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Common Table: AgFest 2009 Workshops, FRESH Movie, Garden Dinner
Fremont Community Garden
Sacramento, CA
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Common Table: AgFest 2009 Workshops, FRESH Movie, Garden Dinner
Slow Food Sacramento is pleased to present Common Table on Saturday July 11, a day of tours and workshops culminating in a sit-down gourmet dinner at the Fremont Community Garden. The goal is to raise awareness about local urban gardening and food programs, as well as to advocate for improved city, county and state food policies that enable more locally grown foods in urban locations. The event benefits the Sacramento Hunger Coalition, an organization that helps bring food to the poor, and the Sacramento Area Community Garden Coalition, an organization dedicated to expanding urban locations for growing fruits and vegetables.

The evening activity begins at 5:30 and includes a three-course dinner of fresh, seasonal faire catered by Magpie Caters. The outside family style feast will be held at the Fremont Community Garden, a beautiful setting amidst thriving fruit and vegetable plants. Dinner speaker Braham Ahmadi of Peoples Grocery in Oakland will share his insights on Innovative Solutions for Food Justice. Ahmadi is a nationally recognized leader in the movement to spearhead growing fresh food in urban locations for low-income residents.

In addition, the Avid Reader will be on hand selling a variety of books on gardening and the urban food movement, and a live auction will feature an array of culinary opportunities, including local gourmet restaurants that will offer private dinners, private gardening consultations and an opportunity to dine out with a prominent food critic Blair Anthony Robertson.

Dinner begins at 5:30 pm at the Fremont Community Garden located at 14th & Q Streets. Cost for the dinner is $75 for Slow Food members and $100 for non-members.

Additionally, a separate ticket can be purchased for activities during the day that include a variety of with workshops relating to community gardening, backyard organic gardening, composting, food gleaning and local food swap programs. The Sacramento Hunger Coalition will host "What's 'Growing' On," a tour of local community gardens and places with access to locally grown foods. The organization will also host Hunger 101, an interactive session to learn how the poor cope with lack of availability of fresh foods. A special showing of movies "FRESH" and "The Garden" are also included in the workshop ticket. The tours and workshops will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants may enjoy any or all of these for $25 (must purchase a separate ticket).

"FRESH" at the Guild Theater, 2828 35th Street, Sacramento, will air at 2:30 and 4 p.m. "FRESH" celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. Among several main characters, "FRESH" features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthurs 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollans book, The Omnivores Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, who challenges a Wal-Mart dominated economy. Hosted by, with an introduction to the film, by Environment and Agriculture Taskforce (EAT) Sacramento.

"The Garden" will air at 1 p.m. The battle to save the South Central Farm in Los Angeles is documented in this 2009 Academy Award nominated film. The 14-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central farmers have since created a miracle in one of the countrys most blighted neighborhoods. "The Garden" tells the story of the country's largest urban farm, backroom deals, land developers, green politics, money, poverty, power, and racial discord that comes into play in trying to preserve this garden that feeds the local community. A short question- and- answer session will follow the film.

For more information, contact Kathy Les (916) 736-3169 or



Fremont Community Garden
14th and Q Streets
Sacramento, CA 95814
United States

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Owner: Slow Food Sacramento
On BPT Since: Mar 26, 2007
Charity Kenyon
(916) 343-0081

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