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, October 10th, 2010 — Climate Action Parties & Oaxaca Reforestation
This Sunday is 10.10.10, when thousands of Climate Action Parties will be happening around the world. What better day to help the Oaxacans' reforestation effort and prepare our neighborhood to rock the next earthquake in style! We have so many exciting events, I don't know where to start.

First, my neighbors, Randall, Chinshu, and Melie, have opened their lovely backyard for our event at 621 Walnut Avenue. It's a beautiful and magical design that will be exquisite if the weather is anything like today's. Starting at 5:00 pm, we'll have the dough and fixings to make your own pizzas. In keeping with our earthquake-resilience theme, we'll then cook them in their wood-fired oven. Feel free to bring salads, appetizers, drinks, or desserts to share.

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While snacking, you can listen to the ukulele guys - Otto and Desmond (pictured in the FitH photos.) You might also ask Harriet Talan about her solar oven, and about her experience in Oaxaca with the wonderful organizations who are reforesting and working with indigenous groups and amaranth. While we're preparing for our own emergencies, we'll be continuing to raise funds to rebuild Oaxaca after the mudslides. Donations will go through Grassroots International, a phenomenal group, for whom we raised $150 last FitH.

At 6:30 David Wright, CEO of the Santa Cruz County Red Cross, is ending a packed weekend by coming to speak to us! He presented at the last Transition Santa Cruz meeting, which focused on neighborhoods coming together to imagine a month without power, water, sanitation, or food. In the scenario he describes, it's likely that Santa Cruz may not be hard-hit in the next earthquake, but may be cut off from outside help for quite awhile. For those of us in the retro movement, a month is a good exercise for taking steps towards more community self-sufficiency. David is a real asset to Santa Cruz - this is not your grandmother's Red Cross! Or maybe it is, and that's a good thing.

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We plan to end at 8:00. PLEASE RSVP if you'll be able to join us, so we can make sure we have enough chairs, plates, etc. And Veronica and I will be going back East for the following two weeks, to visit family and go to DC. We'll be meeting with some of the groups we've raised funds for. So the next FitH will be October 29th. If you were thinking about subscribing to Gardner's bread, this would be a good month - 818-1496 is his phone number.


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