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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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.
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 — West Bank Seed Bank in Palestine

FitHing and FroThing at the mouth for this week's delectable menu,

Wow! I just realized that all of November passed without a Food in the Hood. How did that happen? Just before Halloween you helped us raise $120 for the International Labor Rights Forum to fight child-trafficking on cocoa plantations. Then I blinked and November was over!

Living Seed Company

But to make it up to you, on Saturday, December 3rd from 3:00-5:00 we're having a FitH with two very special guests: Matthew Hoffman and Astrid Lindo. They're a young couple from Marin who've started the Living Seed Company. This is a video on seed-saving they produced for Positive Spin on Free Speech TV.  It's not the entire segment as it will air, but you can see a portion of it here.

Matthew and Astrid are helping me launch the Giving Seed Investment Club. For several years I've been piloting a way to create investments that support local sustainability and generate donations to global charities.

One of these experiments has been the I-Rise bread we've featured at FitH, which is FINALLY back on track this week after Gardner's back injury. It's been a long trek through the bread desert to get back to the mecca of wholesome grains! Gardner has helped us raise hundreds for Food in the Hood causes, along with being our faithful first supporter who said, "Don't give up. Things just take longer than you think." He was right and now look at us!

Matthew and Astrid are looking for "seed capital" in the literal sense of money to buy the seed stock and to print this year's packets. But they also share an interest with me in supporting global seed banks. Together we've come up with a creative way to combine growing and giving, along with a neighborhood class on spirituality that's not afraid to get down and dirty! Come hear all about it.

Seed Bank on the West Bank

West Bank Seed Bank Hebron (Al-Khalil in Arabic) is home to more than 165,000 Palestinians—making it the largest city in the Palestinian West Bank. The city is famous for leather shoes, avant-garde blown-glass vases and qidreh, a fragrant dish cooked in clay pots. It is also notorious for settler violence in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. And now Hebron is becoming increasingly known for an agricultural project that sets the standards for access to food in that city and across the occupied Palestinian territories.

Grassroots International's partner, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), established Palestine's first comprehensive seed bank in Hebron in 2003, shortly after their staff traveled to Syria where a similar seed bank broke ground as the first in the Middle East. UAWC representatives returned to Palestine energized to revitalize their agrobiodiversity and protect their land from confiscation.....

Read the article by Salena Tramel

At the same time we'll be raising funds on Saturday for a West Bank Seed Bank in Palestine. Our friends at Grassroots International are partnering with the Union of Agricultural Work Committees who have established the first comprehensive seed library in Hebron, the West Bank's largest city.

And here's the menu for Saturday, December 3rd from 3:00 – 5:00, taken primarily from Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Every Day, with a focus on fine Pescadero ingredients:

  • Sparkling Panakam with Ginger, Cardamom, Lemon-Lime and Fizzy Water
    (unfortunately from a SodaStream carbonator made by Israeli settlers, but we'll use their technology to thwart them) or made with Sparkling Muscavado
    Sparkling Panakam with Ginger, Cardamom, Lemon-Lime and Fizzy Water
  • Winter Greens Salad with Wolf-Dried Beets and Harley Farms Goat Cheese
    Winter Greens Salad with Wolf-Dried Beets and Harley Farms Goat Cheese
  • Toasted Kale and Coconut Salad with Farro and Sesame Oil
    The food blog Habitually Hungry calls this "Making Kale Sexy."
    Toasted Kale and Coconut Salad with Farro and Sesame Oil
  • Phipps Ranch Petit White Beans with Potatoes, Parmesan and Cabbage
    Thanks to Steamy Kitchen for blogging this Super Naturals recipe
    Phipps Ranch Petit White Beans with Potatoes, Parmesan and Cabbage
  • Wild Rice Casserole with Early Bird Turkey, Cremini Mushrooms and Mustard
    Adapted from Bonny Cooks and Heidi Swanson
    Wild Rice Casserole with Early Bird Turkey, Cremini Mushrooms and Mustard
  • Apricot-Pecan Caramel Shortbread
    In looking up an image, I came up with Food in the Hood! No wonder people are looking at the blog from all over the world - it's those fabulous stolen photos.
    Apricot-Pecan Caramel Shortbread
  • Pumpkin Pie from Kar
    (Kar rhymes with share) our wonderful neighbor from California Street.
    Pumpkin Pie from Kar

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