Good Farm Fund presents the Inaugural Mendocino County Homebrew Fest! November 4, 2017 | Ukiah

We have partnered with Visit Mendocino County and our beer geek friends to introduce an exciting new event, the Inaugural Mendocino County Homebrew Festival!  This new addition to the Mendocino Mushroom, Wine and Beer Festival is set for November 4th, 2017 at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center.

The afternoon will feature brewers from several clubs in Lake and Mendocino Counties and also from around Northern CA competing to become the people’s choice winner.  The event is also open to ciders, mead and other fermented beverages including kombucha & jun. Local Farm-to-table food will be available for purchase.

The festival will include both a People’s Choice award and Brewer’s Choice panel winner.

All proceeds go to support Good Farm Fund, which makes fresh local food available to lower income community members by funding the SNAP/food stamp Market Match program at farmers markets and provides strategic economic development grants to Lake and Mendocino County small farms. Farm to table food provided by the Mendocino College Culinary Arts Program will be available for purchase.

Get all the details at the >> Mendocino County Home Brew Fest website.

If you are a home brewer, >> sign up now to be in the competition. If you know someone who makes great beer, encourage them to get signed up! Deadline for entry is October 4th.

If you like beer and fun >> get your tickets here.

If you would like an opportunity to promote your business by joining our >> fine cast of sponsors  email us at goodfarmfund@gmail.com to find out about our sponsorship packages.

EVENT SPONSORS:

Ukiah Brewing Company, The Big Chief of Laytonville, Visit Mendocino, Westside Renaissance Market, Saucy, Beer Belly Fermentation Supply, Riley’s Cab (which will be providing attendees with free cab service within a 10 mile radius of the event), KWINE, KMAX and KZYX

Unique Farm to Table Dinner to Support Local Farmers

3rd Annual Farm to Table Benefit Dinner

Get your tickets now!

Enjoy gourmet food from over 20 of the best chefs in Lake and Mendocino Counties at the Third Annual Farm to Table Benefit Dinner on Tuesday June 13, from 6-9 pm at Yokayo Ranch. During this open-air celebration guests will enjoy live music and seasonal small plates. This unique event pairs farmers with chefs, and together they present inspired dishes designed to excite the pallet while showcasing exceptional, locally grown produce. Local beer and wine plus specialty Summer Solstice inspired cocktails courtesy of American Craft Whisky Distillery, are included.

Set against the backdrop of Yokayo Ranch, a 40-acre hillside ranch built in the 1920’s, guests will be delighted by the natural beauty of this spectacular country setting. The evening’s program will also include a farm tour of Yokayo Roots Farm, a keynote speaker, farmer success stories, and a live auction.

Farmers, restaurant owners, and chefs, are already preparing menu combinations for this year’s guests.  Julia Kendrick Conway, chef and proprietor of Assaggiare Mendocino adds:

Last year’s event was delightful, truly one-of-a-kind. It’s rewarding to be involved in an event that celebrates delicious, fresh, locally grown food. We’re excited to team up with another farm this year to create a new, seasonally inspired dish.

Designed to bring together the entire food system is one experience; all event proceeds support the Good Farm Fund’s Farm Grant Program, which funds food stamp doubling at farmer’s markets and works to support and grow small, local food farms by funding capacity-building projects like greenhouses, farmstands, equipment, and fencing. Applications are reviewed by the Good Farm Fund Board and any farmer residing in Lake or Mendocino County may apply.

In 2016, the Farm Grant Program awarded $20,000 to 14 local food farms.  Anderson Valley Community Farm, one of the largest grant recipients, was awarded $3300 to build a farmstand to use as a CSA pickup location with products such as jams, pickles, olives and soap. Grant funds were also used to gravel the driveway, making it more accessible to the public.

