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Kitchen Table Talks SF: Food Activism

As consumers, we all know and try to live the mantra “vote with your fork.” But as citizens, voting with our forks can only get us so far. Standing up for real change in our food system requires getting informed, involved, and activated. As the political season heats up, please join us for Kitchen Table Talks on Tuesday, September 20 to hear how ordinary people made extraordinary improvements in our community and learn the tools of political engagement. It will be the first KTT in the new 18 Reasons location, across the street from Bi-Rite Market.

We encourage participants to take their newly learned skills the following week to a free San Francisco mayoral candidate forum on Monday, September 26, sponsored by the San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance, San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance, and Bay Area Water Stewards. There you can engage candidates on their perspectives on issues related to urban agriculture, schoolyard greening, and the City’s management of water resources.

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Where: 18 Reasons, 3674 18th Street (@ Dolores), San Francisco

Food and drink at 6:30 pm; Discussion at 7:00 pm

Joining us in conversation will be:

San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar. For over two decades, Eric has been a dedicated and responsive advocate for working families, youth and seniors, small businesses, and all the diverse residents of the Richmond District and San Francisco. He championed the Healthy Meal Ordinance in San Francisco and co-sponsored the urban agriculture zoning ordinance.

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Eli Zigas, co-coordinator of the San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance, an all-volunteer community organization, which promotes the growing of food within San Francisco and the associated goals of its member organizations, through advocacy, education, and grassroots action. This year, Eli helped organize the successful push to change the City’s zoning code to allow gardeners to sell what they grow in the city. Eli is also the Food Systems and Urban Agriculture Program Manager at the San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR).

Stephen Burdo, Political Director for Kathleen Russell Consulting and an expert in using social media in the areas of legislative advocacy, electoral campaigns, grassroots organizing, media relations, strategic planning, and community outreach.

Kitchen Table Talks is a joint venture of CivilEats and 18 Reasons, a non-profit that promotes conversation between its San Francisco Mission neighborhood and the people who feed them. Space is limited, so please RSVP. Seasonal snacks and refreshments generously provided by Bi-Rite Market and Shoe Shine Wine.

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Naomi Starkman is a food policy consultant to Consumers Union and others. She is the co-founder and editor of Civil Eats and Kitchen Table Talks, a local food forum in San Francisco, a board member of 18 Reasons, a nonprofit connecting community through food, and is on the Circle of Friends Council for the Community Alliance with Family Farmers. She served as the Director of Communications & Policy at Slow Food Nation ’08 and has worked as a media consultant at The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ and WIRED magazines. She was previously a senior publicist at Newsweek magazine and was the Director of Communications for the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). From 1997 to 2000, she served as Deputy Executive Director of the S.F. Ethics Commission. Naomi works with various clients on food policy and advocacy and is an aspiring organic grower, having worked on several farms. Anna Ghosh is a writer and activist for environmental causes and sustainable food. She is a co-founder of the Kitchen Table Talks discussion series and was on the Slow Food Nation communications advisory committee. She is currently the Western Region Communications Manager for the consumer advocacy non-profit Food & Water Watch. Read more >

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  1. This sounds great! Thanks for putting these together -- so important to get people talking about this stuff!

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