If you are are a local business or organization interested in partnering with Slow Food Santa Cruz on a project or event, please fill out our Slow Food SC Partnership Form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. For event promotion, fill out the Slow Food SC Partners Event Promotion form and email it to email@example.com. To volunteer or collaborate with us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2017 Slow Food Santa Cruz Board
Julia has worked in ecological landscape and event design in around the Monterey Bay for the past 15 years. Her company, Bell and Flourish Design, has evolved to create beautiful spaces that celebrate nature, health and community. She is currently the Creative Director of Succulent Gardens in Castroville, CA, combining horticulture, design and art.
Education from UCSC (BA Art, BA Biology), Cabrillo and West Valley College (Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, Engineering Technology, Graphic Design, Fine Art) provides a diverse backdrop for ongoing ‘freelance’ studies in Permaculture and land management. Engagement in community organizations and events provides a rewarding network for sharing her interest in the arts, ecology, botany, and food!
Edible gardens and home-orchard management are specialties within her practice that stem from a passion for cooking with organic, local harvest. Stepping out from the kitchen to gather herbs, veggies and fruit, or pick a home-grown boquet are luxuries she loves to create. Slow Flowers represent an extension of the Slow Food principals of celebrating local, ecologically responsible product. Organic event design and floral arrangement has become an additional opportunity for Julia to combine her artistic eye and ecological mindset. She looks forward to engaging and educating the community in attainable, healthy, Slow Food!
Liz moved to the Santa Cruz area in 2006 and began helping her aunt with seasonal lavender and olive oil production at Valencia Creek Farms while doing latte art at Grind’s Coffee in Capitola, pouring wine at Hallcrest and completing her BA in Global Studies. She researched the far-reaching effects of our food system throughout her academic career and learned about the traditional and sustainable farming methods of West Africa while she studied in Ghana for two semesters. Upon returning, she volunteered at the Salinas Chinatown Community Garden and the Pacific Grove Farmers Market.
While Liz was studying International Environmental Policy as a graduate student in Monterey, she realized that all of her focus was on sustainable and organic agriculture as the intersection of ecology, equality, health and happiness. This, coupled with her passion for growing her own food, led her to study horticulture at Cabrillo. During her time at Cabrillo, she worked as an intern, managing a crop of 10,000 organic veggie starts.
Currently, she does freelance food writing and has a sustainable living blog and natural skin care line at verdantcalifornia.com. She enjoys gardening, foraging, raising chickens, cooking, and connecting the thriving sustainable food community of Santa Cruz with Slow Food members and all lovers of good, clean, and fair food.
Upon completing her Master’s Degree, Stephanie took a position with AmeriCorps’ Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) Program at Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT). During this time, her career motivations turned towards using education to preserve (access to) natural resources and using entrepreneurial approaches to create fair wages for producers. Within in this role, Stephanie became passionate about conservation, sustainable agriculture and seafood and immersed herself in understanding various hurdles within our supply chain and how to overcome them. Using her finance expertise, applied and academic education and strategic planning skills, she developed, financed and staffed a community-supported fishery (CSF) – the first CSF in Oregon. A rising model among producers derived from the agriculture sector also known as a community supported agriculture (CSA) where consumers pay prior to the food being harvested, processed or distributed. Currently, Stephanie works as a freelance consultant for various community-based social justice, conservation and (sea)food system initiatives. She recently moved to Santa Cruz, CA to enhance her quality of life, expand a place-based consulting business and participate in a community with like-minded individuals. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, surfing, cooking and practicing yoga.
Slow Food Santa Cruz
P.O. Box 7225
Santa Cruz, CA 95061