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CIA at Copia will focus on soil in its second Conversations at Copia sustainability event Jan. 13-14. Soil: Dirt to Dish is a two-day event in partnership with the Lexicon of Sustainability, and many of the events and exhibits are free. A highlight of the weekend is a reception with Berkeley chef and food activist Alice Waters.

Visitors can attend one or all of the events. Proceeds support the Edible Schoolyard, a 1-acre garden at the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley established by Waters through the Chez Panisse Foundation.

For more information, go to or see below for a list of events.

Events include:

Saturday, Jan. 13:

— “Growing Organic: Healthy Soils,” 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free.

Learn about soil health in this short film by the Lexicon of Sustainability.

— The Chef & The Farmer Exhibit and Demonstration, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free.

Anthony Myint, co-founder and co-chef of The Perennial in San Francisco, and Tucker Taylor, Culinary Gardener for Kendall-Jackson, will explore the relationship between chef and farmer, and how soil health impacts flavor.

— “Taste of the Soil” with Alice Waters, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. ($15).

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A food and wine reception followed by a conversation with Alice Waters and Bob Cannard, organic farmer and founder of Green String Farm moderated by Brock Dolman of the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center.

Sunday, Jan. 14

— Family Funday Special Edition: Copia Garden to Table Mac & Cheese, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ($15)

Reimagine mac & cheese with bold ingredients, including ingredients picked fresh from the Copia gardens. Top it off with a DIY mac & cheese sampling bar for the whole family.

— “DIRT! The Movie” 3–4:30 p.m. Free

“DIRT! The Movie” tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility — from its miraculous beginning to its tragic degradation. This insightful and timely film tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet.

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