News from Ceres
 Ceres Teens at the Local Foods Dinner
In this issue:  
 Letter from Cathryn
Gratitude from the Parents
   of Ceres' Teens

New Year, New Healing
   Foods Classes

 Volunteer Opportunities
   & Orientations

Nutrition Article:
   Feeling Blue? 
 Recipe of the Month
    Vegetable Frittata
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It's been almost 10 years since Ceres Community Project started as a small, volunteer-run project in a church kitchen in Sebastopol. We've now delivered over 500,000 nourishing meals in Sonoma and Marin counties and helped close to 2,000 young people discover their power to make a difference in the world. The impact is magnified by the 11 groups from around the country whom we've trained to replicate our model.

Though we've grown, we remain a grassroots, community-driven group. I'm so grateful to each and every one of you for stepping up and joining in this journey.
Your love, your actions and your financial support in 2016 alone nourished nearly 700 clients and families in need, and empowered more than 450 young people - the leaders of tomorrow.

Your heart-felt actions also have an impact beyond the individuals whose lives we touch.  Collectively we are building a healthier and more caring world - the kind of world we want to live in and that we'll be honored to leave to our children.

Today this grass-roots community building work is more critical than ever before.

Follow us this year as we look back on our first ten years, and look forward to what's next! We'll share stories from both current and past clients, Teen Chefs & Gardeners, donors, staff, and adult volunteers. And we'll be sending you an invitation soon to Ceres' 10th birthday celebration. 

I am honored to do this work with you!

In Gratitude, 

Cathryn Couch
Founder & Executive Director
QuoteGratitude from the Parents
of Ceres' Teens


"Dear Ceres,

Your organization has been a large part of the maturity and growth of both Sophie and Lily, a part of a their formative years that makes me feel good/confident in sending them off to college. Your expectations of responsibility, and respect for relationships with others and with themselves has been priceless. Thanks so much for all you have done/been for my daughters.

Julie and Dan (Parents of two Ceres' teens)"
HFBClasses New Year, New Healing Foods Classes  
As part of our commitment to fostering community health, Ceres offers monthly Healing Foods classes in a variety of locations around Sonoma and Marin counties.

The classes offer practical tips for improving health through lifestyle and diet changes, in a supportive small group setting. Each class offers a cooking demonstration and samples of delicious, healing foods. You'll leave armed with new knowledge, skills and inspiration, plus resources including recipes.

Find out more about our classes, click here.

To sign up, click the link below each class.
Healing Foods Basics Class 
February 22 
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Click here to register

Healing Foods Basics Class
March 29  
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Healing Foods Basics Class|Comidas Curativas Basicas, En Espanol!
April 26  
Santa Rosa
6:00 - 8:00 pm 

Can't Make it to our Classes?

You can now watch our special Healing Foods Basics class online!

We created this fun video to make the content of our Healing Foods Basics classes available to anyone, anywhere.
Click for the trailer...
Featuring Ceres Nutrition Education Manager, Thais Harris, and Ceres Teen Chef Elliot, this video highlights topics such as whole foods nutrition basics, foods to eat and avoid, and guidance on how to shop and integrate healthy foods on a budget. PLUS get hands on with three food demonstrations that are delicious and easy to make!

You can watch the trailer here and then opt to rent the full 45-minute class.
VolunteerOrientationsVolunteer Opportunities
& Orientations

Mentor chef & Teen 2013

The new year is here! Come join us at our three locations. 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.
In Santa Rosa:
Delivery Angels
Container Sterilizers
Client Liaisons
In Sebastopol:
Food Prep Cooks
Client Liaisons
Container Sterilizers
Delivery Angels

In Marin:
Delivery Angels
Client Liaisons 
Click here for basic requirements and information about the roles


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

To learn more about Marin County openings:
Contact Linda Dovbish at or 415-488-5053
NutritionArticle Feeling Blue?   

End the seasonal blues with diet and lifestyle tips  
for a better mood

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

The Winter season can have a negative effect on our
mood, known as the seasonal blues. Our mood tends
to shift with the arrival of Spring, but sometimes the seasonal blues persist and turn into depression. 
Read the full article here  
Recipe Recipe to Nourish Body and Mind   

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

Healthy eating can improve your mood. This is a great recipe to ward off the winter blues.

Click here for our free monthly recipe and here for even more free recipes!

LocalFoods Local Foods Dinner   

Each fall, Ceres Teen Chefs and Gardeners plan, cook and enjoy a dinner composed entirely of foods grown within a 100 mile radius of our Sebastopol kitchen. The experience is part of our Teen Education curriculum, and also provides a way for youth from different kitchens and different work days to get to know each other.  

This is a joyful event where Ceres teens can enjoy their efforts in a fun and engaging way. Check out the menu and wonderful photos taken at last month's event. Thanks to Teen Chef Lane for capturing the evening in pictures!

Flatbread with Misc. Veggies, Mushrooms and Goat Cheese
Fresh Crab

Entrees & Salads
Spaghetti Squash
with Ground Chicken Meatballs in a Light Tomato Sauce
( from home canned tomatoes)
Potato Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter Sauce
Minestrone or Ribolitta Soup
Green Salad with Persimmons, Pomegranate and Walnuts
with Meyer Lemon Dressing
Roasted Delicata Squash in Half Moons
with Olive Oil and Salt
Desserts & More
Persimmon Upside Down Cake
Ashlye's Persimmon Meringue Pie Brûlée
Whipped Cream
Hot Cider

 Photos by Lane (Ceres Teen Volunteer)

Know any youth that are interested in learning, growing and giving back to their community?

Forward this email. Youth interested in this program are encouraged to sign up for a Sonoma or Marin County Youth Volunteer Orientation today.
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Ode to Ceres

 Click the image above or here to play video.
Enjoy this beautiful creative collaboration entitled "Song for Ceres"
Song by Ceres Teen Volunteer Natalie adapted from poem
Ode to Ceres
written by Ceres' Nutrition Education Manager Thais Harris.
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CommunityCares Show how much you Care!

Ceres Community Cares Program, a new way local businesses and community members can show their support for community health through Ceres. Whether you're looking to dedicate your birthday gifts towards a cause you believe in, give a portion of your business' sales to support meaningful work in our community, or wanting to support youth empowerment through a school or service group fundraiser, supporting Ceres through your event puts your values around community connection and health into action.

To learn more about the Ceres Community Cares program, e-mail: or call Molly at (707) 829-5833 x128
UpcomingEvents Upcoming Classes & Events

Want to see what we're up to for the new year?

Bookmark our Sonoma and Marin County event pages
and never miss out on a Ceres event.

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. 

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