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August 2009

Mad City Chickens: On August 8th Davis Farm to School Connection hosted a film screening of the documentary Mad City Chickens as a benefit for DF2SC programs. In partnership with Slow Food Yolo and the Davis Food Co-op, new DF2SC Steering Committee member Jacqueline Clemens organized the screening at the Richard Brunelle Center for the Performing Arts at Davis Senior High School. Mad City Chickens is a sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards. From chicken experts and authors to a rescued landfill hen or an inexperienced family that decides to take the poultry plunge - and even a mad scientist and giant hen taking to the streets - it's a humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom. The screening attracted nearly 300 attendees and made over $2,500 for Davis Farm to School, as well as gathered much interest for DF2SC’s Bicycle Chicken Coop Tour scheduled for May of 2010.

The Village Feast: The 5th Annual Village Feast was on August 22nd in Central Park in Davis. A fundraiser for Davis Farm to School Connection, and in partnership with Slow Food Yolo, the event was a late summer celebration of Yolo County food, wine and agriculture in the tradition of a Provencal Grand Aioli. Approximately 300 people were seated around one long table under the shade of the Sycamore trees, and enjoyed refreshing afternoon breezes while sipping watermelon fresca and wine. The menu featured food all sourced from the Davis Farmer’s Market, including the grilled lamb, roasted summer vegetables, organic eggs and fresh fruit tarts that signaled the end of the slow leisurely meal. The Silent Auction was a success, as there was much enthusiasm around many items such as the “live” painting of your table at the Village Feast, the Taco Truck-catered party, the house in Provence, and all of the food and wine related items as well. Davis Farm to School Connection would like to extend their gratitude to all the sponsors, volunteers, and donations that make this event possible year after year.

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