Foraging talk; 'Public fruit maps' exhibit at UCLA; cooking with FIG's Ray Garcia

Gleaning and foraging: On Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Santa Monica Public Library will be hosting the spring edition of the Santa Monica Farmers Market quarterly discussion series. The upcoming talk on gleaning and foraging will address how to find and distribute excess fresh food from places like backyards and empty lots. The panel will be moderated by master gardener and food preserver Sarah A. Spitz and will feature panelists Mia Wasilevich of Transitional Gastronomy, Naomi Curland of Westside Produce Exchange, Christy Porter of Hidden Harvest, Richard Weinroth of MEND and Mary Baldwin of Food Forward. The talk is free and open to the public.

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Public fruit maps: Fallen Fruit, the long-term art collaboration that was started by mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property around L.A., presents a set of public fruit maps and a video called "The Loneliest Fruit in the World" to be exhibited at UCLA’s Art|Sci Gallery on Thursday. Fallen Fruit artists David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young hand-draw maps that serve as guides for foraging while also showcasing the possibility of alternative urban spaces to create new public experiences. The opening reception starts at 5 p.m.

'Two Guys and a Sustainable Kitchen': Chef Ray Garcia of FIG and Alex Weiser of Weiser Family Farms will be collaborating with A Sustainable Kitchen and Edible Westside to host a free cooking demonstration showcasing spring vegetables. The event will be held at Surfas in Culver City from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.


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