Los Angeles

Event Announcement: “Organic What? Your Health and the Back Yard Farm

Please note: This event is now fully booked. (October 17, 2006)

“The urban garden is more difficult to convert to organic production because of the high levels of toxins found in the soil. No farmer could ever afford to use herbicides and pesticides in the quantities the average home owner does. Because a home owner will overuse an over the counter product, the garden in your own backyard is probably more toxic than the most heavily dosed commercial agricultural fields.”

Slow Food Los Angeles continues the journey into the urban edible landscape with a series of discussions on the meaning of organic farming and the impact it has on our lives and our world.

Joining us on Tuesday, October 24th is farmer James Birch of Flora Bella Farms in Three Rivers, California. Before he achieved international organic certification with IOAS or California organic certification with CCOF, James helped urban home owners in Los Angeles convert their gardens and landscapes into organic gardens for food production.

Interested in growing your own produce? Find out how you can safely grow food for yourself and your family in your own back yard. James will recount his own encounters over many years of experience in both residential and commercial applications and will answer your questions about all things organic. Ask the farmer!

Sal Marino, Executive Chef of Il Grano and Slow Food member, will host the event and prepare hors d’oeuvres using seasonal fruits and vegetables from James’ farm.

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2006, beginning at 5:00pm
Where: Il Grano, 11359 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles
Cost: $15.00 per person (Slow Food members); $20.00 per person (nonmembers), payable at the door

RSVP: Respond by email to jordan_vannini [at] hotmail [dot] com and sal [at] ilgrano [dot] com. The event will be limited to 15 people, so reserve quickly to assure your place.