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Oliveto’s Tomato Watch

The people of Oliveto keep food close to their hearts–and therefore their producers even closer.  Right now, and for the next few months, Oliveto’s Community Journal is conducting a “Tomato Watch.”  OCJ will document as these tomato seedlings become sprouts and sprouts become vines, until the sweet fruit hits our plates at Oliveto’s famous annual Tomato Dinner series in late summer (August 26-29 2009).  The whole process is being documented on video at OCJ in a documentary style akin to a mini-series, with new video being shot and released in real time on the site as the tomatoes grow.  Of huge consequence this year is water, or lack thereof due to drought.  

Visit OCJ here to watch as farmers from Watsonville to Capay Valley brave the elements in hopes of the sweetest, tartest red globes around.  

Click here to visit Oliveto Community Journal


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Taking Things to the Next Level

This is very exciting news.  After approximately a year of eating at Oliveto I caved and signed up for email updates about special dinners, visiting producers and the like.  Now another year later, I just got notice of the Oliveto Community Journal–and it’s so much fun.  It could have gone either way; what do restaurateurs and chefs know about the interweb?  Fortunately for Oliveto-devotees and food lovers everywhere, the Oliveto Community Journal is  an exciting array of reports from local farms, bright pictures, and even video of our fantasy-life-husband Chef Paul Canales on the job!  A personal favorite is the timeline feature.  Check out this pic of Chef Canales and some lucky guy c. 2000 when Canales was named chef.  


This is another one of those sites that is going straight to my list of favorites.  

The local chanterelles alone!


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We Have A Lot Of Work To Do

You can’t all drop everything you are doing right now and become a teacher.

BUT you CAN and you MUST wake up tomorrow morning and pledge to do one thing, one small thing, for a needy public school.  


The children in our needy public schools are the children who are left behind, left behind enemy lines, not presented with opportunities, fail to learn, and end up the victims of our prison industrial complex.  This is the condition that perpetuates racism and injustice in our society.  

What you can do: 

…if you have $: http://www.donorschoose.org/homepage/main.html ANY amount is welcome.  $5 can help teachers fund projects and opportunities often beyond the reach of our public school budgets. 

…if you have time: walk down to your local public school and offer to volunteer: tutor, provide admin help, offer to speak to kids about your job.  Children need to see what is beyond the classroom walls and too often aren’t given the opportunity. If you need ideas, contact Saddleshoos, or visit http://www.idealist.org/ I typed in “San Francisco, School” and came up with dozens of opportunities.

Do it for a Rockridge Life.  There’s a complimentary copy of Dewey’s Experience and Education in it for the first reader who takes action.

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Allow Me to Introduce Miss Marydee

My good friend and colleague has entered the world of bloggery.

She’s funny, smart, and beautiful.  The last part you’re just going to have to take my word on.  

We both love Trader Joe’s Thai style shrimp gyoza, believe the hype when it comes to Brooklyn (#1), and think our own lives are interesting enough to write about on a regular basis.  

Check her out at http://ramarydee.wordpress.com/

We are part of a community of learners.  Join us.

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