It is with a heavy heart that we at Slow Food Yolo say goodbye to our dear friend and co-leader, Dorothy Peterson. Dorothy passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on April 7, 2016, surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Dorothy retired in 1999, after 37 years of teaching, though everyone knows she never fully retired. Always a teacher at heart, immediately upon retiring, she continued her passion for children and teaching and created Davis Farm to School. Currently, every school in Davis, California has a garden for teaching and the program is now being implemented countywide. It is in large part because of Dorothy’s tireless efforts and commitment to what she believed in that there is in place a dynamic program which supports the school district in their goals to provide farm and garden-based education, increase farm fresh foods in school meals, and reduce solid waste through recycling and composting programs.
In 2013, Dorothy volunteered to co-lead Slow Food Yolo, in order to continue toward educating our community about good food. Dorothy’s passion, joy for life, and tireless work has touched so many lives. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten.
There will be a memorial service for Dorothy at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the Davis Community Church. The family is planning a further celebration of the life and work of Dorothy Peterson at the Park Winters, date and time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any tax exempt remembrances in Dorothy’s honor be made to the Davis Farmers Market Alliance for the Davis Farm to School Fund, and sent to the Davis Farm to School Alliance, P.O. Box 1813, Davis, CA 95617.
You can learn more about Dorothy at the Davis Enterprise HERE