Organizer: Anna Hillgruber Smith Clark, Slow Food Berkeley
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All in all, the day went well.
Barbara Lee, Congresswoman
Mayor Tom Bates, Berkeley
Erica Torrence, Peoples Grocery - MC
Jacob Wright,The Center of Ecoliteracy
Jessica Prentice,Three Stone Hearth
Leon Davis,HOPE Collaborative
Ella Ross,Youth Radio
HuNia Bradley,Ecology Center
Center of Ecoliteracy
Three Stone Hearth
Our range of speakers definitely showed how much of the community is behind this issue. We were able to feature People’s Grocery and the Hope Collaborative, neither of which had worked often with Slow Food in the past. I think we may be able to use this as a starting block to work together. Over the course of the summer, we have built many many connections into the community and I really hope to see them flourish and learn what we can do for them and how best to work with them.
We have built an amazing core, Time for Lunch team over the Summer. Each person bringing their strengths to the table. Without each of them we would not have been able to have pulled this off as well as we did.
A beautiful day to start. I was amazing to watch everything pull together at the start of the day with all of the volunteers and core T4L group.
During the event I think that people had fun: hoola hooping, trying ice cream from Laloo’s, taking pictures and giving Time for Lunch quotes in the Magnolia Photo Booth. The community enjoyed each other and got to know and learn more about the campaign topic, as well as learn about what various groups are doing. Barbara Lee spoke which was a highlight of the day for many. We had a surprise visit by Berkeley, Mayor Tom Bates, we even had Wavy Gravy there. By day’s end we probably had about 400 people attend. People seemed to get that Slow Food Berkeley was working to connect to everyone, everyone has their piece that they can bring to the table.
Rep. Barbara Lee speaking to the crowd.