Summer Bounty: A Juicy History (print-only)
Ph: Noreen Rei Fukumori
Sunset Magazine recently profiled Sibella Kraus in its August 2013 issue. The print-only piece, entitled "Summer Bounty: a Juicy History," covers the beginning of the locavore movement that has spread from the Bay across the West and the rest of the country. It began in 1983 with Kraus' (then a cook at Chez Panisse Café) dinners. Called the Tasting of Summer Produce, these dinners brought together local farmers, restaurant chefs, and produce distributors. Working with Chez Panisse, Kraus developed a six-month Farm to Restaurant Project, which directly introduced restaurant chefs to the farmers who provided their produce. The Tasting continued as an annual event, eventually converging with the public at the 1986 Tasting at the Oakland Museum. Building on the seven year success of the Tasting project, Kraus successfully advocated for a year-round farmers' market on the San Francisco waterfront, which then opened in 1993.
Currently, Kraus is the President of Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE), nonprofit supporting regional food systems and multifunctional agriculture. From 2006-2009, Kraus was the Project Director of the New Ruralism Intitative (the Agriculture in Meteropolitan Regions program) at UC Berkeley's Institute of Urban & Regional Development. She is now involved in the University’s development of a Multifunctional Agricultural Center.