Last night, I attended a “Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat“ event presented by Kitchen Table Talks and CUESA at the Ferry Building. It was an interesting open panel discussion about the contributions of women farmers, producers, chefs, and food system activists. The panel consisted of three women: Temra Costa, author of the new book (already going into it’s second press after one month), Farmer Jane, along with Sarajane Snyder, a farmer from Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center and Laurne Kiino, a self taught chef from the local restaurant Il Cane Rosso. Dava Guthmiller, Slow Food SF president, moderated the group.
Women are passionate advocates for sustainable food and farming and have been changing the way America eats and farms for decades. Farmer Jane tells 30 such stories of some exceptional women leaders that are working on this change by farming, educating, advocating, and/or transforming how we eat through their food businesses.But it’s not just about being a woman. (Stay with me here.) It’s about the impact that femininity has in changing businesses for the better. Women lean towards relationships and long-term strategies that prioritize future generations, and the good news is that this viewpoint is starting to become valued in the emerging green economy. It’s all about systems thinking and perspectives of what the new (triple) bottom line should be – that of environment, people, and prosperity (health, and economic). Beyond their role in shifting business, women are raising the next generation of leaders, of farmers, of gardeners, of aware human beings that will care for this place long after we’re gone.This book is not just a celebration of the profiled women, but of all women that vote for sustainability every time they shop, eat, farm, and advocate for change. The biggest hope for this book is that you’ll be inspired to do the same.
EVERY SATURDAY STARTING MARCH 6, 2010 – MARCH 5, 2011The Queens of Green
9:30 – 10:00 am, podcasted
Listen on-air or online at – www.thequeensofgreen.com/listen.html
Dig in: “The Queens of Green” is a new show hosted by Deborah Koons Garcia and Temra Costa, two women who have been working in the world of food and farming for many years. They will feature some of the most compelling and engaged individuals from the Bay Area and beyond, people who are changing for the better the way we eat, farm, and live. Fierce, fiery, and fun, these women and their guests will bring information and inspiration to your Saturday morning table.