Can your school press apple juice at the Sebastopol Community Apple Press?

By October 7, 2015 December 2nd, 2019 News
Can your school press apple juice at the Sebastopol Community Apple Press

The photos on this page show the students of Ashley Radzat’s third grade class from the Sebastopol Charter School, pressing apple juice at the Sebastopol Community Apple Press at the Luther Burbank Gold Ridge Experiment Farm, completely in the moment and engaged.

Could your students profit from pressing apple juice at the Sebastopol Community Apple Press of Slow Food Russian River?

If you are a teacher, a parent, or a grandparent, and would like to see your school come to the Community Apple Press, please talk to each other and make it happen

Slow Food Russian River operates the apple press at the Luther Burbank Gold Ridge Experiment Farm in Sebastopol during apple season – from August through October on most Saturdays and Sundays. For schools the press will open during the school week by arrangement.

Use of the press is a free community service of SFRR.

If you want to bring your students to press apple juice you can email SFRR leader Paula Downing at or call her at (707) 829-3494. There are only a couple weeks left in the local apples season, so if you want to arrange something, you’ll need to act soon.

Before calling consider these questions:

• Where you will get your juicing apples? We have a list of local apple farms and U’Picks. Many households in Sonoma County have a few apple trees in their yard. The apples you bring can be small or blemished, but they still provide you with great tasting juice!

• How you will bring your apple juice back with you? You will need to bring your own containers, preferably plastic to avoid the risk of breaking glass.

• Where do you want the apple waste – or pomace – to go? SFRR has a list of ranchers who like pomace to feed their livestock. By making the right connections you may be able to bring your students to the receiving farm later in the week for a super experiential learning experience for your students!

Paula Downing can discuss these questions with you.

• Possibly some of your pupils’ parents ask you how they can support this project financially. Please point them to our donation page.

Please inform yourself of the National School Garden Program of Slow Food USA. What we do at the Sebastopol Community Apple Press follows the Slow Food USA School Garden Curriculum, especially the section on Sensory Education and Skills and Tools. In the Slow Food philosophy, rich tactile and sensory experiences are a basis for developing a healthy relationship with food.



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