Naturalist Night at the Natural History Museum

The Heritagistas will be presenting at the Natural History Museum about our project, and the Teen Kitchen Project will be there a little earlier to test some of the recipes! This will be a really fun event, we hope to see you there!

Harvesting Our Heritage: Telling Bite-sized Stories from Santa Cruz County History

March 30 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Registration
$15 General | $10 Child | Members $5 off
Location:  Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Talk will begin at 7 pm. Prior to the talk, a brief cooking demonstration by the Teen Kitchen Project will begin at 6:30 pm.

About the talk:
The Santa Cruz Heritage Food Project was launched in 2012 to research and share some of the interesting stories behind the County we love, and the foods we love to eat. Come hear the adventures of amateur historians as they navigate local archives and discovering fascinating histories and delicious recipes along the way. The talk will focus on how a few local crops, wine grapes, Logan berries, and Pismo clams, shaped the foodie culture of Santa Cruz. Small bites prepared from heritage recipes will be prepared by the Teen Kitchen Project.

About the Speakers:


Sierra Ryan grew up in Live Oak on land that her family used to farm. After spending six years away to earn her BA and MS, Sierra returned in 2007 ready to become more involved in the community. Her career is focused on water resources, and through that line of work the importance of agriculture – both current and historical – to the region became obvious. While trained as a scientist, Sierra grew up with a love of local history. The Heritage Food Project is an opportunity to explore local history and local agriculture – and indulge in some fine dining at every opportunity. She is researching apples, Brussels sprouts, artichokes, & clams.

If Liz Birnbaum had a million dollars, she would be doing exactly what she is doing now: living in Santa Cruz, connecting with and working to entertain the community, and biking the coast. Her passion is food, and that has taken the form of food history and community engagement. She works to build community through telling stories about the deeper histories of food through her project, The Curated Feast. She has worked at local organic farming non-profits, on farms, in classrooms, on wilderness trips, and in art galleries through her varied career. She loves funneling some of her energy toward the Heritage Food Project because she keeps finding more stories to unravel. She is researching wine, wheat, and potatoes for the Project.

Jody Biergiel Colclough came to Santa Cruz to participate in the organic food movement. After two years on the East coast earning her MS in Food Science, she hurried back to coastal California. In addition to working as an organic certifier, she has sat on the Board of Slow Food Santa Cruz, and spends as much time procuring, preparing and consuming the foods of the region as she can. She gets to indulge her love of reading and history with the Heritage Food Project. She is researching sugar beets, dry-farmed tomatoes, and poultry for the Project.

Katie (Lang) Hansen is a dietitian who loves all things related to food. She was formerly on the board of Slow Food Santa Cruz and currently is taking a break from her work in diabetes education to stay at home with her toddler. She is researching berries for the Project.

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