News from Ceres

Board members Nichole Warwick (left) and Maryn Prior(right)
with Communications Director, Deborah Ramelli (center) at the Harvest Red Carpet
In this issue:  
 Letter from Cathryn
Upcoming Classes & Events
   Healing Foods ESSENTIALS Class
   Kids Can Cook!
Benefit for Ceres 
   Chill Out at SoCo Unplugged 6
   Free Poyntlyss Sistars Concert
   Join us at Gourmet Mushrooms
   Run or Walk...for your health
   and for Ceres!
   Thank you, Santa Rosa Golf
   and Country Club
Harvest of the Heart
   Thank You! 
Nutrition Article
   Understanding Fats Part 3
  Trust in Us 
   Pecan Shortbread Cookies  
   Rootstock Radio Interview
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As I write to you this month, the effects of the many recent natural disasters continue to unfold in the United States and abroad. The images are heartbreaking, and I encourage you to support the relief efforts in any way you can.
Among the stories of suffering are also heartwarming stories of people pulling together to care for one another. Puerto Rican boats continuing to ferry supplies to other islands impacted by the same hurricanes that have devastated their own community. The streets of cities and towns in Mexico teeming with volunteers who turned out to aid in search and rescue efforts.
At Ceres, our work centers around revitalizing the community connections that bind and support us through good times and bad. We're committed to giving people tangible ways to make a difference locally. If you've been feeling disheartened by recent events, I encourage you to join us in the caring circle that nourishes our clients' bodies and souls, and that gives teens a place to discover, grow and learn. You can visit our website to find out about upcoming volunteer orientations and other ways to get involved in our work.
I hope you enjoy this month's newsletter. And I hope you'll take a few minutes to listen to the story of Diego Maldonado Quezada. Diego works at Ceres Café in Santa Rosa, and is a former Teen Chef, Gardener and Teen Leader. He has given so much to our community through the countless hours he's dedicated to our work, and in this short video, you'll hear how the experience transformed his life and his plans for the future.
Thank you for all you do to support community, here at Ceres, and in the world at large.
In Gratitude,  
Cathryn Couch
Founder & Executive Director

UpcomingEvents Upcoming Classes & Events

Healing Foods ESSENTIALS Class  Santa Rosa
October 25
Don't miss our last Healing Foods class of the year! 
If you've already taken our Healing Foods Basics class and would like to know more, this class is for you. Thais Harris, Nutrition Education Manager, will guide you through topics including:

♥ Anti-inflammatory foods
♥ Fats: which to use and how to cook them properly
♥ Managing your blood sugar

This class involves a hands-on portion, and we will make a healthy dish together!

Kids Can Cook! 
Eating the rainbow is easy and fun. This hands-on cooking class, presented by Ceres at Sonoma County library locations for 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders is designed to teach children how to make healthy snacks and simple meals.   
Space is limited. Please register by using the links below or at the information desk in your local library.



Sign up for a Volunteer Orientation and join our team!
Upcoming Benefits for Ceres

Chill Out at SoCo Unplugged 6
music + wine + beer + food + supporting Ceres!  
Join us at the 6th SoCo Unplugged event at boon hotel + spa! Enjoy a day of music, beer, wine, food, and good vibes surrounded by the redwoods. This event benefits Ceres so bring your friends, your sunscreen, a blanket to lounge on and have fun!
October 8
1-6 pm

$25 - $40 advance purchase  
$45 - $60 at door
(children 10 + under are free)

Join us at Gourmet Mushrooms
Gourmet Mushrooms Inc. 40th Anniversary Open House
We're honored to help celebrate this milestone at Gourmet Mushrooms. If you've ever received a Ceres meal containing mushrooms, or sampled a mushroom dish at one of our events, it was thanks to Gourmet Mushrooms' generosity. They donate all the mushrooms we use in our client meals and at our fundraisers.
The open house includes tours, food from partners like Catering by Ceres, mushrooms for sale, and much more. 
Thank you, Gourmet Mushrooms, for your long-standing support of Ceres!
October 15
11 am-2 pm


November 5
Starts at: 8 am    
  Start: Healdsburg Plaza   
End: Bear Republic Brewing Company
Run or Walk...for your Health and for Ceres!
2nd Annual GutBuster Charity Event 

Join the non-profit Climbing Over Cancer and Co-Host Healdsburg Firefighters Association Sunday morning November 5, 2017 for a family fun run/walk in beautiful Healdsburg, California. Choose from 3 courses, including a 12.5K partial trail run up and over Fitch Mountain, a 10K around Fitch Mountain and a relatively flat 3K around town. 
The run benefits nonprofits No Stomach for Cancer and Ceres Community Project.
The driving force behind this effort is former Healdsburg resident, Allen Losh: son, husband, father, brother, veteran, firefighter, and friend to many, who lost his life to stomach cancer at the young age of 30. He received the caring meals and warm support from the Ceres Community Project and No Stomach for Cancer during his battle with stomach cancer.

Thank you, Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club  
For naming us as a beneficiary of their recent  Charity Classic  Golf Tournament!  

HoHHarvest of the Heart
Thank You for Nourishing Ceres!
At Ceres, we know that only by coming together--each of us contributing what we can--are we able to accomplish our mission and make a life-changing difference for the families and youth we serve.
Harvest of the Heart is a beautiful example of our community coming together. It's our biggest fundraiser of the year, and the largest single source of funding we have. And it wouldn't happen without the generosity, hard work, creativity and love of our guests, sponsors, volunteers, board and staff; our auction, food and beverage donors; our guest chefs, our event host O'Reilly Media, and so many more.  

