Volunteering with the Slow Food Russian River Apple Core

Volunteer and Join the Apple Core

Volunteering with Slow Food Russian River gives you an opportunity to meet and work with the movers and shakers of the food movement in the North Bay Area: farmers and ranchers, chefs and bakers, winemakers and mushroom growers, cider makers and strawberry farmers.

And you meet people like yourself, who are passionate about taste, healthy eating, and fair labor practices. Nobody needs to go hungry in our blessed place on Earth.

We want to give back to our communities and bring joy and justice to the local food movement. As a worldwide organization, Slow Food connects the local with the global and Slow Food Russian River is proud to be a part of this network.

The Apple Core

The Apple Core is the group within Slow Food Russian River that supports the work of the Gravenstein Presidium and its Save the Gravenstein Campaign.  You do not need to be an official member of Slow Food to join the Apple Core, although we hope that with time (and fun!) you will become one.


The Apple Core creatively builds demand for all local apples and apple products in order to: save the Gravenstein apple, support Sonoma County apple farmers, support diversified agriculture,strengthen community, and celebrate our local apple heritage.

Volunteering within the Apple Core can take many forms, from helping the public press their apples or tinkering with our equipment – foremost our beloved apple press from Correll Cider Press – to providing information to the public about our local apple culture; from keeping track of reservations and sign-ups to applying for grants and other forms of fundraising to taking photos and videos, and writing blog posts and news bulletins. To volunteer, complete and submit the information requested on the right side of this page.

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Volunteering at the Community Apple Press

Volunteering with the Slow Food Russian River Apple Core at the Community Apple Press, Luther Burbank Gold Ridge Experiment Farm, Sebastopol, CAAt the Sebastopol Community Apple Press, Slow Food volunteers create a safe and fun environment where people can press their own apples and sample their juice at the source and bottle it to take home. Some people bring apples from their own backyard trees, while others buy apples from one of our local apple growers. You can help them deepen their experience by initiating conversations about our apple culture, the history of the Gravenstein Apple, Slow Food’s Ark of Taste, and the international Slow Food movement in general.

The Community Apple Press is open on weekends in August, September and October.

• To volunteer at the Press sign up here.

At the Gravenstein Apple Fair at Ragle Ranch Park, volunteers are also needed. To volunteer to work at the press at the Grav Fair, go here.

• Users of the press can check for availability and reserve here.

Sign up to volunteer with the Apple Core team.

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