Past Events

 

The CalaverasGROWN MEMBER HOLIDAY GATHERING 2013 was held at Metzger Farm and Wines in San Andreas…
Susan and Randy Metzger hosted the event

Susan and Randy Metzger hosted the event

December 11 CalaverasGROWN members enjoyed a potluck holiday get together at Metzger Farm & Wines. It was a very enjoyable evening with excellent local homemade food, Metzger wine (and a few other members also brought wines) and great conversation. Thank you to everyone present for making it a success!

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The CalaverasGROWN Holiday gathering 2012 was a joyous event…

Our hosts and new members, LeAnn and Ken Evoniuks owners and operators of Rocca Bella Olive Company, provided a cozy venue for the event. Before dinner, we sampled olive oils and vinegars offered by Rocca Bella. Member Terry Beaudoin of Beaudoins Olive Products Co shared some of his locally sourced and processed olives. In addition to flavorful samples we heard stories of the history and influence of olive products in our county.

The olive tasting room was transformed into a grand dining room complete with scrumptious local food and a warm fire. Our hearts were warmed by the camaraderie of the group. As dinner was winding down, all in attendance shared the story about their business and reason for being a member of CalaverasGROWN.

Holiday Greetings to All from Calaveras Grown

CalaverasGROWN Holiday Celebration 2012

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Regional Meat Processing Facility Update

CalaverasGROWN’s participation and administration of the USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant official capacity has ended; however, we will still provide information as we preceive it from the regional community volunteers participating in moving the project from concept to reality.

Current Status: A group of concerned community producers and consumers have met and are working on the next steps needed to bring the project to fruition. Information regarding the legal structure of the project development team, opportunities for local investment and funding, and the search for an appropriate site of the facility is underway. Please watch our website for updates on this collaborative agriculture and economic development project.

If you are interested in providing assistance to the project please contact info@calaverasgrown.org with “Livestock Processing” in the subject line.

Regional Meat Processing Facility

Over 100 enthusiastic attendees heard an overview of the accomplishments of the USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant, Final Link: Getting value added livestock from farm to fork at meetings in Jackson and Angels Camp. The highlights of over a year of investigation into adding value to regional meat production and the economy through the creation of a livestock processing facility were presented by the project coordinator, the advisory committee, and USDA State Director of Rural Development, Dr. Glenda Humiston. The promise of implementing the results of these investigations was tangible in the audience and presenters at both meetings.

Numerous scenarios were presented as potential models for a facility. Dr. Humiston provided information on how to gain access to capitol for further planning, financing and construction. A group of local producers, consumers and business people signed up to help the project move forward. They will meet in order to review the different models presented and create the most feasible plan for moving local meat from farms to our forks.
CalaverasGROWN is grateful to the USDA, Dr, Humiston, the diverse group of numerous niche meat marketing and other business professionals who provided invaluable information, the volunteer advisory committee and the support of the people of our region.

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Please check out http://motherlodemeats.com/ to review all of the activities and source documentation.

If you are interested in becoming part of the group moving this project forward please contact info@calaverasgrown.org, with “livestock processing” in the subject line.

Attention All Egg Handlers



The California Department of Food & Agriculture, Egg Safety and Quality Management would like to invite you to a special egg handling workshop.

Date: Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Calaveras Works Building, Sequoia Room
509 E St. Charles Street
San Andreas, 
CA 95249
(209) 754-6448

Click here for the official flyer

California Small Farm Food Safety Workshop

Nov 6 in Stockton
click here for more info

Regional Meat Processing Facility

Over 100 enthusiastic attendees heard an overview of the accomplishments of the USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant, Final Link: Getting value added livestock from farm to fork at meetings in Jackson and Angels Camp. The highlights of over a year of investigation into adding value to regional meat production and the economy through the creation of a livestock processing facility were presented by the project coordinator, the advisory committee, and USDA State Director of Rural Development, Dr. Glenda Humiston. The promise of implementing the results of these investigations was tangible in the audience and presenters at both meetings.

Numerous scenarios were presented as potential models for a facility. Dr. Humiston provided information on how to gain access to capitol for further planning, financing and construction. A group of local producers, consumers and business people signed up to help the project move forward. They will meet in order to review the different models presented and create the most feasible plan for moving local meat from farms to our forks.
CalaverasGROWN is grateful to the USDA, Dr, Humiston, the diverse group of numerous niche meat marketing and other business professionals who provided invaluable information, the volunteer advisory committee and the support of the people of our region.

For photos click here

Please check out www.motherlodemeats.com to review all of the activities and source documentation.

If you are interested in becoming part of the group moving this project forward please contact info@calaverasgrown.org, with “livestock processing” in the subject line.

Regional Meat Processing Facility

Come learn what the buzz on a Regional Meat Processing Facility is all about on the evenings of September 17th and 18th in Amador and Calaveras counties!

2 Meetings – choose the one that is most conveniently located for you or come to both.

  • Monday, Sept 17th, 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. in Sutter Hill at the Amador Co. Health and Human Services Bldg, 10877 Conductor Blvd. Sutter Creek, CA 95685
  • Tuesday, Sept 18th, 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. in Angels Camp at the Calaveras Co. Fairgrounds Frogeteria Bldg, 101 Frogtown Road Angels Camp, CA 95222,

In 2010 CalaverasGROWN secured a grant from the USDA to study the feasibility of and plan for a Livestock Processing facility for the Central Sierra region. While this idea is nothing new, this recent effort has finally gotten the train moving towards the creation of a USDA inspected livestock harvest and processing facility. The steering committee, which includes members with diverse backgrounds from throughout the Central Sierra region, has done an enormous amount of research, investigation, planning and modeling. We are now ready to present these findings to the greater community.

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CalaverasGROWN 2012 SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
Each year CalaverasGROWN awards two $250 scholarships to high school seniors in Calaveras County. The requirements to be considered for these scholarships are:

– writing an essay of 500 words

– “Name and explain at least 3 reasons why buying local agricultural products is important”

– planning on attending a college or trade school.

The scholarship committee has selected the following winners:

Miranda Marshal from Mountain Oaks School
Dylan-Miguel ArceJaeger from Bret Harte High School

Please click the name of the high school senior to read their award winning scholarships.

Final Link: Getting value-added livestock from farm to fork
A regional study dedicated to improving livestock processing alternatives for community scale producers and increasing local solutions for the production and consumption of local agricultural products. Please visit us again for updates about our next meeting.

CalaverasGROWN gets TWISTED
Twisted Oak Winery owner and CalaverasGROWN member, Jeff Stai along with winemaker, Bret Keller, invited CalaverasGROWN members and supporters to the winery on May 23, 2012. Those present enjoyed a private wine tasting, a wonderful meal of locally grown and prepared food, and intense Twisted Oak wines. After dinner the group had a positive and lively discussion on the progress of the regional livestock-processing grant – Final Link: Getting value-added livestock from farm to fork. To end the evening, Jeff and Bret led us into the wine cave for barrel tasting and more “Twisted” conversation. It was a wonderful event.

Click here for photos of the Twisted Oak event.

CalaverasGROWN Holiday Celebration

Wednesday, December 12.

5:30 social      6:30  pot luck buffet

at Rocca Bella Olives        

5476 Hwy 12 in Wallace

more details to follow

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