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Slow Food California Grant Winner: Tuna Harbor Dockside Market

Slow Food Urban San Diego and the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market were awarded a $500 grant from Slow Food California this past month.

San Diego has long been home to a seafood-centric industry. Its waters still provide for numerous fishing families who depend on the day’s catch for their livelihoods. The Tuna Harbor Dockside Market has worked alongside Slow Food Urban San Diego since its founding almost six years ago.  The market supports multi-generational families of fishermen in San Diego who harvest their fisheries sustainably.  Each family brings a variety of seafood to the market that often changes with the fishing seasons. 

During the COVID quarantine, the fishermen in San Diego lost much of their restaurant business, however, the community continued to rely on fresh seafood.  Since then, the market launched an online portal to take pre-orders on Thursday and Friday before opening on Saturday morning.  This allows visitors to practice safe social distancing while providing access to fresh, healthy seafood. Visitors can expect a variety of fresh shellfish, whole fish, and sea urchin. With the Slow Food California grant, the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market plans to continue to expand their online portal and help the consumer gain a better understanding of their seafood and who/where it is coming from. 

If you are interested in learning more about Slow Food Urban San Diego’s projects, visit them at slowfoodurbansandiego.org or reach out to their board at info@slowfoodurbansandiego.org

Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Slow Food California Grant Winner: GEO Academy

By Brenda Ruiz, Slow Food California and Slow Food Sacramento Board Member

Slow Food Sacramento board member Chef Brenda Ruiz teaches high school students cooking and sustainability skills through her work with GEO Academy at Grant High School. The classes were moved online due to social distancing protocols.


To make sure that all students have the ingredients and tools they need to continue to learn and prepare healthy meals at home, Slow Food Sacramento teamed up with Produce Express to provide California food boxes and cooking kits for students in the program. On Monday, June 15, 100 food boxes & cooking kits were distributed to North Sacramento students — that’s more than 500 people who will enjoy multiple home cooked meals!


Thank you to YOU our members who support our work through your gifts and participation, to the amazing youth leaders of the Grant High community, to the Sacramento State Dietetic Internship Program and Slow Food California Governor, Lisa Frank, (for help with distribution), to Slow Food Sacramento for supporting a “Good Clean and Fair Food For All” mission, and to the Slow Food California Board for their vision to support California communities impacted by the pandemic.