Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA)
About the Organization
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. CUESA’s educational initiatives include cooking demonstrations and celebrations highlighting seasonal ingredients, farm tours, low cost cooking classes, youth programs (Foodwise Kids and Schoolyard to Market), a weekly email newsletter, and more.
I began volunteering for CUESA in September 2013 as a part-time Special Events Intern with Christine Farren. I assisted with preparation for the 11th annual Sunday Supper, an elegant celebration of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market community and California’s rich agricultural bounty, in which thirty of San Francisco’s best chefs join winemakers, bartenders and sustainable farmers in the historic Ferry Building for a four course meal featuring local seasonal ingredients from the market. The Sunday Supper is a whole beast feast, in which the whole animal is carved table-side for the entree portion of the meal. The evening includes a live auction in which all proceeds help fund the Foodwise Kids educational program. I managed registration leading up to the event and led a team of volunteers at registration and check-out during the event, which was a great success.
Most recently, I volunteered at the 2014 Sunday Supper as a member of the registration and check out team again.
In addition, I volunteer occasionally at the Saturday market at the Discovery Booth. At the Discovery Booth, I help engage people in important topics in sustainable agriculture, such as crop diversity, by running educational games and having conversations with market-goers. I have also helped out at cooking demos and the Happy Girl Kitchen Pickling Party and I have attended the Trail Mix Farm Tour to Capay Orchards (almonds and grapes) and K&J Orchards (tree fruit and walnuts).
I believe that food is the nexus of the different environmental, economic, and political challenges that we face as a society. Agriculture depends on natural resources and delivers products that meet a fundamental human need. Industrial agriculture is highly sensitive to climate change, as well as a great contributor to carbon pollution and climate change. I hope to recapture the imagination and excitement of people by reminding them that food is an important experience in our lives and can be a way to re-engage with our senses, our local community, and our natural world.