Food in the Hood is a biweekly neighborhood dinner to raise funds for global charities.

617 Walnut Avenue
Santa Cruz, California
Click on the links below to view a slideshow from the fundraiser for:
El Andalon
Caravan for Cuba

Customers take whatever they want and donate whatever they want. All proceeds go to a different global charity each week. Ingredients are fair-trade and as local as possible, from the Farmer's Markets or backyards. Students from Santa Cruz High School sometimes help out, play ukuleles, or play with the baby chicks.
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Are you Local to
Food in the Hood?
We welcome donations of:

  • » Backyard produce
  • » Baked goods
  • » Homemade food
  • » Preserves
  • » Canning jars
  • » Plants & seeds
  • » Plant containers & flats
  • » Scraps for chickens / rabbits

FitH partners WitH:

Wide World Partners

high school students raising awareness and funds for global causes.


enabling the great reskilling through affordable small classes.

The Parent Network

how to raise giving kids in a taking world.


artisans and entrepreneurs making the practical beautiful and the beautiful practical

Transition Santa Cruz

a catalyst for relocalization

Slow Money Santa Cruz

an investor co-op for a return to small-scale agriculture & industry.

Third Paradigm

A radio thinktank about community sovereignty and regenerative economics.
FRSC 101.1 FM
Sunday 1:30pm


helping to make santa cruz into an edible oasis.
Sunday August 28th, 2011 — Santa Cruz Grows Seed Lending Library

Edible Garden Walkabout for the Cleveland Avenue Neighborhood

Welcome, FitHies, to the FirsT annual Edible Garden Walkabout for the Cleveland Avenue Neighborhood! We'll be starting at my house on Walnut Avenue at 9:00 am Sunday August 28th and going down Cleveland and up Otis, getting a peek behind all those intriguing wooden fences. Then we'll travel down Van Ness to Mission and view the Batish garden, home of world-famous sitar-playing fingers plus a green thumb. Click on the link to hear for yourself!
Visit Ashwin Batish

Our music school activities include teaching instrumental and vocal music of North India. Intruments taught include the Sitar, Tabla, Harmonium, Dilruba, Dholak, Violin, and Vichitra Veena, tanpura (tambura).

A special East-West fusion class including a raga jazz, raga rock workshop will be held and students with adequate instrumental skills are invited to sit in and participate.

Then we'll go up Laurel and across Rigg, coming back to my house by 11:00 for a casual brunch. Donations from the brunch will benefit the Santa Cruz Grows Seed Lending Library. This is one of three seed libraries being established in Santa Cruz. Founder Bonnie Linden writes:

Our mission has been to create a free urban seed project committed to increasing the capacity of our community to feed itself wholesome food by offering seeds and education. We imagine that the no-strings gift of garden seeds will encourage urban food production.

The Seed Library celebrates biodiversity through the time-honored tradition of seed saving, nurtures locally-adapted plant varieties, and fosters community resilience, self-reliance and a culture of sharing.

The Santa Cruz Grows Seed Library will be inaugurated at the Reskilling Expo, which is on September 25th from 10-4 at the Museum of Art and History

The brunch recipes are from my current favorite cookbook: Super Natural Every Day. Heidi Swanson has convinced my family that exotic whole grains and natural sweeteners are far from boring.

Heidi's book: Super Natural Every Day

Her excellent blog 101 Cookbooks is worth subscribing to, for the photos and links if not for recipes like the Buttermilk Lillet Milkshake we'll be sipping at the brunch. Check out the links to the recipes below - they go to adorable sites like lemonyzest, The Flour Sack, dizzy swallows, and smitten kitchen – all of whom are fans of Heidi. I love food blogs!

On to the food for Sunday August 28th at 11:00 am

RSVP and let me know if you're coming!


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