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Bring Money Back Down to Earth!

Sunday, October 16th, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Please join BAGT and our Slow Money friends, farmers, musicians, entrepreneurs, investors and food activists! New relationships and friendships are always formed at this kid friendly showcase and community potluck, which takes place at a working farm. Micheal Dimock from Roots of Change whose mission is build a healthy, equitable and resilient food system will be our Master of Ceremonies!

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Special Musical Guest: BURNSIDE

Join Evan Wiig from the Farmer’s Guild and his fabulous band Burnside! To get a sneak peak, watch this video or visit their Facebook page.

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Keynote Speakers

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Mark Squire

Mark has been an owner and manager of Good Earth Natural Foods in Fairfax for the last 35 years. For much of this time Good Earth has been a leader in promoting and marketing organically grown foods, and a model for many other stores in the US.

Prior to his involvement with retailing, Mark managed his family’s farm in North Carolina and transitioned it to organics.

As a member of the California Certified Organic Farmers Board of Directors from 1983 to 1988, representing CCOF’s North Coast Chapter (Sonoma & Marin), he helped to write some of the original organic certification standards still in use nationally. Mark was on the board and then on staff with the Organic Crop Improvement Association for six years, starting in 1988. OCIA is the largest certifier of organic foods worldwide and Mark oversaw their international certification staff training and operations for both farm and manufacturing.

He is one of the original proponents and authors of Measure B, the Marin County initiative that prohibited the outdoor cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), which passed by 61% in 2004.

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Temra Costa

Temra Costa has been advocating for a more sustainable food and farming system for more than a decade and is the award-winning author of Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat. Prior to publishing her book, Temra inspired eaters and buyers to eat and buy more locally grown foods before local was a household name. She led the campaign to encourage consumers to buy locally produced food, serving as the Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign manager for Community Alliance with Family Farmers. During this time she helped publish local food guides across California while linking farmers to more retailers, restaurants and schools for greater viability. After successfully launching Farmer Jane, Temra focused on communications and sustainability programming as a consultant in the natural foods sector, with clients such as Clif Bar, Numi Inc., and Amy’s Kitchen. In July of 2016 Temra and her husband manifested their life dream of co-owning a farm, and soon to be educational center, on a 172-acre property just 20 minutes west of Sebastopol in Sonoma County. She lives and works on this eco-system rich land with her husband and their two young sons, Teo and Quin.

Temra Costa is a tireless advocate for small-scale and sustainable farming in California.
- Alice Waters, Author & Founder of Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard program at the MLK Middle School

Volunteers Needed & Appreciated at Farm Fest!

Please contact aspen@bayareagreentours.org

Do you need a ride or can you offer one to other folks?

To sign up or share a ride: CLICK HERE

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Sabor Mexicano

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"Recently I spent a glorious weekend at Sabor Mexicano with my favorite friends and family members. We loved exploring the redwood forest on the property, playing volleyball on the grass, and marveling at the tallest corn we've ever seen -- a special breed which owner Jorge brought from Mexico. We went kayaking among the harbor seals in Jenner, at the confluence where the Russian River meets the mighty Pacific. Others enjoyed a long hike in nearby Armstrong Redwoods Park. Afterwards we relaxed together on the spacious front porch, looking out on the vast lawn and colorful fields. Now, more than ever, I appreciate the unique magic of this spot and the adventures and deep relaxation it inspires."

Batya Gelfand, Sabor Mexicano Rental Property Manager and long time BAGT team member

Only one weekend left in October!

This is the perfect month to book Sabor Mexicano so that you can enjoy beautiful Sonoma County at it's best, during the height of the Fall season! The 130-acre farm and historic home is nestled among redwoods in a fertile valley near the Russian River and the charming town of Guerneville. This elegant lodging has received only 5 star reviews and offers full amenities for at least 12 adults and 3 children. Click HERE for more info. The property is also perfect for weddings, workshops and staff retreats!

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Other Upcoming Events

October 21st-23rd: Bioneers Conference, Marin Center, San Rafael
November 11th-13th: Green Festival at Pier 35, San Francisco
Save the Date: February 10th-19th: Sustainable Agriculture and Arts in CUBA!

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Bioneers Conference

When: October 21st-23rd, 2016, starting at 8:00 AM
Where: Marin Center, San Rafael, California

Come explore practical and visionary solutions to live more harmoniously on our planet. We hope to see you there!

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Green Festival

When: November 11th-13th, starting at 12pm
Where: Pier 35; 1454 The Embarcadero, San Francisco

Find our booth and come say hello at this wonderful annual San Francisco event, November 11th-13th. Be on the lookout for the discount code we'll send in our next newsletter!

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Cuba with BAGT!

Sustainable Farming & the Arts

February 10th-19th, 2017
Meet with farmers, artists, government representatives and educators to hear about Cuba from Cubans. We'll provide an overview of Cuba’s agro ecological transition and the institutions and resources put into place to make this dramatic shift possible. We will see firsthand what happens when national policy prioritizes organic community wellness, the environment, organic farming and the arts.

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$3,775 meet us in Havana

$4,250 with chartered airfare from Miami

Includes: Double accommodations, transportation, charismatic local guides, site fees, donations to partnering NGO’s, all breakfasts, most lunches, cultural activities and cocktails, welcome & farewell dinners.

$720 Single room supplement

If interested please write us at info@bayareagreentours.org

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