Bring your class to the FREE Community Apple Press

Bring your class to the Sebastopol Community Apple Press

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Slow Food Russian River operates a Community Apple Press through October. Want to bring your class? It’s at the Luther Burbank Gold Ridge Experiment Farm in Sebastopol during apple season – from August through October. Use of the press is a free community service. You can use apples from your…

Apple Farmers Helping Slow Food Support Apple Farmers

Apple Farmers Helping Slow Food Support Apple Farmers

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The Russian River Chapter of Slow Food has been supporting the apple farmers of Sonoma County for 15 years. For the past five years, we have hung banners in Sebastopol announcing first the anticipated arrival, and then the actual arrival, of the Gravenstein apple, the apple famous for being the…