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Quick update on Pollan event

The event last night in Vacaville with Michael Pollan went really well, I think. About 300 people showed up. I was able to ask most of my questions, many of yours, and quite a few of the audience's. Most importantly, I didn't trip, fall out of my chair, or spill my (ahem, bottled) water on the...

What would you ask Michael Pollan?

On Thursday I'll interview Michael Pollan about his latest book, "In Defense of Food," at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theater. The discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A (via cards, not an open mic) and a book signing by Pollan. Tickets are still available, and it's for a good...

Eco-Farm snapshots

Proving that sustainable agriculture is hotter than a compost pile in July, the 28th annual Ecological Farming Conference known to all as Eco-Farm — from which I've just returned — completely sold out in record time. More than 1,500 farmers, ranchers, educators, and activists descended on...

Calling all Californians who believe in our right to real food

On Wednesday, January 16, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 4202 of the State Capitol Building, the California state legislature will consider reversing — or at least amending — AB 1735. (That's the sneaky Oct. 8 change to California's Food and Agricultural Code that would basically shut down the production...

Feb. 7 Bay Area event with Michael Pollan — and me

Michael Pollan is touring extensively for "In Defense of Food," at bookstores and lecture halls all over the country. His website has a complete list of appearances. I've been invited to interview him publicly about the book on February 7 as part of a fundraiser for Slow Food Solano and the Solano...

Events: Milk ‘n’ Honey play puts spotlight on what we eat

Back in February at the Food and Society Conference, I met Nicole Betancourt, the producer of the cool-sounding Food Theater Project in New York City, which she told me was in rehearsals for a play about what we eat. Well, the curtain's gone up on Milk 'n' Honey, it's been reviewed by the New York Times,...

“King Corn” preview and discussion in Berkeley draws crowd

Michael Pollan with "King Corn" stars Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney, and director Aaron Woolf, along with a corny hat that Pollan had in his backpack. As expected, Tuesday night's special event for "King Corn," featuring Michael Pollan and the three filmmakers, had a huge turnout, with...

Bay Area events: “King Corn” filmmakers to chat with Michael Pollan, audiences

Like the maize from which it takes its name, the documentary "King Corn" is conquering America. The film's message — that maybe, just maybe, the U.S. is growing too much subsidized cheap grain — obviously contains enough kernels of truth to discomfort some Big Ag folk. Its run was...

Building an open-source Food, Farming, & Food Politics events calendar

It's bugged me for a long time that there are so many cool events happening all over the country having to do with sustainable food, but there's no single website where you can go to find out what's happening, even in each city. We launched an Ethicurean calendar a while ago using Google Calender (GCal),...

Urban Chicken Park(ing) Day in SF: Clucking awesome

Slide show of chicken photos from yesterday — check out the pics of other park(ing) spaces posted to Flickr: A big thanks to the friends who came by and visited with the chickens and bought eggs yesterday at the Urban Chicken Park — I think it went very well, considering we had less than a week...

Chicken out in San Francisco!

Tomorrow is Park(ing) Day, and for my last day at Wired, Phil "Lord of the Chickens" Ferrato and I will be taking over a metered space in San Francisco's South of Market district and turning it into a grassy urban-poultry habitat, complete with two Gold-Laced Wyandotte hens, Isabel and Claudette,...

Live webcast: Eat Well Guided Tour of America’s grand finale

Our friends at Sustainable Table asked me to mention that there will be a live webcast today at 6:30 p.m. EST (3:30 p.m. PST)  of the shindig marking the last stop of the Eat Well Guided Tour of America. If you happen to live around Red Hook, NY, it sounds like it's going to be a blast, with a barbecue...

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