Tickets for the Third Annual Summer Solstice Farm to Table Benefit Dinner are on sale now. Pre-registration is $100 per person or $125 at the event. Purchase online at goodfarmfund.org, or at the following Ukiah establishments: JD Redhouse & Co, Mendocino Book Co, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op and Westside Renaissance Market. For a complete list of farmers and chefs, or to learn more about the Good Farm Fund Grant program, please visit goodfarmfund.org

Chefs & Restaurants

Assagiare Mendocio, Bewildered Pig, Black Dog Farm & Catering, Black Oak Coffee, Boonville General Store, Byram’s Bread, Caring Kitchen, Chop Chop, Cucina Verona, Elevensies, Elizabeth Archer, Fairall Farm, GG’s Cookies, Kemmy’s Pies, Mendocino College, Pacific Plate, Pennyroyal Farmstead Cheese, Rachel Britten, Saucy, Schat’s, Tango Foods, Taste buds, Trillium Cafe, Wholly Bowl, Wild Fish, Zocalo Collective

Farmers & Producers

Anderson Valley Community Farm, Carson and Bees, Cerro Negro, Cinnamon Bear Farm, Covelo Organic, Ecology Action, Feriera Forest Farm, Floodgate Farm, Fortunate Farm, Green Uprising Farm, Irene’s Garden, Love Farm, Mendocino Grain Project, Mendocino Lavender, Mossy Falls Farm, North Coast Brewing Company, Noyo Fish Company, Nye Ranch, Oak Granary, Oz Farm, Parducci Vineyard, Potter Valley Unconventional Agriculture, Princess Seafood, School of Adaptive Agriculture, Seely Farm Stand, Shamrock Chevre, Sister’s Ridge, Tequio Farm, Yokayo Roots Farm

Lodging

Guests may lodge at Yokayo Ranch. Two large houses and two cabanas, sleeping 20+ people, are available. Each house is historically decorated, while providing all the amenities of modern life. The houses surround lawns, covered patios, a pool, and an outdoor kitchen.

Enjoy all the fun without worrying about traveling! Everything is set up to make your night a breeze. Book your room in advance by emailing goodfarmfund@gmail.com. Rooms are $100 per night.

Sponsors

The Good Farm Fund is supported by various sponsors. Foundation sponsors support the grant program and include Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, Frey Vineyards, and Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op. The 2017 event sponsors are American Craft Whiskey, Cold Creek Compost, KZYZ, Mendo Lake Food Hub, Mendocino Winegrowers, North Coast Brewing Company, North Coast Opportunities, Parducci, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Surf Market, and Thompson Party Rentals. Hospice Services of Lake County Thrift Stores, along with Mendocino County thrift stores, provided a silverware donation. This event was also supported by the West Region Economic Opportunity Grants Program provided by Wells Fargo.

While each sponsor is vital to the Good Farm Fund, sponsors like the Mendo Lake Food hub specifically work to strengthen the restaurant-farmer relationship by providing an efficient, local produce ordering and distribution system all year long.”

Learn more about our foundation sponsors and event sponsors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3rd Annual Farm to Table Benefit Dinner

Get your tickets for the 3rd Annual Farm to Table Benefit Dinner here!

Tickets also available at JD Redhouse & Co, Mendocino Book Co, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op and Westside Renaissance Market

Tuesday, June 13: 6– 9:00 pm
Yokayo Roots Farm Tour: 6:15

Dinner served: 6:30, drinks included
Yokayo Ranch | 800 Hensley Creek Rd, Ukiah, CA
$100 in advance | $125 at event

Featuring live acoustic music by Jason Wright and specialty summer inspired cocktails by American Craft Distillery Whiskey.

Get your tickets, mark your calendar, and join us on Tuesday, June 13 for a one-of-a-kind experience designed to unite the entire food system in one evening. This is the only event that pairs the best chefs with the best farmers from both Lake and Mendocino Counties. Together, our chef/farmer teams create seasonally inspired small plates to delight and inspire you, while showcasing exceptional, locally grown produce.

For lodging information, a full list of chefs and farmers, and all the details visit our media page

Thank you to our event sponsors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silverware donations provided by Hospice Services of Lake County Thrift Stores and Mendocino County Thrift Stores.

