September 7, 2009
Organizer: Susan Campbell, Slow Food Russian River
The picnic Slow Food Russian River and LandPaths hosted had roughly 300 people (including lots of happy children) and was, as co-leader Paula Shatkin put it “beautiful, inclusive, enriching, cultural, delicious AND political.” Over 500 petition signatures have been collected, over 50 letters were written to legislators and 21 new people joined Slow Food.
Thank you to all who attended, including speakers Lynn Fritz from Lynmar Winery, Board Supervisors Efren Carillo and Shirlee Zane, Santa Rosa Mayor Susan Gorin and Roseland Superintendent of Schools Gail Ahlas, and LandPaths/Bayer Farm Outreach Coordinator Magdalena Ridley. SFRR co-leader and President of Roots of Change Michael Dimock and LandPaths Executive Director Craig Anderson did a great job of sharing MC duties with the deft translation help of Laura Roldán Salazar.
We’re especially grateful to our special guest Maria Echaveste who gave a passionate, heartfelt speech about the importance of EVERY person having access to good, clean and fair food, not just the privileged. She spoke about her life experience as the child of immigrant farm workers, having spent time in the fields herself and about social justice for the people who do the hard work of getting the food from the field to our tables.