Terms of Use of the Sebastopol Community Apple Press

Before you can book the Sebastopol Community Apple Press, you’ll need to provide some information and agree to the terms of use, including the claim waiver below.


As an all-volunteer effort, the Community Apple Press must operate with the utmost safety for everyone involved.  With the recent surge in Covid cases, we are asking that all apple press patrons and volunteers be fully vaccinated and masked when at the press.  Fully vaccinated means at least 2 weeks after the final dose in either a 2 dose vaccine series (Pfizer or Moderna) or the single dose series (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).


Releasees means Slow Food USA, Slow Food Russian River, the Western Sonoma County Historical Society and the City of Sebastopol, and their respective officers, directors, members, employees, volunteers, contractors, agents, and any other persons acting on their behalf.

By using, or volunteering at, the Sebastopol Community Apple Press (the “Press”), I agree for myself, for all persons who accompany me at the Press or drink my juice, and for my heirs and assignees (“Releasors”), to discharge and release Releasees from all claims for any personal injury, death, property damage or loss sustained by me or any other Releasor as a result of use of the Press and related equipment, specifically including cutting knives, due to any cause whatsoever, including, without limitation, negligence on the part of Releasees.

Releasors are aware that certain dangers and risks are possible from use of the Press, some of which include:

Equipment use – The fruit pressing and grinding equipment have moving parts that can cause injury to fingers. Knives used to cut apples can cause injury.

Food safety – Dirty or contaminated fruit could cause illness. Unpasteurized juice can harbor bacteria (e.g., E. coli, Listeria, Salmonella, Cryptosporidium), even if the apples used to make it never fell on the ground.  Some people recommend pasteurizing (i.e., boiling for 30 seconds) or fermenting “raw” apple juice in order to reduce the pathogen load to a safe level.  Another FDA-approved method for safeguarding “raw” apple juice is UV treatment, but that is a viable option only for larger-scale commercial producers.

Insect Bites – Apple pressing can draw bees, yellow jackets and wasps, which can result in bites or stings.

Releasors accept all the dangers and risks and the possibility of injury, sickness (including Covid-19), death, property damage or any other loss resulting from using the Press and consuming the pressed juice. Releasors agree not to sue Releasees on account of any circumstance arising from such use or consumption.