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Third Annual Winter Feast

Thursday December 8, 2016, from 5– 9:00 pm
Dinner served from 6 – 8:00 p.m. 
Barra of Mendocino Event Center | 7051 North State Street, Redwood Valley

Farm to Table Dinner featuring locally raised meat, produce, grain, beer, & wine. Plus… an auction, live music by The Thin Air String band and great company.
Tickets $30 adults advance/$40 at the door | $15 youth (<15)

A back-by-popular-demand highlight of the local holiday season! Proceeds support Good Farm Fund’s mission to provide assistance to local farms and fund the Farmers Market Food Stamp Matching program, which makes nutritious local food more affordable in our community.

Tickets: We expect to sell out like last year! >> Purchase tickets online here from Brown Paper Tickets.

Tickets also available soon at Westside Renaissance Market, the Mendocino Book Company, the Spot Coffee in Redwood Valley, and the Ukiah Farmers Market.

Or email us to RSVP now and pay at the door.

In 2016, we are giving out $20,000 in grants to local farms, which was raised through events like this dinner. All grant applicants will join us at the Winter Feast to talk about their exciting farm projects!

The event is sponsored by North Coast Opportunities, the Mendo-Lake FoodHub, Mendo Lake Credit Union, First Five, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op, Yokayo Ranch, Black Dog Farm & Catering and Thompson’s Party Rentals.

Thank you for supporting our work to help local farms thrive!

Farm to Table Feast celebrates community and raises funds for local farms

The Good Farm Fund is excited to host its Third Annual Winter Feast on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m.

This year’s farm-to-table dinner will be held at Barra of Mendocino Event Center at 7051 N. State St. in Redwood Valley, and will feature locally raised meat, produce, cheese, grain, beer, wine and cider.

There will also be live music by The Thin Air String Band — known for its jazzy/West Coast-punkgrass style — and a silent auction packed with unique local items ideal for holiday giving.

This dinner is back by popular demand after selling out last year. Attendees proclaimed it a highlight of the holiday season, with plenty of feel-good cheer and an abundance of local food and drink to enjoy at an affordable price.

Photo caption: From left, farmers Bill Taylor and Jaye Moscariello of Floodgate Farm and Ukiah Farmer’s Market customer Karen Mangan enjoy a squash soup appetizer at last year’s event.
Photo: From left, farmers Bill Taylor and Jaye Moscariello of Floodgate Farm and Ukiah
Farmer’s Market customer Karen Mangan enjoy a squash soup appetizer at last year’s event.

“This dinner is about celebrating all the hard work that farmers do throughout the year and the customers who support us,” says Caroline Radice of Black Dog Farm & Catering, one of the event coordinators. “The best way to do that is enjoy delicious local food together, while raising funds to help local farms expand.”

Radice and her husband, Jason Pluck, cater the event with the help of many volunteers. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meal options will be available.

Proceeds will go toward the Good Farm Fund’s small grant program for local farms, as well as the Ukiah Farmers Market Food Stamp Match program, which makes nutritious food affordable for all.

The event is sponsored by North Coast Opportunities, Inc., Mendo Lake Credit Union, First Five, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-Op, the MendoLake Food Hub, and Thompson’s Party Rentals.

In its first year, the Good Farm Fund awarded a total of $7,000 in farm grants to nine local farms. Now in its second year of accepting applications, the Good Farm Fund is poised to award $20,000 in grants.

Applications were due in October, and grant recipients will be at the dinner to talk about the critical projects that have been or will be supported by the fund.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door; youth 15 and under are $15. Tickets can be purchased at the Westside Renaissance Market, the Mendocino Book Company, the Ukiah Farmers Market, The Spot Coffee in Redwood Valley, or online at www.goodfarmfund.org.

The Good Farm Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of NCO, a 501(c)3 Community Action Agency serving Lake and Mendocino counties.

For more information, to sign up to volunteer, or to donate items to the auction, email goodfarmfund[at]gmail.com.

