News from Ceres
Harvest is coming soon! Scroll down to buy your tickets now!
In this issue:  
 Letter from Cathryn
 Rosa: Teen Leader to
   Program Assistant

2017 Graduating Seniors
What Ceres Teens are Saying
Navitas Organics Helps
   Supercharge Client Meals  

 NEW: Ceres Cooking Class and
   Preparing Healing Foods Class
Nutrition Article
    Ceres Extras: What They
    Are & Why We Offer Them
   Vital Bites  
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As we step into summer, it's my pleasure to share this "feast" of news about Ceres with you. I invite you to read on and meet our newest staff, find out about volunteering, sign up for our brand new cooking class, or get a ticket while they last to experience MaMuse performing a benefit concert in the Meditation Garden at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary. 

You'll find all that and more below. And be sure to take advantage of Early Bird pricing for our Harvest of the Heart fundraiser now through July 15. 
Thank you for joining with us to create a healthier, more caring community. 

In Gratitude,  
Cathryn Couch
Founder & Executive Director

RosaandGraduatesRosa: Teen Leader to Program Assistant 
Rosa prepping meals in our Sebastopol Kitchen when she was a chef in our Teen Program.
We're very pleased to welcome former Teen Leader Rosa Lubin-Molina back to Ceres Community Project as our new Santa Rosa Program Assistant. 

Rosa volunteered at Ceres in Sebastopol four years ago. She's just graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz, and this is her first week in her new job. Look for her next time you visit our cafe.

We are extremely pleased to have an alumni from the Teen Program return to Ceres in a staff position!  

More amazing youth!
Did you catch our e-blast honoring those Teens completing their volunteer service? 
Click here to see it.
What Ceres Teens are Saying

SponsorsNavitas Organics Help Supercharge Client Meals
From hemp seeds that we use to make a non-dairy "milk" to enrich soups, to chia seeds that star in our popular Chia Seed Pudding, Navitas Organics' product donations enhance countless recipes that we deliver to our clients each week. 

Like Ceres, Navitas Organics shares our commitment to healthy, nourishing and organic foods. Navitas, located in Marin County, provides high-quality superfood supplements,  snacks and beauty products that are organic, nutrient dense, holistic, and energizing, compliment a healthy lifestyle and reduce the risk of disease. They are also committed to fair trade practices, traditional farming, practice green business practices and protect the environment by sourcing sustainable agriculture. We hope that our "superfoods" augment a "super-synergy" between our organizations that can improve population health in the communities where we live.

We're also pleased to welcome Navitas Organics to our growing list of Harvest of the Heart sponsors. Thank you, Navitas!

Why are superfoods important? Read more about Navitas Organics here.


HFC NEW: Ceres Cooking Class

Put Some POW Back Into Powerful Meals: Plant-based, Organic, and Whole

If you have taken Ceres' Healing Foods Basics or Healing Foods Essentials class, and are craving more, this class is for you!

If you love cooking... this class is for you too!

Here we will put into practice the food philosophy we adopt at Ceres, cooking beautiful, organic, mostly local whole foods together. We will look at versatile base dishes and how to cook for "planned-overs" as well as how to use the same few ingredients for different meals. We will chat about shopping the refrigerator, prepping and storage tips,and strategies to remove stress from cooking.

Don't miss out! Join us to have a great time and eat delicious food!

Click here to register for our upcoming July 26 class

Healing Foods

Cooking from the Garden with Ceres Community Project 

Daily Acts is partnering with
Ceres  to bring you an educational and inspiring class focused on healthy eating and creative garden-based cooking. This class will offer an extensive overview of Ceres' nutrient-rich approach while providing useful strategies for managing time in the kitchen and eating well on a budget. Of course no cooking class would be complete without ample time to sample the goods, so after a lively dialogue, you will have the chance to bring a few tasty recipes to life right there in the Ceres Kitchen. 
Click here to register for our upcoming August 5 class
NutritionArticle Ceres Extras: What They Are
& Why We Offer Them  

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

Our last article outlined our food philosophy. In this article, we want to tell you about our Ceres Extras, which are "superfoods" we provide to clients and also sell to the general public at our Bodega Avenue location. These Extras were formulated to provide clients with extra support for their immune system, energy level, healthy gut flora, and nausea relief.

Supporting our body through what we eat is relatively simple when we are well but becomes a bigger and more important challenge when we are dealing with a critical illness. Illness changes how our energy is used, effects our appetite and ability to eat, and adds nutritional demands. When we are ill and healing from a serious illness, every bite counts....

Read the full article here
Recipe Recipe to Nourish Body and Mind   

Vital Bites  
Click the image above or here for a printable PDF of our free delicious recipe.

 Vital Bites are one of the "Extras" we offer to our clients. They feature herbal adaptogens, healthy fats, immune supporting mushroom powder and a lite does of unrefined sweeteners. 

Read more about these superfood powerhouses and about Adaptogens on the recipe. 

Click here for this recipe and here for even more free recipes! 

