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 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.

Rachel Kohn Obut, the Farm Manager at Sweetwater Spectrum in the town of Sonoma

The Healing Powers of Farming and Gardening – The Sweetwater Spectrum Model

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At 31, Rachel Kohn Obut has farmed and gardened with passion ever since she graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio just over ten years ago. More recently and especially since 2011, she has learned heaps about the therapeutic properties of growing and harvesting vegetables, pulling weeds and planting seeds. As the…

Part of the Olfactory Perception System.

Why some people hate cilantro, and other highlights of our social media in April 2015

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The most trending post on our social media this past month was a message about cilantro on our Facebook page, “Why 10% of the Population Hates Cilantro and the Rest Doesn’t Know Any Better.”  The posting reached, as we write, about 6500 people with 27 likes, 9 comments and 26 shares and strengthened the…

The Apple Core enjoys an alfresco dinner at the end of the successful 2014 season.

Join the Gravenstein Apple Core Team

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The Slow Food Russian River Apple Core will meet Monday, June 1st, at 5:30pm, at VIVA, 7160 Keating in Sebastopol, enjoying homemade appetizers and sweets, and local beverages and planning the upcoming Apple Season activities. Join the Apple Core group if you want to help support local Sonoma County apple growers, through education,…

Summer Film Series

Join the Summer Film Series Team

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The Book Group will have a break in the summer and we are planning a film series of films in downtown Sebastopol about the culture of food. If you are interested in joining the organizing team, please email SFRR Film Group.