Interested in supporting edible schoolyard projects in the region? Join Slow Food Sacramento on Saturday, June 9th, as they host their fourth annual Urban Ag Fest, benefitting the Green Academy at Rosemont High School and the garden and ecology center at O.W. Erlewine Elementary School.
A “showcase reception” from 4pm-5:30pm features more than 10 local schools and their edible garden projects; and participating students who grow what they eat will be on hand to chat about their agriculture adventures and answer questions.
The reception will be followed by a family style, open-air, “totally Slow Food dinner” prepared by Matt and Yvette Woolston of Matteo’s Pizza & Bistro and the Crocker Café. Creative menu items include Lucky Dog Ranch beef sliders with Shaft’s blue cheese, Bledsoe bacon, and local Roma tomatoes; “Fish Sticks”: grilled peppercorn-crusted Sterling sturgeon on a stick with smoked chili aioli and green olive tapenade; and “al fresco” mac and cheese with arugula pesto and oven-dried tomatoes. And dessert? Organic strawberry shortcake, of course.
Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin will be the event’s keynote speaker. During Eastin’s tenure, the number of edible schoolyards rose from 300 to over 4,000.
The event will take place at Rosemont High School. The reception is $20 (under 18 are free); the reception plus the dinner is $75. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Slow Food Sacramento’s website.