Osmosis Benefit Concert for Ceres Featuring MaMuse

Jul 20
MaMuse - Freestone Benefit Concert
6:00 - 9:00 pm

With deep roots in the folk and gospel traditions, and their hearts in the present, MaMuse (Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker) create uplifting music for the next seven generations to thrive on. Interweaving brilliant and haunting harmony with lyrics born of honed emotional intelligence, MaMuse invokes a musical presence that inspires the opening of the heart. 

Join us in the Osmosis Meditation Garden for an unforgettable, heart warming performance.

Tickets are all-inclusive  

With dinner from Ceres Community Project
Wine from Wind Gap Wines
2015 Wind Gap Fanucchi-Wood Road Trousseau Gris 
2015 Wind Gap Old-Vine Soif 
Cedar Enzyme Footbaths provided by Osmosis

 All proceeds will benefit Ceres Community Project

This event will take place at:

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary
209 Bohemian Highway,
Freestone, CA 95472

Reservations are essential due to space limitations. This event will sell out. 

Click here for tickets.

Special thank you to the following businesses for making this event possible

Abacus Wealth Partners
Traditional Medicinals
Hoffman Studios

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HoHHarvest of the Heart Tickets on Sale Now
Saturday, September 16 at the Ceres Garden, 
Join in the fun at our country fair extravaganza, helping Ceres raise $300,000 to bring healing meals to our neighbors in a health crisis in Sonoma and Marin counties, lovingly grown and prepared by teen volunteers.

Use the following links to purchase your tickets now for

Saturday, September 16
5:00-9:00 pm
Ceres Community Garden, Sebastopol
Get Early Bird pricing when you purchase by 7/15!
$125 per person

Dine Under the Stars
Joining us again this year, acclaimed Sonoma County chef, Daniel Kedan of Backyard Restaurant, Forestville .

Dinner will be curated and created by Daniel Kedan and our Ceres Teen Chefs.

Savor a selection of wines from fine local wineries.

Featured Booths


Music by Catfish Jack & The Hoedown Heroes

Add your Business to our Growing List of Sponsors
Sponsor packages start at just $500 and include event tickets.

To learn more, contact Scott McDougall at   or  707.829.5833 x130
Do you own or have connections to a local business?
You can make Harvest a success, gain visibility and media impressions for your business and help Ceres earn funds to support all our programs by donating an item to our Silent Auction. We are seeking gift certificates to regional restaurants, wineries and overnight stays. Businesses will receive a tax exemption for their donation as well as a listing on our website and event brochure. 

Please contact  for more information.
Wells Fargo Bank 
Whole Foods Market
Exchange Bank 
Soiland Co.
Willow Creek Wealth Management
Luther Burbank Savings
Organic Valley
Navitas Organics 
Burr Pilger Mayer
Straus Family Creamery  
La Tortilla Factory
Redwood Credit Union  
O'Reilly Media 

VolunteerOppsWe Could Really Use Your Helping Hands!

Do Something Worthwhile This Summer   
With summer in full swing, there are lots of exciting opportunities for new adult and youth volunteers.

Come join us at our three locations for a fun and informational orientation. We are actively recruiting volunteers for our San Rafael, Santa Rosa and Sebastopol kitchens, and there are a variety of shifts available. Current or new volunteers are welcome to apply for these positions.

Click the blue links below to register for the orientation of your choice.
In Santa Rosa:
Catering Volunteers
Café Volunteers
Delivery Angels

In Sebastopol:
Food and "Extras" Prep 
Container Sterilizers 
Delivery Angels

In Marin:
Container Sterilizers
Delivery Angels

Next Orientation:   
Jul 12 - San Rafael- Adult Only, 5:00 to 6:00 PM
Aug 16 - San Rafael- Youth Only, 5:00 to 6:00 PM

Regional Roles:
Client Liaisons (you can attend any of the above orientations)

Click here for basic requirements and information about the roles


Contact Caroline Bañuelos at
or 707-829-5833 ext. 202

To learn more about Marin County openings:
Contact Linda Dovbish at or 415-488-5053
SNewsletter Former Client "Pays It Forward"
Former client Julie Carmen and her husband Billy discovered Ceres Community Project at the Sebastopol Farmers' Market. They were new to Sebastopol, and Julie had just been diagnosed with Breast cancer.
We provided meals for both of them during Julie's treatment. Billy recalls:
"When a patient experiences the torrent of emotions, fears and questions about a life-threatening
condition, the shock and confusion are immense and overwhelming. Much the same are flooded over the spouse of a patient. And in most instances, there are few places one can go to a find help and hope for relief. Ceres played an enormous role in Julie's treatments, survival, overall spirit and abilities to heal and prosper. Without Ceres I would not have been capable of providing the proper nutrition and overall care Julie needed for her treatment and recovery."
Billy & Julie Carmen, early Ceres clients

Today, the Carmen's live in a small town in Michigan, where they continue to enjoy Ceres' Immune Broth every day, and have convinced the local Irish pub to add more healthy food to its menu. Julie's often the first one her friends call if they're experiencing a health challenge.
Julie shares: "I consistently talk about how the experience with Ceres changed my life forever. I found myself through cancer. Ceres taught me how I wanted to live my life. To value what nutrition does to the body. Experience the support and love from a community and believe in one's own strength. I will forever try to pay it forward to others."
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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.


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


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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.