Thanks to everyone's efforts, together we raised an incredible $256,106 to continue to nourish Marin and Sonoma county families facing a serious illness, and to provide a nurturing place for youth to discover the healing power of food and the important role they can play in our community.  
Below are links to photo galleries from the event. If you have photos you'd like to share on social media, please use #HarvestoftheHeart.
Thank You

Special thanks to our  Creative Director, Kim Stuffelbeam and our Photography Interns,  Teen Chefs  Jenna Brinkman  and Lane Gonick-Hallows for capturing our beautiful event.
Thank you to the following businesses for making
Harvest of the Heart a success!
Wells Fargo Bank 
Whole Foods Market
Exchange Bank 
Soiland Co.
Willow Creek Wealth Management
Kaiser Permanente

Luther Burbank Savings
Organic Valley
Navitas Organics
Sonoma Cutrer
Burr, Pilger, Mayer 
Sonoma County Properties
IT Sonoma Style
Straus Family Creamery 

La Tortilla Factory 
Redwood Credit Union 
Summit State Bank

Bella Rosa Coffee Co.  
Bright Event Rentals    
Dry Creek Vineyard 
Iron Horse Vineyards
O'Reilly Media   
Russian River Vineyards  

  GNP Trust in Us 
We're proud to announce that we've just been named as a 2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit, thanks to reviews from our community. And, the Better Business Bureau has evaluated Ceres and named us an Accredited Charity that meets their 20 standards for charity accountability.  
We are very touched by the kind and inspirational reviews we received from our clients, volunteers, board members and friends on Great Nonprofits. Your experience and your vote makes a world of difference in helping us reach the lives of others in our community who could benefit from our nourishing food, education or training. 
To read our reviews on Great Nonprofits or write one of your own click here

NutritionArticle Understanding Fats: Part 3  

by Thais Harris, NC
Nutrition Education Manager, Ceres Community Project

In our last article we looked at unsaturated fats, omega-6 vs. omega-3 fats, and healthy sources of them. Now let's take a look at trans fats, and talk a little bit about cholesterol.  

"Don't eat anything your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food."
- Michael Pollan
Read the full article here
Recipe Recipe to Nourish Body and Mind   

Pecan Shortbread Cookies
Click the image above or here for a printable PDF of our free delicious recipe.

Enjoy nutritious fats with our delicious Pecan Shortbread Cookies recipe. Be sure to use organic butter. The best option is both pasture-raised (grass-fed) and organic.

Read more about healthy fats here .
Click here for this recipe and here for even more free recipes! 

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Café Assistant Manager, Santa Rosa
Associate Chef, San Rafael and Sonoma County
The  Café Assistant Manager position is 35 hours/week and available immediately. The ideal candidate for this job has at least 1-2 years of restaurant cooking and management experience, preferably in the whole foods arena. He or she will have the ability to stay calm and organized in a fast paced environment, and work with both adult and youth volunteers in an empowering, respectful and kind way.

The Associate Chef, position will begin in November, 2017 as a 3/4 time position and may go to full time in early 2018. The ideal candidate for the job is a dynamic person with a passion for Ceres' mission, at least 3 years of experience as a chef, preferably in the whole foods arena, a love of and experience working with teens. He or she will have the ability to stay calm and organized in a fast paced environment, and work with both adult and youth volunteers in an empowering, respectful and kind way.
Read the full descriptions and apply here.
Rootstock Radio Interview

Curious about how Ceres got started? You can hear that and more in a recent interview of our founder and Executive Director, Cathryn Couch, on Rootstock Radio. Rootstock Radio is a project of new Ceres' funder, Organic Valley, a cooperative of organic dairy farmers.

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Support More Ways to Support Ceres

Join Our Kale Club

Become one of our monthly donors and you'll automatically be enrolled in our Kale Club.
Kale Club membership perks include a monthly email with a collection of delicious and healthy recipes from the Ceres kitchen!

Purchase the Ceres Cookbook

Ceres' Nourishing Connections Cookbook is filled with 
delicious and healthy recipes...
PLUS read about how Ceres came to be, and benefit from the extensive section outlining Ceres' Food Philosophy and hands on strategies to empower you to make healthy change in your life. More details and sample recipes here.

Whole Foods

Visit Whole Foods Market and enjoy a delicious, healthy deli salad or soup adapted from Ceres' Nourishing Connections Cookbook.

Ceres receives a $1.00 donation for every pint purchased. Look for special signage in these Whole Foods locations:

Santa Rosa (Yulupa)
Mill Valley
San Rafael
and other Northern California locations!

Community Cards

Earn funds for Ceres when you shop at Oliver's Markets, Petaluma Market, Fircrest and other local markets.
Pick up your eScrip Community Card the next time you shop, and designate Ceres as your beneficiary. The markets will donate 3-5% of your spending to us.

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You can easily support Ceres through the purchases you already make on

Visit to choose Ceres as your beneficiary organization and then access Amazon via every time you shop.

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Ceres.


Heart Centered & Love Guided

We are committed to expressing love, trust, respect and integrity in our lives, work and organization. 


Everything Matters

Nothing is left out. We work to have every action and choice lead to the greatest positive impact.


Young People are the Future

Young People are intelligent, responsible, capable, creative and caring, and must be central participants in shaping our collective future.


The Universe has a Purpose

Everything is connected, and life continually invites us to experience gratitude, abundance, connection, community and healing. 

We create health for people, communities and the planet through love, 
healing food and empowering the next generation.