Kitchen Table Talks: Gavin Newsom’s Executive Directive


Kitchen Table Talks announces its next installment of its conversation series about the American food system. The focus will be on San Francisco’s New Sustainable Food Mandate, and will be held on Tuesday, September 29 from 6:30 – 8 pm at the architecture offices of Sagan-Piechota in San Francisco.

In July, Major Gavin Newsom issued a new Executive Directive for Healthy and Sustainable Food for the City, articulating a vision of a food system with nutritious food for all San Franciscans, shorter distances between consumers and producers, protections for worker health and welfare, reduced environmental impacts, and strengthened connections between urban and rural communities.

One of the most ambitious food policies in the country, the Directive sets far-reaching mandates for allocating City funds to ensure that hunger is eliminated; planning neighborhoods to ensure healthy food options; spending municipal food dollars on regionally produced and sustainable food; encouraging food production on City owned land; promoting local food businesses; supporting policies to conserve peri-urban prime farmland; helping to market regionally grown food in San Francisco; recycling all organic residuals and eliminating chemical use in municipal agriculture and landscaping; and educating residents about healthy food and sustainable food systems.

Leading us in conversation will be Paula Jones, Director of Food Systems, S.F. Department of Public Health, and Jason Mark, co-manager of Alemany Farm, a 4.5 acre urban farm, recently featured in the S.F. Chronicle, and on the forefront of the urban food movement in the City. Everyone involved and interested in Citywide sustainable food and urban farming policy is encouraged to join the discussion.

Kitchen Table Talks is a joint venture of Civil Eats and 18 Reasons, a non-profit which promotes conversation between its San Francisco Mission neighborhood and people who feed us. It is hosted by Sagan-Piechota which created Linden Tree in the same space.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to ktt@civileats.com or leave a message at 925.785.0713. $10 suggested donation at the door; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Sustainable food and refreshments will be provided, courtesy of Bi-Rite Market.

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