Ark Trunk and Grow Out
The Ark of Taste is a list of endangered foods and food traditions that are selected by Slow Food around the world to be documented, preserved, and defended. To bring these foods to life, we have created an Ark Trunk, a traveling exhibit of products selected to the USA’s Ark of Taste. And, our annual “grow out” of 30 Ark vegetable varieties best suited for our county’s growing conditions distributes seeds to local growers who volunteer to promote their use and their history in our local food communities.
Ark of Taste Leader: Elissa Rubin-Mahon
Grow Out Leader: Lisa Hunter
Bodega Red Potato
KRCB North Bay Report: Local Potato Variety Stages Comeback from near Extinction-Interview with Elissa Rubin-Mahon & Emmett Hopkins. Bodega Red Potato Interview
In the 1840’s a potato jumped ship from Chile and became sustenance for the Gold Rush, inspired squatter wars, turned Bodega and Tomales Bay into the Potato Capital for the state of California, and inspired Luther Burbank. That potato, the Bodega Red, became functionally extinct from neglect, but was again discovered and is becoming part of North Bay food culture again. Slow Food Sonoma County North is working with farmers and chefs to bring this potato back into our food communities; in 2013, our chapter sold 1400 pounds of seed potatoes to farms and gardens. The sale of seed potatoes will be an annual event.
Bodega Red Leader: Zurial Bernier