The Edible Education 101 course was created in conjunction with the 40th anniversary celebration of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café in Berkeley, California. Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard Project, launched the course in partnership with University of California, Berkeley to bring edible education to the university level. The course, a unique hybrid public lecture series and for-credit class, has been offered to undergraduate students and members of the general public for four semesters since 2011.
The 2015 course is instruced by Garrison Sposito and co-hosted by Mark Bittman and Robert Haas.
DAVID MAS MASUMOTO is an organic peach and grape farmer and the author of six books including: Wisdom of the Last Farmer, Heirlooms, Letters to the Valley, Four Seasons in Five Senses, Harvest Son, and Epitaph for a Peach. He, along with his wife, Marcy, and daughter, Nikiko, published a family farm cookbook, The Perfect Peach, in May, 2013. A third-generation farmer, Mas grows organic peaches, nectarines, grapes, and raisins on an 80-acre farm south of Fresno. Mas is currently a columnist for The Fresno Bee and The Sacramento Bee. He was a Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Policy Fellow during 2006-2008. His writing awards include the Commonwealth Club Silver Medal, Julia Child Cookbook Award, the James Clavell Literacy Award, and being a finalist in the James Beard Foundation Awards. Wisdom of the Last Farmer was honored as "Best Environmental Writing in 2009" by National Resources Defense Council. Masumoto received the "Award of Distinction" from UC Davis in 2003, and the California Central Valley "Excellence in Business" Award in 2007. He is currently a board member of the James Irvine Foundation and the Public Policy Institute of California. He has served as chair of the California Council for the Humanities. In 2013, President Obama appointed Mas to the National Council on the Arts, the board for the National Endowment for the Arts. Mas is married to Marcy Masumoto, Ed.D. They have a daughter, Nikiko, and a son, Korio.
NIKIKO MASUMOTO is an organic farmer and agrarian artist from the Central Valley. She is the fourth generation to work the land at the Masumoto Family Farm and has been working intensely on the farm with her father for the past three years. In 2007 Nikiko graduated from Berkeley with a B.A. in Gender and Women's Studies, and in 2011 she completed a Master of Arts in Performance as Public Practice at the University of Texas, Austin. Her intellectual and artistic work focuses on the intersections of performance, social justice, and memory. Her recent creative works include a performance about the Japanese- American movement for redress and place-based art-making along Highway 99. In 2013, she published her first book, co-written with Mas and Marcy, The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm (Ten Speed Press). She hopes to grow her passions for performance and social justice along with her peaches, nectarines, and grapes to add another generation's voice to the story of the Masumoto Family Farm. For Nikiko, sharing food is a revolutionary act: "When we grow, share, and eat food, there are no borders. We can become part of each other."
ROBERT HASS is Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics at Berkeley. Poet, essayist, and translator, Professor Hass is a MacArthur Fellow and a recipient of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His recent books include The Apple Trees at Olema: Selected Poems and What Light Can Do: Selected Essays. Each fall since 2002 he has taught an introductory environmental studies course with Professor Sposito.
Edible Education 101 is presented by the Edible Schoolyard Project, UC Berkeley Food Institute, College of Natural Resources, and UC Global Food Initiative with support from the UC Berkeley's Chancellor's Office, and the Epstein-Roth Foundation.
Edible Education 101 artwork designed by Julie Van Scoy.