Food in the 'Hood is a frontyard food market that happens every Friday
from 4-6 pm at
617 Walnut Avenue
Santa Cruz, California

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, July 10th, 2011 — Cuba Caravan

Food in the Hood ROCKS!

I think it must be magic. Not only did we meet Betsy's goal of raising $1000 for Sergio Castro – known as El Andalon in Chiapas – but we surpassed it and raised a perfectly even $1100. Way to go!

It's now been two years that we've officially been doing Food in the Hood. Our semi-annual report is below:

Food in the Hood Donations
Winter 2011
14-Jan-11 Rights Action $100
28-Jan Grassroots International $200
11-Feb ANERA $100
25-Feb Korea Policy Institute $170
11-Mar Global Fund for Women $100
Spring 2011
1-Apr Aristide Foundation $200
15-Apr Institute for Justice & Peace in Haiti $80
29-Apr Office of the Americas $80
13-May Rights Action $180
10-Jun El Andalon in Chiapas $873
24-Jun El Andalon in Chiapas $227
Winter/Spring $2,310
FitH Year 2 Total $6,310
FitH so far Total $13,810
Sunday, July 10th at 4:00 we'll be benefiting the 22nd annual Caravan for Cuba. This is an ecumenical group that, for over two decades, has been breaking the immoral travel ban imposed against Cuba. Betty and John Devalcourt are partnering with us in this cause that's been close to their hearts for many years.

See Cuba for Yourself and Challenge the US Blockade!

Visit the web site

There was a time when challenging the blockade was a more risky and dangerous endeavor. The flotilla to Palestine is reminiscent of that time. Our best wishes are with the brave emissaries of peace on The Audacity of Hope, carrying their precious cargo of letters.

Helping to serve our dinner will be the Girls Up middle-school group that meets here weekly to discuss global issues. They've been watching films about Cuba. We might coax them to say a word or two on what's struck them the most. You'll know the servers by their frilly aprons.

After the dinner we'll watch some film clips on Cuba. Then we'll be joined by the caravanistas for Q & A over dessert. With luck we'll also get a glimpse of the newly-painted bus that our donations will be fueling for the long journey.

On to the menu for Sunday the 10th at 4:00

  • Mojitos
    No Cuban dinner party would be complete without one. Or two! At the last FitH I told Betsy that this wasn't really a drinking crowd. But you guys made a liar out of me – you went home and brought back your own tequila when we ran out. This time I'm ready. I bought the industrial-size power blender and the Costco party–size rum. And you're still within walking distance.
  • Cuban Green Salad with Avocadoes
    The recipe can be found here.
    Cuban Green Salad with Avacados
  • Cuban Corn and Shrimp Gumbo with Goat's Milk
    This is an Arkansas-Cajun-Cuban special topped with some Mexican cotija.
    The recipe can be found here.

    Cuban Corn and Shrimp Gumbo with Goat's Milk
  • Coconut Rice with Confetti Peppers and Black Beans
    This is a vegetarian specialty of Betty and John's using multicolored peppers and Cuban black beans.
    Coconut Rice with Confetti Peppers and Black Beans
  • Cuban Pork Shoulder Roasted in Mojo Sauce ala Betsy McNair
    Bruce Aidell's Complete Book of Pork has a North African rub that's so good I have to make it for you. But I was also smitten with Betsy's pork tenderloin sauce, so I'm recreating it as the glaze.
    The recipe can be found here.

    Cuban Pork Shoulder Roasted in Mojo Sauce ala Betsy McNair
  • Mango Shortcake Hearts with Toasted Coconut Ice Cream and Sesame Brittle
    The recipe can be found here.
    Mango Shortcake Hearts with Toasted Coconut Ice Cream and Sesame Brittle

Hope to see you there! Please RSVP.


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