For Immediate Release:April 9, 2011

Morro Bay, CA - Eight families from the Beach Tract neighborhood in North Morro Bay have been chosen as a team to compete in Sunset Magazine's One-Block Feast Contest.

The Morro Bay families were chosen from applicants all over the nation to compete against nine other groups in a contest that requires each neighborhood to grow a summer garden, raise animals and throw a block party eating as much food as possible from what they have grown, raised and made.The proposal from the families includes such unique food projects as rearing a goat for milk and cheese, fishing for local rock cod, raising chickens for meat and eggs and making lemon ginger beer."As the team from Morro Bay, we look forward to the challenge of creating a varied and bountiful harvest that highlights how urban gardens can flourish even on very small lots like ours in the Beach Tract," notes John Diodati, team coordinator. Diodati continues, "What's also really important to us as neighbors and as parents is that this contest gives us the opportunity to teach our children the value of growing their own food and then sharing their food with others."The Beach Tract families have until mid-September to throw their homegrown block party. The Morro Bay group will compete with nine other neighborhoods including Sausalito, Newman, San Francisco, East Oakland, Campbell and Los Angeles in California; Bellevue and Olympia in Washington; and Aurora, Colorado.Sunset Magazine is using this contest to promote their new book The One-Block Feast. For more information and to follow the Morro Bay team's progress in their gardens, please go to Sunset's blog: oneblockdiet.sunset.com.