Second Annual Summer Solstice Farm to Table Benefit Dinner

SECOND ANNUAL FARM TO TABLE BENEFIT DINNER
Tuesday June 21, 2016, 6-9 p.m. | Yokayo Ranch

We are delighted to present the Second Annual Good Farm Fund Farm Benefit Dinner at the lovely Yokayo Ranch in Ukiah. This farm to table dinner has quickly become one of Mendocino County’s favorite food and agriculture events of the year, featuring gourmet small plates prepared by over 20 of the best chefs in the county!

Designed to bring together the entire food system in one experience, every chef is paired with a local farmer and together they present a seasonal dish directly to eaters in a fabulous and intimate setting. In addition to serving up local wine, beer and cocktails with live music in the background, we will share some of the most inspiring stories from Mendocino County’s bountiful and vibrant local food scene.

Event proceeds support our Farm Grant Program which provides direct support to local farmers. Eat well for a great cause! >> See Eventbrite listing

CINEMA IN THE VINEYARDS FARM TO TABLE WINE & FILMMAKER DINNER

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 7:30-10:30 pm
The Madrones| 9000 California 129, Philo 
Join us and our special guests wine expert and TV personality, Leslie Sbrocco and Casey Beck, Filmmaker of Organic Life, for delicious farm-fresh cuisine for a good cause. Go “into the bottle” at this family style dinner, as you enjoy dishes from chef Shannon Hughes made entirely with local ingredients and paired with wines from DrewWitching Stick and Signal Ridge. Chat with your favorite winemaker, filmmaker or farmer and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Farm Grant Program.

Tickets are available for purchase on Eventbrite.

Celebrate fall with a farm to table Full Moon Feast!

Join us for a farm to table fundraiser to celebrate the abundance of the season and support small farms.

Save the Date:
Sunday, October 25th

Location: Caspar Community Center in Caspar, CA

Sign up for our e-newsletter (in the left hand toolbar below) to receive an announcement when tickets are available.

Hosted with love by Farm to Table Mendocino  with Spontaneous Cafe and Megan Katherine Catering.

“Farmraising” in Northern California

 

By Chef Julia A. Kendrick Conway for Culination Magazine

Farm-to-table is a big buzzword today in the culinary and restaurant world.  It seems every other menu touts a local connection, identifying ingredients by naming the farms that produce them.  But how much does the trend really benefit farmers and our local food economies?

Here in the far reaches of Northern California, it has become a reality through the Good Farm Fund, which raises money to match dollar for dollar the EBT coupons used to buy fresh produce in our farmers’ markets, and runs a grant program administered by and benefiting small farmers.

The Good Farm Fund recently sponsored a fundraising dinner at a local ranch, where each farmer was paired with a local chef.  175 guests enjoyed dishes IMG_0448based on ingredients that were grown, raised or produced within the county.  The vibrant menu was as diverse as the types of farms and farmers; carrot and beet cake with red wattle ham and summer slaw, carrots roasted with Moroccan spices and served over a carrot top salad, Thai green bean curry with coconut milk and fresh basil and peaches wrapped in pancetta and roasted.

As a caterer, we source local ingredients whenever possible, so it was a pleasure to meet with our farmer and choose what item was in abundance given the season;  creating a dish that would highlight its freshness and special character.  In our case, it was rainbow carrots, which were roasted within twenty four hours of picking.  The carrot top salad was born of the mounds of perfectly crisp greens that remained after cleaning, which were trimmed of their stalks and tossed with vinaigrette of cranberry-pomegranate vinegar and blood orange olive oil.  Each serving of carrots was plated atop the salad, allowing the subtle taste of the fresh carrots to carry though both components of the dish.

IMG_0479The challenge for all of us is to find ways to support farmers, whether through fundraisers, direct sourcing, or shopping at your local farmers’ market.

Many farmers barely scratch out a living, much like chefs, and put every ounce of their passion into what they grow.  No, local products are not the cheapest, and you can’t always count on the availability of a specific item, but if you let the aromas, flavors and colors influence your menu, the results can be profitable for everyone, including the customer.

Julia Kendrick Conway is Owner and Executive Chef at Assaggiare Mendocino. She is leading a chef’s life of Farm-to-Table cuisine, while building awareness for the Good Farm Fund.

Article originally published in Culination Magazine.