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    Join us at Virtual Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival, April 22-24


    Click here to enter the festival starting at 11:00 a.m. each day.
    When you enter the festival at, you’ll see the Main Stage content at the top of your screen. Scroll down to visit our virtual booth. Once inside our booth, you can opt to join the live chat room where SBCFAN and our members will host a variety of talks, demos, and opportunities to connect with other food system actors. See our full schedule below – and scroll down to see other FAN recommended festival highlights. Hope to see you there!

    SBCFAN Booth Schedule

    Thursday, April 22

    11:00 a.m. – Intro to SBCFAN
    Join Executive Director Shakira Miracle and UCSB Professor Dr. David Cleveland as they discuss where we’ve been and where we’re going – with a twist of interactive food system trivia.

    11:30 a.m. – Become a member and let’s get to work!
    Learn about SBCFAN Membership, take a tour of the virtual Network “hub” and start connecting and aligning with other food system actors.5:30 p.m. – How to enjoy fresh herbs with Route One Farmers Market
    Join Sonia Sandoval of Route One Farmers Market for a cooking demo using in season locally grown fresh herbs.

    6:00 p.m. – Haga su propia jardín de victoria (presented in Spanish)
    Únase a Sandra Uribe, Coordinadora de las Jardines de Victoria de Blue Sky, mientras comparte su pasión por la jardinería y los consejos y trucos que aprendaba en el camino.

    Friday, April 23

    11:00 a.m. – Heirloom corn tortilla demo with Sweet Wheel Farms
    Learn about heirloom corn and why these traditional varieties are important to our local food system. Leslie Person Ryan and Giselda Ortiz of Sweet Wheel Farms will walk you through the traditional way to make the very best corn tortillas.

    11:30 a.m. – SBCFAN Discussions and Working Groups
    Building a more resilient food system requires that all of us work together. Learn how you can connect and align with other food system actors to activate a food system project. Read more about SBCFAN Working Groups.

    5:30 p.m. – 20 questions Edible Santa Barbara happy hour
    Bring your beverage of choice and join Edible Santa Barbara publisher Krista Harris as she asks writer and cookbook author Pascale Beale as many questions as possible in this light-hearted and thought-provoking interview.

    6:00 p.m. – Networking happy hour: nutrition education
    Join SBCFAN’s Kayla Mallari, RDN, Susan Liles, RD, Emma Malina, Lacey Baldiviez, PhD and Lauren Thomas, RDN, as they discuss nutrition education efforts in Santa Barbara County and why whole foods farm-to-table nutrition is critical to public health, food justice, and building a more resilient food system.

    Saturday, April 24

    11:00 a.m. – Live from the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market
    Join SBCFAN’s Katie Hershfelt and Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market Association’s Sam Edelman as they introduce you to farmers – and the unique food they grow – from around the County.

    5:30 p.m. – Networking happy hour: cooperative movements
    Join Farmers Nate Siemens and Melissa Sorongon to discuss cooperative movements and the critical role they play in building food system resilience. Bring a beverage and mingle with farmers, foodies, and food system actors.

    6:00 p.m. – SBCFAN happy hour: food system trivia
    Grab your favorite beverage and join the SBCFAN team for food system trivia – the perfect way to close out Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival.

    Main Stage Highlights

    These are FAN recommended sessions not to miss. For the full lineup, visit the festival website. Times are estimated – sign on early to be sure not to miss a talk.Pesticide free soil project film
    Thursday, April 22
    2:55 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
    The Pesticide Free Soil Project is an environmental justice initiative led by young people in Oxnard to build soil, increase access to good food, and uplift the links between human and ecological health. Watch live on the main stage.

    SBCFAN storytelling films
    Thursday, April 22
    3:55 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
    A food system video series produced by the Santa Barbara County Food Action Network. You’ll experience stories of resilience from the food desert of Cuyama Valley to the community gardens of Santa Barbara. Watch live on the main stage.

    LOACOM interviews Regen Network CEO Gregory Landau
    Friday, April 23
    1:55 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
    In this better world series hosted by LOACOM, Gregory Landau will discuss how Regen Network incentivizes regenerative land use practices, restores ecosystems and reverses climate change. Watch live on the main stage.

    SBCFAN storytelling films
    Friday, April 23
    2:20 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.
    A food system video series produced by the Santa Barbara County Food Action Network. You’ll experience stories of resilience from the desert of Cuyama Valley to a seaside farm in Summerland. Watch live on the main stage.

    Our climate emergency: farming and nature-based resilience
    Saturday, April 24
    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    What is the history of ecological land stewardship in this region and how can our agricultural and natural lands build climate resilience? Hosted by the League of Women Voters, forum presenters include Chumash elder Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, climate and agriculture field organizer Tessa Salzman, UCSB Bren graduate student Minnie Ringland, and sustainable fisheries manager Blake Stok. Learn more and register.

    SBCFAN storytelling films
    Saturday, April 24
    3:05 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
    A food system video series produced by the Santa Barbara County Food Action Network. You’ll experience stories of resilience from a ranch in the Purisima Hills near Los Alamos to a jujube farm in the Cuyama Valley desert. Watch live on the main stage.

    April Member Survey

    As we work together to build a more resilient food system for Santa Barbara County, we’d like to know what about food interests you.Which of these Santa Barbara County food system resources would be most useful to you?

    • Demographics
    • Annual growing calendar
    • Guide to unique foods grown, raised, caught, and made here
    • Nutrition information
    • Seasonal recipes
    • CalFresh information, including qualifications, how to sign up, and where it is accepted
    Take the survey.
    Make a Donation
    Community Calendar
    Network News
    Become a Member
    SBCFAN connectsaligns, and activates food system changemakers to develop a robust local food economy, a healthy and just community, and a well-stewarded, resilient foodshed
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