If you are interested in joining the Slow Food Santa Cruz Board or in working with us on a project or event, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are currently seeking a Treasurer.
If you are are a local business or organization interested in partnering with Slow Food Santa Cruz on a project or event, fill out our Partnership Form, Slow Food SC Partnership Form or our Event Promotion Form, Slow Food SC Partners Event Promotion and email it to email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
2013 – 2014 Slow Food Santa Cruz Board
Stephanie Iwanciow Haas – Chair
chair AT slowfoodsantacruz.com
I have been a long time food lover but gained passion for “slow eating” when I began growing my own food in a little garden in Santa Cruz. In that year of growth (in many aspects) I discovered that I actually liked tomatoes! Since then I have grown a passion for gardening, particularly in cooking and eating the food that I grow. My interest in local and organic food brought me to find interest in Slow Food Santa Cruz. In addition to all things edible, I am also a teacher and educator. I received my bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz in Community Studies emphasizing in sexuality education and HIV prevention for high risk youth. In more recent years I have found my second teaching passion in special education, recently completing my master’s degree in Special Education. I have been in the field for 9 years and currently teach young adults with autism skills to help them in their transition to independence, or wherever adulthood will lead them. I have always found a way to combine my passions to produce positive social change. I look forward to a year of education on a new topic, that of slow eating, so that I may further my own education as well as help to spark passion for slow eating in the lives of others.
Mia Farber – Vice Chair
vicechair AT slowfoodsantacruz.com
I am focused on the application of successful business strategies to support vibrant, regional foodsheds, social enterprises, triple-bottom line businesses, entrepreneurs, cooperatives and communities. I believe that Slow Food is an integral part of helping us to stop and appreciate the agricultural heritage and food culture of a region and am therefore excited to contribute as a member of the Board.
I became passionate about sustainable agriculture and various farming techniques as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru, following which I worked for the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture as an outreach coordinator growing consumer awareness of Pennsylvania-grown products. I recently completed my MBA at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School with a focus in sustainable enterprise and accepted a new position at Foodlink, where my work aims to leverage the company’s technology to increase consumer access to locally and regionally grown foods in grocery stores across the country. I recently moved to Santa Cruz, CA, and in my spare time enjoy visiting farmers’ markets, hiking, cooking and practicing yoga.
Michelle Gilkey– Communications
comms AT slowfoodsantacruz.com
I’m a marketer and eLearning developer by day, and a culinary blogger/recipe developer by night. I’m interested in the intersection of food and learning technologies and how to popularize the notions of healthy and sustainable food– and the skillful cooking thereof– to as broad an audience as possible. I have an undergraduate degree in art from UCSC, and have undertaken graduate, professional, and extended study in training systems development, marketing strategy, and culinary education, respectively. In the Communications Chair role with Slow Food Santa Cruz, I’m eager to continue broadening our chapter’s outreach, and deepening our connections in the local sustainable food community.
Sonia de la Rosa – Events
events AT slowfoodsantacruz.com
Sonia de la Rosa has enjoyed participating as a Member of Slow Food SC and welcomes the opportunity to serve a more active role by participating on the Board. She appreciates the work that Slow Food SC is doing to build awareness and community surrounding the issue of healthy attainable food for all. Sonia is interested in how we can cultivate new systems/opportunities that truly serve our financial and public health needs, particularly on the local level where business, healing, community, and creativity can more easily overlap.
Currently, she works as a freelance bookkeeper, providing Quickbooks training, services and support to small-businesses in SC County. Prior work experience includes non-profit program management, event planning, and customer service/sales/marketing roles for small-to-mid-size manufacturing firms. She holds a BA in Business Management Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Sonia has lived in the community since 2007, enjoying active membership in various organizations including: Transition Santa Cruz, TimeBank Santa Cruz, Friends of the SC Library, Kuumbwa Jazz, and the UCSC Alumni Association. She has been involved in some form of volunteer work over the past 25 years, more recently with organizations such as Homeless Garden Project, Reskilling Expo, Trips for Kids, Girls on the Run, and Ride-a-Wave. She is a nature lover, outdoor sport enthusiast, and healthy food faithful.
Elizabeth (Liz) Birnbaum – Outreach
outreach AT slowfoodsantacruz.com
Elizabeth (Liz) Birnbaum coordinates the content and logistics for the Annual EcoFarm Conference plus many other initiatives throughout the year. Liz first began cultivating land as a guerilla gardener, working to transform her alma mater into an edible landscape. That guerrilla gardening hobby grew into a deeper interest when she became Program Coordinator for Environmental Studies at Lake Forest College. She subsequently worked to establish the Campus Garden as a productive space for the campus community. She has co-taught college courses on biodiversity and agriculture, botanical imperialism, and Chicago’s food history, geography, and culture. She has also created a photo ethnography project where she interviewed and photographed farmers around the country. She had a solo show of the project in Chicago in May 2012.
Audrey Matheson – Gardens
gardens AT slowfoodsantacruz.com
I was fortunate to grow up with “slow food” in the rural small town of Sierraville, California. A large garden of raspberries to rhubarb, honey from our bees, and warm chicken eggs from our “girls” make up the food memories of my childhood. As a result, I’m passionate about local, sustainable food systems like gardens that create and sustain our communities. While I currently work in retail at Anthropologie, my background is in the nonprofit sector, working in communications, development and client service. With the recent passage of the California Cottage Food Law and completing a business class at the Food Craft Institute, I am encouraged to continue working to combine my background in nonprofit management with my passion for healthy food into a “snail approved” food craft business that provides youth with job training and the public with sweet and savory, vegetarian hand-pies. As the new Garden Chair for Slow Food Santa Cruz, I’m excited to support our wonderful Edible Garden Tour committee as well as explore other ways to celebrate and encourage gardening as a way to connect our community around good, clean and fair food. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, running, volunteering at the Ecological Farming Association and exploring on the beach with our love-a-bull pound pup, Poppy.
Slow Food Santa Cruz
P.O. Box 7225
Santa Cruz, CA 95061