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.

Seek out Snail of Approval Recipients:Local Businesses that Embrace Slow Food Principles Good, Clean and Fair Food, For All
Slow Food Russian River Book Group Thursday, March 1, 2018: A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food, by David Downie (2017)

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.

Healdsburg Downtown Bakery – On the left, Kathleen Stewart, proprietor, with Anna Mancuso Tarlton, the pastry chef

Healdsburg Downtown Bakery & Creamery: Good, Clean & Fair

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Founded in 1987, the Healdsburg Downtown Bakery & Creamery is one of the oldest and most reliable havens for good, wholesome nutritious food on the Healdsburg plaza. Over the past two decades it has become a tourist destination, even while it has continued to appeal to locals. The bakery, which...
Meg Rottinghaus at Healdsburg SHED holding Yael’s braided garlic

Bernier Garlic: The Story of One Sonoma County Farming Family and their Renowned Crop

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The fires of October 2017 ravaged Sonoma County farms and disrupted the lives of farmers. But the fires also spared some farms and those farmers who were fortunate went on growing food for people. That’s what Yael and Paul and Zureal Bernier did. The sign in their house reads, “There’s never...
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…